Congratulations! I concur with all of the above. Make sure you and your contact info are easy to find online:
– Facebook (create a business page)
– SweatGuru (also gives you a waiver you can use)
From there, I would suggest gaining experience at a gym to help build your network. You might also consider training a friend for free or reduced cost so you can use them as a case study for client success stories, and chances are they will refer new clients to you, too.
Training people at a park or very visible location will help you attract clients – people will naturally ask questions and inquire about your services if they see you out and about.
You might also volunteer at fitness events like races or expos to help grow your network.
If you’re working on your own, you definitely want to have a solid waiver in place.
Congratulations on your certification! I would agree with those above who stated that working at a gym is a great starting point for personal trainers. As you know, personal training is more than just knowing appropriate exercises, form, progression, etc… It’s also about learning how to build rapport with clients, carefully modify exercises, attract and retain clients, support group dynamics and improve time management within and outside of sessions. All of this knowledge will come with time, but, in my experience, it comes much quicker when you work with other trainers and have opportunities to observe other training styles, such as in a gym environment. Building a business is a bit tough at first, though rewarding, and requires some financial stability, legitimate legal and accounting procedures and a solid client base. I would say work in a gym for a year or two while your developing your business plan. I don’t think you’ll regret the experience and extra time you’ll be giving yourself to really build a strong business foundation.
Congrats on your certification. I started out at a local gym as a rookie trainer. While the pay is less than desirable, it was an invaluable learning experience for me in every sense.: finding my voice as a trainer, finding my target market, building workout routines, impro ve my sales and people skills, you name it. I was only there for a year but I highly recommend starting a gym and then moving on from there.