Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Andrew Blakey, Director of Services of Your Future Fitness, located in Toronto, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We provide In-home and online personal training services to those looking at starting their fitness journey! Fitness can be a confusing topic for a lot of people, so our goal is to help guide and educate our clients on how they can start living healthier, happier lives!
Tell us about yourself
I started my company about four years ago. Prior to starting my business, I was actually about 40 lbs. overweight. I remember the feelings of lack of confidence, not knowing where to start, and whether or not I could actually lose the weight. After studying for my 4-year degree in Kinesiology, I finally had the skills to make a meaningful change in my life. I lost the 40 lbs. and started my business because I never want anyone to have those same feelings of self-doubt and insecurity that I did!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Being able to help over 100 people to get started with fitness and start their journey towards a better life. We've also been recently featured in the top 10 personal training companies in Toronto. The biggest accomplishment is knowing that I'm making a difference and helping people to live the life that they're happy and aligned with.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest parts about being a business owner is actually both a pro and a con - we're in charge of how well we do. For individuals who are good at keeping themselves accountable, making hard decisions, and steering the business in the right direction, this hard part actually becomes a good thing.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
The first tip I would recommend is to start focusing on your mindset. Read books, journal, do self-improvement in any way you can. One of the biggest limitations you will have in your business is with your own mindset. The second tip I would recommend is to take a rest when you need it. You cannot operate at the level you would like if you don't give yourself time to rest. Your mental health will suffer, and when you're in a downstate, you're not going to be able to provide the highest quality service or products to your clients. The last tip I would recommend is to do a deep dive into your competition. What do they do that you think would do well with your business? What do they do that could be improved, and can you provide that with your business?
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
You need to be in this for the long run. I strongly believe that if you are devoted to continuous learning, networking, and implementing the things that need to be in place on a daily - that you will have success. Keep pushing forward, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. My greatest advancements have followed a mistake or discouraging experience. Learn, adapt, move forward.
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email firstname.lastname@example.org; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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