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.
It’s a slippery slope when you start charging people different rates. People talk & you don’t want that word getting out. I’d be lying though if I told you that all my clients pay the same rate. It’s close, but some of my long-term clients (15-20 years)get a little discount. The problem is, once you start discounting your hourly rate, that becomes your perceived value to everyone and that’s what you don’t want. I admire your compassion for people who can’t afford personal training, but it’s a business & not a charity. Here’s a thought – maybe you can offer a group training session to those who can’t afford your rates. Or simply set those people up with a program & meet up them once a month or so to check on things & make adjustments. I do that with several people. But once you start discounting your hourly rate, you de-value your worth as a trainer – don’t do it. Good luck Sarah – you’ll figure it out.