65 DIY Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2024]

Updated: July 24th, 2023

Interested in starting a diy business in 2024?

We put together 65 of the best diy businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a screen printing business

How much you can make: $8,000 — $80,000/month

How long does it take to build: 205 days (?)

From Scrubbing Floors To Running A $1M Screen Printing Business

This case study features an entrepreneur who started a screen printing company with no financing or investors, and despite struggling for the first few years, was able to grow his business to hit $80,000 in revenue in October 2018 and is set to hit $1 million by the end of 2019.

Adam started Life and Limb Printing almost 14 years ago
Adam grew the business to $80K/month
Read by 16,172 founders

2. Start a leather business

How much you can make: $1,000 — $200,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,600 (?)

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

Time commitment per week: Min. 10 hours/week

Starting A Leather Goods Brand and Manufacturing Your Own Products

Jacques Flynn founded the leather goods company, JAQET, with $500, producing meticulously handcrafted wallets and card holders which are now sold in boutiques globally, with Shopify as the platform.

Jacques started JAQET about 12 years ago
Jacques grew the business to $1K/month
Read by 11,545 founders

3. 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.

Chhavi started Mrs Daaku Studio almost 6 years ago
Chhavi grew the business to $5K/month
It cost Chhavi $500 to start the business
Read by 13,571 founders

4. Start a sewing and alteration business

Do you have sewing skills and looking for an entrepreneurship opportunity? You can start your sewing and alteration business.

A sewing and alteration business offers customers clothing repair, custom tailoring, button replacement, and other alterations. You can start a sewing and alteration business at home or set up a retail location.

To start a sewing and alteration business, you will need a commercial-grade sewing machine and a marketing strategy, so target customers learn about your business.

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

These Two Founders Started An On-Demand Clothing Alterations Startup

ALTRD is a clothing alteration service launched by two socially oriented entrepreneurs that connects customers with skilled immigrant women tailors in New York who work from home and has already built an impressive team of 25 experts while making an effort to offer convenient and quality tailoring solutions as well as opportunities for women in need of work.

Saara started ALTRD almost 6 years ago
Saara grew the business to $1K/month
Read by 7,567 founders

5. Start a pet accessories business

With the increasing number of pet owners globally, the pet accessories market is booming. Pet accessories include items that promote the health and wellness of pets and improve pet handling. Examples of pet accessories include pet treats, toys, collars and tags, leashes, pet beds, food and water bowls, poo bags, clothing, costumes, etc.

To start a pet accessories business, market research and focus on the highly demanded pet products.

How much you can make: $4,000 — $300,000/month

How long does it take to build: 268 days (?)

This Designer Cat Furniture Brand Does Over $300K/Month In Sales

Tuft + Paw, a modern cat brand founded by Jackson Cunningham, started as an importer of exquisite cat furniture and, after raising $150k from Kickstarter, graduated to manufacturing products, seeing sales grow to over $300k per month and now raising $2m from famed investors including Alexis Ohanian.

Jackson started Tuft & Paw over 7 years ago
Jackson grew the business to $300K/month
It cost Jackson $1000 to start the business
Read by 5,702 founders

6. Start a woodworking business

While many see woodworking as a hobby to pass the time, it is a profitable blue-collar business with growth potential. If you are skilled, passionate, and looking for a blue-collar side hustle, consider starting a woodworking business.

Starting a woodworking business allows you to work from home. Besides, you can scale the business easily and enjoy unlimited earning potential. Some opportunities you can go for include building custom wood pieces, teaching others about woodworking, starting a woodworking blog, and flip furniture.

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

How long does it take to build: 204 days (?)

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

How I Took My Woodworking Hobby Full Time To Build A Successful Brand

Sasha Weekes, owner of Timber Grove Studios, turned her fine arts and cabinetmaking education into a successful home-based woodworking business that grew from a side project to netting 20-50% profits month-to-month and up to $10,000 in sales during peak periods through Etsy, with her company's growth continuing to increase through other social media outlets.

Sasha started Timber Grove Studios almost 7 years ago
Sasha grew the business to $6.5K/month
Read by 58,313 founders

7. Start a dessert boxes store

Gifting is a culture that cements how we relate to those close to us. Consumer goods stores have innovated various gifting methods and dessert boxes happen to be one of them.

If you love baking and you have a passion for entrepreneurship, starting a dessert boxes store can be a highly rewarding venture.

Here are some ideas for your inspiration.

How much you can make: $2,000 — $150,000/month

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

I Make $1.5M/Year Shipping Chocolate Penises To Your Friends

Dick At Your Door is an e-commerce shop that grew almost 10x within the last eight months by selling anonymous pranks such as 5 oz chocolate penises, and its founder shares his journey that started as a joke to becoming a professional chocolatier.

Adam started Dick At Your Door over 9 years ago
Adam grew the business to $125K/month
Read by 15,439 founders

8. Start a mobile photography business

Want to start your own photography business? You're not alone. With the rise of social media and photo-sharing, blogging, and online retailing, it's never been easier to start making money behind your camera.

There are photographers shooting weddings, creating images for ad campaigns, freelancing for magazines, touring the world, taking photographs of destinations — the list is endless!

To start mobile photography , research the target audience and determine which specialization area is more lucrative. Invest in high-quality, professional cameras, lenses, and a computer with professional software photo-editing software.

How much you can make: $2,000 — $500,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $5,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 200 days (?)

Embracing the Experience Economy with a $300K/mo Photo Booth Startup

Photobooth Supply Co. offers a profitable business opportunity through their sleek and portable photo booths, with up to 97% satisfaction rate and a focus on customer experience, in a fast-growing event industry where photo booths are exploding.

Brandon started Photobooth Supply Co. about 11 years ago
Brandon grew the business to $500K/month
Read by 15,172 founders

9. Start an embroidery business

Demand for embroidery supplies is growing globally, so starting an embroidery business in 2024 can be a great opportunity. The industry is experiencing a boom, and it has never been the best time to start your own embroidery business.

Before starting the business, weigh whether you have the right skills and knowledge of different fabrics and stitching. The size of embroidery equipment will depend on the size of the business you are looking to set up and how much you are expecting to grow.

Popular items within the embroidery business include:

  • Caps
  • T-shirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Shirts
  • Jackets
  • Sweatshirts

When choosing the items to stock up on, consider the types of customers always looking for embroidered goods and factor in the market size.

How much you can make: $6,500 — $10,000/month

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

How I'm Turning My Patch Embroidery Side Project Into A Full Time Business

A patch embroidery business based in New York City has grown to earn $6,500 per month on average within 18 months of starting, thanks to no custom embroidered minimum patches and a strong Instagram presence, with a future focus on B2B customers.

Cailey started The Patchsmith over 6 years ago
Cailey grew the business to $6.5K/month
Read by 14,114 founders

10. Start a stationery business

A stationery business sells stationery products such as paper goods, notebooks, greeting cards, and envelopes.

The best part about starting a stationery business is that it's relatively easy and inexpensive to get started.

Since there are so many different types of products available in this industry, there are endless opportunities for creativity, customization, and expansion.

You could even start out small by selling your products on Etsy or eBay before opening up an actual storefront.

How much you can make: $200 — $1,000,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,250 (?)

How long does it take to build: 52 days (?)

How I Started A $12K/Month Business Selling Productivity Planners Online

Chasing Planner Peace is a planner company that has expanded from selling planner inserts on Etsy, to offering a one-stop shop customizable planner experience with over 300 inserts, a planner line, and various other related products, gaining a monthly revenue of around $25,000 at its busiest time of year.

Jess started Planner Peace over 8 years ago
Jess grew the business to $22.5K/month
Read by 62,376 founders

11. 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.

Alex started Gold Pan Pete Design over 11 years ago
Alex grew the business to $2.5K/month
Read by 41,545 founders

12. Start a Greeting Cards Business

People use greeting cards to mark births, deaths, graduations, anniversaries, and other parties or events.

If you love helping people celebrate special occasions, starting a greeting card business can be a great business opportunity.

When starting a greeting card business, choose a potential niche and write a business plan.

Then, find an ideal spot to sell the greeting cards.

For instance, you can offer greeting card design and posting services, so customers can choose the best designs and post greeting cards online.

How much you can make: $2,000 — $100,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 65 days (?)

I Created A Prank Card Company & Grew It To $30K/Month

Joker Greeting sells unique prank gifts, including a non-stop musical birthday card, an idea raised by the founders visiting their mom's house, having no website or marketing and yet raising $92,073 on Kickstarter in 30 days due to being picked up by media, enabling them to sell 15,000 units in the first year, owned SEO for their niche, selling almost 40,000 units in 2017 and expected to reach 50,000 to 60,000 in 2018 with a small team, using Shopify and various social media channels with lots of organic traffic.

Travis started Joker Greeting about 9 years ago
Travis grew the business to $100K/month
It cost Travis $1000 to start the business
Read by 13,447 founders

13. Become a graphic designer

Graphic designing involves creating sketch designs and materials for corporate clients, advertising agencies, public relations firms, and publishers. Besides, graphic designers provide visual solutions to specific company images, log design, and branding problems.

Graphic design is an excellent career for creative thinkers who enjoy using their talent and artistic skills combined with technology and communication abilities to come up with unique solutions for their clients.

How much you can make: $8,000 — $81,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 165 days (?)

How We Make $7.5K/Month With A Productized Service

Draftss.com is a productized graphic design and front-end code service on subscription that made $66k ARR in 2019, has an MRR of $9.6k as of July 2020, and offers add-ons such as designers being added to team in interacting tools and front-end code services on WordPress using various page builders like Elementor and Divi.

Junaid started Draftss almost 6 years ago
Junaid grew the business to $15K/month
It cost Junaid $100 to start the business
Read by 11,322 founders

14. Become a painter/decorator business

A painter/decorator business is a company that provides painting and decorating services to residential and commercial properties. This business involves preparing surfaces for painting, mixing and applying paint, and completing various decorating tasks such as hanging wallpaper or installing crown molding.

To run a successful painter/decorator business, it is essential to have a strong work ethic and attention to detail. You should also have a good understanding of color theory and be able to recommend appropriate paint colors for different spaces. Having excellent customer service skills is also essential, as building good relationships with clients is crucial for generating repeat business.

To attract clients, creating a website and social media presence is advisable to showcase your work and provide contact information. You should also consider offering competitive pricing and ensuring that your work is completed on time and to a high standard. It is also a good idea to have insurance coverage in case of any accidents or damages during the course of your work.

Starting a painter/decorator business can be a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity for entrepreneurs with an eye for detail and a passion for creating beautiful spaces.

How much does it cost to start: $125 (?)

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

15. Become a tee shirt designer

Have you always had a passion for fashion and creativity? Well, then the field of tee shirt design could be the perfect opportunity for you!

As a tee shirt designer, you would be responsible for fitting model garments, ensuring size uniformity, and using your design and aesthetic skills to create unique and eye-catching tee shirts that will captivate your customers’ attention.

With this exciting career, you’ll have the chance to let your creativity run wild and make a lasting impact on the fashion industry.

How much you can make: $6,600 — $101,000/month

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

Generating $15K/Month In Extra Income With A Graphic Design Library

Designious co-founder Alex Dumitru shares how the graphic design library generates $12-13k in monthly revenue by creating digital products that appeal to print-on-demand entrepreneurs and graphic designers, while also offering a flat-rate membership and useful resources that solve little problems.

Alexandru started Designious about 16 years ago
Alexandru grew the business to $15K/month
Read by 4,210 founders

16. Start a custom illustrating business

Many businesses use stock illustrations or images in their commercials. While stock illustrations provide a cheaper option, the visuals aren’t part of the product, so the brand message is diluted.

In a business world where more than 70% of social media and B2B marketers use visuals in their promotions, creating custom illustrations is highly on demand.

Ideally, custom illustration is an essential visual strategy helping businesses use clever, compelling visual content to effectively communicate with the target audience.

With major social media platforms dependent on visuals to create impressions, starting a custom illustrating business can be an opportunity to build a profitable business. Custom illustrations are a visual representation of any text and are considered art for beautifying elements.

To kickstart your custom illustration business, pursue a fine arts certification, where you will learn computer graphics, drawing, and painting skills. Then, identify your style, create a portfolio, then focus on building a client base.

17. Start a toiletries making business

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

How long does it take to build: 100 days (?)

How I Started A $6M/Year Paper Roll Company [Based in China]

Learn how Frank Ouyang founded Panda Paper Roll Company, a China-based paper roll manufacturing company that exports products worldwide, bringing in an annual sales revenue of $10M.

Frank started Panda Paper Roll over 13 years ago
Frank grew the business to $500K/month
It cost Frank $400000 to start the business
Read by 3,236 founders

18. Start a dress mending business

Dress mending can be a lucrative business opportunity. This is because tailoring will remain an essential service regardless of the economy. If you love sewing, consider starting a clothing mending business. Your ideal customers can range from students and staff who wear uniforms to residential and commercial clients such as hotels, lodgings, and restaurants.

19. Start a custom portrait artistry business

How much does it cost to start: $5,000 (?)

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

20. Start a lettering service business

21. Start a t-shirt customization business

A t-shirt customization business is a business that allows customers to design and create their unique t-shirts. You can do this business either online through a website or in a physical storefront location.

To start a t-shirt customization business, you must invest in a t-shirt printing machine and the necessary equipment, such as ink and screens. You may also want to consider offering a variety of t-shirt styles, colors and sizes to appeal to a broader range of customers.

One way to attract customers is to offer a user-friendly online design tool that allows customers to easily upload their designs or choose from a selection of templates and clip art. You can also offer in-store design consultations for customers who want a more personalized experience.

In addition to t-shirts, you may consider offering customization for other types of clothing, such as hoodies, tank tops, and hats. You could also provide customization services for other items, such as bags, mugs, and phone cases.

To market your t-shirt customization business, you can use social media, online, and local advertising to reach potential customers. You can also participate in local events and trade shows to promote your business and attract new customers.

Overall, a t-shirt customization business can be a fun and rewarding way to turn your creativity and passion for design into a successful business.

How much you can make: $200 — $4,255,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,000 (?)

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

How We Bootstrapped A $1.4M/Year Clothing Manufacturing Business [From Ludhiana]

NG Apparels is a garment export unit based in Ludhiana that caters to the clothing segments worldwide, boasting a turnover of $1,581,547 without loans or credit card limits.

Arpit started NG Apparels about 13 years ago
Arpit grew the business to $1.33M/month
It cost Arpit $10000 to start the business
Read by 3,259 founders

22. Start a handbag design and manufacturing business

23. Start a tie dye artistry business

Are you interested in starting a low-barrier-to-entry artist business? Tie-dye is probably the most promising opportunity you can start from home. You can start dyeing clothes in the comfort of your home and sell them to passionate fashionists online or locally.

Starting a tie-dye business can be a rewarding opportunity if you have a keen interest in tie-dye and have a sense of business.

24. Start a hat designing business

25. Start a cross stitch artistry business

26. Start a scarf making business

A scarf is the piece of cloth worn loosely on the shoulders, around the neck or the head. A scarf making business focuses on designing and knitting fancy or customized scarves for their customers.

How much you can make: $21,000/month

I Started A Preppy Clothing Brand That Makes $21K/Month

Lazyjack Press, a luxury men's accessories brand, offers high-quality, Italian silk ties, pocket squares, bow ties, and socks with uniquely named designs and a focus on fun, appealing to audiences of all ages, and is primarily sold through trade shows and pop-up shops.

Miriam started Lazyjack Press almost 12 years ago
Miriam grew the business to $21K/month
Read by 19,110 founders

27. Start a plush toy making business

28. Start a knitting business

The knitting business idea is all about creating handmade knit items such as scarves, sweaters, hats, and more. To start this business, you will need key tools and materials, including knitting needles, yarn, and patterns.

To operate this business successfully, you will need to have a good understanding of knitting techniques and be able to create high-quality items that appeal to your target audience. You should also have strong marketing and sales skills to attract and retain customers.

One way to grow your business could be by offering knitting classes or workshops to beginners interested in learning how to knit. The lessons and workshops can not only help you generate additional income, but they can also help to build a community of loyal customers.

To sell your handmade knit items, you could consider setting up an online store or participating in local craft fairs and markets. You could also consider partnering with local boutiques or retailers to sell your wholesale products.

Overall, the knitting business idea is a great way to tap into your creative side and create beautiful, handmade items that people will love. You can build a successful, fulfilling, and financially rewarding business with the right tools, skills, and marketing strategies.

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

How My Business Makes $500K/Month Selling Yarn Products To Clothing Companies And Knitters

Meet Evgenia, the founder of Woolstock, a yarn and knitting company that started with a few thousand a month and quickly grew to making 500,000 US dollars per year by listening to customer needs, expanding product ranges, and focusing on social media marketing and partnerships.

Evgenia grew the business to $500K/month
It cost Evgenia $15000 to start the business
Read by 1,315 founders

29. Start a picture frame making business

A picture frame is a decorative and shielding edging for an image, such as a photograph or a piece of art. More artists use frames to protect their artwork from damage and to provide their art pieces with a great look.

According to business reports, the market size for picture frames is estimated at $2.0 Billion and will keep rising over the next decade.

Thus, starting a picture frame production business in 2024 can be a great idea. To grow your business quickly, consider partnering with local photographers and artists.

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

Finding Financial Freedom Through Starting A Matboard Business

Matboard and More is a picture framing company that allows for unlimited choices and customization when it comes to framing supplies for any type of art, and is self-funded with an initial investment of $50,000 that led to a successful AdWords campaign and a massive focus on quality, service, and the customer experience.

Mehdi started Matboard & More over 12 years ago
Mehdi grew the business to $500K/month
Read by 4,521 founders

30. Become a sculptor

Sculptors design three-dimensional shape artwork by molding and joining materials or cutting and carving forms.

Sculpting business is a low barrier to entry opportunity with a high-profit margin. Consider that sculptors work in a large studio environment to accommodate their tools, materials, and finished art. In fact, with a spacious backyard, you can start a business.

To become a sculptor, you need creative imagination skills and an understanding of form and materials. Sculptors work under strict deadlines, so they need the discipline and ability to manage time properly.

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

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

How My Grandfather's Carving Skills Helped Me Build A $10K/Month Stone Artwork Business

MarbleBee is a natural stone carving products manufacturer that has become the most experienced supplier in designing and manufacturing marble bathtubs and sculptures, established long-term cooperation with interior designers, contractors, and builders in over 20 countries and served hundreds of homeowners.

Jack started Marblebee Ltd over 4 years ago
Jack grew the business to $10K/month
It cost Jack $150000 to start the business
Read by 1,164 founders

31. Start a tech case customizing business

32. Become a basket weaver

The basket weaver business idea is about creating beautiful, handmade baskets using materials such as wicker, straw, or natural fibers.

To start this business, you will need basic basket weaving skills and access to the materials you will use to create your baskets.

You may also need a workspace, such as a small studio or workshop, to create and store your baskets.

To operate your basket-weaving business, you must market and sell your baskets to customers. You can market and sell through various channels, such as online marketplaces, craft fairs, or your website. You may also consider partnering with local retailers or gift shops to sell your baskets.

In terms of pricing, you will need to consider the cost of materials and the time and effort you put into each basket. It is essential to set fair prices that reflect the value of your baskets while also allowing you to make a profit.

The basket weaver business idea is a great way to turn your passion for crafting into a successful business. With the basic skills, materials, and marketing, you can create and sell beautiful baskets to customers worldwide.

33. Start a yarn spinning business

34. Start a quilter business

35. Start a pattern making business

36. Start a bead making business

37. Start a fiber artistry business

38. Become a stamp maker

Starting a stamp maker business can be a rewarding and creative opportunity for those looking to enter the world of entrepreneurship. This type of business involves creating custom stamps for businesses, individuals, and organizations using materials such as rubber, foam, or self-inking rubber.

To start a stamp maker business, you will need to invest in equipment such as a stamp carving tool, ink pads, and stamp making supplies. You may also need a computer and graphic design software to create digital designs for custom stamps. It is essential to research and choose suitable materials and equipment to ensure high-quality stamps for your customers.

Marketing and networking are crucial for a stamp maker business to succeed. You can reach out to potential clients through social media, local networking events, and by setting up a website to showcase your products and services. You may also want to consider offering a range of stamp sizes and styles, such as round, square, or self-inking stamps, to appeal to a broader customer base.

Running a stamp maker business can be challenging and rewarding, but with dedication and hard work, you can create a successful business that provides a unique service to your clients. Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting, a stamp maker business is an exciting opportunity to showcase your creativity and skills.

39. Start a natural dying business

40. Start a stencil artistry business

How much you can make: $80,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,000 (?)

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

I Started An Online Stencil Shop And Make $960K/Year

A packaging designer started Stencil Stop in 2015, which now earns around $100K per month in revenue selling stencils, offering custom stencils as some of its best-sellers, and attracting and retaining customers through simplified products and efficient advertising techniques.

Colin started Stencil Stop about 9 years ago
Colin grew the business to $80K/month
It cost Colin $1000 to start the business
Read by 4,047 founders

41. Start a book binding business

A book-binding business is a service that specializes in repairing, restoring, and customizing books for individuals and organizations. The business involves binding new books, repairing damaged books, and creating customized book covers and designs.

To run a successful book-binding business, it is essential to have a strong understanding of bookbinding techniques and materials and knowledge of different bookbinding styles and trends. It is also important to have excellent attention to detail, as bookbinding requires precise measurements and careful materials handling.

Marketing is also crucial for a book-binding business, as it is essential to attract customers and showcase the services offered. This can be done through social media, online marketing, and networking with bookstores and libraries.

One tip for running a successful book-binding business is to offer a range of services to appeal to a broader customer base. This could include repairing damaged books, creating custom book covers, and binding new books. Another tip is to invest in high-quality equipment and materials to ensure the best results for customers. Finally, it is essential to stay organized and keep track of orders and deadlines to ensure customer satisfaction.

42. Start a candy making business

You will need a few essential ingredients and equipment to start a candy-making business. These include sugar, corn syrup, food coloring, flavoring extracts, and tools like a candy thermometer and a silicone candy mold. You will also need a kitchen or workspace to prepare and store candy.

To operate your candy-making business, you must develop various tasty candy recipes. The candy may require trial and error, as well as research on popular flavors and techniques. Once you have a solid selection of recipes, you can start taking orders from customers and creating candy to their specifications.

To market your candy-making business, you can set up an online store or sell your products at local markets and events. You can also consider partnering with local companies, such as coffee shops or gift stores, to sell your candy on their premises.

Starting a candy-making business requires creativity, dedication, and attention to detail. With suitable recipes and marketing strategies, you can turn your love of candy into a successful and sweet business!

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

How long does it take to build: 450 days (?)

I Launched A Stress-Diffusing Mints Brand After Building A $10M CBD Business

Brandon Nolte, the co-founder of Stello, a stress diffusing mint company, shares his journey of launching a new company after +8 years and +$10 million in sales in the CBD space, including the challenges and opportunities of product development, branding, and marketing strategies in the CBD industry.

Brandon grew the business to $3K/month
It cost Brandon $350000 to start the business
Read by 3,975 founders

43. Become a scrapbooker business

Scrapbooking is a creative hobby that involves designing and putting together a visually appealing album of memories and memorable moments. It can be a great business idea for those passionate about crafting and design.

To start a scrapbooking business, you will need a few essential supplies such as paper, stickers, markers, and other decorative items. You may also need a computer and photo editing software to create digital layouts and designs.

For success, it is essential to have a strong understanding of the different scrapbooking techniques and styles. It would help if you also were skilled in design, creativity, and customer service.

Several ways to offer scrapbooking services include hosting parties, creating customized albums for clients, or selling scrapbooking supplies. You can also consider offering online classes or tutorials to teach others how to scrapbook.

Marketing your business is crucial to attracting potential customers. You can use social media, online directories, and local advertising to showcase your skills and services. You can also consider joining local craft fairs and events to showcase your work and connect with other crafters.

Overall, a scrapbooking business can be a rewarding and fulfilling venture for those passionate about creativity and design. You can turn your hobby into a successful business with the right skills, supplies, and marketing efforts.

44. Start an ornament making business

45. Start a doll clothing designing business

46. Start an e-guide selling business

47. Start a bath bombs business

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

How much does it cost to start: $4,970 (?)

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

How I Started a $348K/Year Natural Bath and Body Products Business

Thulisa Naturals founder, Anusha Moodley, shares the journey of building her natural bath and body product company, which boasts a 25% post-tax profit after generating $29k in monthly revenue and expanding into 123 retail stores across the US.

Anusha started Thulisa Naturals over 9993 years ago
Anusha grew the business to $29K/month
It cost Anusha $4970 to start the business
Read by 4,137 founders

48. Start an online course creation business

Starting an online course could be perfect if you want a passive income. Whatever your background, you could start teaching online and earn a passive income.

All you need to start an online course is patience, imagination, and an enabling eLearning platform where you can connect with the relevant audience.

Online courses may take time and require a lot of effort to start selling. However, once your audience finds the content resourceful, they start sharing and recommending it through their network. Remember, creating an online course could take longer than expected, so remain focused and give your best.

How much you can make: $1,666,666/month

How My Business Went From $0 To $20 Million With Word-of-Mouth Marketing

Prep Expert's founder built a test preparation platform from his dorm room with just $900 that has since accumulated over $20 million in sales and attracted billionaire Mark Cuban on Shark Tank, due to doubled yearly sales from word-of-mouth marketing and hundreds of points of improvement in students' SAT scores.

Shaan started Prep Expert over 13 years ago
Shaan grew the business to $1.67M/month
Read by 807 founders

49. Start an e-book writing business

An eBook business is profitable and flexible, letting you start a business from anywhere, while it is a low-cost business that is easy to start. You can make a living self-publishing and selling eBooks online as long as you are ready to invest your time and money in it.

Anyone can start an eBooks business! Just choose a niche that interests the target audience, and ensure in-depth research.

How much you can make: $2,000 — $62,500/month

How much does it cost to start: $67 (?)

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

How We Started A $514K/Year Content Curation Agency With Just $35 [From India]

Content-Whale, a content curation agency, has achieved a Rs. 4 crore ($514k/year) turnover 4-5 years after being started with just Rs. 2500 ($35), and has a pool of more than 500 writers, aiming to become a market leader in the global content market.

Vaibhav started Content-Whale Private Limited over 6 years ago
Vaibhav grew the business to $62.5K/month
It cost Vaibhav $35 to start the business
Read by 5,038 founders

50. 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.

Warnisha started Kiss My Crown Essentials about 4 years ago
Warnisha grew the business to $1.2K/month
It cost Warnisha $800 to start the business
Read by 7,169 founders

51. Start a craft business

If you have artistic passion and the skills to make unique art, consider starting a craft business. Craft businesses make jewelry, clothing design, card making, painting, sculpting, ceramics, among others.

According to research, the global handicraft market size will reach over $1252 billion in the next decade.

The best websites to sell your crafts include:

How much you can make: $1,000 — $80,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 20 days (?)

How I Turned My Passion For Crafts And Writing Into A Side Income Source

DIY Lifestyle blog owner, Theresa, turned her passion for crafting and writing into a side income source, attracting hundreds of thousands of global visitors, with her blog generating $400-$500 a month and her online Etsy store bringing in an additional $200-$300 a month, showcasing her unique, all-natural, one-of-a-kind polymer clay earrings, home decor, and huts inspired by Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, reading and home decorating.

Theresa started With Love From T To You over 6 years ago
Theresa grew the business to $1K/month
It cost Theresa $200 to start the business
Read by 7,713 founders

52. Start an online gift shop business

How much you can make: $550 — $416,000/month

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

How We Created The Perfect Cooking Kits And Made $860K In Sales In One Year

Cooking Gift Set Co. generated $866,000 in sales in 2020, with 70% on Amazon, 26% Wholesale, and 4% e-commerce, using their strengths in design to create cooking kits with beautiful packaging, customized instructions, and high-quality lifestyle photos to differentiate from copycats.

Kim started Cooking Gift Set Co. almost 8 years ago
Kim grew the business to $72.2K/month
It cost Kim $12000 to start the business
Read by 10,260 founders

53. Start an enamel pins business

54. Start a furniture upcycling business

Furniture upscaling is when old or discarded furniture is converted into something usable. Repurposing old furniture is not only a fantastic approach to handling unused items, but it can also be a profitable business venture.

To start a furniture upscaling business, find a great location and advertise your business. Clients will bring their unloved furniture to your store, where you will add style to make it look new and a great addition to their homes.

55. Start a pottery business

How much you can make: $110,000/month

How My Student Joel Cherrico Makes 6 Figures Selling Pottery Online

One potter went from selling zero to 100 cups per day, earning six figures and now has a team of four, all in just five years.

Joel started Cherrico Pottery almost 14 years ago
Joel grew the business to $110K/month
Read by 696 founders

56. Start a stained glass business

Stained glasses brighten up spaces and cast a stunning pattern across the room, making it feel more inviting. Their detailed scenery, elegant designs, and an array of colors make them homeowners' favorite décor accessories.

Therefore, starting a stained-glass sales and installation business can be profitable. To start a stained-glass business, you require basic artistic skills so you can craft amazing patterns to make the stained glass. You can hire an experienced artist to help with the designs if you aren't handy.

57. Start an upholstery business

58. Start a Dried Flowers Business

The dried flower business is a new kind of business that has the ability to bring in a lot of money. The main purpose of this business is to sell dried flowers. You can sell them by themselves, or you can sell them as an accessory to other items like jewelry or clothes.

Flower-drying businesses can make hundreds of thousands of dollars with the right marketing and services. If you can charge $200 to preserve bouquets from important events, you'll make about $18,000 or more profit for every 100 orders you have.

Starting a dried flower business is a great opportunity for anyone who loves to be outdoors and wants to work in their community. You can start your own dried flower business by purchasing seeds or plants from local farms, and then drying them yourself. You can sell your flowers at craft fairs, farmers' markets, or online.

To start this business, you would need to find a location where you can set up shop and sell your dried flowers. Make sure that you have all the permits necessary to operate this type of business in your area before you go ahead and open up shop!

59. Start a bronzing business

60. Become a glass blower

A glass blower designs and shapes a mass of glass that has been softened by heat by blowing into it using a tube to create various shapes and designs. To become a glassblower, you need basic fine arts skills.

61. Start a calligraphy business

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

62. Start an ice sculptures classes business

63. Start a handmade chocolate business

The handmade chocolate business involves creating artisanal chocolate treats. To start the business, you will need chocolate, molds, and other ingredients. In addition, you will need a workspace where you can create your chocolates. To operate the business, you must create recipes and designs to offer customers.

You can market your chocolates through social media and online or by reaching out to local stores and events. The handmade chocolate business is a creative and delicious way to share your love of chocolate with others.

64. Start an art reselling business

One of the most direct ways to make money is by reselling artwork. You can resell art you originally bought from a gallery through another gallery where the artist is represented.

Ideally, artists retain copyright to their art pieces, so it is illegal to sell, publicize and publish a copy of artwork unless the artist has given prior permission. Therefore, you cannot resell their piece to a gallery they are not represented.

65. Become a candle manufacturer

Candle manufacturing is one of the best small business ideas you can start from home. Making candles comes with a low startup cost and does not require much equipment. If you plan to start a candle manufacturing business, hone your craft and get comfortable with the candle-making process.

How much you can make: $4,000 — $1,000,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $5,200 (?)

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

Selling Over 4,500 Candles

Wax & Wick is a 100% soy candle company with wood wicks, that creates environmentally-friendly products; starting off making $1,000 a month in 2015, they brought in about $20,000 per month during Q3 2017 and plan to add ten new scents and a premium sized jar for 2018's $50,000 per month goal.

Kevin started Headline Solar about 5 years ago
Kevin grew the business to $500K/month
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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.