How long have you been a trainer? How much experience do you have working with a various types of populations and taking on clients who have a number of health issues? Is your business background strong enough to help you build a successful personal training business? These are some questions I asked myself before I decided to go on my own. It took me 16 years of working in gyms (large and smaller ones) to finally feel comfortable to start my own business. I just wanted to be sure that when I make the jump from an employee to a business owner I had all the necessary experience (both on the business side and the training side) in order to face the challenges of owning a business. It takes a lot of time and effort and unless you have someone to share responsibilities with it will consume a lot of your time until you have it up and running.
I’m on my second business at the moment. I successfully sold my first one and I decided to build another one because there is nothing more satisfying than working for myself. The opportunities are unlimited as long as you are willing to take some risks and learn form any mistakes. A good business plan, knowing your competition and your limitations, building a good networking relationships around you and keeping things simple are few of the things I kept in mind when I was building my businesses. Stay focus to your goals and also remember that testimonials and reviews can either make you or break you.
If you are confident enough to start your own business without much experience in the gym environment, more power to you. Some people can do it, unfortunately it wasn’t me ;-)!