Time management when you train people at their homes. Avoid driving all over town, keep it organized. Train people in the same area as back to back as you can before driving to another area.
Staying educated, helps keep you motivated.
Also, if you can schedule some group workouts where you can get in a little workout, while being sure to keep your clients as your main focus. If you do that a few times a day it helps get in some exercise if you haven’t been able too.
Added that based on what Christine wrote.
For many in this industry, finding clients is a big challenge. The field is growing and increasingly competitive, and you need to have a niche that sets you apart from everyone else.
I am happy with my current client schedule, and for me, one big challenge is keeping my focus on my own mission, education, and training philosophy–and not worrying about the competition or what others are doing. This helps me work harder on my own mission and serve my clients better.
The other challenge for me right now is a little burnout, taking care of myself and getting my own workouts in. As I’ve gotten busier with clients (with early morning and day training), my own training has taken a backseat. I’m aware of it and making the effort to get back on track.
Last, one other big challenge is meeting clients where they are in their stages of change. Many times they have goals, and we want to push them, but the client has to be ready to change. We do need to let go of the things we cannot control, yet be supportive and encouraging in clients reaching their goals.
Hope this helps.
Getting started. I’ve relocated twice since becoming certified – and reputation / word of mouth is EVERYTHING. It took me 2 years to build a semi-profitable base in my last location (I added group ex to supplement and found I do very well in that setting, almost better than PT).
I don’t “advertise” myself. I have found developing relationships and building a network of gym peeps really helps. Not all of these people are ones I train, actually hardly any were but they told others and soon I had people asking for me.
That being said, I feel it is highly beneficial to identify strengths and weaknesses. As fitness professionals we are our own walking billboard. If you are grumpy looking and you barely smile and you grunt as a reply – I feel that does directly affect your sales just as much as neglecting education.
I’m still learning. I think a good follow-up to your question is, what are the challenges and how have you faced them to help achieve success?