Business vs Employment – What is Right For You?
Becoming a Personal Trainer Consultant or taking up employment at a Health Club are the most popular options that most in the fitness industry end up taking up.
If you are serious about taking up a career in the fitness industry, then sooner or later you will face this question and take a stand.
Here are more tips and suggestions to help you make that decision easier.
Becoming a personal trainer or an independent fitness consultant is what excites many; it looks more exciting from a distance and there are indeed several advantages of becoming one. Most do end becoming one over the due course of time.
Advantages of being a personal trainer consultant
Challenges of Being Independent
Here are some challenges that you are going to face if you decide to go on your own.
Fitness Club Employee
This is similar to being an employee in an organization and has several benefits. The obvious ones are a stable income, minimal risks, and the several perks / benefits you get (health insurance, vacation, sick leave).
The problem is that, depending on which part of the world you are located it, you may not be able to find a good fitness club in your city or it may involve lot of daily travelling.
Besides, if the fitness club is not a big organization you may have limited chances of advancements. You may also not have a lot of say in most important matters.
More importantly, at least in the fitness industry where you have so many independent consultants, you may not get job satisfaction working for a gym or club when you know that you have a very good chance of making it on your own.
Plan & Think Long Term
As you can clearly see from the points that we listed above, there are several advantages of both the aspects and we would suggest that you experience both the options.
It is better to learn the tricks of the trade, learn the legal aspects, develop your contacts, and become more aware of your strengths and weaknesses while on job.
Once you are confident and have some savings, you can venture out on your own; this is a better way of minimizing the risks associated with starting your own business.
Check-out these videos to see how it would be to work as an employee. Fitness is big business and some of the big names in the industry employ a big staff of highly qualified fitness professionals. Most of them do provide great benefits as part of their employee wellness programs.