118+ Online Business Ideas That Are Easy To Start In 2023

118+ Online Business Ideas That Are Easy To Start In 2023

Interested in starting a easy to start online business in 2023?

We put together 118 of the best easy to start online businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start an online food business ($54K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $12,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$77,633
Time To Revenue
360 days

Katie Young from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada started Klondike Kettle Corn about 8 years ago, a online food business.

  • Revenue: $4,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Case Study

It was actually a close friend’s idea to set up a kettle corn business in the Yukon. He had seen one set up down south (Vancouver) and thought it would take off in Carcross, a small community just outside of Whitehorse, that was starting to cater to tourists coming off the cruise ships from Skagway, AK.

When other work commitments did not allow him to follow through with his business idea, I stepped in to help. Eventually, I bought the kettle corn business from him and started to attend the Fireweed Community Market in Whitehorse.

Be open to new ideas and always be searching for creative ways to keep your product interesting.

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2. Start a video ad creation business ($360K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$30,000 — $70,000/month
Skills

Louise B. Maciulevicius from Dublin, Ireland started Silksocial about 3 years ago, a video ad creation business.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland

Case Study

I got into the creative industry through my passion for sales and acting! I had a long career in sales working with big companies like Homeaway and Airbnb. Before we started this venture my husband and I was newly married and on a mission to chase the American dream!

Video production is a very competitive space so if you do want to launch a business in this field you have to find a way to differentiate yourself.

We got a one-way ticket from Ireland to California without thinking of a plan B. I was gonna make it as an actress no matter what. Before we knew it, three months had gone by and we were running out of money and out of options. I learned the hard way that it’s hard to get a gig when you’re on a tourist visa! Looking back at it now, our plan did have some major holes in it, but I’m much happier for trying and not succeeding (yet!) than living with regret and the thought of “I wonder what could have been”.

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3. Start a stock photography business ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $45,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,500
Skills

Serban Enache from Brentwood, TN, USA started Free Stock Images about 11 years ago, a stock photography business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: Brentwood, TN, USA

Case Study

By 2012, stock photography was well established as an accessible and inexpensive visual content resource and Dreamstime was already a thriving Top 3 agency, counting the world’s largest stock photo community. It already featured a small free download library that subscribers were able to access unlimitedly, still available today. As donations grew, we felt these files needed a dedicated home and audience and this is how Stockfreeimages appeared. In the first year, we had around 110,000 customers and 1,5 million images and numbers continued to grow constantly. Its aim was to upgrade budget-oriented customers instead of eroding current revenues.

Not hiring talented people soon enough or hiring the wrong people and having to start all over, avoiding making leaps of faith, and being overcautious are some of the things that may change the course of your business for better or worse.

A large pool of individuals and freelancers were in need of good imagery for personal or start-up projects, at no cost at all if possible. Stockfreeimages came to answer this need for safe content with model released, high-quality photos, and illustrations that they were able to download for free. It also served as the next step in image copyright protection for both contributors and consumers and helped users protect themselves from the costly fines that often result from copyright violations.

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4. Start a wordpress template business ($132K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,380 — $18,933,333/month
Skills

Sam from Kalamazoo, MI, USA started Sam Munoz Consulting, LLC about 5 years ago, a wordpress template business.

  • Revenue: $11,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Case Study

It was 7:00 pm, about 8 days before Christmas in 2017 when my boss sent me a text message “Can I call?”.

I’d been in the tech industry as a software developer for a while now, so a late-night chat wasn’t necessarily out of the ordinary - especially if one of our clients had an unexpected, catastrophic error that couldn’t wait until the morning.

“Of course!” I said.

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5. Start a ppc consulting agency ($480K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $390,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,542
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Daryl Mander from London, England, United Kingdom started Big Flare about 9 years ago, a PPC consulting agency.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

It was the summer of 2012 in London, UK. At this point, I’d been working in (other people’s) advertising agencies for the best part of a decade. London was a great city and I enjoyed my career. However, I was getting tired of the stressful lifestyle, the commute, the office politics, and the grey, dreary weather.

I figured I was going to burn out if I kept on at it, so I saved up some money, enough to take a sabbatical from work and fund a year-long travel binge to cure my malaise.

When I started this business my dream was to create a successful location-independent company that I could run from anywhere with an internet connection, and that’s exactly what I have built.

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6. Start a therapy business ($240K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$28,500
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Janine Halloran from Massachusetts, USA started Coping Skills for Kids about 7 years ago, a therapy business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Massachusetts, USA

Case Study

Several years ago, my husband and I read the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, and were really intrigued. We started doing a lot of thinking about changing our lifestyle.

We have two children, and at the time, we were both working full-time outside of the home. It didn’t feel quite right. We wanted to be able to spend more time with our children, so we discussed moving from working outside of the home to figuring out a way one or both of us could work from home.

I had a hard time dealing with failure in the beginning. Over time, I realized that I learned the most from my failures. Even though my subscription box failed, that actually made it easier for me to launch the next products I created.

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7. Start a cooking class ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$7,500 — $100,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Monika Reti from many, USA started Hipcooks about 9 years ago, a cooking class.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: many, USA

Case Study

In true Hipcooks fashion: I’m not a culinary school graduate — I’m a hack! Here’s my story:

I’m first-generation American (Mom is from Germany and Dad from Argentina). My parents were young foreign students in the US and their friends were the other international students: I was a kid surrounded by people from different nationalities, like Spain, Russia, France, and the UK. I was a child foodie and loved to experience culture through food.

I caught the travel bug early, living in Argentina (studying economics in college), traveling through Europe, and moved to England for graduate school (I have a Master’s in Economics from LSE.) While in school, I cooked my way through a series of London restaurants in the gastro-boom of the ’90s, just for fun. My first job was on the West Coast, as an econometrician at the RAND Corporation.

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8. Become a business coach ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,250 — $9,259,259/month
Average Initial Investment
$197,119
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Kamil Sattar from Telford, England, United Kingdom started E-commerce Mentoring almost 6 years ago, a business coach.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Telford, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

Finding my first drop shipping supplier was by searching over AliExpress and looking for the supplier with the best reviews and years in business and most importantly communication reliability I would get on skype calls with the suppliers and do a mini-interview to see if they fit the criteria I was looking for, also another important thing was making sure my supplier had a license to sell these products I was marketing/selling.

My supplier would handle all the logistics like inventory and fulfillment that’s how the drop shipping business model works.

I set up an LLC in the US I got an accountant to manage the books using a Shopify app called Taxjar.

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9. Start a mobile photography ($1.32M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$24,583
Skills

Kyle Nelson from Chico, California, USA started Results Imagery over 5 years ago, a mobile photography .

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Chico, California, USA

Case Study

We both had previous experience in another start-up called Soul id which was a social media platform for action sports. We ran the marketing and media at that company which was a blast. After we left that company, we split directions. Eli got involved in the eCommerce industry by starting a brand called Winterial which he grew to hundreds of SKUs. Kyle headed in the media direction and started a commercial photography company where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

At this time Kyle wanted to be able to get back in the start-up world, grow a large brand and a team of like-minded creatives and innovators. So like any entrepreneur, he jumped on Google and started to search for media companies that were also technology-based companies as well. That is where the inspiration of starting a digital agency that solely focused on the media portion for brands and product companies came to life.

Culture is the centerpiece of a successful company. Creating a place for employees to come to work and enjoy what they do, the environment and who they work with will pay long term dividends.

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10. Become an it consultant ($25.2K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $2,400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$833
Skills

Dan Khadem from Denver, Colorado, USA started Access Database Support about 11 years ago, a IT consultant.

  • Revenue: $2,100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

Case Study

The database consulting was a natural progression from my day job. People were asking me for help on projects outside of my workday so the work fell into my lap. It was then that I realized I could turn this skill into something for real on the side.

Look at your business idea as a brick wall that needs to be built brick by brick. Don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of things that are involved in starting a business or side hustle. Instead just focus on the one brick in front of you. Go slow and steady. Be sure to add a new brick to that wall every single day.

At the time I started doing the side work I was in massive debt from school. I was already paying for my lifestyle through my regular job so I knew any income I earned on the side could go to directly paying off my student loans. It worked. I paid off my loans a few years ago and now have the flexibility to use my side income for other things.

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11. Become a college counselor ($600K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$50,000/month
Skills

Pradeep Gaddam from San Jose, California, USA started ConnecPath over 5 years ago, a college counselor.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: San Jose, California, USA

Case Study

I started my career as a researcher at NASA where I helped scientists visualize data. It did not take long before I realized that research is not a place for me. I thought to join a big company would make it exciting for me, I then joined Intel Corporation only to realize that's not a place for me. It took me 10 years to realize that being an entrepreneur is where I felt more fit and excited. I always knew, If I had the right mentor I would not have wasted 10 precious years.

All this made sense to me, when I met my co-founder over a beer, he mentioned an interesting data point to me. The ratio between a high school counselor and students is 1:500, which means the amount of time, a student gets over their entire high school is 38 minutes. That clearly is a huge problem and interestingly of all the high school students that get into colleges, 40% of them either end up changing majors, colleges, not graduating on time or not graduating at all.

I think that's a very serious problem. I instantly connected with that problem and we decided that we will certainly fix it. That’s how we started on this journey.

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12. Start a web testing software ($38.4K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,200 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$65,000
Skills

Fitz Nowlan from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA started Reflect almost 4 years ago, a web testing software.

  • Revenue: $3,200/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Case Study

I am from the Philadelphia suburbs and began programming in Java as a senior in high school. I graduated from Georgetown University in 2009 and went straight into the Computer Science Ph.D. program at Yale University. While earning my Ph.D. with a focus on networking, I took internships in the summers to work at Microsoft and Google. These experiences were eye-opening in many positive ways, but in particular, I knew I wanted to build software for sale rather than pursue a career in research. I loved the idea of taking some software that I wrote to market and “setting up shop” to sell it to customers. The plight of the entrepreneur excited me.

When I was deciding where to work after graduation, both my wife and I were feeling an internal pull to move back to the Philadelphia area where both of our families reside. I didn’t know much about the Philadelphia tech scene, but my mother sent me an article she found online about a digital marketing start-up named Curalate. (Yes, that is the exact article from 2013.) Obviously, I knew I wouldn’t be doing any work related to my research in networking, but I was hoping it would provide a broad software engineering education, of sorts, which I could one day in the future pair together with my highly-concentrated research expertise. It turned out to be a perfect fit! Curalate was a first-class engineering organization and I learned as much there as I could anywhere. It was instrumental in my growth as an engineer, and it’s also where I met my Reflect co-founder, Todd McNeal. He was Curalate’s very first engineering hire back in 2012.

Our idea for Reflect was born as a direct result of our experience building and maintaining software over the course of our careers. Developers have a lot of great options available when it comes to unit and integration testing, but for E2E testing they’re either investing a lot of resources to build and maintain automated test suites, relying heavily on manual testing, or are going without formal testing. It’s interesting that there hasn’t been much innovation in E2E testing vs. unit and integration testing, considering how critical it is to software organizations: whenever you deploy changes to your website or application, you run the risk of regressing functionality that used to work. Often, your customers will forgive you if some new functionality doesn’t work as expected, but they will be much less forgiving if you break functionality that they have used and relied on for months or years. Developers learn pretty quickly how important it is to test things end-to-end. You can spend all this effort unit and integration testing, but a user will still hit a bug immediately after that feature ships if you’re not testing like an end-user.

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13. Start a newsletter ($25.6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $2,133,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$61,208
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Matt Paulson from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA started MarketBeat about 12 years ago, a newsletter.

  • Revenue: $2,133,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

Case Study

MarketBeat is a business that has evolved and iterated upon overtime. MarketBeat’s predecessor, American Consumer News, started in my college dorm room in 2006.

There weren’t a lot of good ways for me to generate an income as a computer science student in a college town of about 7,000 people. When I was a freshman in college, I worked the cash register and the deep fryer at McDonalds. I knew I didn’t want to repeat that experience the following year. I was able to scrape together an income working a few odd jobs for the university, but what allowed me to graduate debt free was freelance writing.

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14. Become a proofreader ($24K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Lenny Bron from New York, New York, USA started The Blog Proofreader over 6 years ago, a proofreader.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

Case Study

This business idea was born in 2016, but the journey really began in 2014.

After working for a company for 8 years, I hadn’t really gotten far financially and felt stuck. I decided to find a job with better financial prospects and the possibility of advancement. After 6 months of searching, I was hired at a new employer and managed to double my salary in one fell swoop!

Just start! That little voice inside your head giving you doubts will always be there. Push through that voice and keep going until you reach a point where you’re lost.

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15. Start a language translation service ($6.6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $550,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$635,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Cédric Sigoire from Düsseldorf, Germany started DEMAN Übersetzungen over 7 years ago, a language translation service.

  • Revenue: $550,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 35
  • Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

Case Study

I am a French citizen who has been living in Germany for more than 10 years, and I feel European. I studied as an exchange student in the USA, I studied in Germany via the Erasmus programm and gained a double Master’s in Business from a German and a French university.

I started my career as an export area manager in the casual shoe business. I liked my job, but wanted to be on the field close to the customers and so I left to join a safety products producer as Export Manager. There I really learned what selling means: To understand the needs of your customer and deliver the best product to ensure customer satisfaction. Selling is a win-win. Once I knew how to sell, I joined a producer of massive oak furniture as Export Director.

After this, I wanted to return to Germany and took on a position as Country Manager for an eLearning company. I am living proof that a salesperson can work and be successful in many different industries.

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16. Start an online advertising agency ($300K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,797 — $1,250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$18,576
Skills

Luis Camacho from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Fantôm Agency almost 5 years ago, a online advertising agency.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Case Study

When I tell my story I like to get into the details of how I landed where I currently am and where I am going. I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. I ended up in the United States after my father got a job offer for a marketing position at a semiconductor company, this was when I was only 10 years old. To be honest, the move definitely had an effect on me. When I lived in Mexico I was a fairly outgoing kid and (I believe) the move caused a shift that made me more of an introvert so you could say that was a bit against me, since I didn’t necessarily enjoy being the center of attention or being “noticed” too much for much of my upbringing. I finished high school and went to Arizona State University where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing alongside a certificate in entrepreneurship.

Right around the time of graduation from high school and the start of college I started a clothing line. I believe I was only 19 at the time and I didn’t have a budget to promote the new clothing line, so I turned to social media as my route to promote and sell the new products. I had to learn everything from Photoshop to constructing a website, content, photography, content distribution, supplier relationships, and many other skills. After seeing success marketing on social media, I quickly found that I was passionate about digital marketing. I then realized that there was a place where I could polish up my digital marketing skills, an agency, which to my surprise were not as concerned with academics as they were with real-world experience.

I went on to work for a marketing agency, after finally finding one was willing to overlook my lack of agency experience and realized that my entrepreneurial spirit and persistence would outweigh the need for the experience all the agencies were looking for. I was hungry. At this agency, I got hired on as a content writer (which I didn’t necessarily enjoy the most, but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to eventually lead the paid advertising department which was my goal). I was able to do just that within a year. I studied the ins and outs of the agency, how it operated, how it dealt with clients, how it made mistakes, and most importantly what helped it scale.

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17. Start a discount travel website ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$70,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$227,166
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

David Adler from San Diego, California, USA started The Travel Secret almost 5 years ago, a discount travel website.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: San Diego, California, USA

Case Study

My previous business was a consulting business for companies looking to outsource their call center operations. While I appreciated this experience, I found it difficult to build and maintain client relationships. Because of this, I was always on the lookout for a more meaningful career. What I had always wanted to be a business that could really change peoples lives and hearing stories from our clients now when they come back from their trips really feels good, especially when you enable someone to make that trip of a lifetime or a dream trip they had always wanted to do with their kids. Hearing those stories is what keeps us going to this day.

While on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, I had the opportunity to attend a timeshare presentation in exchange for a $2,000 discount on my hotel stay. While the discount was nice, the whole experience of sitting through the presentation and the sticker shock I got when they offered me the timeshare for $60,000 was not.

When I left, I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be nice to get the same $2,000 discount on EVERY trip I take without having to sit through these presentations? If the hotel has the ability to hand out those discounts to presentation attendees, there must be other hidden discounts as well.

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18. Start a web development business ($1.78M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$6,600 — $350,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$90,402
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Ty Fujimura from New York/Copenhagen started Cantilever Web Design & Development about 11 years ago, a web development business.

  • Revenue: $148,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 9
  • Location: New York/Copenhagen

Case Study

I’m the son of a therapist and an artist, and both sides of that upbringing prepared me well to manage a creative business! I was always playing with code and design growing up, and was lucky enough to have my dad’s tech hand-me-downs to learn on.

I regret bootstrapping because it forced us into making decisions based on the fear of running out of money, rather than on trying to find long-term value.

I majored in Mathematics at NYU, but while in classes I started to get the itch to design again. I did some portfolio pieces in photoshop but needed a website. I taught myself the basics by spending hours in Barnes & Noble reading every web design and development book I could find (even though I couldn’t afford to take them home) and got hooked.

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19. Start a website editing service ($72K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills
Business model

Ferenc Denes from Tirgu Mures started HTMLG about 8 years ago, a website editing service.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Tirgu Mures

Case Study

I graduated as an automation engineer but somehow I ended up making websites because I find that the easiest way to remain independent and to build a passive income empire.

Soon after graduation in 2012, I was working at an internet marketing agency managing client’s websites. Our clients used to send Word documents to publish new articles on their sites and it was my job to convert them to HTML. You can’t just copy-paste the contents of a Word document and publish it on the web because you’ll end up with a very messy code.

I needed a proper tool to automate Word to HTML conversions and cleaning so I made a basic program to process the documents according to my needs.

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20. Become an online dating consultant ($62.4K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,200 — $11,250,000/month
Skills
Business model

Shane White from Austin, Texas, USA started The Match Artist about 5 years ago, a online dating consultant.

  • Revenue: $5,200/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Case Study

I have always been an entrepreneur. When I was in high school, I wanted to start my own business, so I took to one thing that I knew how to do- mow lawns.

Afterward, while I was in college, I started a mobile DJ business, which was a great way to earn some extra cash in college. After graduating from NDSU with a degree in Computer Science, I took a full-time job working as a software developer. While working as a developer, I really wanted to start a SaaS Company, which translates to “Software as a Service”, so I did just that. I created Midwest Streams - Simple Funeral Webcasting, which helps funeral directors webcast their funerals.

I ended up spending too many hours working on Midwest Streams while I was at my software developer job, so my employer fired me. (If you are reading this, I really am sorry!) This happened in February of 2014, and Midwest Streams was only making $400 a month. I decided not to go back to work and try my hardest to grow my company. I had some savings, but burnt through it pretty quick, as it’s really hard to survive with only $400 a month.

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21. Start a software integration plugin ($144K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $2,141,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,400
Skills

Jae Jun from Seattle, Washington, USA started GORILLA ROI almost 5 years ago, a software integration plugin.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Case Study

I’m sure you know that one person in the office who is a spreadsheet geek, right?

That person who can whip out some crazy complex spreadsheet without batting an eye and seems to enjoy playing around with thousands of little boxes on the screen.

That’s me.

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22. Start a logo designing business ($12K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$122,000
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model
Work from home

Craig Barber from London started Logobly almost 3 years ago, a logo designing business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London

Case Study

For most of my career, I’ve been a designer. I’ve done website and logo design for some of the best brands in the world. Sony, Samsung, PayPal, Qantas, Nestle, Apple - you name it.

If you’re gonna pour all of your hard-earned cash and time into something make sure it’s not some overnight trend. Make sure it’s a long-term bet.

I’ve always had a real urge to start my own business and live the dream of an entrepreneur.

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23. Start a voice over service ($480K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $40,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,000
Skills

Mony Raanan from Santa Ana started Voice Crafters about 14 years ago, a voice over service.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Santa Ana

Case Study

I lived in Los Angeles for about 12 years. During that time I worked in sales while going to university. After having graduated from Business School at Cal State Northridge, I worked for a software company in the Healthcare industry.

It’s tempting to dig deeper and attempt to start with a better product. However, the best thing to do is to put out something functional and collect as much feedback as possible.

During that time, I also recorded an album and toured with my band whenever possible.

how-i-started-a-40k-month-multilingual-voice-over-agency-and-marketplace

24. Become a mobile personal trainer ($720K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$600 — $8,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,005
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 4 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Chris Anderson from Overland Park, Kansas, USA started Live Fit almost 12 years ago, a mobile personal trainer.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Case Study

I started Live Fit because I felt I was running out of options in the industry I loved so much. Personally, I felt the misses in the personal training industry and wanted to change that. Personal Training, as well as all types of fitness, can be very intimidating to most people. And honestly, the people that are most intimidated by fitness are often the people that need it the most. I set out to create a company that provided the same types of exercises, programming, and results as generally all fitness companies, but I wanted to make it a comfortable experience from the moment a potential client stepped through our doors.

All our processes, our studio layout, our team of trainers we have hired, and our entire mission are based on making clients feel comfortable, appreciated, and valued. We do things differently and over the past 10 years, I have seen other companies in our area follow our lead. Long gone are the days of slamming weights, extremely loud music, and uncomfortable gym environments. People want to go where they feel comfortable and respected.

I have always loved sports and started at a young age, with my dad as my coach. I continued athletics through high school and went on to run college track where I based my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees entirely on building my career in the fitness industry. The last thing I was willing to do was to throw it all away based on a lack of opportunity, so I created my own with Live Fit. I believe in spirituality and the law of attraction and base my life on those principles. So in early 2011 when I couldn’t focus on my spiritual study and spiritual growth because my mind was consumed with running numbers about opening my own company, I knew that was a sign from God it was time to create something great.

how-i-started-a-60k-month-personal-training-company

25. Start an online video editing business ($72K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $208,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$150,075
Skills

Sabba Keynejad from London, England, United Kingdom started VEED over 4 years ago, a online video editing business.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

Tim and I met during an online hackathon. During the hackathon participants were encouraged to meetup for real. We actually got on really well, and stayed friends and kept spitballing ideas for a startup for years.

At this time, I was a design student at Central Saint Martins and I had recently won a competition for Sony Music creating an interactive music video for the band Hurts with my friend Virgil. Then soon after graduation, I started working as a creative technologist in London for a bunch of different advertising & branding agencies and a few startups too.

how-we-developed-a-6k-month-online-video-editing-software

26. Start a transcription business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$325,000
Skills

Ben Walker from Denver, CO, USA started Transcription Outsourcing, LLC over 12 years ago, a transcription business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Denver, CO, USA

Case Study

I grew up in Omaha, NE with four siblings and parents who’ve started probably around 20 companies. So new companies, employees, clients, and everything that goes with starting new companies were normal dinner table topics. Not that we as kids were asked our opinions, more that we got to listen to our parents talk things through that were front and center for them at that time. Which were things like who to hire for what jobs, who to let go, where to start a new office or location, and if they should borrow more money for expansion or not.

We had front row seats and that has helped more than I would have ever guessed it would when I was 10 years old bored out of my mind not being able to join the conversation at dinner.

At the same time I was learning at dinner by osmosis I started playing tennis almost every day. Then I was able to go to an all-boys prep school for high school. Both of those things also contributed considerably to me ending up being a business owner.

how-we-started-a-100k-month-company-that-provides-transcription-services

27. Become a software developer ($4.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $465,583,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$327,675
Skills

Max Rice from Remote, Oregon, USA started SkyVerge, Inc. almost 10 years ago, a software developer.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 32
  • Location: Remote, Oregon, USA

Case Study

In 2012 I was working for a small company as an IT Director, and they tasked me with rebuilding their eCommerce website. As I started looking at available platforms, I found an article by Justin comparing WooCommerce to another platform. He seemed really knowledgeable, so I reached out to him to ask some questions and I ended up bringing him on as a consultant for the project.

We worked really well together and the project had a very successful outcome, so we stayed in touch. A couple of months later we had a chance to work together on a joint consulting project, which led to more consulting for companies that needed help with their eCommerce stores.

You rarely get it right the first time. You make decisions based on the best available information, then you learn from the results and iterate.

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28. ($384K/year)

Auston Bunsen from Miami, Florida, USA started CBlocks.io about 5 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $32,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA

Case Study

I’ve been a web developer for like 12 years, I’ve learned about all sorts of cool technologies over the years.

In 2011, I went to a meetup called Hack&Tell and heard about Bitcoin from another developer named Michael Greenberg. A couple years later, in 2013, I started to mess around with the technology in my free time. In the middle of last year, I started getting into Ethereum and began to evangelize the technology. I believe it’s an awesome platform to build on. I convinced almost every single person I worked with to buy Ethereum and always got feedback that it was “so hard to get started with”.

So, my co-founder Mario and I were all hanging out on Mario’s last day at Wyncode (where we all worked together), and Mario was saying he wanted to get into crypto.

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29. Become a social media consultant ($180K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $990,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,375
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Amanda Shepherd from Las Vegas, NV, USA started Social Media Manager Society over 2 years ago, a social media consultant.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA

Case Study

I spent the last decade of my career as a social media manager, in the agency, in-house, and freelance settings. I really created a name for myself in my niche and people were always coming to me for social media advice. I absolutely LOVED teaching people and for a long time, wondering how I could combine my passions for teaching and social media into one career.

Fast forward to fall 2019 - I was at a crossroads. The agency I was working for was moving in a different direction and I was literally moving back home. I had a decision to make - stay at the agency under different circumstances, find a new job in my new home, or finally take the plunge and start my own business.

I chose the latter and it was the best decision I ever made! I was immediately able to gain clients using internal systems I created and literally built my own business from the ground up. In one year, I made almost $100,000 and put all my systems inside the Social Media Manager Society, so other aspiring social media managers could take everything I learned and implement it themselves!

how-i-started-a-7-5k-month-social-media-consulting-and-training-business

30. Start a resume writing business ($36K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $42,857/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,017
Skills

Mike McRitchie from El Dorado, California, USA started Critical Path Action almost 8 years ago, a resume writing business.

  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: El Dorado, California, USA

Case Study

Over the years I’ve built quite a bit of business knowledge (was a Director of Operations and helped build a company from 5 employees to 100 and $2.5 million to $16 million in revenue; also was a five-year member of Vistage, a business mastermind group) and wanted to leverage that.

Get started with something inexpensive that interests you. Then keep going as you try things and learn.

I started a website through an online marketing/website building course and began blogging on business and career topics. But I found monetizing that to be difficult. I wanted to do business strategy consulting and paid $1,000 for a three-month insert in a coupon mailing that did nothing and found trying to get that type of consulting off the ground part time around my day job wasn’t working.

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31. Start a 3d printing business ($3.96M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$42,000 — $330,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$407,500
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills

Roy Kirchner from Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine started Ultimate 3D Printing Store over 7 years ago, a 3D Printing Business.

  • Revenue: $330,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine

Case Study

In 2014, I was one-half of a partnership working primarily in advertising and marketing. At that time, my partner and I were successful and wanted to explore other verticals. We began working with a client who had a product that we believed was singular and unique throughout the world, and we put forward a significant amount of capital out of our own pockets to try and develop that product, only to reach a point where the deal went south and litigation ensued.

Make plans to do things as a family, and do your best not to let work interfere with those moments, but know that there are going to be times when you will have to sacrifice an outing, a dinner date, a holiday weekend.

In trying to think outside the box and figure out a way to create a similar product, I found myself for the first time in an innovation lab in Tampa, Florida, where I saw a 3D printer in operation for the first time. I couldn’t look away. I realized immediately that 3D printing had the potential to change the world as it became more integrated into daily business activities such as manufacturing. That’s when I decided to leap of faith.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,680
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model

Daniele Besana from Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands started WP OK over 7 years ago, a tech support business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands

Case Study

I've always worked in IT, solving technical problems for small and big companies.

During my 15 years career in network security, I was lucky to help a lot of different types of customers: from small family-owned businesses to multinationals corporations.

It’s all about people. Don't focus on the number of subscribers, followers, opt-in, conversions… when you start is all about building relationships with people.

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33. Start a tutoring business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $375,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,723
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Adam Shlomi from Miami, FL, USA started SoFlo Tutors almost 4 years ago, a tutoring business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Miami, FL, USA

Case Study

I come from an entrepreneurial family. My father works for himself and my maternal grandfather started a clothing factory. Working for myself has always been encouraged by my family, but before I could get started, I needed to learn a skill. At Georgetown, I study international politics and business. Most students with these backgrounds go on to work at prestigious firms like J.P. Morgan. I really didn’t know what kind of business I could start, and frankly, planned to work as a (boring) data analyst after graduation.

If you have an idea but don’t have the knowledge to execute, use that idea as motivation and go learn how to turn your vision into reality.

Tutoring first came to mind because I had spent significant time working for other tutoring companies and cutting my teeth/learning how the industry works during my teen years. I first started tutoring when I was 15. I was hired by College Experts, a local test prep center in Davie, Florida. My first student was three years older than me, and I spent our first session teaching him how to use his calculator rather than trying to explain any complicated formulas. Being a student myself, I was able to bring a student’s perspective to tutoring. I worked for College Experts until my senior year of high school when I began tutoring on my own and finding clients on Craigslist.

how-i-started-a-15k-month-sat-tutoring-business-while-in-college

34. Start a consulting business ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $2,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,739
Skills

Liz Illg from Phoenix, AZ, USA started Liz Illg almost 4 years ago, a consulting business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA

Case Study

I remember vividly when my idea of business consulting came to me. I was at a networking conference with other business owners and when I stood up to introduce myself to the group, I called myself a systems consultant.

Industries change. Times are constantly changing. Relationships, if built regularly, can last forever!

From that day forward, I created the perfect way to audit an operational system or create one, effectively and efficiently. My systems consultation service is still available to this day and I’ve helped business owners dial in theirs to allow them to grow and transform their teams.

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35. Start an ecommerce platform ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $83,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$438,707
Skills

Nick and Angelica from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA started Romans Tide almost 8 years ago, a ecommerce platform.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Case Study

Outsource everything. The classic entrepreneur’s mistake is to try and do everything yourself. When I look back on it I definitely had the funds to outsource more and bootstrap less.

If it wasn't for that struggle I would have never made it to where I am today. I was forced into entrepreneurship because I was not someone people could hire. I always got along with people at interviews and people liked me but I was not hireable due to the mistakes I made in the past surrounding my issues with drugs and alcohol as a teenager.

Embrace the struggle. Good times can make you soft. I appreciate my life now and keep an attitude of gratitude but I never forget where I came from. I never forget not knowing where my next meal would come from or not knowing where I was going to sleep at night. Believe it or not, I have had worse times and been worse places than being homeless but I won't go there here

I got my GED at 16 so I didn’t even finish high school, before starting my business I did take some college classes at a local community college. I wanted to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and attend Bastyr University.

I loved learning things but always struggled with the long road of school which held no guarantee of success, just a guarantee of debt.

My journey into entrepreneurship started as an early teenager hustling here and there just to put food in my mouth and fuel in the gas tank. My first real business was a landscaping business I started with a friend that didn't work out. We thought it would be a good idea because he had the work and I had the business mindset of growing and scaling. The opportunity was there but we did not collaborate well. Even with my guidance he did not want to change his habits. This led to us butting heads, ending our business, tainting our friendship, and me $20,000 in debt. After that had failed me I came across a program that taught people how to dropship on eBay for $20 a month. I really liked the idea of this as it gave me the opportunity to work from anywhere and be my own boss which are two things I really wanted. After a few months of hard work, things went well and I paid $500 for the selling on Amazon training. I literally had no idea what I was doing when my Amazon business took off. In a sense, Amazon was my crash course in business. It taught me how to hire and manage employees, how to set up payroll, how to outsource, how to do accounting, how to leverage credit and financing, how to market, how to do advertising. It taught me everything I know about business in the harshest way possible lol

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36. Start a life coaching business ($120K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $660,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,375
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Sinem Günel from Vienna, Austria started Personal Growth Base about 3 years ago, a life coaching business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Vienna, Austria

Case Study

One and a half years after starting my studies in business administration I came into touch with entrepreneurship and I immediately knew that I wanted to dig deeper into how to build your own business and be your own boss.

So I started reading books, especially biographies, of successful entrepreneurs.

Pretty soon I found out there’s one major component all of them have in common: They all talk about their personal growth and how they had to improve themselves so that their businesses could grow.

This immediately triggered me and I started digging deeper into the topic of personal growth.

how-i-started-a-10k-month-personal-growth-advice-business

37. Start a saas product developer business ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$40 — $8,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$101,548
Skills

Mike Lameree from Rotterdam, Netherlands started SoPlan ago, a saas product developer business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Case Study

I came up with the idea when I was planning an event with a group of friends. It reminded me how time-consuming it is to have everyone’s agenda match. What we usually did is look for a date in 6 months, because the likelihood of finding an available date was higher. I couldn’t figure out why at the office it’s easy to schedule meetings with colleagues but in your personal life, there are no agenda tools that support the same functions. It’s because in our personal life we communicate through phone numbers with our friends instead of email addresses.

I underestimated the effort required to launch a business. Building a product is easy. Getting people to know your product is more difficult than I would expect.

What I also thought was a missed opportunity is having businesses use the same platform using their phone numbers to schedule appointments or make reservations from clients. In essence, it’s all about scheduling a time slot in an agenda. We have talked to businesses and in each sector, they have double-digit percentage numbers of no-shows and late cancellations. The main reason was that people forgot to write down their appointment on their agenda.

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38. Become a digital product designer ($126K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Skills
Business model

Abb-d Choudhury from Brighton, England, United Kingdom started Driftime® Media over 6 years ago, a digital product designer.

  • Revenue: $10,500/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

Curate Labs stemmed from an initial publication we created called Curate Magazine. The concept behind CM was, ‘one theme, many interpretations – Challenging perspectives through conversation, expression, and curiosity’. Traditionally, I and Sara had worked in large agencies working with big international brands.

Through our roles, we hit a saturation point and fell out of love with the work. From here we decided to set up our own practice, launching from the popularity of Curate Magazine, and creating Curate Labs as a creative, experimental design practice focused on ethics and design for good.

Links to previous issues of Curate Magazine…Issue 4, Issue 5, Issue 6.

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39. Start a lead generation business ($216K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$34,704
Skills
Business model

Joel Allen from Nashville, TN, USA started GoEdison about 7 years ago, a lead generation business.

  • Revenue: $18,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Nashville, TN, USA

Case Study

GoEdison was founded because my partner and I saw a major need in the small business realm for better marketing. This was at the time when marketing agencies were popping up everywhere and charging smaller businesses large retainers with getting them very little return.

Too often we want to get a little too creative with our new services. Do what works and do what’s simple when you first start out.

Three years prior I had launched two other smaller agencies get off the ground and make a ton of money. The problem was, I wasn’t truly invested in those companies. I was as a key employee, but nothing more than that. So instead of helping others get rich quickly, we knew we could provide a better service and overall client experience and make it our own thing versus working for someone else.

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40. Build a seo tool ($72K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,800 — $850,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,687
Time To Revenue
420 days
Skills

Md. Yousuf Ali from Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh started Rank Trends ago, a SEO tool.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Case Study

About 10 years ago, I just finished my education life and joined a private company as a fresher. At that time, I heard that we can earn money by working online. I didn't believe it at first, but I had a bit of curiosity in my mind, and since then I've been researching how to make money working online.

I discovered oDesk (present name Upwork). I had been searching for a unique idea and got it from ​​oDesk about digital marketing. Then, I have been studying digital marketing and researching this subject for about 4-5 years. In 2017 I started my new digital marketing agency called Rank Trends but it went live online in 2018 and got a very good response.

I was at a good place with my digital marketing businesses. Moreover, it permitted us to work from anyplace — one that allowed us to venture to the far corners of the planet and invest more energy with our families. Also, I wrote lots of articles about digital marketing including SEO, Social Media Marketing, Video Marketing, Domain Hosting, Backlinks, etc. We just try to share our knowledge with our website readers to make a bridge with them. I think this idea of digital marketing is a really helpful creation for people and me.

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41. Start a graphic design business ($96K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$135,133
Time To Revenue
300 days
Business model

Scott Tarcy from Charlotte, NC, USA started caddesignhelp.com almost 8 years ago, a graphic design business.

  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Charlotte, NC, USA

Case Study

Before I started my business, I went to college for mechanical engineering. I then worked a few corporate jobs as a design engineer. But in these jobs, I spent maybe 10% of my time actually doing design work. The other 90% was meetings and paperwork, which I hated. On top of that, I was required to be at my job 8-5, Monday through Friday. I had little control over my schedule.

I worked this as a side hustle for about 6 months before quitting my full-time job and doing this full time. That was probably the hardest I ever worked in my life.

After 10 years of this, I was pretty depressed. I had a good salary but the lack of control of my life and freedom was taking a toll. I would have gladly traded less money for more time and freedom.

how-i-left-my-job-to-start-a-9k-month-cad-design-business

42. Start a handmade goods business ($540K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,252
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Sunny Choudhary from Pune, Maharashtra, India started PortraitFlip LLC over 5 years ago, a handmade goods business.

  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India

Case Study

It all started in the VIT hostel in 2017 when Lavdeep Chahal (26), one of the co-founders, was digging the internet for a service that could deliver handmade portraits. He was so eager to find one such platform that could help him get a priceless gift for his girlfriend. We found Paint Your Life but it was charging a lot to deliver in India and sadly, others were plain daylight robbery.

The story pretty much ended with Chahal getting the classic chocolate bouquet for her. But what happened thereafter was the “aha” bit. We realized that there was a handful of companies that provided such a service. Seeing it as a great opportunity, Chahal roped me and Shubhanshu Maheshwari (25), a friend from electrical, into believing that this could be our kick.

Obviously, we weren’t the creative ones, so we instead decided to serve as the filler between the artists and the other Chahal-like customers.

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43. Become a facebook ads consultant ($600K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$28,500 — $6,358,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$425
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Brian Meert from Los Angeles started Advertisemint about 9 years ago, a Facebook ads consultant.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Los Angeles

Case Study

I never really viewed myself as an entrepreneur. If you asked me as a young man the difference between me and Steve Jobs, I would have told you that he had a special ability or gift that I did not have. It wasn't until I got to MBA school that I realized how talented I was in the world of marketing.

When it comes to advertising and marketing, everyone wants the same thing: results. You have to be able to get results or else you'll just lose your clients when they see you can't perform.

In MBA school, I partnered with two friends to start a business called Pocket Goals, which printed clients’ personal goals onto their credit cards. I was in charge of driving traffic to our website, which is when I got started with Google Adwords. I used my cafeteria money to run ads, and during the days when the business made a lot of money, I thought I was the king of the world, and during the days when the business lost money with no conversions, I was scared that I wouldn't be able to eat anymore. I've always taken that mindset with me when I work with clients, making sure every dollar spent on advertising is essential and needed for the business to succeed. I never waste money, and my team always focuses on performance for the companies that we work with.

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44. Start a niche fashion business ($120K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $4,660,000/month
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model

Shaden Abushaera from Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates started Hera Closet almost 5 years ago, a niche fashion business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Case Study

The idea I had in mind when starting HeraCloset

People have become impatient and want quick results from everything in their lives. This is because of all the gadgets and rapidly advancing technology that have engulfed our lives. Customers want high-quality service that is efficient and does not waste their precious time. It is this thinking that gave birth to the concept of HeraCloset in my mind.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

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45. Start an art business ($51.6K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$876 — $415,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$29,336
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model

Sarah Hickey from Plano, Texas, USA started Innerglow Art over 6 years ago, a art business.

  • Revenue: $4,300/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Plano, Texas, USA

Case Study

Growing up I’ve always had this unique passion for art and all things creative. I was that artsy girl in all the art classes in high school and even took a few art classes in College.

When strangers were noticing my art and asked if I had a website, business card, etc., it really pushed me to start the business.

I never thought I could actually have a “successful career” with art so I majored in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I worked as an Assistant SLP for 2 years after graduating and worked for a pediatric home health company. I truly enjoyed working with special needs children with language disorders and thought this was my calling. However, after applying to grad school and receiving rejection letters for the grad program, I was completely devastated. I felt like a huge failure and was so discouraged. In response, I started painting again.

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46. Start an affiliate marketing business ($6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$77,129
Skills

Jan Kovac from Bratislava started Casino Guru over 7 years ago, a affiliate marketing business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 54
  • Location: Bratislava

Case Study

Our product is a website. The process of designing and developing it was very similar to designing and developing any website or an information system. As both I and the other main founder were software developers, this part was pretty straightforward for us. However, we still did some things pretty right and some things pretty wrong.

The funny part about any SEO-based business is that you can’t really make decent planning. Do you plan to improve some parts of your website and grow? Well, good luck with that, almighty G can have completely different plans for you.

What we made right was a decision to create a system that models all the relations and information about online casinos as structured data. As an example: almost every online casino has a list of countries from which it doesn’t allow residents to play. To capture this information we have created a database table casino_restricted_country and fill it with 1 record for every casino and every country that is on its restricted list.

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47. Start a freelancer platform ($480K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $5,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$83,738
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Abby (Abhinav) Verma from New York started SkillSoniq over 6 years ago, a freelancer platform.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: New York

Case Study

I have 15 years of professional experience across Investment Banking, Tech Consulting, and Entrepreneurship and have studied in 3 continents in Asia, North America, and Europe from schools like the University of Michigan, Indian School of Business, and the London School of Economics.

I have been an entrepreneur 3 times now and founded my first company at the age of 19 to sell paint jobs to homeowners in Detroit while studying full-time at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. This was my first experience as an entrepreneur and got me hooked to the hustle required to get stuff done. I followed it up with a stint in Investment Banking, which taught me the meaning of perseverance and quality testing when I worked 100+ hours a week on multi-billion dollar Financing and M&A deals.

I came across the idea of starting SkillSoniq when I was working with outsourced talent on a tech project a few years ago, where I was sitting in the United States and working with contractors in the Philippines. That experience was extremely excruciating, as I worked at odd hours to keep up with the time zone differences, had difficulty communicating with the contractors and there was a lot of concern around IP security and trust. That experience put me in major depression and when I started looking for better alternatives to hire talent in the US quickly and at affordable rates, I found that the recruiting space in the US was broken.

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48. Start a blog ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,687
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio over 4 years ago, a blog.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Case Study

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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49. Create a website builder ($360K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $350,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$11,956
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills

Shai Schechter from Remote, Oregon, USA started RightMessage about 5 years ago, a website builder.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Remote, Oregon, USA

Case Study

I've always loved technology and I ran a few online businesses from my bedroom as a kid.

I founded an events company at university (when I should've been in lectures), and my love of software meant we were able to launch some pretty unique events… like a "Wall Street" nightclub where we installed screens and hacked the cash registers to make the drink prices rise and crash throughout the night. People loved it.

There's a lot to be said for building in public, keeping assumptions to a minimum, and iterating based on what you learn from your audience and their needs… It taught us so much about what the product needed to be, and more importantly what the product didn't need to be yet.

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50. Start a women's clothing line ($6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $11,750,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$12,363
Time To Revenue
300 days
Business model

Brigitte Shamy from Highland started SexyModest about 14 years ago, a women's clothing line.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Highland

Case Study

Brig went to school for fashion design and had no previous experience in sewing or ecom. She did work in retail for a few years as a teenager which taught her the importance of 5-star customer service.

We know there are a million clothing options for women out there, but we are sure none of them will love you as we will. We want you to be stunning, be modest, be comfy, be YOU!

My wife has always been very stylish. She LOVES fashion. In 2003 she moved to Utah and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints she found herself facing a standard of modesty she hadn’t known previously… as she went shopping she could find clothing that modest, but not cute or cute but certainly not modest. Frustrated, she went to work designing clothing she thought would be both modest and cute and maybe most importantly comfortable. (She is a self-proclaimed fabric snob)

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51. Start a subscription box business ($4.8K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $16,666,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,901
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Lindsay Scholz from Saint Louis, Missouri, USA started Vowed Box Co. about 5 years ago, a subscription box business.

  • Revenue: $400/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Case Study

I got married in 2016, and if we’re being honest, the entire process was overwhelming – the wedding industry is saturated with ideas and opinions on “how” you should celebrate your big day, but I quickly realized that getting married is not a one-size-fits-all process.

Honestly, my goal was to sell just one box the first week that the website went live, but I ended up selling five!

Leading up to my wedding, my friends had a difficult time finding bridal gifts that aligned with my interests and taste. I had never really dreamed of a big fancy wedding, and I definitely viewed myself as a non-traditional bride. On the flipside, I also had a hard time finding gifts and keepsakes for my bridesmaids – we were all a little bit quirky, and a lot of the overly feminine and girly gifts in the market just weren’t for us!

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52. Create an online course ($1.44M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$350 — $3,735,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,531
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills

Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins) from Chester, New Jersey, USA started Mikkelsen Twins almost 5 years ago, a online course.

  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Chester, New Jersey, USA

Case Study

We never had a moment like “Ah ha! Let’s start an online education company!”, it just naturally evolved and grew into what it is today.

But I can tell you exactly how we got here. Before we get into how we first discovered what entrepreneurship even is, I want to paint the picture of what life was like even before that.

Up until we were 21 years old, we were 2 guys just going through life on autopilot with no regard for the future. Worrying about what my next week would look like was hard enough. Then we basically “woke up” and found ourselves in a 1 bedroom apartment in Aarhus, Denmark, not showing up to our part-time job anymore and smoking pot every day. For the first time, we reflected on ourselves, what we were doing and we just felt embarrassed. We were wasting our precious time away doing absolutely nothing. I don’t want to get too into the emotions felt, but it was a rock bottom for us. Long story short, we have a private twin meeting and said to each other “this is f\cking sad, we have to change”. And because we had each other, we developed motivation and ambition to prove we weren’t useless, waste-of-space losers (but that’s exactly how we had acted).

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53. Start a podcast agency ($204K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $17,000/month
Skills

Tom Hunt from London started Fame about 3 years ago, a podcast agency.

  • Revenue: $17,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: London

Case Study

This whole thing started when I was working as head of marketing at a B2B SaaS business. We started a podcast.

The podcast was focused on the sales operations resource, and was called Sales Ops Demystified. We interviewed sales ops people.

It started to go pretty well, we got social shares, SEO value and even had some sales calls with our guests (we sold sales software). Sales Ops Demystified is now the most downloaded podcast in the world of sales ops.

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54. Start a dropshipping business ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$6,000 — $3,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$11,116
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Amanda Austin from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA started Little Shop of Miniatures about 6 years ago, a dropshipping business.

  • Revenue: $/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Case Study

I was unhappily working in marketing for a Fortune 500 insurance company when I started looking at ways to create a new income stream. I became interested in ecommerce and invested in a course to learn more. I compiled a list of keywords for products that had decent search volume and not terribly competitive to rank for in organic search. I used Long Tail Pro to get ideas--I had so many when I first started!

My business is a small, mostly passive income stream and I’m okay with that. There is so much more I could be doing with my store, but right now I am loving the extra income stream that allows me to work part-time at my day job and spend more time with my infant daughter.

A bunch of keywords in the dollhouse miniatures space fit the bill. I used Long Tail Pro and looked for keywords that were competitive--which on there is a score in the twenties or low thirties. I also wanted them to have at least 2,000 searches per month. This is not a ton, but five keywords with that search volume that are not that competitive can lead to a decent number of organic traffic if you build your site the right way. My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to find a niche with a nice handful of keywords you can rank for with quality content and a nice backlinking strategy. Don’t try to be number one for some saturated keyword that has a million searches a month. Go for keywords where you stand a chance of ranking--this is usually so-called long tail keywords that are really phrases--for example, “wooden dollhouse furniture” instead of just “dollhouse.”

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55. Start an influencer platform ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$893,750
Skills

Arielle Frank from Los Angeles, California, USA started Clout Collective over 4 years ago, a influencer platform.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

I spent the majority of my upbringing in the SF Bay Area a few towns over from Palo Alto. It was an exciting time to live in Silicon Valley-- I distinctly remember the line of people camping out for the release of the very first iPhone as Steve Wozniak rolled up on his Segway to say hi. With an adversarial stubbornness unique to teenagers, I set my sights on the furthest thing I could think of from Silicon Valley and startup culture; working in the music industry.

I spent the first half of my twenties vying for a job in music, and the second half living out my aspirations, spearheading marketing efforts for indie and major labels. Working in music certainly delivered on my original plan to avoid innovation and technology at all costs. Eventually, the limitations of such an environment caught up with me and after two years at Sony Music, I was deeply frustrated by the company’s inflexible and outdated culture.

In an effort to feel professionally fulfilled, I was desperately seeking new challenges outside of work. Around the same time within Sony, we were starting to heavily utilize influencers to market our artists. Through this direct exposure, I was introduced to the world of influencer marketing. At the time, it was late 2015 and I was overcome with excitement for the potential of this new type of marketing. It had all the makings of the perfect storm of opportunity-- no clear best practices, few regulations, & little to no standardization.

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56. Start a freelance writing business ($0/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$700 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$405
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

Eva Gutierrez from Los Angeles, CA, USA started Eva Gutierrez almost 6 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Revenue: $/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Case Study

Five years ago I was really lost and confused about what career path to pursue. I had graduated from college with a degree in Biology in hopes of becoming a doctor. I quickly found out that I didn’t want to spend my life working in an office or having to see as many patients as I could fit into my schedule to make back my medical school expenses. At the end of my senior year, I started to watch blogging really start to take off and was immediately interested—this was an entirely new career path we hadn’t see before and something about it made me want to learn more. I figured out how to use WordPress and made a free account to start something like a food blog. I published a few articles and just wrote about what I was eating and why I was so focused on eating nutritious foods over others.

After stumbling upon a writer’s Instagram profile with the bio, “Contributing Writer at EliteDaily”—I Googled, “How to be a contributing writer at EliteDaily” and sent in my application. They accepted me (to be fair, I think they were accepting everyone at this time) and I wrote a few articles for them. That was my first taste of the writing life, unpaid work that could get views if it struck the right chord with their audience. Those articles are still online today haha. But, because this was so new into the blogging world and I had absolutely no idea how to monetize or figure any of this out on my own, I didn’t take the opportunity too seriously. I assumed I’d need a “regular” job and soon stopped writing for EliteDaily.

After I graduated, I decided that I would take a break from applying to jobs I didn’t want and instead obligated myself to do something I loved every day with the hope of stumbling upon my passion and purpose. While it seems obvious now that I wanted to be a writer, at the time I was still pretty lost and confused. I didn’t know any successful internet writers and I wasn’t confident enough to ask people for help, guidance, or advice. But, a few weeks into obligating myself to do something that I loved every day, I started writing again.

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57. Become a virtual assistant ($12K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $850,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,289
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Julmar Grace Locsin from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines started FVA Business Consultancy ago, a virtual assistant.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 14
  • Location: Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines

Case Study

Ten years ago, my husband and I were working in an office set-up. Due to a mix of struggles experienced, my husband and I decided to quit our job and transition into freelancing. The transition phase was difficult since we didn't have the facilities needed like a computer and internet connection. We worked in an internet cafe for the first month of our freelancing career until we bought our personal computer and had our internet connection.

We had experience downtime in our new career at first, but we grow and learn from our mistakes as we go along. Freelancing changed the quality of our lives, our family, and so with our marriage. We embrace these benefits to realize that if mothers can work at home, they can earn while taking care of their family.

Another thing is the overseas workers. They have been working far from their family to make a living. Those who are exhausted and feel unproductive because of many circumstances like long hours of commute eat a lot of their time, endangering their work-life balance. These are a few of our realizations why we come up with putting Filipino Virtual Assistance. Because we know how difficult it is to work far from our family, we want to empower Filipino families, one freelancer at a time. We want to provide our graduates an avenue to earn dollars at their homes' comfort, without the hassle of traffic, toxicity of the environment, and an excellent opportunity for those who never got the chance to go to College.

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58. Start a mobile app development business ($960K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$7,500 — $2,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$106,175
Skills

Rob Bentley from Minneapolis, MN, USA started The Jed Mahonis Group almost 11 years ago, a mobile app development business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Case Study

Growing up, I’ve always been into technology. I built my first website when I was in first grade, I built my first graphing calculator app when I was in sixth grade, and I used to run the internet’s largest website dedicated to Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons.

I waited in line for the iPhone the day it launched in 2007, and I was instantly hooked. I knew I had to learn how to build software for this device. Eventually, I learned how to jailbreak my device which allowed me to run custom apps on it (this being before the launch of the App Store).

Even though I had a passion for technology, I never really wanted a career in it. My dream job was to work as a technical director for live television broadcasts, and the only class that was close to that at my school was the capstone course for the Professional Journalism program. I ended up switching my major from Computer Engineering to that and abandoned any dreams of professionally writing software.

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59. Start a thrift shop

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60. Sell e-books

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$20,000
Skills

Examples of a successful sell e-books:

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Case Study

Hi, I’m Naveen Joshi and I co-founded AllAuthor with my brother, Mady Joshi. We started AllAuthor together five years ago as a book promotion platform focused on helping self-published authors to market their books.

Readers’ accounts on AllAuthor are entirely free of cost. Readers can browse through the various book and author listings, find ebooks at discounts and search for books from multiple genres and book types.

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61. Start a copywriting business ($144K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$700 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,342
Skills

Examples of a successful copywriting business:

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

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Case Study

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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62. Become a domain reseller

How Much Can You Make?
$1,300 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$400
Skills

Examples of a successful domain reseller:

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

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Case Study

Hi, I’m Laurids the founder of Indiebrands. I’m 25 years old and live in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria.

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63. Start a youtube channel

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $4,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$8,757
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful youtube channel:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

I am Chhavi, the founder and owner of the blog and YouTube channel Mrs Daaku Studio along with my husband Amit.

Our blog, YouTube channel, and products are designed to help you achieve what we have (...and, more).

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64. Become an eBay seller

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful eBay seller:

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Case Study

My name is Chris Casseday, and I am the founder of 513 Kicks, an online sneaker shop that offers collectible athletic shoes at unrivaled prices. I founded 513 Kicks in 2017, but I have been selling sneakers online for over 21 years. The type of sneakers that are featured in the shop are ones that are in high demand, vintage, or bring feelings of nostalgia to my customers. In other words, these are not sneakers that you’ll find at your local brick and mortar retail store today.

Prior to launching 513 Kicks, selling sneakers online would bring in some money for me on a sporadic basis - $100 one month, $500 the next. Now, after almost two years, the average profit per month is around $2,000. The biggest shift came through branding my selling efforts as “513 Kicks” as opposed to just another guy that loves sneakers, and sells them occasionally. This added a layer of credibility that has resulted in me making new connections, easily obtaining new inventory with large profit potential, and much more.

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65. Start an Instagram or snapchat marketing business

Examples of a successful Instagram or snapchat marketing business:

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66. Start a business startup instruction business

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $1,399,996/month
Skills

Examples of a successful business startup instruction business:

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Case Study

I’m Lidiya, a full-time blogger, course creator, and the founder of Let’s Reach Success. With the content I publish on the blog and the courses I create, I help people start a side hustle and earn passive income so they can pay off debt, quit their job and live their best life.

My signature program - Financial Freedom Through Blogging - is the formula for starting a blog, growing it to 100K page views and $5,000/month, and living life on your terms. Inside it, you’ll find answers to all your questions about becoming a full-time blogger, behind-the-scenes content, real ways to make money and build blog traffic, a ton of video tutorials, how-to guides, and bonuses.

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67. Start a live facebook group hangout business

Examples of a successful live facebook group hangout business:

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68. Start a market researching business

Average Initial Investment
$600,000
Skills

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69. Start a tech writing business

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $42,857/month
Average Initial Investment
$67
Skills

Examples of a successful tech writing business:

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Case Study

I'm Vaibhav Kishnani, an engineer but a passionate writer by profession. I established Content-Whale in 2017 when I was in my third year of engineering. Going by the maxim that quality writing is everything, Content-Whale caters to 42 different content types that form the backstory of every company’s digital presence and marketing efforts.

I started this content agency with a mere sum of Rs. 2,500. Today, we have drawn a revenue turnover of Rs. 4 Crores! In my opinion, it is not individual progress. Instead, a start-up is about connecting with the right individuals at the right time, who keep the show running ahead with their strife for perfection.

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70. Start a weed killer production business

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71. Start a search engine analytics service company

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $250,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful search engine analytics service company:

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Case Study

Hi there, my name is Robb Fahrion and I am the Co-Founder and Partner of Flying V Group, a digital marketing and advertising company located. We service clients all across the globe and help them grow their business through the power of the internet. My passion is for business and there is nothing more rewarding than helping others grow their businesses and share in their successes.

Today, Flying V Group employs 12 people, has worked with over 300 clients, operates internationally, and is on pace to double revenue for the second year in a row. Crazy to think about being here when my brother and I both got up and quit our corporate jobs and put $5k into the project to get us started!

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72. Start a small business guides business

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful small business guides business:

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Case Study

Sean founded Location Rebel, a blog to help people build small businesses. After more than 10 years of blogging, he is making several six figures per year.

73. Start a counseling business

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$35,000
Skills

Examples of a successful counseling business:

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Case Study

Space To Be You is mental health and holistic therapy center offering a range of wellbeing services in London, England.

Below we discuss the process of securing funding, business planning, starting up, and discuss what it was like to launch a face-to-face therapy business during a global pandemic…

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74. Start a presentation creation business

How Much Can You Make?
$400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,000
Skills

Examples of a successful presentation creation business:

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Case Study

Founders & Partners Jesse Austell and Caitlin Rogers started Next Day Animation, a Baltimore-based animation studio founded in 2012 that makes short and interactive animated content. The company produces excellent explainer animation videos to meet its clients’ communication requirements.

Besides being the co-founder, Caitlin is the chief of storytelling at Next Day Animation and handles the creative operations. Co-founder Jesse graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit finance. He later earned a master’s degree in non-profit management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Ten years ago, the co-founders were looking to start something in the communications deliverable segment, and Prezi, a Powerpoint alternative, was the only available app in the market.

They initially named their brand Next Day Prezi, and after its Launch, the brand had a lot of college students approaching them to get last-minute help with their college assignments. They were not catering to this market, and their services were priced too high ($800) for a student to pay.

Soon they got an actual client for whom they made a presentation, and their journey started there. The company is currently running for ten years, and now they are a 25-staff strong team that delivers results for their valued customers.

The company’s mission is to assist organizations in communicating complex ideas in an engaging and fun manner. Their team is made up of people who are smart, talented, and incredibly nice. It is a one-stop shop for professional animators, voice actors, and designers.

Next Day Animations partners with clients worldwide to deliver high-quality, powerful animations. Their clients include Big Brothers Big Sisters, HBO, Goodwill, and Johnson & Johnson.

Key Facts:

  • The founders never gave up despite their first business name flopped.
  • Proper pricing strategy is critical from the time of launching the business
  • Testing ideas and believing those ideas will succeed were critical success factors.
  • At Launch, they created a website and set up Google Ads, which landed the first potential customers.

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75. Start a stock trading business

How Much Can You Make?
$830,000 — $833,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$500
Skills

Examples of a successful stock trading business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

Teri Ijeoma established Trade and Travel in May 2018. It is an online course that teaches individuals how to trade in order to achieve financial independence. She hosts her trading course online using Teachable, an e-learning platform.

Teri made over $10M from her courses in 2020 and Trade and Travel has generated lifetime sales of more than $45M to date.

Her first course was priced at $1000 per person. Later, she improved her packages, added more content, and raised her prices.

Teri claims that she uses Convert Kit to send emails and Calendly to schedule phone calls. She also has more than 160K Instagram followers, which she uses to promote her content internationally.

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76. Start a mailing service business

Examples of a successful mailing service business:

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77. Start a webinar hosting business ($5.68M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $897,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$168,033
Skills

Examples of a successful webinar hosting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a webinar hosting business ➜

Case Study

Hi everybody, my name is Philip and I’m the founder of Tiiny.Host - the simplest way to host & share your web project online. It’s perfect for prototyping, demos, testing, learning to code, and small web apps.

I started it around 2 years ago and to date, over 40,000 websites have been uploaded. We’re currently at $2,000 MRR (monthly recurring revenue) and doubling every 3 months. It’s been a rollercoaster couple of years, we were making less than $100 MRR for about the first 12 months but revenue then skyrocketed. It just goes to show the trajectory of SaaS businesses on the internet.

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78. Start a chrome extension building business

How Much Can You Make?
$10 — $17,366,666/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,020
Skills

Examples of a successful chrome extension building business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a chrome extension building business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a chrome extension building business ➜

Case Study

Hi all, my name is Max Rice, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of SkyVerge, where we build software tools that help over 100,000 eCommerce brands manage and grow their online stores. Our customers are mostly small to medium-sized businesses in all kinds of verticals.

My co-founder Justin Stern and I started SkyVerge in 2013 and we’re a globally distributed team of over 30 people, with revenue of $350,000 per month.

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79. Start an online studio business

How Much Can You Make?
$160,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful online studio business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online studio business ➜

Case Study
  • Graham Cochrane is the founder of the Recording Revolution. The company was founded in the midst of the Great Recession in 2009.

  • The Recording Revolution offers instruction, training, recording, mixing, and tried-and-true strategies for creating music that is cut out for radio.

  • Since 2009, this online community has trained over 350,000 songwriters and musicians to produce songs suitable for radio from their homes or bedrooms.

  • Additionally, he is also the author and host of the show named The Graham Cochrane Show. On his show, he shares his tips and tricks for building and running a successful online business.

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80. Start a business plan writing business

How Much Can You Make?
$42,857/month
Average Initial Investment
$35
Skills

Examples of a successful business plan writing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a business plan writing business ➜

Case Study

I'm Vaibhav Kishnani, an engineer but a passionate writer by profession. I established Content-Whale in 2017 when I was in my third year of engineering. Going by the maxim that quality writing is everything, Content-Whale caters to 42 different content types that form the backstory of every company’s digital presence and marketing efforts.

I started this content agency with a mere sum of Rs. 2,500. Today, we have drawn a revenue turnover of Rs. 4 Crores! In my opinion, it is not individual progress. Instead, a start-up is about connecting with the right individuals at the right time, who keep the show running ahead with their strife for perfection.

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81. Start an online cooking business

How Much Can You Make?
$7,500 — $417,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100
Skills

Examples of a successful online cooking business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online cooking business ➜

Case Study

Kaori Becker, a Japanese-American woman from Bay Area, California, is the owner and founder of Kaori’s Kitchen.

Kaori runs this business with her mother, Yuki, and both are passionate about bringing forth Japanese culture & culinary experience to the forefront.

The founder studied to be an English teacher, but while in college, she started teaching her ramen skills which she acquired from her mother and grandmother, the owner of a ramen shop in Japan. Her love for Asian cuisine & her passion for teaching later inspired her to start her own business.

Kaori’s Kitchen started with Kaori and her mother giving mochi-making classes to the local people in the Bay Area. She later pivoted this business to sell mochi donuts in Columbus, Ohio, where she currently resides.

Before the pandemic, the founder used to offer physical classes for her mochi-making sessions. During the pandemic, she shifted the courses online, which resulted in a growth in the number of students.

She used the Verlocal platform to get the word out about her cooking classes, and in less than two months, her weekend classes were full.

Primarily, Kaori used to charge $35 per person for her mochi tutorial classes but later, word-of-mouth marketing, more than 200 positive reviews on Verlocal and her growing reputation allowed her to increase her rate to $75 per person.

Their classes are booked through Airbnb Experiences, Kari’s website, and Verlocal. Plus, they sell mochi donuts from their Ohio store and visit the local farmers market two to three times a month, where they sell around 350 donuts a day.

Currently, the company generates about $90,000 in revenue annually, of which $24,000 comes from Airbnb Experiences, making it a significant partner.

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82. Become a social media influencer

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$601
Skills

Examples of a successful social media influencer:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media influencer ➜

Case Study

My name is Asia Crawford and I am a Motherhood, Life, and Travel blogger that resides in Vancouver, Canada. I am a wife and mother to two sweet little girls aged 4 and 2!

I started with no community, 0 followers on any media page I had and in just two years have grown to 18.5K followers on Instagram, 1.2 MILLION monthly viewers on my Pinterest, 12.5K Pageviews a month on my blog website and have been nominated for 3 blogging awards.

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83. Become a ghost blogger ($147K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$450 — $24,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$125
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful ghost blogger:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a ghost blogger ➜

Case Study

Hey, I’m Lacy and I’m a content strategist, author of the bestselling Kindle ebook Make a Killing With Content, and the Director of The Content Direction Agency. We specialize in done-for-you content strategy and writing retainers for the content between launches or promotions that helps businesses grow, nurture, and prime their audience to say “hell yes!” before they ever see the offer.

Over the past 9 years, we’ve helped hundreds of business owners create bespoke content strategies to consistently drive quality traffic to websites, increase monthly email leads by 300% or more, improve search engine rankings, enroll dozens of clients per month into membership programs, support multi-six figure launches, and drive millions of views of our articles.

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84. Start a social media management business

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $166,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$3
Skills

Examples of a successful social media management business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media management business ➜

Case Study

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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85. Start a press release service business

Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Examples of a successful press release service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a press release service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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86. Start an email marketing business

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $8,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,628
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful email marketing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an email marketing business ➜

Case Study

Hello, my name is Chase Dimond and I am the Co-Founder of Boundless Labs. We are an email marketing agency that specializes in working with eCommerce brands. We currently work with 30 eCommerce brands that do anywhere from 6 to 8 figures in annual revenue.

We ended up bringing on our first full-time employee in Q3 of 2019 and started onboarding clients again. For the second half of 2019, our business grew by ~$12K per month and we’re now making ~$90K per month. We just recently hired our second full-time employee and anticipate we’ll be at $100K per month in revenue by the end of January 2020.

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87. Start a data entry service

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$200,000
Skills

Examples of a successful data entry service:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a data entry service ➜

Case Study

My name is Rahul, I'm the co-founder at Flamon cloudtech. Which is the parent company that owns our primary product TeleCRM. Taking a step back and looking at the big picture of what we are trying to achieve with TeleCRM - What if there was a way to bring software, automation, and intelligence together in a way that salespeople would only have to do the human part? Instead of spending countless hours every week entering data into specific formats and then more hours crunching that data to figure out who are the leads that they need to focus on, the system that collects all the data do the crunching and return a simple list of people who have already been warmed and just need that human touch.

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88. Start a membership site business

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,720
Skills

Examples of a successful membership site business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a membership site business ➜

Case Study

I’m Lidiya, a full-time blogger, course creator, and the founder of Let’s Reach Success. With the content I publish on the blog and the courses I create, I help people start a side hustle and earn passive income so they can pay off debt, quit their job and live their best life.

My signature program - Financial Freedom Through Blogging - is the formula for starting a blog, growing it to 100K page views and $5,000/month, and living life on your terms. Inside it, you’ll find answers to all your questions about becoming a full-time blogger, behind-the-scenes content, real ways to make money and build blog traffic, a ton of video tutorials, how-to guides, and bonuses.

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89. Start a collection agency

Examples of a successful collection agency:

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90. Start a genealogical researcher business

Examples of a successful genealogical researcher business:

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91. Start a secondhand products business

How Much Can You Make?
$62,500,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful secondhand products business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a secondhand products business ➜

Case Study

We're taking a break for the holidays, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Patagonia. In 1973, Yvon Chouinard started the company to make climbing gear he couldn't find elsewhere. Over decades of growth, he has implemented a unique philosophy about business, leadership and profit. PLUS for our postscript "How You Built That", we check back with Brett Johnson of Firedrops — cayenne pepper lozenges.

92. Start a real estate video service

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$500
Skills

Examples of a successful real estate video service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a real estate video service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a real estate video service ➜

Case Study

Hello there! My name is Hope Horner, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of Lemonlight, an on-demand video production company that offers brands and agencies access to high-quality affordable video content nationwide.

We’ve built Lemonlight as an entirely self-funded business. We haven’t taken any outside capital since we launched the business in 2014. We’re on track to hit 6M in sales this year and we’ve grown the team to 45 full-time employees. We’ve been recognized in dozens of major publications, and we were awarded in Inc 5000 and Entrepreneur 360 for three years in a row.

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93. Start an ebook formatting business

How Much Can You Make?
$17,000/month
Skills

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:

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Case Study

In the year 2016, we had negligible revenue from the blog but the blog has grown substantially since then. Our average revenue is about $17K per month. Our gross profit margin is about 80% since we maintain a very small team and there are no physical products. Our target is to achieve 100% revenue growth by the end of next year.

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94. Start a bookkeeping business

Examples of a successful bookkeeping business:

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

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95. Start an online diet and fitness business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $33,333,333/month
Skills

Examples of a successful online diet and fitness business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online diet and fitness business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online diet and fitness business ➜

Case Study

Nagina Abdullah is the owner of the online weight loss coaching company MasalaBody.

She lost 40 lbs in 9 months and is now on a mission to help others achieve similar weight loss success.

Women who’ve previously tried everything else lost hope and believed their weight issue might be genetic. But when they consulted Nagina, they could see positive results within a short time.

Nagina assists ambitious professionals and entrepreneurs transform into a healthy lifestyle using a step-by-step habit change approach through 1:1 coaching and online programs.

She works specifically with busy clients and provides strategies for every situation, including while they are at home, networking/business conferences, and traveling.

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96. Start a multi-level marketing business

Examples of a successful multi-level marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a multi-level marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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97. Start a community training and mentorship business

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $50,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful community training and mentorship business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a community training and mentorship business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a community training and mentorship business ➜

Case Study

We’re at $3,800 MRR as of May ‘22, with 35% MoM revenue growth between April and now. (Until recently we were known as ‘Weekend Club’, I broke the pivot down in this tweetstorm).

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98. Start a data analysis service

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $2,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$572,891
Skills

Examples of a successful data analysis service:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a data analysis service ➜

Case Study

My name is Chelsea Rhoads and I am the CEO/Co-Founder of pup-eeze, the smartest device on four legs. pup-eeze is a wellness tracker for dogs that tracks activity, monitors location and automates our dog’s lives by connecting them with hundreds of smart home devices giving ourselves and our dogs the ability to monitor, maintain and change the environment of the home if we’re concerned about separation anxiety or well-being.

We’ve had great success speaking with and testing the wellness tracker among those who love their dogs and love technology. We thought, “we bring our dogs on every other journey with us, why not include them in the technology journey as well?” With the overwhelming support from the technology community we were able to strategically partner with an emerging leader in the IoT enterprise solution field; Fathym.

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99. Start a marketing training school

Examples of a successful marketing training school:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a marketing training school:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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100. Start a coding business

How Much Can You Make?
$26,000 — $55,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful coding business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a coding business ➜

Case Study

Hello! I’m Matt Studdert, and I’m the founder of Frontend Mentor. We are an online learning community that helps people improve their front-end coding skills by building projects. Instead of providing learning tutorials, we provide professionally designed challenges to help our community gain real-life experience building websites and web apps.

Today, we have over 200,000 members on the platform and grow at over 16,000 new members per month. Of those 200,000+ members, we have 1,500+ paid subscribers generating over $15,000 MRR.

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101. Start a customer service rep business

Examples of a successful customer service rep business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a customer service rep business:

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102. Start a private labeling business ($240K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $150,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful private labeling business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a private labeling business ➜

Case Study

Hello, my name is Muamer Avdic and I am the Founder and CEO of Ladels.com. Ladels is a digital platform for online sellers to manage and ship their orders from wherever they sell online and with different carriers, all on one dashboard. Ladels provides shipping and advertising solutions for businesses of any size with features and pricing suited for small online sellers to big box stores. The name “Ladels” stands for ads on labels, or advertisements/promotions on shipping labels.

We launched the live version of Ladels.com and began onboarding users on December 25, 2020. Since then, we’ve been bringing in $10,000/month in revenue and are ramping up with users very quickly. Our unique custom shipping label allows users to stand out and communicate directly to their customers like never before.

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103. Start a pr consulting business

Examples of a successful pr consulting business:

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

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104. Start a job board ($660K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $850,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$387
Skills

Examples of a successful job board:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a job board ➜

Case Study

Hey! I’m Gino Ferrand and I’m the founder of TECLA. I’m originally from Lima, Peru, and I’m currently living in Seattle, Washington. My business makes it easy for startups to interview and directly hire software developers from an invite-only network of the top talent in South America (same time zones as the U.S.).

I started TECLA in 2013 with $15k in total investment from my own savings. The business has always been 100% bootstrapped. Today, we are a team of 12 full-time (core) team members, 5 part-time contributors, and a network of 9,000 tech professionals, working remotely (from home) from countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Uruguay.

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105. Start a personal assistant business

How Much Can You Make?
$66,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful personal assistant business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a personal assistant business ➜

Case Study

Hey there! Mary Marsh here, Founder and CEO of Aim2Assist. We’re a virtual assistant services company, launched in 2014 and 100% bootstrapped. My lifelong dream was to create a company at which folks could work from home - or from anywhere - providing them with the flexibility they need or simply desire. Equally important, I wanted to offer clients superb service, one which stands out from all the rest.

Aim2Assist has grown more than 75% since its inception. Our monthly revenue is currently 66K, with an Executive Team consisting of CEO & Founder, CFO, and CoS. Our virtual executive assistants currently total 15 and are independent contractors.

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106. Start a freelance marketplace business

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $140,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$110,814
Skills

Examples of a successful freelance marketplace business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a freelance marketplace business ➜

Case Study

Hi, I am Suvansh Bansal and I am the co-founder of Flexiple. We started Flexiple in Nov’15 to build a freelancing platform that enables “quality interactions” between companies and freelancers. The goal has since then been to ensure a successful engagement such that both the client and the freelancer are happy and satisfied at the end of the engagement.

Since operationalizing ~3 years ago, we have helped 85+ startups identify, hire, and work with the right freelancer for over 200 engagements. All this has been made possible with the help of our 225-member strong community of self-employed developers and designers.

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107. Start a grant writing business

How Much Can You Make?
$42,857/month
Average Initial Investment
$35
Skills

Examples of a successful grant writing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a grant writing business ➜

Case Study

I'm Vaibhav Kishnani, an engineer but a passionate writer by profession. I established Content-Whale in 2017 when I was in my third year of engineering. Going by the maxim that quality writing is everything, Content-Whale caters to 42 different content types that form the backstory of every company’s digital presence and marketing efforts.

I started this content agency with a mere sum of Rs. 2,500. Today, we have drawn a revenue turnover of Rs. 4 Crores! In my opinion, it is not individual progress. Instead, a start-up is about connecting with the right individuals at the right time, who keep the show running ahead with their strife for perfection.

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108. Start a foreign currency exchange business

Examples of a successful foreign currency exchange business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a foreign currency exchange business:

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109. Start a public relations business

How Much Can You Make?
$741,666/month
Skills

Examples of a successful public relations business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a public relations business ➜

Case Study

In 2003, Teneshia Jackson Warner established Egami, a multicultural integrated communications firm.

This business has 15 years of experience successfully providing integrated marketing, influencer marketing, brand strategy, and other services in the advertising sector.

Along with these, Egami also offers PR management services for when there's a corporate crisis.

Teneshia's first book, Profit With Purpose, which focuses on multicultural, purpose-driven marketing, was published in 2012.

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110. Start a fashion blogging business ($120K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$350
Skills

Examples of a successful fashion blogging business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fashion blogging business ➜

Case Study

Hello! My name is Lisa Miller-Mecham. I’m a creative mom of 4 who runs a craft/sewing website called CreativeFashionBlog.com. I started out as an accessory designer, turned award-winning fashion designer, turned DIY blogger… and now a profitable sewing pattern maker.

My best month so far in 2020 has generated slightly over $15,000 while working part-time. I’m actually launching a course next month to show other creative women how to do the same!

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111. Start an amazon FBA business ($6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,300 — $1,175,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,550
Skills

Examples of a successful amazon FBA business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an amazon FBA business ➜

Case Study

Hi, my name is Jeff and I started Stoic Muse last year as a creative side project. I am currently selling about 100-150 t-shirts per month ($3K revenue) with around a 40% margin. I am hoping to sell 500 in December!

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112. Start a direct sales representative business

Examples of a successful direct sales representative business:

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113. Start a content marketing business

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $416,666/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,682
Skills

Examples of a successful content marketing business:

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

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Case Study

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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114. Start a meal planning business

How Much Can You Make?
$62,000 — $600,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,250
Skills

Examples of a successful meal planning business:

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Case Study

Hi - I’m Jeremy Hendon, one of the co-founders of Nourishing Brands (a direct-to-consumer media company that operates popular sites like KetoSummit.com). My wife and I started the company just over 5 years ago to help people make the transition to eating a healthy diet easier and way more delicious.

Today, our main products are cookbooks (both digital and physical) and challenges and courses centered around various diets. To provide a bit of context, we sold over 300,000 cookbooks in 2020 alone. But our first really successful product in late 2016 was the Keto Summit, a digital summit with over 30 Keto experts.

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115. Start an information products creation business

Examples of a successful information products creation business:

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116. Build an online research software

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$550,000
Skills

Examples of a successful online research software:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online research software:

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Case Study

Hi, I’m Prof. Jed Macosko, and I have the privilege of telling the story of how AcademicInfluence.com got started. I serve as president and academic director under the capable leadership of our CEO, Wayne Downs, and alongside an incredible team that includes Prof. Robert Marks, Drs. Winston Ewert, Brian Carlson, and James Barham, and Dave Tomar, Jenn Finley, and Dan Edelen. Our website helps parents and students find colleges that are a good fit. But more importantly, we strive to connect learners to leaders, which is why a large portion of our site is devoted to highlighting the works and lives of influential people.

We launched the current version of our website in August 2020, and as of the time of this writing in August 2021, our traffic, as measured by SEMrush, has grown to over 100,000 organic search visits per month. We monetize by generating leads for universities and college consultants and by licensing our proprietary ranking algorithm to other sites.

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117. Become a tee shirt designer

How Much Can You Make?
$6,600 — $101,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful tee shirt designer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tee shirt designer:

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Case Study

Hi, I am Alex Dumitru and I am a co-founder at Designious. Designious is a graphic design library that provides extra tools like an online designer app and an API that helps both graphic designers and print-on-demand entrepreneurs. At the moment we make around $12-13k per month.

My background is in IT and business development, but I’ve worn many hats along the way, from sales to customer support.

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118. Start a financial consulting business ($144K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$12,000 — $3,141,666/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,500
Skills

Examples of a successful financial consulting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

My name is Evan Bleker, I’m an investor and entrepreneur. I started a company called Net Net Hunter, a membership community focused on a niche value investment strategy. The core of the strategy is buying cheap stocks, incredibly cheap stocks.

We now offer a list of roughly 1000 international net-nets and filter through them by hand to identify the top 40 or 50 to focus our research efforts on. Along the way, I’ve collected a lot of bits and pieces written about net investing and packaged them into a learning resource. We added a community forum to share ideas and help members connect. This has been very popular. Investment analysis came later.

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