As a long term executive for Rio Tinto, Tony had built himself a great position in life – a nice six figure income, travelling the world for work, and living in one of the nicest areas in Perth with his young family.
“The corporate world for me was all about moving forward – better roles, more experience, and of course a higher salary. I was fortunate to be with one of the world’s largest and leading companies and learnt some great skills that will stick with me for life.”
Long work hours and international travel leaves little time to enjoy the other important areas of life, and with 2 young children growing fast, Tony decided it was time to look at ways to get the balance back and enjoy the lifestyle he had created for his family.
“I started looking for business opportunities but did not really have a plan. A friend of mine introduced me to Jetts, and the concept struck a chord with me straight away – what impressed me was the fact that I could own a business in a field I enjoy and not have to work 70 hours per week to support my family and to create the lifestyle we all desired. For me that was a key aspect of the Jetts opportunity.”
After going through his diligence and the new Franchise process, Tony took on the challenge, and opened his first club in Perth, Western Australia. Since then he hasn’t looked back, and now operates 4 clubs with plans for more to come.
“The first club was the challenge. Taking the step into our first business was always going to be a risk and was fraught with emotion, however the simplicity of the Jetts model and the support at hand meant the process was manageable. Once open the time commitment was minimal – 5 hours per week to manage staff, maintain the accounts and banking and to ensure the club was operating to plan. While it was a busy period, I opened the business and still managed to keep my day job!”
And Tony did keep his day job, all the way through to the opening of his 3rd club.
“I kept my corporate role for a period of time because I could – the time demands of the Jetts business were not high, and I wanted to maintain my income for the short term while the businesses grew.”
Tony now spends his time doing what he really loves, which is quality time with his family, friends, and managing a growing business in a field he enjoys.
“What I truly love about Jetts is that we provide a service that has a profound impact on people’s lives through health and fitness. Our members are a diverse range of people of age, shapes and sizes, and the people that you meet and the contribution we make to the local community is really enjoyable.
But above all else, I enjoy the freedom. I get more time with my family and I get to make the key decisions around the business, without being in the business. The free time has allowed me to set up a consulting business in my field and to be selective around projects that I am interested in. The balance is perfect.”