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Essential Tips for Selling Your Phoenix Fitness Business

Businesses in the health and fitness industry are in higher demand than ever to help the more than 160 million overweight and obese Americans, as estimated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. That makes this a great time to sell your Phoenix-area fitness business, and there are a few things you can do to make it even more appealing to potential buyers.

Capitalize on Your Niche in the Fitness Market

With the health and fitness club industry bringing in more than $27.6 billion per year, as noted by Statista, there’s room for a variety of fitness businesses. Prospective buyers might want to buy a specific type of enterprises, such as a gym, fitness center or weight-loss center.

The types of businesses in this industry break down even further when you consider there are many different types of fitness centers and gyms. These include:

  • Big franchises
  • Traditional gyms with weights
  • Fitness centers with attached spas
  • Small facilities that offer specialty workouts such as yoga
  • Studios that offer martial arts training

As you prepare to sell, showcase your niche. If yoga is your specialty, make sure your studio reflects that by removing extraneous equipment.

Share the Benefits of Your Business

Increase the desirability of your fitness business by highlighting what your clients appreciate about your business and how your company has helped them to achieve their goals. Gather their testimonials and share them with prospective buyers via a video. Or, create a PowerPoint presentation that shows average weight loss per client, for example. A business broker from the LINK Business-Phoenix can seamlessly guide you through the process to help you be certain you’re sharing the information potential buyers are seeking.

Update the Fitness Center’s Physical Amenities

It might feel a little counter-intuitive to spend money upgrading a business you plan to sell. However, even small updates can give your space an eye-catching jolt of curb appeal, plus it will show that you have taken good care of your business. For example, having the pads on gym equipment upholstered if they’re cracking or peeling is a minor expense that has the potential to pay off. Just be sure to stick to neutral colors in case the new owner plans to remodel.

Have the Books and Customer Logs in Order

Prospective buyers might be intensely passionate about helping people increase fitness levels, but they’re also going to want to know the potential for profit if they buy your business. To start, interested parties will want to see some basic information about the number of clients who have memberships or who pay by the month to visit your facility. You will probably keep some data confidential in the early negotiation stages, but you will need to have some key accounting logs ready to share as the deal moves forward.

What Training Are You Willing to Offer the New Owners?

If part of the competitive advantage your business comes with is the specialty training you and your employees have had, buyers also will want to know if training is available as part of the deal. Most certifications in the fitness industry, however, are provided by outside agencies because of safety regulations. Potential buyers who are new to the industry might simply need extra guidance as to where to obtain those types of industry certifications.

Sales trends in the fitness industry continue to change and grow as demand increases, making it a market segment with huge potential wins for both buyers and sellers of fitness centers, gyms and weight-loss centers in the United States.

Contact LINK Business-Phoenix by calling (480) 686-8062 or by emailing infophx@linkbusiness.com to discuss selling your gym or fitness business with an industry professional.

Brent Ainsworth Joins LINK Business-Phoenix

We are excited to welcome Brent Ainsworth to the LINK Business-Phoenix team.

Brent has owned and operated several businesses in the Phoenix Valley, including a car rental company, video store, freight delivery company, small hotel, mobile home and duplex rentals and accounting and tax businesses.  He possesses an in-depth knowledge of Tax and Accounting. He brings accounting fundamentals and financial analysis and expertise from his own experience, as well as tax implications to owning an enterprise.  A Boise State graduate, he received a formative education in Accounting and Real Estate Finance. Having worked with many styles and types of businesses, Brent understands the process of leverage, cash flow, and, entering and exiting a business.

Call Brent about buying or selling your business.

Brian Kloft is working with LINK Business-Phoenix

LINK Business-Pheonix is excited about working with Brain Kloft as a cooperating broker.

With over 20 years of experience in the Arizona commercial real estate sales and leasing market, Brian has decided to work in Cooperation with LINK Business on assisting business owners in acquiring or selling their business.

Brian is a Phoenix Native who attended St Mary’s High School and graduated from ASU with a business marketing degree.  Beginning in commercial real estate at a shopping center focused leasing company, he helped build their property management company until leaving to start his own property management, leasing and sales company. After growing his company to a successful, mid-sized company, he sold it to spend more time with his wife and young children.  He decided he could manage his own properties and a small number of clients and has recently decided to focus more on helping owners with business transitions.