Meet Amanda from Revolution Buffalo
I am so excited to introduce you to my dear friend Amanda Moses! Amanda and I have known each other since high school and I am so proud of her and the Revolution Buffalo team for the success of their brand new indoor cycling and spinning studio. The courage, perseverance, and passion of starting a brick and mortar business is not easy to come by and I was so excited to dig in and find out what inspired her! Check out what I learned below.[divider type="short"]
Introduce yourself to our readers & tell us how the idea of Revolution Buffalo came to be?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]H[/dropcap]i Feminist Wednesday! My name is Amanda Moses and I am a born and bred Buffalonian. I am a Certified Public Accountant by day and a gym rat by night. I love all things fitness related, from indoor cycling, to weight lifting and yoga, to my absolute favorite, TRX. In between number crunching and ab crunching, I strive to find time to maintain balance and spend time catching up with family and friends. So it only seemed natural that I find a way to merge the fitness and social factor into one. A great friend and fellow Sacred Heart Alumnae (what can I say, SHA breeds strong and motivated women!), Rachel McCrone (Bratton), had been instructing indoor cycling for a few years and casually mentioned, "Wow, we could totally do this!" I nodded, thought it was great, and we let the idea go.[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]
Then this summer, things fell into place for us…[/dropcap]
We recruited another fit friend of ours, Colleen Kirk, who has ten years of experience, and the rest is history. With Colleen's background in copywriting/branding, Rachel's background in sales, and mine in accounting, it made perfect sense for us to band together and make our dreams a reality. So seven months and many late nights later, here we are. We still pinch ourselves some days, this is really ours, we really made this happen![two_first][/two_first][two_second][pullquote align="right"]We still pinch ourselves some days, this is really ours, we really made this happen![/pullquote] [/two_second]
I cannot even express what an emotional roller coaster it has been, but through the ups and downs of the planning process, we kept each other positive. I should also take a second to say that while the three of us are running the show, our husbands and significant others play a huge part. They are up at 5am with us and there on the weekends, our knights in shining armor (Or Nike Dri-Fit in this case). [divider type="short"]
I think it's awesome you have opened a studio while also working full time at other companies. Can you tell us how you keep you focus and drive on RB? Any tips for entrepreneurs who have their feet in both the 9 to 5 and their business?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]F[/dropcap]or anyone who dreams of starting their own business but knows they can't commit to the huge pay cut that is quitting your day job, I promise you it is possible. It doesn't come without sacrifices, but if you want it enough, those sacrifices seem small in the scheme of things. (And they are!) As long as you have a strong support system, it can be done. If you are starting a business with partners, make a clear list of responsibilities for each of you. For a procrastinator like myself, knowing others are counting on me really gets my butt in gear. My partners and I set up a shared Google calendar with all of our various start-up responsibilities and also with our weekly meetings on it to keep us organized. Communication is absolutely key, especially when everyone is working 9 to 5 and not always available. We correspond via email during the day and in the evenings, spend an hour or so addressing anything that has come up. It is cliche, but we love our business so much that it doesn't feel like work and love dedicating time to it.[divider type="short"]
What advice do you have for someone who is interested in starting a brick & mortar business but afraid to take the first step- any advice or things you have learned about opening up your own space?
[two_second][pullquote align="right"]Rolling with the punches comes with the territory of being a business owner, so take the good with the bad. At the end of the long, hectic day, this is your own blood, sweat and tears…and yes, I mean it in the most literal manner.
[/pullquote][/two_second] [dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]aking the leap and setting up your own brick and mortar business is scary. It takes you so far out of your comfort zone that you feel like a whole new, extremely brave person. Signing that lease or mortgage will leave you with sweaty hands, but if you have taken the time to do your homework, you have nothing to fear. I have gone over our business plan and projected financial statements so many times that I can see the numbers in my sleep. Once you know your property budget, the key is to stay patient. We knew which areas in the city we could afford and what we needed out of the space for it to work. There were plenty of times when we came close to settling, but we stuck it out and literally stumbled upon our perfect little carriage house. Finding the space isn't the final step;it is important to make sure you have a responsive property manager if you are leasing and to know ahead of time what yours and their responsibilities are. Also keep in mind that once you lock in a location, you will most likely have additional expenses to get that spot to match your vision. If you are leasing, anything permanent you do will stay with the building after you leave. There will always be happy little surprises like a leaky roof or a non-reliable plow service, but you will not be alone. Rolling with the punches comes with the territory of being a business owner, so take the good with the bad. At the end of the long, hectic day, this is your own blood, sweat and tears…and yes, I mean it in the most literal manner.[divider type="short"]
Anything we missed you want to share? Any plugs or social media links?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]S[/dropcap]o there you have it, a condensed version of my advice and experiences in taking the calculated risk of starting your own business. Now for some details on our own living, breathing dream! [two_first][/two_first][two_second] Revolution Indoor Cycling, which we fondly refer to as "Rev," is located at 1109 Delaware Avenue in the city of Buffalo.[/two_second] We are tucked behind the historic Boyd Mansion in a carriage house equipped with a shower and changing rooms. Colleen, Rachel and I are currently teaching all eighteen classes per week ourselves, which means our classes our offered in the early morning and in the evenings after work, as well as on Saturdays. Clients choose between several high-energy options: 45 minute or 60 minute cycling classes, 60 min Rev+ classes (30 cycling, 30 TRX), and 60 minute TRX classes. Clients are able to select their bike when signing up for class, so whether they want to sit next to their friend or have a bike that is THEIR bike, they are covered. As I mentioned at the start of this post, the hope is that Rev becomes a place to stay connected with old friends and meet new ones. There is no better way to bond than through sweating and mutual suffering, and I mean suffering in the best, muscle-and-lung-burning way. To further our mission of "Mind. Body. Community.," we also have a once a month community ride. The ride and coffee are free, and then we leave the studio as a group to do community service. In my experience, we all want to give back but have a hard time finding something that feels meaningful to us. The Community Ride gives people the chance to leave feeling positive in mind, body and soul, while making an impactful difference for others as well. [well]