I have been a trainer for 2 years now in August. I started off working for LA Fitness in Michigan where i live and the pay was horrible for having a bachelors degree first of all. I had great clientele, but left in search of another job with a different gym because the amount i was making was not enough to take care of my son. Now i am at Anytime Fitness where i absolutely hate where i train. I need to setup my own LLC but do not know how to even start that. Help on why Michigan is so bad with personal trainers making a living for themselves and just starting out?
go to your local county website and set up your LLC. it probably cost you $50 to $100.
Get a website, business card and start to join a marketing group, talk abut what you do and why you are doing what you do. Give each training session your 100% and be excited about what you do. Find your speciality and stick with it. Teach a class at a local parks and rec, provide mini seminars, even if it is for free and market yourself this way.
You can also operate as a Sole Proprietor. I’d talk to a lawyer or go to the library for more resources about how to get started in your county/state. I learned a ton from NOLO’s Crash Course in Business Basics. Make sure you have liability insurance to protect yourself as well. Decide where and how you’re going to train your clients once you’re on your own. Are you going to clients’ homes? Opening up a new facility?
I agree with Jacqueline about the marketing as well. Meet as many people as possible in your community. Show them what you do and be enthusiastic about it. People need to like you and trust you before they sign up to train with you. Be professional and confident and carry that professionalism across the web, in your print materials, and in person.
Good luck! It’s hard work but you’ll enjoy the freedom of being in charge of what you want to do and how you run things.
I live in Wisconsin, and it is the State that issues LLC’s for a fee. I believe I pay $125.00 a year and $10.00 for the official certificate. An LLC will better protect your personal assests in a law suit rather than a ‘sole proprietership’.
Do not rely simply on the LLC or your Professional liability insurance or waivers, to protect you. You can still be sued, so yes find an attorney you trust for advice if and when you may need it.
It is HARD starting out on your own. I’m into my 2nd year at it, and am still struggling with a shoestring budget. Every dime I can beg, borrow or steal goes into my my business which still seems like a “big black-hole”!
I am a sole proprietor myself, my accountant totally supports it!
I think deciding how to handle your business status is a very small part of what it really takes to run a business.
Write out your business plan and consult with as many professionals as you can in your field.
Find a niche and focus on your strengths.
Don’t be discouraged because you don’t like where you train, instead, take it as a life lesson that training in gym setting isn’t for you!
I was inside managing a studio for 20 years, I never knew what I was missing! I’m now doing outdoor bootcamps and in home personal training and loving it.
Find out if someone can mentor you, or if you can shadow them.
Hi Holly. While setting up an LLC is truly pretty simple, unless you have some legal training, I’d highly recommend that you find yourself a good business attorney to help you with this. While this is NOT a legal opinion, I’d say that LLC’s truly give most of us the ‘best of both worlds’ in that in most instances you can operate it almost as if it’s a sole proprietorship, yet you get the liability protections of having a separate entity (similar to having a corporation). Talk to your attorney about your particular situation and whether an LLC is a good option. In almost every case it’s worth it!