Patsy Commisso is a Finalist for The 2020 Mompreneur® Award of Distinction, recognizing her success and leadership in the service industry as a successful business owner with MCC Nutrition & Fitness Studio.
With over 15 years of clinical practice, Patsy uses her experience to motivate for positive change. MCC Nutrition & Fitness Studio provides safe, simple and successful solutions to transform your health, with weight loss that works and results that last!
She educates patients on practical changes – the use of real food, simple meal plans, and emotional support. In addition to creating the MCC program and clinic, Patsy believes that living a healthy lifestyle is key. As a mom of three active kids, she believes in family meal time, the importance of eating healthy from the start, and volunteering as a coach to teach children the importance of activity and fair play. One of the most rewarding parts of Patsy’s life is witnessing the physical and mental transformation one makes in their health journey.
Patsy’s Top Tips for Other Women Thinking of Starting a Business:
Prior to starting a business, I strongly suggest that you define you!
As a person you have a role, it is to take care of your vessel and practice the three factors that are in your control – how you eat, think and move. These three habits tend to get lost and overshadowed by the many to do’s of raising a family and running a business. My daily plate (no pun intended) is very full, what allows me to handle the workload is upholding the healthiest version of me!
The second tip is a tedious task, but crucial – define your business and create a business plan.
There will be times where you will get lost in the day to day of your business, your business plan will be your road map to steer you into your desired direction. Your plan can fuse your roles as a business owner and as a mom. I remember writing my business plan – my goal was; the ability to create a one stop health shop and still drive my kids to school. My banker read this with a confused look on his face! I refused to erase that line, 20 years later, it is still an integral part of my daily operations and overall focus.
Doing it all is very different than trying to be superwomen – the reality is – you are not!
I have always accepted help when offered, I delegate tasks – even though my gut says I can do it faster and better. I am ok when things are not perfect, which is hard for a type A, but my beds can go undone. And I finally, I understand that I can’t be in two places at once, even when that’s the expectation.
Breathe and enjoy the ride!
At times it will seem that the walls are caving in, and your family and business tornado are colliding, this does happen. This may turn you into autopilot mom (that’s when you can’t hear what your kids are saying – and you just nod your head) and bitchy wife (when you snap at every word said). The key is to breathe, stop and smell the roses, make time to listen, laugh and take vacations. Mom’s are thermostats for families and their businesses when they are up (and happy) everything is up and vice versa when down.
A business cannot grow with you alone…
In the beginning, it was easy to get sucked into the “Patsy show” where I did it all – the web design, marketing, bookingkeeping… Over the years I have built a team that is an extension of me. I have found like-minded individuals and have cultivated an environment that empowers them to achieve. A team is more than a group of paid employees, it should also consist of other businesses, charities, family, mentors and networks that are willing to exchange support and share your interests in values and growth.