I use www.trainertry.com for my site. It’s completely customizable and easy to edit. I upgraded to the pro version but the free version worked fine. It comes with premade content and a booking schedule, forum, members area, and ability to change colors, layout etc. I found similar sites selling the same thing for $50 bucks!
An alternative to free websites is Weebly. I just recently purchased their pro option but have been using it for over 3 years for free! I purchased the domain name and have done all the work myself. I’m shocked at how professional it looks with me doing the work behind the scenes! It’s super easy to create. I do agree that IDEA has an invaluable resource with their site offerings as well. Good luck!
Hello Neil Rausch,
Welcome to the personal training field; I am glad you are home safely from your two tours. I hope you remain safe and healthy.
I like IDEA for the free services and wonderful forum that I learn so much from. How could you go wrong with filling out your IDEA page?
If you still want something more; have you spoken with successful business owners in your area who you respect?
I agree with the other responses recommending that you might as well create the site yourself if cost is a serious concern. I feel that a cheap designer will often give you exactly what you pay for – a cheap looking website.
If you do end up making it on your own I encourage you to consider the following questions before deciding what service you’ll use for creating the site:
What are your goals for the site?
-Will it be used to only advertise your services or will you use it for more than that?
-Do you plan to provide content through it like blog posts, white papers, links to articles, product reviews, etc.?
How “tech savvy” do you consider yourself to be?
-Do you want to simply “fill in the boxes” of a template that limits your design options or do you want to have more control over that?
-Do you know or are you willing to learn simple CSS and/or HTML5 code to have more control of the overall look/design and feel of your site?
There’s plenty more to consider beyond these questions but they should hopefully get you started with thinking deeper on the subject.
Another idea would be to see if you could find a local web designer who would be willing to “trade services” with you (AKA you provide them personal training in exchange for the work they do on your website). Would this be a viable option for you?
Let me know if you need me to clarify anything above. Best of luck to you making the most out of your eventual website either way!