I currently do mostly in-home training, but I’m considering getting my own small location (1,000 ish sf) to set up a micro-gym for 1 on 1 and small group training. I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with setting up a business of this type. Currently I’m looking around for a micro-warehouse type industrial space, to minimize rent, preferably with a garage door, to allow for easy movement of equipment outdoors in the warmer seasons, but there seems to be a lack of easy accessibility to listings of that sort on-line. So my main questions are how did you go about finding your space, and was there any unforeseen difficulties with starting up. I have a good concept of how my marketing and cash flow will look, but any feedback would be appreciated.
I happen to visit a yoga studio a few days ago that was in just such a location as you are looking for. It had a garage door.
The owner of the studio mentioned problems with water seeping in, and it struck me as somewhat drafty. The thing that I would consider is also the types of businesses that are around the place. If you are like most personal trainers, then your clientele is predominantly female, and I myself would want to go to a place where there is business traffic when I go there.
Wish you success,