Sounds like a slippery slope to tangle with. I personally have dealt with “sharks in the water” amongst the fitness industry. You can ask for compensation but, if they weren’t willing to make good on their first promise, you may be dealing with a “shark.” As far as I am aware, there is no industry standard. You would be well advised to make your clients aware that you wish to recieve their referrals directly. Use business cards so they will only have your name in mind. Might be best just taking this one on the chin and moving on. Believe me when I say, there are plenty of potential clients to go around.
industry standard for client referral fees
Maybe I should change my question to this
How would you handle the situation of a fellow trainer training a referred client ( by mistake??)
Have said trainer promis to refer their next client to you only to find that they then received a referral from the first client and did not follow through on the promise.
So I’m out potentially two clients who are training each 3x a week.
The original referral was from a long time client and was based on that relationship.
My thought to find some sort of resolution for myself was to ask for a 1 time ” referral fee” from this trainer for the initial “mistaken” client