Note: the Blab platform I used for recording the video is still in development so there are sometimes technical glitches in the platform. Therefore, on a couple of occasions, Mary and I sound like we are talking over top of each other in the video (the audio is fine) because the recording tracks are not synced properly.
Mary Johnston from WaterMatters considers herself a late bloomer because she started her health business at the age of 52. Previously she had felt like she lacked direction. Mary started her water filtration and health business from her 1 bedroom apartment and worked at a $12/hour job while she built it. Today she owns a retail store and has 3 employees and her business continues to grow.
[1:06]: Mary describes her natural health retail business.
[1:56] – Mary discusses the importance of water filtration.
[3:02] – Mary talks about her inspiration for her water business and starting her business at age 52 after feeling lost for many years.
[8:08] – Mary states that she had a $12/hour job while building her business.
[8:40] – Mary describes how she started her business in her 1 bedroom apartment in Vancouver and put a shelf in her hallway with her products.
[10:55] – Mary describes the next stage of her business where she opened a retail store.
[12:00] – Mary discusses the supports she has had in her business to help her.
[12:48] – Mary talks about a significant moment of doubt she had about what she was doing and realized she had no choice but to move forward.
[14:10] – Mary describes the pleasure she gets from working at her store and running her business.
[16:16] – Mary talks about how her business has succeeded and the most important things she has done to build it.
[21:10] – Mary gives her advice to those starting a business.
Bio – Mary Johnston, WaterMatters
Mary Johnston is the founder/owner of WaterMatters, a retail business (brick and mortar plus online) specializing in innovative water quality products. Recognizing the importance of addressing local water conditions, her business is distinguished by rigorous attention to high-quality information and products. Mary has been helping residents of Vancouver and other Canadian locations choose products for maximizing the quality of their water, air, and home environment for more than a decade.
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