7 Great Health and Wellness Home Business Ideas

Some possibilities require minimal startup expense

The health and wellness business has become a booming industry as more and more people become concerned about their weight, beauty, and overall wellness. They're willing to spend money on products and services that help them look and feel great. This profitable industry lends itself to several types of home-based businesses.

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Personal Trainer

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Personal training isn't just for those who want to get buff. Many personal trainers work with teens to help them improve their competitiveness in sports, and others work with seniors who want to protect their bones and prevent injury, both common side effects of aging.

Personal fitness trainers earned a median income of $39,210 a year in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You'll have to get certified by a reputable fitness organization, then you can develop your personal training service plan.

Will clients come to your home? Check your zoning rules so you're sure this is permitted. Will you specialize in a specific target market?  

There's a large risk of injury involved in exercise, so you’ll want to make sure you have the proper insurance coverage as well. 

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Health Coach

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Health coaching goes beyond fitness. These coaches provide guidance and support to help people gain total body health. Exercise and weight control might be part of what a health coach does, but she can also coach on proper nutrition, relaxation, stress, and overcoming barriers to gaining overall health and wellness.

The median income for health coaches is $45,255 as of 2018, according to PayScale. There's no requirement for education or certification, but you can increase your marketability by having one or both. A certification in personal fitness or nutrition will give clients confidence that you have the required training to help them. 

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Massage Therapist

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Massage therapy continues to be a profitable field, helping people to manage stress, anxiety, tension, and pain. The median annual salary of massage therapists was $39,990 as of 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Most states regulate the massage therapy industry, so you’ll want to check your state’s regulations on the requirements. You’ll probably be required to take a course and get a license.

You’ll also need to purchase equipment such as a massage table and decide if you’ll see clients in your home or at their homes or workplaces. Again, check zoning rules if you decide to operate in your home. 

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Health and Wellness Products

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Much, if not most, of the income in the health and wellness industry, comes from product sales. This includes foods, such as gluten-free and vegan offerings, as well as vitamins, supplements, and weight loss tools.

Getting into this profitable market is easy because so many network marketing and franchise companies offer health and wellness products. You’ll want to research them first, however, to ensure they meet all government regulations. You might have to meet certain requirements as well if you plan to sell food or items you create because of the potential health hazards inherent in health and wellness products, 

Spa and beauty products are a big part of the health and wellness market, too, including soaps, lotions, and other items designed to enhance and energize.  

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Health and Wellness Books, Courses and Info Products

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Many people prefer to research and learn at their own pace before investing in health products or services. This can make offering information through a book, home study course, or another type of information product a great way to get started in the health and wellness industry. You can also use books and courses to add additional income streams to your service. 

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Personal Chef

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Many people have good intentions about eating right, but they struggle to implement a healthy eating plan. Some hire personal chefs to create healthy, delicious meals for them. 

Not many people have the resources to pay for such a luxury, and this can limit your prospects for clients. But being a personal chef can be an enjoyable home business option if you have a knack for creating healthy food and you can find clients in your area, 

You can cook in your client’s homes, or prepare food at your own home then deliver the meals to your clients. You might even consider specializing in certain dishes or catering for groups and events.   

This type of business will most likely also be regulated by your state’s occupational licensing agency, so you’ll want to do some research before getting started. 

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Yoga Teacher

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This can be tricky for a home-based business unless you happen to have an area of large, free space available to you, but nothing says you can't teach clients in their homes. There's an art to safely performing yoga, so it can be indispensable to some if you have knowledge in this field 

You might also consider renting out an area for classes, or contracting with a local gym or community center to use their facilities. You might also want to branch out from yoga to Zumba, spin, or dance classes, providing a variety of options to clients. 

The Possibilities Are Endless

Pin down your area of expertise, then sell it to those who need or want it. As the saying goes, if you choose a job you love—or you're doing something you'd do anyway—you'll never work a day in your life.