Elizabeth if you are ACE certified why are you not using the Let’s Move/Joining Forces campaign to gain valuable experience and exposure. Offer up your services for free! Go the the papers with the story. Go to the news and television stations. Do some volunteer work (just because you work for free doesn’t mean that you didn’t work…volunteer work looks just as good if not better in some cases on a resume.) Plus…if you got involved in Let’s Move you would gain experience, possible future clients, public exposure and status within your community. The best way to get clients is by word of mouth. I hate to say this but you really have to train some and produce results for your clients before you will get a solid base of clients.
Just some suggestions that have worked well for me. Also, I agree with Bill…get yourself a mentor who does exactly what you hope to do in the business. Shadow them and learn from them.
I agree with Bill…I was in the same boat as you. One thing that I did to gain some experience is I asked a few friends to allow me to train them as part of my internship/practicum for my certification. It was great because I got honest feedback, I could try new exercises and made great suggestions for places to find diet/nutrition tips. And it gave me some experience under my belt.