I would love to do more mobile training, but currently I am without a car (it is broken down and costs too much to fix). I live in Baltimore where public transit is pretty decent, but I would imagine that I can only go so far before taking public transit would be an obstacle to productivity (it is now that it takes me an hour to get to work at the gym). I’m sure I can carry resistance tubing and other lightweight equipment with me but does anyone have any practical ideas for starting my mobile business without a car (which will help me make enough money to buy a small cheap car)? Thanks in advance!
Wendy, you have a challenging situation.
I looked at your profile and noticed that you have two very different degrees. If I remember, you shared with the IDEA Fitness Connect community that you overcame obesity.
Have you ever thought about focusing on the communities where you are most familiar? History buffs (perhaps you can market your services to individuals in responsible positions at historical societies and do the same among individuals with an interest in business administration.
Perhaps you can include a blog on your IDEA Fitness Connect profile regarding health conscious historical figures. I don’t know who they are but I am sure you can find a correlation. Targeted marketing is designed to reach a specific population. Perhaps it might be a good idea to hold a boot camp based upon a historical event. You might need to be really creative.
Hope this is helpful to you.
I do have two different degrees, but considering where I got them and when I got them, I don’t see that as too big of a deal. Besides, when I studied history, I focused more on religious history. My Master’s degree is going to be in Church Ministries specializing in youth ministry in urban populations.
I am looking around my immediate area to see what I can do, I just want to draw out some ideas I may not have thought of already!
My current blog does have some historical aspect to it depending on my post, but I feel like I need to create a different blog.
funny you mention your blog. I looked at it and thought that more exercise-related subjects would be a good choice. I write a blog myself which is here on IDEA FitnessConnect. I try to stay with subjects of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle, and, while I am not shy of stating personal opinions, I make an effort that they are not intruding on somebody else.
How about traveling with a folding bike and a backpack? That would allow you to take the subway, buses, … while getting some extra training yourself on the way to seeing your clients. You’d also be a role model.
Another idea is to try getting into a residential building where they have a club house or fitness room. Less traveling, word of mouth advertising once you are in, time and gas savings, … it’s a win-win!
Hope this helps!
Hi Wendy how are things going lately? If you are a very religious person maybe you could find clients who believe in God and offer free consultation to church members after service? It’s not a good idea to mix religion and business publicly but on an individual basis it could work. I know of a bodybuilder who trained the pastor’s entire family and some other church members. The pastor even mentioned the training sessions during a sermon when he was talking about using the gifts that God has given us. That church was big on supporting each others businesses and there was a bulletin board for business cards. You might even find that your client is also a mentor to you in a non-exercise related domain.