How to Open a Yoga Studio Part 1: Create a Business PlanSo, you’d like to open a yoga studio.
It’s easy to understand why. Given that yoga is an optimal way to counter the stresses of work, it isn’t hard to imagine that practicing and teaching throughout the day, in your own corner of the world, could create a happier, more peaceful lifestyle. The moneymaking potential of opening a studio is encouraging, too. No one knows exactly how big the yoga market is, but with the number of yoga practitioners in the United States reaching the neighborhood of 15 million, many estimates place it in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The question is whether you have what it takes. Starting any business venture requires not only determination but also close consideration of a large number of economic and personal issues. Especially with growing legions of studios already competing for the same students--along with fairly low barriers to entry--it has become more important than ever to identify every last variable before plunking down that security deposit.
Because opening a studio necessitates a major life change, you'll want to be as informed as possible before making your decision. For help in determining whether you should take the leap-—and to assist you if you decide to move forward—-Yoga Journal here presents the first in a series of articles offering constructive intelligence.
First Things First: Create a Business Plan
You've undoubtedly heard it before, because it’s true: the first, crucial step in charting your business’s path to success is writing a winning business plan, even if you aren’t seeking investors. Having a dream to be a business owner is laudable, but it's advance planning that will turn that dream into a reality. After all, if you don't understand what your expenses are going to be, it makes no sense to get started at all. A business plan can be a blueprint that will help you better how to select the right space, hire an appropriate number of employees, and determine how much risk you are able to take.