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Five Ways to Get Paid for Working Out

I connected with Holly of the Work-at-Home Woman last year through Twitter when I read one of her posts about working from home. She’s got a lot of information to share and today I am so excited that she’s taken time out of her busy schedule to stop by and share five ways we can get paid for working out. Oh yeah, she’s got my attention too!

And now, here’s Holly…

By Holly Reisem Hanna 

In the past 10 years the profitability of the fitness industry has exploded. In fact, the global fitness and health club industry generated more than 75  billion US dollars in revenue in 2013. Economist expect this trend to continue, which means fitness jobs and businesses are on the rise as well.

If you’re ready to make some money from home and get paid in the fitness industry here are 5 different fitness side hustle ideas to consider:

Get Paid Using Smartphone Apps

Are you a tech junkie? Then use your smartphone to get motivated and reap rewards for your workout efforts.

GymPact is a fun little way for you to make money while working out. Simply download the app, set your workout goals, and login when you exercise. But here’s the catch … if you don’t exercise, you’ll have to pay a pre-determined amount for not working out. This money is used to pay others who did meet their exercise goals. Rewards generally payout been .30 cents to .40 cents per workout session and once you’ve reached the $5 threshold you can request payment via PayPal.

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This app is available for both iPhone and Android systems

NexTrack is a great little app that tracks a wide variety of sports and fitness activities on your phone. Just login, track your movement, and see how many calories you’ve burned. Once you complete certain milestones you’ll be awarded mPOINTS and coupons which can be used to enter sweepstakes, earn gift cards, prizes, discounts, or you can even donate your points to charity.

Is available for both iPhone and Android operating systems.

Direct Sales 

Would you love to own your yoga studio or gym, but don’t have the funds to invest in a brick and mortar storefront? No problem. The direct sales industry has made it easier than ever to have your very own home-based business within the fitness industry.

Companies like BeachBody, Isagenix, and ViSalus offer home-based business opportunities selling things like fitness programs, supplements, workout gear, weight loss supplements, meals, drinks, and snacks.

As a direct sales consultant you will be paid a commission on each product that you sell. Most direct sales companies will also pay you a small bonus commission from consultants who you refer into the program.

Personal Trainer

Do you love working out and helping other achieve their fitness goals? Then being a personal trainer may be your calling. If you don’t have a fitness or kinesiology background obtaining a personal trainer certification will help give you a leg up on the competition. AceFitness and International Sports Science Association offer certification programs starting around $500. And both have A+ ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

Once your certification is complete you can get a website and start marketing your business. According to 2013 American Council on Exercise Survey, certified fitness professionals nationwide made an average of $52,537 annually.

Fitness Blogger

Do you love to write? Do you like to share fitness tips and trends with your family and friends? Then follow in the footsteps of Leah Segedie. She chronicled her 100lb weight loss journey on her blog, Mamavation. Today, Leah is not just a top health and fitness blogger, but she’s also a food activist and social media consultant who makes good money working with brands.

Virtual PE Instructor

Are you a certified teacher? Then consider teaching physical education classes at one of the many virtual online schooling programs. Connections Academy, K12, and Edgenuity all hire home-based educational professionals to instruct students via internet, phone, and email communication. From this  K12 thread it appears that the starting salary is $12 – $15 an hour with opportunities for growth.

About Holly

Holly Reisem Hanna is a work at home mom, professional blogger, and social media correspondent. Her blog, The Work at Home Woman has been named by Forbes as one of the best websites for your career. Holly’s been featured on CNN, Forbes, Working Mother, Real Simple, and Woman’s Day Magazine. Follow her on Twitter at @Holly_Hanna.


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