Our expert says:
I share your frustration, and I also realise that teh fitness industry, which is a passion for many, is often not a sustainable job.
I don't know anyone who is self-employed as a Pilates instructor, so I can't answer you from any kind of experience or industry insight. What I will say is that it's a difficult industry, because it's grown too quickly in too short a time, and as a result the market is somewhat 'saturated' by all these trainers, many of whom, it must be said, are of a poor standard.
having said that, it's possible to succeed, but I wouldn't walk away from a secure job to do it. I think the best thing is to do the Pilates course on the side, and then see whether the market exists and how easily you might establish yourself. You'd have to do the "numbers" and work out for example that if you got 100 clients at R200 a month you'd be making R20000, for exampe. Is that sufficient? Do you need 200 clients? Is that possible? If you charged R400 a month (or R50 a session, times two per week), would you be able to get 100 people? All these business kinds of projections (which I'm sure you're more than capable of) would have to factor into your decision. I think the first step is to do the course, see whether you can run one or two classes on the side (it's a passion of yours anyway), and then take it step by step, see what opens up for you.
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