I really believe that it takes a lot of time to build reputation and to market yourself and unless you have a side job or some extra cash that can support you while you grow your business don’t do it!! Sorry but I thing that the trainers get frustrated when they try and keep trying to find more costumers and the reality is that not every one have the cash flow to pay some one between 300-500 a month to be train, plus with all the new technology you can buy an online exercise plan an flow it for less money, now everything is on the internet and get a personal trainer certification is not that hard, now there is hundreds of associations or national council that can get you certified very easy
You have all the answers you need here. I would like to add the option of working for you or for someone else. Working for yourself is always more rewarding than splitting your income with someone else. When I started my own business, my income was 4-5 x more than what I made when I worked for someone else. It all depends on how many hours you work and what your rate is.
There are plenty of interesting insights above, many commenting that Gyms take a substantial cut when compared to being a private trainer, but it seems to be overlooked that these gyms provide not just the cliente but also all the equipment and facilities. Without that it’s just you and your client so your options are limited to your environment, weather, air quality etc. Some choose to go down the studio path and find out what real costs are associated with operating and equipping a premises.
There is no quick buck in the world of PT, most do it for the personal rewards first and foremost and still many do indeed make a decent living. it would be a better living but for the relatively low entry level necessary to call yourself a Trainer these days. I mean low compared to many other health related services.
Be a great role model, earn your stripes and pay your dues, get properly certified, do a buiness management course and above all else be 100% committed to the success of your clients and make their dreams come true. Then yours may come true too. All the best.
Oh, that can very so much. Location, experience, track record, greed, market demands, specialties, and the list grows every day. When I first started I made around $8000/yr so don’t expect instant stardom. Concentrate on providing a valuable service and always have an exit strategy, this business can have a high turn-over rate. If you can prove your worth, you’ll thrive but it may take years. No one thing makes a great trainer, its their journey to get there that will ultimately define them.