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Meet Emily Hammett of Salt & Honey, Club Pilates in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Hammett.

Emily, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I always knew I wanted to work for myself, but I didn’t know how to get started. So I went to college, studied Accounting, and finished my Masters in Tax while I cut my teeth in the corporate world at Ernst & Young.

My last position was a CFO/COO for Northwestern Mutual in San Diego. With every promotion or raise, I thought I found happiness in my work world… but as time passed, I continued to find myself bored building something for someone else. When my husband and I got engaged and started to plan for the future, I started to do some soul searching and find something that better suits the life we were trying to build together.

I decided I needed to find an opportunity with much more freedom and flexibility than Corporate America tends to offer. The standard Monday-Friday 9-5 office life feels very archaic to me, and I wanted something more. After exploring countless opportunities, my husband asked the (now very obvious) question, “if you could do anything in the world, what would you do?” Without thinking, I immediately responded, “I’d open a Pilates studio!”

As soon as the words came out of my mouth, my rational brain kicked in and reminded why that wasn’t such a good idea. With a corporate background, I knew nothing about the fitness industry or Pilates.. other than that I loved the classes. A few days later, I discovered the franchise opportunity with Club Pilates and signed up for Teacher Training.

Since I had already done the personal work to get clear about what I wanted, it was very easy to make the decision to move forward – the opportunity checked all the boxes. I now own and operate four locations in Orange County: Tustin, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and Villa Park. The franchise model was the perfect entry point for me because I wasn’t very sure how to get started down this path.

Now that I’m in this world, I feel more inspired than ever. My husband and I recently launched a new company called Salt & Honey, and I know there will be many other ventures in our future.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have absolutely been struggles along the way, but the challenge is what keeps things interesting! I enjoy getting creative to solve problems. The entrepreneurial path can be lonely in the sense that you don’t really have someone invested in your success that you can turn to when you’re not sure which direction to go next.

When I was stumped in my corporate days, I’d head down the hall to my boss’s office and lean on their expertise. In order to succeed now, I need to find the solution and have a little blind faith in moving forward.

Salt & Honey, Club Pilates – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
When I first started, I wanted to share the benefits of Pilates with as many people as possible. Personally, I struggled with back pain (likely from my desk job and corporate lifestyle), and Pilates helped to alleviate my pain and put a smile on my face.

I wanted to bring that feeling to as many people as possible. Now that I’ve been in the business for about four years, my inspiration is shifting – I still want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of Pilates, but these days I’m truly inspired by our team’s culture and the workplace we are able to provide.

I get the pleasure of working alongside others who are passionate about the work they do and the impact they’re making on people’s lives. I’m proud to offer others the opportunity to follow their passion and work in a flexible and fun environment. We are known for our friendly, family-like vibes and strive to create an inclusive and supportive community!

With the launch of our new company Salt & Honey, I’m looking forward to venturing out on my own (alongside my husband/business partner) and make a mark outside of the franchise world. It’s funny now to think back about the time when I knew I wanted to work for myself, but I wasn’t sure where to start…

These days, I find there are more good ideas than there is capacity to execute and I find myself turning down great ideas to focus on one thing at a time!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
In my world, success = freedom. There’s no better feeling than having complete freedom and control to do what I want every day. I am free to work from home, meet up with my team for lunch, work remotely from a foreign country, or take a break to get outside and enjoy the beach.

The frontier of the workplace is changing, and I love leveraging technology to work more efficiently. If it’s not necessary to meet in person, I’m known for switching a team meeting to a video conference to save everyone an hour of commute time, so we can all spend that time doing something else we love.


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