Hello Amanda Thomas,
The hardest part is exposure. Working outside the gym scene does not give a trainer as much exposure for referrals; but, it is still my goal to reach those who are not able or willing to attend a public gym…helping those clients is so heartwarming. I wish the medical field would send patients to personal trainers/health professionals, instead of merely suggesting exercise.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
For me I have tried to move away from PT clients instead build small groups of 3-4 people. Not only do you get the accountabilty in those groups, they begin to look forward to seeing each other. Its that little community that does the work for you. Making money on PT is tough. It’s good money when it comes in but bad when they want to stop training. Recurring revenue is the pay type of income you can make:
maybe not so much a struggle as an observation: a trainer at a gym has the advantage of being seen by many, and if the trainer is conscientious and professional, then that is clearly a plus. Referrals can sometimes come in an indirect way and through a person who only observed you without ever having trained with you.
From that perspective, it is of benefit to a trainer to be exposed to a wider audience. Teaching classes at a gym, even though the pay is notoriously low, can be a good way to get exposure.
For me the biggest challenge is time management. Frequently sessions will go over the scheduled time, clients may be a bit late (I don’t want to short-change them), traffic or the weather can put me behind schedule. So it all comes down to time. If I can figure out to stop the clock his challenge will be overcome!