Even though we have had to permanently close due to COVID - I hope this information still helps others on their journey to opening their own studio!
In 2011 I was busy moving into our current East 5th Street studio space. I remember the excitement I had for being able to set up a space the way I wanted it to be, along with the anxious fear of if I could actually make it work and pay all the bills that multiplied within 30 days of moving in!
Do you want to open your own pole studio? You figure, you spend all your time taking classes, teaching or hanging out at a pole studio already, why not just make it yours and make all the money?!
Well, my first word of advice for anyone who asks about opening up a pole studio is this. Don't open up a pole studio if you only want to make a lot of money, because chances are you won't right off the bat.
It takes time and commitment to get a studio up and running to produce real full time income. However, if it is your dream and you are passionate about creating a space where others can learn the art of pole and sensual movement, then I want to share a little bit about my story so that it might inspire or give you some insight to my journey owning a successful pole studio.
SO YOU WANT TO BUY A POLE?
When you are first buying a pole it can be a little confusing! So many options and not knowing which ones are best for you can be frustrating! I learned through trial and error, and after the years found my preferences, as you will too. The information below is to help you educate yourself before you buy.
I have been purchasing poles for my home and studio for the last 8 years and always recommend X-Pole first to students purchasing for their homes, as they are my personal favorite company. The design and quality is top shelf. However, if you are needing studio grade poles, the Platinum Stage studio poles have been my choice due to our specific studio needs.
Trying to figure out all the resources out there that would be helpful for a pole studio owner? Here is a good starter list!
I created a starter list for those of you who are sudo new to the industry and looking for information and resources to help assist you in your endeavors! Don’t see something on the list that should be? Let me know by commenting below.
I am glad that when I was in the beginning stages of starting my pole studio, my friend encouraged me to “vlog”. So basically I spent a lot of time talking to a camera during my ups and downs.
The video below was me after a long day - about a week after getting the keys to my new studio, driving home. The funny thing is that if you watch my daily vlogs previous to this one, I progressively get less bubbly, more tired, and look like the life is getting sucked from me.