please complete your profile here in IDEA so that we can see what you already have. The profile here is also a good way to get your name ‘out there’ so that people can find you if they use IDEA to search for a personal trainer.
Whether you need to set up a business depends on where you intend to train. If you were to become an employee at a gym, you only need (hopefully) a personal trainer certification, and the gym takes care of all the rest, including your liability insurance.
If you want to become independent, then you will need to set up a business and will need to get your own liability insurance. Information about setting up a business are easy to fin. Here is a link http://startfitnessbusiness.com/how-to-start-a-personal-trainer-business….
There are many differences state to state and even city to city. If you plan on working independently, you should talk to someone that knows the laws and regulations in your area. Tax professionals are often very knowledgeable on this subject and not too pricey. You can contact your local government offices for things like what type of business license you might need and any other things you need to know. A
s I don’t know anything else about your situation, I would only be guessing as to what advice would be helpful. If you want more information than that, you need to ask another question.
It may be helpful for you to find a mentor, someone in your area who is currently a trainer who you can both shadow and ask questions as you go. Will you train at a gym, in your home, or someone else’s home? Do you have your own equipment? Just a few questions to think about. You definitely need liability insurance if you will be out on your own.
Making some connections in your area is also helpful–and you could even do a few informational interviews with other trainers or fitness directors to give you a better idea for what you need to start your business.
Best of luck to you,
You don’t need a tax ID number if you are going to work for yourself. As for insurance it depends if your future employer requires you to have one or if you are going to work as an independent contractor. Completing you IDEA profile will help you become more noticeable and help you in the long run. Good luck to you.
All good advice here. I resonate the most with Christine’s answer. Find a mentor or a job where you can shadow and learn from other trainers for a while before going on your own. Training is a combination of book learning and experience. You’ll probably take on several jobs before finding what you’re best suited to and most interested in.