Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get paid to lose weight? Sounds 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 (and flexible) options can 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 this year, why not get paid while you’re at it?
Here are 18 options to help you earn money 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. Or if being the boss is more your thing, check out their home-based franchise opportunity here.
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 bodybuilding 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 company offers body-contouring wraps, tightening creams, and supplements to clients via popular in-home parties and events. They’ve been around since 2001 and distributors can get started for as little as $99. It Works is available to worldwide residents and it has a C + rating with the Better Business Bureau.
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 that’s focused on fitness classes for moms no matter what stage they're in. They have flexible class schedules and opportunities for moms to learn to be fitness instructors and assist each other. With FIT4MOM you can sign up as an instructor make roughly $15/class. Or you can purchase a franchise and earn quite a bit more as a business owner. FIT4MOM has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
9. Healthy Hands Cooking Franchise
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. The initial fee to get started is $28,700, you’re given the tools you need to create your own cooking instruction business. 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 model, 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).
Valentus is a direct sales company that sells a wide variety of weight loss and nutritional supplements and products. Starter kits range in price from $59.95 – $1,199.95 along with a one-time fee of $20.00 for your website. The starting commission rate is 25 percent and there are many fast-start bonuses you can take advantage of as a new consultant. Valentus has a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
12. Walgreens' 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 DoorDash or Postmates. Both companies allow you to earn money on-demand by delivering items with your bike (or 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.
14. Be a Tour Guide
Do you enjoy walking around town? Do you know of hidden hiking spots? Are you knowledgeable about your city's history and culture? Then sign-up as a tour guide with Tours By Locals. With Tours By Locals, you create unique experiences to share with others. To get started, create an account and fill out your application (all guides are vetted for quality and safety). Once you've been approved as a guide, you'll list your experiences and wait for individuals to sign-up. With the Tours By Locals platform, you can accept payments, and you'll receive your earnings via direct deposit. Tours by Locals has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
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I don't know much about cryptocurrency, but if you're into it — you can earn some with FitCoin. With this smartphone app, you connect your fitness tracker (Fitbit, Apple Health, or Garmin) to the app and complete your workout session. The more calories you burn, the more cryptocurrency you earn. You won't get rich with this app, but it could be a good way to earn a little extra pocket cash. FitCoin receives a 3-star rating in the app store.
Sweatcoin is a smartphone application that allows you to earn Sweatcoins for steps you take each day. Just download the app and Sweatcoin will track your movement using your phone's accelerometers and GPS location. 1,000 steps = 0.95 Sweatcoins which can be traded for fitness gear and classes, iPhones and Apple watches, even cash via PayPal. Sweatcoin receives a 4.5-star rating in the app store.
Achievement is a smartphone app that rewards points for making healthy choices. With Achievement, you connect the app to your favorite fitness apps (over 30 to choose from) and it tracks and rewards your healthy decisions (walking, meditating, tracking your food intake, sleeping, tweeting, and surveys). 10,000 points = $10.00 in cash (paid via PayPal or your bank account). Since its inception, Achievement has paid out over $500,000 and it receives a 4.7-star rating in the app store.
18. Study Participant
If you're willing to try out an investigational weight loss medication, or you're willing to share your thoughts and opinions on health-related issues — you can make good money by participating in research studies. Over the years, I've participated in numerous drug studies (for allergy medications) as well as various focus groups. For one study I completed, I earned $2,000 for a two-weekend overnight stay study (although I had to endure multiple blood-draws). To find clinical research studies, check out ClinicalTrials.gov and for focus group studies check out Respondent.
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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, 2020.
Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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