Thanks for your feedback. As Michael predicted, there are a lot of different answers. The person requesting the program is someone who lives in a different country, so one-on-one sessions aren’t possible. It was an old colleague who wanted to see if I could do it before checking with local trainers.
Based on the responses so far, it seems as if referring her to someone in her area might be best for her.
Hello John Watkis,
I agree with your idea to refer her to someone in her area, good idea.
I do not design a program for someone until I have met with them a few times to make sure everything is just right for them.
Therefore, I charge for the time I spend with them. The program design is above and beyond since it takes much time and care that I am not getting compensated for.
You have made a desirable decision for all involved.
If its a recent client that you’ve seen in the past few months, I may design a program for them till they can meet with a new trainer. But I only do this for clients I’ve trained or have recently trained to tide them over till they find someone else.
In the case of someone who only wants a program design, I do the same as the others, I charge for 3 sessions. Once for an assessment, once to go over the program and review form and another for program design. I also make sure to follow up with the client to see how the program is working.