By Holly Reisem Hanna
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get paid to lose weight? Sounds way too good to be true, right?
Well, guess what? There are plenty of opportunities out there designed to help you earn money while you lose weight! And it’s not just about getting paid to lose weight, either. Many of these work-at-home options can also help you learn to adopt healthy practices, try new things, or help others lead a healthier lifestyle.
If you’ve been thinking about losing weight or getting healthy, why not get paid while you’re at it?
Here are 13 options to help you earn money from home while you lose!
Since it started in 2009, HealthyWage has been featured all over, from Good Morning America to Woman’s Day. The concept is simple: you put in $100 and basically bet against yourself to lose weight. If you can’t lose 10 percent of your body weight in 6 months, you lose your money. BUT, if you hit your goal, you earn $200!
HealthyWage acts as the bookmaker for your bet. The more money you put in, the more you can earn. If you’re motivated by the prospect of earning and losing, this might be just the thing to help you meet your fitness goals.
Have you ever participated in a “biggest loser” contest with family or friends? If you have, you know how hard it is to invite more people to really grow the pot. Plus, it’s hard enough keeping track of everyone’s progress. Well, DietBet does the tracking, comparing, and hard work for you. All you have to do is lose the weight and compare results.
You simply sign up, then invite your family and friends to play along, or just join an existing contest. Each person in your group wages a bet, and from there, you log your weight and track your results. Depending on the amount of the pot, DietBet keeps a percentage (10-25 percent). Those who lose 4 percent of their body weight at the end of four weeks split the payout!
StickK is a goal setting “commitment store” based on the idea that people will stick to their goals if the stakes are high enough. You can use StickK to help you adhere to any goal, whether it’s financial, fitness, or productivity related. Once you select your goal, you set the stakes and sign the contract.
Failure to meet your goal in the set amount of time can result in money going to a recipient of your choice. It could go to a charity, a friend, a “foe” (they won’t be informed of your goal, just that they’re receiving a payout) or an “anti-charity” to keep you extra motivated! If you meet your goal, you keep your money. If you don’t, well, then you lose your wager. There’s a minimum contract of $5.
If you have a fitness, dance, or sports background and a desire to work with kids, Starz offers job opportunities for kids’ fitness classes throughout the United States.
Instructors should be experienced and comfortable working with children. The hours are flexible (summer and after school), and the pay is dependent on skill, experience, and the facility. You can work with kids in a variety of fitness and sports focus areas, including dance, sports, or cheer. These programs help young children gain physical coordination and build motor skills.
Isagenix creates and sells a variety of fitness supplements, cleansing solutions, protein drinks, and other weight loss products to help clients meet their weight loss and overall health goals. Their supplements include energy drinks, a kosher line, and several types of cleanses and body building formulas.
Isagenix reps work in direct sales, in an MLM business model. Top reps can earn thousands of dollars a year, but keep in mind that about 43 percent of their reps make under $800 per year. There are bonus incentives and other opportunities to earn through the company as well. The products are popular, so if it’s something you feel passionate about and are willing to get out there and sell and recruit, you could earn money while you lose weight and help Isagenix promote a healthy lifestyle.
6. It Works
If you’re looking for a different direct sales opportunity, you might want to check out It Works. This fast-growing company offers body-contouring wraps, tightening creams, and supplements to clients via popular in-home parties and events.
The It Works line includes weight loss and fat burning supplements, as well as cleanse products and smoothie ingredients. They’ve been around since 2001 and have experienced increasing popularity over the last few years. “Wrapreneurs” can earn about $400 per $1,000 in sales with an initial $99 down payment to start.
The fitness company Beachbody offers “coaches” an opportunity to help others achieve their health and fitness goals by providing them with supplements, workout DVDs, and nutrition packages. Become a Beachbody coach and earn up to 36 percent for each “Challenge Pack” you sell. Beachbody offers supplements, training packages, online fitness plans, shakes and cleanses. As part of their popular “Insanity” fitness program, Beachbody offers online workouts and an active online community.
As a coach, you’ll be connecting with Beachbody customers and helping them find products and plans that fit their goals and lifestyle. This follows the MLM/direct sales model, so top sellers earn bonuses and incentives.
FIT4MOM is a home-based franchise workout that’s focused on pre- and post-natal fitness and health for moms. They have flexible class schedules and opportunities for moms to learn to be fitness instructors and assist each other. It’s a very positive work environment, focused on female empowerment and health.
FIT4MOM instructors make roughly $15/class. Full-time course instructors can earn up to $38,000 per year, while franchise owners and partners can be quite profitable after the initial set up, especially in areas where there is low competition. Like any fitness center, hours can be slow in the winter (although, I've seen some instructors hold classes inside the mall).
9. Healthy Hands Cooking
If you’ve ever wanted to be a chef, or if you enjoy cooking or love working with kids, Healthy Hands Cooking is a great opportunity to become a cooking instructor! The concept behind Healthy Hands is to encourage kids to make wise food choices. After the initial training, you can work through summer camps or at kids’ birthday parties and get-togethers, or you can teach regular classes out of your home.
The earning potential of Healthy Hands is limited only by the hours and your ability to network with clients. For a one-time training fee of $497, you’re given the tools you need to create your own cooking instruction business. You pay a monthly fee as an instructor, starting at $99/year. As an instructor, you have access to online class scheduling, lesson plans, recipes, marketing materials and support.
10. Plexus Worldwide
Plexus Worldwide is a wellness company specializing in fitness supplements, and weight loss products such as nutrition shakes and vitamins. Through their product line, they also offer body creams, breast exam kits, and other products to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Under their direct sales structure, the average Plexus representative makes around $1,885/year. They also offer a bonus structure, so full-time reps can make a great deal more (although 84 percent of their reps are at the Ambassador level, are making around $417/year).
11. Skinny Body Care
Skinny Body Care is a direct sales company that sells energy and fat burning supplements. Their flagship product is the filling “Skinny Fiber,” which helps create the feeling of fullness and encourages digestion. Skinny Body Care also offers skincare products, fat-burning supplements, and probiotics. To join the program as a Distributer, you'll need to invest $10, plus the purchase of a bottle of Skinny Fiber product ($69.95). For each additional Preferred Customer or Distributor, you secure, you’ll receive a 40 percent commission on their first order. There are bonuses available and ongoing compensation plans based on a points system.
12. Walgreen's Balance Rewards App
If you shop at Walgreens, you're probably already a member of their Balance Rewards Program which rewards your purchases with points that can be traded in for money off future purchases. But did you know that Walgreens also rewards points for healthy behaviors with their Balance Rewards App? Just download the app to your smartphone and start earning points when you exercise, weigh-in, check your blood pressure or blood glucose, and lots more. 5,000 points can be traded in for $5 in future purchases at Walgreens.
13. Be a Delivery Courier
Do you live to ride? Do you enjoy being outdoors? Then consider becoming a delivery courier with an on-demand company like Uber EATS or Postmates. Both companies allow you to earn money on-demand by delivering items with your feet, bike, scooter, or car. To get started, download the applicable app, log in, and start accepting assignments. Once your job is completed, the money will be deposited into your account. If this method of work sounds appealing — check out this guy's story of his summer experience of working as an Uber bike messenger.
There are many ways to earn money from home while losing weight and promoting a healthy lifestyle. From cooking to betting on your weight loss potential, there are plenty of options to earn while you lose!
Do you know of another way to make money while losing weight or getting healthy? Drop me a comment below; I'd love to hear from you!
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Originally published January 9, 2017. Content updated January 2, 2018.
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