So you want to open your own gym? Why wouldn’t you? You’re able to keep fit yourself, help others achieve their body goals, be your own boss and earn more money than before. Sounds perfect, right? Like any business venture, it’s important to think things through properly before taking any steps into launching your new business, so here’s a guide on what to remember when you’re thinking of opening your very own gym.
You need money
Opening a gym isn’t going to come cheap, because even if you’re planning on launching a fairly small gym, you will need state of the art gym equipment and machines to draw customers in. Not only that, you will also need to think about other costs such as rent/lighting/electricity. All of these costs add up quickly and if you don’t have the money to invest into your gym, you’re likely to fail before you’ve even got going properly. Take time to work out a budget before diving nose first into the fitness industry.
Safety always comes first
Like any business owner, your main priority should be safety. However, because of the nature of your business, it’s especially important to make sure that you’re coming down hard with safety rules. If you’re not sure where to start with these, you might find it useful to speak to a personal injury lawyer for some advice on health and safety regulations for your gym. You of all people probably knows what it feels like to strain too hard at the gym, but you need to make sure that you’re not liable for it.
Do you have the time?
Having a gym means being available when people want to work out. This could be literally any time of the day. It’s important to remember that a lot of people work all day and then visit the gym in the evenings/night time, so make sure that you’ve got the time and resources to be open to meet customer needs. Which leads us onto the next point…
You will need staff
If you’re running a gym that’s open more than it isn’t, you’re going to need staff members to help you run your business, and not just personal trainers either. Your gym will need to be maintained regularly, cleaned often, and you will also need someone to take care of the money side of things if you’re not keen on doing it yourself. Budget staff members and wages into your business plan because trust us when we say, you can’t do this alone!
As you can see, running a gym is challenging and at some points, may feel like more hassle than it’s worth. However, if you do it right and follow these steps, you’ll soon be running a gym that’s changing both yours and other people’s lives for the better! Most importantly, good luck!