Hi everyone, I’m a NASM-certified personal trainer that does training out of my home gym (also a mom to a toddler 🙂 ). I recently received a request to train a pair of friends off-site. I’m wondering what is a reasonable “travel fee” to charge them? I want to make it fair but also worth my time since I’ll be away from my little one and possibly have to arrange child care. I’ve heard from 1-2 people that charging an additional $10-$20 per session is reasonable? Would this be split between the training partners, or charged per person? Thanks in advance!
Hi Melissa. A lot about the actual dollar amount that you would charge for this additional person depends on what your regular (single person) rate is. To my mind, on the face of it, an extra $10 or $20 isn’t enough, but again that depends a lot on what you normally charge. Rather than looking at a dollar amount, I like to look at percentages. That way the answer is the same for everyone, no matter what dollar amount they charge. In my opinion, an additional 40 – 50 percent for the extra person is reasonable, and ‘yes’ that would be the per SESSION not person charge. How the partners want to split it would be up to them so long as you received your total fee.
Another issue to consider would be whether you charge a travel fee as part of this service. I would say ‘yes’ for sure since as you indicate this will force you to incur additional expenses such as childcare. Another cost to you is the ‘lost opportunity’ cost that a lot of traveling trainers forget to take into account. A 1-hour session away from your home base is truly a 1.5 or even 2 hour session when you take into account your travel time. That represents a lost opportunity to train someone else in my opinion.
Good luck and have fun with expanding your business this way!