My first year as a gym owner has came and passed, I survived. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly, here are some of the things I learned in the process as the first Old School Gym Affiliate.
We will start with the bad. You hear it all the time, everything in business is going to cost three times as much as you expected, and take three times as long. Like every other new business owner, I thought, this will never happen to me. I could not have been more wrong. Expenses pop up everywhere, things you never even think of. Light bulbs, door knobs (I am on my third, they aren’t cheap), paper towels, soap, cleaning supplies. All things that never cross your mind when you think about a gym. As for the time, you have to realize your priorities are not everyone else’s priorities. When I was trying to get heat in my building, it took the city over a month to get the gas installed. They originally went to the building next door and determined they could not install gas, and then I was thrown back down to the bottom of the waiting list. It was literally 35 degrees INSIDE the gym for December and part of January, not ideal for trying to start up a gym and find new members. Luckily I had most people tough it out and stick with me. I do not think this lesson can be avoided, you are just going to have to take the bumps and bruises, and realize your business is not special, it is going to be tough. Going in to year two, I can learn from these things and try to be ahead of the curve.
As for the ugly, it is that most people are honestly unreliable. Talk is cheap, since opening the gym,I have never been more sure of this. I never expected people to talk so much and do so little. We will leave it at that.
On to the good. Despite all the hard times, the first year has been a blast. The gym has allowed me to help change others lives and to build amazing relationships. Some of the people who have walked in that door, are now some of my best friends. Along with that, I have grown to love the daily challenge that business presents. There is a thrill in trying to do something on your own, to roll the dice and know it is all on you. If there is something you are passionate about, you have to go for it.
I am very transparent with things involving the gym, if you ever have questions about fitness, business, or opening your own gym, never hesitate to reach out. And of course if you dream of owning your own gym, check out the affiliate program at Oldschoolgym.com
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