The 29 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In Arizona [2021]

The 29 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In Arizona [2021]

Interested in starting a business in Arizona in 2021?

We put together 29 of the best businesses you can start in Arizona today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of how you can start your profitable, home-based small business in Arizona.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a moving company ($720K/year)

Max Maher from Chandler, Arizona, USA started Skinny Wimp Moving over 5 years ago, a moving company.

  • Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 12

My name is Max Maher I am a serial entrepreneur, lifelong learner, and a founder of Skinny Wimp Moving!

Starting out, I formed a small landscaping company at 13, a sports supplement company at 16, then a pool service company, called PoolsMax at 18. The amalgamation of these businesses along with ruthlessly saving enabled me to purchase existing moving trucks and warehouse space of an unprofitable moving company which became the first Skinny Wimp Moving Co franchise when I was 19.

Skinny Wimp Moving provides household and commercial moving services based out of Phoenix, Arizona with an emphasis on customer comfort, simple pricing, and friendly faces.

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Max Maher, on starting Skinny Wimp Moving ($60,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a training software ($5.4M/year)

Chris Ronzio from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started Trainual over 7 years ago, a training software.

  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $450,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 42

I’m Chris Ronzio and I’m the founder and CEO of Trainual, the leading playbook builder for businesses.

Trainual is a one-stop-shop for documenting your SOPs and training and onboarding your team. The app provides an easy way to capture every process, role, and responsibility, creating a consistent, teachable, and scalable knowledge base, centralized in one place.

At the heart of this work is a desire to help business leaders find the time to do more of what they love by providing a way to document and delegate what they do. Our mission is for every business to have a playbook.

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Chris Ronzio, on starting Trainual ($450,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a swimwear line ($60K/year)

Amanda Freick from Tucson, Arizona, USA started Amanda Louise ago, a swimwear line.

  • Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Well hello again! Amanda Freick here - the owner of AmandaLouise. We’re a Luxury Beach and Fitness Competition swimwear company completely dedicated to the women in our community. Although I LOVE bikinis, my real purpose is supporting the physical, mental, and spiritual health of my girls. I like to say that the swimwear is the physical embodiment of that because you look great, you feel great.

Our business is in two parts. 1) Luxury Beachwear and 2) Fitness Competition Suits.

1) I freaking love bikinis. I live in Arizona where it’s pool weather 6months (or more) out of the year. I have a pretty specific style when it comes to my swim wardrobe, simple yet sexy. I knew what I wanted, but couldn’t find it on the shelves. Now I create made-to-order, high-quality suits for women like me who just want to be simple, sexy, and show off their curves. Our 2020 collection is called Crystal Vibes and includes a genuine crystal with your swimwear. This came about because I’ve stepped into my spirituality practice over the last couple of years, and knew I wanted to blend it somehow into my swim line (beyond just talking about it on my podcast - Confessions of a Fit Chick.)

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Amanda Freick, on starting Amanda Louise ($5,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a mens grooming product ($42K/year)

Ray Moyers from Queen Creek, Arizona, USA started HUSKYBEARD over 4 years ago, a mens grooming product.

  • Location: Queen Creek, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Ray Moyers and I purchased Huskybeard 1 year ago, on June 15, 2018. Huskybeard manufactures all natural beard care products using only the highest quality ingredients sourced in the USA. All of our products are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality and longest shelf life.

We mainly sell beard oils, beard balms, beard combs and beard brushes to bearded men. We have also found some success selling to women that want to introduce the bearded man in their life to the benefits of maintaining a healthy beard. We’ve had many women tell us that our products are the first beard products they’ve found that they like the smell of.

I have had men that have used dozens of other products, and men that have used one product forever and refuse to use anything else, switch to Huskybeard because my products are “the best they’ve ever used.”

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Ray Moyers, on starting HUSKYBEARD ($3,500/month) full story ➜

5. Start a hygiene product company ($60M/year)

Josh Elizetxe from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started SNOW about 4 years ago, a hygiene product company.

  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $5,000,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $150,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25

Bootstrapping A Household Brand Beyond $100M at 28 years old

My name is Josh Elizetxe, commonly known as “Josh Snow”. I have been building and scaling businesses for 10+ years. Most recently, our brand of premium oral care products, SNOW, has garnered over 10,000 reviews and is considered a fan favorite.

The flagship product focuses on the cosmetic benefit of oral care with a teeth whitening system for professional whitening at-home.

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Josh Elizetxe, on starting SNOW ($5,000,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a towels business ($144K/year)

Grace Druecke from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started The Bali Market over 5 years ago, a towels business.

  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Slim margins, out of stock inventory and a shaky foundation. That’s how The Bali Market functioned in its first year of business.

I’m Grace and I own The Bali Market, a Turkish beach and bath towel company. The business was launched on Amazon in 2016. I didn’t have a clear understanding of how I was going to run the business. I mean, I didn’t even know who I was selling to or why they would actually want my towels. Regardless of my muddled business plan, I crawled my way to the first page of Amazon. My towels sold out quickly and were getting five-star reviews.

That all sounds great but my margins were tiny (thanks to Amazon's hefty fees). And selling out meant I lost my first-page ranking. Even once I had more products in stock I was unable to get back to the first-page status.

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Grace Druecke, on starting The Bali Market ($12,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a clothing boutique ($120K/year)

Gia Paddock from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Boutique Rye about 4 years ago, a clothing boutique.

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

Hi everyone, my name is Gia, and I am the owner of Boutique Rye. We are a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that is all online!

We have anywhere from clothes that are appropriate for work or clothes that will make you turn heads on a night out on the town. I try and buy clothes with many different styles in mind. I'd like to think that we are a one-stop shop for a diverse group of women!

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Gia Paddock, on starting Boutique Rye ($10,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a business communications software ($120M/year)

Yaniv Masjedi from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started Nextiva about 13 years ago, a business communications software.

  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $10,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1000

Hi, Everyone! My name is Yaniv Masjedi and I’m the CMO of Nextiva, a leading business communications company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. I’ve been with the company since the very beginning (spring 2008) when we signed our first customer.

Our co-founder and CEO, Tomas Gorny, came up with the idea for Nextiva after experiencing a ton of inefficiencies in the business phone service and business communication market. He wanted to solve for those and create a company that was focused on continually innovating and delivering the best customer experience the industry had ever seen.

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Yaniv Masjedi, on starting Nextiva ($10,000,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a skills training business ($3.49M/year)

Brian Burkhart from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started SquarePlanet over 10 years ago, a skills training business.

  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $291,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7

Greetings, friends!

My name is Brian Burkhart, and I believe in making waves. I’m the founder and CEO of SquarePlanet Presentations & Strategy, a Phoenix, Arizona-based business communications firm that landed a spot on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list. I’m also the co-founder and co-owner of AlterEgoAV and Mutt Jackson, both based in Chicago, Illinois.

When I say I believe in making waves, what does that really mean? Well, to start, let’s clarify that these waves are not of the aquatic variety. What I mean is that at SquarePlanet, we help our clients tell their stories in the most impactful ways possible — and that takes on many forms. See, we make money in six ways:

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Brian Burkhart, on starting SquarePlanet ($291,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a cbd business ($2.64M/year)

Gunhee Park from Tempe, Arizona, USA started Populum almost 5 years ago, a CBD business.

  • Location: Tempe, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $220,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7

Hey guys. My name is Gunhee Park and I’m the founder of Populum. We’re a direct-to-consumer CBD oil brand that offers a collection of premium, high-quality products designed to be a part of your daily wellness ritual.

Our best-selling product is our CBD oil tinctures, and we also offer a topical and pet product line. Having started in late 2016, we’ve been fortunate in our growth over the past two years. We’ve grown from $650K in annual revenue in 2017 to $1.4M in 2018.

We’re now doing $220K in monthly sales with a ~ $3M ARR.

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Gunhee Park, on starting Populum ($220,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a gardening tools company ($37.2M/year)

Nate Lipton from Tucson, Arizona, USA started Growers House over 9 years ago, a gardening tools company.

  • Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $3,100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 50

My name is Nate Lipton and I’m one of the founders of a group of related companies in the cannabis and hemp industries.

GG Growth is the name of our parent company that includes: GrowersHouse.com, GrowersNetwork.org, Canna Cribs YouTube series, and TruPotency.com.

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Nate Lipton, on starting Growers House ($3,100,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a tea business ($4.68M/year)

Andre Fasciola from Tucson, Arizona, USA started Matcha.com over 5 years ago, a tea business.

  • Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $390,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $60,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5

Hi! My name is Andre Fasciola and along with my business partner Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D we founded matcha.com. We source and sell some of the highest quality matcha available. Our line of ceremonial grade matcha teas (are) some of the most sought after grades of matcha tea outside of Japan. Each grade of matcha is carefully selected by hand by our 5th generation tea master.

Our customers are both domestic and international. We have customers that range in age from 18 - 75. Anyone that is interested in a healthy alternative to coffee, sugary energy drinks, and sodas (will) love matcha. Matcha is not only healthy, but it also provides 4-6 hours of calm sustained energy. Unlike coffee you don’t have the overdose jitters nor do you have the crash.

We are (now) the largest supplier of ceremonial grade matcha in the US. A distinction that speaks to our commitment to preserving the traditions of matcha’s ancient culture, and at the same time educating our American customers about all things matcha. From how to make great matcha to how to distinguish between imitation matcha (yes, there is such a thing) and high-quality matcha. Our monthly revenue is $100K.

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Andre Fasciola , on starting Matcha.com ($390,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a cbd business ($888K/year)

Jackson Jesionowski from Tucson, Arizona, USA started Cannafacturer over 2 years ago, a CBD business.

  • Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $74,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $90,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8

My name's Jack; I first posted on here sharing my success with my personal CBD line, Full Body Zen. An industry connection found my cost of goods sold to trump their current prices by 400%. As we had 0 focus on marketing, producing their product, and their marketing channel being unique, we decided to brand ourselves and push forward as a manufacturer. We still run our personal line and serve our residual clients but have a broader focus reaching people looking to create a CBD/Hemp company, adding new products to existing companies, or beating the prices they currently pay from another manufacturer. In one instance, we cut the cost of a company's tincture price by 50% while increasing the cannabinoid content by 800%. This is the evolution of my business.

We are now focused on Cannafacturer - a cannabinoid manufacturing company. I was able to hire a fantastic Operations Manager, which allowed me to work from home. I then moved to Beverly Hills, California to join an entrepreneur collective. In Los Angeles, the network of new companies creating new brands is much more significant, and I am closer to a few of our large clients, which make up a large part of revenue.

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Jackson Jesionowski, on starting Cannafacturer ($74,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a supplements company ($12M/year)

Patrick Sullivan Jr. from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started Jigsaw Health over 16 years ago, a supplements company.

  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 24

My name is Patrick Sullivan Jr. I’m the Chief Entertainment Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Jigsaw Health, hydration & nutritional supplement company that my dad and I started together in 2005, and then “rebooted” in 2015.

Jigsaw Health is bridging the gap between health and entertainment by providing the highest quality dietary supplements that money can buy, while providing “edutainment” — educating consumers on how they can improve their health, in a fun and entertaining way, most notably through the Jigsaw Health #FunnyFriday video series.

In August 2020, to support our goal to become the #1 health & nutrition provider for Pickleball players around the world, we launched our latest product, Jigsaw Pickleball Cocktail® -- a sugar-free, orange-flavored electrolyte mix with as much Potassium as two bananas. As we like to say, “Finally… a cocktail you should drink at 7 am.”

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Patrick Sullivan Jr., on starting Jigsaw Health ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a subscription box business ($4.2M/year)

Michael Berk from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Cannabox ago, a subscription box business.

  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3

Hi! My name is Michael Berk, and I am the founder of Cannabox, a monthly themed subscription box for essential cannabis accessories. A box includes a glass piece, rolling papers, wraps, gear, snacks, and other accessories an everyday cannabis user needs. We also retail products online as well including our own brand and other popular brands.

Cannabox is currently at an MRR of $350,000 and we have 11,000 subscribers to our box.

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Michael Berk, on starting Cannabox ($350,000/month) full story ➜

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

Luis Camacho from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Fantôm Agency over 3 years ago, an online advertising agency.

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

Hello, my name is Luis Camacho and I am the founder of Fantôm Agency and also the host of the SaaS AdLab podcast, which is a podcast where I interview SaaS founders to learn more about their story. Fantôm is a digital advertising agency that focuses on helping mid-to-late stage SaaS (software as a service) companies scale through paid advertising channels such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

We do this using a four-stage framework we created which allows clients to increase MRR & ARR. To accomplish this, we first identify areas of opportunities and execute a massive number of tests to understand the type of advertising that will resonate best with the client’s target audience while making sure that advertising is contextual and valuable.

Fantôm focuses entirely on paid advertising, I guess you could say that’s the bread and butter, it’s what I’m great at but it’s also what I’m most passionate about. There were attempts to enter different service offerings but did not have as much fun doing so. Now when clients require other types of marketing, say, email marketing, I point them to one of my trusted partners who can execute and over-deliver on such service for them. Now Fantom is currently making around $20-25k per month (up from $8,600) since the last time I wrote for Starter Story.

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Luis Camacho, on starting Fantôm Agency ($25,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a cannabis publication ($264K/year)

Michael Cassini from Tempe started Tcc media over 3 years ago, a cannabis publication.

  • Location: Tempe
  • Revenue: $22,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $50,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Michael Cassini and I am the founder of Cannabis Cactus Magazine headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Cannabis Cactus Magazine is America’s only 100% independently owned & operated monthly cannabis publication. Our magazine has +25,000 readers in Arizona and +55,000 worldwide. Our content is distributed in the Apple and Google Play stores, online, and in over 250 businesses and colleges in the Southwest US. Our goal is to educate and entertain cannabis consumers so that they might drive a healthy market. Our growth has been achieved through a monthly print edition, website, social media presence, mobile app, and community interactions.

The majority of our readers are between the ages of 18-44, educated, employed outside of the cannabis industry, and have a family.

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Michael Cassini, on starting Tcc media ($22,000/month) full story ➜

18. Become a coolsculpting provider ($4.2M/year)

Jessica Stellwagen from Arizona, USA started Bodify over 6 years ago, a Coolsculpting provider.

  • Location: Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5

For as long as we can remember, my sister and I wanted to own a business together. It started with lemonade stands when we were 5 and 7! We had no clue it would eventually be a Fat-Freezing empire and 1000s of happier and more confident clients. As a child I was once told, “JJ (my nickname) it’s a good thing you work hard because you are pretty stupid.”

For some reason that comment left its mark and I knew without a doubt I’d play a big game, build a successful company, and prove that person wrong.

In October 2014, my sister and I tried to buy an existing medspa. The doctor politely declined but did mention, “girls there is enough fat to freeze for all of us to win. Go out there, start your own thing, and do well!” This was a remarkable thing for the doctor to say and it gave us the courage and excitement to do it!

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Jessica Stellwagen, on starting Bodify ($350,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start a finance blog ($90K/year)

Alexis Schroeder from Colorado, USA started FITnancials over 8 years ago, a finance blog.

  • Location: Colorado, USA
  • Revenue: $7,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hey! My name’s Alexis and I run a personal finance blog called Fitnancials. I teach millennial women how to manage their money, save & invest more, and earn extra money with side hustles.

I actually started my business back in 2013 as a fun hobby. Fitnancials was originally a health and fitness blog (as well as personal finance), but I ended up ditching the health portion altogether because it no longer resonated with me anymore. I wanted to be hyper-focused on finances.

I had zero intention of creating any income from Fitnancials. It was purely a passion project where I shared tips and tricks with my friends and family (because people were always asking me for weight loss tips since I had lost 60 pounds).

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Alexis Schroeder, on starting FITnancials ($7,500/month) full story ➜

20. Start a backpack line ($198K/year)

Kelly Belknap from Denver, Colorado, USA started Adventurist Backpack Co. almost 4 years ago, a backpack line.

  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Revenue: $16,500/ month
  • Starting Costs: $7,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

My name is Kelly Belknap, and I co-founded Adventurist Backpack Co. along with my wife Matilda Sandstrom.

We design minimalist backpacks for travel, and for every backpack purchased, 25 meals are provided to families in need across the U.S. (We do this through our partner Feeding America, providing meals to over 200 food banks across the country.)

Our flagship product is our Adventurist Classic backpack, which is made as a daypack for travelers, hikers, students, and everyday use. It’s padded front/back for electronics and completely weather-resistant for any adventure - and also fits perfectly underneath the seat of an airplane. We have the Adventurist Classic available in 6 colors, and have 2 new designs on the way which will be available on our website starting at the end of August.

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Kelly Belknap, on starting Adventurist Backpack Co. ($16,500/month) full story ➜

21. Start a surfboard business ($960K/year)

Angela Watts from San Clemente, California, USA started Slyde Handboards almost 11 years ago, a surfboard business.

  • Location: San Clemente, California, USA
  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

My name is Steve Watts, I am the founder and co-owner of Slyde Handboards with my wife Angela. Slyde is based of out of San Clemente, California. Handboards are little surfboards that strap to your hand that give you more lift, speed and control when bodysurfing.

Handboards have been around for centuries, nobody is quite sure where or when they started, but there is evidence of the ancient polynesians using palm fronds or drift wood placed on their hands to get more speed, distance and lift when bodysurfing. A handboard is the perfect ocean toy, which allows anybody no matter their age or skill level the ability to ride a wave like a pro. Handboards are the most portable and lightweight wave riding equipment, which means you don't have to be the local pack mule when going down to the beach It is a sport that is super easy to learn and safe for kids to get comfortable in the ocean, without having the worry of a big board. As with any awesome sport it’s fun to master, plus it’s perfect for getting barreled. Our handboards allow you to take your ocean fun to the next level. We also have pro-models that are ridden by the very best bodysurfers in the world at some of the best surf breaks, like Pipeline and Waimea in Hawaii to Australia, Brazil, and beyond.

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Angela Watts, on starting Slyde Handboards ($80,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a shoelace brand ($168K/year)

Jason Flores from California, USA started Laceez, Inc. over 6 years ago, a shoelace brand.

  • Location: California, USA
  • Revenue: $14,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

My name is Jason Flores; my wife Sarah and I run The Laceez Company. We make no tie shoelaces for kids, adults, and seniors. We launched Laceez in 2015 as a solution for our daughter to get her shoes on easier and with less hassle.

We sell Laceez to anyone who wears shoes and who doesn’t enjoy tying, knots or bows. We started with $14,000 we had saved and have since generated over $1,000,000 in sales. As of today, Laceez is available at Nordstrom, Staples, Big 5, Target, Walmart.com and Dennis Uniform.

We’re looking to expand our distribution into more US and international chain stores starting in 2021 and increase our online direct to consumer presence.

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Jason Flores, on starting Laceez, Inc. ($14,000/month) full story ➜

23. Become an it consultant ($25.2K/year)

Dan Khadem from Denver, Colorado, USA started Access Database Support over 9 years ago, an IT consultant.

  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Revenue: $2,100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My everyone. My name is Dan Khadem. I’m from Denver, Colorado and have a wife and 2 kids. I might have the most interesting or unique story because I have two very opposite things going on in my life. For my first business, I started a database consulting service for small and medium-sized organizations. This is using my technical skills and is very much using the Type A side of my personality. On the other end of the spectrum I do commercial acting and modeling. This is essentially for advertising in the form of print ads and commercials.

I’ll start with my database consulting business since that’s what I started with and what I’ve been doing longer. I essentially help organizations manage and declutter their data. My full-time day job is a database programmer in medical research so I’ve taken this skillset and applied it towards helping small and medium-sized businesses and organizations tackle a data problem that is holding their business back.

Typically it’s an organization that is struggling with managing their data and need some help moving from disorganized spreadsheets to a clean and efficient database program. Other times it’s a business that needs a custom program to automate or support a task like managing their human resources, their clients or some sort of maintenance schedule that they need to run their business.

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Dan Khadem, on starting Access Database Support ($2,100/month) full story ➜

24. Become an author ($168K/year)

Nick Thacker from Colorado, USA started Nick Thacker over 4 years ago, an author.

  • Location: Colorado, USA
  • Revenue: $14,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Nick Thacker, and I’m a full-time thriller writer. I write action-adventure fiction for armchair adventurers, and my books have been insultingly referred to as “airport books,” a descriptor I absolutely adore and use as often as possible.

I started like any author — making no money, and begging for people to read my stuff. Now I generate about $10-14k/month in revenue, between writing, business, and related projects.

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Nick Thacker, on starting Nick Thacker ($14,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a women's clothing line ($84K/year)

Susie Q Aranda from Tehachapi, California, USA started Garage Gym Barbell Apparel over 3 years ago, a women's clothing line.

  • Location: Tehachapi, California, USA
  • Revenue: $7,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Hi there, My name is Susie Q Aranda and I’m the owner of Garage Gym Barbell Apparel. I design pretty things for strong women right in my garage. Providing tees, leggings and more for women of all sizes including our stronger plus size lifters. In addition, I also offer free garage gym workouts to follow at home and if you’re local; in person only women strength classes.

I believe that anyone, anywhere, at any level is capable of starting or continuing their fitness journey…even in their home garage! That's where Garage Gym Barbell began and has continued to grow.

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Susie Q Aranda, on starting Garage Gym Barbell Apparel ($7,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start an event management company ($480K/year)

Celeste Durve from Los Angeles, California, USA started VIPER by KCH over 4 years ago, an event management company.

  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

We are Celeste Durve and Kelsi Kitchener and we started VIPER (VIP Event Relations) in 2016 under our parent company The KCH Group. KCH is a branded house for our future ventures, meaning its the parent company behind our other ventures. Each company is selling something slightly different but they share clients and have similar market positions.

VIPER is an all-female team that operates guest experience + compiles data for events and venues. At the intersection of pop culture, hospitality and analytics, we can be seen at the doors of a wide range of popular events like Travis Scott's Astroworld, Kanye West’s listening parties, to Homeland security conferences and politicians' private events.

We are the only “front of house” operations team that exists and we’ve redefined a portion of the Los Angeles nightlife industry as an all women team. Running front of house means we operate guest experience and guest check-in for events and manage all logistics related to the portion of events dealing with the public - as opposed to anything backstage, in the kitchen, etc!

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Celeste Durve, on starting VIPER by KCH ($40,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start a management consulting business

Neil Sahota from Irvine, CA, USA started Ackius Advisory about 3 years ago, a management consulting business.

  • Location: Irvine, CA, USA
  • Founders: 0
  • Employees: 1

I believe the best way for anyone to predict the future is to create it. It’s very similar to “The Secret” or simply putting the right energy out into the universe, and believing in yourself. No idea is a bad idea, and all business ideas have endless possibilities. This idea has been ingrained in me and is what helped me to start my own company, as well as becoming involved with the United Nations, which has been an honor. Today, I wear a lot of hats, and credit a lot of my success to the fact that 𝗜 have always 𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲d 𝘁𝗵𝗲 “𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲” 𝗮𝗻𝗱 have 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 “𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲” by:

► Becoming an integral part of the United Nations to create and launch their AI for Global Good ecosystem

► Pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) in the early days of IBM Watson®

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Neil Sahota, on starting Ackius Advisory (/month) full story ➜

28. Start a podcast ($420K/year)

Dave Bryant from San Diego, California, USA started Ecom Crew Podcast almost 6 years ago, a podcast.

  • Location: San Diego, California, USA
  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

EcomCrew is an ecommerce blog and a podcast where myself and Michael Jackness take off our ecommece hats and pretend to be journalists and investigative reporters.

We interview guests about all topics ecommerce through the podcast and do some investigative journalism on ecommerce topics on everything from getting jobs at FBA warehouses to investigating dirty Amazon selling tactics in China.

We started EcomCrew around 2014. For the first 3 years we never monetized EcomCrew. This year we finally began to sell a membership to our private ecommerce group that includes exclusive access to ecommerce courses, webinars, events, etc.. Currently we do around $35,000 a month in revenue.

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Dave Bryant, on starting Ecom Crew Podcast ($35,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start a furniture business

Michael Hillel from Los Angeles, California, USA started SunHaven over 4 years ago, a furniture business.

  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7

My name is Michael Hillel. I am 27 years old and was born and raised in Encino, CA where I still live and run my business.

I am the founder and CEO of SunHaven; a home goods manufacturing and wholesale company, currently focused primarily on outdoor furniture. At SunHaven, we:

  • Design all of our own products.
  • Oversee production with our suppliers abroad.
  • Create all marketing content that our retail partners use to sell our products (i.e., product photos, descriptions, instruction manuals, etc).
  • Make sure that each order placed arrives to its customer’s home safe and sound.

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Michael Hillel, on starting SunHaven ($0/month) full story ➜

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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