Embarking on any significant project can be daunting, particularly when there’s so much to learn. While opening your own gym might initially appear to be a massive task, you can reduce the amount of mental overhead by leveraging the experience of others.
At Fitstop, we’ve taken what we’ve learnt about building community in the gym, and applied it to fostering an active and helpful community of successful franchisees and mentors. Taking the time to network and connect with other gym owners has proven to be a key element in the success of many Fitspot franchisees, and as our family grows, so does the value of this network. Here are just a few of the many benefits which effective networking can bring to aspiring gym owners.
Avoiding common mistakes
Learning from your mistakes is great, but learning from other people’s’ mistakes is even better. By establishing lines of communication with other Fitstop community members, you can determine the ‘best practice’ way to go about solving common problems. The value of more experienced mentorship just cannot be overstated. A common mistake that new business owners make is trying to do everything by themselves. Learning to develop and utilise these professional networks will save you huge amounts of time, money and stress.
Building a real community
As a franchisee community, Fitstop franchisees have a vested interest in seeing other members succeed – this makes for a very powerful and tight-knit network.
There’s something incredibly satisfying about being an active and valuable member of a community you care about. As your network expands, you will encounter other individuals starting their own personal success stories. Take these opportunities to pass on the valuable knowledge and experience that the community has provided you, and you will see benefits for years to come.
Developing new connections
Established gym owners have spent time and effort developing their own personal networks of professional and social contacts. Especially when you’re first starting out, it can be difficult to find consistent and reliable tradespeople, or high quality staff.
Meeting with other Fitstop franchisees is a great way to get access to these resources, and gives you the ability to share your own network with others (if your plumber loves you now, just think how stoked he’ll be when he sees how much work you’re sending his way!).
In addition, these networks open the door to interactions with other influential members of your community. It is difficult to stress enough just how important developing professional relationships like this is critical to ongoing business success. A casual conversation one day can turn into a long and profitable partnership tomorrow.
Owning a business is stressful on the best days. Sometimes, it can feel like the deck is stacked against you. At times like these, it is comforting to be able to turn to more established business owners and see their successes. With time and effort, you too will be able to achieve that success – it is simply a matter of time and effort.
Leveraging the experience of other franchise owners can also help to dramatically speed up the rate at which your business reaches that point – yet another reason to get networking!
Economies of scale
Bulk-buying is a great way to save money at the grocery store, and the same can be said in the business world. Combining buying power when purchasing goods and services is often a mutually beneficial way to improve profitability and reduce wastage.
At the end of the day, developing community is an end in and of itself. The Fitstop community has a heap of benefits, but sometimes the most important thing is just having the opportunity to chat with someone with whom you have a shared experience.
The Fistop family is full of passionate, energetic and successful people, united by a common passion for helping people to achieve their fitness goals.
Do you want to jump start you gym ownership plans with the confidence and backing of a tight-knit and experienced community? Join the Fitstop family! Head over to www.fsfitness.com.au/franchising now.