Responses in bold.That is the purpose of independent contractors really is to foot the bill. Contractors are not expected to be forever and thats the understanding from the start, that should be common knowledge in terms of a independent contractor. I don't get how thats a bad attitude or anything else, its business. It's a contractor vs employee.
Negatory. The purpose of any additional trainers in a small PT business is for business growth. Let me explain this as clearly as possible. When someone becomes your subcontractor, they become YOUR SUBCONTRACTOR. They actually have a much bigger purpose than covering your bills, even though that may be a benefit of having them around. If you can't see or respect that, then you're going to drive potential contractors away. A contractor's business is your business. It's for this reason that the big franchise gyms (the ones that we generically frown upon for a lot of good reasons) all have managers who the subcontractors answer to and meet with once or twice a week to assess how they're going at building and retaining their business and what needs working on. It's why they do shadow PTing, roleplay, marketing etc with their trainers. They've already got your rental fee, so they don't directly need to lift a finger, but it's good for the PT's, which, in turn, is good for the gym.
Any business whether large or small will try to keep overhead low and profits high.
And that's fine. It's also not the point.
If I can bring in a qualified trainer that isn't at risk of injuring people that will pay me $200-$300 rent and work with 5 clients.....or I can bring in the same qualified trainer to pay me 50% of the $200/month that his 5 clients pay him providing me with $500. Why would i take the $200-$300?
Because sooner or later a split will reach the point where the trainer can get a better deal elsewhere. Like I said before, from a contractor POV, the best-case scenario that is mutually beneficial to you and the trainer is 50/50 starting out, to a limit equal to a fair rental deal. Where I live, most rental deals for trainers are about $200-300/wk, with a $1,000+ sign-up fee and a 12-month lock-in contract, which adds up to at least $11,400 over the first year, which they will have to pay regardless of whether or not they're successful. When I first became qualified, I contemplated entering into such a deal, and the cumulative rent and start-up fess would have cost me nearly $20,000 for one year, no ifs, buts, or maybes. If I'm coming in off the street with no guarantees about anything other than that this is going to cost me in excess of $10,000, I'm not going to be overly enticed. On the flipside, if I properly establish myself as a trainer in your facility and have good business going on a 50/50 split, I might earn $100,000 this year -- that's 25hr/wk at $80/hr, a reasonable rate and workload for a moderately successful PT with a life outside his career -- but I'll be giving $50,000 of that to you, and then there's all my other business expenses. Suddenly that's not looking very favourable, either, and I'll be inclined to take my business elsewhere if I have the opportunity. But, if I pay you 50% up to a max of $250/wk, that's a pretty safe bet for me, and you're not exactly losing out on anything.
Yes, the reason I am bringing in trainers to my facility is to make myself more money
As I said above, they have a bigger role than footing your bill. It's good to make money out of your trainers, but it can only be healthy for business to see them as something inherently greater than a weekly/fortnightly/monthly cheque.
I'm friends with the current people i have in now but if I brought in someone that just came to work, trained clients, left and didn't say much of anything that would be perfectly fine too as long as the person was dependable, trustworthy, professional, responsible and didn't get clients hurt.