Although pole dancing in a strip club is apparently very lucrative, that isn’t the only way to make money from pole dancing. There are many other ways to earn a bit of extra cash on the side or even make a career, just from doing what you love and sharing your passion.
Set up a blog or a website
Setting up a blog is a great way to track your progress as you learn and also is a fantastic way to share what you’ve been achieving with your friends and family. Once the blog grows and you add more content, if you gain more readers then you may be able to start making a bit of pocket money from your website from ads, affiliate links and, if you get popular enough, sponsored postings.
If you have your own pole studio, are an instructor or performer then it’s also a great idea to have a website where you can advertise your services or show off your skills.
It is super easy to start a simple website and there are lots of sites where you can pick a template, add your content and you’re basically ready to go. WordPress is the one of the most popular of these sites and you can get a free account to begin with, but once you want to start making money, if you want to add an email address to your site and you want on going support then Blue Host is one of the best options out there, and you can join for just $2.95 per month which is cheaper than the WordPress paid for options.
Whether you have a website, blog, have your own pole studio or just like to share pictures of your favourite pole products and outfits with your friends then joining up to a few affiliate programs might work out well for you. All you need to do is share the link to your favourite products from participating websites and if someone buys one then you get a share of the profits – it doesn’t cost any extra for those who buy the products from your link so it’s a win-win for everyone.
There are lots of different websites that offer affiliate programs such as X Pole where you can buy all of your pole dance poles and accessories, clothing websites such as Wink Dancewear and of course Amazon which is one of the biggest suppliers of pole dance products there is. To find more google ‘Affiliate Program’ + the website you’re looking for.
In order to learn how best to build an affiliate ready website for any theme, I would highly recommend signing up to Wealthy Affiliate. They offer step by step tutorials on how to get started and how to build a successful website and business based on your passion. It is free to sign up and there is a wealth of information on there and a fantastic community available to help you with any issues.
If you’re into making things or like to get a bit creative, there are lots of different sites that let you add your designs to products such a t shirts, stickers, posters, mugs and even leggings and skirts. The company deals with making, printing and sending the product as well as invoicing and receiving the money and you get a cut of the profits – usually around 15%.
One of the easiest to websites like this navigate is Redbubble – it is simple and straightforward to add your designs to all of their available products. Redbubble also has an affiliate program so you can take an extra percentage from promoting your products, or other people’s.
Other popular websites like this include Teepublic which focuses on t shirt designs, Skreened which offers ethical products and Zazzle which has an enormous range of products that you can add designs too.
If you would prefer to keep your designs to yourself then you could also create your own products and sell them on Etsy, which would mean you would have to pay upfront costs to create the products but you do receive more of the profits.
An easy way to share your passion and help others learn is by posting your own YouTube instructional videos or just videos of you performing routines and moves as inspiration to others.
If you enable monetization on your video you’ll rack up a few $$$ per 1,000 views – not much, as YouTube takes the lion’s share of the cash from views of and clicks on the ads shown before videos – but it can mount up if you have lots of well-tagged videos on the site and your channel becomes popular. Create an account, click through to the creater studio and post a video to get started.
Become an instructor
If you’re already quite experienced in pole fitness and have been learning for a while, one of the most obvious ways to make money is to train up to become an instructor and offer lessons and courses to others. There are various accredited instructor training courses available and some may be more suitable for you than others so seek advice from your local pole dancing studio or instrcutor, or if you don’t have one then Pole Dance Community have a list of courses that they would recommend here: Pole Dance Community Instructor Training Courses, some of which can be done online
To do this, you will need to be at a high level of pole fitness ideally and once you’re qualified you can ask if there are any openings at your local dance studio or if not, you could think about opening your own dance studio if there isn’t one in the area. Obviously opening a business comes with major risks and there is a lot to take into account with such an investment of time and money so you should always seek suitable advice on this first, but it is a great thing to consider if your passion is pole dancing.
There are tonnes of pole dancing competitions around the globe (see my post about those here) and more and more are popping up yearly. Although none are particularly big enough competitions to give out large cash sums to the winners, some competitions do offer prizes from their sponsors. If you win a few titles however and become popular on the pole dance scene then there may also be an opportunity for sponsorship or the chance to promote products for pole brands.
This is a very basic overview of how you can make extra money from pole fitness so always do further research when embarking on any activity which may cost you time and money to make sure it is right for you.
If you have any questions about the above or any other great suggestions of how to make some extra money from your passion then do let me know.