How do you become a freelance trainer

How do you become a freelance trainer? Have you ever asked yourself this? Of course you have, otherwise why would you be here?

I imagine that you're either already working for a training company or you have aspirations of becoming a freelance trainer. I remember when I considered training as a career and it felt like a secret club with hidden doors 😨

The first thing I did was qualify as a trainer. Now the course in the UK is the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (EAT) and it's also a good idea to become a qualifies assessor at the same time.

So that's step one, what next?

How do you become a freelance trainerThis is me with a group in Scotland

The Next Steps

How do you become a freelance trainerOne of my favourite clients to work with. Here the managers are on my 12 month program

Secondly, find something that you are passionate about. This could be leadership, mental health, physical fitness, first aid, food hygiene, life skills etc etc. Whatever it is you need to love researching, writing about, commenting about, talking about and delivering the topic to your ideal clients. 

Thirdly, turn it into a 12 month program. Clients will pay for a premium product IF you make it available. By having a 12 month program available means that you get 12 sessions booked in your diary from one client. Work on attracting 10 paying clients - 120 sessions. Times this by your fee and that's your annual income, I also charge clients for expenses too. Of course you then need to write the sessions, I can help with this too, let me know

Fourthly, learn how to get your products and services in front of your ideal clients. I have a FREE 5 day challenge that reveals how ambitious training consultants can start to bring a consistent flow of enquiries and break the 'Feast and Famine' cycle by following my simple and effective 6-step marketing plan.

When you're writing you sessions and your 12 month program, make it original, make it different from the 100's of other great courses out there. What's going to make you unique? With leadership and management, my world, other trainers use the change curve in the managing change course, for example. I don't know why they do this, probably because everyone else is doing it. The problem with the change curve is that it doesn't teach people how to manage change??! It teaches them how to manage the emotions team members go through during change. 

Don't get me wrong it's a great model and I use it in the 'Working in a changing environment' course but not in the change management course.

Don't be like the rest - be different




Training Tools That Will Help When Designing

Throughout the years of delivering various training sessions I have designed, developed, and created training games and activities to compliment my sessions. Below are a selection of them - You receive your copy instantly when you pay via PayPal, don't forget to save the download to your files

Coaching Skills for Managers WorkbookCoaching Skills for Managers Workbook

£24.99

Management Skills for Managers WorkbookManagement Skills for Managers Workbook

£19.99

Leadership Skills for Managers WorkbookLeadership Skills for Managers Workbook

£19.99

Managing DISC test paper and eBookManaging DISC test paper and eBook

£24.99

Managing DISC test paper and eBookManaging EI test paper and eBook

£24.99


The Big Book of Training ActivitiesThe Big Book of Training Activities

£67.00

Negotiation Skills Training ActivityNegotiation Skills Training Activity

£25.00

Decision Making Skills Training ActivityDecision Making Skills Training Activity

£24.99

Absence Management Skills Training ActivityAbsence Management Skills Training Activity

£25.00

Time Management Skills Training ActivitiesTime Management Skills Training Activities

£24.97

How Do You Become a Freelance Trainer - The Pro's and Cons


How do you become a freelance trainerA great team in Oxfordshire

The pro's

  • You get to work for yourself and eventually pick the clients you want to work with
  • You get to deliver the courses you want to deliver instead of being asked to deliver something (by the boss) that you have no clue about.
  • You set your own prices
  • You can achieve a better work life balance - aim for a 4 day week
  • If you are successful it's your fault
  • You can generate residual income, and that's a beautiful thing

The Con's

  • If you are not successful it's all you fault 😨
  • To begin with you don't necessarily have an income
  • There are no guarantees

In my opinion there is no better role to have and I wish you well if you choose this route 😁




Thanks for visiting my how do you become a freelance trainer page here's a link to the homepage, I hope it has helped? Please do get in touch if you have any questions, here's the contact page. There's a great book I recommend my clients to help with growing a business and that's the E Myth by Michael Gerber, here's a link

How do you become a freelance trainer, advice from a successful freelance trainer who specialises in leadership, management, business growth and marketing 

How do you become a freelance trainer