Hi. I am trying to change career fields. I originally went to college for chemistry and have a full time job in the chemistry field. But I also have a fitness training background and have started with my own business where I combine small group fitness and martial arts training together. It is through this that I’ve found where my true passion lies. I would like to get out of the chemistry field and work in fitness full time. I would like to get a personal trainer job to replace my chemist job. But my question is, with my own group fitness business, how do I approach applying for a personal trainer job in a gym when I have my own business? How do I address concerns that I may try to lure customers into leaving their gym and coming to my facility? That is not my intention of course.
let me paraphrase to make sure I understand your question:
You currently have a full-time job as a chemist and have started some small group training on the side as an independent business. It appears that you have a place to do so. You now want to quit your job as a chemist and work in a gym as a trainer on the fitness staff of a gym.
You are quite correct to be concerned about a conflict of interest which a gym owner would have. On the other hand, you are only offering group fitness in your own business but not that kind of equipment that a gym typically provides. And I assume that the gym does not have classes of the kind that you teach.
You obviously have to tell a prospective employer of your business, and the ultimately decision to hire you lies there. If you find a place that is not very close to your own business, that may squelch those concerns. On the other hand, you may offer a service exchange: people who take classes at your place could join the gym at a discount, and gym members could take classes at a reduced rate as long as they are members of the gym. that may create a win-win situation rather than a competition.
Wish you good luck.