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Personal Trainer

Help people get in shape and look their best as a personal trainer.

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Personal Trainer

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Health and fitness are very big issues today–everyone wants to lookgood, feel better and live longer. If you like working out and you’regood at encouraging others to get fit, then this could be the businessfor you.

As a personal trainer, you’ll instruct clients on properexercise techniques, design regimes based on their goals, and analyzeprogress in body weight, muscle development and weight training. Whilemany of your clients will be interested in shaping up and losingweight, you can also help people with specific problems like arthritisto build other muscles to compensate or those who want to rebuild orretrain their bodies after accidents or illness.

You can work with yourclients in their homes, at a health club where you have a membership,or even on a scenic beach. The advantages to this business are that youhave the potential to make a very good living and you have thesatisfaction of helping people become healthier and happier. Besidesbeing physically fit and healthy yourself, you’ll need terrificmotivational skills to help your clients push beyond their physical andmental boundaries and keep at it week after week.

The Market

Your clients will be people who want to lose weight, gain muscle,recover from illness or injury, or just get into better shape. Sellyourself by leaving fliers or brochures at health clubs and spas; swim,running and biking clubs; fitness centers; athletic shoe and clothingshops; and vitamin and nutrition shops. Place ads in local newspapers.Introduce yourself and leave brochures with chiropractors, orthopedicsurgeons and doctors of sports medicine. Give seminars to professionaland civic groups and volunteer yourself as a guest on a local radiochat show. Get yourself written up in local publications. Donate a fewsessions to a charity fund-raiser in exchange for publicity.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need certification as a personal trainer. In addition, mostpersonal trainers have a college degree in physical therapy, physicaleducation, exercise physiology, sports medicine or related fields–thisis particularly important if you’ll be working with people recoveringfrom illness or injuries. You may want to purchase assessment toolslike fat calipers, but this depends on your (and your clients’)personal tastes. As for exercise equipment, you can let your clientspurchase their own.

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Health Fair

With an increased demand for health-care information, running a health fair for professionals and health-related companies could grow to a lucrative business.

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Health Fair

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Across North America, there are thousands ofhealth-care professionals and companies that produce products aimed atthe health-care industry. And all of these health-care professionalsand industry-related companies could potentially become your clients ifyour intentions are to start a business that promotes and hosts two-dayhealth fairs across the country. A health fair is the same as a tradeshow or craft show. The major difference is that all vendors orexhibitors are in the health-care industry. This type of uniquehealth-care related business has a chance to become a profitablebusiness concern, given the recent increased demand by consumers forhealth-care information, products and services. Charging people anadmittance fee into the health fairs, as well as charging theexhibitors a booth fee to display at the health fair would earn revenuefor the business.

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Medical Braces

Offer the hundreds of types of medical braces to people with injuries.

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Medical Braces

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

There are literally hundreds of types ofmedical braces used for hundreds of different medical conditions;everything from braces for a bad back to knee braces for sportsinjuries. There are thousands of manufacturers of medical bracesworldwide, so securing a wholesale source for the products should notbe difficult. The braces can be sold to consumers in a few differentways, including establishing a sales kiosk in a mall or close to ahospital or medical center, selling the braces online and advertisingthe braces in specialty publications for mail-order sales. Medicalbraces are specialized products, so maintaining markups of 100 percentis justified.

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Health Seminars

Provide health-conscious individuals with a group of experts gathered in one place.

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Health Seminars

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a business that promotes and hostsfree informational health seminars can make you rich. You may bewondering how can you get rich by starting a business that gives awayfree health information to people who attend these seminars, but theanswer is easy. You promote and host the health seminars whereprofessionals speak on health issues in their area of expertise. Tomaximize the profit potential and ensure that the seminar is wellattended, the speakers at the seminars should be well known in theirfield and authors of books on health and wellness programs. The reasonis that your profit will be made by selling the speaker’s books andprograms at the end of the seminar. Hot topics for these types ofhealth seminars include weight loss and healthy diet, naturalchildbirth, alternative medicines and medical treatments, andage-related health issues. It isn’t unusual for as much as $10,000worth of products to be sold at health seminars, so you can see howthis business could become quite lucrative.

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