I am often asked how I started with barre fitness studios. I actually have always loved health, nutrition, and fitness. My real dream had always been to own something like Canyon Ranch before I knew about Canyon Ranch. But come on – I didn’t have millions of dollars for built out and operating capital. I barely had $50,000! But I had a fair amount of financial and business savvy….
You see, I spent the first 15 years of my adult life as a financial advisor. In San Diego, I worked with some of the coolest clients -with some really amazing businesses (if only I were allowed to tell you who). But despite working with amazing clients, and a wonderful team – I still was unhappy in my job. I literally was dying inside – a day at a time, and I was becoming a first class B–ch – and an unhealthy one at that!
Despite going to the gym 4-5 times a week, I was up to a size 10-12, and always tired and grumpy. Then my husband, Mike, and I went to a Christmas party and ran into one of my friends who had just started teaching barre. She looked amazing and invited me to take her class. I went with another friend. I walked out and said, “That was one of the hardest things I have ever done, I can’t wait to go back.” She said, “That was one of the hardest things I have ever done, I’ll never go back.”
I started taking classes 4-5 times a week, and in less than a month – I was a size 6. It was amazing! I told Mike, “If every girl knew this, every girl would do this.” I then started to think that maybe it was a good idea to open a studio! The thing is, I am still a finance girl through and through. I don’t make a decision unless it makes financial sense to me.
So, I started investigating opening my own studio. In part two, I will describe the process I took in determining what I wanted to do. But I want you to walk away from this today with one thing in mind, if you are dying inside, little by little, chasing someone else’s dream, and building someone else’s life – maybe it’s time to make a change?
If you have dreamed of opening a barre studio, I challenge you that you do NOT really want to partner with a large barre franchise. If your dream is to own your own business – you probably want more freedom and flexibility than a franchise will allow.
But I want to ask you today:
- Are you happy in your job?
- Are you doing something that excites you?
- Can you see yourself in your current career for the rest of your life?
- Do you dread Mondays?
Life is TOO SHORT to be living a life you don’t enjoy! It’s too short to be working in a job that doesn’t feed you. If you are like me and really needed to make a change, I want you to know – I get it! It is SCARY to leave a job that seems secure. It is SCARY to do anything different than what you already know. But most people will tell you, it is WORTH IT!
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If you are interested in how I started investigating businesses, and made the transition from a successful finance career to being self employed, come see me tomorrow! I look forward to sharing with you!