Hi Jeremy. Congratulations! Every trainer’s situation is different and so the answer to whether you should start in a gym or strike out on your own resides in you. You know your situation better than anyone else! Are you comfortable being your own boss? Do you have experience as a business owner? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Are you good at marketing and networking, or alternatively do you already have a large collection of friends and potential business contacts? Are you comfortable with your existing knowledge and training skill set? These are just some of the questions that I would ask myself if I were you. If after taking an honest look at your current situation, you feel ready to strike out on your own, I say ‘go for it.’ Having your own business and being your own boss has many, many benefits.
Get yourself good competent accounting and legal counsel to help you establish your new business. That expense and effort is worth its weight in gold in my opinion.
Good luck to you whatever you decide and welcome to the field!