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10 Tips for Aspiring Personal Trainers

Hopefully after the last tip I gave you you’re able to see the wood through the trees and planned some time off.

Being self employed can be incredibly lucrative, but as quickly as the winds changes so can your business.

The biggest problem being potentially inconsistent money from month to month, but I have a secret that can potentially remove this worry for you.

The information I am about to give you can work very well, but it can also leave people feeling trapped, this is a tip you might or might not ever use.

However, through experience I have seen it work very well and become invaluable.

Would you like to know what it is?

Business Tip Number 8: Contracts & Direct Debits.

Having a contract is a basic fundamental when it comes to personal training, they will protect not only you but also your client, just incase things turn nasty.

They type of contract I am describing is similar to a phone contract in essence, meaning a regular monthly payment will be set up – That is the way I describe it to new clients.

This will mean your clients sign up for either a 3, 6 or 12 month period of personal training (Bootcamps are best month to month, therefore are excluded.), each client will set up a Direct Debit for the required amount to be sent to your account on an agreed upon date. This will guarantee a steady flow of income for several months at a time.

Before a clients signs an agreement it would be worth you listing the benefits they will receive, here is a small list of what I would advice to be offered with each long term contract:

– Online Support: Nutrition, Q/A, anything the client requires to aid the to achieving their goal.
– Free Merchandise: Hoodie, T-Short or Vest etc.
– Progress Tracking: Online access to their progress such as body stats, fat %, Strength progression and more.
– Referral Benefits: % of a fee for a client you’ve obtained as a direct referral.

Essentially for the contract to be appealing you will want to offer a supreme package, it must contain the very best of what you have to offer.

No compromise! It must be your best.


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10 Tips for Aspiring Personal Trainers

With all of the extra business you will amass from the tips so far, you might want to think about some down time.

Before I go on, please just answer these few questions for me:

– When was the last time you had a holiday?
– When was the last time you have a full day off?
– When was the last time you have any time at all to yourself?

If you can’t really give a definitive answer to any of those questions I suggest you read on.

Business Tip Number 7: Down Time.

As trainers and coaches it can be hard to turn down business because the work isn’t always guaranteed, but while this may seem like a good idea at the time it will only lead to you becoming over worked, demotivated, potentially ill and worst of all… you might even lose your passion for training.

There are 52 weeks in the year and trying to work everyone is futile.

You should allow yourself at least 1 months holiday per year. You don’t need to take it all off in one go, but taking the occasional 2 week break, mixed in with long weekends will serve to help keep you inspired and remain passionate.

Here are my personal recommendations for how to organise your holiday time:

Total holiday – 28 Days.

– One 2 week vacation per year, thats 14days gone – based on the assumption you work Sat/Sun. I would take this in what is your own businesses quietest period.

– 1 long weekend each month – give or take, this will take the remaining 14 days off your target holiday allowance. Long weekends are great for a quick break that will help you come back more inspired than before.

These rules are not set in stone, but I have found they work perfectly for me, however you need to find what works perfectly for you.

Now that I have covered the aspect of holiday entitlement, I am going to ask you one more question.

– Do you have any time to yourself each day?

For many the answer will be no. This is a part of the problem that leads to the negative effect I stated above.

Lets say you work form 6am-9am with clients and then again resume at 12pm-2pm followed by another short break until 5pm-8pm and then you finish. That’s a standard 8 hour day, all be it broken down across the day. In those times where you’re not working it is worth picking one of the 3 hour gaps and just disappearing for a few hours.

Here are some suggestions of what you can do in that time:

– Read
– Shopping
– A hobby – Knitting is good.

Essentially relax in anyway you find pleasurable and the other 3 hour gap can be used for admin work.

Learn to take some time to yourself, you will thank me for it in the long run.


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