Business Ideas For The Sports Enthusiast
If you can set up the right type of business, there is certainly a lot of money to be made in sports. As you can see from the astronomical sums of money which today’s top athletes earn, there are plenty of opportunities out there. And you don’t necessarily need to have great athletic prowess to enjoy success in the sector. You simply need to have a head for business and the right idea. If you are struggling for inspiration, this article is here to give you a helping hand with a list of concepts which you could turn into your next big business venture.
Team or Action Photographer
Every sporting team and athlete will have thousands of pictures taken throughout their careers. If you have a knack with a camera, you could break into this market. Of course, you are likely to have to start out small with your local team or sporting star before working your way up the career ladder. As an alternative, you could go beyond the standard posed shot by becoming an action photographer who delivers in-game images for newspapers, magazines, and online publications.
There is still a big market for the right pieces of sporting memorabilia, but as long as you get hold of the right pieces, you could make your way in sales. And with eBay and all the other online selling platforms out there, it’s easier than ever to set up your own store. Of course, you will need to develop a reputation for authenticity as this is a sector in which there has been plenty of fraudulent activity in the past.
Sporting Website Owner
Perhaps you could set up the next big sports website which provides people with news, information, speculation and interviews. You could even establish one which is linked to sports betting, offering odds and predictions like docsports.com. Of course, it will take a lot of work to put yourself in a position that you have an active following so that people will turn to you as a source of expert advice. Of course, the world of sports bloggers is one which is already very crowded, so you will need to approach the sector from a unique angle and fill your website with plenty of unique and readable content. But if you have a real passion for sports, this may be the ideal business path for you.
Sporting PR and Marketing Company
With the rise of social media and scandals spreading overnight, sporting stars have to be more careful about what they say and do than ever before. If you have a history in PR and marketing, you could establish your own business in which you offer out these services. Essentially, you will be tasked with presenting your clients in the most positive light possible. You will need to be able to form close relationships with the media and control any stories which are going to emerge. There is no doubt that this is a more challenging business than ever before, but if you think that you have the right skills for the job, there are plenty of rewards to be enjoyed in this sector.
Team or Private Coach
If you would prefer to work with sporting stars on a more individual basis in helping them to achieve their best, you could set yourself up as a team or private coach. While many team coach roles are filled by former players, you can also work your way up through schools, colleges and universities. You will have to obtain certain coaching objectives in order to progress in this field. Otherwise, if you have particular skill and know how, you could set yourself up as a private coach who helps young people to achieve their aims. If you would prefer to be on the business side of things, you could even have a whole team of coaches who work for you.
Personal fitness is a sector which simply keeps on growing, and if you would like to get yourself a piece of the action, you could set yourself up as a gym owner. Perhaps you start off with your own independent weight room before building this up to a total gym franchise. Of course, this type of gym requires a high amount of initial investment to purchase all the equipment, etc. You will also have to be a strong marketer so that you can express to people why they should use your services ahead of the many competitors which are out there.
Sports Bar Owner
Not every sporting business idea needs to directly involve people who are trying to get fit. You could give sports enthusiasts a place to meet and socialize by setting up a sports bar. The demand for sports on TV continues to grow in earnest, and if you set up a place where people can enjoy a wide range of games and you have some experience in this area, this could be a fun and interesting venture for you.
Sports/Recreation Venue Owner
People are always looking for the latest craze that they can capitalize upon and there are plenty that exist in the sporting arena. For example, bounce houses, or a room full of trampolines, are very popular right now with families and adults alike. Perhaps you could go down a more traditional route and open up a mini golf course or some 5-a-side football pitches. Of course, going down this path requires a significant investment, so you want to be totally sure of your business plan before you go any further.
Run Your Own Sports Class
We discussed what big business fitness is these days, and you could capitalize on people’s desire to get in shape by running your own sports class. Many of them, like yoga classes, have been established for a long time, so you will be competing against people who have been in the game for a while. Otherwise, you could try to find the latest fitness craze or even start one of your own.
Private practice sports psychologists are in high demand among sports stars who are trying to improve the mental side of their game. Of course, you will need to have the proper qualifications in order to progress down this particular path, but if you have a passion for working in the sporting arena and you know what you are doing when it comes to the human mind, you could find that you are the ideal candidate to make a success of this particular business idea.
From these ideas alone, hopefully, we have shown you what fertile business ground you are on when you decide to launch your own company based on sports. Of course, some of these ideas, such as becoming a coach or trainer, mean that you will have to start out on your own. Others are directly involved with athletes, while others service fans. No matter which of these ventures you decide to start, you’ll need to have a strong marketing department as this is how you will make a name for yourself in a marketplace which is already extremely popular. You will need to have a ‘hook’ or unique selling point which sets you apart from the crowd. Of course, you will also require the business acumen and an aptitude for sales that is vital in all successful companies.