You’ve probably dreamed of where your fitness career can take you. One of the places it can take you is a place of independence. Over the years, I’ve come to understand the importance of striking out on your own to achieve bigger and better things, but I also the understand the importance of security and stability. Working on your own, without the stability of a company, is a scary thing for many personal trainers. In my view, there are so many benefits to taking a chance on yourself and creating your own path in the fitness industry. Here are some things you need to weigh as you decide where you want your fitness career to go.
What Stability Offers You
If you work for a respectable fitness facility or network and you’re killing it there as a top trainer and performer, you’re probably doing pretty well with an hourly rate. On top of that, you might be getting a 401k, health insurance, and other perks that come along with working for a company. But when you deduct how much you pay for your “benefits” – as in how much is deducted from each personal training session you’re paid for – how much are you really making?
Working on your own earns you more money per day, per session, and per client than working for a company will provide. Sure, the health insurance and other benefits may be cheaper, but it’s earning you less overall than you could make on your own! And don’t forget, the benefits aren’t exclusive to your employer. You can provide those same things for yourself.
How Much You Make
I know you didn’t become a personal trainer just for the money, but you do want to earn a living doing it. I’m always going to champion striking out on your own and working as your own boss because, in my view, it helps you reach your full potential in your fitness career.
In my book, Your Fitness Career, I go in-depth about what to take into consideration when weighing the benefits and cost of being your own boss with a list of things to consider. For me, what it all comes down to is how you value your time. When you work at a gym, you put in hours even when a there are no clients to train. When you have your own business, you can fill your time however you want with as many clients as you feel comfortable with.
If you want your fitness career to take you to new heights, then you simply have to let go. Traditional routes may offer comfort, but they won’t help you to move beyond the ordinary to become the extraordinary personal trainer you know you can be.
It’s difficult to let go of what makes you comfortable and leave what you view as a place of safety. I understand! I simply think that to grow, you have to shed the things that are ultimately unnecessary to your success. That way, you can achieve the health, happiness, and success we all deserve!
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