From teaching senior fitness classes to selling healthy products like herbal coffee to services like preparing healthy meals, these women have turned their passion for health into money. Learn their secrets so you can too!

“I bring in up to $35,000 a year teaching senior fitness classes!”

“I used to work in sales and marketing for a luxury senior community, but quit due to stress during the pandemic. In February 2021, I heard they were looking for a wellness coordinator, and since I had taught cycling and functional strength training on the side, I offered to help them until they hired someone. offered the job.

“Around this time, I heard about StrongerU Senior Fitness (, a senior physical education company that offers self-paced online certification. I wanted to bring new ideas to residents, so I signed up for the $200 class, which covered cardio, strength, stretching, and balance.

“I spend about 2 hours a week planning my classes and developing the choreography. I teach 10 classes a week including functional movement, strength and circuit training, creative yoga dance and aqua. I work about 30 hours a week.

“Teaching these classes is a labor of the heart. I love engaging with residents, sharing positivity and seeing the smiles on their faces! I make between $30,000 and $35,000 a year – money that pays the bills, pays for my kids’ school fees, and allows me to do fun things like take riding lessons! » — Leslie James, 56, Wilsonville, OR

“I make $200,000 a year selling herbal coffee substitutes! »

“I have an autoimmune disease and started a paleo diet, but giving up coffee – and the wonderful aroma, taste and caffeine – was difficult. My business partner and I are foodies and we have a passion for coffee. So we decided to create a herbal coffee substitute using organic herbs that we purchased. We asked people to try it, and they all said it tasted like coffee without the side effects of nervousness, insomnia, and digestive issues.We raised funds through Kickstarter, and in January 2021, Sip Herbals ( was born.

“We launched a website and gaveaways with social media influencers to spread the word. Our product is for people who dislike the side effects of coffee or those who suffer from autoimmune diseases, hormonal issues like PCOS or those who are trying to conceive. We use herbs that have healing properties and are packed with nutrients like chicory (a prebiotic that nourishes the gut) and dandelion root (it nourishes the liver), as well as dates, vanilla and powdered roasted carob instead of artificial colors or flavors. . We started with the original flavor but have since added mocha, salted caramel and dirty chai to the mix. Our products are sold on our website and at Amazon and some small shops. We recommend brewing the herbs in a French press, which we also sell.

“I love this company because we help so many people! We make $200,000 a year, money that comes back into the business and goes to charities like No Kid Hungry and Wounded Warrior Project. — Orleatha Smith, 44, Gardena, CA

“I earn up to $2,000 a week as a personal chef! »

“When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, we explored ways for her to eat healthier, and I became really interested in teaching people about food. I heard about a program holistic program focused on cooking and nutrition and how food heals, and started working in food manufacturing and a cooking program for at-risk young adults.Unfortunately during the pandemic, the program was suspended. A friend of mine knew I loved cooking and hired me to cook for her sick father.

I realized that becoming a personal chef could be a great way to make money, so I opened Joyful Culinary Creations (

“To start the business, I set up my business license and took out insurance. At first I found clients through Foodom (, a company that hires personal chefs, but now I use social media and Yelp to market my business. I cook for people with food allergies, dietary restrictions and those with chronic health conditions. I currently have at least six clients. I work at their home, cooking three to four meals each time, which allows me to use their own ingredients and make it a personalized experience.

“I work four days a week and love being my own boss and being able to pick my son up from school. I make up to $2,000 a week – money that pays the bills and allows me to go rowing – rain or shine! — Sarah Joy Davis-Mapumulo, 44, Richmond, CA

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First for women.