39 Agency Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

39 Agency Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a agency business in 2021?

We put together 39 of the best agency businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other agency businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a travel agency ($24K/year)

Marissa Daniels from Remote started Spread Your Wings Travel almost 3 years ago, a travel agency.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Remote

I was blessed to grow up in a two-parent household with a loving and caring set of parents. My father was in the military and because of that, I was born in California in ‘94. I’m a Georgia Peach all the way, but I was born in California. Unfortunately, in September of 2018, my life shifted when my father passed from cancer. It was pretty quick. In July, he was diagnosed and in September, he took his last breath. I was a Daddy’s girl to the FULLEST, so you can imagine the pain I went through - and still going through.

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Fortunately, he was there to see me graduate from Valdosta State University in 2016. I majored in Mass Media with a Speech Communication Minor. Growing up, I loved to be in front of the camera (my father was a photographer) and I would record the video announcements at my church, as young as 11 years old. I also recorded the announcements in elementary school. I just knew Broadcast Journalism was something I was interested in.

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2. Start a shopify ecommerce agency ($2.1M/year)

Dan Sheard from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom started Velstar over 5 years ago, a shopify ecommerce agency.

  • Revenue: $175,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 21
  • Location: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

I went straight into work after leaving high school and my first few roles were in sales which have helped enormously in starting this business. Sales quickly teach empathy and understanding and give you a fast introduction to the hard commercial realities of running a business.

Although I learned a lot, I quickly realized that working in sales wasn’t my calling and so taught myself to be a web developer by reading tutorials online and signing up for an overpriced distance learning course. This was before the time of online code schools, I think it’s a lot easier to become a developer these days there are some great online coding schools and also some great free tools such as Codecademy to get started with. After that, I worked at a number of large agencies in London. Again, I learned a lot and gained valuable experience, but I also wanted to focus on helping brands that didn’t have million-pound budgets. My ambition then became to start my own business combining ‘big agency’ experience with simple, intuitive platforms, to help democratize what can be a very expensive and inaccessible agency process, and to help eCommerce businesses to thrive.

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3. Start a zapier consulting agency ($66K/year)

Andrew Davison from London, England, United Kingdom started Luhhu almost 3 years ago, a zapier consulting agency.

  • Revenue: $5,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

I’ve had quite a varied background up until this point. I started a web design business while studying computer science at university before dropping out in my last year and heading to London - bored of learning and wanting to make money.

After an internship at one design company and a sales job at two others, I finally burned out, traveled Asia and then landed in Budapest, Hungary and never ended up leaving. After a quickly abandoned attempt at teaching English, I pivoted to building an online marketplace that helped language teachers find students - and it’s through that I learned to use Zapier - a very fortuitous decision in hindsight.

Fast forward two more years, that business was doing OK and I was onto another side hustle as a writer for various ex-pat websites. In need of more work, I tried to join Upwork, only to be rejected because they were swamped with writers.

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4. Start an amazon service agency ($336K/year)

Michael Maher from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA started Cartology about 5 years ago, a amazon service agency.

  • Revenue: $28,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

I am a musician turned business owner. Ever since I was a kid listening to my Different Lifestyles tape by Bebe & Cece Winans, music was an integral part of my life. It made me feel things nothing else could. I eventually started playing drums when I was 12 and later picked up the piano and singing.

After several bands and years later, I had reached a dead-end with music at the age of 20. I had dropped out of college to pursue music full time, only to have the band I was currently in break up. I was at a loss. My plan to “just keep playing music” didn’t settle so well with my girlfriend at the time, my now wife, as one could imagine.

After some thought, I ended up going back to school. I was working a job during college and ended up staying on after I graduated. I worked my way up to a management level position, thinking it would be exactly what I was looking for. After a year in the role, I came to an important revelation; I hated the job. And I wanted out.

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5. Start a content marketing agency ($96K/year)

Arrigo Lupori from Firenze, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy started Koala Rank almost 2 years ago, a content marketing agency.

  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Firenze, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

I've always wanted to run my own thing, ever since I was 19 (I'm 25 now). Coming out of school, I didn't have that many opportunities ahead of me: Italy was doing poorly economically, I didn't have any particular skills to offer, and the job market was evolving in a way that I just couldn't understand back then. What I did have was a love of languages, so I decided to travel for ~3 years prior to settling.

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I came up with the idea of Koala Rank after many years of trying (and failing) to get into technology. Some of my earlier mini-projects were all related to web design rather than business, marketing, sales, etc. I knew nothing about these things and couldn't bother learning as I thought my two passions in life were languages and technology.

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6. Start a recruiting agency ($3.48M/year)

Sharon Koifman from Montreal, Quebec, Canada started DistantJob over 13 years ago, a recruiting agency.

  • Revenue: $290,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 26
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I started off by running and owning a hosting company called Empire Host. We had about 3K clients at the time support was run from two offices in India with nearly 30 employees.

We were also providing an outsourcing package. Our business solutions were really cheap and to be frank, our results were mediocre at best. Although the service was fine for any mom and pop shop or even an “any results will do” kind of company, we noticed that too often, people who run tech companies actually outsourced to companies such as ourselves even work that went into their core offering - because it was cheap.

At the time, what outsourcing really was, was an arbitrage business. But the concept that people would outsource big chunks of their business to a company that does not provide the same level of communication, process, quality control, and culture just because they’ll save a lot of money, that idea really stuck with me.

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7. Start a growth agency ($120K/year)

Ash Ome from Beverly Hills started MOTIF about 6 years ago, a growth agency.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Beverly Hills

When I was 14 years old I taught myself JavaScript. In those old days, JavaScript was so powerful. I reversed engineer the learning curve, every developer starts with HTML and CSS but I started with JS. I’ve always been a design-first person. So eventually I became a Unicorn Developer in 3 years.

In 2014 I started my eCommerce journey, helped a few companies in my country but failed my business a couple of times. Cause to run a business you need a lot of things which as a teenager I had no access to, like credit cards!!

So I thought if I will start freelancing I could get a Payoneer card and pay all the ad and business expenses with that card while I can’t get a credit card in Bangladesh.

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8. Start an online advertising agency ($300K/year)

Luis Camacho from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Fantôm Agency almost 4 years ago, a online advertising agency.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

When I tell my story I like to get into the details of how I landed where I currently am and where I am going. I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. I ended up in the United States after my father got a job offer for a marketing position at a semiconductor company, this was when I was only 10 years old. To be honest, the move definitely had an effect on me. When I lived in Mexico I was a fairly outgoing kid and (I believe) the move caused a shift that made me more of an introvert so you could say that was a bit against me, since I didn’t necessarily enjoy being the center of attention or being “noticed” too much for much of my upbringing. I finished high school and went to Arizona State University where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing alongside a certificate in entrepreneurship.

Right around the time of graduation from high school and the start of college I started a clothing line. I believe I was only 19 at the time and I didn’t have a budget to promote the new clothing line, so I turned to social media as my route to promote and sell the new products. I had to learn everything from Photoshop to constructing a website, content, photography, content distribution, supplier relationships, and many other skills. After seeing success marketing on social media, I quickly found that I was passionate about digital marketing. I then realized that there was a place where I could polish up my digital marketing skills, an agency, which to my surprise were not as concerned with academics as they were with real-world experience.

I went on to work for a marketing agency, after finally finding one was willing to overlook my lack of agency experience and realized that my entrepreneurial spirit and persistence would outweigh the need for the experience all the agencies were looking for. I was hungry. At this agency, I got hired on as a content writer (which I didn’t necessarily enjoy the most, but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to eventually lead the paid advertising department which was my goal). I was able to do just that within a year. I studied the ins and outs of the agency, how it operated, how it dealt with clients, how it made mistakes, and most importantly what helped it scale.

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9. Start a seo agency ($300K/year)

Alan Silvestri from Winchester, England, United Kingdom started Growth Gorilla over 3 years ago, a SEO agency.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Winchester, England, United Kingdom

I was born and raised in Italy where, since I basically got out of school, I’ve been working as an electrical engineer for 9 years at an industrial automation company. During that time I was also playing in a punk rock band (name is “NeverAlone”, look it up, it’s great) and felt constricted in that job (that I also quite disliked).

The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll learn from your mistakes (‘cause there will be many of those). Learn from others who have done what you want to do and take massive action.

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10. Start a podcast agency ($204K/year)

Tom Hunt from London started Fame about 2 years ago, a podcast agency.

  • Revenue: $17,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: London

This whole thing started when I was working as head of marketing at a B2B SaaS business. We started a podcast.

The podcast was focused on the sales operations resource, and was called Sales Ops Demystified. We interviewed sales ops people.

It started to go pretty well, we got social shares, SEO value and even had some sales calls with our guests (we sold sales software). Sales Ops Demystified is now the most downloaded podcast in the world of sales ops.

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11. Start a surprise travel agency ($180K/year)

Charlotte Curry McGhee from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA started Whisked Away Surprise Travel over 4 years ago, a surprise travel agency.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

I’ve been planning trips for myself and others for about 20 years. Before I took Whisked Away full time, I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in the public school system for seven years, and I was really struggling with policy changes and how they were affecting my students.

Planning travel was a bright spot for me. I could envision the people I love having the time of their lives on the trips that I had planned for them, and it took my mind away from the issues at school.

My husband and I were on a weekend trip in Savannah, GA and, of course, I had planned the whole thing. We were having drinks at this cool rooftop bar, watching the boats come in and the sunset and he asked if I would ever consider planning trips for others, as a business.

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12. Start a ppc agency ($480K/year)

Gabriele Contilli from Emilia-Romagna, Italy started Rocket PPC almost 4 years ago, a PPC agency.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Pasquale and I work in the digital marketing field since… ever! We started when Facebook was not yet existing - so you can imagine how many things have changed in all those years. We first met in a large web marketing agency in Italy and we worked together for a couple of years, side by side for large clients.

It is not easy to leave your casual work and start your own thing, but if you keep listening to that voice inside you every single day telling you “quit your job and start your own business” well.. you know you’ll get there, sooner or later.

After that, we both followed our growing path working on the client side or in other agencies, trying to get the best from all our jobs. It took something around 4-5 years to finally start talking seriously about our “dream job”.

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13. Start a branding agency ($120K/year)

Elva Li from Melbourne Victoria, Australia started Elva Li Luxury Branding Studio over 5 years ago, a branding agency.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Melbourne Victoria, Australia

There’s a song on repeat in my world and whenever I play it, it reminds me of the time I started my own business and finally left my corporate job.

“I spend too much time thinking about who I'm supposed to be I play by everybody's rules that don't seem right to me

Should I even care? They're all sitting there and everyone's staring at me If I step out in the spotlight maybe I'll be set free

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14. Start a social media marketing agency ($6M/year)

Jim Tobin from Cary, NC, USA started Ignite Social Media over 14 years ago, a social media marketing agency.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 37
  • Location: Cary, NC, USA

The concept of a social media agency came to me (literally) in an epiphany. I was actually sitting in church and my mind started to drift to some things I’d been thinking about at work. Suddenly, it felt like the phrase “social media agency” was injected into my brain.

I think one of the great lies of entrepreneurship is that you have to be a “risk-taker.” That’s not it. To be willing to launch a business, you have to be comfortable with uncertainty, not risk.

I immediately knew it was important. I didn’t really know what it was, what it would sell exactly, or who would buy it, but the concept felt right. Ironically enough, when I was jolted back to the present, I realized the church members were all actually signing, “Hallelujah, Hallelujah.” About the only thing missing was a lightbulb over my head.

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15. Start an ecommerce marketing agency ($432K/year)

Zac Cherin from Los Angeles, California, USA started Sidekick over 2 years ago, a ecommerce marketing agency.

  • Revenue: $36,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

During my last year of college at UC Santa Barbara, I started interning at a local startup called Graphiq. As chance would have it, my very first manager was Brendan: the co-founder of Sidekick!

A blossoming friendship and partnership

Brendan and I spent about two years working together at Graphiq (first in Santa Barbara and then in New York) building data visualization products for clients like the Associated Press, Reuters, NBC, and Fox. In the Summer of 2017, Graphiq was acquired by Amazon. Brendan and I spent a year working at Amazon and then in June 2018, we left to start our own company…

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16. Start a digital agency ($264K/year)

Hailey Brooke McFadden from started Power Move Marketing almost 2 years ago, a digital agency.

  • Revenue: $22,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location:

I have a pretty decently sized personal following on IG from being a college volleyball player and a short stint as a sideline reporter for ACCN/ ESPN. Companies began reaching out to me asking me to post and I told one company no because their IG and website weren’t very professional and it would do him a disservice because even if I got the traffic there I knew it wouldn’t convert.

Give people recognition and praise for a job well done, even if your co-founder or employee is a friend or spouse… don’t forget they need a little love too!

So he said, “why don’t you run it then?”. I ended up running his socials, doing all his emails, working with suppliers to make new products, creating an ambassador program, editing the website, customer service, and more! Once I posted about my success with this company, more and more companies began reaching out for help! Most companies already had several marketing teams on when I would come on and my ads and other work always outperformed theirs. I realized I brought something the other companies couldn’t- cohesiveness with email, socials, ads, etc.

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17. Start a staffing agency ($2.04M/year)

Eddie Edwards Jr from Sunrise, Florida, USA started CEI Staffing about 17 years ago, a staffing agency.

  • Revenue: $170,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 68
  • Location: Sunrise, Florida, USA

I had worked in various positions in the Broward County Sheriff’s office. One of those positions being an investigator for the Child Abuse Division. I also gained some supervisory experience overseeing the Commissary Department of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Central Jail.

If a company can’t meet your price to do business, then you need to move on, stick to your guns. Don’t drop your rates. You need to know exactly what it’s going to take to make money. Then go up from there, not down.

These positions were a far cry from what I was about to undertake in the opening of a staffing business. After growing weary of the bureaucracy of my early career I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I wanted to jump in with both feet and was excited and anxious to start my own business but being married and the father of four I decided to become an independent Contractor for an established Staffing Company based in Atlanta Georgia.

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18. Start a website building agency ($600K/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Andy Golpys's story on creating MadeByShape a read:

Hello - I’m Andy Golpys, 34 years old - Co-Founder, of MadeByShape, A Creative and Digital Agency in Manchester, UK. We’ve naturally grown from Day One - with a strategy that we’d be a boutique agency that can cater to Big Brands and Small Brands at the same time.

We’re averaging £50k per month at the moment with a couple of side projects that turn over £££ too.

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19. Start a machine building and design agency

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20. Start a human resources agency

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21. Start a carrying and forwarding agency

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22. Start an insurance agency

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23. Start an immigration attorney agency

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24. Start a horse insurance agency

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25. Start a VR based marketing agency

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26. Start an entertainment booking agency

Examples of a successful entertainment booking agency:

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27. Start an event management agency

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28. Start a beer branding agency

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29. Start a news agency

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30. Start an extras only agency

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31. Start an identity theft protection agency

Examples of a successful identity theft protection agency:

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32. Start a modelling agency

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33. Start a nurse staffing agency

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34. Start a real estate marketing agency

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35. Start a collection agency

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36. Start a homeschool agency

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37. Start a temporary help agency

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38. Start a golf advertising agency

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39. Start an AI marketing agency ($6M/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Eric Berman's story on creating Brandetize a read:

I'm Eric Berman, and when I look back on my career, I have been an entrepreneur since the beginning. After graduating from college, I was always finding myself in the middle of starting businesses and, over time, getting more enamored with taking an idea and building a business from it.

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