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Freedom from Eating Disorders – Mentoring Women in Eating Disorder Recovery

Laurie Glass Freedom from Eating Disorders

Laurie Glass

Name of your company and URL.

Freedom from Eating Disorders, LLC
www.freedomfromed.com

What is your product or service?

I offer Christian e-mail mentoring services to adult women with eating disorders. Women can visit my Eating Disorder Mentor page, fill out a simple questionnaire, pay a fee through PayPal, and then receive from one to six e-mail exchanges in a week’s time. My mentoring services are clearly detailed on the Eating Disorder Mentor page regarding the many things I can offer them, but also the things I do not, such as diagnosing an eating disorder. Women may sign up as needed or on a regular basis. The choice is up to them.

While I was anorexic myself, I would have loved to have had someone who could have shared pieces of her own recovery story with me, shared practical tips with me, kept me accountable in my eating disorder recovery, pointed me to helpful resources, listened to me, encouraged me and prayed for me. I didn’t have that, but now I can provide all of these mentoring services, and more, for others in eating disorder recovery.

At Freedom from Eating Disorders, I also offer my book for sale. Journey to Freedom from Eating Disorders is for both males and females, teens and adults who struggle with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and eating disorders not otherwise specified. Filled with practical and biblical discussions on common eating disorder issues, journaling questions, written prayers and personal notes from myself to the reader, this is a valuable resource for those in eating disorder recovery.

Why did you start your company?

I was unemployed for a short time, and I considered how I could turn what I’m passionate about into a small business. I said many times in the past that if I could make a living offering mentoring services to those in eating disorder recovery, that’s what I would do. But I never took it seriously until I was unemployed.

It’s about so much more than starting a business, though. As a recovered anorexic, I originally built my website in 2007. I didn’t foresee using it to start a business in the future, but I wanted to spread the message of hope and healing to others in eating disorder recovery. I don’t believe I would have recovered without God’s help. Through my mentoring services, I want those in eating disorder recovery to know that He stands ready to help and heal them also.

Now that I have turned Freedom from Eating Disorders into a business, I hope to reach more and more people who have eating disorders. My heart goes out to those people who, like I was, are afraid of food and weight gain, have difficulty identifying and expressing emotions, have deep wounds that need to heal, are weighed down with guilt and shame, and sometimes feel hopeless. I want them to know that I can relate to what they’re experiencing, but that there really is hope to recover from the eating disorders that control them.

Working as an eating disorder mentor is my heart work. Therefore, I would like to dedicate myself full-time to offering mentoring services to women in eating disorder recovery as well as writing more about the topic of eating disorder recovery from a Christian perspective. May starting this business lead to that someday.

How was it financed?

My start up costs for Freedom from Eating Disorders, LLC were low. At under $500, I was able to pay for them without a problem. I already had my Freedom from Eating Disorders website, so that was not an extra expense. I have a Masters degree in Christian Counseling, and I was able to obtain my Pastoral Counselor certificate for a reasonable fee. I searched for less expensive professional liability insurance that was more fitting to what I’m specifically doing, and I was able to find what I needed. I saved $40 by forming my LLC online as opposed to using the paper form. These three costs were the only ones I incurred in starting my business.

What free online or offline tools do you use?

I used free resources to start Freedom from Eating Disorders, LLC. I received business and marketing advice from a university Small Business Development Center and free legal advice from a university Law Clinic. I also had the opportunity to attend a free seminar on search engine optimization and social networking. All of the search engine optimization tools I use are free.

I use the free service at Mail Chimp for my monthly newsletter. I find it user friendly, and it meets my needs.

I am on Facebook, and I would love to connect with more people with eating disorder concerns there. http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=1268899895&sk=info

I don’t have any employees, and I don’t foresee having any. I write all of the main content for my website, I maintain my website on my own, and I do my own bookkeeping. These are all things I am capable of doing and that I enjoy.

A Final Word

Any of us are blessed when we can do the work we love!

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