Beginning a personal training service at our gym. Any input as to whether to hire trainers as gym employees or independent contr
I have been asked to research adding personal training services to our Rec Center's offerings. We are not a private gym, but operated by the city. I would love to hear from directors and managers about how your PT services work (especially from the public sector). I am weighing the pros and cons of hiring PTs as City employees whom we would pay hourly and independent contractors who we would take a percentage of their PT fees. Any insights/advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
I would talk to your accountant and business authority to get input on the logistics of your operation and determine what works best for you.
Renting your space may be another way to go.
Input for your research...I like certified/insured PT's as independent contractors with a business license that are charged a flat rate regardless of how many clients they train.
Always check with your accountant/atty. and local city/state requirments.
Wishing You Great Success!
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I hope that this helps.
If you find people you can trust then let them run loose as contractors.
Just make sure the trainers are NCCA accredited and talk to your business lawyer. Why can't you try one of each to see how each idea works after a year?
I have never managed a city facility but, a few others. I'm sure your research will present the pro's & con's of both...
It will fall back on the operations/business model. Services offered vary dramatically and "level of service" varies even more.
I have used and am contracted service. As the owner you loose certain operational controls which may conflict with "the city's" operational needs. Do you know there is an actual demand for services? This is a community rec ctr. so are there other activities going on consistently? How much space is designated for actual exercise (classes,pt(varied/traditional))?
Consider your geography is there a/several large competitors close by? How will your service offer valuable difference? Will service offer($) validate the service cost?
Anyway...my point b4 my rant was:
If considering contracting your facility will still bear some responsibility to the people of the community for the services you offer. You will still need a "representative" to manage the operations integrity & act as a link for the people, the contracted & your rec ctr..
Maybe look at other variables, some suggested b4 tak'n the big plunge...there are tangible possibilities and intangible hurdles w/both. Good intentions and ideas need to be supported w/equal research efforts and hard work to manifest success.
Not a stab @ you, promise