It’s a good chance that you are already using the ‘cloud’, you probably are just not aware of it. Do you use Gmail, Yahoo Mail or even Hotmail (now called Outlook)? If you answer yes to any of the above, you are already using the cloud. Notice that it does not matter what computer or smartphone or iPad you use or where you are, you have access to your emails from anywhere. This is the ‘cloud’ technology in a nutshell.
The cloud is a technology or service that allows you to save emails, files, photographs, documents, etc and then have access to them from anywhere using a computer, smart phone or tablet. Pretty cool right. No more saving documents to your PC and not having access to it because you are not home. Store your stuff in the cloud. Read More
Some say the fitness industry is not easy to excel in, we agree, its competitive. Even us here at StudioBookingsOnline find that our service of offering a great fitness studio management software is crowded. It does not matter how good of a following a studio owner or instructor has, if they are not marketing well enough the business may not succeed. No matter if they offer the best yoga software or the best and newest aerobic exercise programs there is always a variety of studios for potential members to pick from. This is why sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are so important. These “Deal” sites are great ways to bring in a lot of business. Sites like our StudioBookingsOnline can help you, the studio owner, keep track of your membership growth with ease. However, there is no doubt that “deal of the day” websites can help a small fitness studio grow membership. Read More
Most instructors after years of teaching, gathers a very loyal following of students. Some have wondered how they can make the jump from instructor to studio owner, owning their own business while doing what they love.
If you are a studio owner you probably remember the gut churning decision you made when deciding to go from instructor to studio owner and how hard that decision was, along with the sleepless nights that followed, even well after opening. It's very rare that a person with no knowledge of fitness or someone who has never taught a class opens a fitness or wellness studio. Read More
You are a studio owner that has been in business for some time now and has gone through the fitness industry's ups and downs, the financial setbacks from the recession, watching everyone try to open a Yoga or Pilates studio on every street, Crossfit cannibalizing your membership base, the good years and the in between years. Now your studio is on solid foundation, your membership base is not fluctuating like the stock market. You now have the problem we all want to have......... you are busy to the point of being unable to keep up. Sure, you can hire more instructors to help you out by teaching some classes but you are still left with running this growing business which is your studio. Congratulations. Read More
Not all studio owners have a partner at home with a full-time job that can take care of the bills for a while if something unfortunate should happen to you, like an unfortunate injury or illness. Here are some things to consider. Read More
You have your members sign a waiver, but what does it mean? How protected are you and your business?
This came up recently as a studio that I am very familiar with had a member sustain a bad shoulder injury during a semi-private Pilates reformer workout session. The studio has in place an injury and health waiver document that is required to be signed by every member upon joining the studio. The studio had also purchased insurance to protect against any accidents that may injure the owner, a member, staff, instructor or visitor. The injury to this member could not however be categorized as an accident since it happened during a supervised workout. Read More
With the announcement of the new iPad recently, I wondered how many studio owners are taking advantage of this amazingly versatile device. Anyone who has an iPad has come to appreciate how much a part of your daily life the iPad quickly becomes. But outside of the personal uses, the iPad is also a wonderful business device.
So let me share with you some of the many uses and reasons why you should invest in an iPad.
1. You can use it like a POS (Point of Sale) register. If you use Square or the new PayPal device you can use the iPad as a POS terminal. So instead of using the small screen on your phone, take advantage of the larger iPad screen. There are a couple of stands that hold up the iPad to make it look like a computer monitor. Read More