Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Here is a well rounded disscussion from someone who has done both.
Home PT Pros
- Everyone is a potential client, not just gym members. I find most people will consider having a home PT
- It is not as competitive as in the gym so you dont feel threatend by other PTs
- Pick your own hours, you are your own boss
- Good money, low monthly overheads
- Overheads are only start-up – around £400 for equipment and insurance (read Potential Earnings for more details)
- Work outdoors sometimes so you get to enjoy the summer. Rain never stops training
Home PT Dissadvantages
- Work alone, so there are no other PTs to have fun with between clients and in the gym
- No gym and pool to relax in
- Travelling limits you to 15 to 25 clients / week (£400-£1000) – read Potential Earnings for more details
- Lots of travelling, which is not great for the back
Gym PT Advantages
- Great for gaining experience, lots of PTs around for advice
- You can fit lots of clients in per day – I’d say 6 max, or you’ll burn out
- Gym and pool to use and relax in
- Good for marketing – posters on walls and promotions
Gym PT Dissadvantages
- Large overheads – anything from £150-£1500 per month for rent/comission
- Bosses can be great or a nightmare
- Indoors so no sun, but no rain either
- Gyms tend to change thier PT comission and rent policies reguraly to get as much as they can, so be adaptable
In conclusion, gym-based PT is great fun, you gain experience and confidence, and work in a gym atmosphere. A home-based PT has lower overheads and so only needs to work 10-15hrs per week and has a lot of freedom. Both are great , so pick whichever suits you.
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