Interview with Janice Walker Pinnington – Founder of Healthy Hands Cooking

Interview with Janice PinningtonTell us a little bit about Healthy Hands Cooking and how it got started.

Healthy Hands Cooking is an extension of my lifelong passion, education, and experiences, all wrapped up into one neat package.

I started cooking when I was about seven years old, and would spend tireless hours in the kitchen helping my mom.  I grew up in a world where my mom cooked dinner every night – very different from the frantic lifestyle most of us lead today.

What I’ve realized is that many of us end up surviving on drive-thrus, packaged foods, processed foods, and convenience foods. But to what expense?

Our nation is getting fatter and sicker. Our kids are being deprived of nutritionally dense foods, and even more sadly, they are being deprived of learning a basic life skill of healthy cooking because of the high-paced world we live in.

When my daughter turned 11, I suddenly realized that with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I had never truly invested the time to teach her basic cooking fundamentals or kitchen preparedness. That’s when I decided to start teaching Mackenzie and her friends in my home every Tuesday night.

Healthy Hands Cooking offers a home-based business opportunity for women – tell us more about this.

I think there are many women today who are stay-at-home moms just like me looking to make a difference; not only in their own homes, but in their communities too. They want to do something that matters.

Healthy Hands Cooking provides the training and support to help other women across the country to start their own business teaching kids about nutrition and healthy cooking in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way.

If only one mom taught 10 kids a month, they could impact 120 kids a year with important lifetime skills. But what if we had 1,000 moms or 10,000 moms teaching 10 kids a month? We could literally impact hundreds of thousands of children with healthy habits and really make a difference on a large scale. This “army of instructors” is my vision for Healthy Hands Cooking – to become a household name where our instructors are constantly sought by working parents needing our help.

And with our focus on healthy living and fighting childhood obesity, we are poised to do great things in the U.S and beyond.

What has been the most difficult lesson you have learned as an entrepreneur?

You can’t go it alone. Most entrepreneurs are fiercely independent by nature (I know, I AM one)!

I think that the most important lesson I’ve learned over the years is that successful entrepreneurs are those that build meaningful relationships, partnerships, and alliances with like-minded people and use the strength of the overall vision to carry them forward.

What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur on how to build a great business?

  1. Build your business in a methodical way.
  2. Register your company and obtain proper licensing and permits.
  3. Develop a business plan and share it with a professional business counselor (hint:  we connect all of our instructors with free business counselors)!
  4. Research your target market and know EXACTLY where they live, work, and play.
  5. Connect with your prospects through a specialized marketing plan.
  6. Turn your prospects into customers using proven strategies.
  7. Retain your customers with a retention business model.
  8. Understand the value of social media for building your business through your customers’ eyes.

How would you rate your success? 

Success to me is making a difference in the life of another.

In my case, it’s either by teaching an adult how to start a successful business, or by teaching a child a new skill they can use for life. If I rated my success based on these two criteria, I would say that I am very successful. However, I feel that the impact that I’ve made so far is only the tip of the iceberg.

I’m super excited about helping many more people achieve financial independence and dreams for a healthier future.

How do you manage all of your personal and business activities? 

First and foremost, my family is number one.  I schedule my work around my responsibilities as a mother, and don’t allow myself to ever feel guilty about that. I’ve also learned to schedule physical activity for myself – just like an appointment that is cast in stone.

I try not to overbook my days knowing that too much activity is less effective in the long run, and just ends up draining my energy. I try to create processes in my workflow that allow me to be as efficient as possible, in as little time as possible.

I get things done.  If I have something on my plate to do, I work through it and finish it up in a timely manner so that I’m rarely caught off guard or scrambling at the last minute that can result in unneeded stress.

I ask for help if needed, and am thankful for the gracious people in my life who are willing to lend a hand.

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