Many a fitness expert or enthusiast’s dream is to open their own fitness studio. To harness the local fitness talent and to reach out and make a difference in the lives of those who are looking to change their lifestyles through a fitness regime. While it can be a costly exercise from renting out a property to investing in equipment and furniture, the return of working with people on a daily basis could be worth the investment. If you’re not sure about taking the plunge of turning your passion for exercise into a career then read on for just the right encouragement and reason to go ahead with it.
If You Really Want It: Go Ahead but Be Prepared To Work
Starting up an establishment of any kind, whether it’s Pilates, Barre or a Boutique Yoga studio, like many other ventures you need to be prepared to work for it. While it could be easier to hire contractors to do certain aspects of property leasing to interior designing, at the end of the day you will discover that it gets done the best when you are in charge and in control of the project. Another benefit of being hands on is also that it’s the best way to learn.
Don’t Leave Things to Chance
A good rule of thumb is not to leave anything to chance. Look into every detail and be fully confident that working is being carried out exactly the way you intended. If there is even the slightest doubt don’t be afraid to stop and ask questions. At the end of the day whether it’s a bank loan or an investor that is sustaining your studio, you are the ultimate decision-maker. Never assume anything and always make sure to confirm and re-confirm information.
Work With Smaller Staff Numbers
Many establishments that start-up often fail to maintain that common touch with clients. This is an important key in customer service. While good staff is hard to find, start-off with a smaller number so that you can personally have the time to train and nurture a team that is considerate, kind and confident. In addition while working with a small staff number you would be able to better understand which team member would be suited to which job function. You could help to nurture their strengths by giving them a role that they could excel at and the same time benefit your clients. However, with that said, do not be hesitant to fire someone who causes dissention and trouble in your team.
Give Your Staff and Team the Confidence to Manage Things
Often times when the proprietor is in control and has been in control since the inception it becomes very difficult to let go and let your team take over. If you tend to micro-manage every situation it could be detrimental to the healthy work atmosphere that you’re trying to build. Plus your team will never have the confidence to know how to make good decisions – team autonomy is an important trait of being an effective leader.
These are just a few pointers about best practices associated with establishing a start-up. In the end what will sustain any start-up studio is determination and passion. When you’re passionate about something it will show and the infection is enough to keep your client coming back.