If you’re going to work in the fitness industry as a trainer, you have to get used to working weird hours and (at least initially) not relying on a steady pay check.
Which is actually great!
The 9-5 work day and weekly salary is a fairly modern thing. Working as needed, to achieve a goal is a more natural way to create your lifetime body of work.
I would encourage you, if you’re still being paid by an employer, to take the leap into running your own business. Even if it’s only a side hustle to begin with.
Here’s why running your own business is awesome:
1. Choose your own hours
No more doing late nights if you don’t want to or early mornings if that’s not your jam. Looking after your kids during the day? Run your sessions in the evening. Build your work schedule around your life, not the other way around.
2. Choose your clients
Have a passion for training mums? Great, no need to ask anyone for permission, just go do it. Like to train athletes? No problem, just start.
3. Choose where you work
There are trainers that run their sessions from home, parks, schools, sporting venues, gyms, boutique studios, car parks. Some travel across town to a spot they like. Others like to be close to home and use the school that’s just 5 minutes away. It’s up to you.
4. A bigger slice of the pie
Most gyms and franchises want a cut of your earnings in exchange for use of their systems and facilities. There is nothing wrong with this, you can still earn a great living this way. However, if you want total freedom and the full share of the profits, going it alone is the way for you.
5. Sky’s the limit on earning potential
A lot of people shy away from being self-employed because they see it as financially insecure. I actually see it as the complete opposite. When you run your own business you are fully in control of how much money you earn. There is no one determining your worth with a salary and a pay rise. It’s completely up to you.
6. Best personal development you can do
Starting a business and fatherhood are very equal in presenting some of the most incredible challenges I’ve had to face. The exhilarating highs and the shattering lows. Each challenge has forced me to reflect and grow. To become more human and more caring. This alone it worth starting a business for.
How to run your own fitness business
If you are interested in starting your own fitness business or you are running one but need help, join me this week for a free masterclass where I’ll show you the 5 pillars of building a business with your passion for fitness.
It’s totally free, all you need to do is register your spot here: Fitness Is My Passion Masterclass
If you can’t make it to the time, that’s OK, if you register I’ll send you the recording to watch in your own time.
Also, because it’s been so popular I may run an encore time, so register to be notified of that too.
Kyle Wood created Bootcamp Ideas in 2010 when he was hunting around on the internet for workout ideas. He ran a successful bootcamp in Victoria, Australia and spends his spare time managing this site, adventuring (or lazying) with his wife and find new ways to make bootcamps even better.