Hi Raul. There are many business and fitness business books in the market for helping you with forms etc. Human Kinetics offers a number of selections related to the fitness industry and so this may be a great place to start.
As for building a name and reputation, I think that you’ve already taken a big step by participating in this forum. This is a great way to get other fitness professionals to recognize you, and for the general public to find your profile and answers. Keep up the good work, and continue to look for other professional sources in which you can participate and get your name out there (e.g. blogs, Facebook, other forums).
Build off of what you are already doing. From your profile I see you teach bootcamps. Offer your current clients a referrel card for classes depending on how many people they get to sign up for your bootcamp.
If you want to do personal training, let your bootcampers know you have times open in your schedule for one on one training.
I agree with Jason, get into a gym as an “employee” an gain experience.
There is no need to have a huge overhead as a new trainer, use your local gyms, parks, or start a home training business, once you get busier and more confident, you can then possibly open your own space, but without a clientele, it’s a risk.
This is my opinion. If you are inexperienced in the fitness industry, I would first get EXPERIENCED before thinking of starting a business. This why 80-90% small businesses fail within the first year. Do your homework and make sure you understand the complexities of owning a business as well as understand what it takes to separate yourself from the rest of the 10003f320342 fitness professionals/personal trainers. Based on your question, and I am going to be HONEST with you, I would not be interested in hiring an unexperienced training and although others may, you are setting yourself up for failure, or limiting your success.
Get more experience, take some courses, get some credibility.
Get employed as a fitness trainer/professional.
Once you establish yourself- the sky is the limit. You have to start small though and I think you are trying to go to fast!
Remember this is only my opinion!
Fuel the Movement,
-DBA (doing business as) and Tax permit (get from your local court house
-Rules and Regulations forms
-Fitness Assessment Logs
-Health/Fitness/Medical Clearance and Recommendation forms
-Informed Waiver forms
Document everything and keep it for at 5-7 years after you stop training that client. write down everything even if you think it’s minor. Subscribe to a legal resource such as PRC Publishing’s Exercise Malpractice Report. What you don’t know can hurt you.
Consult with a legal for all your paperwork.
Keep tax, receipts, etc because you may be audit.
As a business owner, you are 100% responsible.
Once you have all the business aspects together, then focus on all the other great advise from the other comments above.
Michele Blake, MBMHFS Creator/Owner for 26 years.