I do this for a living, not part time. Over the many years I have been around, I have seen many part-timers who didn’t last. If you are going to get into this industry, you need the passion to do it for a living. This is a very competitive industry and unless you give everything you have in order to succeed, you will not be successful. It takes time and money to keep up with the certifications and other continuing education requirements. Also, practicing what you preach is another thing that cannot be done “part-time”.
Also, it’s not fair for the clients. They need and deserve a trainer who’s more committed to fitness than they are. Sometimes you’ll have to care more about their fitness than they do to carry them through a rough patch. These people depend on us to give the service and help they are seeking. I knew trainers who were part-timers and in many instances, they arrived late for training sessions or cancelled on clients because they had other obligations that interfered with their training schedule. In my opinion, part-timers don’t have the right amount of motivation and discipline to succeed in this business. Please keep in mind that this is only my observation from the years I have spent in the business. I wish you the best and I hope this works for you.