Hi, I’m a newly certified personal trainer and I’m certified through ACE. I’ve considered starting a personal training “business” online, although a would like to offer my services at no charge so that I can gain experience. I would like to do this for two primary reasons: one, I have a lot of friends and coworkers who have asked me to help them reach their fitness goals and two, I would like to help my friends/coworkers but I have a very tight schedule and do not have a gym or other practical location where I could train clients. Does anyone have any experience with this? I’m sure that I would need everything that is usually required for a business, such as liability insurance, advice from a local attorney, business contracts, liability waivers, etc.
Is it possible to have an online nonprofit personal training business and is it a wise career decision? Are there any possible negative outcomes that I should be aware of?
Starting a personal training business online as a your first step into this industry might not be the best route to take. There are so many things that can go wrong and stop you in your tracks. Online PT can be challenging even for trainers who have been in the industry for many years. Personally I would consider starting at a local gym or at least put some hours into face to face training before going online, so you can learn the ropes of the industry and get some real person interaction.
The second thing I’m wondering about your idea, is why offer a nonprofit business? Unless you have other income that can support your lifestyle, going into a nonprofit model would not be smart. Not to mention that IRS will raise red flags when you file your taxes.
I hope this helps. Good luck to you either way you decide to go.