70 Cosmetic & Makeup Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2024]

Updated: July 24th, 2023

Interested in starting a cosmetic & makeup business in 2024?

We put together 70 of the best cosmetic & makeup businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a dermatology business

The beauty and wellness industry is booming all across the globe. Not only has the demand for skin care, nail care, hair care, and face care products increased, but also people are conscious of the benefits of consulting experts.

If you are enthusiastic about beauty and wellness and want to start a business, you may consider starting a dermatology business. Dermatologists specialize in skin, hair, and nails. They help patients who suffer cosmetic disorders like hair loss and scars.

Cases of skin disorders among the elderly and the need for skin care and beauty solutions among younger and middle-aged people are reasons services of dermatologists are in high demand. To start the dermatologist business, research the market and choose a niche that you may specialize in.

How much you can make: $1,000,000/month

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

How We Started A $700K/Month Aesthetic Dermatology Business

ProMD Health is a rapidly expanding aesthetic dermatology business, boasting a CAGR of over 40%, with four offices, a franchise, a philanthropic initiative, a tattoo removal business, a telemedicine company, and more, all while giving power to their physicians through ProMD Development Group.

About
Scott started ProMD Health over 5 years ago
Revenue
Scott grew the business to $1M/month
Costs
It cost Scott $250000 to start the business
Read by 8,530 founders

2. Start a jewelry making business

The global jewelry market size was valued at $278B in 2018 and is expected to reach $292B by 2025.

The industry comprises manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and jewelry designers. Unlike many other industries that have gone through leaps in technology, the jewelry industry has remained untouched for over 40 years.

If you know how to make jewelry, then this might be a great way to make some extra money.

How much you can make: $1,000 — $2,000,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $3,500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How A Teacher Started A Successful Handmade Jewelry Business Online

A primary school teacher found his passion for jewelry-making, turning it into a successful business generating $2500-3000 per month through sales at the Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market, online, and through stockists, with plans to expand and eventually make it his full-time profession.

About
Alex started Gold Pan Pete Design over 11 years ago
Revenue
Alex grew the business to $2.5K/month
Read by 39,844 founders

3. Start a barber shop

Are you passionate about men’s grooming and looking to start a low-investment business with a high-profit margin? A barbershop can be a great business idea since it will never hit a low a season. Men and boys always look for grooming, no matter how bad the economy is.

Therefore, starting a barbershop can be a profitable business venture.

How much you can make: $125,000/month

How I Started A $125K Barber Shop, Beard Grooming Brand And Barbering Academy

Antonio Camilleri built Antonio's Barber Shop from a small two-chair operation to two locations servicing over 250 daily clients and €1.5M in annual revenue with a product line generating a 30% profit.

About
Antonio started Antonio’s Barber Shop over 8 years ago
Revenue
Antonio grew the business to $125K/month
Costs
It cost Antonio $500000 to start the business
Read by 7,879 founders

4. Start a hair dye business

How much you can make: $60,000/month

How I Started A $50K/Month Professional Haircare Products Business

Ugly Duckling Los Angeles, a professional haircare products business founded by Ishan Dutta, takes in anywhere between 600 and 900 orders a month, totaling around $50,000 per month in sales, with almost 60% of business coming from repeat orders; their objectives for 2020 include increasing profitability, growing digital traffic, expanding to trade shows and events, and releasing more innovative products.

About
Ishan started Ugly Duckling about 8 years ago
Revenue
Ishan grew the business to $60K/month
Costs
It cost Ishan $250000 to start the business
Read by 7,718 founders

5. Start a hair loss treatment product

According to healthline, we lose between 50 and 100 hairs each day.

The American Hair Loss Association recognizes that baldness is a devastating situation. Therefore, starting a hair loss treatment solution can be a great business idea. Ideas and opportunities for starting your hair loss treatment business include:

  • Manufacturing own hair loss treatment solution
  • Become a distributor
  • Start a hair loss prevention coaching class
  • Hair loss treatment blog

Manufacturing a hair loss treatment product may be a tedious approach because you must go through the approval stages to get your product to the shelves. Besides, starting a manufacturing line is more capital-intensive than starting a distributorship. Therefore, choose an opportunity that will suit your budget and focus on business growth.

How much you can make: $50,000 — $76,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $3,700 (?)

How long does it take to build: 548 days (?)

How I Battled My Own Hair Loss And Created A $1M Product

Sayar Care's flagship product Retain, which prevents and reverses hair loss, has a 100% success rate at stopping hair loss and a 70% success rate at stimulating new hair growth, and its novel, scientifically-driven approach to creating new formulas has drastically reduced the cost of drug development from over $2B to under $10K per new formula.

About
Zee started Sayar Care over 6 years ago
Revenue
Zee grew the business to $76K/month
Read by 5,532 founders

6. Dropshipping men's grooming products

The global market for men’s grooming products is witnessing steady growth due to growing consumer preferences, and it is expected to witness a CAGR of 4.29% in the next few years.

Products such as shaving foams, face creams, after-shave lotions, and body sprays are among the highest in-demand men’s grooming products.

To start a men’s grooming products dropshipping business, high-quality research products, find a market, build a website and launch the business. Remember, as you begin the drop shipping business, people will come up with ideas. Listen to your customers, and implement necessary ideas to ensure the company is booming.

How much you can make: $1,000 — $650,000/month

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

Growing And Selling An Online Beard Care Business

A 22-year-old Korean American entrepreneur shares the story of how he pivoted from a beard growth cosmetic business to a beard care brand, built a strong community with a 30% customer retention rate, and scaled to a six-figure revenue with primarily Facebook ads.

About
Ray started HUSKYBEARD over 7 years ago
Revenue
Ray grew the business to $3.5K/month
Read by 15,164 founders

7. Start a podcast

The podcast business involves creating and producing audio content that people can listen to online.

It’s a popular form of entertainment and information-sharing.

To start a podcast business on a budget, you'll need a few key steps.

First, choose a niche or topic that you're passionate about and that has an audience.

Next, get basic recording equipment like a microphone and headphones.

Then, find a free or affordable hosting platform to publish your episodes.

Finally, promote your podcast through social media, online communities, and word of mouth to build an audience and potentially attract sponsors or advertisers.

How much you can make: $400 — $1,020,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

Time commitment per week: Min. 2 hours/week

How I Started A Successful Podcast Production Company

A successful podcast production company that grew from one client making $15/hour to a team of 10 contractors producing over 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10k/mo, primarily through referrals and with a focus on providing high personal touch and being picky about working only with clients who are a good fit.

About
Jeremy started Counterweight Creative almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Jeremy grew the business to $16K/month
Read by 17,162 founders

8. Start a youtube channel

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

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

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

How much you can make: $800 — $4,500,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 48 days (?)

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

How This Couple Makes $5K/Month Generating Content About Ways To Make Money Online

Learn how this entrepreneurial couple made $5-7k a month by helping others find legitimate work from home jobs and creative ways to make money online through their blog and YouTube channel, as well as offering two flagship products designed to help beginner freelancers and new bloggers accelerate growth.

About
Chhavi started Mrs Daaku Studio over 5 years ago
Revenue
Chhavi grew the business to $5K/month
Costs
It cost Chhavi $500 to start the business
Read by 13,279 founders

9. Start a natural beauty product business

Natural beauty products include aloe vera, honey, or cocoa butter. They contain no chemical or synthetic elements.

The global natural skin care products market size was valued at $6.7 billion in 2021.

Thinking about launching a beauty product line? What’s holding you back? Check out our case studies below to see how others have done it!

How much you can make: $300 — $325,000/month

How long does it take to build: 227 days (?)

How A Mother Of Two Started A $5K/Month Skincare Business From Home

A mother-of-two started a $5k/month skincare business after experimenting with beeswax and honey to create luxurious all-natural products, growing her business to attain over $7,500 in sales per month via multiple sales streams, including $4,000 per month at markets.

About
Mel started Flowerdale Valley over 6 years ago
Revenue
Mel grew the business to $5K/month
Read by 23,353 founders

10. Start a hair product line

Starting a hair product line can be a fun and profitable way to build a new income stream. It's also fairly easy, as long as you plan it out (and maybe do a little bit of market research before creating your sales funnel). There's a reason we often talk about trends in hip-hop and pop culture when we talk about hairstyles — they often have a lot to do with advancements in the hair product industry. The industry is expected to grow to 102 billion dollars by 2024.

How much you can make: $550 — $2,000,000/month

How long does it take to build: 382 days (?)

How I Started A $650K/Month Hair Extensions And Products Business

Private Label Extensions is a hair distribution and technology company that builds hair brands from A to Z for entrepreneurs, achieving over $650,000 in monthly sales and ranked #278 of the fastest-growing companies by Inc Magazine for 2018.

About
Mikey started Private Label Extensions about 11 years ago
Revenue
Mikey grew the business to $650K/month
Costs
It cost Mikey $14000 to start the business
Read by 36,062 founders

11. Start a mobile bodycare business

Now than ever before, people have demanding schedules and appreciate services that allow them convenience. Are you have a professional background in the beauty industry or have dreamed of owning a cash business in a dynamic industry, consider starting a mobile body care business.

Rather than renting space, you can operate mobile body care in a customized van or truck. Like a physical salon, a mobile salon will need a water source, power supply, chairs, mirrors essential styling tools.

A mobile salon allows you to set your prices and staff your business according to the services you offer. Expand your reach, and promote your services on social media accounts and local Facebook groups.

How much you can make: $5,000/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How I Started A $2K/Month Mobile Bodycare Experiences Business

Jenni Jo, a licensed massage therapist, shares her story of creating a mobile body care spa in a custom Airstream to cater to the niche market of touring entertainers, with features such as massage tables, lounging spaces, custom cabinetry, lighting, music, and aromatherapy, inspiring other entrepreneurs to keep taking steps towards their dreams.

About
Jenni started Jenni Jo - Tension Tamer®️ over 4 years ago
Revenue
Jenni grew the business to $5K/month
Read by 6,139 founders

12. Start a skin care product line

The skincare business is a multi-billion dollar one, and it shows no sign of slowing down. New anti-aging products are entering the market at a nearly exponential rate, and the competition for consumers' money is growing more and more.

The industry was valued at 130 billion USD in 2021 and will expand at an annual growth rate of 4.6% up to 2030. This is surely a type of business that you should not miss. You'll need to build your creativity on your products and make sure that it is all safe and useful in improving the skin of your customers.

How much you can make: $300 — $1,000,000/month

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

How Two Moms Started A Business Selling Homemade Body Butter

Two moms start a side hustle selling all-natural body products, doubling sales since their launch in 2017 with over 75 craft shows, promoting a non-profit source for their shea butter and self-promotion through podcasts, lining up retail interest from exposure.

About
Meredith started Oh My Balm about 7 years ago
Revenue
Meredith grew the business to $2K/month
Costs
It cost Meredith $10000 to start the business
Read by 32,695 founders

13. Start a hair removal service

14. Start a training parlour business

15. Start a skincare magazine business

16. Become a mobile makeup artist

A makeup artist is a beautician who offers general makeup services, including facial aesthetics, thorough makeup, and creating custom looks for celebrities and even actors on movie sets.

You can serve clients from their homes or offices as a makeup artist. Therefore, makeup artists avoid paying rent or paying expensive licenses. Besides, makeup artists get to meet different famous people.

To stand out as a professional makeup artist , keep up with the developments in the cosmetology industry, and focus on providing personalized customer service.

17. Start a cosmetic store

The cosmetic industry is growing rapidly. Starting a cosmetic shop can be highly profitable, but only if you stock trendy, skin-friendly products.

If you are passionate about the beauty industry, consider starting a cosmetics brick-and-mortar shop.

Cosmetic shops sell products ranging from anti-aging, aromatherapy, lotions, beauty spa, cosmetic store, and even make-up.

To start a cosmetic store, research the market and source products from well-known brands in the beauty industry.

How much you can make: $8,500 — $490,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $800 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

How I Started A $8.5K/Month Cosmetics Brand

A former felon's passion for makeup and skincare led her to launch FBI Cosmetics, which has grossed over $62,000 in sales since July 2020, through social media marketing, brand partnerships, and online sales at Walmart.com.

About
Alexis started FBI Cosmetics Inc. about 3 years ago
Revenue
Alexis grew the business to $8.5K/month
Costs
It cost Alexis $1500 to start the business
Read by 7,287 founders

18. Start a beauty parlour business

A beauty parlor business offers various services, including haircuts, styling, coloring, makeup application, and other beauty treatments. To start a beauty parlor business, you will need a space to operate out of, typically a salon or storefront. You will also need various equipment and supplies, including styling chairs, shampoo stations, mirrors, styling products, and makeup.

For the success of a beauty parlor business, it is essential to have a team of experienced and skilled stylists and beauty professionals. It is also crucial to have a strong marketing strategy in place to attract and retain customers. The marketing strategy can include advertising through social media, local events, and word-of-mouth referrals.

Offering high-quality services and maintaining a clean and welcoming atmosphere is vital to returning customers. It is also essential to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques in the beauty industry to offer the most current services to your clients.

Overall, a beauty parlor business can be a rewarding and lucrative venture for those passionate about the beauty industry and provide excellent customer service.

19. Start a beauty tips advisory business

How much you can make: $400,000/month

Sheila Bella of the American Academy Of Micropigmentation: Making It Happen

Celebrity brow artist and multi-figure company founder Sheila Bella shares her mission to inspire and empower the beauty industry to passively scale their businesses online, as well as being the host of the iTunes Beauty Entrepreneurship podcast PRETTY RICH PODCAST and in charge of the American Academy of Micropigmentation.

About
They started Sheila Bella about 14 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $400K/month
Read by 658 founders

20. Start a makeup line production business

21. Start an image consulting business

Image consultants are specialists who improve a client's personal or professional image. The image consultants evaluate, enhance and upgrade client appearances, behavior, and communication skills.

22. Start a skin clinic business

23. Start a nail manicure & pedicure kiosk business

A nail manicure & pedicure kiosk business involves providing nail care services such as manicures, pedicures, and polish changes to customers in a self-service kiosk format. Customers can choose from various nail polish colors and finishes and optional add-ons such as nail art or paraffin wax treatments.

To run a successful nail kiosk business, it is essential to keep it clean and well-stocked at all times and offer customers a range of high-quality nail care products. Training employees on proper nail care techniques and customer service skills is also essential to ensure a positive customer experience.

Marketing the business through social media and local advertising can also help attract customers and build a strong brand presence. Offering promotions or discounts can also be a helpful way to drive business.

Overall, a nail kiosk business can be a lucrative opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to enter the beauty industry. By offering top-notch nail care services and creating a positive customer experience, businesses can build a loyal customer base and achieve success in this competitive market.

How much does it cost to start: $3,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 30 days (?)

24. Start a beauty supplies supermarket business

25. Start a cosmetology school

26. Start a massage parlour business

A massage parlor is a business that provides massage services to customers. These services can include traditional massage techniques such as Swedish or deep tissue and more specialized treatments like hot stone or reflexology.

To start a massage parlor, you will need a few key things. First and foremost, you will need to obtain any necessary licenses and permits from your local government. Depending on your location, this may include a business license and a massage therapy license.

Next, you will need to find a suitable location for your business. A convenient location should be a space that is easily accessible to your target customer base and has enough room for treatment rooms and possibly a reception area.

You will also need to invest in equipment, such as massage tables and chairs, and supplies, like massage oil and towels. Choosing high-quality products that will provide a comfortable experience for your clients is crucial.

Finally, you will need to advertise your business and attract customers. You can promote through various methods, such as social media marketing, local advertising, and word-of-mouth referrals.

To start a massage parlor, it is essential to research and ensure that you have all the necessary licenses and permits in place. Once you have these in place, you can focus on finding a suitable location, purchasing equipment, and supplies, and promoting your business to attract customers.

With hard work and dedication, you can create a successful massage parlor that provides relaxation and rejuvenation to your clients.

How much you can make: $8,800 — $200,000/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How I Started An Escort Service At 21 That Now Generates $200K/Month

Founder of a high-end escort service in The Netherlands discusses the ups and downs of running a controversial business, with revenue reaching multi-million dollars annually and a focus on creating a professional and intimate experience for clients.

About
Marike started Society Service almost 18 years ago
Revenue
Marike grew the business to $200K/month
Costs
It cost Marike $5000 to start the business
Read by 79,271 founders

27. Start a beauty and wellness products business

How much you can make: $4,000 — $40,480,000/month

How long does it take to build: 250 days (?)

How I Started A $100K/Month Ayurveda Beauty And Wellness Beverage

A beauty and wellness brand based on Ayurveda, Auric, is making 150,000 sales per month after launching in September 2018 and is currently 95% bootstrapped, with the company focusing on social media and D2C strategies and driving traffic to its website to understand its end consumer.

About
Deepak started Auric about 6 years ago
Revenue
Deepak grew the business to $300K/month
Costs
It cost Deepak $500000 to start the business
Read by 8,605 founders

28. Start an eco-friendly beauty salon business

Starting an eco-friendly beauty salon is a great way to provide high-quality beauty services while taking care of the environment. As the demand for eco-friendly products and services continues to grow, there is a significant opportunity for entrepreneurs to tap into this market.

To start an eco-friendly beauty salon, you will need to invest in a range of products and equipment that are designed to be environmentally friendly. This might include natural and organic beauty products, energy-efficient lighting, and reusable towels and linens. You will also need to invest in training for your staff to ensure they are knowledgeable about your products and services.

In addition to providing eco-friendly products and services, you can also focus on sustainability in other business areas. For example, you might consider using recycled or biodegradable packaging for your products and adopting environmentally friendly practices such as reducing water and energy use.

Successfully running an eco-friendly beauty salon requires a strong commitment to sustainability and a willingness to invest in environmentally friendly products and practices. With a focus on providing high-quality services and a commitment to the environment, you can build a successful and sustainable business that meets the needs of your clients and the planet.

29. Start a grooming lounge business

30. Start an esthetician business

How much you can make: $3,183/month

How long does it take to build: 1 days (?)

Meet Elizabeth Rabena of Moxie Skincare in Mission Valley

Moxie Skincare, founded by Elizabeth Rabena, offers specialized skincare treatments starting at $120 with a focus on DMK Enzyme Therapy and Home Prescriptives to improve skin health.

About
Elizabeth started Moxie Skincare about 11 years ago
Revenue
Elizabeth grew the business to $3.18K/month
Read by 476 founders

31. Start a nail salon

A nail salon is a specialty beauty salon that offers nail beautification solutions for men and women. The services available at nail salons include manicures, pedicures, and other nail enhancements. Nail technicians at the nail salon also check for signs of fungus or sores that need special treatment.

To start a nail salon business, find an ideal location and register a unique brand name. Apply for the business plan and ensure you have the permit to operate a nail salon in your city.

How much does it cost to start: $3,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 30 days (?)

32. Start a day spa business

A luxury day spa offers skin and body care, hair removal, makeup, and other body pampering treatments.

Luxury day spas have boomed over the past few years, and the trend will not stop anytime soon. Millions of people worldwide schedule to visit a day spa where they can relax, feel pampered and unwind. If you love helping people relax, starting a luxury day spa can be a rewarding business. It is fun and profitable if you have a good business plan and find an excellent location for your spa.

How much you can make: $250,000 — $275,000/month

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

How I Bootstrapped My Way To A $3M/Year Day Spa Business In New York City

ZZ Day Spa, founded by Gary Oberoi, went from $30,000 to $240,000 in monthly revenue within three years in New York as they aim to become the most customer-centric day spa in the world through hiring the right people and providing an unforgettable experience while mastering digital marketing to attract clients.

About
Gary started ZZ DAY SPA INC about 6 years ago
Revenue
Gary grew the business to $250K/month
Costs
It cost Gary $35000 to start the business
Read by 4,076 founders

33. Start a tanning salon business

A tanning salon is where affluent clients expose themselves to ultraviolet light to darken their skin. A tanning salon offers a wide range of benefits, such as improved appearance, enhanced mood, and increased vitamin levels.

Depending on your location and operation, a tanning salon can be profitable. You can establish your tanning salon in a gym, spa, hotel, or within a sporting facility.

34. Start an aromatherapy business

Aromatherapy uses essential oils to promote physical and emotional well-being.

To start a business, purchase oils, create blends, and develop products.

Marketing strategies include creating a website, collaborating with local wellness centers, and participating in trade shows. Customer service is key to building trust and loyalty. With proper planning and marketing, it can be a successful venture.

How much you can make: $75,000/month

How long does it take to build: 730 days (?)

I Was Told I Could Never Work Again. Instead, I Started A $900K/Year Aromatherapy Business

Nature's Gift Aromatherapy is an essential oils business generating over one and a half million dollars a year with a loyal clientele, relying on their passion, knowledge, and quality products while planning to update their platform to reach out to younger and newer audiences.

About
Marge started Nature's Gift over 28 years ago
Revenue
Marge grew the business to $75K/month
Read by 5,794 founders

35. Start a temporary tatoos kiosk

Starting a tattoo business is not as difficult as you might think. If you have the talent, ability, and guts, you already have the most important qualities for starting your own tattoo company.  Tattoo Artists in the US Market Size in 2022 is $1.4B.

The tattooing business is profitable and popular, and it is one of the most rewarding careers that you can have. However, starting a tattoo kiosk requires a lot of commitment and hard work.

Tattoo shops have strict standards for artists who work in shops, so to have an ideal career as an artist, you might have to go the freelance route. It can be a short-term or long-term career, so you must be prepared before taking on such a responsibility. It won't come with a million-dollar salary at first, but once you've developed a good reputation and have completed enough work, the money will start rolling in.

How much you can make: $1,000/month

How I Started A Passive Income Business While Living Out Of A Van

Forgotten Mermaids creator Anslea shares how she started a passive income business while living out of a van, creating mermaid temporary tattoos and accessories, and has grown to average $1,000 per month in mostly passive income over the last six months.

About
Anslea started Forgotten Mermaids over 5 years ago
Revenue
Anslea grew the business to $1K/month
Costs
It cost Anslea $100 to start the business
Read by 7,969 founders

36. Start a drive-thru body piercing business

37. Start a vlog

Short for video blog, a vlog is a blog in video form. Think of a vlog as a TV channel that covers matters of a particular topic.

You can create and publish a vlog on different platforms. However, YouTube is currently the most-viewed and successful vlog, followed by platforms like Instagram, Twitch, and TikTok. Your vlog can offer instructional, performance art, or comedy-style content.

To create a vlog, develop a niche, decide the niche to specialize in, and create content.

38. Become a reflexologist business

39. Start an anti-aging services business

The global anti-aging market is anticipated to grow at a substantial CAGR of 7.2% and will reach over $120 Billion in the next few years.

The market has been shaped by constantly changing customer demands. Besides, the majority of the customer base in the market has become social media savvy, a trend that has promoted awareness about anti-aging solutions.

Therefore, starting an anti-aging products business in 2024 can be a profitable venture.

40. Start a foot massage business

A foot massage business involves working on the clients feet with pressure either manually or using mechanical aids, hence promoting relaxation and health.

41. Start a perfume business

A fragrance or perfume business creates and sells products made from various ingredients, such as oils and extracts, which are mixed together to produce a pleasant smell.

And perfumes are no small business: the industry is expected to reach over $40B in the next few years.

There are a few ways to get started with creating your own perfume. You can start by choosing which ingredients you would like to use and then find recipes that will work for those ingredients. Or, you could start with a fragrance that you already love and try to recreate it as closely as possible with natural ingredients.

How much you can make: $19,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

How I Started A $19K/Month Personal And Home Fragrances Brand

Founder Rafael Hernandez launched Alfred Lane, a line of handcrafted personal and home fragrances, generating $19k in monthly revenue with 50% attributed to online and wholesale sales, while expanding to 65 stores across 6 countries and expanding to Europe and South America.

About
Rafael started Alfred Lane about 11 years ago
Revenue
Rafael grew the business to $19K/month
Costs
It cost Rafael $2000 to start the business
Read by 7,361 founders

42. Start a stretch marks removal business

43. Start a soap making business

Are you looking for an easy business you can start from home? Soap making is a relatively easy cottage business you can start today.

Soap is one of the products you will find in every household. Therefore, soap is a product that will remain in demand, making soap making business a lucrative idea.

To start a soap-making business from home, research the competition and choose the niche your business will focus on. You can make scented soaps mixed with essential oils or non-scented soaps for washing utensils.

Choose a business name and create a business plan indicating your entity type, mission statement, and soap marketing strategy.

How much you can make: $1,000 — $600,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $5,400 (?)

How long does it take to build: 400 days (?)

On Starting A Homemade Organic Soap Brand From The Kitchen

Kiss My Crown Essentials founder Warnisha Foster shares her journey from creating organic soap products in her kitchen to selling over 500 soaps in her first month with a mission to let mothers know that they are seen, beautiful, and a necessity.

About
Warnisha started Kiss My Crown Essentials almost 4 years ago
Revenue
Warnisha grew the business to $1.2K/month
Costs
It cost Warnisha $800 to start the business
Read by 7,004 founders

44. Start a hair extensions business

The hair extensions industry offers hairpieces and wigs for aesthetic and medical purposes. People looking for hair extensions are concerned about regular hair styling, so they prefer them.

If you follow hair and beauty trends and are passionate about starting a business in the beauty industry, you can start a brick-and-mortar hair extensions business. Research the market and find out the type of hair in demand.

How much you can make: $500,000 — $650,000/month

How I Started A $650K/Month Hair Extensions And Products Business

Private Label Extensions is a hair distribution and technology company that builds hair brands from A to Z for entrepreneurs, achieving over $650,000 in monthly sales and ranked #278 of the fastest-growing companies by Inc Magazine for 2018.

About
Mikey started Private Label Extensions about 11 years ago
Revenue
Mikey grew the business to $650K/month
Costs
It cost Mikey $14000 to start the business
Read by 36,062 founders

45. Start a potpourri sales business

46. Start an inventor beauty gadgets business

47. Start a beauty franchise business

How much you can make: $100,000 — $40,480,000/month

How long does it take to build: 365 days (?)

How Two Sisters Started A Fat-Freezing Empire

Sisters launch successful fat-freezing empire, Bodify, raising $400k from investors and family, achieving $440k in profit four years later through effective marketing, authentic branding, and providing standout customer experiences.

About
Jessica started Bodify about 9 years ago
Revenue
Jessica grew the business to $350K/month
Costs
It cost Jessica $500000 to start the business
Read by 10,011 founders

48. Start a spray tan services business

49. Start an eyelash extension business

50. Start a sauna service business

Have you ever felt so tired that you wished you could jump into a steam room or a sauna? You are not alone. Sauna and steam room improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress. Thus, many people will even pay for a sauna or steam bath just to enjoy the relaxation. Therefore, opening a sauna and steam bath business can be profitable.

How much you can make: $60,000/month

How long does it take to build: 365 days (?)

How I Started A $60K/Month Personal Training Company

Live Fit, a personal training company founded in 2011, grew from earning $80,000 in their first year with two trainers to earning over $760,000 in 2019 with 12 trainers and two locations, thanks to a focus on building trusting relationships and providing a variety of services to clients.

About
Chris started Live Fit almost 13 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $60K/month
Costs
It cost Chris $50000 to start the business
Read by 7,776 founders

51. Start a nail polish making business

A nail polish-making business involves creating and selling various shades and types of nail polish to consumers. This can include traditional polish, gel polish, and other nail color products.

To run a successful nail polish business, it is important to understand the market and what types of products are in demand. This may involve researching trends and popular shades and testing and experimenting with different formulas to find the perfect balance of quality and affordability.

In addition to creating the product, it is also essential to have a strong marketing and sales strategy in place. This may include creating a website and social media presence and working with retailers and distributors to get the product in front of a wider audience.

Other key factors for a successful nail polish business include maintaining high standards of cleanliness and safety in the production process, building strong relationships with suppliers and customers, and staying up-to-date with industry regulations and trends.

Starting a nail polish business can be a rewarding and profitable venture for entrepreneurs who are passionate about beauty and fashion and willing to put in the hard work and dedication required to succeed in this competitive market.

52. Start a lip balm business

A lip balm business involves creating and selling products that are used to moisturize and protect the lips. These products may be formulated with natural ingredients or may contain various additives such as sunscreens, flavors, and fragrances.

To start a lip balm business, you will need to research and source the ingredients for your products, decide on packaging options, and determine your pricing strategy. It can also be helpful to conduct market research to understand the demand for lip balm in your area and to identify potential competitors.

To run a successful lip balm business, it is important to focus on creating high-quality products that are effective at moisturizing and protecting the lips. It can also be helpful to differentiate your products from those of your competitors through the use of unique ingredients or packaging. Building a strong brand and developing a loyal customer base through good customer service and marketing efforts can also be key to success in this business.

It is important to note that if you plan to sell your lip balm products online, you will need to follow all relevant laws and regulations, including those related to product labeling and advertising. You may also need to obtain necessary licenses or permits to operate your business.

53. Become a massage therapist

Massage is a growing industry, and as such, many business options exist for those who want to enter this field. The most typical form of massage therapist business is an independent operation. This can be either out of one's home or a massage studio rented on an hourly basis.

Building a successful massage therapy business is not as difficult as you might think. Massage therapists offer much-needed services to communities and clientele. If you are looking for a new career or want to increase your income while delivering an important service, then starting a new massage therapist business can be an excellent choice.

Turn your massage therapy practice into a successful business by applying core business skills that lead to success.

How much you can make: $3,500 — $275,000/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How I Make A Living Professionally Cuddling With People

Professional cuddler, Sam Varnerin, developed her successful one-to-one cuddle service, Snuggle with Sam, as a result of recognising the universal human need for connection and touch, which also led to her opening Sam’s Snuggle School, a course for aspiring professional cuddlers.

About
Samantha started Snuggle with Sam over 7 years ago
Revenue
Samantha grew the business to $8.8K/month
Read by 14,907 founders

54. Start a hair products affiliate marketing business

The hair products affiliate marketing business is an exciting opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to enter the beauty industry. As an affiliate marketer, you will be responsible for promoting and selling hair care products from various brands on your website or social media platforms.

To run this business, you must have a strong online presence and understand how to market products effectively. You will also need to research and select the best hair care brands to partner with, as well as negotiate commissions and terms of the partnership.

One of the benefits of running a hair products affiliate marketing business is the flexibility it offers. You can work from anywhere and set your own schedule as long as you have an internet connection. Additionally, you can earn a good income through commissions and sales.

Another advantage is the opportunity to educate and inform your audience about the latest hair care trends and products. By sharing your knowledge and experience, you can establish yourself as a trusted source of information in the beauty industry.

Overall, the hair products affiliate marketing business is a rewarding and lucrative opportunity for those interested in the beauty industry and passionate about marketing and promoting products.

55. Start a manners training business

Manners training business teaches people in the right formal behavior to help them grow career-wise or to network effectively.

56. Start a beauty exhibition organizing business

57. Start a body waxing salon

A body waxing salon is a business that offers hair removal services using waxing techniques. This type of salon caters to both men and women looking to remove unwanted hair from various parts of their body, such as their legs, arms, eyebrows, and bikini area.

To run a body waxing salon, you must invest in various waxing supplies, including different types of wax, waxing strips, and post-waxing products. You will also need to hire experienced waxing technicians skilled in performing waxing services and providing a comfortable and hygienic experience for clients.

One of the benefits of running a body waxing salon is the high demand for these services. Many people are willing to pay for regular waxing treatments to maintain smooth, hair-free skin, which means there is potential for a steady stream of business. The beauty industry is constantly evolving, and new waxing techniques and products are being developed, providing opportunities for business growth and innovation.

Another benefit of running a body waxing salon is the opportunity to create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere for clients. You can create a full-service spa experience that will keep clients coming back by offering a range of services, such as facials and massages.

Overall, a body waxing salon is a lucrative business idea that can provide a steady stream of income and the opportunity to create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere for clients. You can build a successful business in this growing industry with the right skills, supplies, and marketing strategies.

58. Start a hair relaxers company

The hair relaxers company’s business idea involves creating and selling products designed to straighten and smooth out naturally curly or kinky hair. This business caters to individuals who want a more relaxed and manageable hairstyle without using heat or chemical treatments.

To run this business, you will need to research and develop your own line of hair relaxers that are safe and effective for use on different hair types. You will also need to design packaging and marketing materials and establish a product distribution network.

One of the benefits of running a hair relaxers company is that there is a large market for these products, as many people are looking for ways to manage their natural hair. Additionally, you can differentiate your products by offering more natural or organic ingredients or targeting specific hair types or concerns.

Another benefit is that you can create a brand and a loyal customer base by offering excellent customer service and education on using your products effectively. You can diversify your revenue streams by offering hair styling and maintenance services or partnering with salons and beauty retailers to sell your products.

Starting a hair relaxers company can be a rewarding and profitable business venture for entrepreneurs who are passionate about the beauty industry and want to impact their customers’ lives positively.

How much you can make: $2,000,000/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

On Building A $30M/Year Busines By Rethinking Hair Care

Hairstory, a haircare startup, is on track to generate $30 million in sales this year, profitably, after having been self-funded since its inception in 2015, and implementing a DTC and hairdresser-perpetual-affiliate marketing model.

About
Eli started Hairstory™ over 8 years ago
Revenue
Eli grew the business to $2M/month
Costs
It cost Eli $5000000 to start the business
Read by 8,407 founders

59. Start a mobile facial spa business

60. Become a wig manufacturer

How much you can make: $500,000/month

This Black woman entrepreneur built her hairstyle into a million-dollar hair extension business

This case study explores how Vivian Kaye grew KinkyCurlyYaki to $6 million in sales without paid advertising through offering a collection of 100% virgin human hair available in 6 textures and a wide range of coverage options.

About
Vivian started KinkyCurlyYaki about 11 years ago
Revenue
Vivian grew the business to $500K/month
Read by 742 founders

61. Become a face painter

Popular at children's parties, weddings, and even some corporate events, face painting is a great creative activity that sparks joy among people of all ages.

If you love making people happy and helping them celebrate different events in life, consider starting a face-painting business.

If you are planning to start a face painting business on a professional basis, it would be wise to take an introductory training course to learn the basics of face painting and the safety and health precautions involved in the business.

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

62. Start a body lotions business

63. Start a weight loss coaching business

How much you can make: $10,000 — $8,333,333/month

How much does it cost to start: $3,750 (?)

How long does it take to build: 45 days (?)

I Quit My Computer Engineer Job And Now Make $10K/Month As A Nutrition Coach

Selen Gulbahce, a qualified nutrition and lifestyle coach, has coached over 4,000 people to reach their wellness goals using her signature Alka-Terranean Method™, with 80% of clients reaching their goals in less than two months and 70% feeling confident in maintaining them, and now makes consistent five figures through her online coaching programs and subscription-based courses.

About
SELEN started Selen Gulbahce - ALKALYTIC LTD. over 1 year ago
Revenue
SELEN grew the business to $10K/month
Costs
It cost SELEN $7200 to start the business
Read by 4,104 founders

64. Start a massage oils business

65. Start a baby wipes business

66. Start a homemade skincare recipes business

Are you interested in making your own skincare products from home? Homemade skincare products can be very profitable, especially if you sell them online. Because of this, more and more people are deciding to make their own homemade skincare products at home. You do not have to spend an exorbitant amount of money on skin care products. It's easy to make your own homemade skin care recipes and start saving money today! The first steps to start a homemade skincare business are:

  • Choose the right skincare formula.
  • Add natural preservatives
  • Pick a suitable container
  • Keep the amount right

67. Start a hair accessories company

The hair accessories business is about creating unique and stylish hair pieces for women of all ages. From colorful scrunchies and headbands to elegant hair clips and pins, we offer a wide variety of products to suit every taste and occasion.

To start this business, you will need a solid understanding of fashion trends and a keen eye for design. You will also need to invest in materials such as fabric, elastic, and metal findings to create your hair accessories. It is also essential to have a reliable supplier for these materials and to stay up to date on new products and innovations in the industry.

To run the business successfully, it is essential to have a solid online presence and to market your products effectively. Marketing the products includes having a visually appealing website, utilizing social media platforms, and participating in local events and trade shows. It is also essential to offer excellent customer service, including prompt and efficient shipping and handling returns or exchanges.

Finally, constantly updating and expanding your product line will keep your customers coming back for more.

How much you can make: $650,000/month

How I Started A $650K/Month Hair Extensions And Products Business

Private Label Extensions is a hair distribution and technology company that builds hair brands from A to Z for entrepreneurs, achieving over $650,000 in monthly sales and ranked #278 of the fastest-growing companies by Inc Magazine for 2018.

About
Mikey started Private Label Extensions about 11 years ago
Revenue
Mikey grew the business to $650K/month
Costs
It cost Mikey $14000 to start the business
Read by 36,062 founders

68. Start a cosmetics raw materials selling business

How much you can make: $325,000/month

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

Female Founders: Sabrina Noorani of ClearForMe On The Five Things You Need To Thrive and Succeed as a Woman Founder

ClearForMe is an ingredient SaaS solution used by 300 companies, including Credo Beauty and Ulta Beauty, offering user-friendly ingredient education, filter, and search capabilities based on transparency and customization, with over 1.6 million ingredients.

About
Sabrina started ClearForMe over 6 years ago
Revenue
Sabrina grew the business to $325K/month
Read by 939 founders

69. Start an essential oils business

Essential oils can be a lucrative business. However, you must invest in the necessary oil extraction tools and equipment. If you are interested in selling essential oils, you may consider a white-label actual oils business.

Under a white label agreement, your package and label essential oils by another company with your logo and brand name. To start an essential oils white label business, identify a reliable oil supplier and complete the customer application form. Then, place the minimum order, repackage the products, and resell.

How much you can make: $2,000 — $29,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,610 (?)

How long does it take to build: 75 days (?)

How I Created A $2K/Month Natural Oils Brand

RealDrop Natural Oil saw success in educating customers about organic and natural products to improve hair, skin, and overall health, with goals to expand their local reach in India and potentially Chicago, Illinois in the future.

About
Nabiulla started Real Drop Enterprises about 3 years ago
Revenue
Nabiulla grew the business to $2K/month
Costs
It cost Nabiulla $250 to start the business
Read by 4,628 founders

70. Become a hair youtube channel

The hair youtube channel idea is a business idea that involves creating and running a youtube channel focused on hair care and styling. The content can include tutorials, product reviews, hair care tips, and anything related to hair.

To start this business, you will need a few things. First and foremost, you will need a youtube channel and an account on youtube. You will also need a camera and microphone to record your videos and a computer to edit and upload them. It may also be helpful to have some hair styling tools and products on hand to demonstrate in your videos.

To operate the channel, you will need to develop ideas for videos and create a content schedule. You will also need to regularly upload new videos to keep your audience engaged. It may also be helpful to interact with your audience through the comments section and social media to build a community and gain more subscribers.

Overall, running a hair youtube channel can be a fun and rewarding way to share your hair care and styling knowledge with others and potentially even make some money through ads and sponsorships. Best of luck with your new business!

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Pat Walls

I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.