Owning a Gym – From Dream to Reality

Is owning a Gym or Fitness Center in Your Future? At one time or another, nearly every gym employee dreams of owning a gym. Perhaps you’re tired of all your hard work ending up helping someone else achieve his or her entrepreneurial success, or you may fear for losing your job in a weakened economy. Whatever your motivation, the compulsion to own a gym is strong in many of us. But the risk involved in turning that dream into reality has, all too often, acted to derail even the best-laid plans. How to Own a Gym Every prospective gym owner is forced to wrestle with many different kinds of questions. Concerns about money certainly lead the pack, but knowing what kind of gym best suits you is even more important. The best place to start is by examining the reasons why you want to own a gym. Here are some benefits to consider: Take advantage of all those years of work experience for your own benefit, not for the sake of others. A flexible schedule allows you to spend more…
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How Do I Get Advice on Buying a Gym?

Buy a Gym Today - Profit When? There's an old saying that states, "Free advice is worth [only] what you pay for it." While this is true in many situations in life, how does this homily apply to buying a gym? After all, anyone who wants to buy a gym will need some serious advice on the matter. They will want answers to such questions as, "What kind of gym should I buy?" and "What's the advantage of a franchise over an existing gym?" and "How do I know it's a good price?" and so many more. Additional concerns arise once the reality of buying a gym starts to sink in. Then buyers will want to know, "How much money do I need to operate the gym properly?" and "When will I start to show a profit?" The novice may not even know which questions to ask, not to mention having a clue about the answers. In this situation, free advice is both available and worthwhile. Even the cost of paying for such advice is nominal. Advice on Buying a Gym So do you settle for free advice, or pay som…
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How to Buy a Gym for Sale

Buying a Gym for Sale Gyms for sale are all around us. There are a number of factors to consider when buying a gym, and plenty of questions to ask once you have settled on a couple of possibilities. Learn as much as you can before taking the big leap. Examine the Financials Check over the gym’s profit-and-loss sheets and cash flow statements. You should know everything there is to know about how much money has come into the gym, where it went, and what are the projections for future earnings. Enlist the services of an accountant or CPA to assist with these efforts. Pay special attention to the gym’s liabilities, as new owners usually acquire these along with the gym’s assets. The due diligence package should also include the gym’s income tax returns, legal filings, articles of incorporation, and information on lawsuits both past and pending. Understand Why the Gym is For Sale Everyone has his or her own reason for wanting to sell a gym or health club. Retirement is a p…
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Finding Gyms for Sale with Seller Financing

Financing a Gym Purchase Few people who wish to buy a gym have the kind of cash it takes to pay 100 percent of the purchase price up front. Some sort of financing is almost always necessary. The traditional path to financing the purchase of a gym involves sitting down with a banker, filling out a loan application, and waiting to see if you qualify. Once the loan is approved - assuming everything is in order - you have the funds you need to proceed. Whether you are buying an existing gym, starting one from scratch, the path to gym ownership almost always runs through some sort of financial institution, whether commercial bank, credit union, or private equity firm. But there is another route available to you, if you happen to be buying a gym that is already up and running - having the existing gym owner provide some or all of the financing. What is Seller Financing? In its simplest terms, seller financing means that the current owner of a gym offers to carry some or all of t…
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Can a Health Club Broker help you Buy a Gym?

If you are considering a health club broker to help you purchase a gym, it is important that you understand exactly what health club brokers do, what help they offer, and what you should look for in a health club brokerage firm. A health club broker works with you to access your needs and help you through the buying process. In most cases, the health club broker's fee is a percentage of the selling price, and is paid once the sale is complete, either by the buyer or the seller. Health Club brokers work somewhat like realtors. A good health club broker will evaluate the gym, and provide you with financial statements and cash flow statements for the gym you are considering. While they do not provide financing, they will usually work with you to find financing, or help the seller to owner finance the gym in a way that protects both parties. A health club broker that is working for you will ask you several questions, including why you want to start a gym, what your educational …
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Reasons to Buy a Gym Today

With today’s rising unemployment, there is a corresponding rise in the number of prospective buyers looking for gyms, health clubs and fitness centers for sale. Many people dream of owning their own gym, being the boss, setting the rules, controlling their lives, and earning for themselves. Starting a gym can be difficult. You have to spend a lot of time and money coming up with an idea or service; testing it; developing its production or operation, marketing and selling it; hiring people; finding a location; sourcing equipment and vendors, and attracting new members. Many of these start-up frustrations are bypassed when you buy an existing gym. There is no better time than today to pursue your dream of owning your own gym. Why should you buy a gym? 1. The gym has immediate cash flow from day one. You start earning as soon as you sign the purchase contract. 2. Existing membership base is already in place. Start-up ventures sometimes fail because new members do not co…
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Will You Succeed in the Gym Business?

The one trait the majority of all millionaires have in common is that they owned their own business. Every year thousands of people attempt to follow in their footsteps and start their own gym. There are certain things you can do that will let you succeed at your own gym business. Here are the skills sets that successful gym owners say are critical to have if you want to succeed. Defined Goals The one thing that separates successful gym’s from failures is planning. If you want to succeed then you need to have a well-defined plan. This plan should be in writing and it should include step-by-step directions. This plan will be your roadmap that shows the best and quickest way for you company to gain profitability. All actions taken should be measured against your goals to see if they are driving you one step closer to success. Not having a plan is the quickest way to failure. Initiative The hardest part of starting a new gym is taking that first step. You have to have the …
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Tips to Buying a Gym Business for Sale

Will you achieve your dreams or plans for the future by buying a gym business? Will this fit the lifestyle that you want? Buying an existing health club or gym is advantageous because both have an established member base and ongoing operations. Financing from traditional sources is also easier. Below are tips in finding the right gym or health club opportunity. Are you familiar with the products or services offered by the gym? What type of gym do you want? Does it match your background and experience? Having some understanding of the gym will lessen the amount of time you spend familiarizing with the product service, market and industry. Do you have the support of your family? Running your own health club or gym requires a lot of time and effort. There are some tasks that you cannot delegate to your employees. Share your plans with your family, so they understand and support your commitment to the business. Did you research the market and analyze the competition? Do…
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How to Own a Gym Business – From Dream to Reality

Is Owning a Gym Business in Your Future? At one time or another, nearly every employee dreams of owning a gym. Perhaps you’re tired of all your hard work ending up helping someone else achieve his or her entrepreneurial success, or you may fear for losing your job in a weakened economy. Whatever your motivation, the compulsion to own a gym is strong in many people. But the risk involved in turning that dream into reality has, all too often, acted to derail even the best-laid plans. How to Own a Gym Every prospective gym owner is forced to wrestle with many different kinds of questions. Concerns about money certainly lead the pack, but knowing what kind of gym best suits you is even more important. The best place to start is by examining the reasons why you want to own a gym. Here are some benefits to ponder: Take advantage of all those years of work experience for your own benefit, not for the sake of others. A flexible schedule allows you to spend more time with yo…
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Do You Have what it Takes to Succeed in the Gym Business?

The one trait the majority of all millionaires have in common is that they owned their own business. Every year thousands of people attempt to follow in their footsteps and start their own business. Failure rates are high for new businesses with over half of them out of business within five years. How do you avoid this fate? There are certain things you can do that will let you succeed at your own gym business. Here are the skills sets that successful business owners say are critical to have if you want to succeed. Defined Goals The one thing that separates successful fitness companies from failures is planning. If you want to succeed then you need to have a well-defined plan. This plan should be in writing and it should include step-by-step directions. This plan will be your roadmap that shows the best and quickest way for you company to gain profitability. All actions taken should be measured against your goals to see if they are driving you one step closer to success. N…
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7 Negotiating Tips When Buying or Selling a Gym

A person buying or selling a gym needs the temperament and correct negotiation skills to successfully close the deal. Today, deals in the gym business are made by parties willing to find solutions to their differences. The two parties at the negotiation table are not adversaries. They do not attack one other, but rather they address the issues at hand. Here are some Business Negotiation Strategies for your Gym: 1. Prepare in advance. Prior to beginning negotiations, study the gym, financials and the market trends through industry publications, trade events and networks, and consult with those in the industry. Knowing the industry statistics and analysis of the gyms arms you with information you might need to back up your offer or counter other proposals. You can demonstrate that you know what you are talking about and you cannot be misled. 2. Listen to the other party. Give the other party your attention and the time to say what is on their mind. You should refrain f…
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How to Determine When It Is Time to Sell Your Health Club, Gym or Fitness Center

At some point in the life of a gym, every owner wrestles with the possibility of selling his or her company. Selling your gym is a personal decision. It takes time and patience to do it correctly. The procedure is tedious but rarely repetitive. The problems you face during a sale are ones you have not encountered before. The sale of your gym will have a great impact on your family, employees and you. Take the time to think about all the implications before needlessly disrupting the gym and your life. Examine your motives and take a hard look at your reasons for selling because once the transaction is complete, your business is gone forever. The most successful sellers set their personal, business and financial goals long before they place their gym on the market. They know what they want to achieve by selling their gym. Whether they want money and time to travel, retirement or leverage to start a new venture, they have a plan to get there. The following outline will…
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Write Ads That Attract Pre-Qualified Buyers for your Gym

Writing the perfect advertisement for your gym or health club for sale is an art. Here's what you should reveal and what you should not. Advertising your gym can result in more leads and a higher ultimate selling price, but revealing that you are selling can cause problems with employees and give your competitors something they will use against you. The key to advertising your gym is walking the line between effective marketing and preserving confidentiality is a well-crafted online ad. Writing business-for-sale ads for health clubs, fitness centers and gyms is an exercise in fine balance. You have to entice prospective buyers about the current and potential strength of your gym without even slightly stretching facts, which you'll have to warrant as accurate at the time of an actual purchase. You have to tell enough about your gym to make buyers think they'd like to know more, but you can't tell so much that readers—particularly competitors—can piece together the f…
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Health Club, Fitness Center and Gym Real Estate Site Selection

Selecting the right location starts with knowing your area’s demographics. Don’t know where to start? That’s okay because Jim Thomas’ Fitness Management & Consulting can provide you with a demographic report and help you analyze them. When selecting a site for your non-franchise model, you should also consider the following: Does the location satisfy your target market? Analyze the demographics around the proposed site, taking into account such factors as age, gender, family size, spending patterns, occupation, average income, etc. Does the profile of the average local resident or worker coincide with the member profile outlined in your feasibility study? If not, find another site or alter your plans to accommodate the needs of that market. Does the street have heavy traffic? If you’re depending on walk-in-traffic to generate sales, your gym must be located on a busy street. To ensure this, research and compare the number of drive-bys that pass a prospective sit…
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Buying a Health Club, Fitness Center or Gym in 3 Easy Steps

Overcome Your Fear of Buying a Health club, Fitness Center or Gym in 3 Easy Steps If you want to own your own health club, it is easier to buy an fitness business than it is to start you own gym business from scratch. An established health club allows you to skip past the startup phase entirely, which is where the majority of all new gyms fail. If you buy a health club then you can concentrate your efforts on making your health club larger and more profitable. Buying a health club does not have to be a challenge. You want to avoid overpaying for the business or buying a lemon. The easiest way to avoid this is to follow these three steps in buying your own business. STEP 1: Due Diligence The first step is due diligence where you determine whether or not this gym or fitness center is one you want to buy and at what price you are willing to pay for it. Find out why the seller is selling the health club. Once you are satisfied that the reason is not to flee from someth…
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