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6 Business Ideas for Athletes and Sports Lovers

6 Business Ideas for Athletes and Sports Lovers

Having a job you thoroughly enjoy is a blessing in itself, and if you haven’t yet landed that position you’ve always dreamed of (or if it doesn’t exist yet), there has never been a better time to create it yourself.

If you are an athlete, a former athlete, or simply a huge sports lover, there are plenty of businesses you can establish that will merge your love of being physically active with bringing home the proverbial bacon. Here are just six ideas to get you thinking.

Become an Online (or In-Person) Coach

If you’ve had a career in any sport, you can now turn your knowledge and experience into a coaching business. You will likely need to get certifications, pass tests, and jump through some paperwork hoops, but it would be worth it, as the business itself can be rather lucrative.

Online coaching is also extremely popular, so if you’re good at remote coaching, this can be the simplest way to start your business. You can even do consultations and talk about your own experiences, preparing up-and-coming athletes for the journey you’ve already been on.

Become a Mental Health Coach

On a very similar note, you can also coach athletes, especially young ones, on how to become more mentally stable and deal with the pressures of their chosen sport. Ideally, you will focus on those who are competing in what you’ve competed in. However, sport psychology is a very wide field, so you can branch out as well.

Providing that encouragement and discipline to young athletes can significantly improve their careers. So, if this is an area you are good in, you have a ready-made business idea right there. If you are not a calm coach, though, you might not be suited for this one.

Run a Golf Course

This is obviously a very large investment, and you will certainly need some backing in order to run with it. However, running a golf course not only allows you to perfect your swing but it’s also a great way to socialize, meet new people, and lead a very vibrant lifestyle.

You will need to learn about golf carts and golf cart lifts, different types of grass, and everything else there is to maintain on a golf course. You’ll need to perfect your small talk and golf speak, but if you are a fan of the sport, you’ll love every minute of it. A mini-golf course can also be your ticket to the big leagues, and it will be simpler to get off the ground.

Become a Journalist/Blogger/Commentator

If you’re good with words and have a deep understanding of a particular sport or sports in general, you have some great options. For example, you can:

  • become a sports journalist
  • set up your own sporting blog
  • even start a podcast or a YouTube channel where you comment on the latest games, news, and transfers in your sport

Getting this business off the ground will certainly take some time. However, if you play your cards well and market your venture properly, you can expect to earn a good income and make a name for yourself in the online world.

Get into Physical Therapy

Running a business whose sole focus is to help pro and amateur athletes recover is another great venture. You can do all the hands-on work yourself, or you can hire staff and remain the brains behind the operation.

If you still have contacts in your sport, you can quite quickly generate some initial interest and start getting clients through the door. And if you are good at what you do and are able to leverage your own injuries or recovery experience to help others, you can build quite quickly.

Start Your Own Mini League

Running a training center, a local league, a camp, or any other organization where children or adults are taught your sport, are able to train, and meet other players and fans is always a great business idea. Plus, it helps that you have your own experiences and are able to impart some insider knowledge.

Decide on your target audience’s age and fitness levels, and put together a plan. Consider questions such as:

  • Where, when, and how are you going to establish your organization?
  • Who are you going to need to bring on?
  • What can you expect to earn?

These ventures are usually a lot of fun, so you can be sure you’ll enjoy your day at work.

Final Thoughts

There are so many sporting business ideas you can sink your teeth into. All you have to do is examine your interests and expertise and land on a venture you will enjoy.

Remember that your passion and knowledge about the sport is what makes you unique. Emphasize it and involve your knowledge in the development of your business every step of the way.


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by Sarah Kaminski // Sarah Kaminski is a freelance writer and social media marketer. She works with a number of small businesses to build their brands through more engaging marketing and content.

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