We had the good fortune of connecting with Chanice Nykole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chanice Nykole, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I created a healthier life for myself, and I honestly just wanted the same for other people. As a health coach, my business started out by just guiding people on what to eat to help them lose weight; or to remedy a particular health issue. I offer recipes, and meal plans; but what helped customers most was making the products for them myself. Creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself can be challenging, and my desire is to help as many people as I can. Whether it be with meal plans, coaching, or the juices that I make. I just want to help people be healthy so that they can live the abundant life they need.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The thing that sets me apart from others is my determination. It doesn’t matter if I get knocked down, set back, or event discouraged. I never stay there for long. I’m always determined to make it to the next goal. No matter how difficult it may be or how long it takes.
Another thing that sets me apart is I’ve created natural products that actually work for my consumers. These products are healthy, natural, organic, and they work! And that’s what they love.
I’m excited about opening a brick and mortar juice bar in the future. I’m continuing to grow my audience, and in turn they are helping me reach that goal by supporting my business.
Being an entrepreneur is not easy. Especially when you are still working a regular 9-5 like me. The best thing I did was reaching out to other business owners who have already gone through the process of getting started. Also, finding people that can actually help you get things in place for your business. Alycia Levels Moore of ASL Creative firm helped me get all of my legal work together. The Woodlawn Street Market, and REV Birmingham organization are great at helping businesses get started. They provide you with all the information and tools you need.
One of the biggest lessons I learned is NOT try to do it alone. You will tire yourself out quickly and won’t be able to operate at your best while serving your customers. Get some help; get a team.
I want the world to know that you should never despise your small beginnings. I started out selling 1 gallon of juice maybe twice a month. And now I’m selling gallons daily. It’s only up from here!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take my friend to Yo Mama’s restaurant downtown for lunch one day. Maybe a round or two at Top Golf. Go to Railroad Park and ride some scooters. Brunch and drinks at Bar Sebastian. And of course live music at Perfect Note, Plum Bar, or P.E.P.S. (pronounced Peeps). Maybe few street markets, or a hike in one of our beautiful parks. Birmingham is a beautiful city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to my friends and family who have encouraged me throughout my own health journey. They have inspired me to keep going with the business because they truly believe in me!
Instagram: @chanicenykole & @changeOplanshealth
Facebook: Change Of Plans
The guy in the photo is singer Travis Malloy. The ladies in the photo are Tiffany Nicole (left) and Micole O’Dell (right) of Finao Training in Atlanta, GA.