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How to Break Bad Business Habits: 5 Things Every Youth Activity Center Owner Needs to Know

Every youth activity center owner wants to see their business succeed by breaking bad business habits in the New Year. And while there’s no better time to set resolutions for new strategies that will grow your business, the New Year is a great time to evaluate what you can stop doing to help your business thrive.   

Say what? 


Now that I have your attention. Here are a list of five bad business habits every youth activity center owner should consider giving up in the New Year.

5 top bad business habits to break in 2020:

1. Stop using electronics and working in bed 

It’s the end of a long day and you’re exhausted in bed, but your mind won’t stop running a mile a minute thinking about your to-do list. So what do you do? Grab your device of choice and start working. 

I get it. When a cloud-based class management system makes it super convenient to get work done anywhere and anytime, it’s tempting to sit up in bed working all hours of the night, just to check off one more to-do before calling it a day. This bad business habit can lead to burnout and leave you wondering where your career stops and personal life begins. 

Tip: Set a maximum length of time during which you’ll complete any work at home in the evenings and communicate that to your staff. Once you hit your time limit, or you satisfy your racing mind, you’re done for the night.

2. Identify yourself as an entrepreneur first

Whose idea was it to start a unique swim school, gymnastics program or dance studio in your market? Oh yeah, yours. So this year, stop thinking of yourself as just a teacher or coach and start identifying as an entrepreneur! Both are awesome titles, so wear them with pride.

With this mind shift you may find yourself looking into parts of your business that are less exciting than teaching children, such as financial reporting and enrollment growth strategies to name a few. If neither of these are your forte, don’t fret. You’re the boss, which means you can lean on the expertise of other staff members who may be more passionate in these areas. Or you can hire new talent specifically for these purposes.  

3. Stop saying ‘yes’ all the time

What happens when you say ‘yes’ too much as a business owner? You can over-promise and over-commit to yourself and to your customers.

While being able to knock out a bunch of tasks is never a bad thing, one thing that will cast you in a negative light with your staff and customers is over-promising and not being able to follow through with those promises. 

Tip: It is far better to under-promise and over-deliver, every time. And if you feel the need to say ‘yes’ when you feel like saying no, always ask for the assistance of your staff. 

4. Focus more on the positive than negative thoughts

It’s inevitable that something will go wrong sometime throughout your work day, week, month or year. Whether the wrong class schedule was sent to a class, your website crashed during open enrollment or a new staff member accidentally charged an incorrect tuition amount, every youth activity center owner has to deal with the negative side effects of what went wrong.

As the person who people look to for guidance, it’s important to remember to stay positive. Yep, let those negative thoughts go, Elsa.


Tip: If you hold onto those negative thoughts, instead of focusing on more positive parts of your day, you risk transferring those negative vibes onto your office staff, teachers, students and parents. 

5. Stop ignoring your company’s core values

Core values represent the fundamental beliefs your business is based upon. Each value should guide the way you conduct business and build relationships with your customers. 

Ignoring these guiding principles can result in losing focus of why you opened your youth activity center in the first place– to share your passion with children in your community. 

Bad habits to identify and break today, (infographic)



How to be a better business owner

What comes to mind when you think of the big players in your industry? You know, those businesses that seem to have it all down pat. 

Regardless of if it’s a dance studio, gymnastics gym or child care facility, chances are they all have one thing in common – great leadership. All successful businesses need strong leaders to steer the ship. And while there’s no secret recipe to becoming a great leader, there are some steps you can take that will make you both a better business owner and leader: 

  • Take care of yourself, physically and mentally 
  • Work on achieving a work-life balance, constantly 
  • Look to the future, always 
  • Stay organized  

Discover more ways to become a better leader and strengthen your business in the New Year by downloading our latest eBook.

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About the Author:

A lifetime dancer turned marketing professional, Molly pulls from her experiences in the dance studio to connect with Jackrabbit clients. As part of Jackrabbit's Marketing team, Molly focuses on providing Jackrabbit clients with exciting class management tips and loves sharing the benefits of using Jackrabbit Class with anyone who will listen! In her spare time, you can find Molly in the backyard with her family or in Boone, NC cheering on the Mountaineers of App State!

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