It seems to be that personal trainers and hiring is a big fitness topic. I have seen fitness forums, including IdeaFit, ask these types of questions…
Whether or not it is better to hire or be hired as an Independent Contractor or as an Employee?;
What type of liabilities are involved in both types of hires?;
However, I have not come across the question posed as to gym members’ preferences, if they have any at all (probably because most may not know the employment status of their PT and therefore difficult to get stats on this).
What are your thoughts?
Have you, as a gym member, had a preference?
As a gym member, could you tell the difference between a PT that was an employee or one that was an independent contractor?
As a personal trainer, have members or your clients made comments about this preference?
I think what’s more important are the qualifications of the trainer not the way they get paid and your clients want the best you can provide to them.
I do however think that this is a hot topic because of the gray areas that have to do with determining a “true” employee vs. an “independent contractor”.