3 Reasons Why You Should Ditch the Spreadsheets

3 Reasons Why You Should Ditch the Spreadsheets

3 Reasons Why You Should Ditch the Spreadsheets

Q: What’s one thing all successful Martial Arts businesses owners do? 

A: They ditch the spreadsheets.

In 1985, Microsoft came out with the “Excel Spreadsheet”. Keeping track of your billing, members, and business data on paper used to place you behind the curve in running your business. However, nearly 40 years later, fitness technology has evolved to a world beyond spreadsheets: all-in-one software. If you want to run a successful Martial Arts business, this is where you need to be.

While spreadsheets are simple and relatively efficient, there are three reasons why you need to stop keeping track of your business data in spreadsheets and switch to an all-in-one platform. 

1. Get all of your data in one place.

How many different spreadsheets do you have to keep track of your dojo’s information? 

  • Billing spreadsheets
  • Belt tracking spreadsheets
  • Membership spreadsheets
  • Scheduling spreadsheets
  • Payroll spreadsheets
  • Reporting spreadsheets
  • Waiver Spreadsheets

This list is not exhaustive. It is extremely time-consuming to find the information you need, exactly when you need it while simultaneously having to sort through dozens of spreadsheets. With an all-in-one management platform, this information is automatically categorized and organized for you, so 1) don’t have to spend time organizing it yourself, and 2) don’t have to waste time looking for it.

Not to mention, with a management platform like Wodify, you can easily export any file you want to Excel or as a .csv file.

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2. Never lose track of memberships again.

Sometimes you might forget to update your spreadsheets. It’s happened to all of us. With so much dynamic information living on various documents, it’s virtually impossible to be perfect all of the time. Generally, it’s ok to make mistakes, however, when it comes to keeping track of business revenue and payouts this can be extremely costly to your business and potentially cost you thousands of dollars per year.

This is why automated technology is so useful. As a business owner, all you need to do is set up the software to best suit your needs and let the automation fill in the rest for you. Your time is better spent on the mat rather than putting numbers into a document.

3. Happier Students.

The most important reason to switch to a management platform is because spreadsheets won’t make your students happier. They only accomplish one thing; keeping track of data. A software platform like Wodify can: 

  • Remind students when they have expired payments
  • Send birthday and anniversary emails
  • Make it easy for students to see what classes or skills  they need to accomplish rank up to the next belt through our Mobile App.

Most importantly, a software platform will save you time, which will allow you to spend more time on the mat with your students. Your student’s skill improvement is what ultimately counts, making your staff and students optimally satisfied with your dojo.

Whether you are a business owner, instructor, coach, or student we hope you can walk away with some of these valuable lessons.

Want to hear more about the future of fitness technology? Take a listen to the Effort Over Everything Podcast to hear directly from our Founder & CEO, Ameet Shah.

Let us know your thoughts and be sure to tag us, @Wodify, so we can share your feedback!

Ready to start growing your fitness business? Give our team a call to learn more about how Wodify can help and get a free business consultation. Book your call here.

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