89 Business Ideas For Beginner Entrepreneurs [2022]

89 Business Ideas For Beginner Entrepreneurs [2022]

Interested in starting a beginner entrepreneurs business in 2022?

We put together 89 of the best beginner entrepreneurs businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a content writing company ($840K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,200 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,697
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Julia McCoy from Georgetown, TX, USA started Express Writers about 10 years ago, a content writing company.

  • Revenue: $70,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Georgetown, TX, USA

Case Study

I found the freelance writing market in 2011 after signing up to sites that offered writing work. It was a fairly new and burgeoning market at the time, even if the rates offered on the platforms I started on were abysmal. Taking a ton of low-paying gigs was how I molded my first online writing skills. As I accumulated work, continually hit my deadlines, and exceeded expectations, the work brought referral work. Within three months of starting my entire freelance writing pursuit, I had more work than I could handle. So, I started a business, created it on the spot, and named it Express Writers.

We got clients on day one and continued to get them because I went and got them. I would get up at 4 a.m. and send out 100 emails a day to new leads.

We’ve never had funding. We’ve never sought it. Everything was a day-by-day, gut-instinct, move-fast process, and we have always had to pivot and learn how to reshape and reapproach when failures happened. I went with it and found joy because I was walking in my passion (writing). What I’ve learned is that this move-fast process is behind some of the most successful businesses in the world. Success loves speed. Failure attaches to slowness. Our quick responses and agile adaptations, or the “hard-knocks life” if you want to describe it more accurately, helped us maintain and grow our place in the market.

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2. 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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3. Start an iot startup ($96K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $2,300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$525,000
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Craig Rabin from Seattle, Washington, USA started The Airhook almost 8 years ago, a IoT startup.

  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Case Study

The idea for The Airhook came from a flight I was taking, and I was wearing a sport coat for a meeting I was to attend after landing.

I asked the flight attendant if they had a place to hang it… it was full. I thought about putting my coat in the overhead bin but didn’t want it to get wrinkled. So, I wore my coat and was incredibly uncomfortable the entire flight. At some point as I was staring forward, I began to think I could create a hook for the tray table to hang my coat on. Nothing special, just a simple hook that worked with the tray table closed.

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4. 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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5. Start a pet care business ($96K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,500
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Benny DiFranco from Columbus, OH, USA started Hands N Paws over 4 years ago, a pet care business.

  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Columbus, OH, USA

Case Study

In 2017, I started my business by accident… quite literally! I was in my second year at Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) and was looking to get a part-time job. One day in my spring semester, I found myself looking up “babysitting jobs in Columbus, OH”. In my short search, I came across “dog sitting jobs available - sign up now!” Curiously, I hadn’t known that dog sitting was “a thing” or rather, that there were professional dog-sitting companies out there that employed people. I signed up as a pet sitter on Rover.com that same day and in a matter of 10 months, found myself a technician suffering from an entrepreneurial seizure.

Continue creating and documenting so that the business owner can pointedly begin to remove him/herself from being so directly involved. Herein lies the definition of what it means to be a true entrepreneur.

This is a phrase coined by one of my biggest inspirations in business, Michael Gerber- author of the E-Myth series. More to come on him later!

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6. ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 10 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

We started the food truck business in 2012.

We kept finding it very difficult to find locations to operate. We had a booker that we used to find our locations but fell short and we let her go. I took over our booking and found that most people did not want to book just one truck, not only that they were upset that most of the time the trucks didn’t show up or were late.

We learned the real need was not only helping the trucks but providing a turnkey service for the corporations. This was a game-changer for us, we were really struggling financially.

7. Start a digital marketing business ($3.6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $800,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$80,670
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Rahul Alim from Los Angeles, California, USA started Custom Creatives over 17 years ago, a digital marketing business.

  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

My intention during and after high school was to move to Europe and play soccer (football) as my career. However, I was persuaded to try my hand at college which eventually took me down the path where I am today.

I grew up in a family full of entrepreneurs, thinkers…people smarter than me so I was definitely lucky to be in the right room.

My first job was selling credit card machines and processing. I was raw in business but determined (or stubborn) to make it alone with the help of no one (NOTE, this was a dumb idea and everyone should get help at every stage of life). When I started, I thought I was in a finance position. It turned out I was in a sales position, responsible for calling businesses to sell them on our services. It was the best thing to ever happen to me at this stage in my young career.

I was forced to talk to people, negotiate, persuade, help strangers over the phone - I learned one of the greatest skills of all time, how to sell over the phone. I had never sold anything, I learned sales in 3 days, then practiced every single day. This position lasted 30 days, but the grass only got greener. I was somehow recruited to a company called Homestore, which owned Realtor.com where I eventually became a top sales account executive managing the East Coast as my territory.

I went from the worst at sales in the company to the top 10 in the company. I took my sales learnings from my first job selling credit card processing to selling to internet advertising to Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Lenders and those involved in the real estate transaction.

After just a few years, I left Realtor.com (for no reason whatsoever, I loved working there) to start my own company. Young, dumb, no plan, no office, no product, no smart idea, but I had one thing to offer… I decided to help realtors manage and promote their listings on the internet.

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8. Start an ebikes business ($3.6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$50,000 — $1,200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$20,911
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model

Stephan Aarstol from San Diego, California, USA started Tower Electric Bikes about 12 years ago, a eBikes business.

  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: San Diego, California, USA

Case Study

I live right on the boardwalk on the beach in San Diego. I get a good sense of up and coming trends in beach lifestyle while just kicking back on my patio with a Margarita and watching the world go by. In the last three or four years, there has been an explosion in electric powered things buzzing down the boardwalk. They've always been there, but it used to be one dude cruising the boardwalk with some kind of homemade electric skateboard or something once a week. Then the trend started growing exponentially in the last few years and you could just see the future.

My main form of transportation down the boardwalk has always been a beach cruiser. While bikes are also recreation around the beach, unlike many places they're a central form of transportation for anyone who lives at the beach. Why sit in aggravating coastal traffic and then search for scarce parking when you can just cruise down the boardwalk with the wind in your hair and an ocean view. A rusty beach cruiser literally offers you a better quality of life than a car which might set you back $50K. Not to mention the rent for a garage to park said car might be $500/mo.

The thing about electric bikes that most people don't get is that they're basically the perfect form of transportation. This is NOT just a "different kind of bike". Aside from kids, beach dwellers like myself, and what my son refers to as "butt darts" (those odd and colorfully dressed Tour de France type road cyclists), normal people just don't use bikes as transportation in the US. Bikes are a recreation with a side of exercise. Electric bikes can be better described as a replacement for a car. It's like a scooter that doesn't require a helmet and you can ride on paths, boardwalks, sidewalks, across the lawn, wherever. The first time you ride one, the light bulb goes off in your head... wait, this is fun, requires no effort even up hills, let's me avoid traffic, doesn't require a parking spot, has a range of 30-60 miles, and if the battery does die I can just pedal the rest of the way home.

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9. Start a wordpress plugin business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$600 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$26,836
Time To Revenue
270 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Jason Coleman from Reading, PA started Paid Memberships Pro about 12 years ago, a wordpress plugin business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Reading, PA

Case Study

I've been in business with my co-founder Kimberly Coleman since 2006. Kim is also my wife. We make a great team in business and life. Back in 2006, we did general-purpose website consulting and development. We built a lot of the typical brochureware websites for doctors, lawyers, and other businesses. We also built a proof of concept apps for web 2.0 era companies and ran a web 2.0 company of our own, an online database and social network for wine drinkers.

Over time, we grew tired of building completely new ideas from scratch with every other project we took on. A good move for development companies is to focus on a niche. When you're doing more repeatable work, you can work more efficiently AND charge higher rates for the work you do. So we did that. We started to focus on WordPress development and then more specifically on eCommerce sites. This was also around 2008, during the big recession then. We noticed that projects that were more closely tied to making money for our customers were less likely to be dropped and more likely to make our customers happy. It worked. We were making low six figures in income together building eCommerce sites for customers.

Programming for recurring payments is MUCH harder than one-time payments. There is more to keep track of and more edge cases to account for.

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10. 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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11. 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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12. Start a men's grooming company ($6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$215
Skills

Eric Bandholz from Austin, Texas, USA started Beardbrand over 10 years ago, a men's grooming company.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 17
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Case Study

Before starting Beardbrand, I was a financial advisor at a big bank. I felt the corporate pressures to look and behave a certain way and it was too much for me. So I left that career, grew out my beard and started a graphic design business.

As I rocked a beard in the business world, I heard a lot of typical bearded stereotypes - Grizzly Adams, ZZ Top, and Duck Dynasty. While those are interesting people, they weren’t lifestyles that I personally identified with.

We launched the Beardbrand e-commerce store a few days before I found out that my wife was pregnant with our first child. That gave me a tight deadline.

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13. Start a web development business ($744K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$6,600 — $1,183,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,434
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Ty Fujimura from New York, LA, NJ started Cantilever Web Design & Development over 10 years ago, a web development business.

  • Revenue: $62,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: New York, LA, NJ

Case Study

I’m the son of a therapist and an artist, and both sides of that upbringing prepared me well to manage a creative business! I was always playing with code and design growing up, and was lucky enough to have my dad’s tech hand-me-downs to learn on.

I regret bootstrapping because it forced us into making decisions based on the fear of running out of money, rather than on trying to find long-term value.

I majored in Mathematics at NYU, but while in classes I started to get the itch to design again. I did some portfolio pieces in photoshop but needed a website. I taught myself the basics by spending hours in Barnes & Noble reading every web design and development book I could find (even though I couldn’t afford to take them home) and got hooked.

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14. 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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15. Start a podcasting business ($480K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$6,000 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$33,433
Skills

Marti Sanchez from Charlotte started Influence Podium over 2 years ago, a podcasting business.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Charlotte

Case Study

The idea behind Influence Podium started back in college. I used to play NCAA basketball and we could only work a certain number of hours per week. As an immigrant who had just moved from Barcelona, I would “ghostwrite” my classmates’ papers for $10/page (money back if I got them less than a B, of course).

After I graduated, I had a short stint in finances (I lasted 30 days) until I quit and moved back to Spain. There, I went back to the one skill I knew I had -- writing.

I wrote on Quora for 6 months, got 2 million views, and a few people started reaching out to me to ghostwrite for them. They happened to be B2B CEOs, and that’s when I learned the power of content, personal branding, and inbound marketing.

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16. 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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17. 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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18. Start an event planning business ($420K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$35,000 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$19,725
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Akshay Patel from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA started Simply Decor and Events ago, a event planning business.

  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Case Study

I always had an eye for decor whether it was with my room, home, or anything. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and went to college at the University of New Mexico where I got my bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Psychology. All along with my schooling, I was following the path to becoming a dentist which I thought was my passion and what I enjoyed. When I graduated high school I wanted to throw myself a big party. So my dad gave me a budget of $3,000 which had to include the venue, DJ, catering, bar, and decor.

I learned that when advertising you have to try different and unique ideas. From this you will learn what will work for your specific clientele, this process is a trial and error.

Of course, you know when you want a real fancy party the venue usually takes most of the budget, as it did. I was left with $200 for decor. I then began talking to decor companies and found that everything I wanted was not going to be possible with that amount. I thought out of the box and began making all my own decor.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $10,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,712
Time To Revenue
390 days

Alan Silvestri from Winchester, England, United Kingdom started Growth Gorilla over 4 years ago, a SEO agency.

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

Case Study

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

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

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20. Start a language translation service ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $550,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$635,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Ofer Tirosh from Beaverton started Tomedes over 15 years ago, a language translation service.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Beaverton

Case Study

I didn’t have a background in the translation industry before founding Tomedes. However, I had seen a clear need when in previous roles for reliable, accessible translation services that delivered localized and globalized content.

I’ve learned a lot. I think the most important lesson has been that positive communication is critical. It’s essential to be clear and transparent at all times and in all channels.

I felt frustrated that I could see just what a difference high-quality, rapidly delivered localization solutions could make to the bottom line of the businesses I was working for.

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21. Start a subscription box business ($4.8K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,182
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Lindsay Scholz from Saint Louis, Missouri, USA started Vowed Box Co. over 4 years ago, a subscription box business.

  • Revenue: $400/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Case Study

I got married in 2016, and if we’re being honest, the entire process was overwhelming – the wedding industry is saturated with ideas and opinions on “how” you should celebrate your big day, but I quickly realized that getting married is not a one-size-fits-all process.

Honestly, my goal was to sell just one box the first week that the website went live, but I ended up selling five!

Leading up to my wedding, my friends had a difficult time finding bridal gifts that aligned with my interests and taste. I had never really dreamed of a big fancy wedding, and I definitely viewed myself as a non-traditional bride. On the flipside, I also had a hard time finding gifts and keepsakes for my bridesmaids – we were all a little bit quirky, and a lot of the overly feminine and girly gifts in the market just weren’t for us!

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22. 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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23. Start a digital magazine ($600K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$50,000 — $800,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$666
Skills

Drew Williams from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started SWAGGER Magazine over 15 years ago, a digital magazine.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Case Study

Honestly, the idea started as a hobby.

When I started the blog in 2007, it was meant to be an alternative to the major men’s magazines on shelves because the magazine industry still hadn’t fully accepted the fact that everything was going digital and that print would be dying a slow and painful death. I wanted men to have access to cool guy things online, as well as dating advice, with a focus on realistic male acquisitions instead of focusing on things your average guy could not afford. Promoting the "fake it till you make it mentality".

I had worked for a magazine called Performance Auto and Sound Magazine pasmag.com, so I had in-depth knowledge about the business from a print perspective.

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24. Launch an online tuition platform ($9.96M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$34,567 — $830,000/month
Skills

Tom Hooper from London started Third Space Learning almost 9 years ago, a online tuition platform.

  • Revenue: $830,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 80
  • Location: London

Case Study

I studied Philosophy and Politics at University, before spending the first few years of my career working in investment in London. Whilst I am glad that I worked in finance, it was never a career for me. I enjoyed meeting company management teams and analyzing their outlook to inform investment decisions. But, in truth, I always wanted to be on the other side of the table helping to build a business. That said, understanding the financial and operational structures of businesses, and how this relates to their plans, is undoubtedly valuable in building a business and working with investors.

I think success is often based on learning quickly enough from your mistakes, such that you are constantly improving.

My family is all entrepreneurs. Both of my parents are, which must have influenced me and my brother and sister. All three of us siblings have founded our own businesses so now we have a full house of entrepreneurs. I guess that growing up in this environment gave us confidence in entrepreneurship as a means of building a career and that the risk was worth it (even if that meant failure). Certainly, it helped to have encouragement and support from our parents that we should go for it and had their total support. I even remember being discouraged from my original decision to work in Finance!

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25. Start a freelance writing business ($1.5M/year)

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

David Tile from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Article-Writing Co over 11 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Revenue: $125,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Case Study

In 2011, coming out of college, I miserably tried to start a penny auction website. I studied Political Science at University, which had absolutely no bearing on this idea. I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and was consumed by this auction model. I had my own specific mechanics that I thought would make the game a lot more fair for the average consumer. But alas, 6-8 months later, after burning through thousands of dollars trying to get the technology right, I was absolutely nowhere.

I was resigned to not give up, but the mechanics of the auction are critical to the smooth operation of the website and if you can’t get it right you don’t have a business. So I decided to start taking on some freelance writing work, just to get some cash in.

One thing led to another and I started getting some bigger clients with bigger asks. Eventually, I snowballed hiring some writers and copy editors. Turning this thing into a full-time business operation.

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26. Start a gluten-free bakery ($960K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000 — $80,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,333
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

David Downing from Houston, TX, USA started ChipMonk Baking over 3 years ago, a gluten-free bakery.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Houston, TX, USA

Case Study

Before starting ChipMonk in 2019 with my co-founder, Jose Hernández, I spent many years working in management consulting and the commercial aviation industry across various disciplines including audit, financial planning, project management, and competitive research. I guess you could say I’m a “numbers guy”. Over time, I became a bit disillusioned with working at large companies and started to migrate towards the world of startups. Most recently, I was working for a venture capital firm focused on investing in Houston-based startups with high potential.

While working there, I met Jose at one of the firm’s portfolio companies. He and I quickly bonded over our interest in health and exercise, and we ended up becoming roommates. Nearly every week, he and I would talk about wanting to do something on our own. It’s almost contagious when you work with startups and entrepreneurs daily. More often than not, the “great” ideas we had would quickly turn out to be duds after a few minutes of Google research.

Jose Hernandez (left) and David Downing (right), ChipMonk co-founders

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27. Start a niche web design business ($240K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$28,516
Skills

Scott Bishop from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Up And Social over 8 years ago, a niche web design business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Case Study

I began my business career with the family in-store sampling business, C.A. Courtesy, in the 1990s, while at the same time attending college at Johnson and Wales University, where I pursued a degree in Web Management & Internet Commerce.

I’ve always had a knack for marketing and technology, and when I left C.A. Courtesy, I was the Vice President of Marketing and Technology.

People don’t remember what you say as much as they remember how they felt when you said it.

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28. Become a social media consultant ($180K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $750,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,375
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Amanda Shepherd from Las Vegas, NV, USA started Social Media Manager Society almost 2 years ago, a social media consultant.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA

Case Study

I spent the last decade of my career as a social media manager, in the agency, in-house, and freelance settings. I really created a name for myself in my niche and people were always coming to me for social media advice. I absolutely LOVED teaching people and for a long time, wondering how I could combine my passions for teaching and social media into one career.

Fast forward to fall 2019 - I was at a crossroads. The agency I was working for was moving in a different direction and I was literally moving back home. I had a decision to make - stay at the agency under different circumstances, find a new job in my new home, or finally take the plunge and start my own business.

I chose the latter and it was the best decision I ever made! I was immediately able to gain clients using internal systems I created and literally built my own business from the ground up. In one year, I made almost $100,000 and put all my systems inside the Social Media Manager Society, so other aspiring social media managers could take everything I learned and implement it themselves!

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29. Become a graphic designer ($360K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $81,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$333
Skills

Michael Moloney from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started FilterGrade over 8 years ago, a graphic designer.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Case Study

I started FilterGrade in late 2013 after getting some encouragement from a friend and mentor of mine. I was selling digital products on a few different marketplaces and just starting to get curious about entrepreneurship and software. In the beginning, it was just a collection of Photoshop Actions I made and packaged under the FilterGrade brand. I didn’t even launch my website with a store at first, I sold through Creative Market to test the products and see if there was any traction. I wrote more about this on Medium where I detailed the experience of using marketplaces to build an MVP.

Business models that worked 2-3 years ago are not as effective anymore, so we are constantly looking at new ways to adapt and better serve people who are both buying and selling on the marketplace.

After 6 months and some reasonable traction, I decided to set up a full eCommerce website and store using WooCommerce. It started slow. I was just focused on product development, marketing, and building the brand and learning about the industry.

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30. Start an exterior home cleaning service ($240K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $60,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,000
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Nicholas Ciano from Walnut Creek, California, USA started Go Green Cleaning & Maintenance Services over 5 years ago, a exterior home cleaning service.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Walnut Creek, California, USA

Case Study

I graduated from Chico State University, studying Business Finance, and jumped around from job to job looking for my ideal career. I struggled to find something I was passionate about and found myself lacking drive and ambition.

Be patient and enjoy the process. NO company started perfectly and it does take trial and error to learn what works for your industry.

It was not until I got a kick in the butt by my now wife that I decided to take life into my own hands and start something for myself, for us. I had worked construction jobs and other trade work before I realized I did not like the way they ran their workers and their business.

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31. 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

Case Study

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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32. Start a career coaching business ($2.4M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,685
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills

Patrick Curtis from Saratoga, California, USA started Wall Street Oasis over 16 years ago, a career coaching business.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Saratoga, California, USA

Case Study

After working 90+ hour weeks in investment banking at Rothschild for a few years out of college and then transitioning to private equity two years after that, I thought I had it made. I landed my dream job in private equity in my dream city (Boston) and had a much more healthy work/life balance.

The dream, however, quickly turned into a nightmare. In my first review less than 4 months on the job I was fired on the spot and asked to sign a waiver and take $10,000 to go away. I was confused and my confidence was shattered.

Even worse, I was blackballed from private equity in Boston. Every time I had an offer in hand it would get rescinded because the employer that fired me would only say that I worked there and wouldn’t give me a reference -- probably out of fear because I wouldn’t take the $10,000 or sign the waiver.

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33. Start a smart home camera business ($12M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Yun Zhang from Kirkland, Washington, USA started Wyze Cam about 5 years ago, a smart home camera business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 30
  • Location: Kirkland, Washington, USA

Case Study

Wyze has four co-founders and we all met while working at Amazon. As a team, we have a very deep understanding of retail operations, including both e-commerce and big box chains. Team members have worked at Microsoft, Best Buy, REI, Groupon, etc. At each of these companies, as well as Amazon, roles varied between team members. Some of our team members have expertise in operations, some in marketing, some in sales, and so on. We complement each other very well when we bring it all together. This is absolutely at the core of our success since we are able to see problems from many angles and perspectives.

We discovered that in the smart home market, customers only have two options:

  1. Expensive premium brands
  2. Cheap, low quality me-too brands with little-to-no customer service.

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34. Start a saas product developer business ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$40 — $1,100,000/month
Skills

Mike Lameree from Rotterdam, Netherlands started SoPlan ago, a saas product developer business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Case Study

I came up with the idea when I was planning an event with a group of friends. It reminded me how time-consuming it is to have everyone’s agenda match. What we usually did is look for a date in 6 months, because the likelihood of finding an available date was higher. I couldn’t figure out why at the office it’s easy to schedule meetings with colleagues but in your personal life, there are no agenda tools that support the same functions. It’s because in our personal life we communicate through phone numbers with our friends instead of email addresses.

I underestimated the effort required to launch a business. Building a product is easy. Getting people to know your product is more difficult than I would expect.

What I also thought was a missed opportunity is having businesses use the same platform using their phone numbers to schedule appointments or make reservations from clients. In essence, it’s all about scheduling a time slot in an agenda. We have talked to businesses and in each sector, they have double-digit percentage numbers of no-shows and late cancellations. The main reason was that people forgot to write down their appointment on their agenda.

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35. Start a handmade goods business ($540K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,252
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Sunny Choudhary from Pune, Maharashtra, India started PortraitFlip LLC almost 5 years ago, a handmade goods business.

  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India

Case Study

It all started in the VIT hostel in 2017 when Lavdeep Chahal (26), one of the co-founders, was digging the internet for a service that could deliver handmade portraits. He was so eager to find one such platform that could help him get a priceless gift for his girlfriend. We found Paint Your Life but it was charging a lot to deliver in India and sadly, others were plain daylight robbery.

The story pretty much ended with Chahal getting the classic chocolate bouquet for her. But what happened thereafter was the “aha” bit. We realized that there was a handful of companies that provided such a service. Seeing it as a great opportunity, Chahal roped me and Shubhanshu Maheshwari (25), a friend from electrical, into believing that this could be our kick.

Obviously, we weren’t the creative ones, so we instead decided to serve as the filler between the artists and the other Chahal-like customers.

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36. Start a 3d printing business ($3.96M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$42,000 — $330,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$407,500
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills

Roy Kirchner from Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine started Ultimate 3D Printing Store about 7 years ago, a 3d printing business.

  • Revenue: $330,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine

Case Study

In 2014, I was one-half of a partnership working primarily in advertising and marketing. At that time, my partner and I were successful and wanted to explore other verticals. We began working with a client who had a product that we believed was singular and unique throughout the world, and we put forward a significant amount of capital out of our own pockets to try and develop that product, only to reach a point where the deal went south and litigation ensued.

Make plans to do things as a family, and do your best not to let work interfere with those moments, but know that there are going to be times when you will have to sacrifice an outing, a dinner date, a holiday weekend.

In trying to think outside the box and figure out a way to create a similar product, I found myself for the first time in an innovation lab in Tampa, Florida, where I saw a 3D printer in operation for the first time. I couldn’t look away. I realized immediately that 3D printing had the potential to change the world as it became more integrated into daily business activities such as manufacturing. That’s when I decided to leap of faith.

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37. Build a medical app ($1.2M/year)

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

Shuhan He from California, USA started Qolty about 5 years ago, a medical app.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: California, USA

Case Study

I am an emergency medicine fourth year resident at the Harvard Teaching Hospital Affiliates Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. Medicine has always been my love, and I am lucky to be able to practice it.

Conduct Science was born out of the evident need for cutting-edge research tools across the board. To achieve reliability across all research, the same standard of equipment should be used by every researcher.

Bootstrapping is a model which means that your company runs entirely on its own revenue. You grow with profits and revenue that your company generates, rather than inflate the value of the company with shareholders. Allowing revenue to drive the company means that you are really focused on the most important thing in business, which is your customer base.

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38. Become a flea market vendor

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39. Start a craft beer business

How Much Can You Make?
$56,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful craft beer business:

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Case Study

HI! We are Davor and Matija from Varionica, a craft brewery from Croatia.

We started by renting a small brewery outside of Zagreb and by the end of 2019. After that, we opened our new brewery with a much larger capacity and modern brewing equipment in Pisarovina near Zagreb. We started our business with only 22 30-liter steel KEGs, which we drove around in an old Opel Astra, and now we are producing roughly 40.000 liters of beer per month.

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40. Start an errand service

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41. Start a drone leasing business

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42. Start a cafe-plus supermarket business

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43. Start an office space rental

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$166,666
Skills

Examples of a successful office space rental:

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Case Study

I’m Lucas Seyhun. I’m the founder of one of the earliest New York City coworking spaces, The Farm Soho, established in 2014. Unlike most of our competitors (don’t want to give any names), we adopted the affordable workspace model which became our fuel both before and during the pandemic.

Now we cater to all these as well as established businesses discovering the agility and cost-effectiveness of flexible office space rental as opposed to conventional long leases; and also to event organizers in need of unique spaces backed up by expert support.

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44. Start a marijuana farming business

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45. Start a business brokerage company

How Much Can You Make?
$133,334/month
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful business brokerage company:

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46. Start a mobile laundry service

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$450,000
Skills

Examples of a successful mobile laundry service:

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Case Study

I am an engineering graduate and have done my bachelor of Technology from Amity University. Before starting Pick My laundry I was working in Randox Laboratory a diagnostic MNC. Me and my lads were facing laundry issues very much. There were no regular services for laundry and dry cleaning and sometimes we had to wait up to 15 days for our laundry. There were around 200 Hostels and PG which were facing the same problem.

Currently, we have more than 50 franchises in more than 15 cities across India. We are processing 1000 orders daily with the help of franchisees. Now, we are providing IoT enabled machines on rent to franchisees.

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47. Start a gym

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $1,200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,875
Skills

Examples of a successful gym:

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Case Study

Hey everyone! I am Chris and in March 2011 I started Live Fit. Live Fit is a personal training company that was created to change the standards in the personal training industry. Early on I focused on building a company that is not only based on results, as most fitness companies are, but that is also focused very heavily on relationships. Relationships create trust, trust creates buy-in, and buy-in leads to the accountability and dedication it takes to get results.

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48. Start a hearing aid dispensary business

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49. Start a virtual reality arcade business

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Case Study

My entrepreneurial journey starts many, many years ago. I would be amiss if I didn’t convey that entrepreneurship was always in my blood. Ever since I was just a sparkle in my parent's eye, I was thinking up new schemes and ideas that had the potential to grow and scale. As a young rascal I would be doing things like flipping toys for a profit (the profit wasn’t always monetary), setting up lemonade and beverage stands, trading collectibles, and even simply just selling raspberries door-to-door that I picked from a public field - yeah, that was me! But this was just the beginning.

This was arguably, the best one in the country. I learned so much from some serious heavy hitters there. And I was mentored through every position - accounting, admin, client relations, sales, ops, IT, etc. I really was able to get my fingers into every part of the company and improve it 10x. Except for one role, the actual investing. During this period I had launched a Research Management System for investment professionals, a print magazine focused on entrepreneurship, and a social network geared towards adrenaline junkies. But, what I really wanted to do was get into the nitty-gritty of picking apart businesses to find the diamond in the rough that was poised to be a good investment. I spent my night's researching, writing reports, and learning how to invest as well as the difference between a good company and a great company. I kept delivering these reports to the director of research and consistently got denied. I was told they were bad ideas. I was told that they were wrong. I was even told that I have no potential to really understand a business! Yeah, okay, good one! Are you kidding me? Who says that? Later I had found out that my ideas were actually quite awesome, they were executing on them, and making some decent bank! There was some sort of internal drama going on above my pay grade amongst the leadership and as a result, I was getting held back. So I decided that they can stay behind their computer screens and pontificate on what is a good business. I’m going to pony up and go create one! Time to grind and hustle. I left and ventured out on my own.

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50. Start a decluttering business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

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Case Study

Hello! I’m Audra George and I started Pretty Neat: An Organizational Solution in February of 2018. We are a service-based company that helps clients get their homes and spaces organized. Our team mainly organizes for residential clients but we have also helped some businesses as well. We strive for the spaces to not only look great but to function well. We have found that an organized space helps to decrease anxiety and stress, and creates a more peaceful environment. This is our ultimate goal! We help busy families with organization, move management services, decluttering, downsizing, and more.

In the beginning, I started to second guess if I made the right decision to start a business. But, I kept on consistently putting our name out there, learning, growing, and serving clients that did come our way and doing it well. From year one to year two, we grew 800% and we have had continued growth every year since. We went from just me serving clients to gradually adding team members. We are very blessed and thankful to be able to serve others through professional organizing.

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51. Start an import-export brokerage business

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52. Start a drone racing business

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53. Start an uber driver business

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Skills

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Case Study

My name is Albert Williams. I am the President and CEO of The Best Deal Group of Companies. located in the Boogie Down Bronx. Best Deal is a transportation company, who specializes in local community transportation, Corporate Transportation as well as Non Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT).

Below is a picture of our cars gathered to pick up 30+ passengers for one of corporate accounts

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54. Start a coffee cart

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Examples of a successful coffee cart:

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

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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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55. Start a solar energy auditing business ($12K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful solar energy auditing business:

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Case Study

Hello, my name is Willie Jiang. For a long time, I have been a digital marketer, especially as an SEO specialist. But in March this year, we launched a two-sided marketplace called SolarFeeds, the “Alibaba for solar” if you will.

Our primary “product” is a platform that aims to connect solar installers and suppliers. On this platform, solar suppliers can display their product catalogs, while solar installers can post about their new projects. After browsing through the available products, installers can invite suppliers to submit a quote. Installers will then have the opportunity to compare the prices offered by several suppliers before making a decision.

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56. Start a respite care service

Examples of a successful respite care service:

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57. Start a refurbishing antique appliances business

Examples of a successful refurbishing antique appliances business:

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58. Start an image consulting business

Examples of a successful image consulting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an image consulting business ➜

59. Start an accounting firm

Examples of a successful accounting firm:

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60. Start a bakery

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

Examples of a successful bakery:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bakery ➜

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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61. Start a child care business

How Much Can You Make?
$940,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful child care business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a child care business ➜

Case Study

I’ve been drawn to caregiving for most of my life. I grew up on the south side of Chicago in a large family. Being the eldest of 23 cousins meant that babies and younger children were always in my sphere. I gravitated to nannying in college which is where I began to understand how truly essential caregivers are, and how little structure and honor has been given to the caregiving business. My co-founder and I wanted to take our experiences and implement them into a business model that would be accessible to families of all economic levels.

We’ve also found ourselves ready to solve a huge problem the global pandemic has given rise to school and daycare closures. Helpr has worked hard to answer the growing needs of families as schools remain virtual during the pandemic. We are very proud to offer a strong virtual program that keeps kids learning, playing, and engaged, as well as in-home care as many of us, continue to shelter at home.

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62. Become a mobile makeup artist

Examples of a successful mobile makeup artist:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile makeup artist:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mobile makeup artist ➜

Case Study

I’ve been doing makeup and hair for over 40 years. Before becoming a makeup artist I was an artist. I was good at painting and drawing and doing sculpting. So it was a natural and easy transition for me to pursue makeup. Mind you, I had no interest in makeup at all. I was a tomboy. Never wore makeup. I was an athlete. I did sports. So you’re probably wondering, how did I become a makeup artist. Well my girlfriend back then, wanted to pursue a career as a model. We were 15 years old. I don’t know how she convinced me to go to modeling school, but I did. Interestingly when it came to learning makeup, the teacher would walk to each one of us and do half of our faces and we had to copy and do the other half. Mind you this was in the mid-’70s and in Canada where I’m from it was the disco era. So I had this multi-color eyeshadow and heavily contoured face, thick goopy lip stuff. So for me, this was art. I was able to copy her half perfectly. So perfectly that most of the students thought the side I did was done by the teacher. Not bad for the first time doing makeup. Then I was hooked, I found something I was a natural at. From that point, I decided I wanted to learn to be a makeup artist.

The school I went to only accepted a limited amount of students and many of the students were from all over the place. They were all very good and talented. I couldn’t believe it, I won best makeup artist. I guess it is my calling. I like to think I’m a natural at it.

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63. 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:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online retail store business ➜

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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64. Start an acupuncture services

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful acupuncture services:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an acupuncture services ➜

Case Study

Hello guys, my name is Moira McCarthy and I am a licensed acupuncturist in Austin, Texas. I am the owner of Acupuncture Wellness Center, LLC, and have been in practice since 1997. I offer acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture services.

I recently reduced my practice to one client per hour so that I could spend more time with each client and offer more services such as Acugraph computer analysis, Pointoselect digital auricular therapy, and cupping, as well as traditional acupuncture therapy and cosmetic acupuncture. My practice averages about 65 to 70 clients per month at an average cost of $90 per session.

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65. Start a virtual call center business

How Much Can You Make?
$350,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$16,500
Skills

Examples of a successful virtual call center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a virtual call center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a virtual call center business ➜

Case Study

Hello, my name is Jaime Nacach, I was born in Mexico and currently live in the beautiful city of San Diego, California. I’m a marketing strategist with a huge passion for technology. Four years ago, I decided to create a new company named Virtual Latinos. I wanted it to be a company that offered services that were beneficial to everyone involved. We call it a Win-Win-Win situation.

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66. Start a courier business

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

Examples of a successful courier business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a courier business ➜

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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67. Start a private instructor business

How Much Can You Make?
$17,750/month
Skills

Examples of a successful private instructor business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a private instructor business ➜

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68. Start a vr app development business

How Much Can You Make?
$30,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$40,000
Skills

Examples of a successful vr app development business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a vr app development business ➜

Case Study

Hello, I am Federico Schianchi and I started Dreamonkey in 2016 with four partners.

Our non-stop improvement and our strategic choices allowed us to grow from the first year $90K of revenue to today $300K of revenue, with the constant growth of 50% per year.

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69. Start a drone photography business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,500
Skills

Examples of a successful drone photography business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a drone photography business ➜

Case Study

We are CFF Media, a video production company located out of Atlanta, GA. We create video content (About Us, Testimonials, Promotional, Drone videos) for the Greater Atlanta area with a primary focus on videos representing other companies and what they stand for, but we love the opportunity to try other avenues of video production!

We started just four and half years ago, working out of our house and trying to understand how we could make our way into the industry. I look around now and cannot believe the progress that we have made and every day I’m still shocked to find myself walking into an office with our very own studio. These moments make me look back and really appreciate just how far our company has come in such a short amount of time.

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70. Start a business incubator

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful business incubator:

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

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Learn more about starting a business incubator ➜

Case Study

Hutch, founded by Fearless in 2019, is an intensive 24‑month program located in Baltimore, MD that provides minority and women entrepreneurs with a blueprint for building successful and impactful government digital services firms. The program equips businesses with the tools, mentorship, and peer-to-peer support they need to thrive in the world of government contracting.

To date, Hutch has 9 graduates, 11 company founders in our current 2 cohorts, and 20 companies total within our portfolio. Hutch is the only company of its kind led by industry experts with years of experience in digital transformation and government services.

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71. Start a selling business on etsy

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful selling business on etsy:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a selling business on etsy ➜

Case Study

Merhaba! (that’s hello in Turkish). My name is Zeynep and along with my brother Yusuf, we run Galen Leather from our workshop in Istanbul. Combining our love for stationery items and skills in leather-making, we design and handcraft our own line of handmade leather travel journals, notebook covers, personal accessories and now, so much more!

In the last year, we’ve broken sales records, experiencing a 138% increase in revenue to hit an average of around $40,000 in sales each month. Most of our products are made to order, and as a small team of four, we believe what we’ve been able to achieve so far is no small feat!

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72. Start a vending business

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

Examples of a successful vending business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a vending business ➜

Case Study

Hi there, I’m Lakinya, Founder of iKrave Vending. My background is quite simple. I went to college in Tampa, FL, at USF (University of South Florida). Upon graduating, I moved back home and was a middle and high school teacher for four years. I decided to switch gears and land a more secure job with the State government. This is when I got the urge to find something on the side to do! I decided to start a vending machine business.

After about a year of running my own vending machine business and realizing the lack of consultants that specialize in vending machine operations, I created a series of online training courses geared toward helping others achieve success in vending services. My goal is to eliminate the obstacles, frustrations, and costly mistakes that prevent many from enjoying a profitable business and guide them toward financial security.

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73. Start a solar consulting business

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

Examples of a successful solar consulting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar consulting business ➜

Case Study

Hello, my name is Alex K Williams, the founding partner at Solar Energy Partners (SEP). Our focus is to provide the best customer and consultant experience in the solar industry. We provide more premium options for customers and consultants alike.

Our overall growth has skyrocketed from more than 400% growth since inception.

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74. Start a private hostel business

Examples of a successful private hostel business:

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Case Study

I have worked doing all sorts: retail when I was very young (my parents owned outdoor equipment shops), plenty of hospitality work, and in advertising in London for a while. I and my partner always planned to open a hostel and had talked about it for a long time but finally came back to the idea in 2015 when we had the right amount of capital.

In March 2015 we traveled to Colombia to research the project and to see if it could work, which we duly decided that it would. So we looked at the land and within a relatively short amount of time had found something that we believed could work legitimately.

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75. Start a tour guide service business

How Much Can You Make?
$3,333 — $500,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful tour guide service business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tour guide service business ➜

Case Study

Manoj: Kamlesh Ramchandani and I (Manoj Tulsani) are the founders of Rayna Tours and Travels. Fueled by our deepest interest in travel and entrepreneurship, we kicked off our business journey a decade ago from a small travel counter inside a five-star hotel in Dubai.

Kamlesh: We’ve been in the industry for over a decade and have now become a niche provider of destination management services in Dubai. As a one-stop, customer-oriented business for all travel needs, our main organizational goal is to design and craft travel services and packages in such a way that each of them ideally responds to the dynamic market trends as well as our clients’ specific travel requirements. We offer our full suite of travel solutions through our wholly-owned Rayna Group.

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76. Start a security services business

Examples of a successful security services business:

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

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77. Start a self-publisher business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful self-publisher business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a self-publisher business:

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Learn more about starting a self-publisher business ➜

Case Study

Hello, my name is Opossum and I’m the founder of BowTiedOpossum. Did that first sentence confuse you? Well, you’re not alone. We’ll get to that later though.

After 9 months, I’ve managed to grow the newsletter to $3k a month in between my career, outside consulting, personal projects, and family/kids. I’ve done this completely anonymously with 0 ad dollars, by myself, and no prior social media presence to give it a boost.

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78. Start an anti-aging services business

Examples of a successful anti-aging services business:

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79. Start a temporary tatoos kiosk business

Examples of a successful temporary tatoos kiosk business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a temporary tatoos kiosk business:

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Learn more about starting a temporary tatoos kiosk business ➜

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80. Start a personal shopper business

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $100,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful personal shopper business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a personal shopper business ➜

Case Study

Hello Stater Story readers! My name is Dmitriy Peregudov, I am a founder of GiftBasketsOverseas.com, a company offering global gift delivery in 200+ countries Worldwide.

Our company’s purpose is to help people build personal and business relationships Worldwide, one gift at a time and since the launch, we had a pleasure to connect more than 2 million people Internationally in more than 200 countries.

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81. Start a mobile pet grooming

Examples of a successful mobile pet grooming:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile pet grooming:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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82. Start a bookkeeping business

Examples of a successful bookkeeping business:

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

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83. 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:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an organic food store ➜

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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84. Become a youtube personality

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $4,500,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful youtube personality:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a youtube personality ➜

Case Study
  • Zoella has a total net worth of more than $5 million as of January 2021.
  • She earned this fortune by uploading her YouTube videos and has almost a billion views.
  • She has 10.8 millions of subscribers on YouTube.
  • Her popularity made her appear in several advertisements and has also appeared on television.

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85. Start a green consulting business

Examples of a successful green consulting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a green consulting business ➜

86. Start an electric car charging station

Average Initial Investment
$500,000
Skills

Examples of a successful electric car charging station:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a electric car charging station:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an electric car charging station ➜

87. Start a hairstyling business

Examples of a successful hairstyling business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a hairstyling business ➜

88. Start an u-pick service business

Examples of a successful u-pick service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a u-pick service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an u-pick service business ➜

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89. Start a data analysis service

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$572,891
Skills

Examples of a successful data analysis service:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a data analysis service ➜

Case Study

My name is Chelsea Rhoads and I am the CEO/Co-Founder of pup-eeze, the smartest device on four legs. pup-eeze is a wellness tracker for dogs that tracks activity, monitors location and automates our dog’s lives by connecting them with hundreds of smart home devices giving ourselves and our dogs the ability to monitor, maintain and change the environment of the home if we’re concerned about separation anxiety or well-being.

We’ve had great success speaking with and testing the wellness tracker among those who love their dogs and love technology. We thought, “we bring our dogs on every other journey with us, why not include them in the technology journey as well?” With the overwhelming support from the technology community we were able to strategically partner with an emerging leader in the IoT enterprise solution field; Fathym.

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