44 Home-Based Business Ideas To Start In Florida

With all of the changes happening in the last couple of months, you may be sitting at home with some extra time and looking for a new side project or additional income stream.

The best part: nowadays, it's possible to start almost any business from home.

We put together 44 home-based business ideas you can start in Florida today, and we show you:

  • Examples of others who started those businesses
  • Tips/tricks for success
  • How much $$ you can expect to make

Here's the list:

Natural prepared meals ($300K/mo)

Michael Martinez started Eat Clean LLC, a Natural Prepared Meals business. They are now doing $300,000/month.

  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Started: almost 6 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 68

The idea came from my desire to enjoy healthy foods as well as to help others live a healthy lifestyle. I did not have a background in preparing food although my roommate at the time was a chef and helped start the business and prepare our original menus.

Do whatever is necessary to be able to grow your business and usually, it takes a lot of sacrifices that are not fun at the time but when you look back on it your proud that you actually did go the extra mile.

At the time the business was started I was fresh out of college renting an apartment. I actually had to downsize and move into a mobile home due to the massive cost of starting a food business.

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Michael Martinez, on starting Eat Clean LLC ($300,000/month) full story ➜

Romance concierge services ($3.5K/mo)

Ta'Veca Collins started Romance On The Go, Concierge Services, a Romance Concierge Services business. They are now doing $3,500/month.

  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Started: almost 9 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Before I officially started ROTGO, I was planning and designing romantic rendezvous for my husband, family, and friends, for FREE!

I would get calls asking if I could set-up a room for this birthday, that anniversary, or help me get out the dog house!

I would get calls asking if I could set-up a room for this birthday, that anniversary, or help me get out the dog house! The defining moment that allowed for Romance On The Go to be born was in October 2010, when my bridesmaids and close friends surprised me on my wedding night. My bridesmaids and close friends very strategically sneaked off and decorated our Honeymoon Suite with candles and rose petals throughout the suite. Hear me when I say “strategically”, I mean I never noticed that they were missing from the reception.

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Ta'Veca Collins, on starting Romance On The Go, Concierge Services ($3,500/month) full story ➜

Cigar subscription service ($20K/mo)

Michael Arciola III started Southern Cigar Co, a Cigar subscription service business. They are now doing $20,000/month.

  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Started: over 5 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

My journey to build Southern Cigar Co. was much different than most. Although I’ve always enjoyed cigars, it wasn’t built around a passion for cigars.

During my time at Florida State University, I always joked around (sort of kidding, sort of not) that the computer science students were expected to learn something than immediately put it to use in the real world. The flip side being the business school, where you learn something very abstract that you likely won’t be able to apply until you are at the senior level.

There are people less qualified than you, doing things you want to do, simply because they decided to believe in themselves.

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Michael Arciola III, on starting Southern Cigar Co ($20,000/month) full story ➜

Handmade flower & resin jewelry ($4K/mo)

Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier started Ann + Joy, a Handmade Flower & Resin Jewelry business. They are now doing $4,000/month.

  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Started: ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

Courtney Joy always wanted to be a teacher as a little girl. She used to pretend to teach in her childhood home basement on Long Island, New York. Growing up in an artistic family, she became a figurative and landscape artist and eventually attended art school. After college, she decided to merge her two childhood passions together and became an art teacher.

Lindsay Ann expressed herself through art in a different way. She was in the theater and went to school for drama in New York City. While pursuing her dream of acting, she also made beaded jewelry on the side. It quickly became a passion of hers and would help lead her down a new path in life.

Within our first 3 months, we sold over 100 orders, resulting in more than $3,000 in revenue. By the end of our first year, we had sold over 2,300 orders, resulting in more than $65,000.

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Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, on starting Ann + Joy ($4,000/month) full story ➜

Tutoring ($15K/mo)

Adam Shlomi started SoFlo SAT Tutoring, a tutoring business. They are now doing $15,000/month.

  • Location: Columbus, Kansas, USA
  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Started: over 1 year ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

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

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

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

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Adam Shlomi, on starting SoFlo SAT Tutoring ($15,000/month) full story ➜

Independent premium spirits ($100K/mo)

Umberto Luchini started Wolf Spirit Distillery, a independent premium spirits business. They are now doing $100,000/month.

  • Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Started: over 3 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5

I was born in Italy, schooled in the UK, started my career in France, then entered the spirits industry in Monaco. When I was given the chance to take a lateral transfer to the US in 2003, I jumped at it and moved to San Francisco. By 2007 I knew America was my home and became an American citizen. By the time I started my own company I had worked in marketing for about 25 years, 15 of those with Campari USA, the U.S. arm of multinational Campari spirits.

For the first 24 years of my career, I had marketed products produced by others. Then, in the 25th year, I was tasked with creating and launching a brand for the company, and Espolòn Tequila came to be. I am proud to say that it is often called “the Tito’s of Tequila” for its rapid growth, and this success gave me the itch to create my own products, rather than market others’. I tried to do this within Campari, presenting many models to show how this could work, but we could not come to an agreement.

So, in my mid-40s I walked away to launch Wolf Spirit Distillery, with the mission to live courageously with great purpose; to be honest; and, frankly, hell-bent on upending the system. Every day, I aim to inspire richer life experiences and to satisfy a literal and figurative thirst for what’s real.

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Umberto Luchini, on starting Wolf Spirit Distillery ($100,000/month) full story ➜

Audio recording education ($100K/mo)

Graham Cochrane started The Recording Revolution LLC, a Audio Recording Education business. They are now doing $100,000/month.

  • Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Started: about 11 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I started Recording Revolution back in 2009 as an accident.

I had just moved to Florida with my wife to help a friend start a church. I found a job at a financial startup, bought our first house and had our first baby. And then 5 months in I lost my job because the company I was working for ran out of money.

My background was in music. I grew up singing, playing guitar, and writing/performing songs. I also went to college for audio recording and had created a side income as a freelance audio engineer, producing albums for bands and artists.

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Graham Cochrane, on starting The Recording Revolution LLC ($100,000/month) full story ➜

Beach wedding services ($165K/mo)

Brandon Wheeler started Gulf Beach Weddings, a Beach Wedding Services business. They are now doing $165,000/month.

  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $165,000/ month
  • Started: almost 7 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5

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Brandon Wheeler, on starting Gulf Beach Weddings ($165,000/month) full story ➜

Temporary tattoos ($1K/mo)

Anslea started Forgotten Mermaids, a Temporary Tattoos business. They are now doing $1,000/month.

  • Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Started: over 2 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Before mermaid tattoos, I was working as a freelance graphic artist on everything from illustrations to website designs. I knew the fundamentals of how to design a brand and decided I wanted to apply those skills to create my own.

At the time I had been traveling and living out of my van while working full time as a freelance graphic designer. I spent a lot of creative energy working on other people’s ideas when I realized I wanted something of my own. Better yet, I realized I should be working towards something for myself.

The next step was figuring out what that was. At the time I was living in a van in a touristy Florida town, so naturally there was an abundance of mermaid themed stuff in all of the shops.

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Anslea, on starting Forgotten Mermaids ($1,000/month) full story ➜

Digital marketing services ($350K/mo)

Rick Hoskins started On The Map Inc, a digital marketing services business. They are now doing $350,000/month.

  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Started: almost 12 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 50

I started working when I was 15. My first job was the night manager at a Quiznos in Cocoa, FL. My father owned an air conditioning company, so I started working there installing AC units. That lasted for a couple of years, but it involved installing ductwork in hot, unairconditioned attics in the Florida heat, so I knew that it wasn’t something that I wanted to do forever.

A very common mistake that I’ve seen over the years is focusing too much on product/service and not enough on the sales. Think about how you’re going to sell the product and then push for the execution.

One of our AC clients owned an internet marketing company called Labitat, and my dad got him to interview me for a part-time intern position. I was hired and that was the start of my internet marketing career. At that time, around 2007, the company’s biggest clients were in Fort Lauderdale, so I spent a lot of time in the South Florida area. When that client’s work dried up, I saw the writing on the wall with Labitat and decided to look for a new job.

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Rick Hoskins, on starting On The Map Inc ($350,000/month) full story ➜

Seo services & subscriptions. ($15K/mo)

Samer Awada started OneSEO, a SEO services & subscriptions. business. They are now doing $15,000/month.

  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Started: over 2 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

I attended the University of Central Florida where I majored in computer science. This helped me understand the fundamental concepts of computer programming and software development. The main language used at the university was C. Though it could be fun for some to program in the C programming language, it would simply take too long to get any working software prototype done using it.

For anyone that has an idea and wants to get started, my advice is to simply not get desperate. It takes patience for everything to start falling into place.

I wanted to pick up a programming language built around a framework that could quickly bootstrap applications and get them to market. After doing some digging online, I came across Ruby on Rails. As a software developer who wanted to create web applications fast, this was heaven. The ruby framework is designed to handle all the basic boilerplate logic and common features of an application. It allowed me to work on the actual product idea rather than spending countless hours programming features that have already been programmed before.

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Samer Awada, on starting OneSEO ($15,000/month) full story ➜

Snap-on sleeves. ($2.3K/mo)

Susan Costanza started Sleeves 2 Go, a Snap-on sleeves. business. They are now doing $2,300/month.

  • Location: Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $2,300/ month
  • Started: about 9 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I have always loved fashion as far back as I can remember. After extensive years in the fashion industry, and 20 years as a fashion show coordinator & commentator, I’ve found the most common wardrobe dilemma women shared with me was "Why is everything sleeveless" or “I don’t like the way my arms look”.

What I learned is that, no matter what you are selling, do it with integrity, believe in your product or what you are doing wholeheartedly, work hard and work smart!

As women age the arms can be a trouble spot, and most of today’s fashion trends lean towards sleeveless dresses & tops, especially here in south Florida. The only solutions available were to cover-up with a sweater, jacket or maybe a wrap, which can make your outfit look dated or matronly. That’s how the idea of an attachable sleeve was born. After months of research and designing to create a prototype, I finally was able to get the attachable sleeve into production.

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Susan Costanza, on starting Sleeves 2 Go ($2,300/month) full story ➜

Diamond search engine ($500/mo)

Tony Florida started The Diamond App, a Diamond search engine business. They are now doing $500/month.

  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Revenue: $500/ month
  • Started: almost 4 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

The idea for The Diamond App started when I was engagement ring shopping for my girlfriend. I knew nothing about diamonds except that they were expensive.

With zero knowledge about diamonds, I went to a local jewelry store and looked at some diamonds. I went home and discovered that I could find an equivalent diamond online for thousands of dollars less. This is when I learned that buying a diamond online is much cheaper than in a brick and mortar store thanks to significantly less operating expenses with an online business.

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Tony Florida, on starting The Diamond App ($500/month) full story ➜

Manufacturing platform. ($250K/mo)

Michael G. Lizanich II started Manufacturefy, a Manufacturing platform. business. They are now doing $250,000/month.

  • Location: Columbus, Kansas, USA
  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Started: almost 5 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20

While in college playing Division I football, I had an idea to create a product. So I searched and searched to find a manufacturer and realized that it was extremely difficult to find a manufacturer!

Therefore I found a sourcing agent to help me and they told me, “Before we are able to secure you a quote, you must place a non-refundable deposit”. Now, being in college and playing football, a non-refundable quote was not the most economical decision.

The ultimate test on determining if you should be an entrepreneur is to see how many different tasks you can handle at once.

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Michael G. Lizanich II, on starting Manufacturefy ($250,000/month) full story ➜

Rescue device ($20K/mo)

Dr. Robert Yonover started SEE/RESCUE Corporation, a Rescue Device business. They are now doing $20,000/month.

  • Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Started: ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees:

I grew up in Miami and dreamed about volcanoes and becoming a big wave surfer, but unfortunately, all of Florida is flat (topographically and relatively surf wise). I worked hard in school and fell in love with science. I learned that if I got straight A’s, no one could mess with me and it leads to full scholarships to get my Master’s working on gold deposits in Nova Scotia and ultimately to get my Ph.D. working on submarine volcanoes in Hawaii.

I was a polite pain-in-the-ass and would call media outlets for years until they would write about the technology, years later my media book is so large, I can’t even carry it to meetings with all the reprints of articles and stories!

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Dr. Robert Yonover, on starting SEE/RESCUE Corporation ($20,000/month) full story ➜

Military and espionage thrillers ($19K/mo)

James Rosone started Front Line Publishing Inc, a Military And Espionage Thrillers business. They are now doing $19,000/month.

  • Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $19,000/ month
  • Started: almost 5 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

Before I was a writer, I served ten years in the Army and Air Force, and then followed that up with another eight years as a contractor for the Department of Defense and the State Department. During that time, I lived for 3.5 years in Iraq and 3.5 years in Germany, and spent most of that time involved in hunting and capturing terrorists across the globe. Although the reality was quite different from Jack Bauer in 24, I held a unique job in the military as an interrogator. I’d spend twelve to sixteen hours a day interrogating Al Qaeda prisoners, and we’d use the information to capture or kill the rest of their terrorist cells throughout the country.

It was an incredibly intense job. I’d go from huge emotional highs when we’d capture a top 10 high-value individual to immense lows when members of our capture teams would get injured or killed. It was a pure adrenaline junky job, right at the tip of the spear. I’ve interrogated a Saddam Hussein body double that I swore was really him. Other detainees I interviewed ranged from the top five members of the Al Qaeda organization in Iraq all the way down to a fourteen-year-old kid placing an improvised explosive device on the side of a road.

Looking back on my time in Iraq, I have mixed emotions about it. I was honored to have served my country and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I’m also torn up at times with the guilt that I could have or should have done more. We lost twenty-six service members on missions derived from my interrogations, and more than a hundred were injured. I kept asking myself if I could have done something different, maybe asked another question or pushed a prisoner a little harder. Would it have changed the outcome? I struggled with that really hard when I left Iraq.

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James Rosone, on starting Front Line Publishing Inc ($19,000/month) full story ➜

Ecommerce order fulfillment services ($5.58M/mo)

Jan Bednar started ShipMonk, a eCommerce order fulfillment services business. They are now doing $5,583,333/month.

  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $5,583,333/ month
  • Started: ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 900

From a young age, I knew I wanted to do big things. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, which led to my first gig as a DJ when I was thirteen years old. It was a great way to meet new people and make a little money. But, most importantly, it allowed me to familiarize myself with the world of business.

Think of a problem you care about and find a solution that works.

When I was sixteen, I left the Czech Republic and immigrated alone to the United States to pursue a college education. I was accepted to Florida Atlantic University, a public college in Boca Raton, Florida and studied Management of Information Systems.

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Jan Bednar, on starting ShipMonk ($5,583,333/month) full story ➜

Home goods ($10K/mo)

Nan, Wendy and Jessica started Ocochi, a home goods business. They are now doing $10,000/month.

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Started: over 1 year ago
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 3

We came up with the idea back in July 2016 when Wendy went out to China to spend a week with Jess who was living and working in Shanghai. It was on a trip to a nearby water town that we came across local women who were fluffing up handfuls of a candy floss looking fiber and using it to make duvets. This was where we discovered mulberry silk duvets.

The skill and artistry of the women were incredible, and we watched as they made everything by hand to the finest standards as exemplified in the fine stitching. We were enthralled and came away determined to find out more.

On our journey into the story behind mulberry silk, we also came across bamboo bedding and immediately fell in love with it because it, too, was sustainable, soft and beautiful to work with. We saw the two products as complementary, both in their environmentally friendly origins and in the way that they improve the quality of sleep.

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Nan, Wendy and Jessica, on starting Ocochi ($10,000/month) full story ➜

Pet goods and accessories ($0/mo)

Yuri started COLLAR, a Pet Goods And Accessories business. They are now doing $0/month.

  • Location: Chernihivska municipal council, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine
  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Started: almost 26 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 500

When I was a teenager, I adopted my first puppy. But in 1995 in my native city, there were no pet accessories manufacturers. My father and I, had to make the collar from a uniform belt by myself. Later, when I walked my dog, my friends came to ask where I got such a collar and ordered some similar for their pets. That’s how the story of COLLAR company started.

With the development of the company I understood that looking at the foreign ideas may work great for the Ukrainian market, but to conquer the international one I had to make something entirely new. Then the motto of the company - “Innovation only” - was born. Now every idea that is proposed in COLLAR company shall pass the simple test: is it really innovative? Is it better than anything that already exists in the market? Does it fill the still empty niche? If the answer is “yes” the idea turns into a project and then into a product.

Now COLLAR company has grown from a small flat in Chernihiv to an international manufacturer with more than 500 employees and offices all over the globe. The products we invent and produce are well-known in European, Asian and American pet stores, but we still do our best to fascinate the customers even more with new innovations.

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Yuri, on starting COLLAR ($0/month) full story ➜

Digital advertising services ($500K/mo)

Billy Ash started Todays Business, a Digital Advertising Services business. They are now doing $500,000/month.

  • Location: New Jersey, USA
  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Started: about 9 years ago
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 40

I attended St. Leo University in Tampa Bay, Florida and graduated in 2011. I was going to get into financial advising but found out quickly that it wasn’t for me. I got my start in digital marketing working for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour while still in Tampa. Not long after I had started my digital marketing career, I had heard some news from my dad about how a friend from high school was getting some local press. This friend was typically in local news, as he was one of the best quarterbacks in the state of New Jersey, but this time it was for a marketing company that he had started. My dad suggested I reach out to see how I can get involved and after a deep conversation about what they were trying to do I told them I could help them.

My friend from high school, Chaz Cervino, and his partner who he had met playing football at Hofstra University, Tom Ottaiano, felt I brought a lot of value to the team and brought me on as a partner and Chief Digital Officer not long after our initial convo.

When I joined the company we were a networking type of business. We were like a Meet-Up.com combined with LinkedIn. Our first event was a huge success but after hearing my partner Chaz’s father had heard a poor pitch for Twitter management services he suggested we take a look at getting into social media marketing. We pivoted quickly as we identified a better way to monetize and scale.

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Billy Ash, on starting Todays Business ($500,000/month) full story ➜

Marketing strategies ($230K/mo)

Darren Magarro started DSM, a Marketing Strategies business. They are now doing $230,000/month.

  • Location: Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, USA
  • Revenue: $230,000/ month
  • Started: over 13 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 18

My personal journey to get to where I am today with not direct and honestly if I would have said 13 years ago that I’d be where I am today...I WOULD HAVE BEEN LYING TO YOU ALL. After starting at the University of New Hampshire in 1995, I lost my father 6 weeks into my freshman year.

After finishing my freshman year, I came back home to New Jersey to be closer to my mom and went to work for a semester doing construction in NYC. From there, I decided to get back into school with the help of a mentor. The whole community rallied around me and really helped me get into Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Fast forward, 3 ½ years later (and a few rugby injuries) to graduating Lehigh with honors and a history degree (a story for another day).

From there...I assume you’re asking how I went from a history degree to a career in advertising and marketing...bluntly, I couldn’t get a teaching job in a tough market back in 2000. I took an assistant media buyer job at Mediaedge: CIA. From there, I worked my way up the food chain to Zenith Media, FX and back to Zenith over the next 6 years ultimately working my way up to a Buying Director.

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Darren Magarro, on starting DSM ($230,000/month) full story ➜

Adhesive for toy bricks. ($15K/mo)

Tripp Phillips started LeGlue LLC, a Adhesive for toy bricks. business. They are now doing $14,998/month.

  • Location: Dalton, Georgia, USA
  • Revenue: $14,998/ month
  • Started: over 5 years ago
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 4

Here is exactly how it started...

My 3rd-grade teacher, Mrs. Martha Thomason, challenged me to write a paper or come up with an invention, so I got motivated to show some creativity. As I told the Sharks, “I did what any logical 9-year-old boy would do, I chose to avoid the writing”.

I came home and said Dad, “I need to make an invention. How in the world do I make one”? Dad told me what now has become our core belief: “ Tripp, you have to Identify a problem and then come up with a solution to fix it.

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Tripp Phillips, on starting LeGlue LLC ($14,998/month) full story ➜

Four-way volleyball nets ($190K/mo)

Chris Meade started CROSSNET, a Four-Way Volleyball Nets business. They are now doing $190,000/month.

  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $190,000/ month
  • Started: over 3 years ago
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 1

I graduated from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut with a film degree in 2014. Growing up in a small farm town in Woodstock, CT, my dream was always to make it big and become a famous horror movie director. I had such a strong passion for directing and cinematography, but after one cold morning in Chinatown at 4 am on the set of the HBO show GIRLS, I knew that I wasn’t cracked up for that life.

I then took my first sales job in 2015 at a software company in New York City called Contently to pay off my student loans. It ended up being one of the most important things I ever did as I learned invaluable sales and outreach skills that would help me later land deals for CROSSNET with retailers such as DICK’S, Target, Academy, Walmart, and Scheels.

After a lovely layoff in the spring of 2017, I got offered a gig as Uber’s first-ever external Account Executive in their NY HQ helping launching UberEats in Boston and Providence. Through Uber’s relaxed start-up culture and demanding sales quotas, I learned the value of providing autonomy and trust to my future employees and freelancers. Who cares if you take a 20-minute coffee break and take an extra day off if you are hitting 150% of your quota. I have that same mentality for all of my employees, as long as we are hitting our deadlines, putting out high-quality work, there’s no need to add extra stress in anybody's life.

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Chris Meade, on starting CROSSNET ($190,000/month) full story ➜

Sleep product ($130K/mo)

Sandeep Prasad started Wink & Nod, a Sleep Product business. They are now doing $129,969/month.

  • Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Revenue: $129,969/ month
  • Started: almost 3 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25

I used to work for a VC fund in Florida and focused on investments in early-stage consumer brands. I was also the COO of a luxury eCommerce watch company as part of the VC fund. I noticed a consistent rise in US & Europe based startups that focused on disrupting the mattress and the sleep market - these startups were bringing sleep products that were traditionally sold offline to an online-first model. Plus there was a lot of innovation in the product itself. Being someone who had experienced difficulties with sleep and actively looking for the best products that the market has to offer, it piqued my interest.

Treat your company or your startup as a child - nurture it, grow it, and make it ready for the world.

The catalyst to start the business was the pursuit of my parents for a good mattress. They spent more than three weeks in this quest and ended up buying a mattress for an absurd price of Rs 30,000. Upon asking my mother what mattress she had purchased, she was not very sure. The experience of my parents and the potential opportunities in the Indian mattress industry sparked the idea of building a startup focusing on sleep.

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Sandeep Prasad, on starting Wink & Nod ($129,969/month) full story ➜

Profitable real estate investments ($500K/mo)

T. Cory Lewis started T. C. Lewis & Co. Real Estate, a Profitable Real Estate Investments business. They are now doing $500,000/month.

  • Location: North Carolina, USA
  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Started: about 15 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 33

I’m from a very small town in the Appalachians called Sylva, North Carolina. If you’re not familiar with that region, it’s a very diverse area. Sylva is in the north end of Jackson County, and Cashiers (and neighboring Highlands) are in the south end. Sylva is blue-collar, and a factory-type (now tourist) town and Cashiers/Highlands is a spot where some of the wealthiest people in the world have vacation homes and are all members of one of the ultra-exclusive private clubs.

Growing up, I worked at my family’s convenience store. I saw a lot of the folks headed through to Cashiers and Highlands up from Atlanta for the weekend, and a big portion of them seemed to be making their money in real estate. Some were making money buying the mountain land around my town at a low price from local farmers who had no use for the steep mountains, developing a portion of the top, and then selling it off for astronomical amounts of money to other rich people. I was amazed by that. And I couldn’t understand why no one locally had tried this himself.

I come from a fairly long line of entrepreneurs on both sides of my parent’s families. My great-grandfather on my dad’s side quit school after the fifth grade, and then he went on and started a convenience store business that I still help operate 85 years later as it has passed down to my grandfather, my dad, and now myself and my brother. And my grandfather on my mom’s side owned a heavy civil construction company building large-scale projects like interstates throughout the mid-1900s. My uncles and cousins still operate a part of that business, too.

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T. Cory Lewis, on starting T. C. Lewis & Co. Real Estate ($500,000/month) full story ➜

State-inspired apparel ($93K/mo)

Brian Wysong started Tumbleweed TexStyles, a State-inspired apparel business. They are now doing $93,000/month.

  • Location: Frisco, Texas, USA
  • Revenue: $93,000/ month
  • Started: about 9 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

Growing up, in Fort Worth, Texas, I have always had a passion for business, sales and fashion.

I loved getting the latest pair of shoes and making sure my outfit was top notch going to school. I also loved the idea of selling my ideas and trying to negotiate deals with my parents or friends. My childhood buddies would agree that I was a sweet talker, hard worker, highly competitive and a very disciplined person in life, athletics and work.

No one is really prepared to own a business. I had a marketing degree with work experience in the field of business and marketing. I was even a teacher of the subject matter. Those things helped me get started, but the day-to-day experiences and the process of trial and error has really been the true tale of our success.

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Brian Wysong, on starting Tumbleweed TexStyles ($93,000/month) full story ➜

Odor management solution. ($60K/mo)

Krista Woods started GloveStix, a Odor management solution. business. They are now doing $60,000/month.

  • Location: Ashburn, Virginia, USA
  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Started: almost 7 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

As a working mother of 3, I was always very busy especially during their sports seasons. I spent more time in the car running from event to event and I had less time at home. I had spent years trying different products to help with the odor in their gear and wasted so much money, and time, trying to get the odor out especially from those lacrosse gloves.

Everything I found on the market was either a type of chemical spray that simply masked the odor with some overpowering chemical scent or some kind of wash that would ruin the glove, but nothing really worked and as soon as he played, everything would smell again. I even tried every trick on google I could find; I would have done anything to not smell that horrendous odor every carpool night. It wasn’t only my problem, every parent of an athlete I knew also had the same odor issues.

I looked at my husband and said, “That’s it! I am going to invent something!” With absolutely no experience in manufacturing, e-commerce, logistics or marketing, or actually anything I do now, and with the help of my husband, my family and friends I went from idea to prototype then to having an actual product for sale in 1 year.

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Krista Woods, on starting GloveStix ($60,000/month) full story ➜

Digital marketing for businesses ($12K/mo)

Michael Gardiner started Nomads with Solutions, a Digital Marketing for Businesses business. They are now doing $12,000/month.

  • Location: Stuart, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Started: almost 5 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

When I was 15 I was a sophomore in high school and primarily interested in normal kid things, including basketball, track, skateboarding, video games, hanging with friends, etc.. I happened to get injured playing basketball and in my free time applied for a job at a local pharmacy store. I had a really terrible interview process where the person interviewing me took very little interest in me and I thought to myself that I wanted to make money on my own terms.

Although my family has no entrepreneurs, nor did I know any, I got an idea for my first potential income stream. I had always followed themed accounts (nice cars, luxury houses, travel) on Instagram and figured I could build a big page to make money with eventually (and show off to my friends). Short story, I ended up growing a network of Instagram accounts to over 1,000,000 followers within a year and sold the network and used that money to fund my other ventures (of which most failed).

During that time period, I had the advantage of having two great loving parents who provided all I needed, so I could put all my money I wanted into business, for this, I am really grateful. During that time I also worked some jobs, including working for a library, elementary school, and a rehab center.

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Michael Gardiner , on starting Nomads with Solutions ($12,000/month) full story ➜

Plant-powered meal plans, cleanses and protein powder. ($30K/mo)

Jen Hansard started Simple Green Smoothies, a plant-powered meal plans, cleanses and protein powder. business. They are now doing $30,000/month.

  • Location: Brooksville, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Started: about 8 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1

In 2011, we moved here from California to Florida so my husband, Ryan, could help start a church with a friend. He was a brand new pastor and the job didn’t come with a salary. I was a stay-at-home mom doing any random design job I could to scrape together money to help pay for rent and groceries.

Being an entrepreneur was never my dream. I wanted to get married, raise a family, decorate a cute house, travel a lot as a family. I started my own business out of necessity— it was my way to help feed our family and pay our rent when things got real tough.

One day, I got the mail and opened a letter that said, “You no longer have health insurance.” We knew this was coming. But we couldn't avoid it and sorta lived in denial that it would happen to us. Well, it did and I felt like a safety net had been pulled out from under us. What if one of the kids gets sick? Or one of us gets sick? Our small savings would be wiped out and we'd go under.

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Jen Hansard, on starting Simple Green Smoothies ($30,000/month) full story ➜

Bodysurfing handboards and accessories ($80K/mo)

Angela Watts started Slyde Handboards, a bodysurfing handboards and accessories business. They are now doing $80,000/month.

  • Location: San Clemente, California, USA
  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Started: about 10 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

The Idea of Slyde Handboards started back on the beaches of Cape Town South Africa where I grew up. My Mother would take me and my brother down to the beach a lot to get us out the house. We spent most of the time bodyboarding or bodysurfing. We used to find all sorts of objects that we would use as a planning device to get us a little more speed and lift on the wave from frisbees to flip flops, some worked well others not so much. It wasn't until my teens that I decided to break open an old surfboard and re-use the foam to shape into a mini handheld board that would later become the very first prototypes for Slyde.

I figured we were the only ones doing this, but It wasn't until I went travel surfing around the world and met other surfers and water men and women and heard their stories of growing up using all sorts of found objects like lunch trays or even making boards themselves. It was then I realized there was a possible opportunity to create a brand around this awesome growing watersport movement, as no other company was doing this.

There is definitely a defined problem that we solve, in that a handboard is easy to learn, hassle free and fun to take to the beach. The idea was really born from simple enjoyment that I was having using one. It felt almost selfish to not share it with the world. It turns out I wasn't wrong, because almost immediately we started to form a community and movement as more and more people started to find out about us either online or through friends.

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

Seafood delivery ($300K/mo)

Cameron Manesh started Cameron's Seafood, a Seafood delivery business. They are now doing $300,000/month.

  • Location: Rockville, Maryland, USA
  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Started: over 3 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10

My father invested in the first retail seafood location in 1985 and my uncle ran it. My father and I built our Apartment Brokerage while my uncle and his son built what is now the largest retail Maryland crab company in the world.

My cousin, Pey, and I are second generation and we wanted to ship Maryland Crabs from the Chesapeake Bay to people who can’t get them real thing, nationwide.

One morning, a crab-lover from West Virginia rolled up to one of our family-owned food trucks in Hagerstown, MD, to buy a bushel of Maryland blue crabs. He told my cousin Pey, who was working on the food truck that day, that he was so sick of paying exorbitant prices for dodgy crabs in WV, and to him it was worth driving 6 hours, round trip, to come get the real Maryland crabs from us.

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Cameron Manesh, on starting Cameron's Seafood ($300,000/month) full story ➜

Dietary supplements. ($20K/mo)

Ben Esgro started De Novo Nutrition, a Dietary supplements. business. They are now doing $20,000/month.

  • Location: Archbald, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Started: almost 8 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5

De Novo was born when I was in graduate school studying sports nutrition. I was fascinated by the pharmacology of dietary supplements and, as an avid consumer of products, the diversity of effects from brand to brand and product to product. Over time, I became increasingly curious of the entire process of product development and ever more frustrated with the "smoke and mirrors" most companies were promoting.

The more I learned, the more I realized how much deception was in the industry. There were, however, some brands which seemed to reliably provide innovative and effective products. These brands and formulators in many ways became my motivation and inspiration.

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Ben Esgro, on starting De Novo Nutrition ($20,000/month) full story ➜

Functional clothing for infusion treatments. ($3K/mo)

Ellen Hamilton started Chemo Cozy, a Functional clothing for infusion treatments. business. They are now doing $3,000/month.

  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Started: about 7 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

The idea for Chemo Cozy was the result of my now late husband (and co-founder), Greg Hamilton’s chemotherapy experience.

Greg was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. His treatment included both radical surgeries and extensive chemotherapy. It was during his journey that we realized there was a need for more accessible and comfortable clothing specifically designed to provide patients a better experience during their treatments.

My advice for entrepreneurs who are just starting out is simple: make sure you have a mission. No matter what the product or service, figure out what your mission is and use that as your guide to moving forward.

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Ellen Hamilton, on starting Chemo Cozy ($3,000/month) full story ➜

Seo for personal injury lawyers. ($275K/mo)

Chris Dreyer started Rankings.io, a SEO for personal injury lawyers. business. They are now doing $275,000/month.

  • Location: Caseyville, Illinois, USA
  • Revenue: $275,000/ month
  • Started: almost 8 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15

I graduated college with a History degree, fully intending to become a high school teacher and coach. I landed a job shortly after graduation as a detention room supervisor, of all things.

Find someone whose work you admire and apply both their mistakes and successes to your own trajectory. Most any mistake that can be made has been, so take advantage of the availability of the stories of others to sidestep the pitfalls that caught them.

You can imagine what my daily routine was like: sitting in the same small room, managing the same recurring cast of misguided youth and assorted screw-ups. One day, bored out of my skull, I Googled “how to make money online” (not joking: that’s literally the query I used). This led me to a few digital marketing courses...and I was instantly hooked.

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Chris Dreyer, on starting Rankings.io ($275,000/month) full story ➜

Roll on rash guard. ($8.5K/mo)

Michael Vahey started Beach Gladiator, a Roll on rash guard. business. They are now doing $8,500/month.

  • Location: Virginia, USA
  • Revenue: $8,500/ month
  • Started: over 5 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4

When we were kids, we both would vacation with our families at the beach. And we both suffered from the same issue: chafing.

When we would run around the beach all day in wet shorts, we would develop a rash between the legs. It would be bad enough to cause the “cowboy walk”. This is a walk that looks silly because you are trying to hold your legs apart. The chafing (I used to call it the rub-raw) would be severe enough to last for days and put a stop to most activity for those days. There wasn’t a cure for it. We tried Vaseline and other things, but it only provided temporary relief.

The coolest thing about beach Gladiator is that it was started by just the 2 of us and we still have control over what we want the brand to be. The greatest influence on the product was and continues to be our kids, who were our first customers.

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Michael Vahey, on starting Beach Gladiator ($8,500/month) full story ➜

Health food ($60K/mo)

Julien DUTHEIL CORBIOLI started Natura Wellness , a health food business. They are now doing $60,000/month.

  • Location: Paris, Ile-de-France, France
  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Started: over 2 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’ve started some research about the food industry when I did some abroad years and became a student at the University Of California, Santa Barbara. I was playing for the soccer team of the university (Big up to the Gauchos) and I had to control my weight almost everyday.

Learn from what you’ve done wrong and always try to improve yourself.

I learned the ingredients of almost every product on the market and I became obsessed to know exactly what I was giving to my body.

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Julien DUTHEIL CORBIOLI, on starting Natura Wellness ($60,000/month) full story ➜

Balloon decorations ($20K/mo)

Janeen Brown started Balloon Haus LLC, a Balloon Decorations business. They are now doing $20,000/month.

  • Location: Remote
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Started: almost 3 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 16

I’ve always had quite the entrepreneurial spirit, always thinking of the next best idea which is how my first business was created - a non-profit focused on helping young women, followed by an employee concierge, I started with my father Jeluxxe Lifestyle Solutions. I was always intrigued to hear about others’ journeys and how they became full-time entrepreneurs but never thought I’d get there but here I am, thanks to Balloon Haus INC. As well as, reading and learning have always been an interest of mine, which is why I was able to start this “little balloon company.”

Balloon Haus was a random idea that turned a successful business. A client from one of my other companies was looking for balloon decor and my assistant agreed to help with finding a vendor. This was much harder than we thought it would be and with no luck, we turned to youtube and figured out how to create the requested installation ourselves and the rest was history. I registered the business the same day, contacted my father and he told me, “this was the best decision you have ever made.” This was the only validation that I needed to know, this was going to be a successful business.

DO NOT TAKE ON A DIFFICULT CUSTOMER. If you notice communicating with the customer from the beginning is not easy - do not continue as you will regret it and most likely end up with an unhappy customer by the end of the transaction.

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Janeen Brown, on starting Balloon Haus LLC ($20,000/month) full story ➜

Exterior remodelling services ($350K/mo)

Clifton Muckenfuss started Carolina Exteriors, a Exterior Remodelling Services business. They are now doing $350,000/month.

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

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

Surround yourself with POSITIVE people.

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

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Clifton Muckenfuss, on starting Carolina Exteriors ($350,000/month) full story ➜

Crm for construction companies ($60K/mo)

Erick Vargas started Followup CRM, a CRM for construction companies business. They are now doing $60,000/month.

  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Started: almost 20 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Followup CRM is the brainchild of Best Roofing CEO, Gregg Wallick, and I. In July of 2001, Wallick purchased Best Roofing; a South Florida based commercial roofing contracting company. Best Roofing was a $6,000,000/year roofing company that had lost money in the previous two years.

You have to start with the person you want to serve and build backward from there.

You have to start with the person you want to serve and build backward from there.

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Erick Vargas, on starting Followup CRM ($60,000/month) full story ➜

Wood sunglasses. ($250K/mo)

Cory Stout started Woodies, a Wood sunglasses. business. They are now doing $250,000/month.

  • Location: Venice, Alberta, Canada
  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Started: over 8 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I studied Economics at the University of Florida but the real education was scalping football tickets outside of the stadium. I really learned my lessons on those streets...

For example, there were a lot of characters I learned to deal with. The ticket street hustlers are really really sharp dudes. They would always ask to see my tickets, and make me offers on them.

Pick something that you’re going to enjoy selling/talking about nonstop.

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Cory Stout, on starting Woodies ($250,000/month) full story ➜

Custom jewelry. ($500K/mo)

Julien Plouffe started Moonglow Jewelry, a Custom jewelry. business. They are now doing $500,000/month.

  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Started: over 8 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 11

Unfortunately, I was always messing around in school, I loved socializing and was friends with everyone, I was pretty bad at everything except theater and sports. Bad in a classroom setting, but I flourished out in a crowd selling.

When I turned 16, the principal told my father I should quit school and work for him. I did. My father had a pitch business selling infomercial-type products in fairs across the United States, but most products I sold were either passing trends or did not hold my interest, at least not until Moonglow.

In 2011 at a fair in Springfield, MA called The Big E is where my life changed direction a bit. I was 23. I was selling Moonglow for the first time and the sales were great. People loved the idea, the concept, and I knew this was the product I wanted to focus on and could really build a brand.

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Julien Plouffe, on starting Moonglow Jewelry ($500,000/month) full story ➜

Consulting & marketing services ($31K/mo)

Alex Albarran started Dream Client Academy, a Consulting & Marketing Services business. They are now doing $31,000/month.

  • Location: Hollywood, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $31,000/ month
  • Started: almost 3 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

Growing up, I had a natural tendency to be entrepreneurial. I was flipping shoes, strollers, video game consoles, trading cards & anything I could get my hands on all throughout middle & high school. However, this was enabled 100% by my father instilling professionalism, attention to detail and a strong work ethic in me since I was very young.

He made me work for everything I wanted, didn’t allow any excuses about ANYTHING, and ultimately helped me develop an inner-drive/hustle that’s been the main reason why I’ve been able to do anything like an entrepreneur. Without him and his approach to my upbringing, there’s NO WAY I’d be doing what I’m doing now business-wise.

So thank you dad :)

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Alex Albarran, on starting Dream Client Academy ($31,000/month) full story ➜

Leading nationwide money lender ($300K/mo)

Michael Mikhail started Stratton Equities, a Leading Nationwide Money Lender business. They are now doing $300,000/month.

  • Location: Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA
  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Started: almost 3 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 14

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

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

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

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Michael Mikhail, on starting Stratton Equities ($300,000/month) full story ➜

Miniature cinder blocks ($20K/mo)

Mat Hofma & Erik Polumbo started Mini Materials, a Miniature cinder blocks business. They are now doing $20,000/month.

  • Location: Maitland, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Started: over 5 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5

I was a graphic designer by trade and really wanted to start up my own e-commerce shop. I wanted to learn web design and at least get some business experience under my belt. I had never even thought of starting my own business.

I couldn't think of what to sell until I saw a guy making mini cinder blocks for fun on Reddit. I wanted to buy some, but they weren't for sale. I figured it couldn't be that hard, so I taught myself 3D design in SketchUp and made molds from 3D prints.

I figured throughout the process that I could at least sell enough to break even - since startup costs were under $500 total. The worst that could happen was that I got an education on 3D design, web design, and prototyping.

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Mat Hofma & Erik Polumbo, on starting Mini Materials ($20,000/month) full story ➜

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