Story by Jessica Campbell
I fell face-first into fitness.
In college, I started as a zoology major. In order to not gain the Freshman 15, I started taking group fitness and yoga classes. I had never done yoga before and I was so scared on the first day.
To be honest, that first class didn’t go so well. I was the girl in the back with the terrible downward dog who didn’t know any of the poses.
But I kept at it. The poses I could do were fun, and the final relaxation was very fun! The more I did it, the better and better I got and the more I wanted keep doing it. When they asked if I wanted to become a yoga teacher I was shocked. I had no idea that was even a possibility for someone like me. But by 2003 I was teaching group fitness and by 2006 I was teaching yoga, my first love.
Being a yoga teacher appeals to me because of how scared and intimidated I was on that first day. I wish I had someone to explain everything to me the way I try to explain it to my clients now. If someone had said to me: “Yoga is about linking breath with movement,” everything would have made so much more sense.
Today, as a yoga teacher and personal trainer, I treat people the way I want to be treated. I’m empathetic and read people well. If someone’s having a bad day, I take the time to talk to them about it. I work with the whole person, not just their body.
Not all yoga teachers are created equal. As a customer, a yoga teacher’s experience is so important. When shopping for yoga lessons, look at the experience level and pick the teacher with the most years under their belt. Yoga with an inexperienced teacher is not safe, no matter how low the price. But a great yoga teacher can change your life. We can help you feel better, lose weight, be more confident in your own skin and feel more relaxed in your life.
Personally, I find and connect with new clients through Thumbtack. I work off of referrals too, and have connected with some awesome clients that way, but most of my referrals come from students I originally met on Thumbtack.
For pros, Thumbtack is a great tool. Sometimes it is frustrating when customers don’t bother to say “Thanks, but no thanks” when they receive your quote, but that’s okay. Make sure you follow up with people you send quotes to and see if they have already chosen another pro, or if they’re still just thinking about it.
Offer a free consultation. Take the time to make your profile as detailed as possible. People like to see your personality in your profile. Put lots of pictures up. [Editor’s note: Jessica’s profile is a fantastic example of how to do this!]
I literally owe my business to Thumbtack. It’s direct-to-consumer advertising and every single person who asks for a quote is actually interested in what I have to offer. I’m so glad I found it when I did. Before Thumbtack, I had three clients. I now have a full client load and am thinking about hiring another trainer to help. Not too long ago, this was all just a pipe dream.
I’m proud to be a small business owner because it’s so cool! I make my own hours, I make enough money to support myself and my family and I’m doing something I love. I even have time for the other activities I enjoy (like naps and puppy snuggles).
When I tell people what I do, they’re usually interested and (I like to think) impressed. I don’t work for anyone else and I play by my rules. My rules are: be fair, be honest, laugh often, and treat others the way you would want someone else to treat your mother, father, sister, or grandpa.
Jessica is a yoga teacher and personal trainer in Hugo, MN. She’s been on Thumbtack since 2014 and has 11 5-star reviews.