30+ Best eBay Business Ideas To Start From Home (2020)

Interested in starting an eBay business, but not quite sure what to start?

We put a list together below of the most profitable eBay business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start an athletic clothing line ($180K/year)

Paul Dickey from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada started Spuds over 3 years ago, a athletic clothing line.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I feel like I have always had an entrepreneur sense to things. During my junior year of high school, I started a business to help provide protection and accessory products for sports facilities. We sold products such as those large tarps that are laid out over baseball fields when it rains, and even did padding and other products for football fields and running tracks. My family has always been in the field of the construction of these facilities and an opportunity came along to push me to start my own little business in this niche.

Throughout the end of high school and into college, I continued working on this company as a way to make money while focusing on my studies. I never really felt like it was something that I wanted to do forever, so I used it as a way to learn about the business world and to manage my own hours.

I have always had an interest in design and the psychological way people interact with brands. After college, I had initially planned to go into Product Design or Industrial Design because of my interests in how things are built (was always into Legos at an early age). This never panned out, though, as I could never get my artistic portfolio up to a standard that was acceptable in the industry. I loved the concept of design, but I couldn’t get myself to be passionate about the artistic side of it.

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Paul Dickey, on starting Spuds ($15,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a watch brand ($300K/year)

Ronnie Teja from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started Branzio almost 3 years ago, a watch brand.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

My family moved to Canada in May 2007 which makes me a first generation immigrant. I was 21 around the time, and I came from Mumbai, India where I already had a job in advertising.

I continued to experiment with drop shipping and other small ecommerce niches, till it hit me - I needed to build a brand, which was focused on longevity, I wanted to start a purpose-driven brand, not just any watch store.

In those days, Vancouver was still a small market and the opportunities in advertising and other related industry were very limited, so I got a job selling Indian (Punjabi) radio and for my first year in Vancouver, Canada. I took public transit to do sales at mom and pop Indian stores door to door to sell radio advertising.

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Ronnie Teja, on starting Branzio ($25,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a fitness equipment company ($144K/year)

Joel St John from Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom started Thor Fitness Europe about 1 year ago, a fitness equipment company.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom

Believe it or not, I came up with the idea whilst on my honeymoon (don’t tell my wife Emma!). I have always been very interested in design, art, music and so on. During my youth, part of it was probably misspent as I learned how to try and draw, handle a spray can and do graffiti at the legal paint hotspots in Brighton and London.

Further down the line, I purchased some turntables and learned how to mix, scratch (and beat juggle, badly). This lead onto music production where I read magazines and taught myself how to produce music over a 6 year period using programs such as Logic 8, Cubase and Reason. In total, I made a collection of around 170 tunes, mainly drum and bass, but also House, Hip Hop, Dubstep and other Electronic music. A very small number of the tracks got signed, but nothing was ever serious. I would literally spend hours in my little studio, every evening after work, before I started doing Crossfit. Unfortunately, all the DJing and studio time resulted in chronic tinnitus from constantly hammering my poor delicate eardrums, so I had to give up music as it were, leaving a creative vacuum was all that that time was once spent.

Thor for me became a creative outlet once it got going. I learned how to use Abode Illustrator and Photoshop, plus some other handy apps. I have a desire to read only books that I can glean knowledge. Never fiction - always self-help, learn-how or in some instances autobiographies - if I can learn from them. There is so much in the world we have been given, and don’t feel as humans that we should waste time with emptiness being lazy. We all have different gifts and talents - we should look to use and refine these skills - for the greater good of others if possible. I personally enjoy learning, solving problems and hearing other peoples' experiences. I also love to experience life for what it has to offer. My main work background is in electrical engineering and project management. My career has been multifaceted, so I’ve been able to apply many of the skills learned in this trade for e-commerce and ultimately the base-work that’s required for the founding of a brand.

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Joel St John , on starting Thor Fitness Europe ($12,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start an antique furniture refurbishing business

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5. Start a luxury brand ($3.6M/year)

William Forshaw from York, England, United Kingdom started Maxwell Scott Bags Ltd almost 19 years ago, a luxury brand.

  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 14
  • Location: York, England, United Kingdom

After university, I attempted different jobs but nothing seemed to suit me and I saw no career potential. After I had been made redundant from the advertising industry after only 12 months, I knew that I needed to refocus and find a path that I felt truly passionate about.

It was on a holiday to Italy that I realized that those plastic carrier bags and poor-quality briefcases, that I had seen my corporate colleagues carrying, were an opportunity to offer a better option.

The hardest part of designing any product is working out exactly what the customer wants and needs. You can design a product which you think is amazing and yet, your audience is not as receptive as you thought.

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William Forshaw, on starting Maxwell Scott Bags Ltd ($300,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a dog clothing line ($840K/year)

Tyson Walters from Irvine, Alberta, Canada started Shed Defeder about 4 years ago, a dog clothing line.

  • Revenue: $70,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Irvine, Alberta, Canada

I came up with the idea in 2011 because I had a big hairy St. Bernard who was shedding like crazy.

My car and house were full of tumbleweeds of her hair and whenever I brought Harley other places such as a family member’s or a friend’s house they would complain about her hair getting everywhere.

If you can’t figure out the answer to a problem or don’t know where to start, find someone who is smarter than you to help you out.

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Tyson Walters, on starting Shed Defeder ($70,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start an online rug store ($264K/year)

Manuel Mas from Crevillent, Valencian Community, Spain started Mundoalfombra.com almost 20 years ago, a online rug store.

  • Revenue: $22,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Crevillent, Valencian Community, Spain

My father has a big background in manufacturing rugs because he worked from 12 years old till now on this industry in Crevillent, so he knows the product, the processes, the suppliers and the people who run this business in our town of 27,000 inhabitants.

I studied computer engineering in the early 2000s and loved the online world. I knew then that the near-future of commerce will be the World Wide Web and eCommerce will be exploding in the next few years. I remember my first orders on Amazon.com from Spain or eBay in the first years… books and other products traveling about several weeks till arriving home…

So the fusion of the Internet and the rug world was clear, then Mundoalfombra.com was created. The experts in rugs and carpets arrived in the online world. Products manufactured in the same town with direct serving, great quality, short delivery times in Spain and Portugal, good prices, exceptional customer support and good relationship with suppliers. The experience in the offline world was shipped to online with a new company. From the old grand-grandfather ́s company experience, born in 1890, to a new opening, and from natural fiber rugs to hundreds of different models and fibers.

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Manuel Mas, on starting Mundoalfombra.com ($22,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start an online t-shirt business ($1.8M/year)

Matt Snow & Meredith Erin from Los Angeles, CA, USA started Boredwalk almost 7 years ago, a online t-shirt business.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Matt grew up in the DC area and always loved drawing and illustration, but it took a back seat to more “grown-up” pursuits when he first went to college (only to then drop out and join the workforce). Meredith went to school in DC, and after running into each other at various concerts and DJ sets eventually started dating. It was around this time that Meredith found some old illustrations Matt had done and encouraged him to go back to school and get his graphic design degree. She was already well-established as a software engineer, but Matt was still trying to figure out what he wanted to do professionally.

Three years later, after a move up to Baltimore and armed with a hard-earned degree, Matt started working for other people as a designer...and hated it. Around this time the two started their first brand, Ex-Boyfriend, as a weekend hobby, making trinkets like duct tape wallets and wrist cuffs out of recycled beer cans and selling them on Etsy. This eventually grew into a small collection of graphic tees. While Matt is an excellent technician who can execute design concepts well, Meredith is the art director and ideas person who comes up with 99% of the concepts that eventually become our designs.

As our order volume started to grow, we pivoted to focus more on the apparel, since we could outsource the printing and fulfillment of those, whereas the other items we were selling at the time were very high-touch and labor-intensive.

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Matt Snow & Meredith Erin, on starting Boredwalk ($150,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start an auto electronics shop

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10. Start a guitar company ($1.2M/year)

Adam Klosowiak from Provo, Utah, USA started KLOS Guitars over 5 years ago, a guitar company.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 13
  • Location: Provo, Utah, USA

KLOS Guitars is the first company that I started. And how I got here is quite the unconventional path.

I’m from the suburbs of Chicago originally. After graduating high school I went to Princeton University to study electrical engineering with an emphasis on semiconductor physics, which was fueled by my passion for science and a curiosity of how things work.

I first dipped my toes into entrepreneurship my junior year when I entered into a Hackathon with two of my peers. The three of us felt that our curriculum was too theoretical and we wanted to test our hands on skills by building something practical. We came up with Dorm Control, which was a bluetooth controlled power strip that you could control via your phone.

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Adam Klosowiak, on starting KLOS Guitars ($100,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a kitchen supplies store ($4M/year)

Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA started Cave Tools over 7 years ago, a kitchen supplies store.

  • Revenue: $333,333/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The true start of my journey goes back to college when I took an unpaid internship with a serial entrepreneur. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but I never knew anybody that was actually running a successful business. It made me realize that I could play things safe and get stuck in the rat race of a regular job or I could take responsibility for my own destiny and build a business that would help create the freedom I desired in life. Just 6 months after graduating from Penn State, I took the leap and started my own marketing agency.

That experience exposed me to the world entrepreneurship and gave me the confidence to start my own marketing agency just 6 months after graduating from Penn State.

When I started, there was no grand design to build out this giant brand.

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Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell, on starting Cave Tools ($333,333/month) full story ➜

12. Start a book cover and case business

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13. Start a children footwear brand ($780K/year)

Laura Garcia Perdomo from Paterna, España started zapato FEROZ over 4 years ago, a children footwear brand.

  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Paterna, España

Although I am a Canarian by birth, I am a Valencian by adoption, many years ago I left my beloved islands with the intention of training in Industrial Design in Valencia.

I began combining classes with work in a design studio, where I had contact with various fields: product design, graphic design, corporate identity ... although the turns of destiny made me fully enter the world of footwear before finishing the race.

From that moment, more than 10 years ago, the world of leathers, soles, linings, and laces, has been very present in my working life, working for various brands, both national and outside our borders.

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Laura Garcia Perdomo, on starting zapato FEROZ ($65,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a jewelry product ($780K/year)

Chrissie Lam from San Francisco, California, USA started Love Is Project almost 4 years ago, a jewelry product.

  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA

I worked in concept design for 12 years before founding Love Is Project, for brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle Outfitters.

Perfection isn’t the goal. Test and execute things, and then adjust.

In 2012, I left corporate fashion with a mission of working with artisans around the world to create products and connect them to brands for market access. I connected artisans and brands in a consulting capacity for a few years before launching Love Is Project as a standalone brand in 2017.

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Chrissie Lam, on starting Love Is Project ($65,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a dried flowers business

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16. Start a candle business ($240K/year)

DShawn Russell from Raeford, North Carolina, USA started Southern Elegance Candle Company almost 5 years ago, a candle business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Raeford, North Carolina, USA

I started Southern Elegance right after my son was born as a hobby. Initially, I made a bunch of random bath and body products in addition to the candles. When I decided to get serious, I looked at everything and decided to just focus on one product and chose candles because they had the potential to be the most profitable. I chose a niche that I could speak authentically about. My ideal customer was easy to identify because it was basically me. (But, don't use that a marketing strategy. It just happened to work in this case) I was born and raised in the South. I LOVE living here and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I created a company around all the things that I love to do.

Choose your partners carefully and trust your gut. I made very bad decisions by going against what I thought I should do and listening to “experts” and lost a ton of money.

I was working in education at the time and I absolutely hated it. One day walked into work and quit my job to make candle making a full-time career. I had absolutely no background in sales, manufacturing, marketing or anything business-related. I basically had no clue as to how it was going to work or if this was even a viable plan. Everything was a learning curve, and I spent hours learning a new skill then implementing it.

With very limited resources, (basically no money) I went to the school of Google and Youtube. I took some online classes on Branding and Wholesaling. I hired a business coach and I literally hit the streets selling. For the first year, I would sell my candles at any Church function, fair, festival, school bazaar… I did not care. I sold candles outside in the middle of the summer and the dead of winter. I also sold on any and every online platform that would accept me. Etsy, Amazon, Faire, Modalyst, Houzz, etc. All the money I made went back into building the brand, I was lucky to have a husband to pay the bills but it was tight financially. When I finally felt comfortable I approached stores to carry my products. And we slowly built a base of stores to sustain the company.

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DShawn Russell, on starting Southern Elegance Candle Company ($20,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a pet accessories business ($0/year)

Yuri from Chernihivska municipal council, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine started COLLAR almost 26 years ago, a pet accessories business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 500
  • Location: Chernihivska municipal council, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine

When I was a teenager, I adopted my first puppy. But in 1995 in my native city, there were no pet accessories manufacturers. My father and I, had to make the collar from a uniform belt by myself. Later, when I walked my dog, my friends came to ask where I got such a collar and ordered some similar for their pets. That’s how the story of COLLAR company started.

With the development of the company I understood that looking at the foreign ideas may work great for the Ukrainian market, but to conquer the international one I had to make something entirely new. Then the motto of the company - “Innovation only” - was born. Now every idea that is proposed in COLLAR company shall pass the simple test: is it really innovative? Is it better than anything that already exists in the market? Does it fill the still empty niche? If the answer is “yes” the idea turns into a project and then into a product.

Now COLLAR company has grown from a small flat in Chernihiv to an international manufacturer with more than 500 employees and offices all over the globe. The products we invent and produce are well-known in European, Asian and American pet stores, but we still do our best to fascinate the customers even more with new innovations.

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Yuri, on starting COLLAR ($0/month) full story ➜

18. Start a tea business ($900K/year)

Andy Hayes from Portland, Oregon, USA started Plum Deluxe Tea almost 9 years ago, a tea business.

  • Revenue: $75,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

I started off with just a blog, I was living in Europe and writing about my adventures and experiences. My focus was really on enjoying a slower pace and appreciating the little things in life. I was working in enterprise software - my day job not all that interesting, but I did enjoy it.

You can read all the books you want about the different cycles and phases of businesses, but I’ve found that nothing replaces lived experience! Just focus on where you are and always be asking yourself, what is the NEXT RIGHT step. That’s it.

Eventually, I left my corporate job looking for something more fulfilling - I did consulting on the side related to my previous job, but started rolling out some advertising display ads and affiliate relationships to try to generate some revenue from my efforts. Back then generating traffic (at a low cost) was pretty easy, but I wasn’t able to generate a lot of revenue.

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Andy Hayes, on starting Plum Deluxe Tea ($75,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start a car accessories business

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20. Start a beauty and fashion marketplace

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21. Start a hair accessories company

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22. Start a home decor business

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23. Start a handbag business

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24. Become a video game seller

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25. Start a pet portrait business

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26. Become a basket seller

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27. Become a collectible toys

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28. Become a holiday decor

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29. Become a designer items

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30. Become a wedding gown

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