30 Unique Faith-Based Business Ideas (2023)
Are you interested in starting a faith-based business idea? Typically, faith-based businesses create their mission from inherent belief systems.
Starting a religious-based business can help you reach a massive group with high purchasing power.
However, choosing the right faith based business is critical to your success.
In this post, we present some faith related business ideas you can start in 2023. We also spoke to owners of different faith-based businesses, who shared what it is like operating a faith focused business.
We hope these 30 faith-based ideas will inspire you to focus on this entrepreneurship line.
Here they are:
1. Start a prayer bowl business
A prayer bowl is a hand-designed bowl where believers keep their prayer intentions. The bowls come with note cards for which the believer writes reminders to pray. A prayer bowl business is not capital intensive, and anyone with a creative entrepreneurial mindset can start.
If you are an artist or a carpenter, you can make handcrafted wood bowls and sell them to believers. Alternatively, you can outsource prayer bowls from a carpentry workshop and sell them online.
My wife Karen and I run a Christian business called PrayerBowls. A PrayerBowl is a bowl that holds your prayer intentions. The prayer intentions are written on PrayerCards that come with the PrayerBowl. The bowl is placed in a location where you can sit and find quiet time daily with the Lord.
2. Start a music school
For those with a passion and love for music, starting an online music school is a great opportunity to start your music tutoring business. Not only will you gain customers locally but also globally. Besides, starting an online music school is an opportunity to work from anywhere and at your preferred time.
Whether you are brand new to teaching music online or you have been teaching online but looking for some fresh inspiration, you can incorporate different to your online music school. examples include:
- Teaching church music online
- Teaching children’s choir
- Youth & adults’ choirs
- Teach live video sessions using online meeting platforms
- Choir, band & orchestra
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Definitely, music heals. It helps to improve concentration and memory. Usage of the left and right brain and coordination helps us to enhance our grasping ability. Yoga helps to de-stress and helps stay fit. Arts definitely helps us to unwind ourselves.
3. Start a beach wedding company
If you have been aspiring to start a business that relates to weddings, you may consider starting a beach wedding company. Beach weddings have a naturally intimate romantic vibe and can be a perfect fit for couples looking for a unique experience.
Besides, beach weddings can be cheaper since there is not much décor to do and the ceremony and reception take place in the same venue.
My name is Brandon Wheeler, co-founder of Gulf Beach Weddings, a Beach Wedding Services company serving Tampa and Destin, FL.
4. Develop a halal mobile app
The number of mobile app users today is pretty overwhelming. If you have IT skills and can develop an app, a market you may want to venture into is halal mobile applications. The application can focus on teaching the Muslim doctrine, a notification application, etc. To start, find a niche and develop the application. Marketing the application will help you maximize the number of downloads.
From a business point of view, Sunnah Helper uses the AdMob platform for monetization. Users could view ads to use the premium features. Also, there is a one-time premium purchase for unlocking all the premium features and disabling ads.
5. Become a children's book writer
If you are passionate about early childhood education, why not become a children’s book writer? Starting a children’s bookstore is a low-barrier-to-entry business you can start today.
You can write storybooks or subject textbooks for kids, publish and distribute them through the bookshops or your online bookstore, or sell them on Amazon and other online bookstores.
My name is Graeme McGaw, and I run the OrderOfBooks.com network of book websites.
The websites have been in existence for a decade now and currently make six figures per year.
6. Start a religious dating website
Religious dating is a romantic union between two people of opposite sexes who are equally yoked in love.
Most American online daters say relationships from dating platforms are as successful as in-person meetings.
In addition, online daters say online dating is more successful than relationships that start in person. Therefore, online dating is a trend that is not stopping anytime soon.
Based on these findings, starting a religious dating platform can be a fun and lucrative business venture.
To set up an online dating platform, you can hire a programmer via online platforms to set up your website and configure the dating template kit. Popularize your service through social media advertising and other online advertising methods.
7. Start a Halal online marketplace
The introduction of online marketplaces has created an enormous opportunity for entrepreneurs. Experts estimate we will see tremendous innovation in building and running marketplaces in a few years.
If you are developer, you can build halal online marketplace focusing on particular religion or region. Halal marketplace offers a wide range of halal products. Starting a marketplace requires a sound strategy and knowing the best practices.
Hello, my name is Mohamad Saad, and I am one of the founders of HalalWorldDepot, America’s premier Halal online marketplace. The company started three years ago as meat and grocery delivery service and slowly grew into a full-blown online marketplace offering a wide range of Halal products.
With a simple goal of getting as many Halal items listed, we also focus on building a community of Muslims around the United States to connect and come together. A home formed on a website where all can feel welcomed and comfortable shopping and finding the products they need.
8. Start a halal inspired footwear brand
Starting a Muslim-inspired footwear brand is a very profitable halal business idea. You can sell online or opt for a physical location and sell halal footwear. Good marketing and widespread publicity are essential for this business to prosper.
Hi guys! My name is Eman Bachani and I am the founder of Meraki Design House. Even though my company “officially” started 2 and a bit years ago, I have been working on the brand for more than 4 years.
Even with the incremental growth, the pandemic has definitely thrown off all planning as we have to remain cognizant of how the consumers will actually use the product. A lot of purchases used to be centered around festivities, celebrations, and gifting, and with some of these areas wiped out our best bounce-back was a collaboration that was ideated in the early days of covid where we worked with an influencer in Australia to design our version of an elevated essentials line up that would serve as the perfect pair in this version of the world and beyond. This collection sold out in less than 36 hours and allowed us to tap into new markets and serve new customers instantly!
9. Start a religious candles business
Votive candles, also known as prayer candles, are white or beeswax yellow candles intended to be burnt as a votive offering in the act of prayer. The religious candles are popular among Anglican, Lutheran, and roman catholic Christians.
Lighting a votive candle is a way to extend the prayer and a sign of solidarity with the person the prayer is made on behalf of.
Christian believers also light the prayer candles to indicate gratitude to God for answering their prayers. Many votive candles are made using beeswax, and there is a reason for this.
My name is Kevin Gillespie, and along with Garrett Le’ Tourneau, we created Wax & Wick, the 100% soy candles with wood wicks.
Some notable differentiation between Wax & Wick and traditional candles is that our branding is simple, the style of the candle will fit with any decor, and we use only 100% soy wax and Fsc-Certified wood wicks. Our impact on the environment is intentionally small.
10. Start a halal clothing store
Halal clothing includes burqa, hijab, thobe, salwar kameez, jilbab, Hajj garment, etc. Opening a halal clothing store can be a fun and profitable business idea. Find a strategic location for your store and ensure you have all licenses required to operate the business.
You can start an online store and set up a physical store to boost performance.
I am Shaden, 33 years old. I can define myself as a Mom, Feminist, and Entrepreneur. I simply look at fashion as an art. My dream is to create a new world of self-expression for independent designers and to help them sell their creations in a meaningful way. In Ancient Greek mythology, Hera represents women, nurturing and watchfulness, while possessing luxury and beauty.
We want to create a home for brands with stories to tell. Brands you’ll want to know about because of what they stand for. Whether you are here to buy or to sell, we are pleased to offer a healthy online business environment that meets your needs and desires.
11. Start a dating coaching business
A dating coach offers training and guidance to improve the client's success in dating and relationships.
The dating coach evaluates the results of the client's actions and decides what changes to make to the client's dating approach to improve the outcome. Besides, dating coaches offer guidance and support, helping clients negotiate the often confusing first stages of their early romantic experiences.
Dating coaches have been around for years. A more recent trend is dating coaches who help people with conditions like autism overcome their situations and begin dating people they love. Do you love helping people achieve their dating goals? You can start a dating coach service today!
To start, identify a niche and create a website, to help you reach more people. You can target teenagers, divorced people, or older adults and help them through their dating life.
Hello! I'm Ta'Veca Collins, MSW, Registered Clinical Social Worker (Florida) Owner and operator of Romance On The Go, Concierge Services (ROTGO-Est. 2012), a small business that promotes romance and intimacy.
“Meet The Tolberts” - They spent their Honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale, FL. and we executed this sunrise picnic with a mini photoshoot.
12. Start a religious embroidery business
Religious embroidery designs feature signs, icons, and ecclesiastical designs used since ancient times. In Christianity, the Christian embroidery designs teach and present Christian and catholic religious truths and spiritual reality.
You can start creating the ecclesiastical embroidery and sell it on Esty or other religious-based platforms.
Hi! I’m Rebecca Ringquist. I’m an artist and entrepreneur living in Portland, Oregon.
Ten years later, that Original Sampler is by far the best seller and comprises at least 25% of yearly sales annually. Dropcloth Samplers started on a whim, but is now my full-time job, grossing over 15K a month.
13. Start a handmade religious jewelry
The religious jewelry features symbols from the wearer's religion, a tradition in nearly every culture since ancient times. Religious jewelry expresses religious beliefs, marks social status, and even acts as a form of currency in different cultures.
If you have artistic skills, you can start a handmade religious jewelry business. Alternatively, you can engage an artist to make unique products for your business and sell them online or at a local store.
Hello, my name is Arnaud de Montille and, with my wife Béatrice, we founded Merci Maman in 2007, a brand of personalized jewels, hand-engraved in our London & Paris ateliers, and sold online. The name Merci Maman, which means 'Thanks Mom' draws inspiration from the bond between mother and child, as well as our French roots.
Kate Middleton in 2014, Arnaud and Beatrice de Montille, The Duchess Necklace
14. Start a wedding rental business
Do you love wedding planning and looking for a business idea to turn your passion into profits? Starting a wedding rental business can be a great idea.
Your role as a wedding rental business is to supply all equipment and accessories to make the occasion colorful and memorable for attendees and the wedding couple. If you are starting a wedding rental business, focus on building relationships with wedding planners and event companies. Remember often couples visit wedding venues before even contacting a rental company. Being in contact with wedding venue business owners could get you repeat business.
Hello! I’m Brandon Wong, the CEO and part of the husband and wife team that started Photobooth Supply Co.
I think the most important thing about what we do is the fact that we’ve transformed over 1,000 people’s lives. It’s not about the money for me, it’s about the fact that the company I started with my wife has given so many fantastic opportunities for people to achieve their full potential, while having a lot of fun while at it.
15. Start a personalized gift business
Personalized gifts are great for celebrating important dates, joyous occasions, and memorable moments. The personalized gifts include photo frames, key chains, to group gifts.
A personalized gifts business is a low-capital idea since you do not need a physical storefront or office space to start the business. Besides, you can put as much time into the business as possible, which means you can run the business as a side hustle.
Check out our guide on how to start a personalized gift business
Hello Stater Story readers! My name is Dmitriy Peregudov, I am a founder of GiftBasketsOverseas.com, a company offering global gift delivery in 200+ countries Worldwide.
Our company’s purpose is to help people build personal and business relationships Worldwide, one gift at a time and since the launch, we had a pleasure to connect more than 2 million people Internationally in more than 200 countries.
16. Start a Greeting Cards Business
People use greeting cards to mark births, deaths, graduations, anniversaries, and other parties or events. If you love helping people celebrate special occasions, starting a greeting card business can be a great business opportunity.
When starting a greeting card business, choose a potential niche and write a business plan. Then, find an ideal spot to sell the greeting cards. For instance, you can offer greeting card design and posting services, so customers can choose the best designs and post greeting cards online.
I am Travis Peterson and started Joker Greeting. We make original prank gifts and prank non-gifts for friends, family, and offices. It all started with a non-stop musical greeting card that looped for 3-6 hours.
For 2.5 years, I have been working on making musical greeting cards interesting again. To be clear, I never intended on making a greeting card or joke company, but we launched on Kickstarter and raised $92,073 in 30 days with no marketing, so I decided to give it a shot.
17. Start a christian faith based business
Faith-based businesses are a unique and powerful way to bring your mission-driven company to life.
Starting a faith-based business is a great way to get a sense of purpose for the work you do, whether it's making beautiful jewelry or saving the environment. It's also a great way to build community and foster relationships with other people who share your values.
Faith-based businesses can be built around any industry, from food trucks and restaurants to clothing stores and beyond. They're run by people who want to spread their beliefs through their work ethic, their customer service, and their products.
I’m Sarah, an artist from Plano Texas and living out my life long dream of being an artist. I am a stay at home mom to two; my oldest Elijah is 17 months and youngest Skyla is 4 months old. My husband is also an entrepreneur, so our schedules are pretty flexible and our children get to grow up seeing us both pursue our passions.
I am most proud of how my art allows for a connection with the buyer. To me, it’s more meaningful to know the artist and their process than purchasing a piece of art in a retail store or gallery.
18. Become a meditation coach
A meditation coach teaches and guides those who seek mental clarity through meditation. The meditation teacher typically combines breathing and concentration to deepen understanding and help the clients achieve relaxation.
Working as a meditation coach allows you to guide clients in finding new practices and techniques that may provide additional health benefits in their daily lives. In addition, meditation coaches earn a decent salary and enjoy the opportunity to define their working hours while building relationships with people from different backgrounds.
Hey, I'm Griff, and I'm the founder of MindEasy. We create meditation courses and content designed to help people find their way into mindfulness and meditation in a personal way.
This is the problem I wanted to solve with MindEasy. Help people discover what they want to achieve with meditation and then help them approach it in a relevant and meaningful way.
19. Start a holiday decorating service
Holiday decorators make the interior and exterior of businesses and homes festive. While the holiday decoration business is seasonal, it is also highly profitable and requires minimal startup investments. You do not need any special training to start the holiday decorating business. However, being creative and having experience in decorating is crucial to running a successful business.
I’m Janeen Brown! Founder and CEO of Balloon Haus LLC. In February 2018, I started Balloon Haus - the first opulent online and in-store Balloon boutique - where lifestyle and decor enter a "luxury" level of design. Our team consists of dedicated and loyal employees in Toronto, Atlanta, Detroit and South Florida destined to create iconic balloon memories to last a lifetime.
20. Become a religious blogger
Religious blogs provide readers with balanced theological reporting and spiritual teaching and help their audience answer questions and learn more about the Christian faith. You can make it through a religious blog by serving your audience with religious teachings and selling e-books, digital theology courses, and advertising space for religious leaders.
21. Start a non-profit fundraiser
A nonprofit fundraiser is an ongoing process of soliciting donations or voluntary funds to help organizations grow and to meet the community's needs. The faith-based fundraiser focus on helping the members of the community. Within which the organization serves.
To start a not-for-profit fundraiser, you must register the nonprofit organization and show the causes you intend to support. Popular causes supported through nonprofit fundraisers include:
- Children & Youth
- Cultural & Education
- Disaster Relief
- Global – Locale Based
22. Become a mindfulness coach
Mindfulness coaches use various techniques to help clients remain mindful in life, so they can relax and focus. Mindful living has various benefits, including relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, improving sleep, reducing chronic pain, and decreasing anxiety/depression.
To start a mindfulness coaching business, create a website and list the services you intend to offer. Start a blog and advertise your business widely on social media to create awareness.
Hello! My name is Robin Finney. I am a writer, international model, nomad, and founder of Wandering Aunt. I design and create solo travel and photoshoot experiences, lead souls retreats for people who wish to travel solo yet aren’t ready to do so on their own, offer intuitive card readings, and lead online workshops to support people in bringing their vision to life.
I officially began my business in July 2019 and it started to gain traction in December 2019. I took some time to really discover what it is that I want to offer and build as part of my brand. I attract clients who are wishing to gain more confidence in their life and discover their own unique essence.
23. Start a kosher catering business
Kosher catering serves any food or beverage allowed through the Jewish dietary laws. The Jewish law is specific about the food you can and cannot eat. Besides, the law is also strict on how you prepare, process, and inspect food.
Kosher foods are not just for the Jewish. Therefore, you can start a kosher catering service even in non-Jewish regions.
24. Become a wedding officiant
A wedding officiant is a person who performs official duties at a wedding ceremony. The wedding officiant works with the couple to prepare materials for their wedding ceremony and perform the marriage on a particular day.
The duties of a wedding officiant include:
- Helping the couple personalize their wedding ceremony
- Keeping up with the wedding trends
- Writing and performing wedding ceremonies
- Performing civil ceremonies and legal intent
- Completing the marriage license and filing it appropriately
To become a wedding officiant, you need to be an ordained or invested member of a religious group where you can perform the weddings. Alternatively, you could be a public official with a state license to perform a wedding.
25. Start a christian bookstore
A Christian bookstore sells religious books targeting Christian believers. To start a Christian bookstore, identify the target market and contact publishers/writers to list their books. Alternatively, you can write Christian books and list them at your bookstore.
A Christian bookstore can be online or set up at a local church with high traffic of Christians.
26. Become a religious tutor
A religious tutor teaches religious students about faith. As a religious tutor, you can work in a private school affiliated with a religious organization or through a church program that provides learners with religious instructions.
In Christianity, the main duty of a religious tutor is to instruct Christians about to undergo sacraments through the catechesis program. The catechists teach their students the doctrine and meaning of religious customs and rites.
To become a religious tutor, you must be a practicing faith member and earn the prerequisite certifications defined through the religious education program. After meeting the teaching and professional education requirements, the candidate is ordained and can start teaching.
27. Start a church
A church is a building used for public Christian worship. Some churches operate as non-profits, and their incomes support church-affiliated charitable deeds. However, others act as a business, and part of their income goes into the owner's pockets, while for others, the revenue goes into conducting church business.
28. Become a religious podcaster
Do you have knowledge and passion for the religion that you'd love to share with other people? Or perhaps you are a religious content creator looking for ways to expand your revenue streams. If you match these criteria, becoming a religious podcaster could be your perfect opportunity.
Podcasts are the new radio. Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing mediums for online audio, and it's not expected to slow down any time soon. But unlike traditional radio, podcasts are driven by content creators passionate about sharing stories with their listeners.
One of the main benefits of starting a podcast is the minimal investment needed. All you need is a computer or phone with a microphone and a way to host it online. You can even create one on your website if you want.
29. Start a christmas tree farm
Are you looking for an exciting way to make money every December? Starting a Christmas tree farm could be the right business for you. You can grow Christmas trees in your backyard and harvest them in December, then sell them to décor companies and consultants.
Here are steps for starting your Christmas tree farm:
- Choose the Christmas tree variety and purchase the seedlings
- Prepare your backyard farm
- Plant the seedlings and care for them to maturity
Some Christmas trees will take more than two years to grow to maturity. However, the waiting time also depends on the size of the Christmas tree you desire.
30. Start an islamic marriage bureau business
An Islamic marriage bureau provides marriage services to Muslims. Couples will seek guidance and counseling to ensure sustainable marriages. If you are an Islamic counselor, you can start a marriage bureau and counsel couples.
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