Roan Crocker

(BSc Strength and Conditioning, 2022)

Name of Business: Crock Performance

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Description of business/ freelance opportunity:

Strength and conditioning, personal training, martial arts tuition, and sports massage.

Why have you chosen to set up this business venture?

I'm aspiring to be a professional fighter and being self-employed suits my lifestyle. The industry (working for teams) is notorious for underpaying and overworking coaches.

How did you find out about the LAUNCH Accelerator Programme?

USW email.

Why did you apply for the LAUNCH Accelerator Programme?

Originally, I just wanted funding for a coaching application but when I attended the first pitching day, I found out that a lot more help was being offered.

How has the LAUNCH Accelerator Programme helped you with your business venture?

Completely changed my view of business from just something that I do on the side, to something I genuinely have belief in now. I feel it has been legitimised in a sense. I'm registered with HMRC, have a website, launched a new coaching app, made a business bank account, and learned about bookkeeping, setting up a mailing list etc.

What challenges have you faced?

I battled with my pricing after back-and-forth discussion about charging what I am worth, but I understand now that if I don't charge what I want to be paid then I will never get to where I want to be.

What support have you received that you have found beneficial?

Everybody has been great. I've received support in the areas I mentioned above and I was pushed to do tasks that really made me aware of what I need to do in order to succeed, the competitor analysis especially highlighted this. I've had access to webinars and the programme definitely gives you all the tools to get your start-up off the ground.

What advice do you have for final year students and fellow graduates?

Nobody is going to do anything for you, hard work is always rewarded, and don't be afraid to fail or take risks as that is where the most growth comes.

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