30 Best eBay Business Ideas To Start From Home (2022)

30 Best eBay Business Ideas To Start From Home (2022)

Are you Interested in starting the best eBay business but unsure what to start?

Luckily, there are dozens of eBay business ideas you can venture into today and build a successful enterprise.

In this article, we put together a list of the most profitable eBay business ideas you can start today!

For each eBay business idea, we share examples from some successful starters we interviewed for your inspiration.

Here they are:

1. Become an eBay seller

eBay sellers sell new and used clothing, electronics, books, collectibles, and other items on eBay. If you are new to the eBay marketplace, it is best to start slowly, learn the landscape and its rules, and focus on growing your sales.

Whether you want to make some extra cash or clear out unwanted items from around the house, it is easy to get started selling on eBay.

Some things you'll need to do to get started:

  • You must choose, and source products to sell, create, and verify your eBay business account.
  • Personalize the eBay account and policies, set up payment details, and ensure you adhere to eBay rules and regulations.

Once you're up and running, you can boost your eBay sales using these marketing and promotion tools available provided by eBay.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

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.

how-i-started-a-side-hustle-reselling-sneakers-for-profit

2. Become a gift basket seller

A gift basket is typically a bundled gift filled with presents and delivered to the recipient at home or the workplace.

The gifting ritual is an old practice, and regardless of the occasion, people love giving each other gifts (and receiving them). According to data, the global gift market’s worth is estimated at $62 billion, with 62% of Americans preferring to give personalized gift markets over expensive items.

If you love unique gifting, starting a gift basket business could be a gratifying and fun business idea. Many gift basket shops choose to operate entirely online since an online business allows them to work from anywhere, while customers can also purchase at their convenience.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

I’m Lindsay Scholz, and I’m the founder of Vowed Box Co. – a line of curated, quirky gift boxes with non-traditional brides in mind.

Since the brand is still in its infancy and we’re still working through wholesale costs, my monthly income is roughly $600. For being a side business, I look at any profit as a win, but of course, the goal is to see this grow in 2019!

how-i-started-a-gift-box-business-for-non-traditional-brides

3. Start a candle business ($210K/month)

The candle industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.

Candle making was one of the first industries to be industrialized, and now up to 90% of all candles are made by machinery. Yet most of us still make our own candles from home, creating a demand for handcrafted, high quality candles from candle manufacturers even in today's automated world.

A candle business is a worthwhile idea for an entrepreneur who wants to make some extra money in their free time from the comfort of their own home. There are many opportunities for this type of business if you consider it seriously.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,425
Time To Revenue
60 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

Hello! My name is D’Shawn Russell and I am the founder and CEO of Southern Elegance Candle Company. I started the company 4 years ago as a side hustle to make some extra money on the weekends and to get me out of the house. But it quickly grew to much more than I expected.

You can check out our brand story video here: Southern Elegance: Candles Crafted In The South

how-i-started-a-20k-month-southern-inspired-candle-business

4. Start an online t-shirt business ($127K/month)

Running a t-shirt business is an opportunity many entrepreneurs are looking into as a side hustle or even a full-time business opportunity. While it is possible to have your own physical store, online businesses are becoming extremely popular in this field.

Launching your own successful online t-shirt business may feel daunting, but with the guidance & insights from people who are already pioneering this industry, it's simpler than you may think. You can start with selling customized quotes t-shirts, tie-dye prints/screen printing t-shirts, or solid color t-shirts. The opportunities for this industry are endless.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $83,300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$11,703
Skills

Case Study

What’s up Y’all! My name is Brian Wysong and I am the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of a Texas-inspired apparel brand called Tumbleweed TexStyles.

We also hire teachers to help us out with art, events and sales. We love to support students and teachers in any way we can.

how-two-teachers-started-a-t-shirt-business-doing-1-2m-year

5. Start an online rug store ($32K/month)

Online rug stores sell fine hand-woven or hand-dyed antique rugs, carpets, and textiles. Some potential customers looking to purchase exceptional old rugs, carpets, and materials are auctions, collectors, academics, museum curators, and homeowners.

If you are a home décor enthusiast, purchase and resell rare and important rugs or carpets online or even open a store in the neighborhood. If you are starting, always begin with a nearby product, something local or with close suppliers. Costs will be less, and probably logistics problems will go near zero.

Also, take controlled risks, as it's easier to test and fail cheaper than ever. Online services and tools make you ready to launch with a few bucks, so go try, sell and take feedback. Probably, you are nearer than you think to success.

As you advance, source fine textiles and fragments of rugs from Europe, Persia, India, Turkey, Morocco, China, and other countries respected for their rug-making expertise.

Market your rugs and carpets online or open a local rugs store targeting rug and tag run & carpet lovers.

How Much Can You Make?
$32,000/month
Skills

Case Study

I ́m Manuel Mas and I run with my family Mundoalfombra.com since the year 2001, where we sell rugs and carpets, most of them created in our town in Spain: Crevillent (near Alicante). My brother Antonio is our CEO.

We’ve been growing by 20% since the beginning of this decade thanks to SEO, Google Ads, and Facebook and Instagram ads, making around $23K/month revenue.

how-we-started-selling-rugs-and-carpets-online-in-the-early-2000s

6. Start a luxury brand ($300K/month)

Statistics show the global luxury products market will grow by a CAGR of 3.75. Increased wealth and income among the affluent members of society are some factors fueling the growth.

If you are looking for an eCommerce business opportunity, consider starting a luxury brand and selling online. You can sell fashion and accessories online or set up a store locally, targeting the affluent class in your locality.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $2,583,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$250,500
Skills

Case Study

I’m William Scott Forshaw and I am the founder and CEO of Maxwell-Scott. Maxwell-Scott is a British-born luxury leather goods company for the refined professional seeking timeless design and high-quality craftsmanship. As a brand, our ethos is to support slow fashion by creating impeccably-made leather pieces for our customers to cherish and pass on through the generations.

Plus, last year we were nominated for Drapers’ Accessory Brand Of The Year which was a true reason to celebrate. I am so immensely proud of the progress that the team and I have made and know that there is so much more potential for growth.

3-6m-per-year-selling-luxury-italian-leather-bags

7. Start a fitness equipment company ($264K/month)

A fitness equipment business is a type of physical activity-oriented business that produces, assembles, or sells physical fitness equipment.

Generally, fitness equipment is used in gyms, and schools, but can also be applied for personal use. These businesses can be run from a storefront or online service.

A fitness equipment business provides a unique opportunity for people to start their own business. It is an ideal opportunity for those interested in marketing, fitness, management and retail.

How Much Can You Make?
$9,300 — $1,200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$49,412
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

For what was an idea is becoming a pretty cool reality. It’s such a fun project to do on the side, some of it with my wife Emma. It’s been amazing to see how the brand has been received in the close-knit CrossFit community. At each event we do, people now recognize us as an established brand and that's a wonderful feeling.

The Geo-Stag Unisex Sweatshirt - one of our best sellers. Organic, Fair Wear, Sedex Approved and WRAP certified

how-i-started-a-12k-month-crossfit-gear-brand

8. Start a hair product line ($551K/month)

Starting a hair product line can be a fun and profitable way to build a new income stream. It's also fairly easy, as long as you plan it out (and maybe do a little bit of market research before creating your sales funnel). There's a reason we often talk about trends in hip-hop and pop culture when we talk about hairstyles — they often have a lot to do with advancements in the hair product industry. The industry is expected to grow to 102 billion dollars by 2024.

How Much Can You Make?
$550 — $2,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$675,492
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi! My name is Mikey Moran and I am one of the owners of Private Label Extensions. We started this company a little over 5 years ago to create another option for women looking for amazing quality hair and entrepreneurs looking to get into the hair industry.

We’ve made a lot of mistakes during our business journey but have learned from them all and have seen an increase in business. We went from selling a few thousand dollars a month to over $650,000 monthly and even had a $1,000,000 month. One of our biggest accomplishments was being ranked #278 of the fastest-growing companies by Inc Magazine for 2018.

how-i-started-a-650k-month-hair-extensions-and-products-business

9. Start a mobile phone cases & accessories kiosk

The increasing adoption of mobile phones and other handheld devices has created a secondary demand for phone accessories. Experts project the mobile phone accessories market will reach $166 Billion in the next decade.

High-demand mobile phone accessories include phone cases, batteries, headphones, portable speakers, etc.

Opening a mobile phone accessories kiosk can be a profitable way to make money. Do you plan to start a mobile phone accessories kiosk? Find a busy shopping mall where people buy phones. You can sell the mobile phone accessories in retail or choose to do wholesale only.

How Much Can You Make?
$125,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Hi, my name is Jean-Philippe Brousseau, I’m a 32-year-old entrepreneur from Canada, Québec. I’m the founder and owner of phoneloops.com. We mainly sell our universal phone strap that provides a secure, yet relaxed grip on mobiles to B2B and B2C markets.

We’ve been in business since 2014 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. We’ve grown exponentially every year since. As of 2018, we’ve sold over one million Loops in 66 countries. We couldn’t be happier and we are super excited about what the future holds.

selling-one-million-phone-accessories

10. Dropshipping men's grooming products ($148K/month)

The global market for men's grooming products is witnessing steady growth due to the growing consumer preferences, and it is expected to witness a CAGR of 4.29% in the next few years.

Products such as shaving foams, face creams, after-shave lotions, and body sprays are among the highest in-demand men's grooming products.

To start a men's grooming products dropshipping business, research the high-quality products, find a market, build a website and launch the business. Remember as you begin the drop shipping business, people will come up with ideas. Listen to your customers, and implement necessary ideas to make sure the business is a success.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $650,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$113,500
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi I’m Paul, a 22 year old Korean American entrepreneur and founder of HUSKYBEARD, a 6-figure beard grooming brand. This was my first ever business and I’ve since sold it. I am now operating another Shopify store with a partner, on set to produce $1M by next year. I also consult and mentor eCommerce store owners on ecomswift.com.

I’ve scaled using Facebook Ads primarily, with some SEO, Amazon, Reddit, and Email Marketing on the side. I’m proud to have accomplished a 30% customer retention rate with this passionate community.

growing-and-selling-an-online-beard-care-business

11. Start a drinkware brand ($615K/month)

A drinkware brand sells home and houseware products like cups, koozies, mugs and other drinking accessories. If you've decided to try and create a business selling drinkware, there are certain things you need to know. You can do it from the comfort of your own home. You can get started for free, avoiding the hefty cost of setting up a brick-and-mortar shop. And if you take advantage of the right marketing strategies, you could be on your way to making money within a few weeks. The demand for custom branded drinkware in the workplace has increased substantially over the past decade.

How Much Can You Make?
$416,000 — $780,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$23,400

Case Study

Hello, my name is Dylan Jacob and I am the founder of BruMate, AKA, The Dehydration Company. We are a unique insulated drinkware brand with a sole focus on the adult beverage community.

I launched our first product line in November 2016. We did $250,000 in sales from November-December 2016, 2.1M in sales in 2017, and we are now doing over 1.1M/mo in sales, in over 1000 retailers nationwide, and are on track to do 20M this year with roughly 35-45% bottom line depending on our ad-spend.

i-grew-a-drinkware-brand-to-1-1m-month-at-23-years-old

12. Start a pet accessories business

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

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

How Much Can You Make?
$300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$52,750
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Jackson Cunningham and I’m the founder of tuft + paw. We’re a modern brand for cat people.

This year, we raised 2M dollars from some very well-known investors including Alexis Ohanian (founder of Reddit).

this-designer-cat-furniture-brand-does-over-300k-month-in-sales

13. Start a supplements company ($469K/month)

A supplement business makes money by selling dietary supplements, vitamins, protein powders and health foods to customers.

These products are often sold directly to customers, or through distributors and retailers.

Your target customers will likely include fitness enthusiasts, health-conscious individuals, wellness influencers, and those who prioritize their nutrition daily.

Starting a supplement brand is becoming increasingly popular because it's relatively inexpensive to start, and you can run the business from your own home.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $2,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$152,681
Time To Revenue
420 days
Skills

Case Study

My name is Nick Bare and I own Bare Performance Nutrition. We are a sports nutrition and health supplement company based out of central Texas, just about 20 minutes north of Austin.

I built the brand while working as an active duty Soldier, sleeping very little and working very much. Bare Performance Nutrition has always specialized in sports performance (pre-workout, pump enhancers, whey protein, BCAAs) but is now adding to the line of health supplements (greens superfoods, red superfoods, multi-vitamin, joint support) due to the increased demand and popularity from the current customers. The flight is our flagship product (pre-workout) which launched the brand in 2012 and has been one of our fastest moving products to date.

how-an-active-duty-soldier-built-6m-year-bare-performance-nutrition

14. Start a guitar company ($100K/month)

Guitars are versatile, portable, accessible, and affordable musical instruments. Besides, guitars can be self-taught, or you can learn online.

If you are passionate about guitars, consider starting a guitar company. There are different entry points ranging from guitar production, guitar sales, and distribution company or even guitar repair. To start the guitar business, identify your target market, and create a business plan. You must register a business name and meet all the licensing requirements.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$13,250
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Adam Klosowiak and I’m the cofounder and CEO of KLOS Guitars, a company that builds durable, portable, and great sounding sleek carbon fiber guitars and ukuleles.

KLOS Guitars launched on Kickstarter in June of 2015 and did $33k in sales that year. Now, four years later, we’ve shipped to over 70 countries and all 50 states and we’re doing over $100k per month in sales mostly on Shopify.

how-we-invented-a-carbon-fiber-guitar-and-grew-to-1m-year

15. Start a children's clothing business ($140K/month)

The children's clothing business has grown rapidly over the last few years, and in 2022 was valued at $263.30 billion.

Starting a children's clothing business gives you the opportunity to be your own boss while working in a field you enjoy. While you have to be prepared to work long hours and put in lots of hard effort, it can be extremely rewarding if successful.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $1,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$28,750
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Case Study

Hello, I am Charles Carette, CEO & Co-founder of Bambox. We developed the first monthly subscription-based ecommerce for baby essentials combined with a virtual assistant to guide new parents throughout their baby’s first 3 years. We operate in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

how-we-grew-our-baby-subscription-box-to-60k-mrr

16. Start a stationery business ($15.6K/month)

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

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

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

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

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,540
Time To Revenue
300 days

Case Study

Hi, I’m Jess. I’m 34 years old from Tasmania, Australia. I started Chasing Planner Peace back in 2015 when I was pregnant with my third child. Originally we were based on Etsy and only sold planner inserts, however, we’ve now turned into a one-stop planner shop that caters to seasoned “planner addicts” who want to add to their planners, and also planner newbies who love the fact our shop is the only store in Australia you can custom build your own ring planner style planner.

Over the past few years, we’ve really expanded our range to not only offer planners and inserts, but also planner dashboards (beautiful cover pages), dividers, notepads, stationery items and more. We also recently started our subscription box service where every two months customers can receive a “Planner Peace Box” which is full of planner and self-care goodies. We have so many more plans for new products in 2020.

how-i-started-a-12k-month-selling-productivity-planners-online

17. Start a furniture business ($124K/month)

The furniture industry involves the design, manufacture, and sale of various types of furniture for household and commercial purposes. With the increase in flexible workspaces and the growth of the real estate industry, the demand of the furniture business has also boosted in recent times.

The furniture business is easy to start and does not require high investments. However, it is first important to know your niche for example office, domestic or home furniture or luxury items.

The furniture business needs a lot of preparation and prior knowledge. It is advisable to take business classes, learn about your local market, and make a solid business plan. In general, if your products are unique and one of a kind, consumers will be willing to pay a higher, including the shipping cost.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,700 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$163,333
Time To Revenue
390 days

Case Study

My name is Sasha Weekes and I’m the 25 years old owner of Timber Grove Studios. Our home-based woodshop is nestled in the hills of PEI’s countryside, and we specialize in decorative shelving and home decor with a focus on minimalist design and simplicity. Each piece is made to order with 20+ color options, meaning it will be the perfect fit for each customer's space. We ship Canada and U.S. wide.

Moving twice in two years has definitely caused organizational, financial and opportunity hiccups, but the business has grown steadily regardless so we’re very excited about where 2020 will take us. We’ve learned what to focus on during which months, as revenue can range anywhere from $2000 during slow months to $10,000 during high months. Net profit has run anywhere between 20-50% throughout the life of the business and varies month to month. It’s closer to 20% right now as we’ve been spending all we can on new tools and materials for our new larger products and our Christmas stock.

how-i-took-my-woodworking-hobby-full-time-to-build-a-successful-brand

18. Start a tea business ($158K/month)

Tea is a hydrating beverage that comes in various flavors and types. History shows that people across the globe have been drinking tea for centuries.

According to experts, tea has a lower risk of different ailments, including cognitive issues such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and much more. Besides, some types of tea provide better sleep quality and help people relax, which lowers the risk of depression.

If you love drinking tea, starting your tea business could be profitable. First, decide the type of tea to start producing. The niche will depend on the audience you intend to reach.

Then, it would help if you determined the business type. Options include:

  • Tea farming
  • Processing and packaging plant
  • Tea tasting
  • Distributor or wholesaler
  • Tea shop
  • Tea blog

Register a legal entity and complete the tax registration for your tea business. Consider applying for insurance cover before launching your tea business.

How Much Can You Make?
$9,000 — $610,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$32,500
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I’m Andy Hayes and I’m the founder of Plum Deluxe, an online purveyor of delicious loose leaf teas.

We now have one of the largest tea subscription boxes and are about the pass the 7 figure mark in annual revenue.

how-andy-hayes-started-a-7-figure-tea-business-online

19. Start a women's clothing line ($189K/month)

Starting a women's clothing brand is a great way to get into entrepreneurship. You don't need to have millions of dollars or a huge amount of experience to start your own clothing line—just the drive and determination to be your own boss.

Women's fashion has come a very long way over the last decade, and there are tons of opportunities for growth! There are always new trends emerging and old ones coming back around again too—so there will always be an audience for your new designs if you keep up with the times (and stay on top of them).

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $11,750,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,753
Time To Revenue
300 days
Business model

Case Study

Hi everyone, my name is Gia, and I am the owner of Boutique Rye. We are a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that is all online!

We have anywhere from clothes that are appropriate for work or clothes that will make you turn heads on a night out on the town. I try and buy clothes with many different styles in mind. I'd like to think that we are a one-stop shop for a diverse group of women!

how-i-grew-my-clothing-boutique-to-10k-month-in-6-months

20. Start a bridal accessories store ($25K/month)

Bridal accessories are a great way to help you complete your wedding day look. Bridal accessories are something similar that surrounds weddings in our society. Bridal accessories are all the rage nowadays. These pretty things create the perfect set of accessories for the bridal.

The Bridal Wear market in the USA is estimated at $26B in the year 2020.

A bridal accessories store can provide you with abundant income and the ability to hire. Bridal occasions are very special and endure several phases. You could start a bridal accessories business with access to millions of customers starting from the first introduction till they get married.

How Much Can You Make?
$50,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hello! My name is Vivian and I’m one of the co-founders of East Meets Dress. We’re the first modern fashion company to bring Asian-American representation and inclusion to the traditional wedding industry by combining contemporary cultural designs, quality craftsmanship, and a dedicated customer experience.

East Meets Dress has been entirely bootstrapped from Day 1 (we got started with less than $100 over a weekend). Neither my co-founder nor I had any prior experience in fashion or entrepreneurship, but through a lot of hard work, hustle, and trial and error, we've been able to grow our team and company to a 6-figure annual recurring revenue ($25k/month) in one year and help hundreds of brides across the world celebrate their heritage in style.

how-i-built-a-six-figure-business-bringing-asian-culture-to-the-american-wedding-industry

21. Start a natural beauty product business ($22.3K/month)

Natural beauty products consist of items like: aloe vera, honey or cocoa butter. They contain no chemical or synthetic elements.

The global natural skin care products market size was valued at $6.7 billion in 2021.

Thinking about launching a beauty product line? What's holding you back? Check out our case studies below to see how others have done it!

How Much Can You Make?
$300 — $80,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$65,654
Time To Revenue
360 days

Case Study

Hello, my name is Mel. I run a skincare business called Flowerdale Valley. I named the business Flowerdale valley because that's where I live, in a small town called Flowerdale in country Victoria, Australia.

how-a-mother-of-two-started-a-5k-month-skincare-business-from-home

22. Start a home decor business ($8.5K/month)

Are you a talented interior designer? Do you know that you can turn your hobby into a side income opportunity? Home décor as a side hustle is a great opportunity to build a brand as you earn extra income. To launch a successful home décor side hustle, you first need to work on your portfolio. The portfolio communicates to your potential customers your potential when it comes to home décor. You may use your home as an example or request a friend for an opportunity to do their home décor as a sample for your portfolio. Once you have a portfolio, market your business, and remember to include photos from your previous gigs to increase the chances of closing a sale.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $415,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,400
Time To Revenue
270 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Case Study

My name is Sarah Giller Nelson and I am organized. I experience a sense of calm when I walk into well-ordered spaces. I enjoy feeling unencumbered. Knowing how to sift through, sort out, and organize all the “stuff” a household needs comes naturally to me and is a skill that I draw upon all the time.

I currently have a staff of three professional organizers operating in two states. We serve on average 95 households per year. About 85% of our clients are repeat customers, buying 10 hours or more of organizing services. Typically, they hire us to work on one space, like a closet or a kitchen. Once they see how quickly we can make the changes that they need, they hire us to organize many other rooms in their house as well.

how-i-started-a-8k-month-home-organizing-service

23. Start a fashion accessories brand ($35.1K/month)

Fashion accessories are an integral part of our wardrobes and are chosen specifically to compliment a person's outfit.

Typical fashion accessories include footwear, apparel, jewelry, wallets, handbags, hair accessories, and watches.

The global fashion accessories market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.3% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $40,480,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$205,000
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Eric Morton and I am one of the cofounders of CuffStyle, LLC. My team and I invented Cuff Adapters, which are small silicone tabs that fit over shirt cuff buttons allowing cufflinks to be worn with standard button-down shirts.

Cufflinks are such a great way to accessorize and enhance an outfit, especially for men who have such limited options as it is. There are so many cool cufflinks out there, ranging from fancy solid gold designs to casual novelty designs, and we felt there was a serious need for innovation that would allow cufflinks to be worn more often with any button-down shirt in any setting.

how-we-invented-a-10k-month-innovative-cuff-adapters

24. Start a men's underwear brand ($477K/month)

Underwear is an essential part of any person's wardrobe, and the men's underwear industry has grown to be quite large.

There are many companies that specialize in men's underwear, such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Hugo Boss. These companies have been able to keep up with the demand of this growing industry by offering quality products at reasonable prices.

The demand for men's underwear has risen because it offers an alternative to traditional cotton briefs. Men are increasingly realizing that they don't want the same old thing when it comes to their underwear; they want something that feels like luxury and provides them with comfort and support.

With so many opportunities available today, it's easy to see why more people are turning to this industry in order to start their own businesses.

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $475,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$12,310
Skills

Case Study

Hello, my name is Krystian Frencel, and I’m the founder of Bunch of Animals, a men’s luxury underwear brand, AKA, the Bentley of banana hammocks. I’m also the co-founder of a Toronto based design and development studio, 3magine. I don’t have previous e-commerce experience and have never been involved in creating a physical product. I have wanted to combine my experience in web design/development with creating a physical product and learning e-commerce for some time now.

how-we-built-a-boxer-briefs-brand-to-5k-month-with-zero-experience

25. Start a swimwear line ($14K/month)

Are you interested in a textiles business? If you live near a beach, a potential business idea can be swimwear. People wear swimwear when going for an afternoon of water activities. Therefore, starting a swimwear line can be a great business idea if you live near a beach or a swimming pool. Swimwear shops stock men’s and women’s attire.

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $25,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,000
Skills

Case Study

Hey there I’m Evan Waldenberg, the founder of Junk in your Trunks. Clothing from trash for the wonderful piece of garbage you are. We’re making swim trunks out of recycled plastic bottles.

Up to about $25k/mo but rapidly growing, we just haven’t had the inventory to keep up with demand lately. We’re at a really interesting time because our company was/is still in its infancy and we managed to land an investment from Barstool Sports on a new shark-tank style show they debuted recently called The Big Brain. Gave up a decent amount of equity (the final deal doesn’t look exactly like what was discussed on the show, I’m happy with where we landed but gotta stay 🤐) but it really changed what the future of this business looks like as we’ve given ourselves an opportunity for a lot of awareness in our core market at minimal capital expense (this is exciting but also a risk as Barstool is an extremely polarizing company in the market and hasn’t really executed on these types of partnerships before).

how-i-started-a-300k-business-selling-swim-trunks-made-from-trash

26. Start a backpack line ($100K/month)

Backpacks enable you to carry camping items safely. Ideal bags for hikers are waterproof, lightweight, and flexible. Quality backpacks provide maximum protection to the contents. There is a demand for backpacks all year round, which increases during camping season.

A backpack line business can reap enormous profits. It allows you to be your own boss, or start a business on the side.

Building your own line of backpacks might seem like a daunting task, but it can be rewarding to know that you have made something out of nothing. It will take time and hard work, but ultimately you are going to end up with a great product that resonates with your audience

To start your camping backpack line, research the current trends and focus on providing durable products.

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,000
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Over the past nine years, we’ve bootstrapped our way to seven figures in revenue.

how-we-started-a-300k-month-business-selling-carry-on-travel-backpacks

27. Start an online jewelry store ($297K/month)

Starting an online jewelry store can be a lucrative and engaging business. The online jewelry store industry has been growing rapidly. More and more people are buying cheaper jewelry online because it is easier and has a much larger selection.

The United States jewelry market was valued at about $76B in 2020. Diamond jewelry is the most valuable jewelry market in the United States. Starting an online jewelry store can be extremely profitable. But to do this, you need a great e-commerce platform.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$37,500
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I am Nikolay Piriankov, the Founder and CEO of Taylor & Hart. We are an award-winning, disruptive e-tailer of custom-designed, ethical engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewellery, that capture your story. Our online platform, processes, and brand democratises bespoke jewellery, allowing us to offer this service at scale. Taylor & Hart's vision is to reconnect customers with the original purpose of jewellery - a personalised product that tells a unique story.

Recently we closed a seed round of £1M. The London based Garage Soho, an early stage investor and brand builder also supported us in the last round.

starting-and-growing-a-jewelry-business-to-4-6m-year

28. Start a skin care product line ($106K/month)

The skincare business is a multi-billion dollar one, and it shows no sign of slowing down. New anti-aging products are entering the market at a nearly exponential rate, and the competition for consumers' money is growing more and more.

The industry was valued at 130 billion USD in 2021 and will expand at an annual growth rate of 4.6% up to 2030. This is surely a type of business that you should not miss. You'll need to build your creativity on your products and make sure that it is all safe and useful in improving the skin of your customers.

How Much Can You Make?
$300 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$99,213
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Case Study

Oh My Balm was founded two years ago and we make kitchen-crafted all-natural body products. Our tagline is “Two Mom’s Making it Real.”

We promote them through our marketing, as they work on several different projects that create a life of prosperity for African women and their families. You can find more about them here. The other charity that is close to our hearts is Behind The Scenes, which provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals if they, or their immediate dependent family, are seriously ill or injured. We make a body butter, “Crew,” and we give a portion of the proceeds of every tin sold to BTS. This got us mention in several entertainment industry magazines.

how-two-moms-started-a-business-selling-homemade-body-butter

29. Start a hair extensions business

The hair extensions industry offers hairpieces and wigs for aesthetic and medical purposes. People looking for hair extensions are concerned about regular hair styling, so they prefer them.

If you follow hair and beauty trends and are passionate about starting a business in the beauty industry, you can start a brick-and-mortar hair extensions business. Research the market and find out the type of hair in demand.

How Much Can You Make?
$500,000/month
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study
  • Vivian Kaye is the creator and CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki, a high-end black women's textured hair extension line that has grown to $6 million in sales without using paid advertising.
  • She made the decision in 2012 to start a business that offered more than just high-quality, kinky, curly, and realistic-looking textured hair extensions.
  • This brand offers a collection of 100% virgin human hair that is available in 6 textures and a wide range of coverage options to help you achieve your goal.
  • The enterprise prospered in 2013 and made around $500,000 in sales in just one year of launching.

article

Read the full story on thestar.com ➜

30. Start a home equipment business ($65K/month)

There are some cool things about the home equipment industry that make it an appealing business. Starting a home equipment business isn't easy. To do it properly, you need the right tools and equipment. Starting a home equipment business will definitely improve your financial outlook but you need lots of capital to start one.

Having a successful home equipment business is largely dependent upon the training and experience of the owner. Starting a home equipment business can be ideal for people who want to start a business but don't want the hassle of managing a physical location.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $65,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Hi, My Name is Zach Brown and I am a full-time firefighter paramedic. But the real reason I'm being interviewed is because I am the founder and CEO of Moki Doorstep. I’m sure you're asking yourself what in the world is that? It’s a common question for us. Well, to put it simply its a vehicle rooftop assistance step. Our product, the Moki Doorstep helps its users easily access the roof of their vehicle.

Today we no longer manufacture the product. After taking a look at the bigger picture we realized that licensing was the way to go. Today we are partnered with the outdoor and rooftop accessory brand Rightline Gear out of North Carolina to bring you the Moki Doorstep.

how-this-65k-month-step-to-improve-car-roof-access-was-one-of-the-largest-shark-tank-on-air-deals

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story
Want to start your own business?

Hey! 👋I'm Pat Walls, the founder of Starter Story.

We interview successful business owners and share the stories behind their business. By sharing these stories, we want to help you get started.

Interested in starting your own business? Join Starter Story Premium to get the greatest companion to starting and growing your business:

  • Connect + get advice from successful entrepreneurs
  • Step by step guides on how to start and grow
  • Exclusive and early access to the best case studies on the web
  • And much more!
meet the author
Pat Walls

I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.