Training Business Checklist
First Aid/CPR/AED Certification
Most fitness certifications require these three safety certifications to be current. Consider doing a live cert instead of online, the practical (hands-on) portion is invaluable.
Personal Training Certification
A personal training certification is the first step in your career. The main goal of a fitness certification is to teach you the basics of science, techniques, professionalism, and safety. Many personal trainers obtain several different certifications during their career, as they advance in specialized areas.
Unless you’re an employee, you’ll need your own insurance. Don’t run your training business without insurance.
Forms help you cover yourself legally and make you appear more professional. They help you gather information in a strategic fashion and keep you organized. Having a liability waiver and health history form are smart legal moves to make when starting your own fitness business. You can also include a health screening form for fitness assessment records.
Business Tax License
A business tax license is needed before you begin collecting money from clients. Keeping track of your income in a spreadsheet is a good way to know how much to pay every 3 months, so you don’t get caught at the end of the year owing money.
Business cards are the easiest tool to have. Put your name, contact information and location on them. A professional photo is helpful for people to remember you. Make sure you have professional looking fitness attire. Spend money on clothes that are clean, attractive and fit you appropriately. You are your best advertisement. Read more about fitness marketing strategies and network as much as you can. Not only can people you know help promote you, but they serve as great mentors or collaborators.