My friend Rashell knows the art of side hustling.
After we both graduated from Gonzaga University, she started working in patient relations at a clinic in Oregon. Eight months ago, she also started earning a side income as a fitness coach to reach her personal and financial goals. In my eyes, she’s one of the nicest people on the internet and has a killer social media game, so I had to learn more about how she gets it all done. She was kind enough to share how she side hustles and how you can do it too!
How did you find out about fitness coaching? What company do you work for?
I found out through Instagram! I had started talking with this sweet lady, whose location from a picture I recognized, and found out that we grew up down the street from each other. We continued to talk more and I found out that she was a coach. I tried out a 5 Day Eat Clean Challenge she hosted, got hooked, and saw how a group of people taking simple health challenges made them feel so much happier. Now I work through a company called Beachbody.
Do you need any formal training or experience to become a fitness coach?
All you need is a passion for helping others, a clear purpose for why you want to coach, and a willingness to share your journey. Some coaches take on a program and are wanting to work out or focus on health for the first time. I am also part of a team called the misFIT Republic, which offers training and mentor coaches to assist as well.
What makes coaching fun for you?
My misFIT team! We are a tight knit group of ladies and guys that are always there to support each other. One of the coaches is my best friend now! Also, as I do this job from home and on the hours I decide, we coaches meet in groups four times a year for team bonding and training. I have already flown to Texas once, and next year I will be traveling to Tennessee and the Caribbean, so I am very excited! But something that I do on the daily basis that I love is serving others. Providing support and encouragement is a very humbling and amazing experience.
And my most burning question: do you need to work out all the time/run marathons/know how to do one-armed pushups/be completely fit to do this job?
No you do not! I myself am a marathoner and love jumping around for my workouts, but others don’t like weight lifting too much. Every coach is on their own fitness journey. Some people are working on losing 100+ pounds, some are getting fit after babies and some are signed up to be in the next body building competition.
You coach from home. How does that work?
The majority of clients that I serve are online and find me through Facebook, Instagram, and my blog, but I do meet a few in person under certain conditions. Every day I connect and reconnect with others just to say hi and I also share my journey on social media whether it is health and fitness related or not. My goal is to share as honest and open as I can.
How much time do you spend per week on coaching? How much time does the average coach spend?
I started working around five hours a week, as I knew it would by a hobby I would enjoy for a long time. In the last three months following my trip to Texas, though, I realize that coaching is becoming my passion. My clinic job does not pay as much as I would like, and in the next few years I want to buy my first home with my husband, have a baby, and go to grad school! Since all of those things are expensive, I want to make as much money coaching as I do at my clinic job by next year. It may not be easy and I will need to put in more hours, but the fact that I am so excited to get on my computer and help others makes my goal much less daunting.
Another burning question: how do coaches actually make money?
As a coach you do make some money from programs that your specific challengers purchase, but those that make full-time incomes say they do best when they have helped their mentees succeed. In fact, coaches don’t earn much from sales (I hate being called a sales person as I truly believe I am not one!), but instead receive bonuses tracked by a points system when challengers meet their goals.
Are there any drawbacks to the job, or something about it you would change?
The one drawback would be people saying no or sending me negative messages—it’s bound to happen, since not everyone agrees on same goals or thinks the same. It could happen in any job. We coaches use personal development to get around those bumps and keep motivating our challengers.
What advice would you give to people who want to become fitness coaches?
I would recommend scheduling and staying organized. It’s so easy to answer messages all day long and forget to write people’s names down. But the most important things as a coach is to have time for yourself and your family, since they are probably the reason you started in the first place. It’s very embarrassing if you get two people mixed up! (Let’s just say I felt really bad and will never make that mistake again!)
Want to learn more about Rashell’s journey? Check out her Facebook or blog and drop a line! Would you become a fitness coach? Tell me in the comments!
Images: Rashell Geisler