Thinking about setting up a home gym to cater for your personal training clients?
If you have, we thought we would share some thoughts and information with you.
It’s not uncommon for people to choose to convert an existing room or garage into a business space, such as a home gym. Consider whether the room in your house is suitable for this purpose. For example if you are creating a Personal Training space, is there enough space or light, and what about air conditioning or air circulation.
Alternatively if you do not have enough space to free up inside your house, you can opt to add an outbuilding or even garden shed.
You do not necessarily need planning permission to work from home, that is true, but the key test is whether the overall character or dwelling will change as a result of the business.
Here are four questions to ask yourself before setting up a home gym for business:
- Will your home no longer be used mainly as a private residence?
- Will your business result in a marked rise in traffic or people calling?
- Will your business involve any activities unusual in a residential area?
- Will your business disturb your neighbours at unreasonable hours or create other forms of nuisance such as noise or smells?
If you answered ‘YES’ to any of the above, it’s likely you’ll need planning permission before you go ahead.
After you have tackled the planning permission questions, you may also want to factor in these other considerations:
- Does my business activity alter my home insurance?
- Does my personal and public liability insurance cover me for working at home?
- What are the Health and Safety implications for my home business?
There are a few obstacles, but the same can be said for starting any type of business, and with that in mind, do your research and ask some questions if you are unsure.