Hi everyone, just looking for a little bit of advice regarding working as a self employed personal trainer for a company that retains quite a lot of control over our business. First off, we don’t actually have any control over our pricing structure as that is all decided by the company we work under. This hasn’t been a problem personally, but we have been told recently prices will be going up, which could likely effect business for a few others who have already been struggling. Im curious as to whether there is anything questionable in being “self employed” but not being able to control our own pricing structures. Next is the pricing set up and how VAT is taken. If a potential client (limited only to members of the club) wants to train with me, they pay the company an overall price in advance for a set amount of sessions. This is fairly standard throughout the industry in companies where trainers are actually employed. In this instance the club deducts VAT from the transaction BEFORE we are given our % of the price from each session. (The % is worked out from number of sessions delivered each month) For example: If the company charges £700 for 10 sessions, we would invoice for £700/1.2 = £583.33 583.33/10 = £58.33 This leaves our cut of 60% of £58.33 = £34.99 I know the fitness industry treads a fine line at the best of times, but I just wanted to get some other opinions on whether it was totally legit for a health club to retain control of pricing and take the VAT out before we even get to invoice for our part as self employed contractors. We are also not allowed to work in the same borough or bring external members in to the club for training. We are only able to make our business from the members we have access too in the club. Thanks for your time to whoever reads this and has any thoughts.