Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with David Barr, CEO of The Wembley Club, located in Chagrin Falls, OH, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
The Wembley Club is a fitness and tennis/pickleball club with a focus on interactive, fun exercise. Our customers are health-conscious people of all ages.
Tell us about yourself
Similar to our customers, I am a health-conscious and social person. As a lifetime entrepreneur, my motivation has been to make exercise fun and to build a hub of friendships. It's a great place to spend my days!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Our club has become an integral part of the lives of hundreds of families. Seeing my friends enjoying themselves while elevating their health has been extremely rewarding.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
We have built a community of fantastic people, but there is a small handful (a couple of members and the local homeowners association) who have been the polar opposite of our vision for positivity. Dealing with people with bad intent has been disappointing at times.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Building anything is going to be a marathon. Anyone launching a business should expect a lot of challenges and be determined to work through them. Have a strong rainy day fund. It will lower the day-to-day stress if you have ample backup funds to weather unexpected storms. My last piece of advice is to approach business as a scientist with an open mind, constantly learning and overcoming your own preconceived thoughts. Reading Adam Grant's book Think Again would be a great way to get your mind in the right place.
Where can people find you and your business?
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