To the outside world you’ve got it all… a successful CrossFit® box, a great team of trainers and a pretty nice lifestyle. You pick the hours you want to work and you get to train whenever you want. In fact you are probably the envy of many of your friends who believe that you are living the ultimate dream. The truth is, it’s hard managing a CrossFit® box even though you are passionate about what you do. Here are the top 3 CrossFit® Box Manager Problems we hear at Wodsites Australia and how you can address them:
#1 Too Much Admin
Running a box takes up much more time than you realised to begin with and that’s before you get started on the admin. Most box owners do not anticipate the quantity of paperwork when they start out and believe that they can easily slot it in around training. Paperwork such as membership forms, insurance, payslips, taxes, community charges, certification and licensing are time consuming and tedious to complete. Before you know it, you are spending as much time doing admin as you are coaching and this isn’t what you wanted from your box.
Most new box owners are unable to budget for a full time administrative staff member but it is possible to outsource administration either to a part time employee or on a freelance basis. If you need to manage the admin yourself then keep on top of it by keeping computerised files and making a series of templates for all eventualities. This way you will spend the minimum amount of time completing forms. It sounds obvious but try not to let the paperwork mount up, instead dedicate at least 30 minutes per day to your administrative duties.