We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Evelyn Cavanagh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tara Evelyn, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I opened Health Resonates in 2016 as a one room private practice. I needed a space to store my extra furniture and massage therapy equipment. I found an office space right up the street that was a few hundred dollars a month. It was prefect. I could set up my extra stuff as an office and make a little extra money in my free time. At the time I was working two part time massage therapy jobs that where paying the bills but at the end of the day not very satisfying. I went ahead and started Health Resonates really as a hobby and distraction.
Clients where loving my space. People where drawn to it because I was passionate about it and it reflected my visions and style. Within a few months I dropped one of my part time gigs to make more time for Health Resonates.
A little less then a year later I was given an opportunity to make more growth for my business. I found the perfect office that would take my one room wellness center into an actual spa.
At the time my business wasn’t costing me anything and I realized to make it into something worth my time and efforts I needed to take the risk of bigger payments and dedicate more time to the business. I went for it.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I don’t just work in healing environments—I create them.
I’m here to help those looking to improve their wellbeing with relaxation and peace of mind, as well as those looking to build their own private practice and thrive by helping others.
I have worked in the health and wellness space for over ten years now, and, until 2016, noticed something missing from every space I practiced in. These spaces just weren’t “me”—and didn’t allow me to help my clients to my fullest potential.
I realized that I may never find the “perfect” place to work with my clients, so I built one myself. In 2016, I opened Health Resonates in Portland, Maine—a space that serves as home to several female entrepreneurs running their own wellness businesses alongside one another.
The journey to where I am today wasn’t easy. Hard work payed off. I see so many people pursuing businesses these days thinking it’ll be a cakewalk. It is doable, but it’s not easy. Plan to work nights and weekends -not always at your business, but networking and putting in extra attention and time – until you get going, and rely on others to guide you. There is always room to learn.
Know that you can always reach out for support. I find my passion in helping others, whether it be in wellness or business guidance.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Visiting my city, Portland, Maine – my go to would of course start with a trip to Health Resonates for a body, mind, and skin tune up! After that some of my all time favorite spots are SoPo Seafood for a drink, oysters and snack, Fort William for excellent lighthouse viewings and some fresh are, Crispy Gia for dinner.
Some fun summer time activities are BeWell yoga in the park, taking a sunset sail on casco bay, going to Chebeague Island for dinner, catching some live music at Portland Lobster Co.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am constantly working with, learning from, and up-leveling my business because of female entrepreneurs. I think the first time I noticed a big shift, was when I had Meredith Brockington, of Female Not Factory, working in my space. This joined me when I first opened Health Resonates and it was still pretty slow. We did a pop up if her store for a few months. Every day we would work on our laptops side by side and cheer each other on. This grew into sharing networks and bringing each other in on events. The power of numbers is an amazing thing to build a business. I am so grateful that the people around me happen to be powerhouse women who can support me as much as I support them.
Networking is a must for growing a service based business. I go over all my tips and trick on optimizing your networking in my online offering, The Full Schedule Plan Course.
I also have to get some credit to SCORE. When I first started out I was signing up for all of their free business trainings and working with a mentor regularly.”
Meredith Brockington, Carney Abbott, Emily Frost.