How Two Personal Trainers Became Self Employed
Josh and Jason York are personal trainers in their mid-20's who wanted to be self-employed. The costs of starting up a gym were too big to consider, so they came up with another idea instead: They bought a couple of vans, started calling themselves the Gym Guyz, and launched a business that brings the gym to their clients' homes.
Josh had a business degree and had been working a 9-to-5 job at a marketing company, but it didn't suit him. He and his brother wanted to pursue their passion for fitness and healthy eating. They both took jobs at gyms around Long Island but eventually decided they wanted to be on their own and work together.
Then came the idea for Gym Guyz. There were other personal trainers around, but no one who brought all the equipment needed to set up a temporary gym in a client's home. They outfitted two vans and began making house calls.
The business grew thanks to referrals and some marketing. Two years later, the Gym Guyz have more than 70 clients. They're buying a third van and adding more trainers.
Watch this video to hear from the Gym Guyz and watch Josh pay a visit to a client.
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Geoff Roth is a 30-year veteran of the TV news business. He has hired hundreds of people and counseled both professionals and students as they hunt for jobs. Geoff is chronicling life after TV News at www.nomoredeadlines.com.
He was part of the original staff of CNN when it started up in 1980, and has worked for national and local news organizations across the country as everything from a writer to News Director. He is now rounding out his career as an Assistant Professor in the journalism department at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.