How to Make Money Online as a Health Nutritionist or Nutritional Consultant

If you’re reading this, I assume you’re looking for ways to earn extra cash or make money online. Either way, congratulations! You’ve landed on the right page. Keep reading for some fantastic tips from experts on how you can make money online as a health nutritionist or nutritional consultant.

The Basics

To start, you’ll need to pick your niche. What are you passionate about? What makes you feel like you can help people the most? The key is to pick a topic that you’re confident you’re an expert in. When customers contact you for help, you’ll be able to provide value add to their journey and make them feel like you’re the best person for the job. Your task, as a health nutritionist or nutritional consultant, is to help people achieve better health, so it follows that you’ll want to identify your niche in that regard. Maybe you specialize in managing weight loss or helping people with sports nutrition, or you focus on treating specific conditions such as diabetes or cancer. No matter what your specialty, you can certainly find a way to make money online. Keep in mind that becoming a nutritionist isn’t quite as lucrative as it sounds, as you’ll need to register with the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) before you can land a health related gig. But, as a solo practitioner, you can certainly earn a decent living. If you’re looking for ways to earn extra cash, consider looking into online tutoring or giving lectures online. Many companies like GoVida, Tutor.com and GoTeach are on the lookout for experienced health professionals like you to help them with online tutoring or lecturing. You can use these gigs to make some quick cash while also pursuing a graduate degree in Nutrition or Dietetics. Alternatively, you can start your own Health + Nutrition blog or website to begin building your personal brand. Once you have a small audience, you can use your blog to attract potential clients who are seeking a specialist in your field. Once you establish yourself as an expert, you can begin to charge money for your services.

The Specialties

Although you’ll likely become known for your expertise in one area, you’ll still need to know how to market yourself as a generalist. To best serve your clients, you’ll want to have a range of specialties. If you have a specific health condition yourself, you may want to consider specializing in that area. For example, if you have diabetes, you may want to consider becoming an endocrinologist. This isn’t quite as lucrative as becoming a general practitioner; however, it does require additional training. If you have a specific skill – like medical transcription – you can certainly find a way to make money online (whether you want to or need to) with a specialty in medical transcription.

If you don’t have a medical background, you may want to consider specializing in weight loss. If you can show that you’re an expert in getting people to lose weight, you can certainly find a way to make money online. Keep in mind that not all weight loss clients will necessarily be located near or in the United States, so you may want to consider moving to a foreign country to establish yourself as an expert in this regard. Once you’ve established yourself in a town with a decent number of people, you can look into starting a private practice as a general practitioner. This seems like the most lucrative option of the bunch, but, again, it takes a certain type of person to make it in this field. If you’re the adventurous type who loves to travel, consider becoming a sportswriter for a team that covers your favourite sports. You’ll get to travel the world and pursue your passion for sport, all while making an honest living.

Picking Up Some Extra Cash

Apart from the above, you can also look into some of the side gigs that don’t require a formal education. For example, if you have a specific skill – like copywriting or editing – you can find a way to make money online with a freelancing gig. If you’re looking for ways to make extra cash, consider looking into e-commerce copywriting, surveys or even taking online courses to improve your existing skills. Keep in mind that these gigs can be extremely taxing, as you’ll be doing a range of different tasks (including some that require you to work remotely) so ensure that you’re prepared to put in the work. Once you’re established, you can look into taking on some contract work or even starting your own side business. If you need some help getting started, consider looking into using a service like Upwork.com, or Amazon Mechanical Turk. Alternatively, you can look into renting out your own private space at home to create your own office. Working remotely as a Project Manager, Accountant, or even Social Media Manager can also be extremely lucrative, depending on your experience level and qualifications.

The Opportunity

There are hundreds of ways you can make money online, if you know where to look. Keep in mind that as an expert, you’ll need to build up a reputation for yourself before you can get really rich. To best serve your clients, you’ll want to have a website or blog that’s well-designed, informative, and easy to navigate. If you can also get a few social media accounts going, you can certainly find a way to make extra money. To start, you may want to consider using a free blog platform like WordPress or Google Blogger to build your online presence. Once you have a small audience, you can use your blog to draw in potential clients who are seeking a specialist in your field. Remember: just because you’re able to make money online doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be able to pull in the big bucks. Just because you have a skill doesn’t mean you’ll be able to monetize it. And, as with most online money-making opportunities, the location of the work will determine your earning potential. So, if you’re based in the United States, you may want to consider looking into moving to a more lucrative location (like Canada or the UK) if you want to significantly increase your income. But, if you don’t mind the lower paychecks, you can certainly find a way to make a living in your chosen location.

Where Do I Start?

With so much information online, it’s easy for anyone to become an expert in virtually any field. All you need is a good bit of pluck and a strong dose of curiosity. If you’ve decided that you want to become a health nutritionist or nutritional consultant, these tips should help you get started.