Today we’d like to introduce you to Yoofi Amonoo-Monney.
Hi Yoofi, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a 23 years old entrepreneur. I own two businesses MonneyTraining LLC and Co-own YBM Rentals LLC with my good friend Brandon. MonneyTraining LLC is a personal training business and YBM rentals is my Airbnb business.
My story begins in Accra, Ghana which is located in West Africa. I moved to the United States at the age of five with my mother and father. My parents decided to move to America for an opportunity for a better life since Ghana is a third-world country. They dropped everything and we moved here in 2003 with almost nothing. My mother was working trying to get her first American degree here in America and my dad lived in California, across the country from me and my mom, supporting us with multiple jobs. Watching my parents slave away to make sure I was okay and had everything I needed growing up is where I definitely learned that if you want something in this life, you have to go out and get it yourself. America was very different than Ghana and it was definitely a cultural shock for me. Growing up, it was also very hard to adjust, we were constantly moving and I was bullied for being foreign and different. In 2006, me and my mother finally moved to California to live with my dad. Growing up in California is where life changed for me. When I finally got to middle school, I started sports and quickly had to get out of my comfort zone. I learned to make real connections and friendships and would try my best to befriend everyone.
In High school, I was doing sports competitively and that’s where I found my passion for fitness. I was already staying in the best shape to excel at my two sports (basketball and track). I eventually earned a few track and basketball scholarships and ended up choosing to do track at Cal Poly Pomona. My time doing track at Cal Poly was short because I wanted to focus on school but my passion for fitness was still there. I interned for my old sports trainer, David Musa, and he trained a lot of professional athletes so I was able to pick his brain and learn a lot. I started working out often again and training my old teammates and friends and soon, I found myself overwhelmed by how many people were asking me to train them. To me, it was perfect because I had a passion for helping people and fitness and could now do both. Fast forward to now, I graduated in 2020 with my Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and since I have helped over 200+ hit their fitness goal while also training division 1 athletes and even a few professional athletes. Navigating through covid was hard but I did not let it stop me.
While all of that was happening during college, I found myself falling in love with LA even though I went to college in Pomona. I would also travel a lot and stay in a lot of Airbnb’s. I would be in LA all the time and figured why not start a rental business and have Airbnb’s in LA. In 2021, me and my friend Brandon decided to start Airbnb right in Downtown LA. Although it has its challenges, it’s cool to be a problem solver (where I excel the most) and figure out ways to help your business do well. At the age of 23, running two businesses can be very stressful but also very rewarding.
Not bad for the kid from Ghana who came here with almost nothing.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. I graduated college during covid in 2020 and started my first business shortly after the lockdown. It was a huge risk knowing that people might be hesitant to get personal training, but I was willing to try and have not looked back since. Same with my Airbnb business, to this day, keeping up with covid and the covid restrictions can be challenging to navigate especially since a lot of countries have had a travel ban for a long time now.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an entrepreneur. On top of my various side hustles, I own MonneyTraining LLC and Co-own YBM Rentals.
For my training business, I am a personal trainer. I hold my training in San Dimas, California. On top of in person training, I also offer online training and also offer workout and meal plans that people can follow for my farther clients. I specialize in sports performance and weight loss. I have helped over 200+ hit their fitness goal. My training sets me apart from the others because my clients find it fun rather than something they have to do and I can guarantee results for anyone. All my clients get to their goals and have fun doing it, I’ve had many clients ask me to come back because they miss it the training at the atmosphere so much. I’m most proud that I was able to combine my passion for fitness and helping people and turn into a business.
For my Airbnb business, we are currently located in Downtown LA but I hope to expand and have more airbnbs all over California and someday maybe even out of state. For this business, I am most proud that I was able to accept the challenge of starting during this weird time of covid and continuing to solve problems to make sure the business excels.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Being able to help others makes me happy and I genuinely think that’s why my first business was easy to get off the ground. I found passion in helping people that might need it.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: monneytraining.com
- Instagram: personal Instagram: @yoofimonney | training Instagram: @Monneytraining