Starting your own business working as a personal trainer can be very exciting. There are many factors that can affect your personal trainer salary. As a private personal trainer, you set your own hours and rates, which offers you more choice and flexibility in choosing the clients. You also keep your entire hourly rate without having to split it with other trainers or a gym, like you would if you worked at a large health club. This can give you a real sense of freedom and control. You choose both your clients and how to market and run your business. If you have been training at a health club and already have a large list of clients, you might be more successful on your own.
If you are just starting out as a personal trainer however, this could be a very challenging process. As a new trainer you will need to build a large enough client list to sustain both yourself and your business expenses. This is a reason why the large clubs take such a big share of the hourly rate. Somebody has to pay for the lights, heat, rent, weights, and treadmills. And if you run your own business, this person is you!
Building a personal training business can be a long and slow process if you are new to the game. Word of mouth is often your best form of advertising but, if you have just started a business and do not have any clients, there aren’t a lot of mouths ready to spread the word.
You may have to spend a substantial amount of money up front if you want to rent a space and transform it into a gym. Even if you decide to train clients in your home, you will still need to supply adequate equipment and maybe even a changing room…not to mention purchasing liability insurance to cover you in the event of an accident or injury.
If you decide to go mobile and train clients in their homes then you will need to transport your own equipment or be limited by whatever equipment they have. Purchasing a good set of adjustable dumbbells that can fit in the trunk of your car is a good solution. We’ve reviewed the best adjustable dumbbells on the market so you can decide which are right for you.
Going mobile also creates the challenge of lost time, or time spent traveling between appointments. If you travel from house to house, you will need to give yourself enough time so that you are not late. You could be setting yourself up for embarrassment if you do not take traffic or weather into consideration, or if your appointment times are booked too closely together. If you cannot be relied upon to hold an appointment, you risk the possibility of losing clients.
As you can see, working as a personal trainer has both positive and negative aspects for your personal trainer salary. You will need to decide which approach is right for you. For more information on the benefits and drawbacks of working for a large health club, see our article – Working for a Large Club.