Oliver Roha Anwar, Founder, ROANWAR FITNESS

What course did you study?

I studied Business Management with Global Industries.

How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?

One thing I realised as soon as I moved to Pearson was that it was very entrepreneurial. Many of the students were already very busy savvy and came to the university with great ideas so I guess I could say it was a great environment to be in.Many of the lecturers were also entrepreneurs who had started their own businesses which meant I could ask for advice and receive support which was great.

Where have you gone on to work and what is your role?

Straight out of university I got a job working for a multinational company in central London as an Account Executive but after doing 6 months there, I decided I wanted to pursue running my business full-time and this is what I’m doing now.

What are you working on at the moment?

This year my focus is to really take my business to the next level. Now that I have the time to devote everything I’ve got to it, my job over the next 12 months is to create the best content possible on social channels, coach my clients better and provide an all-round better service.I am also working a couple of projects with some other companies that will come to fruition in the coming months. I’ve been fortunate enough to be offered some great opportunities off the back of leaving my corporate job, so I guess I’m lucky to be working on lots of cool things.

What do you enjoy mostly about working on your own business?

I think for me there are two parts to it. One is definitely the freedom. I like the fact that I can choose where I want to be and working on my business when I want, without anyone telling me what to do.Secondly, it’s definitely the fact I get a lot of fulfillment from the work I do. I really care about getting results for my clients and it makes my day when they end up achieving the goals we set out. I like the challenge of running the business on my own and learning new things each day too. That really gives me a buzz; learning new skills, making improvements and refining my model so that I can become a better business owner and better serve my clients is very motivating.

What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working as an Online Personal Trainer & Qualified Nutrition Coach?

I’ve learned that it’s really important to put yourself out there. Whether it be socially, with a business or with your ideas, it’s super important to communicate who you are and what you believe in. Although not everyone will relate to you, a portion of people will and those will be the people who buy into you as a person as well as your business.My second lesson would be to try lots of different things to see what you relate to. Finding a passion may be hard but when you find it, I advise getting really good at it as a hobby. Become really good at your craft, keep on learning and there will come a time where you’ll be able to monetise that skill and hopefully earn a living off it.I’ve also learnt to not take myself too seriously. It’s very easy to get stressed out, be too serious and lose the fun element out of our lives, especially when running a business. You’ve got to enjoy the journey more than what you think you’ll feel when you get to your destination or achieve your goal. Work hard but don’t lose sight of living in the moment and having a laugh too. You’re only young once!

What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?

I loved the fact that coming in as the second year meant the university was so small. I got to know everyone really well and foster some great relationships.I’m a firm believer that people are the most important thing and I was lucky enough to meet some great people at Pearson.

If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?

Remarkable. I came to Pearson through clearing as my last option with the ambition of living and working in the corporate world for the whole of my 20s.It’s funny how in the 3 years my views on this changed. I built a business that I didn’t plan but that I am not hugely passionate about and I got to meet some excellent people whom lots will be friends for life.It’s definitely not what I expected.

What advice would you give to students looking to start a career within the business industry?

My advice would be to definitely build up a knowledge and understanding of how you’re going to approach the business and plan on how you are going to execute. I set up my business spontaneously with no real business plan and just winged it for the first year. I would advise other people to make more preparations than I did and put a system in place to see how things work in regards to products, marketing, operations etc. as this will save you a big learning curve!

If you’re looking to become a coach, I’d definitely recommend getting some qualifications like I did and have experience coaching people for free before you start asking for money. You want to be good at what you’re going to do before you sell it.

My other advice would be to be integral to who you are and your values at all times. The times where things have gone the best for me have been when I’ve been my best self; living by my own values and doing what I believed in and I think that lots of people can lose their uniqueness in the hustle and bustle of business.

Also, I’ve learnt that people are what is important. Working, collaborating with and positively impacting people is the key to building a successful business in my opinion. I’ve learnt that trying to provide as much value to them as possible; be it through my social media content, my plans and programs or through meeting them at a talk, is really what sets a good fitness person apart from a bad one.

What inspired you to start-up ROANWAR FITNESS?

It’s a funny story actually, I was sat on a friend's sofa one summer and he was looking on his laptop at domains. He told me that the website www.roanwarfitness.com was available for £0.01. Having experience training myself and friends and family I saw an opportunity to begin a blog to share my fitness story. Over summer as I built this website purely by myself, I realised I could create a business from selling online training and nutrition plans and therefore coaching people online.

Aside from that, I think the main inspiration to start my business was because I didn’t want people to have to go through the trials and tribulations and make the mistakes I did when they first got into fitness and working out.

What has been your biggest/notable achievement from ROANWAR FITNESS?

I think one of my biggest achievements is providing my training and nutrition programs to over 40,000 people worldwide. That’s been big.

Also, getting featured on New York Time Best Seller’s Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle School Podcast was pretty great.

I can’t pick which one I like best haha.

What's your favourite brand and why?

Nike. They’ve been at the top of the game for years and everything from their products to branding to marketing is excellent.

I’m a firm believer that people are the most important thing and I was lucky enough to meet some great people at Pearson.

Oliver Roha Anwar, Founder, ROANWAR FITNESS