Ideas for entrepreneurial sports fans

Ideas for entrepreneurial sports fans
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As an entrepreneur, you should choose an industry that interests you. No matter what your passions are, you can find a job that relates to your hobbies somehow.

If you enjoy spending evenings at baseball games or lounging on the couch watching football on Sundays, you should consider a career that allows you to relish in these interests. You don't need to be a professional athlete to work for a sports business. With one of these 10 ideas, you can turn your love of the game into a lucrative business.

Sports photography/videographry

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Parents often want lasting records of their kid scoring the winning goal or hitting a home run. Most times, the best they can get is a blurry action shot on their smartphone or digital camera. As a sports photographer, you can work with amateur teams to capture photos of each player and sell them to proud parents. Knowledge of the game and a good single-lens reflex (SLR) camera are essential for this business. Photography retailer DigitalRev offers tips for beginners.

In addition, game footage is a much sought after skill for coaches and media outlets alike. If you're a skilled videographer, consider freelancing; teams require gameday film to prepare and local media often reports on high school sports.

Sporting goods retail store

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Opening a retail store is a great way to get involved in the sports world. Whether you sell professional team paraphernalia, equipment for amateur athletes or both, you're sure to find a great customer base just about anywhere. You may want to scope out potential locations for nearby mega-competitors like Dick's or Sports Authority, and open in a spot with high demand.

Sports memorabilia seller

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Make a living collecting autographed jerseys, equipment and photos of major league athletes and selling them via online marketplaces like eBay or Etsy. You'll have to do a bit of traveling to track down the players that people want, but once you have the autographs, mega-fans will pay thousands of dollars to own a piece of pro sports history.

Sports copywriting

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Since you already keep up with games, teams and players, you can channel your interests through writing by starting your own sports copywriting firm. Whether you want to freelance for a local newspaper covering high school teams in town or ghostwrite for major and minor-league athletes, you can attract a following by offering sports news, op-eds and features. You can even run and monetize your own blog.

Health/nutrition coach

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Both major and minor league athletes need to stay in peak condition all year round, and part of that is making sure they consume a healthy, nutritious diet. Players need nutrition coaches to design healthful menus and keep their food intake on track. Online courses for nutrition certification are relatively inexpensive and usually take less than a year, so you could be making big bucks in no time.

Personal training

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In addition to a good diet, athletes also need to follow a strict workout regimen to stay at the top of their game, especially in the off-season. If you want the chance to work with sports players, consider becoming a certified personal trainer. Build up a reputation with local clients, then start advertising to teams. Find out more about how to become a personal trainer here.

Sports bar

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If you've ever had an interest in the restaurant business, a sports bar is the perfect idea for you. Provide a place for your fellow sports lovers to enjoy the game while you serve them a cold beer and their favorite game-day appetizers. This will take a considerable amount of startup capital, so it might be a good idea to go in on this venture with a business partner. [Looking for a small business loan beyond the bank? Check out our best picks for alternative lenders.]

PR for athletes

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Professional and college-level players frequently make sports headlines with their athletic abilities, but they all have lives outside the game. Many athletes are also entrepreneurs and/or philanthropists, and it takes a great public relations agent to make sure their personal brands are well-known, both on and off the field. If you've got an arsenal of media contacts and a go-getter personality, you can launch an independent sports PR firm.

Sports camp organizer

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Organizing a sports camp is a great way to start a business you'll enjoy. The camp could focus on the sport of your choosing and of any level of competition; it can last just one day or as long as several weeks. To boost its profile, be sure to bring in experts, like coaches and athletes, to offer attendees experienced insights into their respective games. Retaining a local athletic personality's endorsement can also be a huge marketing benefit.

Sports scout

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As an avid sports follower, you likely recognize good talent. Use this to your advantage and become a sports scout, recruiting talent for professional teams or colleges. On the job, you can watch the games you love while noting players that stand out. Start out by learning the ropes with a scouting organization, and eventually transition to becoming an independent agent.

Additional reporting by Adam C. Uzialko and Nicole Fallon.