Got a Health or Fitness Degree? Consider a Business Startup
These days, it seems nearly everyone is focused on their health. Whether it is the baby boomer who is hoping to live a longer, healthier life or your fellow college students who are trying to avoid the freshman 15, there is no denying we are all a little health obsessed.
As such, the health, fitness, and weight loss industry has huge earning potential. If you are wondering what to do with your health degree, consider a business startup. The lucrative market has plenty of room for new entrepreneurs.
There Will Always Be a Demand for Your Services
Let’s take a look at a few stats that reinforce the idea that the health industry is a gold mine:
- Obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years.
- If current trends continue, nearly half of the US population will be considered obese by the year 2030.
- The number of diagnoses for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis are expected to increase 10 times in the next 10 years.
- “Weight loss” is the second most popular search phrase online (behind “online dating”).
- At any given moment, there are at least 108 million Americans on a diet.
- It has been estimated that the weight loss industry brings in $61 billion in profits each year.
If you are sold on the idea, you’ll need a few suggestions on how to proceed. Here are seven startup ideas to consider.
1. Fitness Instructor
Zumba, the latest health craze, started in Columbia in the mid-1990s. Since then, its popularity has spread to more than 110 countries. Why not grab a piece of that action?!
Becoming a fitness instructor requires very little training—there are a few online accreditation programs to choose from (if you didn’t get the necessary accreditation through your university). And since training is really the only thing you’ll need to launch this career, life as a fitness instructor has one of the lowest startup costs.
If you aren’t passionate about Zumba, don’t worry. There are plenty of other instruction options available—aerobics, kickboxing, ballet, and much more.
2. Dietician or Nutritionist
Everyone is worried about what they eat. It doesn’t matter if the fear of food stems from counting calories or GMOs, the general population could really benefit from sound knowledge about the things we eat.
Help people understand things like portion sizes, nutritional requirements, vitamin deficiencies, weight loss and more.
3. Childbirth Services
This single listing really has two options. First, you could become a doula and help expecting moms. Sometimes referred to as a labor couch, this non-medical professional helps moms before, during and after labor.
Many expectant moms seek out natural childbirth classes. Become an instructor and you can help strengthen the family unit while raking in the dough.
4. Sell First Aid Kits
Scraped knees are a fact of life. However, bumps and bruises are more common in some situations than others. Identify those high-risk populations and reach out to them in a way they desperately need—first aid.
5. Open a Gym
With obesity rates skyrocketing and New Year’s Resolutions coming around like clockwork, there will always be a demand for quality, professional, clean, safe fitness centers.
This business venture does come with a steep startup price tag. However, it is also one of the best money-making options. Plus, franchise opportunities make the chance of success even greater.
6. Become a Personal Trainer
Like a fitness instructor, the startup costs for this career path are pretty low. All you need is certification. And unlike starting a gym, you won’t have any of the responsibility associated with equipment purchases and maintenance.
Build a strong client base and you’ll be well on your way to a flexible work schedule, a solid paycheck, and hours spend doing what you feel passionately about.
6. Sell Vitamins
Vitamin deficiencies are one of the most common—yet severely underdiagnosed—heath conditions. More and more people are looking to supplement their diet with vitamins.
Perhaps the most common vitamin sales of the moment are B12 shots. Since vitamin B12 injections help maintain things like metabolism, weight loss, energy levels and much more, there is a vast target audience to sell to. A lot of online companies will help you sell B12 shots or other vitamin injections on your own, at a gym, or somewhere else.
7. Share Your Knowledge
As the health obsession increases, more business owners are taking note. They offer their employees things like discounted fitness center memberships, health-conscious work environments and even little things like pedometers.
Join the fitness craze by giving health seminars. If you already have a basic understanding of health concepts, you can start sharing your tips with others.
The health industry is basically a gold mine. Choose the best way to make your mark and dive in. Huge earning potential awaits you!
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