On fitness forums, including IdeaFit, I have seen this question posted quite frequently:
Which is better, to hire a personal trainer as an employee or as an independent contractor?
In the following weeks, I will attempt to explore this question from different topic angles with addressing the VERY BASICS. However, I would like to get a more in-depth perspective for my own personal knowledge as a gym owner.
I ask for feedback from you, the reader, no matter where you fit in the fitness industry!
I have posted the first of the series on my blog available at:
I personally lean towards the “independent contractor” as a gym owner or as a trainer.
Basically your renting your facility to PT’s at a set price. You have a fixed income, less paperwork (1099) and hassle.
The trainers are then responsible for any taxes etc.
I have worked in clubs being an “IC” and clubs as an employee.
When in doubt, consult an attorney and/or accountant, city, county and state laws.