I definitely don’t recommend…if you love coaching, just find a gym that lets you coach. Do that. But if you love business…a lot of the times we see that these coaches don’t know how to run a business and that’s why they suffer.
Coaching is the pyramid, the top where you just see it, but the iceberg, the rest of it is business, and it’s hard. You have to have a team that you really trust, and people turn on you. Their loyalty is shallow and quickly forgotten.
I was very fortunate that when I built my team, there was a year-and-a-half process to become a coach and it’s because I just wanted to make sure that you wanted it. I was loyal to my coaches, and I treated them well. They got paid the highest amount.
Eventually, I brought in a business partner to help me run the operations because I was traveling so much. We had different ideas of where I wanted the business to go. I was fortunate enough that I had an operating agreement that outlined everything. People don’t do that. They’re like, “OK, cool. Let’s do it. We’re going to love each other.”
Not going to happen. There’s a whirlwind of paper cuts. It’s like death by a thousand paper cuts. There’s no one big significant thing. Even if one of your main coaches leave, you can survive, which I have that happen to me. All the little bitty things that will never stop. There will always be little fires to put out.
I wanted to be…at this time when I decided to sell, I had owned the business for 10 years and I knew that that part of my life is good. I was like, “OK, my business partner was to buy it. He loves it. He wants to live here all the time. Let him do it.”
We negotiated it and I sold it year-and-a-half ago. They’re doing great. They’re doing really well through COVID. I mean, Invoke has a strong name. Brandon had been running the business for a couple years.
It was an easy transition for the community. I love that community. I built it, but I also was ready to move on to the next thing, which was being able to be home in the evenings with my son, put him to bed, and not have him dragging along in the gym all day long, because when your coach can’t show up, you have to show up.
Now, I just focused on my workouts with my app, which I do those workouts at home. I get to be a cool mom that takes her kids to the park. We do all kinds of crazy stuff, and I get to focus. I have a lot more time to be me and within my life. I get to really enjoy life now. [laughs]