I’m so excited to launch W.I.T.S. new blog, designed to keep you abreast of industry issues, strategies for success, and provide a forum for us to communicate with each other. My name is Amy Hyams, and I’ll be your blog “host.” However, this is a “conversation” and I welcome your input and look forward to the informative exchanges we will share.
June is “Entrepreneurial Excellence” month at W.I.T.S. so in this month’s blogs, I’m going to focus on how we, as fitness professionals, can also be more successful business people. I’m going to share some of the things I’ve learned and ask you to contribute your ideas and secrets to entrepreneurial success.
As you may know, W.I.T.S. has developed a new catalog of business, sales and marketing classes, which are all available online. In this past month, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as “online mentor” in most of these courses and got to hear firsthand about the struggles and challenges many face when turning their passion of fitness into a profitable business. Our Personal Trainer Certification (offered live and as a hybrid course) gives you the knowledge and skills to develop exercise programs and train clients, but we still need to get them in our door! In our Fitness Management Certificate, many are learning about running a Club, managing staff, designing a facility and establishing a marketing plan. But in our Business Success Skills course, so many are learning to set up their own business and become entrepreneurs; which many of us have never done before.
What I’m noticing is that many of us want to start a business, but do not have a plan. We haven’t defined who we are, what type of business we want to be, and what our short term business goals are. Without setting out a plan and understanding where you want to be, how do you know how to get there? And how will you know when you’ve arrived? Think about it—it’s very similar to establishing a personalized fitness program for a client. You have to first conduct a fitness assessment, determine what their current fitness status is, define their clear and measurable goals, and then create a program designed to achieve their goals.
So, I ask you, have you developed your Mission Statement? Does it clearly convey who you are and what your purpose is? Do you have clear and measurable short and long term goals, which you can use to guide your progress, and know when you’ve achieved success?
Please share your “Mission Statement” with us, and also, some of the lessons you have learned when starting your business. We can all learn from each other as we transform ourselves from “Passionate Fitness Professionals” to “Excellent Entrepreneurs.”
I look forward to hearing from you!