I am considering doing a sliding scale fee for my clients. I am doing this because there are so many people in my area who want to get fit but can’t afford a gym let alone a personal train or. I am doing research on this idea and wonder if there any thoughts regarding the issues surrounding this idea. Or any knowledge of others being successful working with clients on a sliding scale.
Why don’t you offer a small group training option? This way you will not be de-evaluating your services (actually you will be making more this way) and at the same time it will be more affordable for your clients/participants. You can offer a variety of options regarding time availability so people can have options if not everyone agrees on the time. Or you can offer the small group training only for those who can’t afford your services at your full price.
If you start offering sessions at much lower fee it would be very difficult for you to get away from that model, because more people would want to hire you for the lower price option.