12 Profitable Desktop Publishing Business Ideas

12 Profitable Desktop Publishing Business Ideas

If you are looking for desktop publishing business ideas to begin your path to entrepreneurship, you are in the right place.

With starting a desktop publishing 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 a niche web design business ($240K/year)

Scott Bishop from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Up And Social over 7 years ago, a niche web design business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I began my business career with the family in-store sampling business, C.A. Courtesy, in the 1990s, while at the same time attending college at Johnson and Wales University, where I pursued a degree in Web Management & Internet Commerce.

I’ve always had a knack for marketing and technology, and when I left C.A. Courtesy, I was the Vice President of Marketing and Technology.

People don’t remember what you say as much as they remember how they felt when you said it.

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

2. Start a custom prints business ($300K/year)

Zach Katz from New York, New York, USA started Framed Tweets over 4 years ago, a custom prints business.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I dreamed up the idea for Framed Tweets a year prior to starting it.

It was December 2015, and I was holed up in my room, avoiding the New Year’s party my parents were hosting downstairs. I was scrolling through Twitter, when suddenly, I thought, “what if you could frame a tweet?” (Honestly, that’s how most ideas come about, at least for me. They just randomly happen.)

That night, I tweeted the link to some random people who I found by searching Twitter. The next morning, I woke up to find Framed Tweets featured on Product Hunt, Mashable, Uncrate, and a few other websites.

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Zach Katz, on starting Framed Tweets ($25,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a branding agency ($102K/year)

Elva Li from Melbourne Victoria, Australia started Elva Li over 5 years ago, a branding agency.

  • Revenue: $8,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Melbourne Victoria, Australia

There’s a song on repeat in my world and whenever I play it, it reminds me of the time I started my own business and finally left my corporate job.

“I spend too much time thinking about who I'm supposed to be I play by everybody's rules that don't seem right to me

Should I even care? They're all sitting there and everyone's staring at me If I step out in the spotlight maybe I'll be set free

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Elva Li, on starting Elva Li ($8,500/month) full story ➜

4. Start a print communication business

Examples of a successful print communication business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a print communication business ➜

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5. Start a graphic designing business ($360K/year)

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:

Learn more about starting a graphic designing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Michael Moloney's story on creating FilterGrade a read:

Hi, I’m Mike Moloney, the founder of FilterGrade. FilterGrade is a marketplace for creators where you can find digital assets such as presets, LUTs, video templates, and much more.

Today thousands of creators from all around the world buy and sell digital products on FilterGrade and more than 450,000 users visit the site every month.

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Michael Moloney, on starting FilterGrade ($30,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a souvenir shop ($30K/year)

Examples of a successful souvenir shop:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a souvenir shop ➜

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7. Start a large prints design business

Examples of a successful large prints design business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a large prints design business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a large prints design business ➜

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8. Start an ebook formatting business

Examples of a successful ebook formatting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an ebook formatting business ➜

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9. Become a painter/decorator business

Examples of a successful painter/decorator business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a painter/decorator business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a painter/decorator business ➜

10. Start a cartoonist business

Examples of a successful cartoonist business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cartoonist business ➜

11. Start an office supplies business

Examples of a successful office supplies business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an office supplies business ➜

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12. Start a desktop publishing tutorials business

Examples of a successful desktop publishing tutorials business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a desktop publishing tutorials business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a desktop publishing tutorials business ➜

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