Here Are 51 Small Business Ideas & Opportunities In New York City

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

New York City 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 New York City.

1. Start an aerial imagery business ($12M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful aerial imagery business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our aerial imagery business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Robert Morris's story on creating TerrAvion a read:

My name is Robert Morris. I founded TerrAvion in 2013 together with Cornell Wright.

We view our job as abstracting away all the complexity and delivering maps that are ready to use so that growers can spend more time applying their expertise, more powerfully, and over a larger area. Below is a screenshot of our interface with fields shown in our vigor image data layers.

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Robert Morris, on starting TerrAvion ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a dermatology business ($8.4M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful dermatology business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our dermatology business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Scott R. Melamed's story on creating ProMD Health a read:

Hello, my name is Scott Melamed and I run ProMD Health, along with my co-founder/business partner and close personal friend Dr. George O. Gavrila, MD. ProMD Health operates in the Aesthetic Dermatology space, but we are so much more than that. I believe that it is every company’s duty to do their part to change the world for the better and we accomplish that mission by delivering great results, taking care of our patients, our staff, our vendors, and the community at large through a number of charitable initiatives under our corporate giving program ProMD Helps.

ProMD Health started as a single location practice and has quickly grown to include 4 offices, a franchise, a philanthropic initiative, a tattoo removal business, a telemedicine company, and so much more. Since inception, our CAGR has been over 40% and we are rapidly expanding through our independent ownership program aimed at giving physicians from any industry seeking to enter this space the tools and training they need to succeed as the owner of their own ProMD Health.

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Scott R. Melamed, on starting ProMD Health ($700,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful home builder in New York City:

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 ➜

4. Start a women's clothing line ($2M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful women's clothing line in New York City:

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

Check out all of our women's clothing line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Brigitte Shamy's story on creating SexyModest.com a read:

My name is Jason and I am the co-owner of SexyModest.com. My wife and I design and manufacture modest women’s clothing that is available online and in Costco.

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Brigitte Shamy, on starting SexyModest.com ($500,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a liquor company ($3.6M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful liquor company in New York City:

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

Check out all of our liquor company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Justin Fenchel's story on creating BeatBox Beverages a read:

Hey! My name is Justin Fenchel, and I am a co-founder and CEO at BeatBox Beverages out of Austin, TX.

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Justin Fenchel, on starting BeatBox Beverages ($500,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a rave clothing store ($4.8M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful rave clothing store in New York City:

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

Check out all of our rave clothing store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Dan Watkins's story on creating GloFX a read:

Hello! My name is Dan Watkins, and I am the founder and CEO of GloFX. Our brand develops innovative eyewear and LED flow props, ranging from glasses with kaleidoscope lenses to fiber optic flow toys. If it augments your vision or you can dance with it at a music festival, odds are we make it or are looking into making it.

To learn more about GloFX, here is a link to our About page.

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Dan Watkins, on starting GloFX ($400,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a flip flops brand ($2.25M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful flip flops brand in New York City:

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

Check out all of our flip flops brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Matt Griffin's story on creating Combat Flip Flops a read:

My name is Matt Griffin, and I'm the CEO of Combat Flip Flops--a team of people that believe we can bring sustainable, peaceful solution to armed conflict with education and economics.

As the CEO, I manage the corporate team to help drive messaging, social media, and sales. Alongside me is Andy Sewrey, President, and Donald Lee, CMO.

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Matt Griffin, on starting Combat Flip Flops ($350,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a social media automation business ($2.7M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful social media automation business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our social media automation business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Laura Roeder's story on creating MeetEdgar a read:

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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Laura Roeder, on starting MeetEdgar ($200,000/month) full story ➜

Here are some examples of a successful art gallery in New York City:

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

Check out all of our art gallery case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Adam Vieira's story on creating Station 16 a read:

Hi, my name is Adam Vieira, and I’m the creative director for Station 16 Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Montreal heavily influenced by graffiti and street art.

We showcase original art, sculptures, and works on paper, which changes every month, sometimes every week. We also launch a new limited edition silkscreen print every month with international artists.

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Adam Vieira, on starting Station 16 ($150,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a green business ($1.46M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful green business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our green business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Borja Eraso's story on creating tutiendaenergetica.es a read:

My name is Borja. I am a 36-year-old father-of-three from Spain that runs a retail business called tutiendaenergetica.es (it translates as “yourenergyshop” in Spanish). We have a shop in Pamplona - yes, that’s where the Running of the Bulls happens! - and an ecommerce site aimed at the Spanish market. We sell - mainly to end users - 2 types of “green tech” products, as I call them:

Since we started using our sales/invoicing program in late 2015 we have built a database of +7000 clients - unfortunately, we didn’t keep a proper record of our clients for the first few years. Year to date (Jan-Aug) we have already made as much revenue as in 2018 Full Year. We are pushing to achieve 900k USD this year but, if we manage to capitalize on the Xmas period (which we have never been too good at) and some new e-mobility formats we’ll present in the next we next few days, I think we have a fair chance to reach 1M USD in 2019. That would be an awesome milestone to celebrate!

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Borja Eraso, on starting tutiendaenergetica.es ($110,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a guitar company ($1.2M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful guitar company in New York City:

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

Check out all of our guitar company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Adam Klosowiak's story on creating KLOS Guitars a read:

My name is Adam Klosowiak and I’m the cofounder and CEO of KLOS Guitars, a company that builds durable, portable, and great sounding sleek carbon fiber guitars and ukuleles.

KLOS Guitars launched on Kickstarter in June of 2015 and did $33k in sales that year. Now, four years later, we’ve shipped to over 70 countries and all 50 states and we’re doing over $100k per month in sales mostly on Shopify.

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Adam Klosowiak, on starting KLOS Guitars ($100,000/month) full story ➜

12. Become a freelance writer ($359K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful freelance writer in New York City:

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

Check out all of our freelance writer case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give David Tile's story on creating Article-Writing Co a read:

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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David Tile, on starting Article-Writing Co ($80,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a shoe brand ($4.7M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful shoe brand in New York City:

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

Check out all of our shoe brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kartik Gurmule's story on creating KASA a read:

I am Kartik Gurmule, Founder at KASA, and Co-Founder at Dropshyp. KASA is an online luxury shoe and accessory boutique with over 270 luxury shoes in the collection.

We specialize in brogue designed footwear. All of our products are designed in the United Kingdom and made in Milan, Italy, by our partnered manufacturer. All of the KASA collection is hand-painted and handmade using Blake-stitching techniques. With insoles and outsoles entirely in leather, our shoes are ever long-lasting. Each shoe showcases the brand’s signature style and bears witness to the luxury lifestyle. We are actively marketing our products to our potential customers in the USA, the UK, Australia, and other parts of Europe using a variety of marketing techniques.

We launched our first collection in November 2018.

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Kartik Gurmule, on starting KASA ($80,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a jewelry product ($780K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful jewelry product in New York City:

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

Check out all of our jewelry product case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Chrissie Lam's story on creating Love Is Project a read:

Hi! I’m Chrissie Lam, the founder of Love is Project.

We've also been featured on the cover of Glamour (on Anne Hathaway’s wrist), in Refinery29 and Elle, and on an episode of Good Morning America in November 2018. We are featured as one of Oprah’s favorite Valentine’s Day gifts in the February 2019 issue.

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Chrissie Lam, on starting Love Is Project ($65,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a home equipment business ($2.64M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful home equipment business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our home equipment business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Zachary Brown's story on creating Moki Doorstep a read:

Hi, My Name is Zach Brown and I am a full-time firefighter paramedic. But the real reason I'm being interviewed is because I am the founder and CEO of Moki Doorstep. I’m sure you're asking yourself what in the world is that? It’s a common question for us. Well, to put it simply its a vehicle rooftop assistance step. Our product, the Moki Doorstep helps its users easily access the roof of their vehicle.

Today we no longer manufacture the product. After taking a look at the bigger picture we realized that licensing was the way to go. Today we are partnered with the outdoor and rooftop accessory brand Rightline Gear out of North Carolina to bring you the Moki Doorstep.

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Zachary Brown, on starting Moki Doorstep ($65,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a social media marketing service ($600K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful social media marketing service in New York City:

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

Check out all of our social media marketing service case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give David Schlais's story on creating Vital Traffic Labs a read:

My name is David Schlais and I am a co-founder of Vital Traffic Labs, a social media marketing agency with a core focus in paid social advertising as well as lead generation. We work with a variety of local businesses as well as eCommerce brands, tech start-ups, and more - helping them sustainably grow their businesses!

Today we have grown to between 50-60K in monthly recurring revenue, depending on any set-up fees, one-off services, etc. and it has been an amazing ride to get to this point in only 3 short years. I would attribute our success to putting clients and quality of work first so that we can focus on limiting churn while scaling to new clients and new opportunities.

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David Schlais, on starting Vital Traffic Labs ($50,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a volunteer solutions business ($540K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful volunteer solutions business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our volunteer solutions business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ben Sampson's story on creating WeHero a read:

Hi! My name is Ben Sampson and I’m the co-founder of WeHero. WeHero gives companies the solutions to accomplish their social mission through powerful giving and volunteer programs to create a better culture, a better brand, and a greater social impact.

Today, we have a $60K+/month business, growing 20% month/month serving many of the Fortune 500 and numerous small to mid-sized companies building their social strategies and executing high impact volunteer experiences for teams.

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Ben Sampson, on starting WeHero ($45,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a photography business ($540K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful photography business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our photography business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kyle Nelson's story on creating Results Imagery a read:

Hello, we are Kyle Nelson and Eli Libby; Co-Founders of Results Imagery. We started product photography, video production, and media consultancy agency.

We help our clients create conversion-centric media (photos and videos), then help them monetize them through the correct distribution channels such as product listings, digital advertising, social media campaigns, and print advertising. Photography includes products on white eCommerce photography and lifestyle product photography. Our video production includes lifestyle product videos, stop-motion videos and brand documentaries/about us videos. Our monthly revenue is currently $45,000 a month.

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Kyle Nelson, on starting Results Imagery ($45,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start a clothing line ($339K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful clothing line in New York City:

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

Check out all of our clothing line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ray Li's story on creating Sene a read:

My name is Ray Li and I’m the founder of Sene. We combine classic styles with radical comfort, and custom-make each piece to fit. Every order is covered by our 60 Day Guarantee - free alterations, remakes, exchanges and returns.

Our collection for men and women currently spans custom shirts, custom pants and bottoms, custom outerwear, custom suits.

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Ray Li, on starting Sene ($40,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a fulfillment by amazon business ($480K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful fulfillment by amazon business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our fulfillment by amazon business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Danny Carlson's story on creating Kenji ROI a read:

My name is Danny Carlson, an Amazon FBA entrepreneur specializing in PPC Management & Listing Optimization. I founded the Amazon Seller Agency Kenji ROI in 2016 and have grown it to more than 10 team members including 5 full-time.

Residing in Bali, my off time is spent training hand to hand acrobatics, ripping sport motorcycles, & speaking at business events.

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Danny Carlson, on starting Kenji ROI ($40,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a watch brand ($1.49M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful watch brand in New York City:

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

Check out all of our watch brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ronnie Teja's story on creating Branzio a read:

Hey guys, my name is Ronnie Teja and I am the Founder and CEO of Branzio Watches.

We are doing about $25k/mo in sales right now, which is poised to double in the next 6 months at least as we open and explore new markets.

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Ronnie Teja, on starting Branzio ($25,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a sunglasses business ($1.65M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful sunglasses business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our sunglasses business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jeff Phillips's story on creating Grown Eyewear a read:

Hi everyone, my name is Jeff Phillips and I am the founder of GROWN® Eyewear. We focus on designing, manufacturing and selling handcrafted & sustainable wood and bamboo sunglasses.

Our average monthly revenue is $25,000.

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Jeff Phillips, on starting Grown Eyewear ($25,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start an earring collection ($264K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful earring collection in New York City:

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

Check out all of our earring collection case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jackie Burke's story on creating Tini Lux a read:

My name is Jackie Burke and I am the founder of Tini Lux. Tini Lux is the first line of fashion earrings made specifically for people with metal allergies and sensitive ears.

This month, Susan Kelechi Watson, a star of the NBC show This Is Us is was on the COVER of Good Housekeeping magazine wearing a pair of Tini Lux earrings. Seeing that cover photo was a serious pinch-me moment.

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Jackie Burke, on starting Tini Lux ($22,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful financial advisor in New York City:

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 ➜

25. Start a protein bar company ($180K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful protein bar company in New York City:

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

Check out all of our protein bar company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Raivis's story on creating Coffee Pixels a read:

Hey! My name is Raivis Vaitkus, I’m one of the three Vaiekuns behind the Coffee Pixels, the smart coffee bar.

As we come for Northern Europe, it's also the market we work with. Current sales are stable - roughly 15K units per month and growing, with most of the business done in Finland, Estonia, Australia & our home, Latvia. It took us 16 months to grow from around 1K units per month to get here.

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Raivis, on starting Coffee Pixels ($15,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start a niche online store ($625K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful niche online store in New York City:

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

Check out all of our niche online store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Tripp Phillips's story on creating LeGlue LLC a read:

I am just an average 13-year-old kid with a small business poised to eclipse half a million in sales in 2019.

Since our appearance on Shark Tank, we have averaged over $35,000 per month in sales. And once Mr. Wonderful kicks in his help, we hope to quadruple those sells this year.

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

27. Start a dropshipping business ($144K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful dropshipping business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our dropshipping business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Amanda Austin's story on creating Little Shop of Miniatures a read:

My name is Amanda Austin, and I’m the founder of Little Shop of Miniatures.

I run a dropship store, which means I pay a supplier to pick, pack, and ship the order to my customer. I have two wholesalers who dropship for me and they are both great. My main drop shipper has about 20,000 different dollhouse miniatures and dollhouse building supplies in stock!

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Amanda Austin, on starting Little Shop of Miniatures ($12,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a sticker business ($120K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful sticker business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our sticker business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Gary Amstutz's story on creating StickerandLabelSA.co.za a read:

Hello everyone - from a warm and sunny South Africa. My name is Gary Amstutz and I have been involved in eCommerce for almost 15 years now. StickerandLabelSA.co.za is actually one of our newest sites but has had the fastest growth curve to date.

We have grown from Zero (orders/sales) a year ago, to an average of about 10 orders a day and sales of about $10,000 per month.

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Gary Amstutz, on starting StickerandLabelSA.co.za ($10,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start a tech support business ($120K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful tech support business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our tech support business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Daniele Besana's story on creating WP OK a read:

Hello, this is Daniele Besana and I'm the founder of WP-OK.

WP-OK was born in 2015. Since then, it grew into a team of 4 WordPress experts that solved 2800+ tickets for 200+ customers.

Treasure hunting during our yearly meetup in Florence, Italy.

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Daniele Besana, on starting WP OK ($10,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a sporting goods store ($101K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful sporting goods store in New York City:

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

Check out all of our sporting goods store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kyler Russell's story on creating Comfy Cup LLC a read:

My name is Kyler, I am the inventor and co-founder of the Comfy Cup. I am currently 12-years old, but I was 8-years old when I came up with the idea to create a more comfortable athletic cup for boys.

I have sold Comfy Cups in all 50 states, plus Canada and Australia. My company grossed over $100,000 last year which helped fund my college savings and my Roth IRA.

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Kyler Russell, on starting Comfy Cup LLC ($8,400/month) full story ➜

31. Start a tax service business ($153K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful tax service business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our tax service business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Yvette Sadovoy's story on creating Savvy and Suite Ltd a read:

Yvette Sadovoy here, founder of Savvy and Suite, a bespoke tax and accounting firm. In reality, though, it’s so much more. Savvy and Suite is a honeypot for successful and money-minded individuals.

This lifestyle is possible through intelligent and diligent accounting and it is our main mission to help you live it.

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Yvette Sadovoy, on starting Savvy and Suite Ltd ($7,500/month) full story ➜

32. Start a woodworking business ($45K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful woodworking business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our woodworking business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sasha Weekes's story on creating Timber Grove Studios a read:

My name is Sasha Weekes and I’m the 25 years old owner of Timber Grove Studios. Our home-based woodshop is nestled in the hills of PEI’s countryside, and we specialize in decorative shelving and home decor with a focus on minimalist design and simplicity. Each piece is made to order with 20+ color options, meaning it will be the perfect fit for each customer's space. We ship Canada and U.S. wide.

Etsy has been the main platform since starting up, although I finally have a standalone website up and running as well which I hope to grow in order to diversify sales channels. I have no current employees, although I have a wonderful subcontractor who works from home to cut and stain wood for me. She’s paid by the piece so it’s a great system for both of us. My partner Mario works full time but has recently joined me on the side and we’ve released a new line of steel table bases together which has been a ton of fun - he is an awesome welder.

After launching in 2017 and being skeptical about making sales of large items online, I was absolutely proved wrong! The business outgrew our small condo basement within 7 months and outgrew the garage/basement of our next rental home in 7 months as well. We’re now happily settled with a detached shop and garage, meaning there’s some room to grow (for now!) and space to begin stocking up on items for the Christmas rush before summer ends.

Moving twice in two years has definitely caused organizational, financial and opportunity hiccups, but the business has grown steadily regardless so we’re very excited about where 2020 will take us. We’ve learned what to focus on during which months, as revenue can range anywhere from $2000 during slow months to $10,000 during high months. Net profit has run anywhere between 20-50% throughout the life of the business and varies month to month. It’s closer to 20% right now as we’ve been spending all we can on new tools and materials for our new larger products and our Christmas stock.

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Sasha Weekes, on starting Timber Grove Studios ($6,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start a branding agency ($270K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful branding agency in New York City:

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

Check out all of our branding agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Elva Li's story on creating Elva Li a read:

I am a brand stylist, designer and speaker, and founder of ELVA LI Brand.Style.Design, a boutique branding house helping lady bosses feel confident online and land high-end clients through luxury branding and website design.

With a background in Business and Finance for 10 years, I have combined my creative flair with my business savviness to help female entrepreneurs bring their visions to life and turn their ideas to a premium brand. Everything I do exudes style, elegance and timelessness, because these are a necessity, not a luxury. I have been featured on LadyBoss Asia, This Women Can and have been seen on ABC, CBS, Fox, etc.

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Elva Li, on starting Elva Li ($5,000/month) full story ➜

34. Start an IT company ($60K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful IT company in New York City:

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

Check out all of our IT company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Maanda Mulaudzi's story on creating Common Sense Holdings a read:

Hello, my name is Maanda Mulaudzi and I am the founder of Common Sense Holdings. We are a startup based in Johannesburg, South Africa and we have been in business for just over a year.

We currently turnover $5,000 a month but we are looking to have a 100% increase in monthly revenue from early next year with potential new clients.

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Maanda Mulaudzi, on starting Common Sense Holdings ($5,000/month) full story ➜

35. Start an electronics store ($48K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful electronics store in New York City:

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

Check out all of our electronics store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jeff Olson's story on creating LEVDisplay a read:

Hi, my name is Jeff and I live in Denver, CO. I started LEVdisplay last year after becoming fascinated with levitating magnets.

I am currently selling 30 units/month with 50% margin and ramping up to sell 100/month during the holidays.

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Jeff Olson, on starting LEVDisplay ($4,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a fashion business ($39.3K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful fashion business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our fashion business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Garret "Buddy" Lamp's story on creating Knee Deep Limited LLC a read:

What’s going on! I am Garret “Buddy” Lamp, and I am a co-founder with Taylor “Earl” Nees of our start-up, Muff Waders. Muff Waders is an epic product that Earl came up with about 3 years ago, and we just began selling in September 2019.

Many people do not look at us as a legit company because of the product. Yes, Muff Waders is a fun product based around laughs, but it is also centered around that hard-working blue collared man. It may seem like a made-up product or company, but we are real. We have been averaging $3,600 a month in sales since we began selling nine months ago.

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Garret "Buddy" Lamp, on starting Knee Deep Limited LLC ($3,600/month) full story ➜

37. Start a hat business ($24K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful hat business in New York City:

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

Check out all of our hat business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Burly Vinson's story on creating Snappies a read:

Hey! My name is Burly Vinson and I’m the founder of Snappies, a hat brand that creates a unique kind of snapback hat. I got tired of the cheap plastic straps found on traditional snapbacks, so I created a hat that uses leather and brass instead of the usual plastic straps.

A large part of the Snappies brand is geared towards living different and exploring the outdoors. We’ve partnered with nonprofits so proceeds from each hat go towards planting trees and fighting deforestation. In our first year, we’ve been able to help plant thousands of trees. It’s exciting to have customers love your product, but it’s great knowing that each new customer is helping Snappies make an environmental difference.

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Burly Vinson, on starting Snappies ($2,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful email newsletter in New York City:

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 ➜

39. Start a church

Here are some examples of a successful church in New York City:

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40. Start a corsages business

Here are some examples of a successful corsages business in New York City:

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

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41. Start a souvenir shop

Here are some examples of a successful souvenir shop in New York City:

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

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42. Become a costume designer

Here are some examples of a successful costume designer in New York City:

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

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43. Start an online golf gear store

Here are some examples of a successful online golf gear store in New York City:

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

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44. Become a real estate broker

Here are some examples of a successful real estate broker in New York City:

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

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45. Start a home decor business

Here are some examples of a successful home decor business in New York City:

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

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46. Start a digital magazine

Here are some examples of a successful digital magazine in New York City:

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

Check out all of our digital magazine case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Drew Williams's story on creating SWAGGER Magazine a read:

My name is Drew Williams and I run and operate a digital lifestyle magazine for men called SWAGGER Magazine. SWAGGER Magazine is one of the first products created under our parent company, Swagger Publications Inc.

SWAGGER Magazine currently pulls in about 1-2k per month and is growing rapidly. Our primary source of revenue is sponsored posts, and celebrity features which we call "Kings of Swag". We currently own the trademark for “Swagger” in Canada and share that mark with Proctor & Gamble after a $100,000 trademark war.

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Drew Williams, on starting SWAGGER Magazine (/month) full story ➜

47. Start a construction cleanup business

Here are some examples of a successful construction cleanup business in New York City:

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

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48. Start a tech company

Here are some examples of a successful tech company in New York City:

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

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49. Start a generator repair service

Here are some examples of a successful generator repair service in New York City:

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

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50. Become a mindfulness coach

Here are some examples of a successful mindfulness coach in New York City:

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

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51. Start a makeup brand

Here are some examples of a successful makeup brand in New York City:

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

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Starter Story,   Founder of Starter Story

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