“Just do it. Don’t let anyone stop you.”
As a survivor of both PTSD and breast cancer, Jean Cannon of Quit Quick Adelaide knows how important good mental health is to physical health. Following her recovery from breast cancer, Jean chose to start anew with her own business. Quit Quick Adelaide was founded to help others to make better life choices through achieving good mental health.
With roots in neurophysiology, Jean holds multiple professional qualifications. Other than a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Medical Science, Jean is also a Doctor of Clinical Therapy, Stress and Trauma Specialist and NLP Master Practitioner.
Jean uses her skills to reach victims of abuse and trauma, as well those who want to change their life habits. She excels at listening and creating a simple, safe and effective program that matches her patients’ needs. Currently, she offers three programs: Quit Weight, Quit Smoking and Quit Anxiety. To date, Jean has helped almost 700 people stop smoking through hypnosis, usually in just one session.
Jean’s life is filled with examples of her determination to move forward. And she offers the same advice to those around her. Nowadays, Jean loves being self-employed, in charge of her life and following her passions with a network of supportive women behind her.
Who’s your favourite entrepreneur and why?
Suzi Dafnis is so warm, welcoming, supporting and endlessly great with her structured training.
Why did you start your business and what gave you the idea?
I started this after I had breast cancer and decided that I needed to change direction, return to my roots in neurophysiology and work more in how our minds and bodies work together.
What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
Being in charge of my life. I suspect I have been self employed for so long that I am unemployable.
I love being able to work form home at my own pace and to still work and support myself at 79.
What three pieces of advice do you wish you’d been given when you started?
- Just do it. Don’t let anyone stop you
- You are amazing and you can do this
- Use my accountant because bookkeeping is an energy drain. Sort out what you are good at and what you are not
What advice would YOU give someone thinking about starting a business?
Think it through and preferably start part time so that you still have some income security.
What skills and knowledge areas would you recommend those starting out in business get acquainted with quickly?
- Market research
- Using email effectively with a CRM
- Money and bookkeeping
- Getting OK with websites
What does your IDEAL business look like? Even if you’re not there yet, what would it look like if your business was ideal?
I would love to see 2-3 interesting clients a week face to face and build my membership so that I have a steadier cashflow
What problem does being a Member of the HerBusiness Network solve for you and your business? And, how?
A wonderful network of supportive women who allow me to be a business owner at 79. There is an enormous amount of age discrimination and bullying outside.