I got my certification in July, having a hard time finding clients
I initially set out to find a position with a gym, almost accepted with LA Fitness but then decided it would be best to train out of my home. I have a full gym and at one point had 6 clients (honestly that is all I wanted). I unfortunatly am not available at night since my husband works shift work and I have children who still need to be transported. I am down to 1 client and am having a hard time getting more. I have been searching for a position locally, have sent out resumes, etc but it seems most places just want to "rent" me space. I am getting very frustrated and discouraged. Any words of advice?
One thing, if you have not yet done so, is to check with the local schools to see if they have 'enrichment' programs. For example, our 4th/5th grade ran 4 to 6 week after school programs for an hour after school and people offered things from puppet making to cake decorating to chess to yoga. Such programs will pay something, and also if the kids like you it may lead to the parent using your services.
Another thing you could try is the local public library. You might have to donate the time to do a basic workshop, but could be a good way to self promote.
You could also check to see if there is a local 'newcomers' club, and send them a handful of your brochures or business cards, or offers for a discounted first session. Sometimes you can buy a list of addresses for new residents in a town, but that can get pricy, and some places do have these newcomers social clubs.
Ariadne makes some excellent points. Training out of your own home is great but it gives you little visibility, and that makes getting started even more challenging.
You mention that you had 6 clients at one point. What happened to them? With the New Year's resolution approaching, how about offering them a 'jump start special' and offer something for referrals.
Another suggestion is to increase your visibility by offering group sessions outdoors (which includes malls). I currently conduct walking programs sponsored by the company Humana, and I am surprised how willing people are to do the weirdest things in the middle of a shopping center as long as you as the instructor tell them to do so.
And never leave home without a business card!
One more thing: I visited your website which has some basic information. Your page on services and cost had a color scheme which made it almost impossible for me to read your prices. I would definitely revise this. People like to know upfront and hate to ask.
I have always been a proponent of writing as a way to get and keep my name out there into the public stream. It does not have to be any extensive research-based writing, but something helpful/useful to the reading public. Consider offering to write a free column or article for one of your local or neighborhood publications. It's impossible to be personally in front of every potential client, but by writing, you can be!
I hope that this helps. Good luck!
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