How To Run Successful & Profitable Tennis Camps

Monday, October 21st, 2013

How To Run Tennis CampsI have run tennis camps for several years now with great success. It’s such a win-win thing. The parents are happy because their kids are doing something worthwhile all day long in the school holidays, the kids love it (if your camps are good), the club or venue benefits from the income and exposure, the coaches get consistent work right through the holidays and………… as the organiser can make a LOT of money. (more…)

Use mailchimp to do FREE email marketing

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Mailchimp Email MarketingIf you are running any kind of tennis coaching business or programme, I’m sure you are aware of the need to build up your email list. Email is such a quick and easy way to communicate with clients and potential clients and promote your services.

For instance, my email list is around 1500. This is for a relatively small tennis programme – I’m sure there are tennis businesses with lists many times that size. (more…)

How To Take Online Bookings & Payments

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Taking online bookings & payments through your website is a HUGE benefit – to you and your clients.

The benefits to you are:

  • It cuts out masses of admin. People book and pay for the session / camp / lesson / event / competition, the money lands in your Paypal account immediately, the client receives an automatic confirmation email which you have set up in advance and you get an email with all the details of their booking.
  • No more problems with cancellations or chasing people for payment as it’s all done up front.
  • More bookings – because people can book there and then, they are more likely to do it, rather than having to print out a form, send it off with a cheque, make a phone call or any other action. (more…)

How to create a web site for your tennis coaching business

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Tennis Coaching Web SiteCreating a web site for my coaching business really changed my life. Here are some of the ways that it has helped me:

  • People no longer need to call / email me to find out coach phone numbers, term dates & prices, times of lessons etc. This doesn’t mean that I’m not available to take calls & emails – quite the opposite. It means that when people do need to talk to me about important stuff, like their child’s development, I am available, rather than spending all my time dealing with admin.
  • The web site allows people to find out about our tennis programme.
  • It keeps the members up to date about what is going on. (more…)

Productivity tips & tools for tennis coaches

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012


Productive Tennis CoachThis article is primarily aimed at tennis coaches, running a coaching business. But if you’re not a coach, read on – these tips will be just as useful if you’re a small business owner or self employed……

Running a tennis coaching business, or any other kind of small business, you can get absolutely snowed under in admin work. However, there are a few tips, tricks and tools which can make your life a lot easier. Without further ado, here they are. Please add your own ideas in the comments section…… (more…)

Take payments for your tennis lessons with Paypal

Monday, January 16th, 2012

If your tennis coaching business has reached the point where you take lots of payments, Paypal can be a good way to go. This gives people the opportunity to pay you with a credit / debit card. Paypal will charge you 2-4% for this, but I find that it’s worth it for the convenience of being paid immediately.

There are different ways that you can take payments – you can create ‘buy now’ buttons to go on your web site, send people Paypal invoices where they can just click ‘pay now’, right through to setting up full shopping cart systems.

Personally, I use it in a couple of ways:

1) To send people Paypal invoices – it’s a real headache chasing people for money. And if they have to send a cheque or set up a bank transfer, there’s less chance of them doing it. But with a Paypal invoice, you just set up the amount, send them an invoice (with a note included if you wish) and they just click ‘pay now’. It probably takes a minute to send the invoice.

2) I’ve used Paypal to start taking payments through my web site. You can see it at By the way, if you’re interested in how to create an online booking form like that one, it’s done for free on web site called Jotform

So, set up your Paypal business account. It only takes a few minutes.