Ideas for entrepreneurial sports fans
Does your calendar revolve around professional sports seasons? Are you the designated sports expert among your friends? Were you the one who organized the office-wide fantasy football league this year? If you answered yes to these questions, you might want to consider launching a sports-related startup. With one of these eight ideas, you can turn your love of the game into a lucrative business.
Sports camp organizer
Organizing a sports camp is one great way to start a business revolving around any sport you love. A camp could focus on any level of competition and last just one day or as long as several weeks.
To boost your camp's 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.
Parents of school-aged children on sports teams 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 stunning 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
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 up in a spot with high demand.
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.
Sports memorabilia seller
Make a living collecting autographed jerseys, equipment and photos of major league athletes and selling them via online marketplaces like eBay. You'll have to do a bit of traveling to track down the players people want, but once you have the autographs, mega-fans will pay thousands of dollars to own a piece of pro sports history.
PR for athletes
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.
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.
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.
Additional reporting by Adam C. Uzialko