61 Business Ideas You Can Start With Less Than $5,000

61 Business Ideas You Can Start With Less Than $5,000

Many entrepreneurs are reluctant to start their own businesses because they think a large amount of money is needed.

However, the truth is, today, you can launch various businesses with little, or no funding at all.

Here at Starter Story, we've talked to thousands of founders, many of whom started with less than $5000.

To show you some examples that you can get inspired by, we've put together a list of 61 business ideas that (believe it or not) were able to get started with less than $5000, on average.

Check them out below:

1. Start a craft business ($1.3K)

If you have artistic passion and the skills to make unique art, consider starting a craft business. Craft businesses make jewelry, clothing design, card making, painting, sculpting, ceramics, among others.

According to research, the global handicraft market size will reach over $1252 billion in the next decade.

Checkout this video for steps to start your craft business.

The best websites to sell your crafts include:

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

Case Study

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

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2. Start a blog ($1.58K)

Starting your own blog can be an exciting, rewarding, and challenging experience. Blogs provide a great way to connect with your readers, grow your brand and develop an audience of people interested in the topics you cover.

There are over 600 million blogs on the internet. The average person spends 37 seconds reading a blog post. 2/3 of people’s main reason for blogging is income. The average time spent on writing a post is increasing by the year and The average length of a blog post is now 1,269 words.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $2,900,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,576
Skills

Case Study

Hi! My name is Natalie, and I help people build conscious wardrobes through my blog Sustainably Chic. It’s the ultimate destination for everything in a sustainable fashion. From learning what it is to brands who produce it, you can find all of that information on my blog. Sustainably Chic is here to show you fashion can exist responsibly.

I make $6,000 per month, and Sustainably Chic receives around 60k monthly visitors.

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3. Start a personal development blog ($183)

Personal development blogs teach readers activities designed to improve their talents, potential, employability, and wealth.

Here are important tips to help your personal development blog stand out:

  • Create a catchy title
  • Be truthful to your audience
  • Expect and know how to deal with criticism
  • Market your blog on social media
  • Post new content often
  • Plan your content ahead

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $120,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$183
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name’s Katie Emery and I’m the founder of KatieGoesPlatinum.com, a website that advises women on how to joyfully transition from dyed hair to their natural gray hair.

But, two years later, my site consistently averages $6,000 per month in revenue (sometimes reaching as high as $10,000/month). It has grown much more than I ever anticipated!

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4. Become a search engine marketing expert ($3.52K)

Search Engine Marketing experts help businesses optimize their website’s visibility on search engines like Google.

The demand for SEM strategies is growing faster than the market can provide. Therefore, becoming a search engine marketing professional can earn you a decent income. To become a search engine marketing expert, you must learn how search engines work and understand the strategies and concepts of search engine marketing.

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $800,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,516
Skills

Case Study

My name is Deepak Shukla and I am the founder of Pearl Lemon. Our flagship service is SEO and more recently B2B lead generation services. Our clients range from small businesses all the way up to public companies that are interested in generating more leads and sales for their business.

Today as of February 2022 we generate between 80-110K per month. I founded the company in October 2016 but it’s in August 2017 that I believe our true beginning starts - and I’ll go on to explain why!

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5. Become a virtual assistant ($4.2K)

Virtual assistants support businesses, teams, or individuals by performing administrative tasks remotely. As businesses these days tend to outsource their tasks, the demand for virtual assistants is growing rapidly.

Becoming a virtual assistant is flexible as you can choose a work schedule and location at your convenience. Many virtual assistants have a dedicated home office where they work in a quiet and distraction-free environment.

To become a virtual assistant, identify a niche you like and undertake any training. Figure how much to charge your customers and create an online presence where you can apply for jobs. As a virtual assistant, you can define your work schedule depending on your availability.

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

Case Study

Hi, I am Julmar Grace Locsin, and I am the owner and co-founder of Filipino Virtual Assistance by FVA Business Consultancy. FVA offers online and offline training, coaching, consulting, workshops, services, franchising-related virtual assistance, offshoring, outsourcing, and remote work for brands and businesses, here and abroad.

Our very mission is to equip freelancers, empower marketers, and enable businesses. We envision FVA for global digital leadership that will impact the world through digitalization, one life at a time. FVA has three arms, namely FVA Online Academy- have trained 25,000 students from our 31 courses, FVA Services- from training to hiring programs, and FVA Franchising with 16 Coaches assigned from different territories. And we are fifteen in the FVA team, including FVA co-founder Jay Locsin and me.

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6. Become a graphic designer ($333)

Graphic designing involves creating sketch designs and materials for corporate clients, advertising agencies, public relations firms, and publishers. Besides, graphic designers provide visual solutions to specific company images, log design, and branding problems.

Graphic design is an excellent career for creative thinkers who enjoy using their talent and artistic skills combined with technology and communication abilities to come up with unique solutions for their clients.

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

Case Study

Hi, I’m Mike Moloney, the founder of FilterGrade. FilterGrade is a marketplace for creators where you can find digital assets such as presets, LUTs, video templates, and much more.

Today thousands of creators from all around the world buy and sell digital products on FilterGrade and more than 450,000 users visit the site every month.

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7. Start an online language coaching business ($400)

The world has become more globalized. Businesses have become cross-border, and executives have to travel to meet new customers. One thing that is obvious is that there is a need for language translation services.

If you have proficiency in one or more foreign languages then you can consider working as a language coach.

Teaching a language online is intensive as you have to meet and communicate with the audience often, and check their progress. If you are looking for an opportunity to earn working online, consider starting online language lessons.

How Much Can You Make?
$240 — $13,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$400
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Marlena Jorn and I am the founder of Marlena Jorn Tutors. I offer private, one-on-one German lessons to both children and adults. I currently have a website and a Facebook page. I teach my lessons through Zoom and PowerPoint, and after every lesson, I provide the student with the PowerPoint with my voice attached to it so they can practice the vocabulary/grammar between lessons.

I currently have three students, and I am currently working on building rapport and a solid clientele. Throughout my own education, I have seen a decline in the availability of the German language. I aim to reverse that and make German available to anyone interested.

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8. Start a finance blog ($364)

A finance blog is a feature appearing as part of an online publication relating to finance, and consisting of articles or personal commentary. A finance blog earns income through sponsored content or simple marketing programs. To succeed in business, a finance blogger should:

  • Have a good writing background
  • Understand the industry from concept or fundamental standpoint
  • Be passionate about the topics
  • Be well organized and maximize the work schedule.

Starting a finance blog involves a low financial investment, while there is a huge possibility for success. There are minimal to no overhead costs, which saves you time and money. Therefore, starting a finance blog is an incredible business opportunity.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $665,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$364
Time To Revenue
150 days

Case Study

My name is Matt Paulson and I’m the founder of MarketBeat, a financial media company that empowers individual stock investors to make better trading decisions by providing objective financial information and real-time market data.

MarketBeat is expected to generate approximately $8 million in revenue in 2019 and end the year at about 1.3 million unique email subscribers.

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9. Become a Facebook ads consultant ($283)

Facebook ads are a great way to drive traffic to your website. If you run Facebook ads and promote the right products, it will bring you tons of customers. It is important to know how to manage campaigns successfully in order to obtain the best results.

Facebook ads consultant business is one of the favorite types of new businesses to start. Facebook ads consultant businesses are popping up all over the place. More and more consultants are finding success in this arena.

Starting a Facebook ads consultant business can make you earn an extra income that's passive and predictable. But the amount of money you can make depends on your niche, ad budget, and other factors.

How Much Can You Make?
$28,500 — $6,358,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$283
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I’m the Founder & CEO of MonetizeMore. I started MonetizeMore in 2010 with the goal to build a bootstrapped business that would dramatically increase ad revenues for publishers.

I am a pioneer in ad optimization covering areas like AdSense / Ad Exchange (AdX), Google Ad Manager (GAM), header bidding and ad network optimization. I have always believed in empowering publishers to increase their ad revenues more efficiently and effectively via articles, videos and technology.

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10. Become a blogging coach ($216)

Are you a successful blogger looking for new ideas or a starter looking for how to make money online? How about becoming a blogging coach?

Start by creating blogging courses in any field, and teach your audience different blogging tips.

Blogging coaches teach different topics, including but not limited to:

  • How to build successful business blogs
  • Tips for choosing successful blog topics
  • How to optimize conversions
  • Repurposing and promoting blogs online

With businesses and individuals embracing blogging as a content marketing strategy, there will be demand for blogging coaching. Therefore, with the right strategy, you stand a great opportunity to make huge profits from the business.

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $68,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$216
Skills

Case Study

My name is Tracie Fobes and I run a blogging education and coaching business.

There is no greater joy than doing what you love and seeing the money roll in.

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11. Start a personal styling business ($700)

A personal stylist advises individuals on aesthetic choices such as new fashion trends, clothing styles, colors, and make-up. To become a personal stylist, you must have a detailed style portfolio, a qualification in fashion, make-up, or a related discipline. Prior experience in the fashion industry will be an added advantage.

How Much Can You Make?
$150 — $5,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$700
Skills

Case Study

My name is Brian McEuen, and I'm the founder of On Brand. We help guys shop for clothes online by curating personalized selections as if they were walking into their very own store. We're like Spotify for clothes! Another way to put it: imagine those “Top 25 T-Shirts for this Summer” lists curated just for you down to the right size, fit, style, and color!

I currently have about 75 users and an annualized revenue run rate of $1800.

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12. Start an online course sales business ($100)

Do you know you can make money selling what you are passionate about? People are making money creating courses and selling them online. Common online courses include music, cooking, coding, web design, dropshipping, etc.

Thus, if you have a skill, you can turn it into a source of passive income by launching online classes. All you need is to choose a target audience, create the online course and choose an online learning platform where you can sell the course. The gear you need to start creating online classes includes:

  • A good HD camera
  • Professional Lighting kit
  • Video editing software
  • Green screen
  • Script

The e-learning market is expected to be worth over $645 Billion in the next few years.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $358,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$100
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hey Everyone, my name is Rahul Alim and I am the founder of Custom Creatives, a Digital Marketing Agency that helps connect business owners with their dream client, AKA, The Peoples Agency.

Monthly revenue is often the indicator many people use to determine the success of an agency or individual. While I don’t disagree, I put more emphasis on the success of our clients and the fact that we retain clients for many years, and in our case, many for over a decade. We have consistently been over 7-figures year over year.

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13. Start a soap business ($3.9K)

Soap making business is a growing industry that can be home-based or a small local business. Soap business is one of the most lucrative home-based businesses that perfect your decision to work in your free time while you earn good cash.

Starting a soap business sounds simple enough. You can buy supplies for probably less than $1,000. Being that popular skincare products are now being sold online, this doesn't seem like a very difficult field to break into. Below are some success stories of the soap business that surely inspire you.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $600,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,900
Skills

Case Study

More important than the money, though, we’ve made so many friends from our customers and business contacts from the business. 46% of our website orders are from repeat customers. Once someone joins the Outlaw gang, we strive to be their sidekick for the long haul. We often hear from customers that our customer service is the best they’ve ever experienced. I think this is because we’re absolutely emphatic about ensuring the satisfaction of our genuinely incredible customers, no matter what.

We feel like our Magnificent Seven Outlaw Values really define us as a company and give our customers a good reason to be loyal to us. (in addition to fantastic product, of course)

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14. Start a framed prints ecommerce ($525)

Do you love art and looking for a low-capital business venture? You can start making framed prints and sell them online. Your customers will include interior designers, homeowners, and commercial clients looking to decorate their interior space.

Here is a video illustrating how to start a framed prints business

Framed prints are typically seen in smaller frames featuring various textures and finishes. The popular paper for fine art prints includes cotton-based matted paper and high gloss photo paper. The advantage of starting a framed prints business is that you can make the prints at home and sell them online.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$525
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I am Kofi, a young aspiring philanthropist interested in the art industry and fascinated

As a designer and an innovator, my image thrives on self-improvement and creating the best version of myself. I aspire to reach the heights that I set for myself because I believe that I compete with myself. I’ve also focused a lot on self-discovery in terms of finding ways to realize my full potential and what I could do with it. As such, this translates into the image of my business; always pushing to create and present the best versions of my work, and to relay who I am through my work.

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15. Build an API ($150)

API is the acronym for "application programming interface" and is a software intermediary that connects to applications to one another.

More and more companies are adopting a digital business strategy to streamline their operations and provide better customer service.

There are so many benefits that come with using an API, and we've put together a list of the best API businesses today.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,600 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$150
Skills

Case Study

Launched in 2016, it has grown to thousands of daily users, over a hundred millions in monthly API calls and revenues of over $15k per month. That’s over 1,000% up from a year ago, and still growing fast - the current month is always higher than the previous one.

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16. Become a sports blogger ($200)

Are you passionate about sports? You can start a sporting blog, and earn extra income sharing stories of the games you enjoy. Unfortunately, sports blogging is not a new thing, and so you should expect a lot of competition. To be successful, find a niche loved by your target audience and market it via social media and sports-related websites.

How Much Can You Make?
$250 — $18,400/month
Average Initial Investment
$200
Skills

Case Study

Hello! My name is Tyler O’Shea and I’m the founder of Joker Mag, a media platform for inspiring underdog stories in sports. Through original articles that celebrate the underdog mentality, our mission is to inspire athletes, coaches, and sports fans to conquer obstacles and overcome adversity.

In case you’re still wondering, he got his name from the black spot around his eye that’s reminiscent of the infamous Batman villain!

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17. Start a board game business ($300)

Creating your own board game can be a fun, challenging and rewarding activity. Games are an integral part of our culture and are played by all walks of life.

You can create a board game from scratch with some basic knowledge of programming, or several hours of practice. Board games are easy to manufacture, can be created from home, and can become very popular and profitable businesses.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $2,058,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$300
Time To Revenue
210 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Hi! I’m Jamey Stegmaier, and I run Stonemaier Games, a tabletop game company based in St. Louis. We publish strategy games like Wingspan, Scythe, and Viticulture.

Stonemaier Games started with a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 that raised $65,980, and in 2020 our annual revenue eclipsed $18 million. Our latest game, Red Rising, is shown here (photo credit: Tim Chuon).

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18. Become a freelance app developer ($350)

A freelance app developer is a programmer who creates apps for mobiles for both Android and iOS devices. Freelance app development business targets creating various apps that give a user-friendly experience.

To become a freelance app developer, first, touch up on your skills. There are several courses available online. Once you obtain the certification, choose your niche and focus on your skillset.

Then the best way to showcase your work is to build a portfolio website where you will display your skills, projects, and testimonials. Another way to promote yourself is to create your brand and start a blog. This will, in turn, build a network, and you will be able to connect with people and attract more clients.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $91,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$350
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

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  • An attorney take her legal tech startup from $0 to $1M in Annual Run Rate.
  • A 71-year-old financial consultant build his first tech company and close customers like Yale, Brown, NYU, and Dartmouth.
  • A doctor in Texas launch the first HIPAA compliant text messaging service.
  • A photo booth startup build tools that are used by Amazon, Uber, Red Bull, NBC, the NFL and more.

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19. Start a job board ($387)

Starting a job board is the easiest way to make money online and have others work for you. This is one of the most underrated ways of creating an online business with no start-up costs. The global online job board market size was $28.68B in 2019 and is projected to reach $43.39B by 2027.

It's no secret that finding a job can be tough. In a time when we have to work harder for less money and resources, it's tempting to give up looking for work altogether. Thankfully, there is another option: starting your own job board.

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $85,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$387
Skills

Case Study

Hey! I’m Gino Ferrand and I’m the founder of TECLA. I’m originally from Lima, Peru, and I’m currently living in Seattle, Washington. My business makes it easy for startups to interview and directly hire software developers from an invite-only network of the top talent in South America (same time zones as the U.S.).

I started TECLA in 2013 with $15k in total investment from my own savings. The business has always been 100% bootstrapped. Today, we are a team of 12 full-time (core) team members, 5 part-time contributors, and a network of 9,000 tech professionals, working remotely (from home) from countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Uruguay.

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20. Start a fashion accessories business ($450)

If you love fashion and clothing design, you may want to start a fashion accessories business. As a fashion accessories consultant, you help clients develop and adapt personal and professional styles.

Fashion accessories are decorative items that supplement one’s outfit. They include jewelry, gloves, belts, scarves, watches, sunglasses, bow ties, leggings, suspenders, and tights. To work as a professional stylist, collaborate with clients to understand their needs and tailor styles and aesthetics to each individual’s preferences.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,985 — $40,480,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$450
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I'm Jen, and I own FOXLY Handmade, a handmade bag company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I work with artists to develop illustrations that I then turn into useful, practical pouches. Think of them as little pieces of portable, functional art!

Now, I've transitioned my business almost entirely online, and my website sales have been growing month over month. I anticipate that I will triple last year's sales by the end of this year, even without the in-person events I used to rely on.

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21. Start a niche accessories brand ($510)

Niche accessories make excellent small business ideas. The profit margins in these businesses are pretty large because of the markup on the products. You could have a small Etsy store or sell them through marketplace sites such as Amazon, Facebook, and eBay.

The niche market for custom accessories is estimated to be nearly $473.46B by 2020 and it contains a variety of product categories ranging from jewelry, handbags, and small leather goods to house decorations and small fashion apparel accessories. Niche accessories is currently enjoying strong growth, which is projected to continue during this decade as well.

How Much Can You Make?
$600 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$510
Skills

Case Study

My name is Braxton Manley and I am a 23-year-old living in Austin. I started Braxley Bands with my dorm-mate Grant Andrews as a class project at Texas Tech about 3 years ago.

We created an elastic Apple Watch band and started making them by hand on my Nana’s sewing machine. We have since scaled the business from an original $20 upfront for materials to $100K a month on Shopify. No other capital or investment was ever put into the business.

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22. Become a virtual magician ($533)

Magic is timeless! If you love entertaining people and performing at corporate or social events, you can become a virtual magician.

Virtual magicians spice up events and provide fun diversion in an otherwise busy environment. As a virtual magician, your business is to entertain guests at family and corporate events.

To become a virtual magician, you will need a computer, a stable internet connection, and great creativity, so you always leave your audience amused.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $35,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$533
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills

Case Study

Hello, my name is Daniel Chan and I am the founder of Dan Chan Presents, LLC. We are a unique company specializing in sophisticated magic entertainment that’s designed for savvy corporate audiences. Our shows feature world-class sleight of hand, playful pickpocketing, and thoughtful sleight of mind. I am known as The Billionaire’s Magician and have performed for many tech millionaires and Silicon Valley’s Elite.

Last year the company made 160K performing live, in person, corporate shows. Due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, I quickly pivoted my in-person event strategy to suit the new virtual format. I am one of the first in the magic industry to fully pivot to Zoom, and was recently featured in The Hustle as well as twice in Business Insider. In a single month, I was able to take an industry that was best experienced in person, and turn it into a compelling virtual experience that people can enjoy at home. Not only have I brought magic into people’s homes, but I was able to expand my marketing reach performing internationally in Europe, Australia, Africa, and China, all from the comfort of my home office.

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23. Start a freelance writing business ($489)

Freelance writing can be a good career choice for professional writers for offering writing services to different clients via online platforms. Working as a freelancer gives you the flexibility to define your work schedule. You can work from home and at any time. Freelance writers work across various niches, writing about various topics assigned by the client,

To earn good money as a freelance writer, you need the following personal qualities:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Stay on the cutting edge
  • Be a self-starter
  • Be up-to-date with the current writing tools & writing trends
  • Proper communication skills

How Much Can You Make?
$700 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$489
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

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

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

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24. Become an IT consultant ($833)

Are you an IT graduate still looking for that dream job? Then becoming an IT consultant might be the right choice for you.

An IT consultant is an external analyst in charge of evaluating a company’s IT systems and helping them meets its business objectives. IT consultants analyze and diagnose a company’s IT infrastructure, understand the client’s needs, and design solutions to help companies' IT problems.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $2,400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$833
Skills

Case Study

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.

The rest of my side income comes from the database consulting service. Unfortunately, time is my limiting factor otherwise I’d grown the consulting business to larger than what it currently is.

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25. Start a seo consultant business ($838)

An SEO Consultant provides professional advice to businesses helping them optimize their websites, so they rank high in search results. Demand for SEO services and consultants is rising rapidly across the industries as companies need search optimization to compete effectively.

If you are an SEO expert, you can start an SEO consulting business and earn decent profits by offering your services.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$838
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi! My name is Kevin Miller, and I help scale the best D2C & technology companies with proven growth marketing frameworks I learned at Google and various startups. I am currently the co-founder/CEO of GR0.

Partnering with companies like Theragun, Ritual, Pressed Juicery, Venus et Fleur and Universal Music Group, GR0 quickly became a name in the SEO field and we experienced explosive growth ourselves within our first year. With over 75 full-time employees and 150+ clients, GR0 is projected to yield approximately $18MM in 2021.

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26. Become a copywriter ($859)

Copywriting is a high-demand, high-reward job. This kind of work can be done from anywhere - all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

With services like Upwork and Fiverr, it's easier than ever to find work, build up your clientele, and make a substantial living copywriting.

Once you've gained experience and connections in this field, you may consider venturing out on your own and starting your own copywriting business.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$859
Skills

Case Study

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

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

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Building links is necessary as it helps businesses improve the site’s visibility. However, link building can be overwhelming, so business owners hire experts.

If you are interested in starting an SEO business, anything along with link building can be a profitable venture. To become a link-building expert, embrace learning new SEO techniques, focus on producing valuable content, and network with other content creators.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $35,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$925
Skills

Case Study

Hey there! My name is Alan Silvestri and I’m the founder of Growth Gorilla, a link building service for SaaS companies (Software as a Service). I started the company end of summer 2018 so it’s been going for a little less than a year.

The company has grown from zero to 10k in monthly recurring revenue mostly in the last 7 months and most of our clients have stayed with us for a minimum of 4 months, so we’re pretty happy with how things are going and excited for the future!

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28. Start a zapier consulting agency ($1K)

People are buzzing about Zapier and its potential to be a game-changer in the Salesforce ecosystem. So you should get ahead of the curve and start your own Zapier consulting business.

The growth of the internet and technology has made new firms and industries possible. Zapier is an excellent example of how you can be an agent of change that comes with great income potential. Zapier's estimated annual revenue is currently $122.5M per year. Thousands of companies rely on Zapier today for everything from product development and IT operations to marketing, sales, and support.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $330,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Andrew Davison and I’m the founder of Luhhu, an agency I built as a result of accidentally stumbling into a freelance career as a Zapier expert. We help businesses of all types and sizes automate their processes using Zapier.

A job well done for us is a client that ends up saving a significant chunk of time each day on the boring stuff that comes with running a business.

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29. Start a chrome extension building business ($1.02K)

Chrome extensions are helpful tools that add functionality and features to your browser. They are small bits of code that run in the background and perform certain actions.

Chrome extensions are easy to create and low-cost and there are many ways to monetize them.

You'll need some programming skills to create the extension itself, but there are lots of tutorials out there that can help you with this part if you're not already familiar with coding languages like HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.

How Much Can You Make?
$10 — $17,366,666/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,020
Skills

Case Study

Hi all, my name is Max Rice, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of SkyVerge, where we build software tools that help over 100,000 eCommerce brands manage and grow their online stores. Our customers are mostly small to medium-sized businesses in all kinds of verticals.

My co-founder Justin Stern and I started SkyVerge in 2013 and we’re a globally distributed team of over 30 people, with revenue of $350,000 per month.

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30. Become a travel photographer ($1.25K)

Are you a talented creative with an ever-enduring sense of wanderlust and looking for a business to support your travel expenses? Becoming a travel photographer can be a great business opportunity!

Travel photographers focus on documenting places, animals, and sceneries on their photojournalist websites or library and selling to different clients.

For instance, you could get your photo on a national geographic cover or sell it as print art at the local museums or galleries.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $233,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,250
Skills

Case Study

Hi! My name is Anthony Do, creator of ANTHONYKDO INC. I run my own business in the creative industry as a filmmaker, photographer, and creative director. I am a nomadic Canadian that was born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Today, I have over two dozen loyal clients that are scattered across six different countries. That number continues to grow as I touch new places on the map. My monthly revenue fluctuates and is volatile, but I have been able to keep it somewhere between $7000-15000/month for a few years.

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31. Become an online fitness coach ($1.33K)

Online fitness coaching is the use of live video or recorded video to offer fitness classes to an online audience at a fee. To become successful in business, online fitness coaches should possess the following personal qualities:

  • Stay focused on clients’ needs and goals
  • Be ready to walk the talk
  • Ask the clients questions
  • Focused on educating the client
  • Adjust to a language clients understand

Increase in number of internet usersand more hours spent online, online businesses will keep thriving.

Therefore, fitness coaches looking to expand their businesses or venture into new markets can consider starting an online fitness coach business.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $39,875,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,333
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I was once just an out of shape, overweight guy with a goal to make a change. I started my health and fitness journey by losing 90lbs. The discipline and drive it took to go from never exercising at all to achieving such significant weight loss taught me a lot about goals and how to attain them.

TeamFFLEX is my online personal training platform that coaches athletes, Hollywood actors, professional musicians and everyday people all around the world. Starting with literally 0 dollars and a hell of a lot of drive I successfully built my business into the 6 figures in less than a year. Today, TeamFFLEX LLC does $48,000 a month and is growing continually month after month.

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32. Become a social media consultant ($1.38K)

Social media has become popular due to its ability to link businesses to their target customers. Social media consultants are professionals who help their clients improve, optimize and grow their social media presence.
Becoming a social media consultant comes with work flexibility and higher earning potential, but it also takes time and work commitment to grow the business.

To become a social media consultant, you must first become adept at using social media platforms and industry tools. Take online or offline courses like content marketing, public relations, and communication skills. Social media experts can choose a general practice or opt to focus on a niche.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $990,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,375
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Hi, I’m Laura Roeder, the CEO and founder of MeetEdgar, a social media automation tool.

Here’s a recent team photo at one of our biannual company retreats. This was taken in Phoenix, Arizona.

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33. Start a youtube channel ($1.7K)

For anyone looking to start a successful YouTube channel, there are plenty of YouTube channel success stories that can be used as inspiration and encouragement. YouTube has an established monetization system and boasts incredible popularity, making it a potential platform for revenue generation.

In this article, we'll look at different approaches you can use to help promote your channel and grow your viewers. While there's no quick and easy way to success, you can take these tips to build your own YouTube Channel Success story. If you love content creation, you can capitalize on YouTube`s popularity to earn an extra income.

If you are looking to join the Youtube partner program to monetize your channel, you will need to reach a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months.

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

Case Study

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

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

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34. Start a freelance writing business ($489)

Freelance writing can be a good career choice for professional writers for offering writing services to different clients via online platforms. Working as a freelancer gives you the flexibility to define your work schedule. You can work from home and at any time. Freelance writers work across various niches, writing about various topics assigned by the client,

To earn good money as a freelance writer, you need the following personal qualities:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Stay on the cutting edge
  • Be a self-starter
  • Be up-to-date with the current writing tools & writing trends
  • Proper communication skills

How Much Can You Make?
$700 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$489
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

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

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

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35. Start a product review blog ($2.31K)

A product review blog typically includes a description of the product, as well as a rating and review. This can be anything from reviewing gadgets to books to software.

To start a product review blog, you need to have strong writing skills and be familiar with the different types of products that are available. You should also have a good understanding of how to market your blog and generate traffic.

The recent trend that is making this business more popular is the growth of social media. With more people using social media, businesses are looking for ways to connect with their customers. Product review blogs provide businesses with a way to connect with their customers and generate positive reviews.

Starting a product review blog is a great way to share your opinion on different products. This type of blog can be very profitable, as you can generate revenue through advertising and affiliate marketing.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,314
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I’m Cy, an award-winning sex blogger who’s critiqued over 200 body-safe sex toys. My review blog, Super Smash Cache, focuses on which sex toys are worth it, which ones fall short, and which ones may work for others but not for me (and vice versa).

I gave my honest take on THAT nearly-$300 massager that won a robotics design award, and I’ll never rave about a toy that sounds like a dolphin when you clench around it — no matter how many influencers post smiling selfies with it.

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36. Start a life coaching business ($2.4K)

Life coaching has become an increasingly popular career choice. A life coach helps people in various areas of their lives using a combination of emotional intelligence, professional knowledge, and experience.

Life coaching is a global industry worth over $2.85 billion, and the number of life coaches has gone up 33% between 2015-2019.

This is a very profitable business and can be started at virtually no cost. You'll need a computer, a high-speed Internet connection, and a LinkedIn account to get started. You can begin coaching part time in your spare time until you build up your clientele.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $660,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,400
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

I was once just an out of shape, overweight guy with a goal to make a change. I started my health and fitness journey by losing 90lbs. The discipline and drive it took to go from never exercising at all to achieving such significant weight loss taught me a lot about goals and how to attain them.

TeamFFLEX is my online personal training platform that coaches athletes, Hollywood actors, professional musicians and everyday people all around the world. Starting with literally 0 dollars and a hell of a lot of drive I successfully built my business into the 6 figures in less than a year. Today, TeamFFLEX LLC does $48,000 a month and is growing continually month after month.

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37. Start a home decor business ($2.4K)

Are you a talented interior designer? Do you know that you can turn your hobby into a side income opportunity? Home décor as a side hustle is a great opportunity to build a brand as you earn extra income. To launch a successful home décor side hustle, you first need to work on your portfolio. The portfolio communicates to your potential customers your potential when it comes to home décor. You may use your home as an example or request a friend for an opportunity to do their home décor as a sample for your portfolio. Once you have a portfolio, market your business, and remember to include photos from your previous gigs to increase the chances of closing a sale.

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

Case Study

My name is Sarah Giller Nelson and I am organized. I experience a sense of calm when I walk into well-ordered spaces. I enjoy feeling unencumbered. Knowing how to sift through, sort out, and organize all the “stuff” a household needs comes naturally to me and is a skill that I draw upon all the time.

I currently have a staff of three professional organizers operating in two states. We serve on average 95 households per year. About 85% of our clients are repeat customers, buying 10 hours or more of organizing services. Typically, they hire us to work on one space, like a closet or a kitchen. Once they see how quickly we can make the changes that they need, they hire us to organize many other rooms in their house as well.

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38. Start a candle business ($2.43K)

The candle industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.

Candle making was one of the first industries to be industrialized, and now up to 90% of all candles are made by machinery. Yet most of us still make our own candles from home, creating a demand for handcrafted, high quality candles from candle manufacturers even in today's automated world.

A candle business is a worthwhile idea for an entrepreneur who wants to make some extra money in their free time from the comfort of their own home. There are many opportunities for this type of business if you consider it seriously.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,425
Time To Revenue
60 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

Hello! My name is D’Shawn Russell and I am the founder and CEO of Southern Elegance Candle Company. I started the company 4 years ago as a side hustle to make some extra money on the weekends and to get me out of the house. But it quickly grew to much more than I expected.

You can check out our brand story video here: Southern Elegance: Candles Crafted In The South

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39. Develop a mac app ($2.6K)

Are you a passionate and skilled mobile app developer? You can start an Apple app development business as a part-time or a full-time job and earn from your passion.

According to a report published in CIO magazine, Mobile app developers are among the top 10 most in-demand technology jobs. In addition, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, app developer jobs will grow by 22% over the next decade.

Therefore, starting a mobile app coding business can be a rewarding business. iOS app developers mostly use Swift and Objective-C programming languages.

How Much Can You Make?
$21 — $200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,600
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Matt Ronge and I’m Cofounder and CEO at Astropad. At Astropad, we make software and hardware tools for creative people. Our two main products are Astropad Studio and Luna Display.

My cofounder Giovanni Donelli and I started the company in 2013 and through bootstrapping we’ve grown the team to 16 people across 5 countries. Our first year selling products was 2015 where we made $500,000 and we’ve grown that to $3.4 million in revenue last year.

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40. Start a food tour company ($2.67K)

The food tour business involves guiding travelers through a tour of food from various restaurants and cities. Food tours are a unique avenue for foodie travelers who want to explore the cities they are visiting. The good thing about starting a food tour business is you have different niches to choose from. Besides, you can choose to concentrate on a particular location and define your work schedule.

Food tour businesses make money by introducing discerning customers to unique restaurants, vineyards, and breweries for a fee. Alternatively, the food tour company can earn commission from the restaurants they refer customers to, based on a pre-arrangement.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $50,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,666
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi, I’m Jessica Baumgart, and in 2017 I founded Delicious Denver Food Tours to connect Denver locals and visitors to my city’s amazing food scene.

When I first launched the business, I was guiding every food tour myself. By month three, I had broken even and was turning a profit. This was also when I started hiring my first tour guide. Now 1.5 years into running the business, I manage a team of tour guides, and the business is producing $20,000/month in revenue.

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41. Start a blog ($2.72K)

In recent years, blogging has become a highly sought-after & lucrative Business. This is location-independent business is a creative outlet to reach a broader audience and even work at any time. According to Optinmonster's list of blogging statistics and facts:

  • Blogs have been rated as the 5th most trustworthy source of gathering online information.
  • 77% of internet users read blogs.
  • Each month, approximately 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages.

Originally blogging started as an online journal, but today it is a highly profitable career option. Many people are choosing blogging as their full-time career and are earning their bread and butter from this profession.

If you want to start blogging as a side hustle or as a full-time profession, first choose a niche you will enjoy writing about and have a content strategy ready. Then, create a mailing list, and decide on a good blog posting routine to keep your audience engaged.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,721
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

Hello! My name is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, and I run Making Sense of Cents, a personal finance and lifestyle website that helps readers earn more, save more, and live more.

I earn around $100,000 a month from Making Sense of Cents and have made over $5,000,000 from it over the years. Much of it is profit, as my expenses are extremely low. I am the only full-time employee of my business, but I do outsource some work. I have a virtual assistant, an editor, and a technical manager.

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42. Start a meal prep business ($2.83K)

A meal preparation business is a service that delivers prepared meals to its clients in the comfort of their own homes. The meal preparation business is a fast-emerging niche that offers a real opportunity to earn good money. To succeed, the starter must be efficient in the meal preparation and ensure proper communication skills. Besides, the entrepreneur must keep time when it comes to delivery, to avoid customer disappointments.

A global survey shows that demand for food delivery service is on the rise. This is as people get busier with their careers and other more important tasks, leaving limited time to prepare meals and bond with friends.

Therefore, starting a meal preparation business can be a great way to earn extra monies.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $4,170,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,833
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Case Study

When we first started, we sold around 200 bowls each week. We currently sell around 10,000 bowls each month. Most companies like this start the same way, cooking from their primary residence for family and friends. We were no exception. But as we continued to grow, we spent time and money to work out of rentable commercial kitchens until we were able to afford our own.

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43. Become a fashion designer ($2.96K)

Fashion designers are creative people who come up with new designs for clothes, footwear, accessories, and other items that people wear. They figure out what materials to use, what colors will look best together, and how to make sure that each piece looks good on a variety of body types.

As a fashion designer, you have the opportunity to create something new and exciting.

Tips on how to become successful:

  • Understand the fashion industry
  • Develop and master the needed skills
  • Start with a vision for your brand and know your brand inside-out
  • Create a plan for how that vision will be executed
  • Don't skimp on marketing or promotions

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $8,333,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,960
Skills

Case Study

My name is Alex Moore. I’m originally from St. Louis, MO, USA but have lived overseas the last 11 years and am currently living near Queenstown, New Zealand, where I have been for the last 5 ½ years. I have a wife, Paula, and three children, Sophia & Grace (twins, age 5) and Beau (age 3). My main profession (no longer full time) is that I’m a primary school (elementary) PE teacher going on my 15th year.

Currently, between all of my sales at the markets, online, etc, my revenue is on average between $2500-3000 per month. One thing that people find unique about my product is that I personally make every piece of jewelry I sell.

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44. Start a digital art & design business ($5K)

Digital art and design is often used to create visual content for websites, apps, and other digital platforms.

Digital art and design businesses can be either freelance or full-time.

They can work in-house for larger companies or as independent contractors for other businesses or individuals.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $30,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Case Study

My name is Courtlyn Jones and I am the CEO and the founder of The Design Database, an online platform, and community designed to be a support system for Creatives (designers, artists, writers, photographers, architects, etc.) by connecting them with clients who are looking to hire now.

Since launching in late July, over 200 Creatives and 25 companies have created accounts on our platform, we have received grant funding from the HerRise Pitch Competition by HerSuiteSpot, and we’ve raised over $10,000 crowdfunding on Kickstarter. We are off to a very exciting start!

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45. Start a career coaching business ($2.69K)

A career coach is an experienced professional who helps people adjust and improve their career paths through one-on-one guidance and advice. The career coach guides people on:

  • Goal-setting
  • Resume building
  • Interview practices
  • Overcoming career anxiety
  • Starting a business.

To become a career coach, decide the industry you want to serve, and earn relevant qualifications. It would help if you gain professional experience in that career line and develop the skills you need to run the business. Earning a professional certification will help you in attracting clients.

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

Case Study

Hi, I’m Patrick Curtis and I’m the CEO and Founder of Wall Street Oasis, the largest online community focused on careers in finance.

The community has now reached over 100 million visitors over its 14-year history and is currently getting over 2 million visits per month.

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46. Start a subscription box business ($3.18K)

A subscription box business is a type of business where customers subscribe to receive a niche set of products on a monthly basis. Subscription boxes are in high demand today as customers enjoy receiving a variety of products from various brands.

Some of the benefits to starting a subscription box business are:

  1. The revenue is predictable as it is a recurring business
  2. Adds more value to customer service as this creates a unique shopping experience
  3. Customers can access exclusive products and also customize them based on their interest
  4. Profit margin can range from 40%-60%

You can start a subscription box business by understanding the real market needs. Because of its highly competitive nature, it is important to find your niche and provide quality products based on your customer's interests. Additionally, it is important to decide what items should go in your box. The quantity, size, and design of the box plays key role in grabbing the customer's attention. Apart from the basics, you should also make sure that the items are bright and colorful.

Lastly, building a good relationship with the fulfillment companies will be profitable as this business is a routine task. If you have 100 subscribers, you will need a service that will pick up and deliver your products. In addition to this, marketing your service can be an advantage. In order to promote the service, you can build your website, create special offers to attract and retain customers.

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $16,666,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,182
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Case Study

I’m Lindsay Scholz, and I’m the founder of Vowed Box Co. – a line of curated, quirky gift boxes with non-traditional brides in mind.

Since the brand is still in its infancy and we’re still working through wholesale costs, my monthly income is roughly $600. For being a side business, I look at any profit as a win, but of course, the goal is to see this grow in 2019!

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47. Start a niche blog ($3.22K)

Growing a niche blog can be an incredible way to build an income on the Internet. You can start blogging in any niche that you find interesting with a few easy steps. You simply need a domain, hosting, and WordPress to start blogging. The hard part comes when you try to monetize your website traffic. Making income from your blog, and making a blog that actually pays you the money takes time, work, and effort.

There are more than 500 million blogs out of 1.7 billion websites. Over 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages each month. Users produce around 70 million new posts and 77 million new comments each month. Content marketing is predicted to be an industry worth $412.88B by 2021.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,224
Time To Revenue
120 days

Case Study
  • The most comprehensive interview about starting: Founder Interviews: Pat Walls of Starter Story.
  • A more personal side of the story: The Best Year Of My Life: In 35 Tweets.
  • More recent: How Starter Story grew to 1.4 million monthly visitors and $500,000 in annual revenue # Read these first
  • The most comprehensive interview about starting: Founder Interviews: Pat Walls of Starter Story.
  • A more personal side of the story: The Best Year Of My Life: In 35 Tweets.
  • More recent: How Starter Story grew to 1.4 million monthly visitors and $500,000 in annual revenue

48. Start a skills training business ($3.32K)

It is a great idea to start a skill training business with your own website oriented towards helping people learn new skills. Starting your own skills training business is within reach. It doesn't require a lot of money, but it can bring a significant impact on your life and others.

The global skills training market expects to reach $47.2B by 2027. If you're looking for financial freedom, then starting your own skills training business is the way to go. Training clients and building an impressive portfolio will allow you to charge higher rates and start living the life of your dreams.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $1,600,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,321
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

I am Sumit Bansal from India and I have a website (TrumpExcel.com) where I teach people how to use Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets efficiently. On this site, I create written tutorials and videos and also sell online courses.

I started this site in 2013 and it gets more than 1 million pageviews every month. As of last month, my average monthly revenue was ~$10,000.

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49. Start a content writing company ($3.7K)

Content writing involves writing, editing, and publishing content in a digital format. Examples of content include a blog post, product description, and podcast script—eBooks, press releases, or landing page content.

Becoming a content writer allows you to work as your own boss. Therefore, you choose whatever working schedule suits you and take a manageable workload. Moreover, content writing helps you develop essential skills you may not obtain from regular writing.

Content writing is a highly-on-demand service, as companies compete for the online audience who often begin their shopping journey by searching for relevant and educative content online. Therefore, a content writing company is an excellent source of passive income.

To start a content writing company, research the market and choose a suitable niche. Sketch a proper business plan and create a website. Hire a pool of talented writers and leverage modern technology to streamline the operations.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,600 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,697
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi! My name's Dani, founder of Scribly.io - you can’t see me but I’m waving at you 👋

Last month Scribly.io topped $14K monthly revenue. That was a really big moment for me, and a bit of a turning point. What started out as a 'let's try and see' project has now become my full-time job with ambitious growth plans 🙌.

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50. Start a tour company ($3.7K)

Starting a tour company is a great way to bring your love of travel to life. You can share your passion with others and help make their dream vacations come true!

There are many types of tour businesses, so it's best to choose something you are passionate and knowledgeable about. Here's a few of the most popular tour companies to start:

  • Food & Drink Tours
  • Adventure & Sporting Tours
  • Sightseeing & Historical Tours
  • Shopping Tours
  • and many more!

It's also important to determine what mode of transportation you want for your tour company, as this will determine the initial startup costs needed for your company.

To get started, find out if you need a license to operate in your state. Some states require tour companies to be licensed, while others do not. If you are required to be licensed, talk with the licensing agency to find out what steps must be taken before you can apply for that license.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,800 — $43,300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,700
Skills

Case Study

Hi, I’m Jessica Baumgart, and in 2017 I founded Delicious Denver Food Tours to connect Denver locals and visitors to my city’s amazing food scene.

When I first launched the business, I was guiding every food tour myself. By month three, I had broken even and was turning a profit. This was also when I started hiring my first tour guide. Now 1.5 years into running the business, I manage a team of tour guides, and the business is producing $20,000/month in revenue.

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51. Start a food blog ($3.79K)

Do you love educating people on the importance of keeping healthy food? Starting a food blog can be rewarding and fun.

A healthy food blog can focus on educating website visitors the importance of keeping it healthy food. Besides, you can share recipes for healthy eating and budget-friendly options with the reader. To start, you may hire someone to configure your website and content creator to share insightful information with the audience.

To increase blog interactions, share informative insights with your readers.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $35,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,787
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Mason Woodruff, and I run Kinda Healthy Recipes, a food blog with around half a million sessions per month. We create recipes, guides, and resources for food-loving fitness enthusiasts.

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52. Start a video production company ($3.8K)

A video production company (VPC) also known as a video production agency or film production company, creates videos for clients to use in their marketing strategies. These videos can be commercials, online ads, product showcases, corporate videos, and employee training videos.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,803
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Hello there! My name is Hope Horner, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of Lemonlight, an on-demand video production company that offers brands and agencies access to high-quality affordable video content nationwide.

We’ve built Lemonlight as an entirely self-funded business. We haven’t taken any outside capital since we launched the business in 2014. We’re on track to hit 6M in sales this year and we’ve grown the team to 45 full-time employees. We’ve been recognized in dozens of major publications, and we were awarded in Inc 5000 and Entrepreneur 360 for three years in a row.

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53. Create an online course ($4.3K)

Online course businesses are one of the fastest-growing online business models. Creating an online course is an awesome way to generate extra income because it allows you to monetize the knowledge you already have. More people are taking online courses every day, and the COVID pandemic has accelerated that, with some online learning platforms having seen 15-folds growth in the number of users.

Another advantage is that these new platforms are so easy to use for instructors that you don't have to worry at all about the tech side of the business. You just need to focus on creating exciting content that is informational & engaging at the same time.

Starting an online course allows you to eliminate some of the huge costs associated with setting up a physical training facility, and it's a great way to reach as many people.

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

Case Study

We are Christian and Rasmus Mikkelsen, also known as the Mikkelsen Twins online. We run an online education company where we help people to build an online book publishing business. The reason why we teach what seems like a random/kinda weird online business model is because it’s what changed our lives almost 3 years ago and freed us from the life path we were heading down (were in the middle of a business degree in community college and there was absolutely no hope for a truly happy and fulfilled life if we had continued to take that path in life).

Fast forward to today, our company is making over 6-figures in profit every month which is almost unbelievable for two 24-year-old (ambitious) idiots with just a laptop, wifi connection and a small team.

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54. Start an amazon service agency ($4.53K)

Amazon service agency works for sellers who lack experience and resources, helping them create, optimize, and execute product listings and storefronts to achieve their business goals and objectives.

Amazon agency can provide complete amazon management or selected services, where the agency will assist amazon sellers on a few things like amazon advertising campaigns. Therefore, the amazon service agency is similar to a digital marketing company.

Starting an amazon service agency is a massive and lucrative business opportunity. To be successful, you must put in hard work, research, dedication, and an adequate budget. By working hard and researching, you can maximize your potential to start and build a successful business.

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $958,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,525
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Michael Maher and I run a service agency that helps brands to grow their businesses on Amazon. Our entire business is managing the entire Amazon channel for brands so they can focus on growing the brand as a whole.

We are currently growing all of our clients and with that, along with the new clients we’ve taken on, we’re averaging $25,000 a month in revenue, on track to grow 300% and are incredibly profitable. 2020, despite coming with a pandemic, has been a great year for our business.

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55. Start a sticker business ($4.53K)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $125,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,533
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hey, y’all I’m Cinquanta Cox-Smith I hate putting myself in a box, but If I had to explain what I do: I’m a Multipreneur. (Author, Podcaster, and Entrepreneur) I’ve been helping entrepreneurs start an EASY Print On Demand side hustle from anywhere for about 3 years now. I’m originally from a small town in South Carolina called Georgetown. It’s historic in many ways, especially for the Geechee Gullah culture. I’m an Army Veteran and my Husband (Shawn) is an active-duty soldier. We have 2 kids Kyree (15) and Sharye (12). Let’s not forget about our dog ChuChu. He's most definitely the star of this show.

I’ve always felt like this was just a hobby, or I was just making shirts but Print On Demand is so much more than that. It’s helped me create $7,000 in one month selling POD journals on Amazon KDP, it’s helped me land a Magazine Cover with my T-Shirts for Stars & Stripes (American Military Newspaper). It’s helped me teach over 10,000 people how to create passive & residual income from home with just a computer and some wi-fi. Most importantly it’s allowed me the gift of TIME. Time to spend and travel with my family. Once we get further along into this interview. I’ll tell you about how I accidentally started in the Print On Demand industry 12 years ago.

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56. Start a bakery ($3.64K)

Bakery businesses produce and sell flour-based food baked in an oven. Baked foods include bread, cookies, cakes, donuts, pies, and pastries.

Starting a pastry store can be a rewarding business opportunity if you have a passion for baking. If you plan to start a bakery, consider that happy customers often become repeat customers. Therefore, work on customer satisfaction.

To start a bakery, pick an ideal format. Some options include:

  • Counter-style bakery
  • A hybrid bakery with cafe,
  • Food truck with a bakery
  • Home bakery.

Write a suitable business plan and choose the correct location.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,750 — $25,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,642
Skills

Case Study

Bonjour! My name is Anthony Rosemond. I'm a Parisian chef & founder of Pastreez, an online French bakery.

We’ve sold over 1 million macarons to this date, with only a team of two.

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57. Start a podcast ($4.87K)

Do you have knowledge and passion that you'd love to share with other people? Or perhaps you are a content creator and looking for ways to expand your revenue streams? If you match any of these criteria, then becoming a podcast host could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Podcasts are the new radio. Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing mediums for online audio, and it's not expected to slow down any time soon. But unlike traditional radio, podcasts are driven by content creators who have a passion for sharing stories with their listeners.

One of the main benefits that come with starting a podcast is the minimal investment needed to get started. All you need is a computer or phone with a microphone and a way to host it online. You can even create one on your own website if you want.

How Much Can You Make?
$419 — $1,020,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,868
Time To Revenue
90 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Case Study

Hey there! I’m Jeremy Enns, the founder and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative, a podcast production and strategy agency.

I started the company 3 years ago, in 2016 with one client, making $15/hour and have grown into a team of 10 contractors producing more than 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10K/mo.

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58. Start an apartment cleaning business ($900)

With today’s lifestyle, cleaning service is in huge demand and continually expanding. Investing in a cleaning business is tapping into an enormous market with plenty of clients.

If you plan to start an apartment cleaning business, remember cleaning is a straightforward occupation, and you need to ensure proper customer service and meet the demands of your customers.

How Much Can You Make?
$83,000 — $600,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$900
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hey! My name is Neel Parekh and I am the Founder and CEO of MaidThis® & MaidThis® Franchise, a cleaning franchise that helps residential homeowners and short-term rental hosts (Airbnb, VRBO, etc) with their cleanings.

  • We made our niche focus on cleaning Airbnbs and vacation rentals, in addition to regular home cleaning, which is a rapidly growing industry. We became the first cleaning franchise specializing in vacation rental cleaning.
  • Local businesses are often pretty old school and typically aren’t the best with marketing, especially digital marketing. We’re bringing new-age marketing tactics to this old-school industry.
  • Remote work: we’ve been able to stay extra nimble and lean with having a global workforce. This was initially done out of necessity so I could travel, but quickly became a huge competitive advantage. Our office team works across 8 different countries.

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59. Start a mom blog ($1K)

Parenting may be an overwhelming journey. Mothers result to the internet to read stories from other moms. Reading mom’s blogs makes parenting feel less alone a long way. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or passionate about parenting, you can consider starting a mommy blog.

You can make money through affiliate links or by selling your own merchandise on the blog. To increase traffic to your blog, include resourceful and encouraging content.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Time To Revenue
120 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I’m Carly, a full time stay at home mom, full-time blogger. I run two semi-related businesses - Mommy on Purpose, a mom lifestyle blog focusing on new motherhood and home life (monetized only through traffic), and Blogging Like You Mean It, which supports new bloggers in their journey to monetize their blogs (monetized only through product sales and email marketing).

But more important to me than any of that, I will never have to leave my kids in daycare to go out and work - my mom blog alone makes 8-10,000 Canadian dollars per month, both when I work hard on it AND when I take a month off.

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60. Start a PPC consulting agency ($3.54K)

Paid advertising offers a 200% ROI. Considering the enormous potential PPC brings to a business, startups incorporate the same in their marketing strategy. However, many business owners do not understand how to implement PPC campaigns.

Do you understand digital marketing and how paid advertising works? Starting a PPC consulting business can be rewarding. If you do not know how Google ads work, you can outsource a PPC consultant to enhance your paid advertising campaigns.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,542
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Hi! I’m Daryl and I run the show at Big Flare. We’re an online Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising agency that helps small to mid-sized e-commerce businesses to grow quickly, using paid traffic.

The team at Big Flare, spread across 4 time zones and 5 countries, having one of our weekly team meetings

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61. Start a professional organizing business ($1.5K)

Are you interested in a side hustle business idea you can launch today? How about becoming a professional organizing consultant? You can teach others how to keep their spaces neatly organized if you have special organization skills.

Typically, a professional organizing business helps clients develop critical organizing skills through training. To start your business, you can create videos and share them on Instagram or other social media platforms.

To earn income from the organizing business, you can partner with promoters or introduce paid advertising opportunities.

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,500
Time To Revenue
210 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 100 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Case Study

Hey there! My name is Amber Barrett and I’m the founder and CEO of Arranged by Amber. I started this business in 2018 as a Professional Organizing service, but through pivots and lots of trial and error, this business now supports other Professional Organizers by implementing business systems and automation into their businesses.

Today, Arranged by Amber averages $8,000/month helping Professional Organizers implement business strategies and systems that save them time and money.

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