Many people say they want to work for themselves, have no boss, call the shots and live a life of freedom. But working for yourself is anything but that. You will work harder for yourself than you will for anyone else. You will show up earlier, stay later and worry more about every little details. You even might grow to the point where you have staff and now are responsible for the food they put on the table for their family and for whether or not they can pay their rent.
Owning a business is a heavy burden but obviously worth it since so many still traverse this path. After leaving my businesses in 2010 which we eventually lost completely less than 2 years later I went back to the safety of a job. I wanted nothing more than a solid pay cheque and the security of knowing I could pay my bills. This was an incredibly challenging time of my life. Everything I had built was gone and I had to start all over. It took many many years to regain my footing because after 2 years of working I once again found myself faced with having nothing. Heartbroken and exhausted I realized no job can give you security, it’s your confidence in your ability to stand on your own two feet that gives you that. So once again I set out to work for myself. Freedom Fitness Coaching was officially established in 2014 but the year prior to that I had already begun building a training business one client at a time. I faced the task head on and I was willing to go anywhere at any time to work with anyone I could. I went from the east end of toronto to the west end taking in home clients, clients in a pretentious private club, and clients in a small club near my home.
Building a business means taking a risk, putting yourself out there and being willing to do whatever it takes to get that business off the ground. One summer day while I had my son for the weekend I dragged him into a small club near my home to meet with the owner/manager. I asked him if he would allow me to work for free to do orientation assessments with new members for the opportunity to possibly sell them on personal training. Guess what he said? Of course he said yes. No one was providing this service in his club and I was willing to do it for free. It was all win for him and free lead generation for me. All I needed was for someone to put the people in front of me and I would do the rest. Despite this my client roster grew slowly and I still couldn’t put all my eggs in one basket. I maintained my in-home training and private club clientele and crazy work schedule but was now completely self sufficient. I didn’t report to one boss I reported to many. My clients, club managers, government as I now had to regularly submit my own taxes, I was in no way free but I was in control of my day and my duties.
The time I spent building my training business was exhausting but the most gratifying of my career. Looking back now I see it was not about the money, it was about the people that came into my life and the disciplines I learned in how to service those people. During those very dark and uncertain years I was gifted with people who not only helped pay my bills but who lifted me up when I needed it the most. I honed my skills as a trainer during that time and was grateful every single day for the clients who trusted me. I built friendships and relationships with people who are still in my life today. I want to take this opportunity to thank every single person who allowed me into their lives and into their hearts. You carried me through the worst and because of you I am able to stand here today whole, happy and healthy. When you build a business you just never know how that business will actually build you.