I know how much time is expensive these days but if I can get a few minutes of your time to hear my story I will be more than happy – thank you.
I live in a small country in Europe called Serbia, maybe you heard of this country, maybe not. I’m 23 years old and I living with my parents and with my little sister, I’ve not moved away jet. I working in a pet food factory every day including the weekend. The job is not great but it’s not the worst one. Monthly payment is not pretty good but it’s not the worst salary you can get, right. I have been working since I was 15 years old, hoping to make my dreams come true with hard work. I saved money and invested in what I believed. Not expecting millions of dollars/euros but that my work will pay off and that I will be able to make it – just that. I talk about my second business, my passion, and my pride – it’s a gym. My grandpa was a bodybuilder, he was strong as steel, full of strength, he was at competitions all over Serbia in the 70s and 80s. He always said that sport is healthy and a day without training is not a day.
When he died a few years ago he left me one thing – a gym. A gym with equipment and a few things in it. So I said to myself that I will never close that gym because of him, I will work hard, I will work three jobs but I will never close it and forget it. I started to renovate it. Every month I would split my salary and a half of it invested in something. Every month I get to buy something for that gym. At the end of the month, I struggled for money, because it’s hard to live 30 days with $300 in the pocket. So I get a second job, not a full-time job but a job that can help me to bring my financial status to “normal”. It means that I start working on weekends – 30 days of work without a break, every single month. I started avoiding my friends, spending no time with my family because I was working constantly, not only those 2 jobs but renovating the gym too.
When I finished renovating it I started building the second part and buying new stuff and equipment for it. I needed more than 1 year to finish it. I finished it only by myself, only by me. It was really hard but I get it done because I believe in it. A few mounts ago I started expanding the gym to 3rd part, and I can say it’s harder than a second one. Again I’m working solo, and again I’m struggling but I will finish it at all costs. Once I get older and get children I would like my kid to take over the job, innovate it, improve it, and make it better. I just want my kid don’t struggle and have a peaceful life, but all in a good time.
This is a small town, around 30 thousand people live in it-pretty small right. But competition is big, more than 6 gyms working here, it’s too much on 30 thousand people. But I have an idea about how to beat the competition. I have so many ideas on how to make some things work, I planed so much. I was planed when I get finished with the 3rd part to expand it to the 4th part. After the 4th part, I planned to build something like a fitness club next to the gym, I thought it would be great. I have another idea too, to open a supplement shop between it. I think it’s a good opportunity because this town doesn’t have one.
Just like I said I have so many ideas but problem is, I have no money to realize them, it’s really expensive and I don’t know what to do. I sold so much stuff, I sold my car too but I can’t afford it. Often I get mad because I can do nothing about it. I have one more problem. It’s a bank loan that I take for a house renovation because my parents, unfortunately, do not have that opportunity. The loan is around $15.000 and if I could just pay it off it would be amazing.
I’m asking you for help. I really feel dumb about this and I don’t like to ask for it but I don’t have a second option – I really don’t have it.
For the whole idea, I need around $90.000. For the 4th part of the gym, I need around $12000 to be completed. But once I finished it I will need to build a bigger dressing room and a few more toilets – That will cost me another $10000. For the fitness club that I mentioned earlier, I need $27.000 but without equipment. If the equipment were included it will cost me $35.000. And in the end, I would like to build a supplement shop between the gym and fitness club. It will cost me $12.000. I will build in a mini-bar too so my clients can get a protein drink right in front of them. For the rest of the money, I will buy better gym equipment for the other 3 parts of the gym. I found a good supplement vendor too, with great offers. I can import supplements and start selling them. But it will cost me another few thousand, just for a start.
I know this is a really big amount of money and I’m really ashamed to ask for it. Even $1000 will be a great help, I think it will be a great start for me and it will help me a lot and I will appreciate it just like that $90 000. I don’t need money for a car, a great beautiful house, an exotic vacation, and other stuff. I just need it for a business.
In the end, I would like to thank you for your time spent reading this, and even if you cannot help me this time, I appreciate and understand that you must get many such requests. I wish you everything the best in life, thank you again.