10 Ways to Earn Money Online as a Personal Trainer (And Avoid These Common Mistakes)

Are you looking for ways to earn money online as a personal trainer? You can make extra cash by teaching people how to get in shape, but it can be tough to find the time to do that and still make enough to keep your lights on.

If that’s you, then you’re in the right place. Below, you’ll discover a list of ways to make quick cash as a personal trainer. However, if you’re looking for long-term income, you might want to consider investing in online marketplaces like Fitness Envy or Exercise Heroes where you can start a business and make a profit.

1. Take Online Surveys

In the past, people would visit a website, leave their information, and then leave money in a cookie or an envelope addressed to themselves. Nowadays, they don’t have to leave their information and can get paid to take surveys.

To qualify, you need to have a good internet connection, a microphone, a computer or mobile device, and you need to be 18 years old or over. You’ll get paid to take surveys on sites like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, OneOpinion, EnrollMe, Ipsos iSay and Grippe to name a few.

For example, with Survey Junkie, you’ll get paid to take surveys in exchange for points that you can cash out for gift cards, prizes, and more.

Taking online surveys doesn’t require a lot of training and can be done in your spare time, so it’s a great way to make money while continuing your personal training career. Just remember, you’ll need to be able to keep your attention on the task at hand for 30 minutes to an hour at a time.

2. Start an Online Store

If you’re the creative type, you can start an Etsy shop. Etsy is the largest online marketplace specifically for creators who want to sell their goods. You’ll need to register with Etsy, set up your shop, and then start listing your items for sale. You can use your Amazon account to log in to Etsy and manage your store. (If you have an Amazon account, you can get an invite to sign up for a free Etsy account here.)

If you don’t want to set up your own shop, you can become a dropshipper. With this strategy, you essentially operate a shop. When a customer makes an order, you order that product from a third party (most commonly a manufacturer or vendor) and ship it directly to the customer. Shopify and Bigcommerce are two of the most popular platforms for dropshippers. You can also use your own shipping service (UPS or FedEx) to get your products to your customers. Your profit comes from setting up the shop in the first place, and you’ll need to be creative in finding ways to bring in revenue.

3. Start an Online Blog

If you’re passionate about a certain subject or topic, you can start a blog. When people visit your blog, you’ll need to convince them to subscribe to your email list. Once they’re on your email list, you can send them regular blog posts and promotions for free. As a result of your efforts, you’ll eventually become profitable and can quit your day job. (Click here to get the free weekly newsletter from Jaydez on how to start a blog.)

Blogs aren’t for everyone, but if you have a specific skill or know-how that you can contribute to the blogging community, then this is the route for you.

Blogs can be quite the moneymaker if done correctly. You’ll need to build a following and then monetize the blog. That means you’ll need to figure out a way to make money off the blog. You can sell and display affiliate products from brands such as Neutragena, OneOpinion, and Hello Fresh. You can also use a tool like Google Adsense to get paid for displaying ads on your blog.

4. Start an Online Travel Agency

If you’re the savvy type, you can start an online travel agency. Essentially, you’ll be taking online bookings for travel agencies and then taking a commission for each booking you make.

Travel agencies use online marketplaces like Booking.com, Agoda, and Airbnb to find and organize travel arrangements for clients. As a travel agency owner, you’ll get paid for each booking you make and some even give you commissions for each check you process.

Owning your own travel agency is a great way to make extra cash. Just remember, this is a tough business to be in, and you’ll need to be prepared to work hard to grow your agency. If you’re looking to start an agency, then Airbnb is a great platform to do it on. With Airbnb, you can find travel arrangements from luxury hotels to luxury villas and even Airbnb-branded dorms. The service also provides you with a diverse group of international travelers who want to travel outside their home country.

5. Start an Online Gallery

If you’re creative and have a good eye for photography, you can start an online gallery. When someone visits your gallery, you’ll need to convince them to buy something from you. In addition to being creative, you’ll also need to be skilled at styling photos and presenting them in an attractive manner. (Click here to learn more about becoming a photographer and getting started with Alamy, one of the largest online image stock agencies.)

Online photo galleries can be quite the moneymaker if done right. You’ll need to build a reputation as a trustworthy and creative gallery owner, and then you can start charging for stock photos and branded products.

6. Start an Online Store (Part 2)

If you’ve been reading about online stores and shopping malls on this blog, then you’ll be familiar with Shopify and Bigcommerce. These are platforms where you can set up an online store. Once you’ve set up your store, you can add products, change pricing, and even take online orders. You can use your existing Amazon account to log into Shopify and Bigcommerce.

If you don’t want to set up an entire store, but just want to list products for sale, you can use a dropshipper program like Shopify and Bigcommerce. When a customer makes an order, you order that product from a third party (most commonly a manufacturer or vendor) and ship it directly to the customer. You’ll need to be creative in finding ways to bring in revenue.

7. Start an Online Booking Agency

If you’re the savvy type, you can start an online booking agency. Basically, you’ll be taking online bookings for travel agencies and then taking a commission for each booking you make.

Travel agencies use online marketplaces like Booking.com, Agoda, and Airbnb to find and organize travel arrangements for clients. As a travel agency owner, you’ll get paid for each booking you make and some even give you commissions for each check you process.

Owning your own travel agency is a great way to make extra cash. Just remember, this is a tough business to be in, and you’ll need to be prepared to work hard to grow your agency. If you’re looking to start an agency, then Airbnb is a great platform to do it on. With Airbnb, you can find travel arrangements from luxury hotels to luxury villas and even Airbnb-branded dorms. The service also provides you with a diverse group of international travelers who want to travel outside their home country.

8. Start An Affiliate Marketing Program

If you’re familiar with affiliate marketing, then you’ll know that this is where you promote products that you’re passionate about. When someone clicks on a link or buys a product that’s promoted on your blog, you’ll get a small commission. To get started, you can use a tool like Google Affiliate Program to quickly get up and running.

If you don’t want to go the route of creating your own products, you can become a dropshipper. With this strategy, you essentially operate a shop. When a customer makes an order, you order that product from a third party (most commonly a manufacturer or vendor) and ship it directly to the customer. Your profit comes from setting up the shop in the first place and you’ll need to be creative in finding ways to bring in revenue.