I am moving to another city and am losing all my clients at my current gym. I was thinking about starting my own “garage gym” and training clients at my home. I am ACE certified and hold 1 million in liability insurance. Is there anything else I would need to start training clients other than some equipment and marketing material to start accruing clientele?
Great answers above! Also, be sure that you have an emergency plan. Some states are now requiring all businesses to have an AED on site.
You should also have a plan to protect yourself. If you’ll be working by yourself, especially as a woman, you may want to meet new clients in a public area first to pre-screen them. Make sure someone else always knows your schedule and who you’ll be training when.
Be sure you have a policy that covers attire and what type of physical contact you may have with them when exercising (proper touching).
Having worked in a gym before, you had the luxury of having other people around you at all times, limiting your risk that something could happen to you or that someone could suggest improper touching (sexual harrassment). When working by yourself, in a private home-gym, these are things you’ll now have to consider and prepare for to limit your exposure.
Good luck with your new business!