70 Empty Barn or Vacant Land Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

70 Empty Barn or Vacant Land Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a empty barn business in 2022?

We put together 70 of the best empty barn businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a hunting space business ($24K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Cody Nielsen from Provo, UT, USA started Silent Pursuit over 1 year ago, a hunting space business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Provo, UT, USA

Case Study

I was born and raised in a small town in northern Nevada. Naturally, as a result of being raised in a small rural town, I spent the majority of my time exploring the nearby mountains and streams. I quickly gained a strong love and interest for wildlife and the great outdoors.

Business and entrepreneurship are not easy, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Start small. Order a small shipment to start with, that way if things go south, you don’t lose it all.

My dad was the one who introduced me to hunting. Being the only boy with six sisters, I quickly became my dad’s lifelong hunting partner. My earliest childhood memories revolve around chasing big bucks in the rugged mountains, calling in screaming bulls, and begging my father to take me to the archery range when he got home from work. As I grew, so did my love for hunting.

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2. Start a parking lot business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$61,583 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$125,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Patrick Murray from San Francisco, California, USA started On Air Parking over 6 years ago, a parking lot business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Case Study

So I’ve always been “entrepreneurial” like I’m sure a lot of you.

In high school my buddy and I would create business plans after school, in college I started to take action and just get going on any idea I had. After school I gave myself five months, when student loan payments started, to make at least enough money to live off of and pay my minimum student loan payments. That was in 2010. The adventures I went on to make this minimum amount of money were priceless and I could fill up Pat’s whole site going over the details, but let’s look at years 2010-2013 as me “just making enough”.

If you have an idea, all you need to do is create a Typeform with Stripe integration and you can easily validate it. It’s truly that simple. Any other reason to delay testing an idea out is a fear-based excuse.

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3. Start a specialty farm business

Examples of a successful specialty farm business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a specialty farm business ➜

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4. Start a sod grass farming business

Examples of a successful sod grass farming business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sod grass farming business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sod grass farming business ➜

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5. Start a drive-in movie theater

Examples of a successful drive-in movie theater:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a drive-in movie theater:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a drive-in movie theater ➜

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6. Start a science and technology park business

Examples of a successful science and technology park business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a science and technology park business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a science and technology park business ➜

7. Start a railroad storage and access business

Examples of a successful railroad storage and access business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a railroad storage and access business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a railroad storage and access business ➜

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8. Start an electrical substations business

Examples of a successful electrical substations business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an electrical substations business ➜

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9. Start an event rental business

Examples of a successful event rental business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an event rental business ➜

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10. Start a bird watching business

Examples of a successful bird watching business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bird watching business ➜

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11. Start an access roads business

Examples of a successful access roads business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an access roads business ➜

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12. Start a golf course business

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

Examples of a successful golf course business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a golf course business ➜

Case Study

My name is Sully, and I am the proud founder of BombTech Golf. My team and I sell premium golf clubs direct-to-consumer.

  • I currently work 2-4 hours a week on BombTech Golf and have successfully been able to get myself out of working "in" the business and now work “on” the business.

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13. Start a self-storage yard business

Examples of a successful self-storage yard business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a self-storage yard business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a self-storage yard business ➜

14. Start a storage facility

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

Examples of a successful storage facility :

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a storage facility :

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a storage facility ➜

Case Study

My name is Ben Elizer, and I am the Founder and President of Velocity International Group, a full-scale logistics company, offering SameDay delivery, Expediting, Distribution, Fulfillment, andmany Warehousing Services. We offer to consult and some other services as well to help our customers succeed in an ultra-competitive environment. Velocity started with 2 vans and many faces to face conversations. We now have 10+ vehicles, including trucks, and have grown to 25k+ square feet of warehouse space as well to best serve our customers.

Over the past 2 years, our revenue has grown over 300%, which has completely contributed to the great people and culture we have at Velocity. After having to move out of my apartment (because I put everything financially I had into this company), and move back into my mom’s house in my mid 20’s, it was difficult, but just 6 months later we had our first small office and warehouse space. I’m fortunate I had a support system to move back into, or else Velocity might not be here today. The business has grown ever since because of hard work, trust, and relationships. We focus on what is important.

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15. Start a cell phone towers business

Examples of a successful cell phone towers business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cell phone towers business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cell phone towers business ➜

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16. Start a dog breeding business

Examples of a successful dog breeding business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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17. Start a collateral assets business

Examples of a successful collateral assets business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a collateral assets business ➜

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18. Start a movie theater business

Examples of a successful movie theater business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a movie theater business ➜

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19. Start a dirt bike track business

Examples of a successful dirt bike track business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a dirt bike track business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a dirt bike track business ➜

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20. Start a christmas tree farm

Examples of a successful christmas tree farm:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a christmas tree farm:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a christmas tree farm ➜

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21. Start a health fair business

Examples of a successful health fair business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a health fair business ➜

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22. Start an office space rental

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$166,666
Skills

Examples of a successful office space rental:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a office space rental:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an office space rental ➜

Case Study

I’m Lucas Seyhun. I’m the founder of one of the earliest New York City coworking spaces, The Farm Soho, established in 2014. Unlike most of our competitors (don’t want to give any names), we adopted the affordable workspace model which became our fuel both before and during the pandemic.

Now we cater to all these as well as established businesses discovering the agility and cost-effectiveness of flexible office space rental as opposed to conventional long leases; and also to event organizers in need of unique spaces backed up by expert support.

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23. Start a large equipment storage business

Examples of a successful large equipment storage business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a large equipment storage business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a large equipment storage business ➜

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24. Start a timber exportation business

Examples of a successful timber exportation business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a timber exportation business ➜

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25. Start a fashion photoshoot business

Examples of a successful fashion photoshoot business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fashion photoshoot business ➜

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26. Start a jamborees business

Examples of a successful jamborees business:

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

Learn more about starting a jamborees business ➜

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27. Start an athletic tournament business

Examples of a successful athletic tournament business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an athletic tournament business ➜

28. Start a livestock farming business

Examples of a successful livestock farming business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a livestock farming business ➜

29. Start a music festivals business

Examples of a successful music festivals business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a music festivals business ➜

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30. Start a skateboard park business

Examples of a successful skateboard park business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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31. Start a mini trade fair business

Examples of a successful mini trade fair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mini trade fair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mini trade fair business ➜

32. Start a painting business

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $105,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$65,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills

Examples of a successful painting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a painting business ➜

Case Study

I’m Debbie, and I’m known online as TheFlooringGirl. I have a home décor blog where I blog about flooring, painting, and home décor. It has now become my full-time job.

My site has over 700,000 pageviews/month. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has been the key to my success and you can find my SEO ebooks here.

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33. Start a vineyard business

Examples of a successful vineyard business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a vineyard business ➜

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34. Start a scouting events business

Examples of a successful scouting events business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a scouting events business ➜

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35. Start a zipline attraction business

Examples of a successful zipline attraction business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a zipline attraction business ➜

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36. Start an antique fair business

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

Examples of a successful antique fair business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an antique fair business ➜

Case Study

Our customers are antique dealers, longtime and new collectors, professional or amateur pickers, insurance adjusters, and just about anyone with accumulated “stuff” that they want to research for values in seconds.

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37. Start a paintball game center business

Examples of a successful paintball game center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paintball game center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paintball game center business ➜

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38. Start a community garden business

Examples of a successful community garden business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a community garden business ➜

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39. Start a scavenger hunt business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful scavenger hunt business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a scavenger hunt business ➜

Case Study

My name is Chris Waters, I go by “The Architect, and I started Constructed Adventures.

The most important thing for me is the freedom and flexibility. I don’t have a home and travel from one adventure location to the next. With all the money saved, I spend my downtime traveling to amazing locations or visiting friends and family!

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40. Start a car race and drag strip business

Examples of a successful car race and drag strip business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car race and drag strip business:

Learn more about starting a car race and drag strip business ➜

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41. Start a research cameras business

Examples of a successful research cameras business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a research cameras business ➜

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42. Start a RV and camping trailer storage business

Examples of a successful RV and camping trailer storage business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a RV and camping trailer storage business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a RV and camping trailer storage business ➜

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43. Start a training grounds business

Examples of a successful training grounds business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a training grounds business ➜

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44. Start a wind energy business

Examples of a successful wind energy business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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45. Start an ice skating rink business

Examples of a successful ice skating rink business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice skating rink business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an ice skating rink business ➜

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46. Start a bamboo firewood business

Examples of a successful bamboo firewood business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bamboo firewood business ➜

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47. Start a beekeeping business

Examples of a successful beekeeping business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a beekeeping business ➜

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48. Start a mountain bike and hiking trails business

How Much Can You Make?
$280,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful mountain bike and hiking trails business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mountain bike and hiking trails business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mountain bike and hiking trails business ➜

Case Study

I’m Alan Chen. We founded ESKUTE electric bike in April 2021, when COVID-19 was prevailing. The idea of launching an ebike project appeared in 2019, so I registered the brand first. The company currently has a factory in Poland that can supply products to the warehouses in the UK and Poland and provides 5-8 days fast delivery within Europe. During this period, we prepared a lot. From website building to office rental and cooperation between the factory in Poland…

Now our team is nearly 30 staff members in the office and more in the factory. From the very beginning, we sold scooters in America. It didn’t behave optimistically. So we changed our market to Europe and made some product categories changes from scooters to ebikes. Now our electric bikes are almost sold all over Europe.

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49. Start a roadside attraction business

Examples of a successful roadside attraction business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a roadside attraction business ➜

50. Start an outdoor shooting range business

Examples of a successful outdoor shooting range business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a outdoor shooting range business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an outdoor shooting range business ➜

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51. Start an agriculture farming business

Examples of a successful agriculture farming business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an agriculture farming business ➜

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52. Start a restaurant garden business

Examples of a successful restaurant garden business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a restaurant garden business ➜

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53. Start a billboard and outdoor advertising business

Examples of a successful billboard and outdoor advertising business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a billboard and outdoor advertising business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a billboard and outdoor advertising business ➜

54. Start a tiny house building business ($1.87M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$156,000 — $10,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$25,150,000
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful tiny house building business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tiny house building business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tiny house building business ➜

Case Study

Hi! My name is Jeff and I am one of the three co-founders of Tiny Away (a Big Tiny hospitality management subsidiary, which is also co-founded by us). The Tiny Away network includes a range of comfy eco-friendly ‘tiny houses’ for travelers seeking alternative and unique accommodation experiences. Having already grown to over 75 private locations across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia & Queensland, Tiny Away offers adventurous road-trippers and weekenders the chance to immerse themselves in Australia’s, without compromising on comfort.

On average, we are taking in about $156,000 monthly in terms of rental revenue, not including the other streams of income, as Tiny Away is a subsidiary of Big Tiny which owns the entire tiny house ecosystem from designing to manufacturing, shipping, assembly, deployment, management, and after-sales service.

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55. Start a telescope business

Examples of a successful telescope business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a telescope business ➜

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56. Start a school garden business

Examples of a successful school garden business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a school garden business ➜

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57. Start a cross country skiing business

Examples of a successful cross country skiing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cross country skiing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cross country skiing business ➜

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58. Start an arts & crafts fair business

Examples of a successful arts & crafts fair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a arts & crafts fair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an arts & crafts fair business ➜

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59. Start a campground business

Examples of a successful campground business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a campground business ➜

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60. Start a religious revival events business

Examples of a successful religious revival events business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a religious revival events business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a religious revival events business ➜

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61. Start a film set rental business

Examples of a successful film set rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a film set rental business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a film set rental business ➜

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62. Start an animal grazing business

Examples of a successful animal grazing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an animal grazing business ➜

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63. Start a school field trip business

Examples of a successful school field trip business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a school field trip business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a school field trip business ➜

64. Start a junkyard business

How Much Can You Make?
$37,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Skills

Examples of a successful junkyard business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a junkyard business ➜

Case Study

Brian Scudamore is the founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK - an international junk removal franchise based in Canada.

Brian grew the business to $37M/month, initially driving around looking for piles of junk or simply knocking on doors and asking the owners if they needed anything taken away for a fee.

This company offers a franchise-based, full-service junk removal business devoted to assisting clients in recovering lost space in their residences and places of business.

They collect all types of trash, including clothing, household items like furniture and electronics, and junk from renovation projects. Additionally, they help those in need by donating any possible items to charity.

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65. Start a dairy farming business

Examples of a successful dairy farming business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a dairy farming business ➜

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66. Start a farmers market

Examples of a successful farmers market:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a farmers market:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a farmers market ➜

67. Start an outdoor concerts business

Examples of a successful outdoor concerts business:

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

Learn more about starting an outdoor concerts business ➜

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68. Start a horse breeding business

Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Examples of a successful horse breeding business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a horse breeding business ➜

69. Start a drone racing business

Examples of a successful drone racing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a drone racing business ➜

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70. Start an agritourism business

Examples of a successful agritourism business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an agritourism business ➜

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