40+ Best Business Ideas For Athletes & Sports Lovers (2020)

To be involved in the sports industry doesn't always mean you need to be an active athlete.

There are a variety of business opportunities for those who have the experience and those that just have a love for the game.

Regardless of your experience, you may have an opportunity to turn your passion into a profitable business venture.

We put together a list of 40 business ideas for sports lovers and athletes.

Here they are:

1. Start a sports coaching business ($57.1K/year)

Examples of a successful sports coaching business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sports coaching business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our sports coaching business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sarah Wolfer's story on creating Girl Boss Sports a read:

My name is Sarah Wolfer and I am the CEO and Founder of Girl Boss Sports. I have been playing soccer since I was 4 years old and coaching soccer since I was 14. I played collegiately and semi-professionally and have coached at all levels from ages 2-22 including at the collegiate level. Most recently I switched sports and have begun playing professional tackle football with the Oregon Ravens who are part of the Women’s National Football Conference. I am also a licensed mental health therapist part-time as I build up my business.

Since starting Girl Boss Sports, I have hired over 20 women to become soccer coaches in the Greater Seattle area - this clearly shows that the common myth that “there are no women interested in or qualified to coach” is in fact false. In addition, we have brought in an average of $4700 of revenue per month over the last 6 months, partnered with over 10 other companies or organizations to work toward the same 2 goals mentioned above, and have worked with hundreds of athletes and teams in the Greater Seattle area.

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Sarah Wolfer, on starting Girl Boss Sports ($4,759/month) full story ➜

2. Start a sports betting company

Examples of a successful sports betting company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sports betting company:

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3. Become an online fitness coach ($300K/year)

Examples of a successful online fitness coach:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online fitness coach:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our online fitness coach case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ryan Milton's story on creating TeamFFLEX a read:

I was once just an out of shape, overweight guy with a goal to make a change. I started my health and fitness journey by losing 90lbs. The discipline and drive it took to go from never exercising at all to achieving such significant weight loss taught me a lot about goals and how to attain them.

TeamFFLEX is my online personal training platform that coaches athletes, Hollywood actors, professional musicians and everyday people all around the world. Starting with literally 0 dollars and a hell of a lot of drive I successfully built my business into the 6 figures in less than a year. Today, TeamFFLEX LLC does $48,000 a month and is growing continually month after month.

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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($48,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a sporting goods store ($101K/year)

Examples of a successful sporting goods store:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sporting goods store:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our sporting goods store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kyler Russell's story on creating Comfy Cup LLC a read:

My name is Kyler, I am the inventor and co-founder of the Comfy Cup. I am currently 12-years old, but I was 8-years old when I came up with the idea to create a more comfortable athletic cup for boys.

I have sold Comfy Cups in all 50 states, plus Canada and Australia. My company grossed over $100,000 last year which helped fund my college savings and my Roth IRA.

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Kyler Russell, on starting Comfy Cup LLC ($8,400/month) full story ➜

5. Become a sports blogger

Examples of a successful sports blogger:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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6. Start an online fitness business ($112K/year)

Examples of a successful online fitness business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online fitness business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our online fitness business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Haley Perry's story on creating Endorphitness a read:

Hey! My name is Haley Perry and I am the founder and CEO of Endorphitness, an online platform for health and fitness programs. We are an online platform for women looking to lose weight at home, specifically without a gym or fitness center near them.

With the adjustments over the years, we are now opening enrollment for programs several times per year, and still learning with every launch. With the addition of the Collective membership, we have now been able to get workout videos on the screens of hundreds of women around the country.

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Haley Perry, on starting Endorphitness ($10,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a volleyball net product ($2.28M/year)

Examples of a successful volleyball net product:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our volleyball net product case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Chris Meade's story on creating CROSSNET a read:

Hello, my name is Chris Meade, and I’m the co-founder of CROSSNET, the world’s first four-way volleyball game. We have created a revolutionary four-way volleyball net where four players compete in a hybrid version of foursquare and volleyball in a competitive game to 11, win by 2.

We began working on our first prototype of CROSSNET during the summer of 2017 when I and our co-founders Greg Meade and Mike Delpapa moved to Miami to start our business. In 2018 we did $74,000 in revenue and just one year later we 30x’d our business in 2019 to $2,250,000 in sales.

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Chris Meade, on starting CROSSNET ($190,000/month) full story ➜

8. Become a golf trainer

Examples of a successful golf trainer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a golf trainer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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9. Start an athletic clothing line

Examples of a successful athletic clothing line:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a athletic clothing line:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our athletic clothing line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Paul Dickey's story on creating Spuds a read:

Hi, my name is Paul Dickey, I'm 23 years old, and I am the founder of Spuds, a men’s performance apparel company currently based out of the Monterey, California area.

Spuds is in the very early stages of formation, starting less than six months ago. I am the sole founder and still currently the only employee (looking to changing that soon!). I am currently focusing our efforts on our production/product development, as well as marketing efforts to start gaining momentum.

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Paul Dickey, on starting Spuds ($15,000/month) full story ➜

10. Become a sports photographer

Examples of a successful sports photographer:

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11. Become a sports news anchor

Examples of a successful sports news anchor:

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12. Start a sports PR business

Examples of a successful sports PR business:

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13. Become a social media influencer

Examples of a successful social media influencer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media influencer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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14. Become a scout

Examples of a successful scout:

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15. Become a youtube sports trainer

Examples of a successful youtube sports trainer:

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16. Start a gym bag brand

Examples of a successful gym bag brand:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gym bag brand:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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17. Start a sports radio station

Examples of a successful sports radio station:

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18. Start a jersey customization business

Examples of a successful jersey customization business:

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19. Start a sports bar

Examples of a successful sports bar:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a summer camp

Examples of a successful summer camp:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a summer camp:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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21. Become a referee

Examples of a successful referee:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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22. Become a physical therapist

Examples of a successful physical therapist:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a physical therapist:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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23. Start a fitness equipment manufacturing business

Examples of a successful fitness equipment manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fitness equipment manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

24. Start a discount golf equipment business

Examples of a successful discount golf equipment business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a discount golf equipment business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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25. Become a sports app developer

Examples of a successful sports app developer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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26. Start a ticketing platform ($1.2M/year)

Examples of a successful ticketing platform:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ticketing platform:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our ticketing platform case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Juan Jose Delgado's story on creating Palco4 a read:

Hello to all of you who like to live outside your comfort zone. My name is Juan José Delgado and I am a co-founder of Palco4. Although I'm an engineer in Telecommunications, I've always had a vocation for management and entrepreneurship, so I completed my studies with an MBA to better understand business strategy

Now, Palco4 is a reality that transacts 4 million tickets per year, has a presence in 13 countries and an average monthly turnover of 100k USD.

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Juan Jose Delgado, on starting Palco4 ($100,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start a mental health startup ($120K/year)

Examples of a successful mental health startup:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mental health startup:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our mental health startup case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Janine Halloran's story on creating Coping Skills for Kids a read:

I’m Janine Halloran, and I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working with children, teens and their families for almost 20 years. I run a business called Coping Skills for Kids that I started a little over 3 years ago.

The business started out quite small, and now between book sales and e-commerce revenue, our gross sales are about 10k a month, which is quite exciting.t

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Janine Halloran, on starting Coping Skills for Kids ($10,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a sports podcast

Examples of a successful sports podcast:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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29. Become a sports league organizer

Examples of a successful sports league organizer:

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30. Start an online community ($12K/year)

Examples of a successful online community:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online community:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our online community case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Steven Lin's story on creating letsworkremotely a read:

Hey everyone! My name is Steven Lin and I’m the Co-Founder of letsworkremotely. My Co-Founder, Ciaran Redmond, actually lives in Denver and we have never met in person. Funny enough, we actually started as competitors right about a year and a half ago, but now we’re on our way to create the best (and currently largest) remote community possible.

After turning down an acquisition offer from a venture capital (before I could even legally drink!) to buy our groups, we began to really understand just how valuable our community was.

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Steven Lin, on starting letsworkremotely ($1,000/month) full story ➜

31. Become a toy maker

Examples of a successful toy maker:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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32. Start a sports promotion business

Examples of a successful sports promotion business:

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33. Start a boxing arena

Examples of a successful boxing arena:

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34. Start a swim school

Examples of a successful swim school:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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35. Start a gym management software ($1.2M/year)

Examples of a successful gym management software:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gym management software:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our gym management software case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Dan Uyemura's story on creating PushPress a read:

Hey everyone, I'm Dan Uyemura - CEO of PushPress.

To date, we’ve bootstrapped our business to over $100,000 MRR. We’re especially proud to be the only platform in our space who serve the best interests of our clients first, having no investors to answer to.

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Dan Uyemura, on starting PushPress ($100,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a sports consignment business

Examples of a successful sports consignment business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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37. Become a bicycle manufacturer

Examples of a successful bicycle manufacturer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bicycle manufacturer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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38. Start a catering business ($1.62M/year)

Examples of a successful catering business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a catering business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our catering business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nestor Nidome's story on creating Elegante Catering a read:

Hi, my name is Nestor Nidome and I am the founder and owner of Elegante Catering. Serving the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside county) and now have expanded to serve all of Southern California. Our customers, mostly higher middle class, have enjoyed our delicious menu ranging from full service plated meals, made to order pasta bars to buffet-style menus such as Mexican fajitas bar and tacos.

Weddings because there is no higher compliment than to have the bride and groom come up to us complimenting us and letting us know how all their guests are raving about the food. As for corporate caterings we like to make it as simple as possible for them. We have 12 different menus they can choose from so that every month their employees enjoy a different menu. Plus once we have their information all they have to do is text us the Date, Menu, and Time they want. We understand that they have better, more important things to do than order food. This has allowed us to grow our monthly sales to $20,000.

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Nestor Nidome, on starting Elegante Catering ($20,000/month) full story ➜

39. Start a sports consulting business

Examples of a successful sports consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sports consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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40. Start a mini golf business

Examples of a successful mini golf business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mini golf business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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