40 Low Cost Alibaba Business Ideas

40 Low Cost Alibaba Business Ideas

If you are looking for alibaba related business ideas to begin your path to entrepreneurship, you are in the right place.

With starting a alibaba related business, there are plenty of opportunities that can help you follow your dreams and build a successful career. 

In this post, you will discover profitable business ideas, perfect for those who want to have a flexible job, capable of multiplying the average income, while becoming your own boss.

Check out the full list below to help you find your next idea!

Here they are:



1. Start a product review blog ($24K/year)

Cy from Detroit, MI, USA started Super Smash Cache almost 7 years ago, a product review blog.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Detroit, MI, USA

Confidence in my sexuality was something I had to cultivate; I didn’t want others to feel alone like I did. I was resentful of the narrative that men having orgasms was expected, while women experiencing pleasure was extraordinary. “That’s just the way things are,” one of my (male) friends told me.

No.

Women can take charge of their sexual experience in so many ways, like:

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Cy, on starting Super Smash Cache ($2,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start an ecommerce platform ($1.2M/year)

Nick and Angelica from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA started Romans Tide over 6 years ago, a ecommerce platform.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Outsource everything. The classic entrepreneur’s mistake is to try and do everything yourself. When I look back on it I definitely had the funds to outsource more and bootstrap less.

If it wasn't for that struggle I would have never made it to where I am today. I was forced into entrepreneurship because I was not someone people could hire. I always got along with people at interviews and people liked me but I was not hireable due to the mistakes I made in the past surrounding my issues with drugs and alcohol as a teenager.

Embrace the struggle. Good times can make you soft. I appreciate my life now and keep an attitude of gratitude but I never forget where I came from. I never forget not knowing where my next meal would come from or not knowing where I was going to sleep at night. Believe it or not, I have had worse times and been worse places than being homeless but I won't go there here

I got my GED at 16 so I didn’t even finish high school, before starting my business I did take some college classes at a local community college. I wanted to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and attend Bastyr University.

I loved learning things but always struggled with the long road of school which held no guarantee of success, just a guarantee of debt.

My journey into entrepreneurship started as an early teenager hustling here and there just to put food in my mouth and fuel in the gas tank. My first real business was a landscaping business I started with a friend that didn't work out. We thought it would be a good idea because he had the work and I had the business mindset of growing and scaling. The opportunity was there but we did not collaborate well. Even with my guidance he did not want to change his habits. This led to us butting heads, ending our business, tainting our friendship, and me $20,000 in debt. After that had failed me I came across a program that taught people how to dropship on eBay for $20 a month. I really liked the idea of this as it gave me the opportunity to work from anywhere and be my own boss which are two things I really wanted. After a few months of hard work, things went well and I paid $500 for the selling on Amazon training. I literally had no idea what I was doing when my Amazon business took off. In a sense, Amazon was my crash course in business. It taught me how to hire and manage employees, how to set up payroll, how to outsource, how to do accounting, how to leverage credit and financing, how to market, how to do advertising. It taught me everything I know about business in the harshest way possible lol

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Nick and Angelica, on starting Romans Tide ($100,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a dropshipping business ($144K/year)

Amanda Austin from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA started Little Shop of Miniatures over 4 years ago, a dropshipping business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

I was unhappily working in marketing for a Fortune 500 insurance company when I started looking at ways to create a new income stream. I became interested in ecommerce and invested in a course to learn more. I compiled a list of keywords for products that had decent search volume and not terribly competitive to rank for in organic search. I used Long Tail Pro to get ideas--I had so many when I first started!

My business is a small, mostly passive income stream and I’m okay with that. There is so much more I could be doing with my store, but right now I am loving the extra income stream that allows me to work part-time at my day job and spend more time with my infant daughter.

A bunch of keywords in the dollhouse miniatures space fit the bill. I used Long Tail Pro and looked for keywords that were competitive--which on there is a score in the twenties or low thirties. I also wanted them to have at least 2,000 searches per month. This is not a ton, but five keywords with that search volume that are not that competitive can lead to a decent number of organic traffic if you build your site the right way. My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to find a niche with a nice handful of keywords you can rank for with quality content and a nice backlinking strategy. Don’t try to be number one for some saturated keyword that has a million searches a month. Go for keywords where you stand a chance of ranking--this is usually so-called long tail keywords that are really phrases--for example, “wooden dollhouse furniture” instead of just “dollhouse.”

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Amanda Austin, on starting Little Shop of Miniatures ($12,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a payment app ($720K/year)

Ryan Scherf from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA started Payment for Stripe almost 7 years ago, a payment app.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

I went to school for Computer Science and was gated into being a developer. I mostly hated everything about development environments at the time (Java was the most popular at the time), and thus transitioned into a career of design. After working at several healthcare startups (these are abundant in Minneapolis, due to Unitedhealth Group being headquartered in the area), I quickly realized that working for people wasn’t a long term career path that I was willing to commit to.

In 2013, I was approached by someone I had worked with previously on an invoicing app, and he had an idea for building an analytics app on top of a company in its infancy: Stripe. This was pre-huge valuations and funding rounds.

At the time, I knew nothing about Stripe, nor payment gateways. I had 4 & 2-year-old boys and had just built a new house in the suburbs.

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Ryan Scherf, on starting Payment for Stripe ($60,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio over 3 years ago, a blogging business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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Chhavi Agarwal, on starting Mrs Daaku Studio ($5,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a fashion accessories brand ($600K/year)

Eric Morton from Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA started Cuff Style almost 3 years ago, a fashion accessories brand.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA

Cuffstyle LLC was founded by myself, Jason, Chris, and Carl.

Carl came up with the original concept while trying to solve a very simple problem he was having. He loved playing acoustic guitar, but shirt sleeves always seemed to get in the way while he was strumming. He would typically fold his shirt cuff up just enough to keep it out of the way, but the cuff would constantly fall back down while he was playing. He wanted a way to keep the cuff held back, and he thought cufflinks would do the trick. Unfortunately, he didn’t own any French cuff shirts, so he started to improvise, and thus the idea was born.

All in all, we believe the key to success in business is not being skilled in any specific technical area, but rather being skilled at networking, managing, and motivating people.

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Eric Morton, on starting Cuff Style ($50,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a laptop accessories brand ($24M/year)

Jack Yao from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Mobile Pixels over 3 years ago, a laptop accessories brand.

  • Revenue: $2,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I have used multiple screens my entire life as a professional and as a student. When I was forced to work on a small laptop screen at Amazon, I could not help but think about how much productivity was being lost across from the organization. That was the light bulb moment for me.

It is important to know your market and market size and then crafts your service or product specifically for that market.

I was discussing this problem over lunch with a colleague, and the idea of sliding a second monitor out from behind the first just came naturally. It was an idea that I could not shake.

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Jack Yao, on starting Mobile Pixels ($2,000,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a crowdfunding platform ($4.8M/year)

Howard Marks from Los Angeles, California, USA started StartEngine almost 9 years ago, a crowdfunding platform.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 22
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

After the second video game company I founded, Acclaim Games, was acquired by Walt Disney (Playdom was the original buyer), I wanted to take a break from the entrepreneurial side of the business and become an investor. I set a personal goal for myself to invest in 60 companies, and since I was living in LA, I decided to invest in startups in LA too.

Where do you start with that goal? How do you find entrepreneurs to support? As I started this journey, I realized that an accelerator model was quite effective for my purposes, and so StartEngine, the accelerator, was born.

We offered companies $20,000 for a 10% stake in the company and 90 days of mentorship. Given we were one of the first accelerators in LA, we had a lot of interest. Ultimately, we accepted around 5% of applicants and had 60 companies participate in the StartEngine accelerator in total.

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Howard Marks, on starting StartEngine ($400,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a herbal and ayurvedic products distribution business

Examples of a successful herbal and ayurvedic products distribution business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a herbal and ayurvedic products distribution business:

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10. Start a deals promotion website business

Examples of a successful deals promotion website business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a deals promotion website business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a deals promotion website business ➜

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11. Start a tech accessories exports business

Examples of a successful tech accessories exports business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tech accessories exports business:

Learn more about starting a tech accessories exports business ➜

12. Start a website development business ($29.1K/year)

Examples of a successful website development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a website development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a website development business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Gavin Pedley's story on creating ThriveWP a read:

Hey! I am Gavin, founder of ThriveWP, a WordPress Maintenance service based in the UK that provides WordPress website management, maintenance, hosting, malware removal and general WordPress support.

If essential maintenance tasks are ignored or attempted without good knowledge, you leave yourself open to being hacked or end up with a broken website. That's where a service like ours comes in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGgJ1L0HwRw

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Gavin Pedley, on starting ThriveWP ($4,800/month) full story ➜

13. Start a CCTV camera business

Examples of a successful CCTV camera business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a CCTV camera business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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14. Start an amazon wholesaling business

Examples of a successful amazon wholesaling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a amazon wholesaling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an amazon wholesaling business ➜

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15. Start a currency conversion website business

Examples of a successful currency conversion website business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a currency conversion website business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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16. Start a freight licensing business

Examples of a successful freight licensing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a freight licensing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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17. Start a renewable energy equipment and devices selling business

Examples of a successful renewable energy equipment and devices selling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a renewable energy equipment and devices selling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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18. Start an etsy seller business

Examples of a successful etsy seller business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a etsy seller business:

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19. Start a chemical exports business

Examples of a successful chemical exports business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a chemical exports business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a cybersecurity system ($540K/year)

Examples of a successful cybersecurity system:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cybersecurity system:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cybersecurity system ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Taylor Hersom's story on creating Eden Data a read:

Hey there! My name is Taylor Hersom and I am the founder of Eden Data. Eden Data is a cybersecurity consulting firm focused on helping startups build better security as they grow.

Since starting the company in March of 2020, we have scaled to four team members and an MRR of $45k, all through remote services and nearly no startup costs.

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Taylor Hersom, on starting Eden Data ($45,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a raw material selling business

Examples of a successful raw material selling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a raw material selling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a raw material selling business ➜

22. Start a vegan business directory

Examples of a successful vegan business directory:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan business directory:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a vegan business directory ➜

23. Start a machinery exports business

Examples of a successful machinery exports business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a machinery exports business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a machinery exports business ➜

24. Start a cosmetic store business ($102K/year)

Examples of a successful cosmetic store business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cosmetic store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cosmetic store business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Alexis Evans 's story on creating FBI Cosmetics Inc. a read:

My name is Alexis Evans aka Da Mademoiselle. I am a native of South Florida who has started a cosmetic and skincare company named FBI Cosmetics d/b/a Flawlessly Beautiful Individual in the middle of a pandemic.

I am also the owner of Boss Talk Expo an annual expo and conference company. I branched out into the beauty industry, I started FBI Cosmetics off with just lipsticks and have progressed into the skincare business in December. I have grossed over $62,000 in sales. People ask where the name comes from and I tell people “it’s a crime to be so damn beautiful.”

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Alexis Evans , on starting FBI Cosmetics Inc. ($8,500/month) full story ➜

25. Become a shopify reseller

Examples of a successful shopify reseller:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shopify reseller:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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26. Start an ebay reseller business

Examples of a successful ebay reseller business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ebay reseller business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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27. Start a gift cards selling business

Examples of a successful gift cards selling business:

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28. Start a quality assurance business

Examples of a successful quality assurance business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a quality assurance business:

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29. Start an airport currenct exchange business

Examples of a successful airport currenct exchange business:

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30. Start an amazon reseller business

Examples of a successful amazon reseller business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a amazon reseller business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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31. Start a product reselling business

Examples of a successful product reselling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a product reselling business:

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32. Start a financial service business ($1.2M/year)

Examples of a successful financial service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a financial service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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33. Start a product sourcing expert business

Examples of a successful product sourcing expert business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a product sourcing expert business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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34. Start a language translation service ($2.19M/year)

Examples of a successful language translation service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a language translation service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a language translation service ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ofer Tirosh's story on creating Tomedes a read:

My name is Ofer Tirosh and I am the founder and CEO of Tomedes. Tomedes is a translation services company that supports the global growth of our clients. We work with businesses around the world, from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Over the past 14 years, I’ve grown Tomedes from a one-person start-up to a global enterprise, but the business remains true to the principles on which I founded it. I’m really happy about that.

Today, we have over 100 team members spread across four continents, which allows us to serve a global audience. We’ve worked with over 90,000 business clients to date, while Tomedes’ revenue has grown year on year.

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Ofer Tirosh, on starting Tomedes ($0/month) full story ➜

35. Start an escrow service business

Examples of a successful escrow service business:

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36. Start a product selling on alibaba business

Examples of a successful product selling on alibaba business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a product selling on alibaba business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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37. Start an affiliate marketing business ($3.48M/year)

Examples of a successful affiliate marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a affiliate marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an affiliate marketing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Spencer Mecham's story on creating Buildapreneur a read:

My name is Spencer Mecham. In 2016 I first heard about an industry called affiliate marketing and in 2017 I founded Buildapreneur, an affiliate business.

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Spencer Mecham, on starting Buildapreneur ($80,000/month) full story ➜

38. Start a shipping company ($240K/year)

Examples of a successful shipping company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shipping company:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shipping company ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Dvir Edri's story on creating Car Shipping Calculator a read:

Hi! I’m Dvir and I run Nationwide Auto Transportation. NAT is an auto shipping broker, which means that we connect consumers in need of car shipping services with truckers who transport vehicles across the United States.

Since the inception of our company 12 years ago, we have served more than 50,000 customers - many multiple times. We ship approximately 4,000 vehicles per month.

Transporting the Batmobile

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Dvir Edri, on starting Car Shipping Calculator ($20,000/month) full story ➜

39. Start a social media marketing business ($60.6K/year)

Examples of a successful social media marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media marketing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Mahsun Avci's story on creating Avci ApS a read:

Hello, my name is Mahsun Avci! I'm the founder of Avci ApS. At a fairly young age (15) I decided to start my own business. An online marketing agency, where we help businesses grow their bottom line through paid traffic and sales funnels. By taking a holistic approach to business, we make comprehensive online strategies that take our clients from their current situation to their desired situation.

After streamlining the process and consistently getting great client results, I knew I was on to something. I not only mastered Facebook ads, but I learned everything I could about personal branding and making it an asset.

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Mahsun Avci, on starting Avci ApS ($10,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start a private labeling business ($240K/year)

Examples of a successful private labeling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a private labeling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a private labeling business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Muamer Avdic's story on creating Ladels a read:

Hello, my name is Muamer Avdic and I am the Founder and CEO of Ladels.com. Ladels is a digital platform for online sellers to manage and ship their orders from wherever they sell online and with different carriers, all on one dashboard. Ladels provides shipping and advertising solutions for businesses of any size with features and pricing suited for small online sellers to big box stores. The name “Ladels” stands for ads on labels, or advertisements/promotions on shipping labels.

We launched the live version of Ladels.com and began onboarding users on December 25, 2020. Since then, we’ve been bringing in $10,000/month in revenue and are ramping up with users very quickly. Our unique custom shipping label allows users to stand out and communicate directly to their customers like never before.

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Muamer Avdic, on starting Ladels ($20,000/month) full story ➜

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