A gym owner contacted me to see if I’d be interested in training a woman in my target market. (The gym owner and have not signed a formal working agreement.) I accepted the client (training her in her home) and, due to a business-related issue between the gym owner and myself, I’d now like to formally take on this client as my own. What would be the best way to have this person become my sole client?
If you or the client haven’t signed any agreement with the owner of the gym, I don’t see any problem/obstacle in taking this client away. But, if you have or want to continue any other business dealings with this particular gym, you might want to discuss it with the owner first (since he/she gave you the contact). You are the one who knows the situation better that anyone else, so you should act accordingly.
it is an off situation. I was wondering whether there is some kind of dispute between you and the gym owner.
It does not appear that you are under any obligation to him. Would it not be best if the contract with the gym would be canceled and you have your own contract with that lady.
You could pay the gym owner a referral fee if that’s the way you operate with him.
A gym owner contacted you to train a client in her home? And you have no business affiliation or agreement of any kind with the gym owner? How about the client – does she have an agreement with the gym? If there are no signed agreements here, I would say that you’re free & clear to train her on your own. But what is the “business related issue” you mentioned between you & the gym owner? Shed more light on that & I’m sure everybody here will help you figure this out quickly.
I’m unclear about the business related issue
Does this mean you had a dispute with the owner?
If you don’t have a contract with the gym/owner of the gym and he asked you to train the client then I think it’s ok to do just that
However, I always look at the big picture and don’t burn bridges, one never knows who knows whom in this industry