in-home vs. off-site personal training rates
Hi everyone, I'm a NASM-certified personal trainer that does training out of my home gym (also a mom to a toddler :) ). I recently received a request to train a pair of friends off-site. I'm wondering what is a reasonable "travel fee" to charge them? I want to make it fair but also worth my time since I'll be away from my little one and possibly have to arrange child care. I've heard from 1-2 people that charging an additional $10-$20 per session is reasonable? Would this be split between the training partners, or charged per person? Thanks in advance!
Another issue to consider would be whether you charge a travel fee as part of this service. I would say 'yes' for sure since as you indicate this will force you to incur additional expenses such as childcare. Another cost to you is the 'lost opportunity' cost that a lot of traveling trainers forget to take into account. A 1-hour session away from your home base is truly a 1.5 or even 2 hour session when you take into account your travel time. That represents a lost opportunity to train someone else in my opinion.
Good luck and have fun with expanding your business this way!
You can pretty much charge whatever you want. If an extra $10-$20 justifies your time and travel expenses then go for it. The fee can be shared by your clients or charge them individually, it's up to you. This is one of the great things working for yourself, you decide what you worth and keep all of it as well :-)!
I charge the same no matter where the training it's taking place.
You don't want to become resentful and wish you had charged more.