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11-05-2012, 06:17 PM #1
starting badminton court business
ok, i've read 2-3 postings on this subject but those were in the context of out side of US. i am located in california where badminton is relatively popular compared to other US states. i have a totally unrelated occupation right now, but i've grown into the sport of badminton for past few years and wanted to run badminton court business because that's where i felt my passion is.
i am in the very beginning stage of getting there. i've never owned any small business before so i wanted to ask this community to gather some ideas and resources, and pitfalls to avoid. i didn't major in business in school, but i am confident that i have enough business skills to own a badminton gym. the most i am puzzled with is getting the fund/loan, finding location (buy? rent?), finding contractor to do construction, and finding supplies for pro shop. well, that sounds like almost everything....
currently i am conducting researches around this region to complete a business presentation to show it to lenders. i don't have slightest clue how much business fund i need to start this business. i am hoping i can at least have 10 courts, but i may need to start smaller.
in any case, i am taking my very first step into the land of unknown. i guess it does and will take a lot of courage to switch from my current job to owning a business. but with the help from this great community, i hope to reach my goal and contribute to this wonderful sport of badminton.
so please do share anything and everything.
11-05-2012, 07:34 PM #2
have you ever had any experience running a badminton club (full or part time)?
11-05-2012, 07:36 PM #3
no, as i stated before i have no prior experience other than being an enthusiastic player.
11-05-2012, 07:48 PM #4
Sounds like a big step. Helping in the admin of a badminton club will help a lot in knowledge acquisition. Another good way of gaining more knowledge (and contacts) is to get involved in running a tournaments. This way you can increase your network, speak personally to people drawing on their experience as well as lowering your risk. I.e. learn as much as you can before putting any money in.
11-05-2012, 07:56 PM #5
i play in corporate leagues ( between companies) but that league is very informally managed, and most of them are just casual players. if i do get to open one, i plan to expand the business one by one. i do not plan to have everything and open business right from the start. meaning, i'd start off with nicely constructed court for drop-in and membership. then add pro shop, coaching, tournament and so on as resources permit.
11-05-2012, 08:00 PM #6
You should start by running a club first (ie, rent a place).
Next, run some tournaments (by renting other people's place).
After 3 years of doing the above, then you can start thinking about constructing or building your own gym or arena. The arena can be used for other indoor sports (eg, basketball) or activities.
getting a supply of birdies are the easy part, i think.
11-05-2012, 08:08 PM #7
what is the significance of running a club and running tournaments in relation to running badminton gym business? i guess, the better question is, what does it take to run a club. i can see how running a club might help on the business side because you gain knowledge on the need of other enthusiasts and also expand networks. but do this for 3 years? i am not being sarcastic here, so don't take any offense. i'd like to know what i'd be expecting from going through mentioned experiences. because i go to 3-4 different badminton courts around this region, and most of people appear to be casual players (in all different levels). so my natural instinct tells me 'are those experience absolutely necessary?'
11-05-2012, 08:20 PM #8
That you hope to own a badminton gym is laudable but as a replacement for your job....hmmm..
Another badminton facility is good for the game but I wouldn't like to see a person suffer.
BTW having a well run tournament is one way of advertising.
But having a facility well organised is the key. What if your courts are too hot, too much wind, not high enough, no parking, inadequate shower facilities, no drinks machine or refreshment counter, system of booking courts and payment that is fair, shuttles available for purchase, stringing service available.
11-05-2012, 08:22 PM #9
the significance of running a club or tournaments are these. If they are successfully run (after 3 years), you can then run them at your own gym!!
11-05-2012, 08:36 PM #10
11-05-2012, 09:13 PM #11
11-05-2012, 09:17 PM #12
11-05-2012, 09:28 PM #13
why do you want to construct or build your own gym instead of buying (or renting) an existing one?
11-05-2012, 09:32 PM #14
11-05-2012, 10:19 PM #15
I still haven't knowing a club not running by a former player or coach. Managing people is thousand times harder than hitting a bird. Don't jump, it is a cliff, my friend.
11-05-2012, 10:25 PM #16
11-05-2012, 10:30 PM #17
may i ask how old you are?