To my mind the answer is: having the opportunity to own a business in an industry that I LOVE and am PASSIONATE about. Waking each morning actually looking forward to what that day may hold business-wise, and knowing that that day, I and my business will actually help some individuals become a little bit better, and will bring some fun and joy into their daily lives.
Good question. As an owner of a gym, I have seen a great sense of community develop among my members. The main perk is knowing that they come together to stay fit and healthy, but subsequent to that I have seen friendships develop, acquaintance networking take place, and even a lot of times business relationships form from the gym environment.
Another perk that I know may be more personal is being able to create, develop, and beta test my own management software first hand through my own gym. Additionally, being a gym owner with management software has given me the freedom and ability to run a couple companies at once from varying locations. For that I am thankful for!
Have a great weekend!