3 Things I Wish I Did as a New Box Owner

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As a new Box owner, it can be pretty scary.

Not only do you have to learn how to run a business, you have to do many different tasks like marketing your gym, cleaning the gym, dealing with customer relations and so much more. I remember when I first started my Affiliate and I was in that same exact situation. There was no blueprint for me to follow and I ended up making a lot of mistakes at first.

When I look back from where I am now to where I was when I first started, there are a few things I wish I had learned right away.

Here are my top three things I wish I did when I first started my Affiliate so you can learn from them and not make the same mistakes I did:

#1 Outsource Sooner

When I first started my Affiliate, I bootstrapped everything. I coached all of the classes, did all of the marketing and cleaned the gym myself.

After a few months of doing every task in my business, not only was I burnt out, but my enthusiasm as a Coach and business owner started to fade. It wasn’t until I finally let go of a few tasks that I rediscovered my passion for CrossFit and business again. If you are still doing every job in your business, start to outsource as soon as possible.

Hire someone to clean your gym a few times a week.

Hire a Coach to take a few hours away from you.

When you start to outsource you’ll immediately notice how much more energy and passion you have. On top of that, you’ll generate more revenue in your business as well.

#2 Ask for Help

I tend to be a pretty stubborn person and there are times where I’d rather do it the hard way than to get coaching or ask for help. But I quickly learned that doesn’t work well in business, especially if you want to make this work long term.

It wasn’t until about two years into owning CrossFit Reach that I finally got business coaching from someone who was where I wanted to be. Once I did, I learned the right things to do and didn’t feel like I was spinning my wheels anymore.

That was priceless as I no longer wasted time on things that wouldn’t propel my business forward. I was dialed in on what would take my Box to the next level.

#3 The 6th Person

I remember when I first started my business. I felt like I was living on an island all by myself. It was hard to talk to anyone about the issues I had going on or the struggles I was having in my business. My parents didn’t understand because they don’t own a business.

However, once I started networking with people inside and outside the business of owning a Box, I finally realized that my problems weren’t unique and they were normal. I was able to bounce ideas off of these fellow business owners that I was networking with; I even was able to take great ideas from other industries and apply them to my Box.

As the saying goes “You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.”

There are many things I wish I knew and learned faster when I started my Affiliate, but those are by far the top three things that have propelled my business to where it is today.

If you are a new Affiliate owner or even one that has been around for a few years, make sure to apply these tips and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it will make in your business.

Robby Blanchard is the owner of CrossFit Reach, one of the most recognizable and profitable CrossFit Affiliates in the nation. In addition to coaching 300 athletes daily, he has helped thousands of CrossFitters through his online training programs. Robby is also a coach and business mentor through his Rx Business Program, which helps over 100 CrossFit Affiliates worldwide by teaching them how to scale their businesses.