Congrats on your certification. It’s a great industry to be in for many reasons. I saw you live in Plano TX, which is probably one of the best areas in the country to be a personal trainer. There are lot of people there with extra income to spend on personal training. Also the mentality there is such that will help your business to grow. If you have enough experience and confidence to go on your own, I would strongly suggest to you to do that. If not and you need to create connections and/or get some more experience with training a variety of clients then starting at a gym would be the best option. I know there are many small personal training studios in Plano and Frisco and that could be another option for you if you don’t want to work in a larger gym.
If you do go on your own, networking should be at the top of your list. That is how you are going to create new contacts and grow your business. As for logistical checklist, IDEA has put together all that information for anyone who is looking to become a trainer and needs these documents. You should also have a lawyer go over any documents you will be using to be sure you are protected. Here is the link is:
Good luck to you!