Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Josh Burnett, Owner of Owen Sound Fitness & Training, located in Owen Sound, ON, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Owen Sound Fitness & Training is a full-service, 24/7 access fitness facility offering personal training, small group training, and memberships. Our customer base is large and varies, as our goal has always been to offer a little bit of everything for everyone!
Tell us about yourself
I realized, after a few life experiences, that I wanted to be in control of my own career and life. This led me to my passion for health and fitness, and what better way to be your own boss in the field than own a gym? I'm motivated by the members and clients we have day in and day out to help them achieve lasting habit-based results that are lifelong.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I would say our two largest accomplishments are:
- Being voted Owen Sound's Best Fitness Facility 4 years running (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
- I was voted Entrepreneur of the Year (Under 35) a few years ago for everything I've been able to build with Owen Sound Fitness & Training and my income properties throughout Owen Sound.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The hardest thing would just be always being on the clock. Yes, it's possible to be out of communication at various times, but when it comes down to it, as the business owner, you're the one who has to deal with any small (or large) issues inside and outside of regular hours.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be ready to put in serious time and effort.
- It takes years to be an overnight success. The work you do in private shows up in public.
- The best strategy is to care and always focus on growth.
Where can people find you and your business?
Instagram (Personal): https://www.instagram.com/burner_24/
Instagram (Company): https://www.instagram.com/osfitness24/
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