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Old 07-26-2013, 02:00 PM   #121
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Very true... I guess as a little side gig training housewives and soccer moms your physique wouldn't matter as much, as long as you looked "in shape". But, if you want to move onto training athletes it absolutely matters. And honestly, athletes are better to work with bcuz they have drive and the money is 1000x better! Trust me on this. It's a progression too. You start off wanting to help a few people and get them into shape. And you quickly realize the average person will gain average results,,bcuz they just don't know how to push themselves. Or they quit. Once you start working with athletes and see how quickly they adapt and gain results you'll be lured to that aspect of personal training. It's more rewarding.


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What you need to do is fund small groups that have similar goals/schedules/lifestyles, and then create group classes for them. That way they can take what you show them and work off each other while being trained by you.

To go back on the guy I know, because he is the only person I know that does something similar to what you want to do, he does this. He has a group of 5 cops that have a class, they all work nights so he has a 11am class for them, he has a class of their wives/girlfriends who all pretty much do nothing so thats another daytime class, he has another group thats all 9-5 guys, etc.

You definitelty have th right attitude going into this, you aren't quitting your job and opening a gym, you are starting small and treating it as a hobby that may or may not turn into something bigger.

I personally am not a fan of the whole crossfit type HIIT workout, but the idea of doing it in a group setting appeals to me, I am just pissed that the guys I know that go, do so during the day. Just another reason to look into small group sessions, you may get more people involved that way.
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:23 PM   #123
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What you need to do is fund small groups that have similar goals/schedules/lifestyles, and then create group classes for them. That way they can take what you show them and work off each other while being trained by you.

To go back on the guy I know, because he is the only person I know that does something similar to what you want to do, he does this. He has a group of 5 cops that have a class, they all work nights so he has a 11am class for them, he has a class of their wives/girlfriends who all pretty much do nothing so thats another daytime class, he has another group thats all 9-5 guys, etc.

You definitelty have th right attitude going into this, you aren't quitting your job and opening a gym, you are starting small and treating it as a hobby that may or may not turn into something bigger.

I personally am not a fan of the whole crossfit type HIIT workout, but the idea of doing it in a group setting appeals to me, I am just pissed that the guys I know that go, do so during the day. Just another reason to look into small group sessions, you may get more people involved that way.
I do like this idea a lot. I have a lot to consider in the next few weeks.
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I do like this idea a lot. I have a lot to consider in the next few weeks.
Just think, one lone housewife might not want to come over and workout in your garage, but a her and a couple friends might.
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Just think, one lone housewife might not want to come over and workout in your garage, but a her and a couple friends might.
very true. I just don't want to drop a ton of money on equipment. Tax write offs?

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very true. I just don't want to drop a ton of money on equipment. Tax write offs?
If you set up an LLC (costs about $100 I believe) you might be able to write off any business expenses, not sure though. This would also help if anyone ever wanted to sue you if they got hurt or anything, they couldn't go after your house or personal money.

I have a buddy that's a lawyer I can ask him any questions you might have if needed. I am just rambling thoughts from memory off here.
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If you set up an LLC (costs about $100 I believe) you might be able to write off any business expenses, not sure though. This would also help if anyone ever wanted to sue you if they got hurt or anything, they couldn't go after your house or personal money.

I have a buddy that's a lawyer I can ask him any questions you might have if needed. I am just rambling thoughts from memory off here.
Yup! Could write off a lot once you open an LLC and its a really smart idea for this. It's almost like a small insurance plan incase someone did get injured. You could write off any exercise equipment. Meals. Supplements. Etc.


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If you set up an LLC (costs about $100 I believe) you might be able to write off any business expenses, not sure though. This would also help if anyone ever wanted to sue you if they got hurt or anything, they couldn't go after your house or personal money.

I have a buddy that's a lawyer I can ask him any questions you might have if needed. I am just rambling thoughts from memory off here.
yes please ask him

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Could I write off my groceries and say it is to "play the part"?

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Could I write off my groceries and say it is to "play the part"?
Yes. Technically they could audit it if you're doing the eating of it though. It depends on exactly how it would be written for the LLC. You could claim YOUR meals are for your job. May be tough though. Supplements and such. Those could be offered to clients. So I see no reason those would have any issues being written off.

I used to write of Gas expense for when I would travel to scout a location for my photography company. (I Have an LLC)


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To add, if you're "out to eat" with a client that could be a business meeting. I certainly would not write off a years worth of groceries and expect no potential issues. But, you're also not buying for more than yourself (I assume) so the expenses wouldnt be more than a few thousand I assume. Regardless, I personally wouldn't write groceries off.


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To add, if you're "out to eat" with a client that could be a business meeting. I certainly would not write off a years worth of groceries and expect no potential issues. But, you're also not buying for more than yourself (I assume) so the expenses wouldnt be more than a few thousand I assume. Regardless, I personally wouldn't write groceries off.


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This is true, a buddy of mine who owns a very successful business always pays for everything, meals, golf, etc. he just writes them off as business meetings.
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This is true, a buddy of mine who owns a very successful business always pays for everything, meals, golf, etc. he just writes them off as business meetings.
Hmm. Looks like I should talk to some accountant friends.
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Writing off everything is great, just remember that your net income (after write offs) is what gets reported on your taxes, and what creditors use to determine your income... So if you write off everything you'll have a very low income for credit purposes, just a heads up. Other than that its great. Not sure if states is the same as Canada but you could calculate the square footage percent your home gym takes up and use that percent to write off part of your mortgage, utilities etc. as well.
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Writing off everything is great, just remember that your net income (after write offs) is what gets reported on your taxes, and what creditors use to determine your income... So if you write off everything you'll have a very low income for credit purposes, just a heads up. Other than that its great. Not sure if states is the same as Canada but you could calculate the square footage percent your home gym takes up and use that percent to write off part of your mortgage, utilities etc. as well.
I doubt I will ever use this income for lending purposes unless I got really big. I have been told the garage space may be able to be written off too. I will need more details

here's another question. Can I call myself a personal trainer before I am certified. I'm not sure how this works.

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Lets be honest here..you can call yourself whatever you want whenever you want. Are you personally training people? Seems like your title would be a Personal Trainer.

Are you certified and personally training people? Than you would be a "Certified personal trainer" just my .02


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Lets be honest here..you can call yourself whatever you want whenever you want. Are you personally training people? Seems like your title would be a Personal Trainer.

Are you certified and personally training people? Than you would be a "Certified personal trainer" just my .02


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good point. I still feel like I need to be certified before actually charging or creating the FB page, business cards etc.
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good point. I still feel like I need to be certified before actually charging or creating the FB page, business cards etc.
Again, simply my .02. But payment is based on time. If you give 1 hour of time to a client and assist them in work out routines, motivation, spots, knowledge, you should be compensated regardless. With that said I would not state you are more than you are. At this point you are a dedicated individual to a healthy fit lifestyle and would like to pass that to others. When you become certified you are now more versed in what you're teaching. I do understand where you are coming from of course, but even still, that's my personal opinion.


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Yup! Could write off a lot once you open an LLC and its a really smart idea for this. It's almost like a small insurance plan incase someone did get injured. You could write off any exercise equipment. Meals. Supplements. Etc.

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An LLC will help insulate you from liability. It'd be a good idea to get insurance, although I wouldn't expect your terms to be great with A) minimal experience and B) not having a dedicated studio.

A former employer of mine insures a lot of gyms and I think they might have a direct-written product (i.e. no agent/broker involved.) I can check, if you want.


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Could I write off my groceries and say it is to "play the part"?
Your general groceries, no. Other things, absolutely. Equipment, business logo'ed clothing, etc, can be written off. I know that figure/bikini competitors will write off their suits (once they have pro cards...and those suits can cost a grand.)

As mpowered said, it's not wise to just write off a year's worth of groceries. Not even bodybuilders do that, and they have a much better argument to do it than you do.
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An LLC will help insulate you from liability. It'd be a good idea to get insurance, although I wouldn't expect your terms to be great with A) minimal experience and B) not having a dedicated studio.

A former employer of mine insures a lot of gyms and I think they might have a direct-written product (i.e. no agent/broker involved.) I can check, if you want.




Your general groceries, no. Other things, absolutely. Equipment, business logo'ed clothing, etc, can be written off. I know that figure/bikini competitors will write off their suits (once they have pro cards...and those suits can cost a grand.)

As mpowered said, it's not wise to just write off a year's worth of groceries. Not even bodybuilders do that, and they have a much better argument to do it than you do.
Yea if you can check that would be great.
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