179+ Amazing Low Risk Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

179+ Amazing Low Risk Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a amazing low risk business in 2022?

We put together 179 of the best amazing low risk businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start an interpreting management business ($600K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$50,000/month
Skills

Alex Chernenko from Limerick started TRANSLIT almost 3 years ago, a interpreting management business.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Limerick

Case Study

Since secondary school, I have had two passions: languages and computers. I've learned to speak six languages and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering after moving to Ireland in 2003. That’s actually where the business name TRANSLIT came from. It refers to TRANSLation and IT, combined into a technology-driven business long before Google Machine Translation became a trend.

Over my career, I have worked as a localization engineer, translator and interpreter, quality assurance, web developer, test lead, test manager, and other tech roles.

My entrepreneurship journey started inadvertently 13 years ago when I was let go from a well-paid job. I was working as a software tester with a multinational IT company. One day my HR director picked up a piece of paper I had sent through the work printer. Unfortunately, it was an image of a woman in a bikini for a CD cover. Yes, back then we had CDs! The image itself was ok, nothing vulgar or provocative, but that happened exactly one week before my contract renewal date. As a result, my contract wasn’t extended. However, it was a blessing in disguise even though I had moved to Dublin with my family for that job, and all of a sudden everything was up in the air again.

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2. Start a life coaching business ($120K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $120,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,400
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Sinem Günel from Vienna, Austria started Personal Growth Base over 2 years ago, a life coaching business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Vienna, Austria

Case Study

One and a half years after starting my studies in business administration I came into touch with entrepreneurship and I immediately knew that I wanted to dig deeper into how to build your own business and be your own boss.

So I started reading books, especially biographies, of successful entrepreneurs.

Pretty soon I found out there’s one major component all of them have in common: They all talk about their personal growth and how they had to improve themselves so that their businesses could grow.

This immediately triggered me and I started digging deeper into the topic of personal growth.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $24,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$110,015
Time To Revenue
300 days
Business model

Jocelyn Thompson from Los Angeles, California, USA started EPIPHANY LA about 5 years ago, a fashion business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

I graduated from USC in 2010 and struggled to figure out what I wanted to do in life. I found myself working at Hulu, in a digital sales role where I crunched impressions into excel sheets all day and wasn’t happy.

I had a friend’s wedding around the corner, and we were going to the Virgin Islands on a cruise. I prepared for the trip by purchasing several new swimsuits and I wanted padding enhancers to put in my swimsuit tops since bikinis are notorious for providing thin, flimsy liners that offer no support or shape.

As an Amazon Prime member, my first thought is always Amazon. I went online and ordered about 5 pairs of padding inserts from 5 different companies because I wasn’t sure which would look best, so I wanted to try them all. When they arrived I was so disappointed. The inserts all looked horrible. Many of them had thick edges, so they were extremely obvious under my thin swimsuit. Some of the inserts were pointy and had unnatural shapes, and most of them were only offered in two sizes (small/medium) or (medium/large) and neither size fit me.

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4. Start an organization service business ($96K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Sarah Giller Nelson from Miami, Florida, USA and Naperville, IL started Less is More Organizing Services over 12 years ago, a organization service business.

  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA and Naperville, IL

Case Study

For 15 years I was a museum curator and art historian. It was a career that I loved but once I had children I surprised myself and realized that I would prefer a career that would give me the flexibility to be more actively involved in family life.

Be flexible. Don’t stress if the launch or the time frame does not go according to plan. Life gets in the way.

While I was taking some time off to figure it out, a very good friend of mine mentioned to me that her laundry room was such a mess that she had hired someone to help her organize it. I did not know this type of service existed (this was, of course, 10 years before Hoarders, Marie Kondo and The Home Edit brought the profession to the forefront of popular culture), but I had always loved to organize, and the idea of starting my own company seemed like an interesting challenge.

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5. Start a greeting cards business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$11,166
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Travis Peterson from Irvine, California, USA started Joker Greeting over 7 years ago, a greeting cards business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Irvine, California, USA

Case Study

My background is in finance. I worked in investment banking for six years in New York. I loved the job, the people, and the hours. But as a service job I wanted to be making things not just helping others make things. This desire has led me to where I am today.

My brother and I have always loved to make fun of everything. Around 2014, we visited my mom’s house and she had this musical greeting card. We thought it was annoying. We asked each other, "Who wants to listen to this!?" Then Nick asked, “What if it didn’t stop?”

That was it. Nothing more. No market research.

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6. Start a diy and crafts blog ($14.4K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $22,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$131,340
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Mike Aspinall from Nottingham started The Crafty Gentleman almost 9 years ago, a DIY and crafts blog.

  • Revenue: $1,200/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Nottingham

Case Study

I’ve always been interested in crafts and DIY. As a young child, I used to spend hours and hours making scrapbooks, cards, decorations, and gifts – and I’ve never grown out of it!

I got my very first sewing machine when I was about 17, and it quite literally changed my life. I felt like I had a superpower, it was amazing! It opened up a whole new world of crafting to me and inspired me to seek out even more ways to up my craft skills.

However, by the time I’d reached my early 20s, I was feeling pretty disconnected from the craft industry. It was set up for a different demographic to me. I was a young man, but I felt everything was aimed at older women or young children. Haberdasheries were full of pinks and florals. I struggled to find craft supplies and projects that I liked.

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7. Create an online course ($1.44M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$350 — $3,735,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,297
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills

Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins) from Chester, New Jersey, USA started Mikkelsen Twins over 4 years ago, a online course.

  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Chester, New Jersey, USA

Case Study

We never had a moment like “Ah ha! Let’s start an online education company!”, it just naturally evolved and grew into what it is today.

But I can tell you exactly how we got here. Before we get into how we first discovered what entrepreneurship even is, I want to paint the picture of what life was like even before that.

Up until we were 21 years old, we were 2 guys just going through life on autopilot with no regard for the future. Worrying about what my next week would look like was hard enough. Then we basically “woke up” and found ourselves in a 1 bedroom apartment in Aarhus, Denmark, not showing up to our part-time job anymore and smoking pot every day. For the first time, we reflected on ourselves, what we were doing and we just felt embarrassed. We were wasting our precious time away doing absolutely nothing. I don’t want to get too into the emotions felt, but it was a rock bottom for us. Long story short, we have a private twin meeting and said to each other “this is f\cking sad, we have to change”. And because we had each other, we developed motivation and ambition to prove we weren’t useless, waste-of-space losers (but that’s exactly how we had acted).

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8. Start an airbnb management company ($420K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,333 — $270,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$8,500
Time To Revenue
60 days
Skills

Gary Fox from Dublin, Ireland started Host Butlers almost 7 years ago, a airbnb management company.

  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland

Case Study

I’ve been starting businesses since I was 15. During school, I worked part-time in a mobile phone store and learned how to fix phones. During the weekends, I started my own market stall and advertised online to fix phones, replace screens, and started to earn cash that way. During college, I scaled up this business to a physical location at the University I was attending here in Ireland. I approached the college and rented an office space from them and opened my first store!

I was terrified of running out of money and for the first 18 months, I ran the company entirely on my own. I remember one particular day where I met 18 different guests at 18 different locations across the city.

Between classes, I would work in the store and when I was in class, I hired classmates and friends to work for me. Looking back now, it was an incredibly fun time but I wish I hadn’t reinvested so much money in the college bar!

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9. Start a dog walking business ($648K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $54,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,125
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills

Melodi Landi from Bristol, TN, USA started Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC over 16 years ago, a dog walking business.

  • Revenue: $54,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 19
  • Location: Bristol, TN, USA

Case Study

I have always had a passion for animals. I was going to school full time at the University of Rhode Island as a Pre-Vet student while working full time at a local veterinary hospital AND picking up pet sitting and dog walking clients on the side.

Since my late teenage years, I have known that I wanted to work with animals. While working at the animal hospital, I saw a great need for this type of service, and soon after decided to start this business!

I would often come across clients who had not traveled in years because their pets required specialized care or medications or because they did not know who to ask or whom they could trust with their pets and their home.

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10. Become a mobile personal trainer ($720K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,500 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 4 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Chris Anderson from Overland Park, Kansas, USA started Live Fit over 11 years ago, a mobile personal trainer.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Case Study

I started Live Fit because I felt I was running out of options in the industry I loved so much. Personally, I felt the misses in the personal training industry and wanted to change that. Personal Training, as well as all types of fitness, can be very intimidating to most people. And honestly, the people that are most intimidated by fitness are often the people that need it the most. I set out to create a company that provided the same types of exercises, programming, and results as generally all fitness companies, but I wanted to make it a comfortable experience from the moment a potential client stepped through our doors.

All our processes, our studio layout, our team of trainers we have hired, and our entire mission are based on making clients feel comfortable, appreciated, and valued. We do things differently and over the past 10 years, I have seen other companies in our area follow our lead. Long gone are the days of slamming weights, extremely loud music, and uncomfortable gym environments. People want to go where they feel comfortable and respected.

I have always loved sports and started at a young age, with my dad as my coach. I continued athletics through high school and went on to run college track where I based my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees entirely on building my career in the fitness industry. The last thing I was willing to do was to throw it all away based on a lack of opportunity, so I created my own with Live Fit. I believe in spirituality and the law of attraction and base my life on those principles. So in early 2011 when I couldn’t focus on my spiritual study and spiritual growth because my mind was consumed with running numbers about opening my own company, I knew that was a sign from God it was time to create something great.

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11. Start a barber shop ($1.5M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$125,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$500,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Antonio Camilleri from Balzan started Antonio’s Barber Shop about 7 years ago, a barber shop.

  • Revenue: $125,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: Balzan

Case Study

My career has been a long road before I found success. Firstly I was a bar manager, then a soldier, then a bus driver, then a restaurant owner and chef. Finally, I decided to follow my grandfather's steps and become a barber. My grandfather was a barber on navy ships during WWI and WWII. I also worked in the UK for 5 years as a barber before opening in Malta.

The idea came about identifying a business opportunity and taking full advantage before the eventual competition, our success was the fact that we re-introduced old school barbering modernized and hip to cater for today’s gentlemen. In barbering, competition, when we started in Malta was non-existent. There were the typical hairdressers and 2 old school barbers which were unchanged since the ‘60s.

The idea was validated by my clients, one day a multi-millionaire came to get a haircut and I was discussing my concerns of growing and investing all my life savings into the business, his reply was “I just bought a company for 5 million euros over breakfast,” he just told me, “now is the time to invest and try creating something revolutionary.”

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12. Start a home decor business ($102K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $415,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,400
Time To Revenue
270 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

James Wolfer from Portland, Oregon, USA started Valhalla Wood Forge about 5 years ago, a home decor business.

  • Revenue: $8,500/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

Case Study

I started Valhalla Wood Forge in 2017 while working full-time as a police officer. Our department was smaller, only seven of us total, we didn’t have full-time detectives so we had to fulfill dual roles as patrol and doing detective level investigations. I was working long hours, investigating a lot of sex crimes, which were taking a huge emotional and mental toll. Additionally, I was (and still am) a Coast Guard reservist, doing law enforcement and search and rescue, so my stress level was very high.

One day, the Police Chief ordered a big wooden flag for like, $500. I remember looking at it and thinking, “I could make that, but better.” So I got some wood, borrowed a circular saw from my parents, and made a flag to donate to my department. The department put a picture of me with the handmade flag on Facebook, and pretty soon, I was getting requests from cops and military buddies for their own flags. For the rest of 2017 and really, the first half of 2018, I didn’t charge much as I was only making 1-2 flags a month. I was having fun and had found a way to unwind and work through a lot of stress, and have my tools get paid for. Score, right?

Do your homework if you’re going to use outside marketing agencies, and don’t take shortcuts.

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13. Start a water filter store ($2.4M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$95,333
Skills
Business model

Jay Vasantharajah from Canada started PureFilters about 7 years ago, a water filter store.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Canada

Case Study

Honestly… I accidentally got into the business.

I run a digital marketing agency and at the time we had a lot of HVAC Contractors as clients. One of my clients was explaining to me how he sells furnace filters to customers that he visits, and wondered if he could sell them online instead. I researched this for him and concluded that there were a ton of Google searches for furnace filters. I pitched him on creating a new campaign to sell these filters online. He decided not to do it.

Once an idea comes into my head, I don’t rest until its given a fair shot, that’s just how I am. Even though my client said "no", I still wanted to do it because I was curious. I saw it as an opportunity to get a better understanding of the e-commerce landscape and the marketing challenges involved.

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14. Start an embroidery business ($78K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$6,500 — $10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Cailey Golden from New York, New York, USA started The Patchsmith almost 5 years ago, a embroidery business.

  • Revenue: $6,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

Case Study

I’ve been in the customization industry for over 10 years. I started with screen printing first. Eventually I was hired to work for the Yankees and was taught how to embroider caps. A company reached out to me for a production embroidery job and I accepted. I was taught how to run production but was left alone a lot. I ended up teaching myself a lot of different embroidery methods, it was also the place I made my first patch. I ended up creating patches for my supporters club of the local MLS team, NYCFC, and sold them for $7 each. I stopped after a few months and didn’t think about patches for awhile.

In 2017 I was going through a huge change in my life, a previous employer in the City attempted to permanently remove me from the industry, very unsuccessfully. I’d say it’s part of the reason why I’ve been able to be as successful as I have been so far. I spent months grasping at straws to come up with a business idea that I knew could do while keeping my mind busy while I was on a rollercoaster of repercussions from that employer.

I was in the bank one day after work and was sitting down with a representative, I did that a few months prior with the same guy and we spoke a bit about my career. This time he asked me if I was able to embroider patches for his fantasy football league called “Fight Club”. It was the first time anyone had ever asked for patches, I had no idea what to charge him but I knew I could definitely do it. I said yes and charged him $6 per patch for 25 of them. He was all too excited and agreed. I had no idea if I undercharged, overcharged or was right on the money but it was too easy. I was completely hooked.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$5,500 — $3,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$11,866
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Amanda Austin from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA started Little Shop of Miniatures about 5 years ago, a dropshipping business.

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

Case Study

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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16. Become a virtual assistant ($12K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,200
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Julmar Grace Locsin from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines started FVA Business Consultancy ago, a virtual assistant.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 14
  • Location: Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines

Case Study

Ten years ago, my husband and I were working in an office set-up. Due to a mix of struggles experienced, my husband and I decided to quit our job and transition into freelancing. The transition phase was difficult since we didn't have the facilities needed like a computer and internet connection. We worked in an internet cafe for the first month of our freelancing career until we bought our personal computer and had our internet connection.

We had experience downtime in our new career at first, but we grow and learn from our mistakes as we go along. Freelancing changed the quality of our lives, our family, and so with our marriage. We embrace these benefits to realize that if mothers can work at home, they can earn while taking care of their family.

Another thing is the overseas workers. They have been working far from their family to make a living. Those who are exhausted and feel unproductive because of many circumstances like long hours of commute eat a lot of their time, endangering their work-life balance. These are a few of our realizations why we come up with putting Filipino Virtual Assistance. Because we know how difficult it is to work far from our family, we want to empower Filipino families, one freelancer at a time. We want to provide our graduates an avenue to earn dollars at their homes' comfort, without the hassle of traffic, toxicity of the environment, and an excellent opportunity for those who never got the chance to go to College.

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17. Start a mattress brand ($24M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000,000 — $3,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$28,125
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Joe Nashif from Livonia, MI started US-Mattress over 19 years ago, a mattress brand.

  • Revenue: $2,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 100
  • Location: Livonia, MI

Case Study

My journey to becoming an entrepreneur began while working at one of the Big Three auto companies in Detroit. I was a low-level white-collar employee for over 10 years. I had a wide variety of jobs working in sales, service, product planning, and other staff positions. I was able to learn a lot but also became very frustrated trying to get ahead. My performance reviews were always good, but I was not moving ahead and it really bothered me.

The other thing about working at the auto company was that I could do my job in about 2 hours a day. So I could keep my performance up at work when I decided to pour myself into the online business out of my basement. It was important to me to keep a safe steady paycheck while trying to get my business off the ground. My first online business was an online appliance company. There was nobody selling appliances online at that time so I was the first. Basically, I worked with a retailer as a partner to put up products on a website I built and they started to sell.

Nobody wants to shop at a bad retailer and consumer reviews will let people know if you can be trusted.

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18. Start an ice cube business ($4.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$15,000
Skills

Hagan Walker from Starkville, Mississippi, USA started Glo® over 6 years ago, a ice cube business.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 27
  • Location: Starkville, Mississippi, USA

Case Study

The story of Glo starts in 2015 - my senior year of college. I wasn’t the best student or the brightest, but I found my niche and studied electrical engineering. I thought I had it all figured out - I had some great internships lined up and were the first student from the state of Mississippi to intern at Tesla in Palo Alto, California. My passion was automotive engineering and we had a great program here at Mississippi State University, called EcoCAR, that gave me some excellent hands-on engineering experience. The goal was to make it to Tesla, get offered a job, and take off to California.

That didn’t happen.

I was offered a position at Tesla as a body controls engineer, working on the falcon wing doors for Model X, but fate had different plans. I turned that position down to return to Mississippi and take a chance with something a bit different - making light-up drink cubes. You see, right before I left for my summer internship at Tesla, a friend of mine asked for my help with a classroom project. Kaylie Mitchell was studying graphic design and her professor tasked her with coming up with a conceptual company and product that naturally drew one’s eye to the product. Kaylie thought, if a drink lit up, people would inherently look at it. She wanted to go above and beyond on this assignment and reached out to me to create a prototype for her class assignment.

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19. Start an eye wear store ($40.2K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,352 — $40,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$59,250
Skills
Business model

Jaxx Tshabalala from Johannesburg South, South Africa started VUES about 5 years ago, a eye wear store.

  • Revenue: $3,352/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Johannesburg South, South Africa

Case Study

VUES is an African eyewear retailer established in June 2017 with the sole purpose of Protecting the Naked Eye. Through superior design, their eyewear is well-differentiated in the market and is available online and physically through potential partnerships. Artified Optics is the philosophy that governs their design thinking, aptly described as “the intersection of groundbreaking design and selfless technology for the daring individual”.

Individually, I had no expertise in this area except the fact that I’ve had to wear eyewear since I was 9 years old and surprisingly saw little to no innovation in this space well into my late 20’s. My financial situation at this time was not very good, I had a job as an analyst at a Bank but my salary was still in the lower tiers and the economy in South Africa was close to junk status and eventually slipped into junk status by credit rating agencies such Moody’s.

One of the many value offerings of having an online business is in offering your customers convenience. This is a new age of doing business in eyewear and customers want to have accessibility at their fingertips although selling eyewear online can be challenging. The wheels have started to turn and it’s only a matter of time until the whole value chain is automated and hosted on a digital platform.

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20. Start a stationary products business ($720K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000/month
Skills

James Montgomery from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA started Everyman over 6 years ago, a stationary products business.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Case Study

A few years ago, I began researching businesses that I could purchase. Growing up in part internationally exposed me to entrepreneurs and innovative marketplace leaders in a variety of settings. In addition, my vocation as a global leadership development and training executive stokes my interest in business.

Since my life has continuously involved international travel and business exposure, naturally, I kept my eye on gear that would serve an adventurous pathfinder well. I also didn’t mind spending extra if that meant purchasing a thoughtfully tailored product. Sometimes it's an adjustment in quality, design, or presentation that makes all the difference. Some business people are simply able to do business and make money. It has less to do with a specific product or service for them. They’re just wired to do business. In many ways, I envy those that are able to function this way. For me, I had to be excited about the service and/or products sold.

I enjoy thinking out of the box. Taking no for an answer doesn’t come easily. I am driven to find a way around obstacles. Some influential years on the streets of Istanbul Turkey as a military brat had its benefits. Life is surely short, and it’s important to push myself beyond the place where I’m comfortable. I believe that we can experience incredible rewards if we can navigate onward through entangling fear. My greatest passion is simply pressing on to create new opportunities. Everyman has been a powerful creative outlet for me.

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21. Start a leather business ($12K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Jacques Flynn from Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada started JAQET over 10 years ago, a leather business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Case Study

I am a car designer by day (I still work full time as a car designer). I am always looking beyond the automotive design world to satisfy my creative needs.

Designing cars is a dream come true, but we are a large team and it is very much a team effort. I wanted to create something that I had 100% control over, and see where that might lead me.

I think it’s very important to first establish a very clear vision… What is it you want to accomplish? After that, it is very important that all efforts go to supporting that one vision.

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22. Become an online dating consultant ($62.4K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,200 — $11,250,000/month
Skills
Business model

Shane White from Austin, Texas, USA started The Match Artist over 4 years ago, a online dating consultant.

  • Revenue: $5,200/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Case Study

I have always been an entrepreneur. When I was in high school, I wanted to start my own business, so I took to one thing that I knew how to do- mow lawns.

Afterward, while I was in college, I started a mobile DJ business, which was a great way to earn some extra cash in college. After graduating from NDSU with a degree in Computer Science, I took a full-time job working as a software developer. While working as a developer, I really wanted to start a SaaS Company, which translates to “Software as a Service”, so I did just that. I created Midwest Streams - Simple Funeral Webcasting, which helps funeral directors webcast their funerals.

I ended up spending too many hours working on Midwest Streams while I was at my software developer job, so my employer fired me. (If you are reading this, I really am sorry!) This happened in February of 2014, and Midwest Streams was only making $400 a month. I decided not to go back to work and try my hardest to grow my company. I had some savings, but burnt through it pretty quick, as it’s really hard to survive with only $400 a month.

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23. Start a furniture business ($444K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,600 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$163,333
Time To Revenue
390 days

John Humphreys from Austin, Texas, USA started Humphreys over 5 years ago, a furniture business.

  • Revenue: $37,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Case Study

Since I was a kid I have always had a sense of wonder about the world and the mechanisms behind it. Whether it be a jet engine or a windshield wiper-I have thought about the creative process behind these things since I was 10 years old.

I drew houses as a kid. My dad grew up in a home designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, it was a solar home and it had an odd features. One example is, the entire back wall that was about 100 feet long and 15 feet high comprised of windows that all opened. In front, there were functioning levers that had fans which would draw airflow in and out.

Growing up I thought I wanted to be a pilot. I was described in high school by a classmate as “poetic” which I found offensive. I tried a hand in many things; managing a farm and pre-school, which were two businesses I inherited. This type of work wasn’t for me.

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24. Start an art business ($51.6K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$876 — $738,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$29,336
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model

Sarah Hickey from Plano, Texas, USA started Innerglow Art almost 6 years ago, a art business.

  • Revenue: $4,300/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Plano, Texas, USA

Case Study

Growing up I’ve always had this unique passion for art and all things creative. I was that artsy girl in all the art classes in high school and even took a few art classes in College.

When strangers were noticing my art and asked if I had a website, business card, etc., it really pushed me to start the business.

I never thought I could actually have a “successful career” with art so I majored in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I worked as an Assistant SLP for 2 years after graduating and worked for a pediatric home health company. I truly enjoyed working with special needs children with language disorders and thought this was my calling. However, after applying to grad school and receiving rejection letters for the grad program, I was completely devastated. I felt like a huge failure and was so discouraged. In response, I started painting again.

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25. Start an electronics store ($48K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $230,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$12,500
Skills

Jeff Olson from Denver, Colorado, USA started LEVDisplay almost 5 years ago, a electronics store.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

Case Study

I moved to Denver in 2011 after graduating from college and started working in software sales.

My goal was to pay off my student loans as quickly as possible and then start my own business. Entrepreneurship was always the end game, but I wasn’t sure about what business I wanted to start yet.

By 2014 I had paid off my $30K student debt and was feeling pretty burned out. I quit my job (I was working for a company called Autodesk at the time) and got a part-time bartending gig. I had worked in restaurants through college and knew that bartending was the easiest way to earn cash while figuring out what kind of business I wanted to build.

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26. Start an online jewelry store ($4.62M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$37,500
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Nikolay Piriankov from London, England, United Kingdom started Taylor & Hart almost 9 years ago, a online jewelry store.

  • Revenue: $385,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 27
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

It all started many years ago in South Africa where I grew up, originally born in Bulgaria though. At the age of 17, I got a job as a sales representative in a diamond store tailored for Chinese customers. That was the first time when I developed an interest for diamonds. After finishing high school, I headed to the U.K. to study digital marketing.

During this period, me and my high school friend David Sutton decided to start several websites and e-commerce businesses while studying at the University of Manchester​. Some teenage experiments and years later I reunited with David and we decided to start a real venture this time. That’s how the brand Rare Pink ( the first name of Taylor & Hart) was born in 2013.

Think whether or not you need an investment and when exactly to make an investment round. An investment makes you grow faster and potentially bigger than growing organically, but you need to think about what you are getting into.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$1,100 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$16,390
Business model

Marissa Daniels from Charleston, SC, USA started Spread Your Wings Travel over 3 years ago, a travel agency.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Charleston, SC, USA

Case Study

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.

Do research before starting. If you want to start a business - research before you pay anything.

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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28. Start an affiliate marketing business ($6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$51,285
Skills

Jan Kovac from Bratislava started Casino Guru about 7 years ago, a affiliate marketing business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 54
  • Location: Bratislava

Case Study

Our product is a website. The process of designing and developing it was very similar to designing and developing any website or an information system. As both I and the other main founder were software developers, this part was pretty straightforward for us. However, we still did some things pretty right and some things pretty wrong.

The funny part about any SEO-based business is that you can’t really make decent planning. Do you plan to improve some parts of your website and grow? Well, good luck with that, almighty G can have completely different plans for you.

What we made right was a decision to create a system that models all the relations and information about online casinos as structured data. As an example: almost every online casino has a list of countries from which it doesn’t allow residents to play. To capture this information we have created a database table casino_restricted_country and fill it with 1 record for every casino and every country that is on its restricted list.

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29. Start a freelance writing business ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$700 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$633
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

Eva Gutierrez from Los Angeles, CA, USA started Eva Gutierrez over 5 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Revenue: $/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Case Study

Five years ago I was really lost and confused about what career path to pursue. I had graduated from college with a degree in Biology in hopes of becoming a doctor. I quickly found out that I didn’t want to spend my life working in an office or having to see as many patients as I could fit into my schedule to make back my medical school expenses. At the end of my senior year, I started to watch blogging really start to take off and was immediately interested—this was an entirely new career path we hadn’t see before and something about it made me want to learn more. I figured out how to use WordPress and made a free account to start something like a food blog. I published a few articles and just wrote about what I was eating and why I was so focused on eating nutritious foods over others.

After stumbling upon a writer’s Instagram profile with the bio, “Contributing Writer at EliteDaily”—I Googled, “How to be a contributing writer at EliteDaily” and sent in my application. They accepted me (to be fair, I think they were accepting everyone at this time) and I wrote a few articles for them. That was my first taste of the writing life, unpaid work that could get views if it struck the right chord with their audience. Those articles are still online today haha. But, because this was so new into the blogging world and I had absolutely no idea how to monetize or figure any of this out on my own, I didn’t take the opportunity too seriously. I assumed I’d need a “regular” job and soon stopped writing for EliteDaily.

After I graduated, I decided that I would take a break from applying to jobs I didn’t want and instead obligated myself to do something I loved every day with the hope of stumbling upon my passion and purpose. While it seems obvious now that I wanted to be a writer, at the time I was still pretty lost and confused. I didn’t know any successful internet writers and I wasn’t confident enough to ask people for help, guidance, or advice. But, a few weeks into obligating myself to do something that I loved every day, I started writing again.

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30. Start a mobile photography ($1.32M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$24,583
Skills

Kyle Nelson from Chico, California, USA started Results Imagery over 5 years ago, a mobile photography .

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Chico, California, USA

Case Study

We both had previous experience in another start-up called Soul id which was a social media platform for action sports. We ran the marketing and media at that company which was a blast. After we left that company, we split directions. Eli got involved in the eCommerce industry by starting a brand called Winterial which he grew to hundreds of SKUs. Kyle headed in the media direction and started a commercial photography company where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

At this time Kyle wanted to be able to get back in the start-up world, grow a large brand and a team of like-minded creatives and innovators. So like any entrepreneur, he jumped on Google and started to search for media companies that were also technology-based companies as well. That is where the inspiration of starting a digital agency that solely focused on the media portion for brands and product companies came to life.

Culture is the centerpiece of a successful company. Creating a place for employees to come to work and enjoy what they do, the environment and who they work with will pay long term dividends.

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31. Start a blog ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,721
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio about 4 years ago, a blog.

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

Case Study

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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32. Start a mobile app development business ($960K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$6,000 — $700,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$115,736
Skills

Rob Bentley from Minneapolis, MN, USA started The Jed Mahonis Group over 10 years ago, a mobile app development business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Case Study

Growing up, I’ve always been into technology. I built my first website when I was in first grade, I built my first graphing calculator app when I was in sixth grade, and I used to run the internet’s largest website dedicated to Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons.

I waited in line for the iPhone the day it launched in 2007, and I was instantly hooked. I knew I had to learn how to build software for this device. Eventually, I learned how to jailbreak my device which allowed me to run custom apps on it (this being before the launch of the App Store).

Even though I had a passion for technology, I never really wanted a career in it. My dream job was to work as a technical director for live television broadcasts, and the only class that was close to that at my school was the capstone course for the Professional Journalism program. I ended up switching my major from Computer Engineering to that and abandoned any dreams of professionally writing software.

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33. Build a seo tool ($72K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,800 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,687
Time To Revenue
420 days
Skills

Md. Yousuf Ali from Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh started Rank Trends ago, a SEO tool.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Case Study

About 10 years ago, I just finished my education life and joined a private company as a fresher. At that time, I heard that we can earn money by working online. I didn't believe it at first, but I had a bit of curiosity in my mind, and since then I've been researching how to make money working online.

I discovered oDesk (present name Upwork). I had been searching for a unique idea and got it from ​​oDesk about digital marketing. Then, I have been studying digital marketing and researching this subject for about 4-5 years. In 2017 I started my new digital marketing agency called Rank Trends but it went live online in 2018 and got a very good response.

I was at a good place with my digital marketing businesses. Moreover, it permitted us to work from anyplace — one that allowed us to venture to the far corners of the planet and invest more energy with our families. Also, I wrote lots of articles about digital marketing including SEO, Social Media Marketing, Video Marketing, Domain Hosting, Backlinks, etc. We just try to share our knowledge with our website readers to make a bridge with them. I think this idea of digital marketing is a really helpful creation for people and me.

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34. Start a construction company ($4.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,417 — $10,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$8,339,916
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Clifton Muckenfuss from Apex, North Carolina, USA started Carolina Exteriors almost 12 years ago, a construction company.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Apex, North Carolina, USA

Case Study

The founders are childhood best friends from small-town America (South Carolina). We took different paths after college and approximately 9 years later, reunited in North Carolina. I (Clifton) was recruited from Florida to work for a Mortgage Company in Raleigh, NC and Wesley was already established here (Raleigh) working for a major building materials manufacturer (James Hardie). After the housing crisis, the Mortgage Company went bankrupt and I (Clifton) found myself without a job. I then founded a Residential/Commercial/Cleaning Company (still in operations today, Managed by my wife, Mary Ann) and grew that business from $0 - $500K rapidly.

Surround yourself with POSITIVE people.

Then, Wes and I were talking about the possibility of starting a siding/exterior remodeling company since most of the contractors were retreating after the recession and the ones that remained, didn’t focus on the customer, but rather, only on the transaction.

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35. Start a landscaping business ($13.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$129,000
Skills

Terry Morrill from SUN VALLEY started Pacific Outdoor Living about 23 years ago, a landscaping business.

  • Revenue: $1,100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 82
  • Location: SUN VALLEY

Case Study

It hasn't always been easy. I've had many different businesses over my life. I first started purchasing, renovating, and reselling apartment buildings. I started with a 5-unit building in Los Angeles and after selling it successfully, I purchased a completely dilapidated 66-unit building that scared me to death! But I made it through and over those first years made over one million dollars.

I rolled the dice and continued to buy, renovate, and sell until the bottom dropped out of the market. On January 17, 1994, the Northridge Earthquake devastated Southern California. During this period there was a negative migration in Los Angeles and our vacancy rates hit 40%. Being unable to support the mortgages, I lost all of my properties - over 250 units.

From 1994 to 1999, I started a company from scratch that built homes in Mexico. I sold insurance, ran an automatic door company, was the general manager for a bicycle specialty company, and sold copper pipe.

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36. Start a career consulting business ($600K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,400 — $500,000/month
Skills

Biron Clark from St. Petersburg, Florida started Career Sidekick about 9 years ago, a career consulting business.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Case Study

I always wanted to earn a full-time income online, but for years, I struggled to figure out how. I had studied the basics of SEO and digital marketing online and tried building websites on everything from home decor to brain vitamins. None of them succeeded long-term.

A few years later, I was in my mid 20’s and working as a professional recruiter, earning around $40,000 per year in Boston.

I think choosing a narrow niche is extremely powerful. You can always expand later. But if you try to be known for everything, you’ll be known for nothing.

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37. Start a healthy drink business ($3.6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $900,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$275,333
Skills
Business model

Deepak agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Auric over 4 years ago, a healthy drink business.

  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 9
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Case Study

The inflection point for me had its origins in both professional and personal life.

Most of my time at Unilever was spent with categories such as Haircare and Skincare. Customers buy brands in these categories for benefits like anti-dandruff. Surprisingly, the same customer ends up making purchases in foods due to taste & refreshment alone. Shouldn’t we be carrying more about the benefits of products that go in our bodies as compared to what goes over our bodies?

The second insight came from my personal life. A backbone fracture led me to three years of Physiotherapy which did not help. I turned towards Yoga and five years later, I came out not only a fitter person but also a changed being. That’s when I started learning and practicing Ayurveda.

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38. Start a sports coaching business ($57.1K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,759 — $8,500/month
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Sarah Wolfer from Mariánské Lázně, Northwest, Czech Republic started Girl Boss Sports over 3 years ago, a sports coaching business.

  • Revenue: $4,759/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Mariánské Lázně, Northwest, Czech Republic

Case Study

As an athlete and coach myself, I have experienced many situations that left me feeling dismayed at the state of affairs for women and girls involved in sports. I recall one such instance where I was playing at a very competitive level and the head coach screamed at me from 2 inches away with every expletive he could think of in front of our entire team because I asked him a question about the drill that was being done. I still vividly remember the spittle flying out of his mouth and hitting me in the face and not knowing what to do. The powerlessness I felt at that moment, coupled with the lack of appropriate response by the system when I reported him left me feeling hopeless for my future in sports. I ended up quitting soccer and refused to touch a ball for an entire year.

On the coaching side - as someone with 16 years of experience now, there are still instances in which I am treated differently than my male counterparts. One such example was when I was on the sideline waiting for the referee to come over and check my team prior to the start of the game. I was dressed in my coaching attire, had the whistle around my neck, the clipboard in my hand, and the player cards ready to be presented when the referee walked over to our sideline. He made eye contact with me and then proceeded to walk over the dad who happened to be on our side tying his daughter’s shoe and assumed that he was the coach.

Take time for yourself! Being an entrepreneur is hard work and you can’t do it to the best of your ability if you haven’t taken time for yourself to rest and rejuvenate. Self-care is integral to success.

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39. Start a consulting business ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $1,666,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,353
Skills

Liz Illg from Phoenix, AZ, USA started Liz Illg over 3 years ago, a consulting business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA

Case Study

I remember vividly when my idea of business consulting came to me. I was at a networking conference with other business owners and when I stood up to introduce myself to the group, I called myself a systems consultant.

Industries change. Times are constantly changing. Relationships, if built regularly, can last forever!

From that day forward, I created the perfect way to audit an operational system or create one, effectively and efficiently. My systems consultation service is still available to this day and I’ve helped business owners dial in theirs to allow them to grow and transform their teams.

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40. Start a healthy meal delivery service ($1.56M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $25,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$500
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Work from home

Cesar Quintero from Miami, Florida, USA started Fit2Go about 18 years ago, a healthy meal delivery service.

  • Revenue: $130,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 11
  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA

Case Study

I have an engineering degree and a corporate marketing background, and worked as a production engineer in Venezuela, specializing in logistics and project management. I also spent four years as a marketing manager in R&D for Proctor and Gamble in Latin America.

Three factors combined to fuel my move to Miami in 2005 and change my career path. First, things were economically tough in Venezuela. Second, I wanted to start a business. And finally, while I’d found weight management to be a lifelong struggle, the corporate lifestyle made it even more difficult. A hectic work schedule basically gives you two options—grab something from the vending machine or hit a fast food joint.

For a long time, I thought that being a good leader meant feigning total strength and confidence. This is a big problem with first-time and even many seasoned entrepreneurs—those negative connotations around the positive concept of vulnerability.

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41. Start a doula service ($2.4K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$300
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Jessica Glendinning from Elgin started Your Virtual Doula over 3 years ago, a doula service.

  • Revenue: $200/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Elgin

Case Study

I am a CAPPA trained Doula and I work in Labor and Delivery at a hospital in South Carolina. I put aside my Marketing and Human Resource Management degrees from USC to become a Doula after the birth of my first child in 2013.

I found the subject matter of pregnancy and birth fascinating and loved the doula I had in my birth. I knew this was my calling and immediately jumped into the role. I had to temporarily step away from my hospital position during my twin pregnancy in 2018.

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42. Start a recruiting business ($180K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $20,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$252,000
Skills

Kingsong Chen from Toronto started Techintern.io almost 2 years ago, a recruiting business.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Toronto

Case Study

I had done some tech consulting with my cofounders Qile Wang and Daniel Lee and noticed that a lot of startups were growing quickly, raising a lot of funding, and needed to hire tech talent quickly. Around the same time, many large tech companies had paused their internships programs during the pandemic and so a lot of very strong developers lost their internships. I realized that this was a perfect match and so my co-founders and I started to connect these companies with students individually. As we got more demand, we decided to scale the process and start building a web application.

Working on the right product or the right fast-growing industry will make every part of your job easier. An idea with a strong market demand will make it easier to get beta testers, receive feedback, do marketing, hire, and more.

I am a YC founder and have also worked previously with companies in the blockchain space. I validated the demand side by reaching out to different companies to see if they would consider hiring a technical intern. My co-founders are recent University of Waterloo graduates and we are very connected to different student groups and tech events.

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43. Start a sewing and alteration business ($12K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Saara Hafeez from New York, New York, USA started ALTRD about 4 years ago, a sewing and alteration business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

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We’ve been friends for awhile - we met right out of college in New York and stayed close even though we took fairly different professional paths.

Saara worked in the corporate world for a number of years before moving to Mexico where she launched a jewelry business aimed at rehabilitating sex trafficking survivors. Stephanie was a business consultant before going to law school and becoming a corporate lawyer; along the way, she launched an argan oil company that empowers women in Morocco.

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44. Start an antique business ($180K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,500
Skills
Business model

Tim Showalter from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA started Hoosierboy Restorations LLC over 9 years ago, a antique business.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Case Study

At 10-years-old I saw a bicycle in a neighbor’s trash can and asked if I could have it. I ended up with two broken bikes and combined them to make one, which I rode and eventually sold.

In junior high school, I took woodshop and fell in love with woodworking. Evenings, my father, the school superintendent who had started out as a shop teacher, would take me to the school’s woodshop and we’d build furniture and Christmas presents and fix things.

Today, my career is based around restoring old bicycles, pedal cars, Coke machines as well as other items. I previously worked at Beech Grove schools doing education technology, but began to get burned out and wanted to do something that I really enjoyed. Around that same time a TV show called “American Restoration” was on the History Channel, and it inspired me. I thought, ‘Wow, that guy [on TV] is making a living at restorations, maybe I can do the same”. So I just kind of blindly cashed in my 401k and jumped into it not knowing what to do or how to run a business or anything like that. I started in my mom’s garage, and I put up a website right away.

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45. Start a catering business ($240K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,750 — $20,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$500
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Nestor Nidome from Crestmore, California, USA started Elegante Catering ago, a catering business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Crestmore, California, USA

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For as long as I can remember I have always been attracted to the idea of being a business owner. I’ve tried many businesses starting with my own DJ company. I got some business cards, printed them at Staples, passed them out, and waited for the calls.

It took a bit of time, but eventually, the calls started to come in and bookings started to happen. I did that for a couple of years until one of the DJ gigs some gangsters got into it and I was almost in the middle of a gang fight. Thank GOD things calmed down, but after that, I started looking for another business!

During this same time, the whole tech bubble was growing and I wanted a part of it. I took some coding classes in college and started using HTML to code my website from scratch. I kind of borrowed a lot of ideas from Yahoo but it was going to be mainly focused on my local city. I visited some businesses and got some of them to advertise. Things seemed to be going well when the bubble burst and I was once more left to venture out and look for something else.

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46. Become an interior designer ($1.32M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000 — $415,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,000
Skills

Annemarie diSalvo from Westbury, NY, USA started diSalvo Interiors over 25 years ago, a interior designer.

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Westbury, NY, USA

Case Study

Our journey over the years has had more ups and downs, twists, and turns than I can count. We began by just selling antiques but our showroom and window displays were award-worthy. We had clients drive by late at night and would find messages the next morning listing which pieces they wanted to purchase.

Rosemarie had a business degree and a legal background so that structure was invaluable. We both attended small business seminars and understood the basics of start-up costs and pitfalls to avoid. But at the end of the day, we had pretty much made up our minds that this is what we both wanted and we just moved forward with our plan, such as it was!

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47. Start a tutoring business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000 — $3,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Adam Shlomi from Miami, FL, USA started SoFlo Tutors over 3 years ago, a tutoring business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Miami, FL, USA

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I come from an entrepreneurial family. My father works for himself and my maternal grandfather started a clothing factory. Working for myself has always been encouraged by my family, but before I could get started, I needed to learn a skill. At Georgetown, I study international politics and business. Most students with these backgrounds go on to work at prestigious firms like J.P. Morgan. I really didn’t know what kind of business I could start, and frankly, planned to work as a (boring) data analyst after graduation.

If you have an idea but don’t have the knowledge to execute, use that idea as motivation and go learn how to turn your vision into reality.

Tutoring first came to mind because I had spent significant time working for other tutoring companies and cutting my teeth/learning how the industry works during my teen years. I first started tutoring when I was 15. I was hired by College Experts, a local test prep center in Davie, Florida. My first student was three years older than me, and I spent our first session teaching him how to use his calculator rather than trying to explain any complicated formulas. Being a student myself, I was able to bring a student’s perspective to tutoring. I worked for College Experts until my senior year of high school when I began tutoring on my own and finding clients on Craigslist.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$18,576
Skills

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

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

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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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49. ($120K/year)

Gia Paddock from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Boutique Rye about 5 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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My backstory has absolutely nothing to do with what I am doing now, but that is what makes us so unique. I went to college for education and became an elementary school teacher. I taught 4th grade for three years. However, I knew that was not meant to be my “forever” job.

Something I have always enjoyed was shopping. I mean what girl doesn’t have this as a hobby?! I had always thought it would be amazing to have my own boutique and get to wear new clothes almost every day.

I started thinking about this crazy idea when I got pregnant with my son, Riley. I knew I didn’t want to teach forever and this was my way out! During the summer I quit teaching, I got a job at a local boutique just working part-time, and it was here where the wheels starting turning for this idea. I saw how much I loved going into work every day and how much I enjoyed helping others pick out outfits for different occasions.

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50. Start a cooking classes ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Monika Reti from many, USA started Hipcooks over 8 years ago, a cooking classes.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: many, USA

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In true Hipcooks fashion: I’m not a culinary school graduate — I’m a hack! Here’s my story:

I’m first-generation American (Mom is from Germany and Dad from Argentina). My parents were young foreign students in the US and their friends were the other international students: I was a kid surrounded by people from different nationalities, like Spain, Russia, France, and the UK. I was a child foodie and loved to experience culture through food.

I caught the travel bug early, living in Argentina (studying economics in college), traveling through Europe, and moved to England for graduate school (I have a Master’s in Economics from LSE.) While in school, I cooked my way through a series of London restaurants in the gastro-boom of the ’90s, just for fun. My first job was on the West Coast, as an econometrician at the RAND Corporation.

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51. Become a real estate agent ($4.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $350,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$25,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Grigory Pekarsky from Chicago, Illinois, USA started Vesta Preferred Realty almost 13 years ago, a real estate agent.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Case Study

I stumbled into real estate. There is no personal history with real estate in my family or in anything I got into as a young kid trying to find my way.

I realized my real competitive edge was that I always picked up the phone, showed up every day and just did the work. Everyone always thinks there is some secret the most successful real estate agents keep to themselves.

My studies were actually centered in Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (Go Green!). By Junior year it became apparent to me that I love animals but not so much the idea of being a Vet. So I did a 180 degree turn and finished with a Finance Major.

52. Start a money lending company ($12M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$24,000 — $100,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$305,000
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Michael Mikhail from Pine Brook, NJ, USA started Stratton Equities over 5 years ago, a money lending company.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Pine Brook, NJ, USA

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I've been a fluctuating entrepreneur my whole life, but I’ve always come back to the mortgage industry, purchasing my first investment property at 19 utilizing a hard money loan program.

You're only as strong as your team and as an entrepreneur you need to understand the pain points in every area - and understand how to alleviate them.

Even before I started Stratton Equities, I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and had previously worked in the mortgage industry as well as developed several small businesses throughout my career. Prior to launching my mortgage business; I had been a successful personal trainer while living in Dubai, I had created a hand car wash and detail shop while living in Florida, and even designed a high-end vitamin supplement company in New Jersey while launching Stratton Equities.

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53. Start a beauty parlour business

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54. Start an adventure clubs business

How Much Can You Make?
$500,000/month
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful adventure clubs business:

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Dan is co-founder at eola, a marketplace for activity centers. Through many marketing campaigns made on a tight budget, the startup has grown to £1M/mo.

55. Become an event planner

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $108,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful event planner:

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Case Study

I’m Natasha Miller- raised in Des Moines, Iowa but high-tailed it out of there as soon as I could at the age of 23. I thought I’d be a performer only - a classical violinist and jazz vocalist, but as it turns out those careers might have been the catalyst for where I am today.

  • Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in America
  • Entrepreneur Magazine 360 List “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America”
  • San Francisco Business Times Fast 100 “Fastest Growing Companies in the San Francisco Bay Area”
  • Special Event Top 50 Event Planners in the World

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56. Start a fitness center

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Skills

Examples of a successful fitness center:

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Case Study

My name is John Zarbock. I am the CEO and Founder of BioFit. I started my business in November of 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. We build better humans by providing them with the most effective, efficient, and safe exercise on the planet. We do this through the High-Intensity Training (HIT) methodology mostly by leveraging the Adaptive Resistance Exercise (ARX) machines. They are designed to achieve exercise results in as little as 20 minutes a week by performing not only each rep and set near perfectly but also allowing for the maximum amount of intensity every moment of every session in the safest way possible while giving each client real-time feedback on progress and performance. We deploy a simple success formula: Work + Rest = Growth.

We currently have approximately 125 clients and our average monthly revenue is $20k. We have about an 80% closing ratio and our client retention is over 70%. The intricacies of the business have been very dynamic as I have served more than half of my time operating it while on Active Duty for the Army. I am currently deployed overseas in Kuwait so there have been challenges in growth and scale but we have grown year over year in both memberships and revenue despite having a skeleton crew of dedicated team members and partners in the last two years.

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57. Start a customized gifts business

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $749,997/month
Skills

Examples of a successful customized gifts business:

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Case Study

My name is Dmitriy Peregudov, and I run Giftsenda - the SaaS gifting platform for Sales & Marketing teams.

During the winter holiday season of 2021, our team processed and delivered over 40,000 gift orders in 200+ countries worldwide.

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58. Start a driving school

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59. Become a professional gamer

How Much Can You Make?
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful professional gamer:

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60. Start a day spa business

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$35,000
Skills

Examples of a successful day spa business:

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Case Study

Hello guys, my name is Gary Oberoi and I founded ZZ Day Spa 3.5 years ago. The goal was to make it the most customer-centric day spa in the world.

Our goal was to create a place for customers to not only come and receive a “service” but enjoy an “unforgettable experience.” To that end, we focused all of our efforts.

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61. Become a mobile DJ

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62. Start a coffee shop

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,650
Skills

Examples of a successful coffee shop:

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Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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63. Start a hair extensions business

How Much Can You Make?
$500,000/month
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful hair extensions business:

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Case Study

Founder, Cari Eggen, is creative at heart. She became a licensed stylist because of her artistic vision and with that, she has always had an interest in working for herself under her own vision of success. Cari has an attention to detail and focuses on the specifics of each product that is unmatched and speaks to the success of Bombshell Extension Co. that no part of the product lacks due to her priority focus on quality and consistency.

Bombshell Extension Co. is proud of its ability to be self-funded from day 1 and continue to maintain that structure at the present day.

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64. Start a chatbot development business

How Much Can You Make?
$7,500 — $141,667/month
Skills

Examples of a successful chatbot development business:

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Case Study

I’m from a small country called Lithuania. I run an open Source live support application. My main customers are everybody who wants to host live support applications on their stack. Clients vary from small companies to large ones - which have hundreds of operators.

My biggest accomplishment is returning clients and how I keep relationships with them for years. It means I do something right. Not to mention the project in GitHub now has over 1.5K stars.

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65. Start a video games rental service business

Examples of a successful video games rental service business:

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66. Start a dance classes business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

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Case Study

Turning a passion into a 6-figure business is the goal of many entrepreneurs, and Jennifer Sobel has made that happen.

She has taken her long-term passion for belly dancing and used her three years of knowledge in digital marketing to build a successful belly dancing coaching business online.

Her company is called TheBellyDanceSolution.com and she inspires hundreds of women to attain their positive body goals with the help of belly dancing.

Jennifer uses belly dancing as a tool to live a healthy and happy life and helps her clients live a stress-free life while guiding them to regain their confidence & self-esteem.

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67. Start a hot air balloon ride business

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68. Start an organic farm

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69. Start a handmade chocolate business

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70. Start an ethnic eatery business

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71. Start an online hobby classes

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72. Start a network marketing business

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Case Study

My background has always been in marketing and graphic design, which lead me to build Contapp. I’ve always been very creative and wanted to work for myself from a very early age.

We’ve grown completely organically since and now have active users in all 4 corners of the world. This followed with many interviews and blog features, including a live prime time interview on Australian News for business & tech, which you can see here.

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73. Start a yoga tutoring business

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74. Start a mobile garage services business

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75. Start a diagnostic center business

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76. Start a funeral service

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77. Start a party planning business

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$8,666
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 6 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful party planning business:

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Case Study

Hello, I am Akshay Patel from Albuquerque, NM the land of enchantment. I started an event rental and decor company that led me to an event venue. The View Event Center is a lavish space that is an indoor and outdoor event venue with panoramic city views. Our high-end venue with experienced staff will assist from venue decor to the smallest details entailed in making memories of a lifetime. Simply Decor, Tents, and Events ensures exclusive decor and thrives to bring your event to life through customized, elegant decor for all of their clients.

The full-service company will individually work with every client to design their event that will intrigue every eye in the room. Our company is broad that we get many different types of customers and we make many great connections with them as well. The company was making upwards of $380,000 a year.

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78. Start an insurance agency

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,000
Skills

Examples of a successful insurance agency:

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Case Study

I’m Fabien from FAB FRENCH INSURANCE. I run an insurance brokerage agency in the South West region of France. We sell insurance for the English-speaking community living in France, mostly insurance for VISAS (or residency applications) and also provide car insurance, as well as home and content policies. Basically, we smooth out the administrative challenges of living the French dream. Although we’re based in France we provide a 100% English service.

As with any start-up, you have to be “the squid of all trades” (I just made this one up but let’s pretend it’s a French saying), and be prepared to put in the hours!

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79. Start a day care center business

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80. Start an errand service

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81. Start a marriage bureau business

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82. Start a courier business

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$1,000,000
Skills

Examples of a successful courier business:

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Case Study

My name is Shaerul H Joarder (Neel), Co-Founder and CEO of Parcelmagic, a delivery service company.

It is indeed a great pleasure that within just 6 months of operation, we have onboarded 100+ merchants, with the monthly transaction being 5000 dollars. Over 10000 parcels are delivered to all 64 districts in Bangladesh each month.

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83. Become a personal chef

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$50
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 15 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful personal chef:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a personal chef:

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I am David Buchanan, a professional chef, and owner of Chefs-Resources.com, a website geared towards providing professional chefs with free detailed culinary info (seasonality, flavor profiles, etc.) about fresh fish, oysters, and cuts of meat, as well as tons of free kitchen management articles. Paid subscribers get access to our premium kitchen management resources such as Excel sheets (prep sheets, recipe templates, ordering guides, etc.), video tutorials, and kitchen management articles.

The site is not about recipes, but I am a Chef, so here is one of my favorite personal creations...seared scallops, spring pea puree, lemon beurre blanc, fingerling potatoes, golden beets, asparagus, corn kernels.

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84. Start an accounting firm

Examples of a successful accounting firm:

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85. Start a fast food business

How Much Can You Make?
$34,750 — $49,600,000/month
Skills

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Case Study

Some of the BIGGEST accomplishments of MrBeast:

  • Raised $20 million to plant 20 million trees
  • Donated over 100 cars including Lamborghini
  • Gave away a private island
  • Gave away 1 million dollars in one video and did many more of such crazy stuff

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86. Start a furniture steam cleaning business

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87. Start an ebay reseller business

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88. Start a soap making business

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $600,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful soap making business:

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Case Study

My name Warnisha Foster I am the CEO of Kiss My Crown Essentials. I founded Kiss My Crown Essentials in March of 2020 and I started offering my products a few at a time to see how they would go over with the public. My first product was Strawberry Rose’ Champagne Soap. The idea for this soap came from looking at my life as a single mom of four I started to feel burned out. I needed something to make me feel feminine, Make me feel like a woman, Grown and sexy. This did the trick.

Our mission here a KMCE is to let mothers like myself know that we are seen, we are beautiful and we are a necessity.

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89. Start a laundry business

How Much Can You Make?
$26,500/month
Skills

Examples of a successful laundry business:

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Case Study

Hello! My name is Nishant Tripathi, and I founded Dhobilite, a premium online dry cleaning, and laundry service. I started this company in 2011 with a vision to pioneer laundry service in India.

We started operations in the year 2011. Over the years, we experimented with and developed our business model and software. In 2015, we disrupted the laundry market and became India's first app-based, on-demand laundry service provider. We have expanded into more than 15 cities in the last two years and have around 20+ stores today. In addition, we have 30 plus franchises. We also have factories in Gurgaon, Noida, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Faridabad.

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90. Start an ice cream business ($1.3M/year)

Average Initial Investment
$25,000
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful ice cream business:

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91. Start a keto meal business

Examples of a successful keto meal business:

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Case Study

I’m Chris Bair, I’m a bit of a technology geek and most of my life I’ve worked as a computer systems engineer. A few years ago, I became quite passionate about the ketogenic diet and started making a nutritionally complete meal replacement shake designed for my own use to make doing Keto easier.

That’s what I do full-time now along with 11 full time employees and a handful of part-time. We mostly cater to people looking to make getting the right nutrition for a ketogenic diet easier, it helps a lot that people love the product since it tastes like melted ice cream.

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92. Start a pickle business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful pickle business:

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Case Study

Hello, my name is Harris Derner and I am the co-founder of Brine Brothers, an All-Natural Premium Brine company. I started Brine Brothers in 2016 with my friend of 25+ years, Michael Belicose. Our current products are all-natural, drinkable pickle brines; ‘Darn Good Dill’ - the classic for pickle lovers and ‘Chili Cherry Fire’ - for those who like it hot. Pickle ‘brine’ (also referred to as pickle ‘juice’) is the liquid solution that transforms cucumbers into pickles.

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93. Start a pest control business

Examples of a successful pest control business:

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94. Become a sculptor

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95. Become a candle manufacturer

How Much Can You Make?
$1,800 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,200
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Examples of a successful candle manufacturer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a candle manufacturer:

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Case Study

My name is Kevin Gillespie, and along with Garrett Le’ Tourneau, we created Wax & Wick, the 100% soy candles with wood wicks.

Some notable differentiation between Wax & Wick and traditional candles is that our branding is simple, the style of the candle will fit with any decor, and we use only 100% soy wax and Fsc-Certified wood wicks. Our impact on the environment is intentionally small.

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96. Start a tobacco business

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97. Start a smoothie company

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98. Start a religious books business

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99. Start a paper bags business

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100. Become an astrologist business

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101. Start an aquarium house business ($96K/year)

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102. Start a software training business

Examples of a successful software training business:

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103. Start a youtube channel

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $4,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,700
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful youtube channel:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a youtube channel:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

I am Chhavi, the founder and owner of the blog and YouTube channel Mrs Daaku Studio along with my husband Amit.

Our blog, YouTube channel, and products are designed to help you achieve what we have (...and, more).

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104. Start a security services business

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105. Start an online retail store business

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $62,500,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful online retail store business:

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Case Study

Hagan makes ski mountaineering gear—exclusively. We focus without distraction on alpine ski touring. We don’t make downhill skis, clothing, hiking boots, or running shoes.

Our focus on high-performance ski mountaineering gear is recognized and appreciated by devoted backcountry skiers and has 50% annual growth in recent years. Hagan is Pure Ski Mountaineering.

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106. Start a car rental business

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $583,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$25,000
Skills

Examples of a successful car rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car rental business:

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Case Study

We are Taylor Hood and Gretchen Bayless, founders of ROAMERICA. A company that specializes in adventure vehicles, including 4wd campervans.

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107. Start a vlog

Examples of a successful vlog:

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108. Start a small scale fumigation service business

Examples of a successful small scale fumigation service business:

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109. Start a data entry service

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

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Case Study

My name is Rahul, I'm the co-founder at Flamon cloudtech. Which is the parent company that owns our primary product TeleCRM. Taking a step back and looking at the big picture of what we are trying to achieve with TeleCRM - What if there was a way to bring software, automation, and intelligence together in a way that salespeople would only have to do the human part? Instead of spending countless hours every week entering data into specific formats and then more hours crunching that data to figure out who are the leads that they need to focus on, the system that collects all the data do the crunching and return a simple list of people who have already been warmed and just need that human touch.

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110. Start a webinar hosting business ($10.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $897,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful webinar hosting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a webinar hosting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

Hi everybody, my name is Philip and I’m the founder of Tiiny.Host - the simplest way to host & share your web project online. It’s perfect for prototyping, demos, testing, learning to code, and small web apps.

I started it around 2 years ago and to date, over 40,000 websites have been uploaded. We’re currently at $2,000 MRR (monthly recurring revenue) and doubling every 3 months. It’s been a rollercoaster couple of years, we were making less than $100 MRR for about the first 12 months but revenue then skyrocketed. It just goes to show the trajectory of SaaS businesses on the internet.

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111. Become a domain reseller

How Much Can You Make?
$500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$400
Skills

Examples of a successful domain reseller:

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

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Case Study

Hi, I’m Laurids the founder of Indiebrands. I’m 25 years old and live in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria.

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112. Start a package drinking water business

Examples of a successful package drinking water business:

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113. Start a dairy farming business

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114. Start a snacks distributor

How Much Can You Make?
$42,000 — $99,999/month
Skills

Examples of a successful snacks distributor:

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Case Study

Hey, I’m Dustin Finkel, the creator, and CEO of Ka-Pop! and Awakened Foods (a new Holding Company that owns Ka-Pop!, Bubba’s Fine Foods, and Awakened Food Crafters). We are an innovative and fearlessly delicious snack company. I started these businesses to create snacks that were genuinely authentic and craveably delicious. It’s disheartening how many consumers have lost their trust in ‘healthy foods’ because they are either misleading in their claims and/or require you to give up taste.

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115. Start a stock trading business

How Much Can You Make?
$30,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful stock trading business:

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116. Start a winery business

Examples of a successful winery business:

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117. Start a textiles business

How Much Can You Make?
$1,233 — $10,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful textiles business:

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Case Study

My name is Laurie Nickerson and I and the co-owner of Puppet Pelts. At Puppet Pelts, we manufacture and sell hand dyed fabric used for puppet skins to professional puppet builders around the world.

Our Pelts are made from a textile that is really only used for puppets. It is a wonderfully stretchy nylon fleece fabric that is milled in the United States. We buy the fabric in white and dye it a bunch of colors to sell to our customers.

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118. Start a mobile repairing and accessories business

Examples of a successful mobile repairing and accessories business:

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119. Start an auto spare parts production

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120. Start a construction equipment rentals company

Examples of a successful construction equipment rentals company:

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121. Start a restaurant

How Much Can You Make?
$130,000 — $2,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Examples of a successful restaurant:

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

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Case Study

Hi, I’m Andrei Calinescu and I am the Founder and CEO of One Life Meals.

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122. Start a plumbing business

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,000
Skills

Examples of a successful plumbing business:

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

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Case Study

Innovation Plumbing started as an idea in 1990, and officially in 1991 when my dad got his C 36 plumbing license for the state of California. I was two years old at the time.

Over the years Innovation Plumbing has grown and evolved into a devoted list of repeat customers who are more like family to us. Makes sense, in a family business!

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123. Start a welding and fabrication business

Examples of a successful welding and fabrication business:

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124. Start a gas station

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125. Start a video conferencing platform

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000 — $897,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful video conferencing platform:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video conferencing platform:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

Hello, I'm Dominika Paciorkowska, Managing Director and Board Member at ClickMeeting – a platform for webinars and online meetings. ClickMeeting was launched in 2010 and has been performing as an independent company since 2016.

This time I would like to focus mainly on the development of ClickMeeting: an innovative platform that focuses on intuitiveness and providing a real-life experience in the virtual world.

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126. Start a poultry farming business

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127. Start a car parking system business

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128. Start a chemical production business

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129. Start a solar farm business

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130. Start a banquet hall rental business

Examples of a successful banquet hall rental business:

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131. Start a the ups-store franchise business

Examples of a successful the ups-store franchise business:

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132. Start a transportation service

How Much Can You Make?
$125,000 — $364,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$15,000
Skills

Examples of a successful transportation service:

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

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Case Study

Hello, my name is Irakli Litanishvili and I am a co-founder of a group of companies called Aim of Emperor that operates in three niches: aviation, fuel & ground handling, and IT. One of the recent additions is Mirai Flights, where I stand as CEO & co-founder.

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133. Start a night club

Examples of a successful night club:

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134. Start a car battery shop

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135. Start a hotels business

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136. Start a business cards printing business

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137. Start a preschool daycare services business

Examples of a successful preschool daycare services business:

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138. Start an organic food store

How Much Can You Make?
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful organic food store:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a organic food store:

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Case Study

Hi all! My name is Andrea and I’m the founder of Golden Root. I manufacture and sell a caffeine-free Turmeric Latte Mix in Denver, CO.

Currently, I sell Golden Root online from my e-commerce site and to over 50 coffee shops nationwide. After a very eventful and strong finish to 2018, Golden Root is making an average of $4k/mo.

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139. Start an internet service provider business

Examples of a successful internet service provider business:

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140. Start a pathological labs business

Examples of a successful pathological labs business:

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141. Start a cement selling business

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142. Start an oxygen gas bottle business

Examples of a successful oxygen gas bottle business:

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143. Start a grocery store

Examples of a successful grocery store:

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144. Start a modelling agency

Examples of a successful modelling agency:

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145. Start a spices business

Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful spices business:

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146. Become a herbal and ayurvedic products distributor

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$40,000
Skills

Examples of a successful herbal and ayurvedic products distributor:

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

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Learn more about starting a herbal and ayurvedic products distributor ➜

Case Study

Hi there! My name is Maddie Miles and I am the founder of Peace. Love. Hormones. I formulate herbal nutraceuticals to support women’s (and all of those with ovaries and a uterus) menstrual health and to empower them with the innate wisdom to live in harmony with their cycles and prevent period pain and PMS.

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

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$800
Skills

Examples of a successful cosmetic store :

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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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148. Start a kitchen utensils business

How Much Can You Make?
$18,000 — $78,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful kitchen utensils business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a kitchen utensils business:

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Case Study

We started with a bad idea initially, but through a lot of trial and error, we developed the product into something successful. We went from zero sales to $18K in sales per month after the first month upon release.

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149. Start a perfume business

How Much Can You Make?
$19,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,000
Skills

Examples of a successful perfume business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Hi, my name is Rafael Hernandez and I am the founder of Alfred Lane. I have a line of personal and home fragrances handcrafted in small batches out of our Miami studio. I began selling solid colognes initially as an alternative to spray colognes and released three fragrances.

The business generates $19k a month in revenue. In 2020, the company had its best year ever. I opened a production studio where we make everything and hired a studio assistant all within the last 5 months. It’s been more than 8 years since I started and the journey has been a wild one.

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150. Start a xerox shop

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151. Start a honey production business

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152. Start a CCTV camera business

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153. Start a seasonal items business

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$200
Skills

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Hi, I’m Theresa the owner of the blog DIY Lifestyle. On my blog, I share dozens of gluten-free, vegan, paleo, raw vegan and healthy recipes, fun crafts & DIYs, helpful life hacks, and travel tips. I started my blog because I was looking for a place to write down useful information to share with people all around the world but it quickly turned into something more.

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154. Start a plastic recycling business

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155. Start a carpet and upholstery service business

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156. Start a fertilizer distribution business

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157. Become an electrical fittings producer

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158. Start a tattoo parlor business

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159. Start a clothing rental business

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160. Start a ceramic tile sales and installation business

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161. Start a reusable plastic bottles business

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162. Start a toy manufacturing

Average Initial Investment
$5,000
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163. Start a direct sales representative business

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164. Become a sustainable environmental consultant

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165. Become a social media tutor

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166. Start a storage rental business

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Case Study

My co-founders and I started Neighbor while we were still undergraduate students in Utah. Preston Alder, one of the founders, recognized a need for alternatives to commercial self-storage when an extended on-site project came up with one of his clients in South America, and he and his wife had no place to store their belongings before the long trip.

All three of us bootstrapped the company and paid for ads with the awards we won from competing in local university business competitions. Shortly thereafter venture capital firms began to reach out to us to learn more, and we raised a seed round to help accelerate the business. Just a short time later, we are servicing communities nationwide.

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167. Start a vegan restaurant ($360K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$30,000 — $25,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$500,000
Skills
Business model

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Case Study

I am Wen, the founder, and president of House of Leaf & Bean, organic restaurant and cafe. I am passionate about Lifestyle Medicine due to my personal health journey. I believe that good lifestyle medicine is better than magic pills. "Let the medicine be the food; let the food be the medicine".

I’ve taken many leadership roles in organizations like Jacksonville Sister City Association, National Asian American PAC FL, Jacksonville Chinese Association, Jacksonville Mayor's Asian American Advisory Board, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Leadership Jacksonville, and more.

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168. Start an in-home senior care business

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$200,000
Skills

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Case Study

My name is Gareth Mahon. I’m the co-founder and CEO of The CareSide, a home care and nursing service provider for elderly individuals in Australia. We are based in Perth, Australia.

We launched our company in 2017. Over the past 3 years, we have scaled to $5 million in revenue.

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169. Start a copywriting business

How Much Can You Make?
$700 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,135
Skills

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My name is David Tile. I own and operate a Content Writing Service, under the banner Article-Writing.co.

We don’t consider ourselves a content marketing firm. But a firm dedicated to the business of writing. Project management offers most often attached to marketing agencies. We work against marketing briefs delivering content on time and under budget.

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170. Start a gardening business

How Much Can You Make?
$27,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$46,000
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

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Case Study

Hi! I’m Udit from Mumbai. I’m 30 years old and started Root Bridges 5 years back. Root Bridges is an online plants store that delivers plants direct to plant lovers across India. We’re focused on indoor plants and exotic species that are hard to find, easy to grow, and don’t need too much sunlight.

Our customers are first-time buyers, seasoned plant parents, and anyone who wants to get something beautiful for their home from across India. We currently clock sales of USD 350,000 per year, with our website doing particularly well in the pandemic (grown 200% YoY).

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171. Start a charitable information business

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How Much Can You Make?
$6,750,000/month
Skills

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Case Study

So, I’m a long-time corporate and commercial lawyer and first-time entrepreneur. I’ve worked with many famous brands and all sizes of companies and all types of agreements, and have seen how legal agreements, even if necessary, can slow down getting on with business. Whether it’s a NDA to start a business discussion or a services or consulting agreement to start an engagement, the traditional way of doing common business agreements has not kept up with the speed of business.

So, even for an NDA, a relatively simple agreement, instead of getting bogged down waiting for the other party to spend an hour reviewing your agreement, and several days or weeks passing while it sits on their or their attorney’s desk, you should feel confident about getting our streamlined, standardized NDA done and signed in minutes while dramatically minimizing time and efforts spent by both sides.

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173. Start a t-shirt customization business

How Much Can You Make?
$833,333 — $1,333,333/month
Skills

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Case Study

Thanks for giving me this lovely opportunity, I’m Arpit Aryan Gupta and I’m currently running a garment export unit called NG Apparels that is based in Ludhiana, catering to all clothing segments across the globe.

My father lost a lot of money in the 2008 crash in the US market which pushed us out of the market and my father had to shut down his fabric trading business but I established the garment manufacturing business back in 2012 and with God’s grace the business has grown exponentially. I have a turnover of 12cr($1,581,547) without any loan or CC limit requirements.

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174. Start a house sitting business

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175. Start a pet sitting business

Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills
Business model

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176. Start an etsy shop

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $750,000/month

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Case Study

My name is Sasha Weekes and I’m the 25 years old owner of Timber Grove Studios. Our home-based woodshop is nestled in the hills of PEI’s countryside, and we specialize in decorative shelving and home decor with a focus on minimalist design and simplicity. Each piece is made to order with 20+ color options, meaning it will be the perfect fit for each customer's space. We ship Canada and U.S. wide.

Moving twice in two years has definitely caused organizational, financial and opportunity hiccups, but the business has grown steadily regardless so we’re very excited about where 2020 will take us. We’ve learned what to focus on during which months, as revenue can range anywhere from $2000 during slow months to $10,000 during high months. Net profit has run anywhere between 20-50% throughout the life of the business and varies month to month. It’s closer to 20% right now as we’ve been spending all we can on new tools and materials for our new larger products and our Christmas stock.

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177. Start a bakery

How Much Can You Make?
$3,750 — $25,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,833
Skills

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Case Study

Hello, I’m Marcia Wiggins and the founder of Cape Whoopies. We are small batch whoopie pie bakers who love creativity in the kitchen. Our mission is to share the most delicious Maine whoopie pies made with the highest quality ingredients with people all over the country.

We share a 5,300 square foot space with a coffee shop. Partnering with Rwanda Bean Coffee Company has scaled our total sales up by 40%, at this point of the year. One can only wonder where we will be by the end of the year since the fourth quarter is our busiest season.

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178. Start a vr content creation business

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $72,667/month
Skills

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Case Study

Bex Band started going on adventures in her mid-twenties and realized there was a gap. Not many women were taking up these adventure trips, and she would be the only girl in the group on multiple occasions. She saw an opportunity in this, and the idea of Love Her Wild was born.

  • Bex decided that through her women's adventure community, she would help women explore their inner selves and make them feel connected to nature.
  • Bex runs a non-profit community of women adventurers based in the UK that offers opportunities, funding, and guidance.
  • Love Her Wild has been the wing beneath the wings for thousands of women experiencing their first-time mountain hikes or going on their first overseas expeditions!
  • Currently, LHW has a friendly community of more than 30,000 collective members.

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179. Start a book store

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