The sport and health sector is booming in Europe and there is an increasing demand for qualified Personal Trainers.
As a Personal Trainer you can carry out your profession in various ways:
1- Employed (having a job)
You can start working as a clerk in an existing sports organization (fitness club, Personal Training studio or sports club). In that case, there is an employment contract between you and your employer.
2- As a self-employed person
You can also start as a self-employed person (or start a business), considering that you must have a basic knowledge of business management to be able to carry out an independent activity. When starting up your own company, a lot of things come to mind. Physical Coaching Academy helps you with this by providing the Essentials of Sales & Marketing training program.
As a self-employed person, you are free to open your own Personal Training Studio and / or coach your clients at home.
Many chains / fitness clubs also work with independent Personal Trainers. In that case, generally the club where you are going to work will ask you for a monthly fee (sometimes referred to as rent) to be able to offer your services to its customers. Some clubs do not ask for a monthly fee but receive a percentage of the turnover of each Personal Trainer.
3- As a freelancer
In the beginning of their career, some Personal Trainers start their activities as a freelancer combined with a job in paid employment. If the activities are not recognized as an enterprise with tax liability or employment, but the work is profitable, the tax authorities will rule these activities as income from other work. The tax authorities calculate your result as if you were an entrepreneur. But you are not entitled to certain facilities, such as the self-employment deduction, arbitrary depreciation or the investment allowance.
Physical Coaching Academy is regularly approached by chains / fitness clubs that are looking for certified Personal Trainers. By creating your profile on our website in the search engine you increase your visibility on the market. This service is offered free of charge to anyone who is minimum EREPS level 4 certified via Physical Coaching Academy.
For more information about starting up your business, you can visit the website of the Tax Authorities or follow our training program Essentials of Sales & Marketing.
If you are looking for a job in this sector, we advise you to regularly keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog. We regularly post vacancies from the fitness industry.