58 Low Cost Small Business Ideas To Start In San Diego

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

San Diego is already great place to start a business, but you might be wondering what you can start today.

Here are the best business ideas to start in San Diego.

1. Start a computer accessory business ($12M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful computer accessory business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our computer accessory business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jack Yao's story on creating Mobile Pixels a read:

My name is Jack Yao, our company is Mobile Pixels Inc. We started the company when I was a graduate student at MIT. During an internship at Amazon, I urgently felt the need of using a portable monitor as I was working in a co-working space. The idea came to when I was doing some programming work, I wished that I could have had a monitor that can be expanded from the back of the main laptop display.

Our product is the Duex monitor, we did 4.3MM in sales in 2019, and are on track to do $12MM for 2020.

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Jack Yao, on starting Mobile Pixels ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

2. Become a home builder ($6M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful home builder in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our home builder case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Michael J Parnell's story on creating MPC Builders a read:

My name is Michael Parnell, and I am the founder of MPC Builders. We provide general contracting services for custom home construction along the Jersey Shore, as well as commercial projects throughout NJ and the Philadelphia metro area.

We’re busier than ever because of this open book-building process, it’s unlike any of our competitors and our clients take notice, and become raving fans… and in turn, refer to their friends, and so forth…

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Michael J Parnell, on starting MPC Builders ($500,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a towels business ($2.77M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful towels business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our towels business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Andy Jefferies's story on creating Dock and Bay a read:

I’m Andy, co-founder of Dock & Bay which is an awesome new lifestyle brand selling travel apparel, fitness, and beach accessories for those who love exploring this awesome world.

In our first full year of business, we had a turnover of $92K and this year we’ll be turning over $5.4m.

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Andy Jefferies, on starting Dock and Bay ($450,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a sleep products business ($1.56M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful sleep products business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our sleep products business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sandeep Prasad's story on creating Wink & Nod a read:

I am Sandeep Prasad, founder, and CEO of Wink & Nod. I started the company around two years back with a mission to provide a healthy and comfortable sleep to the Indian consumers.

While a lot of brands claim to be sleep focused, almost no one has the portfolio offerings to match the claim. Mattresses and pillows are central to sleep, but we've gone above and beyond to create multiple categories including bed linen and sleep enabling accessories to fulfill all sleep-related needs from one place. We're also ever-expanding our portfolio to bring cutting edge technologies to solve sleep problems. We're very excited about the next couple of months, with some really awesome products coming up. We're doing $130k/month in revenues, and have served more than 12,000 orders to date.

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

5. Start a deoderant brand ($1.23M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful deoderant brand in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our deoderant brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Stacia Guzzo's story on creating SmartyPits a read:

My name is Stacia Guzzo, and I’m the founder of SmartyPits Deodorant. SmartyPits is free of aluminum, phthalates, parabens, and propylene glycol, and we give a portion of sales back to breast cancer research and survivor support.

We didn’t, however, start out as SmartyPits, nor did we start out with the idea to mainly make deodorant. Our path is a bit more winding. It’s a story of failure, success, flexibility, and paying close attention--and one that I’m excited to share with you.

In the last 21 months, SmartyPits has grown from making under $100,000 in 2016 to making over $500,000 by the end of Q3 in 2018.

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Stacia Guzzo, on starting SmartyPits ($102,500/month) full story ➜

6. Start a respirator mask business ($1.08M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful respirator mask business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our respirator mask business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Michael Vahey's story on creating Breathe Healthy a read:

My name is Michael, and I’m the owner of Breathe Healthy.

Breathe Healthy is the name of the company that I started. We produce comfortable, wearable respiratory protection that also looks good. We have been in business since 2009, and our sales surpassed 1 million in 2017. We continue to grow and disrupt the “traditional” paper/disposable mask market.

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Michael Vahey, on starting Breathe Healthy ($90,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a surfboard business ($528K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful surfboard business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our surfboard business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Angela Watts's story on creating Slyde Handboards a read:

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

Since we LLC’d the company in late 2010, Slyde has grown. We’re doubling in revenue every year. We were on Season 7 Episode 24 of Shark Tank, where we were fortunate enough to land a deal with Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher, who are still both very much involved in the company.

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

8. Start a hair loss treatment product ($912K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful hair loss treatment product in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our hair loss treatment product case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Zee Schwab's story on creating Sayar Care a read:

Hi! I’m Zee, I started Sayar Care.

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Zee Schwab, on starting Sayar Care ($76,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a BBQ tools business ($480K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful BBQ tools business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our BBQ tools business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nicolas Vallée's story on creating BBQ Croc a read:

I’m the Croc Man and designer of the BBQ Croc® 3 in 1 Tool. I designed a multipurpose BBQ tool for the everyday consumer who wants to focus on grilling and not on which tool to use and when.

We have tripled our revenues in our second year and as of September 1st 2018 have sold over 70,000 units. We hope to double that for our third year.

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Nicolas Vallée, on starting BBQ Croc ($40,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a hair product line ($1.76M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful hair product line in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our hair product line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Chris Healy's story on creating The Longhairs a read:

We’re Chris Healy and Lindsay Barto, founders of The Longhairs. Our flagship product is Hair Ties For Guys™, the finest hair ties in the world, offering these and other superior products for men with long hair on our website, thelonghairs.us.

We started our business in 2014 without a following, and over four years we’ve grown our audience to 60K monthly website visitors, 20K email subscribers, and 28K YouTube subscribers, with monthly revenue of $30K.

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Chris Healy, on starting The Longhairs ($30,000/month) full story ➜

11. Become a financial advisor ($1.36M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful financial advisor in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our financial advisor case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Denzel Rodriguez's story on creating Builder To Contributor LLC a read:

My name is Denzel Rodriguez currently 24 years old and I am a King. I serve the Almighty God King of Kings. My purpose on this earth is to share the Kingdom of God and his influence through financial concepts such as giving.

My company is Builder To Contributor LLC and I primarily do financial consulting with families. My main service is teaching Velocity Banking & Infinite Banking to help people pay off bad debt extremely fast, build credit, increase cash flow, and build wealth in a short period of time. My ideal customer is a mom looking to regain her authority and become a master over her finances. Doing this I currently make over $20k a month.

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Denzel Rodriguez, on starting Builder To Contributor LLC ($20,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a fitness facility ($240K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful fitness facility in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our fitness facility case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Paul Dickey and Alec Abend's story on creating Hexbox Fitness a read:

Hello! Our names are Alec Abend and Paul Dickey, Co-Founders of Hexbox Fitness. We are a state of the art, upscale Fitness Facility. The combination of our own branded class and 24 hour Member access has created our own unique model carving out our own lane within the ever growing Fitness Industry.

On top of being a community driven facility, our members get the convenience of 24 hour access to come in and use the equipment any time, any day. We currently have 1 location in the Monterey, CA area, and are working on locking in a few franchise and licensing deals to expand.

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Paul Dickey and Alec Abend, on starting Hexbox Fitness ($20,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a book club ($156K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful book club in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our book club case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ben Keene's story on creating Rebel Book Club a read:

Hello. We’re Ben Keene and Ben Saul-Garner.

51 books, 570 subscribing members and £10,000 in MRR later and we’ve not only solved our own bad reading habits but helped a lot more people dive into different topics and share their thoughts with each other.

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Ben Keene, on starting Rebel Book Club ($13,000/month) full story ➜

14. Become a corporate trainer ($195K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful corporate trainer in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our corporate trainer case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Andrew Tarvin's story on creating Humor That Works a read:

I am Andrew Tarvin and I am the world’s first humor engineer (at least according to all the Google searches that I’ve done).

We’ve worked with thousands of people at more than 250 organizations, including Microsoft, the FBI, and the International Association of Canine Professionals.

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Andrew Tarvin, on starting Humor That Works ($12,500/month) full story ➜

15. Start an email newsletter ($6.6K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful email newsletter in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our email newsletter case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Qin Xie's story on creating Money Talk a read:

Hi, I’m Qin Xie, a journalist, and editor based in London. I recently launched Money Talk, a reader-funded newsletter on personal finance.

It’s early days still - Money Talk went live at the end of May - but I made £100 in the first month and a couple of people even signed up for a whole year.

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Qin Xie, on starting Money Talk ($100/month) full story ➜

16. Become a mindfulness coach

Here are some examples of a successful mindfulness coach in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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17. Start an edibles business

Here are some examples of a successful edibles business in San Diego:

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18. Become a physical therapist

Here are some examples of a successful physical therapist in San Diego:

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19. Become a personal chef

Here are some examples of a successful personal chef in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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20. Start a private jet repair business

Here are some examples of a successful private jet repair business in San Diego:

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21. Start a solar panel installation business

Here are some examples of a successful solar panel installation business in San Diego:

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22. Become a florist

Here are some examples of a successful florist in San Diego:

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23. Start an organic farm

Here are some examples of a successful organic farm in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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24. Become a golf trainer

Here are some examples of a successful golf trainer in San Diego:

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25. Start a tile business

Here are some examples of a successful tile business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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26. Become a basket weaver

Here are some examples of a successful basket weaver in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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27. Start a car tracker installation business

Here are some examples of a successful car tracker installation business in San Diego:

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28. Start a children's clothing business ($1.68M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful children's clothing business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our children's clothing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Cameron Olthuis's story on creating Sawyer a read:

Hi there, I’m Cameron Olthuis, owner and operator of Sawyer. Sawyer is a high-quality kids clothing brand that makes soft, durable products with timeless designs that inspire them to get outside and explore the natural world.

We operate a direct-to-consumer business model that’s completely bootstrapped and our fulfillment is done entirely in house. This allows our brand to be in control of all customer touch points, something we feel is extremely important when building a brand.

Our products to date have largely consisted of graphic tees, hats & beanies, and hoodies. We’re now moving into custom cut & sew apparel products. Our long-term vision includes technical outerwear and other functional outdoor products exclusively for kids.

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Cameron Olthuis, on starting Sawyer ($0/month) full story ➜

29. Start an ice cream brand

Here are some examples of a successful ice cream brand in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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30. Start a growing products business

Here are some examples of a successful growing products business in San Diego:

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31. Start a packaging design business

Here are some examples of a successful packaging design business in San Diego:

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32. Start a liquor delivery business

Here are some examples of a successful liquor delivery business in San Diego:

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33. Start a church

Here are some examples of a successful church in San Diego:

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34. Start a hemp products business

Here are some examples of a successful hemp products business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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35. Start a roof repair business

Here are some examples of a successful roof repair business in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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36. Start a jet ski rental business

Here are some examples of a successful jet ski rental business in San Diego:

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37. Start a restaurant

Here are some examples of a successful restaurant in San Diego:

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38. Become a skiing instructor

Here are some examples of a successful skiing instructor in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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39. Become a hair massage therapist

Here are some examples of a successful hair massage therapist in San Diego:

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40. Start an American food restaurant

Here are some examples of a successful American food restaurant in San Diego:

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41. Start a CCTV camera business

Here are some examples of a successful CCTV camera business in San Diego:

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42. Start a nurse staffing agency

Here are some examples of a successful nurse staffing agency in San Diego:

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43. Start a museum

Here are some examples of a successful museum in San Diego:

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44. Start a construction company

Here are some examples of a successful construction company in San Diego:

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45. Start a speed boat rental business

Here are some examples of a successful speed boat rental business in San Diego:

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46. Start an auto interior shop

Here are some examples of a successful auto interior shop in San Diego:

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47. Start a cabinet making business

Here are some examples of a successful cabinet making business in San Diego:

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48. Become a property manager

Here are some examples of a successful property manager in San Diego:

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49. Start a cannabis club ($264K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful cannabis club in San Diego:

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50. Start a grocery store

Here are some examples of a successful grocery store in San Diego:

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51. Start a hotel ($6M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful hotel in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our hotel case studies ➜

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52. Become a real estate broker

Here are some examples of a successful real estate broker in San Diego:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

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53. Start a tech company

Here are some examples of a successful tech company in San Diego:

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54. Start a car battery shop

Here are some examples of a successful car battery shop in San Diego:

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55. Start a tourist guide business

Here are some examples of a successful tourist guide business in San Diego:

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56. Start a party planning business

Here are some examples of a successful party planning business in San Diego:

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57. Start a corsages business

Here are some examples of a successful corsages business in San Diego:

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58. Start a 420 friendly airbnb business

Here are some examples of a successful 420 friendly airbnb business in San Diego:

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