I do sympathize. I recently left a very successful in-home personal training business in NJ(which I hate) to start over again in TX(which I love). It has not been easy. I have received almost no cooperation from doctors(150), physical therapists(25), hair salons(10), tanning salons(2), golf courses(6), etc. despite well written letters/e-mails and professional brochures sent to them. Businesses here do not want to help out in any way, even when I offer to PAY them to put my brochures in their locations or offer them FREE training to see what I am about. That being said, I carry on the fight with my website, magazine ads, very targeted direct mail postcards, going to social events, and other paid for advertising. I won’t give up, and neither should you.
All the answers above are great! I’m sure you will find that they help a lot! I am involved with a website that is geared towards studio owners looking to offer additional services for their existing clients (who isn’t?) as well as expand their client database.
It would be perfect for you to help get yourself out there and market yourself with a little something extra that other trainers may not have! Plus it’s free…I’d love to help you get started, so e-mail me at [email protected] 🙂
Look forward to helping!
Love all the answers. I grew my business by offering free lectures. I went to women’s organizations, religious groups, etc…Did you join your local chamber of commerce? That’s a great way to network. They usually have monthly breakfasts, leads groups, after hours networking, etc… Where in FL are you?