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“I decided to turn my attention to something personal. I spent a lot of my childhood in and out of doctors’ offices. I wanted to build something that would be more than a support system, but a support group.” – Rachel Trobman

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A work-life balance requires keeping work and life separate.

But what if you combined the two? For some of us, dividing work and life just further complicates things. We view the narrative of our lives as something that can inform our careers. We want our projects to be deeply personal, and blending the two domains is the only route to making this happen. Though we may not wear the labels on our foreheads, we are the artists, the storytellers, and the problem-solvers of today.

On today’s episode of the $mart Women Invest podcast, we are joined by Rachel Trobman, someone who did just this. After spending much of her childhood in and out of doctor’s offices helping her brother with cystic fibrosis and her mother with Lupus, Rachel founded Ouchie, a mobile platform for pain management. Ouchie’s goal is for physicians to help chronic pain patients by tracking the app’s community and rewarding daily accomplishments. Tune in to our interview to learn how to reframe your personal story like Rachel did by creating a solution that helps make the world a better place.

You can download Ouchie here

“The barrier to entry is revenue or exceptional growth. So I made a decision to not fundraise again and instead bootstrap and focus on partnerships and revenue.” – Rachel Trobman

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Download apps like Evernote or Scheduled to make your life easier.
  • Turn your career to something personal to find new sources of passion.
  • Pain management apps are typically either created for patients or clinicians.
    • Not many bridge the gap between the two.
  • Fixed milestones are more encouraging than abstract ones.
  • Most pain relief treatments are on the patient to execute.
  • 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain; 25% of the population is in treatment.
  • Unlike entrepreneurship, a steady paycheck can handle life’s unexpected turns.
  • The opioid crisis pendulum is swinging to alternative treatments.
  • It’s hard for doctors to offer solutions that aren’t covered by insurance.
  • Take educated risks as you build your business; move forward and don’t look back.

Guest Contact: Rachel Trobman, Ouchie

Ouchie Website: Ouchie

Facebook: Ouchie

Twitter: Rachel Trobman

LinkedIn: Rachel Trobman

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