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LOVING THE PEOPLE

THE IMPORTANCE OF

YOU WORK WITH

Diet Solutions, is a team of experienced Dietitians with a passion for translating the latest research into practical dietary changes to improve patient’s health and well-being. We chat to Co-Founder, Jaci Barrett about some of the struggles of running a business and how important it is to love the people you work with! What inspired you to start Diet Solutions? I saw a need to build a team of experienced dietitians with a variety of specialist skills in private practice. There were so many graduating dietitians and so little jobs - I knew the vast majority were heading into private practice and working on their own. As such, there was a need for a private practice where complex patients could be sent. I also wanted to build a team environment in private practice, where the dietitians had other colleagues to bounce ideas off and to get support from.

What helped you build your client base and make Diet Solutions what it is today? I was lucky that I had a client base already before setting up Diet Solutions. I was completing my PhD at Monash University, Box Hill and had developed good relationships with a number of gastroenterologists who were more than happy to refer to my new business. I was also in the thick of my research, sharing outcomes with specialists and GPs around

Melbourne, so it didn’t take long to engage with new health professionals who were keen to send their patients to Diet Solutions for the latest research findings.

Was there anything that made beginning and running the business difficult? Beginning the business was pretty easy for me. As I was also doing my PhD, I was only able to consult 1 day per week. I initially ran the business from home. I found it difficult to manage telephone enquiries and bookings, as most patients asked a multitude of dietetic questions over the phone, so I soon palmed this task off to my Mum who became my first secretary. The difficulties began when I wanted to build the business. This required renting my own space, employing a receptionist and 3 dietitians, plus I had a 3 month old baby. Ridiculous planning! I loved it though. It was a real challenge, but I struggled with both time and knowledge on how to run and build a business.

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