We are increasingly adopting healthier habits (image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/bamboo-bamboo-whisk-board-bowls-461428/)
People in the world are starting to be more aware of health and the need for them to keep their mind and body in shape in order to lead better and longer lives. Exercise, healthy eating, and good everyday habits have become the norm in our busy and dynamic lives and this could be your chance to help the world population become healthier whilst making a living for yourself.
With fewer smokers and an increasing number of vegetarians around, there are myriad ways in which you could help society on their habit-changing journey. This is your opportunity to set up a business that will change the health of those around you, for the better!
Open a vape shop
Tobacco smoking is the single biggest most preventable cause of cancer. According to Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, more than 16 million Americans suffer from a smoking-related disease. These include cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Whilst it is true that there are still some smokers around, it is also a fact that many of these want to give up the habit (in 2015, almost 70% of smokers in America said they would like to stop smoking). Vaping has in recent years provided a good substitute for it, and there are more and more people who are turning to this new form of inhaling. A study published this year concluded that long-term vaping is “far safer than smoking” and as a result, many vape stores have started popping up in our cities. Why not open up your own vape shop? Aside from helping individuals quit smoking, you could be earning some money introducing them to a healthier habit.
Launch a vegan produce delivery website
It is a well-documented fact that animals worldwide are exploited in order to meet human needs. Food and clothing production, to name a few, are some of the industries that have been reported to mistreat animals in order to cater for the world population. Increasingly since the 1940s (even if the practice has been around for much longer), and more prominently in recent years, veganism has become an important movement to which millions of citizens around the world are subscribing in large numbers. If you are a vegan and believe in ending the injustice that animals are subjected to as well as the ill-treatment these receive, why not launch a website selling vegan products? Initially, it might be hard to find your clientele, but with a bit of word of mouth and a great social media strategy in place, you could be landing good orders due to your website’s niche. Have a look at the American Vegan Society website for some ideas on the movement.
Set up a vintage shop
It is hard to compete with the large multinationals that seem to be running our countries in the modern world. Vintage shops used to be a thing in the 80s and 90s and aside from being sale points, these would also be spots where customers would exchange ideas and become acquainted with one another. TK Maxx seems to be the closest idea our current society has come to a thrift shop and even though the retailer sells unused clothes, these are sold at relatively cheap prices in floor spaces that resemble a marketplace. If you have a large circle of friends and family, they could help you identify your first items for sale. Your mum might own a beautiful coat she hasn’t worn since the 60s and your friend might be in desperate need of getting rid of her collection of sunglasses from the 80s. If this is the case, hesitate no longer. Gather all the items your friends and family are willing to offer and set up a thrift store, if only in a pop-up space initially. See how you get on with it and if you think you can turn this into a regular business, rent a cheap space to make your venture a more permanent one. Get some inspiration from the well established Beyond Retro.
Open a vegetarian restaurant
A business is said to become successful if you are able to attract a specific crowd in large numbers. With businesses increasingly tailoring their products and services to cater for a better-defined audience, this could be your opportunity to open the restaurant you have always dreamt of. Gone are the days when burgers would dominate menus and coke would be the preferred drink of choice on the high street. Matcha tea and edamame beans are commonplace these days in restaurants all over the world. With individuals becoming more health conscious, there has never been a better time to invest in healthy eating and if you have hospitality experience and think you can attract new adventure seekers through the cuisine you will design, then you could have a great business idea in between your hands. Have a look at Huffington Post’s Top Vegetarian Restaurant list and study your options and competitors!
Become a personal fitness instructor
You are passionate about exercise and can tell your squats from your stretches. It might be time to become a personal fitness instructor. With more and more people wanting to hop on the treadmill, exercise has become big business. Exercising regularly not only improves brain performance but for women, it has also proved to result in increased sexual arousal. According to a study published by Business Insider last year, Californians are the fittest in the US, performing an average of 87.4 minutes of workout per week. With higher numbers of people becoming physically active, you could earn a good living, if you are clever, teaching the basics of fitness on a one-to-one basis to your customers. Post exercise-related stories on blogs and attend fitness events in your area. This way you will be able to gauge interest and network with potential clients.
Give Tango lessons
Argentina is quite a few miles away, and it is likely most tango learners-to-be will not take a trip to the country to enroll in some good dance lessons that will teach them the key routines. If you are passionate about dance and have what it takes to teach, you could become a tango instructor, teaching your avid dance students the most important steps. All you will need is hiring a good-sized studio (preferably with some big mirrors in it so that your class can see what they are doing) and for you to learn the dance like a pro. Teaching dancing is a profitable way of making a living if you can cleverly administer your classes and make the most of the working day. Bear in mind most attendees might not be able to turn up during the day (unless you also cater for new mothers) and this means you might need to teach during the evenings. Here is a short and basic video to get you started!
Now you have learned about some of the most interesting ways of making money whilst contributing to the world population’s health and well-being, it is time for you to explore these avenues more in-depth. Get out there and do some proper research on existing health-oriented businesses and your potential clientele. This will give you a good idea of what it is you could venture into and how you will make it work. Patience, determination, hard work, and perseverance are the well-known keys to success, so what are you waiting for? This is your chance to make your (healthy) mark!