I LOVE my job as a personal trainer*! I get to wake up every day and help people build healthier lives. I’m also a mother, wife, and competitive athlete. A few years ago, on the surface it looked like I had it made. It looked like I was making my own hours. It looked like I had a solid list of clients, and it looked like I was balancing work and life just perfectly. But guess what? I was failing at all of it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I really do love what I do. But I wasn’t making my own hours. My days started way to early, and I was simply unable to train in the afternoons and evenings because I needed to pick up my kids from school and ready for school. I did (and still do) have an amazing clientele, but when their lives got a little busy and they couldn’t do their session, I didn’t get paid. Yay for a few weeks off, boo for no money. And I was constantly stressed about where I was going to find my next client, and even if I did find them, where was I going to put them on my schedule??
Even with those complications, I had no desire to change careers. I was born to help people feel amazing!! I decided to find a way to increase my income without increasing client training hours. The little voice in the back of my head told me that was impossible and that I was crazy. I almost listened but told it to shut up instead.
I realized that every single day, to every single client, in almost every session, I was making nutrition recommendations. I was doing research and then sending them to the store to hopefully follow my advice and not get sidetracked by the salesperson at the counter. I finally asked myself why I was doing all the hard work and then sending all the income to the vitamin store and letting the vitamin store keep all the profits. Hm, not good.
Here’s the deal, every time I sent a paying client to buy something at the store, it was a lost opportunity for me to build a financially solid business. And I’ll be honest, losing money meant I was losing other things. I was losing morning snuggles with my kids because I felt it was the only time I could cram in training sessions in. I was losing myself, trying to work unpredictable hours around my family’s schedule, unable to get in my own workouts, and I was losing my purpose being spread so thin.
So, I did a little research. I found a way to turn my recommendations into a steady stream of income. I started an online health and wellness business and told them them shop directly from me. Money they were already spending now goes directly to MY online store and their products are shipped directly to them. I’ve turned my recommendations into a paycheck. My clients get a great discount and access to the best freakin products out there. It’s a win-win for everyone. Oh, and did I mention I’m home now more mornings for morning cuddles?
If the idea of building a financially solid training business without increasing training hours is interesting to you, we should chat. No obligation. It might be a fit for your and it might not. And think about it, has anyone ever died from just getting more info? Email me to set up a time to chat, it just might be the solution you and your family have been looking for.
Written By: Amanda Allen; Owner of Amanda Allen Fit
* This concept works for anybody within the fitness industry including but not limited to yoga instructors, group fitness leaders, crossfit instructors, kickboxing instructors, dance teachers, cycle instructors, pilates instructors, etc. All of these industries love to serve and help others feel better from the inside and out. Yet, they can not help if a client moves, can't attend class, stop committing to their health journey. But, by including a Nutritional Plan like the 30 Days to Clean Eating + Detox Program they can continue to serve their clients virtually. So, let's START increasing your income without increasing your client hours!!!! Start your Nutritional Virtual Franchise TODAY...like these other industry leaders!!!
Heather Haycock, Dance Instructor
Alex Settler, Yoga Instructor
Cynthia Roten, Health and Fitness Group Trainer
Erica Darensbourg, Bootcamp Trainer
Erica Leo, Dance Instructor
Bryanne Knight, Kickboxing Coach