Ali makes $ 55,000 a year sell­ing Hula Hoops!

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Af­ter Ali Fitzger­ald lost 40 pounds do­ing a “hoop­ing” work­out, she de­cided to turn it into a busi­ness. Now she’s rak­ing in cash! Here’s how:

About 10 years ago, I at­tended a mu­sic fes­ti­val, and a group of women danc­ing with weighted Hula-hoops caught my at­ten­tion. I learned that this was the new­est dance and fit­ness craze. I bought one and learned how to do it by watch­ing videos on Youtube. I started do­ing it reg­u­larly and lost 40 pounds! Then I came across a video tu­to­rial about how to make the Hula-hoops, so I de­cided to start mak­ing my own us­ing ma­te­ri­als I bought on­line and at the hard­ware store. They were tricky to make, but even­tu­ally, I fig­ured it out! At first, I sold my hoops in a lo­cal shop, but when they sold out quickly, I re­al­ized it could be a vi­able busi­ness.

“I opened an Etsy shop (Hoop­ma­mas.etsy.com) and spent a lot of time tak­ing pic­tures of the hoops to make sure my shop would at­tract cus­tomers. The hoops are cus­tom-made for any age, abil­ity or body type.

“Af­ter four years, I hired my first em­ployee, and to­day I have three peo­ple on my team. I mar­ket my busi­ness on In­sta­gram and Face­book and have spon­sored af­fil­i­ate hoop­ers: per­form­ers who post about our prod­ucts on so­cial me­dia and make a com­mis­sion on their sales.

“Since 2009, we’ve made $1 mil­lion in sales, and I take be­tween $ 45,000 and $55,000 as a salary. This work brings me so much joy that I love shar­ing with oth­ers!”

Ali Fitzger­ald, 40, Lawrence, KS

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