So you’ve decided that you want to be a personal trainer, and that you have what it takes to become one. Great! But do you have what it takes to be self-employed? Do you think you could cut it as a freelance personal trainer?
Freelance personal training is a hard climb…but worth it! Being self-employed has many benefits. You gain the freedom of being able to choose how you work when you work and who you work with. Further, as a freelance personal trainer your hourly rate will be considerably higher and your earning potential much greater. Also, as you have already identified yourself as someone with a passion for health and fitness, you will be doing something you are interested in and enjoy, and with no-one breathing down your neck. In fact, some days it won’t seem like you are working at all.
However, as with all things in life, there is a flip-side. There is no-one else to shift responsibility to when the going gets tough. While you may have greater perceived freedom, you are ultimately answerable to your customers, your bank manager and yourself, and sometimes that can seem like more pressure than a line manager who you leave behind when you clock-off.
The bank manager, in particular, will become a familiar character in your life, either as your new BFF, or your new worst enemy. Banks are very supportive when you first start out as they want your business, and as long as things go well everything will be fine. But should you fall on hard times, don’t expect any tea and sympathy!
With this in mind, if you intend to freelance it’s a good idea to become familiar with some basic budgeting skills. The fitness industry does tend to be somewhat seasonal, and it is vital you don’t spend all your profits from a very good month, only to find you have no income the following month.
As a self-employed personal trainer, you will also be responsible for filling in and returning all manner of official paperwork including your own tax returns (urgh!). Sure, you may choose to use a bookkeeper or an accountant, but again these cost money.
You will have to provide your own equipment, including transport, and pay for all your own marketing, insurance and training. Many of these expenses will be upfront. Do you have the funds required to start up your own personal training business?
Consider all of these points carefully and ask those that have already set up their own freelance personal training businesses for advice.
And when you get there, congratulate yourself! Like with any fitness programme… careful planning, fitness knowledge and a dash of hard work, will equal results!
Of course, to start a career in fitness you require solid qualifications. You may begin with simple personal trainer qualifications but preferably want to upskill yourself to turn into a fully competitive and professional. Focus Training courses relating to this blog post on freelance personal training – weighing up your options include our level 2 gym instructor courses, exercise referral qualification, sports massage courses near me and the extremely popular pt courses.
The personal trainer courses provided by Focus Training offer a easy and relaxed way for you to learn. The learning materials that are needed to learn are provided in hard-back and via the online learning portal. Via our main page, you can find a lot more educational information on pt courses online.