50 Profitable Cottage Industry Related Business Ideas

50 Profitable Cottage Industry Related Business Ideas

If you are looking for cottage industry related business ideas to begin your path to entrepreneurship, you are in the right place.

With starting a cottage industry related business, there are plenty of opportunities that can help you follow your dreams and build a successful career. 

In this post, you will discover profitable business ideas, perfect for those who want to have a flexible job, capable of multiplying the average income, while becoming your own boss.

Check out the full list below to help you find your next idea!

Here they are:



1. Start an auto repair business

Examples of a successful auto repair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a auto repair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an auto repair business ➜

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2. Start a soap making business

Examples of a successful soap making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a soap making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a soap making business ➜

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3. Start a child care business

Examples of a successful child care business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a child care business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a child care business ➜

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4. Become a computer refurbisher ($360K/year)

Examples of a successful computer refurbisher:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a computer refurbisher:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a computer refurbisher ➜

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5. Start a locksmith business

Examples of a successful locksmith business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a locksmith business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a locksmith business ➜

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6. Start a welding and fabrication business

Examples of a successful welding and fabrication business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a welding and fabrication business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a welding and fabrication business ➜

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7. Start an essential oils business

Examples of a successful essential oils business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a essential oils business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an essential oils business ➜

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8. Start a freelance writing business ($320K/year)

Examples of a successful freelance writing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a freelance writing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a freelance writing business ➜

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 ➜

9. Start a candle making business

Examples of a successful candle making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a candle making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a candle making business ➜

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10. Start a paper crafts designing business

Examples of a successful paper crafts designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper crafts designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper crafts designing business ➜

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11. Start a beekeeping business

Examples of a successful beekeeping business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a beekeeping business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a beekeeping business ➜

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12. Start a jewelry making business ($4.33M/year)

Examples of a successful jewelry making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a jewelry making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a jewelry making business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier's story on creating Ann + Joy a read:

Hello there! We are Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, two sisters from Miami who started Ann + Joy. We make handmade real flower and resin jewelry and sell online and in stores around the world. We take pride in being one of the first companies to make real flower jewelry. During our first year of business, we blossomed almost immediately into a very successful Etsy shop. Etsy was constantly featuring our products on its website and in promotional emails. We are proud to say that since starting in early 2017 we have had over 5,000 sales online.

For all the readers, we are providing a 20% off coupon to our Etsy shop. Use code: STARTERSTORY at checkout!

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

13. Start a knitting business

Examples of a successful knitting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a knitting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a knitting business ➜

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14. Start a knife sharpening service ($2.4M/year)

Examples of a successful knife sharpening service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a knife sharpening service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Mikael Soderlindh's story on creating Knife Aid a read:

I am Mikael Soderlind, I started Knife Aid in January 2019. Knife Aid is a mail-in knife sharpening service, modernizing an antique service by giving anyone who mails in their cutlery access to a master knife smith using the highest quality in techniques and materials to revive your knives.

As of January 2020, we are currently trading at $250,000 per month and have seen a steady increase month over month and continue to see the same in this coming year. Some of the main reasons for our success are that we are a service that pretty much every American home is in need of. Creating a business that speaks to the masses ultimately leads to great success. We have also had tremendous PR just this past year including top national publications and TV shows including Shark Tank and The View.

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Mikael Soderlindh, on starting Knife Aid ($200,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a gunsmithing business

Examples of a successful gunsmithing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gunsmithing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a gunsmithing business ➜

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16. Start a bakery

Examples of a successful bakery:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bakery:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bakery ➜

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17. Start a cleaning service ($3.62M/year)

Examples of a successful cleaning service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cleaning service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cleaning service ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give James Hookway's story on creating Hangover Helpers a read:

I am James Hookway and I own and run Hangover Helpers. The business is an after-party cleaning company that started about 5 years ago. We don't just clean up your mess we also bring breakfast and refreshments. (Please note due to COVID-19 we have ceased the food and beverage services until further notice).

Monthly revenue about 3k a month with some months up to $7k during the busy summer period. After COVID-19 there is a big backlog of cleans here in WA so we are having to say no to cleans as not enough staff. We are about to hit our 500th clean, so on average we do 100 cleans a year (just on weekends).

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James Hookway, on starting Hangover Helpers ($3,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a virtual tutoring business

Examples of a successful virtual tutoring business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a virtual tutoring business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a virtual tutoring business ➜

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19. Start a pet food delivery business

Examples of a successful pet food delivery business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pet food delivery business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a pet food delivery business ➜

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20. Start a leather business ($314K/year)

Examples of a successful leather business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a leather business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a leather business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jacques Flynn's story on creating JAQET a read:

Hello! My name is Jacques Flynn.I am the founder and owner of the leather goods company JAQET.

We now consist of a small team based in Long Beach, California where all our products are hand made under one roof. We currently sell our products in boutiques across the globe as well as through our website.

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Jacques Flynn, on starting JAQET ($1,000/month) full story ➜

21. Become a social media consultant ($45.6K/year)

Examples of a successful social media consultant:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media consultant:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media consultant ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Amanda Shepherd's story on creating Social Media Manager Society a read:

I’m Amanda Shepherd, the owner and lead mentor at the Social Media Manager Society. Aside from social media consulting to businesses in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries, I created a program to teach other women how to run successful social media businesses so they can have the time and financial freedom they’ve always wanted!

I quit my 9-5 and in one year made almost $100,000 working an average of four hours per day - and still growing!

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Amanda Shepherd, on starting Social Media Manager Society ($7,500/month) full story ➜

22. Start a catering business ($240K/year)

Examples of a successful catering business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a catering business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a catering business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nestor Nidome's story on creating Elegante Catering a read:

Hi, my name is Nestor Nidome and I am the founder and owner of Elegante Catering. Serving the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside county) and now have expanded to serve all of Southern California. Our customers, mostly higher middle class, have enjoyed our delicious menu ranging from full service plated meals, made to order pasta bars to buffet-style menus such as Mexican fajitas bar and tacos.

Weddings because there is no higher compliment than to have the bride and groom come up to us complimenting us and letting us know how all their guests are raving about the food. As for corporate caterings we like to make it as simple as possible for them. We have 12 different menus they can choose from so that every month their employees enjoy a different menu. Plus once we have their information all they have to do is text us the Date, Menu, and Time they want. We understand that they have better, more important things to do than order food. This has allowed us to grow our monthly sales to $20,000.

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Nestor Nidome, on starting Elegante Catering ($20,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a woodworking business ($119K/year)

Examples of a successful woodworking business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a woodworking business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a woodworking business ➜

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 ($6,500/month) full story ➜

24. Start a mobile hair salon

Examples of a successful mobile hair salon:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile hair salon:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mobile hair salon ➜

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25. Start a massage parlour business

Examples of a successful massage parlour business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a massage parlour business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a massage parlour business ➜

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26. Start a fish farming business

Examples of a successful fish farming business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fish farming business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fish farming business ➜

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27. Start a skills training business ($1.57M/year)

Examples of a successful skills training business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a skills training business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a skills training business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Stephen Somers's story on creating Marketplace SuperHeroes a read:

Hey! My name is Stephen Somers & I’m the co-founder of a company called Marketplace SuperHeroes, an online education company that helps people from all over the world learn how to sell their own products globally on Amazon, from complete scratch.

Together with my business partner, Robert, we've sold over $12m of products on Amazon and helped over 5,000 people learn to do the same. We’ve built an 8-figure coaching and services business, along with a consolidated freight company (SuperHero Freight) over the last number of years.

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Stephen Somers, on starting Marketplace SuperHeroes ($350,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a handyman business

Examples of a successful handyman business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a handyman business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a handyman business ➜

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29. Become a personal chef

Examples of a successful personal chef:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a personal chef:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a personal chef ➜

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30. Start a t-shirt designer business

Examples of a successful t-shirt designer business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a t-shirt designer business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a t-shirt designer business ➜

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31. Start a construction equipment rentals company

Examples of a successful construction equipment rentals company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a construction equipment rentals company:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a construction equipment rentals company ➜

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32. Start a graphic designing business

Examples of a successful graphic designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a graphic designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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33. Start a landscaping business ($13.2M/year)

Examples of a successful landscaping business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a landscaping business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a landscaping business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Terry Morrill's story on creating Pacific Outdoor Living a read:

I'm Terry Morrill, the owner of Pacific Outdoor Living, Pacific Pavingstone, and creator of the AIMM System. At Pacific Outdoor Living, our main product that we sell is a complete landscape design-build project to high-end residential customers. We refer to our primary customer base as the "mass affluent". I run Pacific Outdoor living and its sister company, Pacific Pavingstone, with my two sons, Trent and Chad Morrill.

Our office, located in Sun Valley, has a staff of over 80 employees. Within the staff, we have specialized crews in demolition, landscaping, pavers, and pools. These specialized crews are experts in their field and have been trained with the highest certifications in each division.

This year, we will end up grossing around 16 million in gross sales, which is a significant increase from the years prior.

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Terry Morrill, on starting Pacific Outdoor Living ($1,100,000/month) full story ➜

34. Start a mobile app development business ($1.39M/year)

Examples of a successful mobile app development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile app development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mobile app development business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Tim Bornholdt's story on creating The Jed Mahonis Group a read:

Hi! 👋 My name is Tim Bornholdt, and I’m a co-founder of The Jed Mahonis Group. We are a custom iOS and Android app development consultancy, and we specialize in building native mobile app solutions for businesses of all sizes.

We’ve grown at a steady pace over the past eight years. We currently work with several large and small organizations including Great Clips, Profile by Sanford Health, Green Mill, and the USA CUP. My business partner and I started the company right out of college by investing $250 each and have since turned it into a nearly seven-figure a year agency.

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Tim Bornholdt, on starting The Jed Mahonis Group ($82,000/month) full story ➜

35. Become an online fitness coach ($300K/year)

Examples of a successful online fitness coach:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online fitness coach:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online fitness coach ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ryan Milton's story on creating TeamFFLEX a read:

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

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

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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($48,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start an organic fertilizer production business

Examples of a successful organic fertilizer production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a organic fertilizer production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an organic fertilizer production business ➜

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37. Start a pet grooming business

Examples of a successful pet grooming business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pet grooming business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a pet grooming business ➜

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38. Start an egg production business

Examples of a successful egg production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a egg production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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39. Start an event planning business ($1.11M/year)

Examples of a successful event planning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a event planning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an event planning business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Akshay Patel's story on creating Simply Decor and Events a read:

Hello, I am Akshay Patel from Albuquerque, NM the land of enchantment. I started an event rental and decor company that led me to an event venue. The View Event Center is a lavish space that is an indoor and outdoor event venue with panoramic city views. Our high-end venue with experienced staff will assist from venue decor to the smallest details entailed in making memories of a lifetime. Simply Decor, Tents, and Events ensures exclusive decor and thrives to bring your event to life through customized, elegant decor for all of their clients.

The full-service company will individually work with every client to design their event that will intrigue every eye in the room. Our company is broad that we get many different types of customers and we make many great connections with them as well. The company was making upwards of $380,000 a year.

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Akshay Patel, on starting Simply Decor and Events ($35,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start a niche web design business ($220K/year)

Examples of a successful niche web design business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a niche web design business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a niche web design business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Scott Bishop's story on creating Up And Social a read:

Hi, I'm Scott and I am the founder of Up And Social, a Boston web design and SEO company that specializes in helping small businesses.

Currently, we’re doing over $20,000 in sales each month and continue to grow at a comfortable pace.

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Scott Bishop, on starting Up And Social ($20,000/month) full story ➜

41. Start a drug manufacturing business

Examples of a successful drug manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a drug manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a drug manufacturing business ➜

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42. Start a 3d printing business ($3.07M/year)

Examples of a successful 3d printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3d printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3d printing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Roy Kirchner's story on creating Ultimate 3D Printing Store a read:

My name is Roy Kirchner, an entrepreneur from Odessa, Florida. After years spent in the automobile and marketing and advertising industries, I decided in 2014 to form a new company solely focused on emerging new technology, 3D printing.

I started my company with an initial, out-of-pocket investment of $65,000, and today we are averaging monthly gross sales of $330,000.

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Roy Kirchner, on starting Ultimate 3D Printing Store ($330,000/month) full story ➜

43. Start a cloth diaper business

Examples of a successful cloth diaper business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cloth diaper business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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44. Start a mobile phone cases & accessories kiosk business

Examples of a successful mobile phone cases & accessories kiosk business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile phone cases & accessories kiosk business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mobile phone cases & accessories kiosk business ➜

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45. Start a wig manufacturing business

Examples of a successful wig manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wig manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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46. Start a clothing manufacturing business ($1.3M/year)

Examples of a successful clothing manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a clothing manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a clothing manufacturing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Donovan Mathews's story on creating Bryden Apparel a read:

Hello from sunny Singapore! My name is Donovan and I am the founder of Bryden.

I started Bryden back in 2015 with my partner and we are now a team of 8, with an average monthly revenue of $74,000 and serving customers in more than 20 countries from French Polynesia to USA.

Some of the designs we made for our clients at Bryden

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Donovan Mathews, on starting Bryden Apparel ($74,000/month) full story ➜

47. Start a paper manufacturing business

Examples of a successful paper manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper manufacturing business ➜

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48. Start a pickle business

Examples of a successful pickle business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pickle business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a pickle business ➜

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49. Start a furniture upcycling business

Examples of a successful furniture upcycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a furniture upcycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a furniture upcycling business ➜

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50. Start a bedding & pillow sales kiosk business

Examples of a successful bedding & pillow sales kiosk business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bedding & pillow sales kiosk business:

Learn more about starting a bedding & pillow sales kiosk business ➜

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