Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Anthony Oglesby, Founder of All Out Fitness, located in Penacook, NH, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are a fitness center that offers a ton of amenities, full-strength equipment for locker rooms and showers, assorted classrooms, as well as a barbershop and nail salon. Provide tanning as well and are all in the spa area.
Tell us about yourself
I got involved with the fitness industry after meeting the founder of Planet Fitness. Told me I could have a great future and the fitness industry if I apply. As a college graduate, there were only six planet fitness locations, so I thought it would be a great fit. Motivation In this industry comes every day. If you connect with your members, understand the struggle, and genuinely care about helping them out of the struggle, I can see how you're not motivated.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
The biggest accomplishment I've made as a business owner is starting up at the front desk of a fitness center as an hourly employee and moving up to become an owner of one of the biggest franchises. Moving from multiple partners to doing this on my own.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Relationships are the hardest thing to come by when it comes to business; releasing possibilities to other people is very hard. And to be successful have to put your trust in other people to help you because you're not strong in everything you do. If you find people who are strong in your weaknesses and trust them to make the decisions is one of the hardest things to do.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
The first thing is you can't do this on your own, trust your employees. Second, be willing to work day and night once your start a business. Lastly, it is very important to start paying attention to your family so you can commingle your work and home lives together.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
As a business owner, you will have more downfalls than successes, but you will succeed in making it through them. Remember, you chose to do this because you don't want to work for anybody, and you want to build something you can look back on and be happy you did it. Remember that's the end goal look back, still have a family, and enjoy the time you spend together and the success you have working hard.
Where can people find you and your business?
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