I was offered a 1099 training opportunity at a local gym, but the LOW hourly rate suprised me (I know W2 trainers who make a higher hourly rate.) – also that there was an hourly rate for an indep contractor. There is the potential of earning 5% of sales, but as a 1099 there are no benefits and I have to add the gym as an additional insured on my policy. It seems that while I am taking on all the responsibility, the gym is making all the money – or am I missing something? Shouldn’t it be more of a split? What kinds of hourly rates should be expected these days for contract trainers?
I think your assessment of the situation is accurate. I was offered more as a 1099 than what I was getting in the gym chain. I don’t know what kind of facility this is, but don’t be afraid to shop around to locally owned studios, especially ones that don’t have the kind of training you offer. Also, know what you’re worth. What is the lowest you can accept without starving? It’s okay to walk away from a complicated, low-ball offer and negotiate something better.