The 78+ Best Business Ideas In Georgia [2022]

The 78+ Best Business Ideas In Georgia [2022]

Interested in starting a business in Georgia in 2022?

We put together 78 of the best businesses you can start in Georgia today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

  • Home-based businesses to start in Georgia
  • Profitable online business ideas
  • Unique business opportunities for Georgia
  • Low investment business ideas (under $5k to start)
  • Easy businesses you can start in Georgia today

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples, revenue expectations for each idea, + a step-by-step on how to start your small business in Georgia.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a content writing company ($840K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,200 — $250,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Julia McCoy from Georgetown, TX, USA started Express Writers almost 10 years ago, a content writing company.

  • Revenue: $70,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Georgetown, TX, USA

Case Study

I found the freelance writing market in 2011 after signing up to sites that offered writing work. It was a fairly new and burgeoning market at the time, even if the rates offered on the platforms I started on were abysmal. Taking a ton of low-paying gigs was how I molded my first online writing skills. As I accumulated work, continually hit my deadlines, and exceeded expectations, the work brought referral work. Within three months of starting my entire freelance writing pursuit, I had more work than I could handle. So, I started a business, created it on the spot, and named it Express Writers.

We got clients on day one and continued to get them because I went and got them. I would get up at 4 a.m. and send out 100 emails a day to new leads.

We’ve never had funding. We’ve never sought it. Everything was a day-by-day, gut-instinct, move-fast process, and we have always had to pivot and learn how to reshape and reapproach when failures happened. I went with it and found joy because I was walking in my passion (writing). What I’ve learned is that this move-fast process is behind some of the most successful businesses in the world. Success loves speed. Failure attaches to slowness. Our quick responses and agile adaptations, or the “hard-knocks life” if you want to describe it more accurately, helped us maintain and grow our place in the market.

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2. Start a travel agency ($24K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,100 — $1,500,000/month
Business model

Marissa Daniels from Remote started Spread Your Wings Travel over 3 years ago, a travel agency.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Remote

Case Study

I was blessed to grow up in a two-parent household with a loving and caring set of parents. My father was in the military and because of that, I was born in California in ‘94. I’m a Georgia Peach all the way, but I was born in California. Unfortunately, in September of 2018, my life shifted when my father passed from cancer. It was pretty quick. In July, he was diagnosed and in September, he took his last breath. I was a Daddy’s girl to the FULLEST, so you can imagine the pain I went through - and still going through.

Do research before starting. If you want to start a business - research before you pay anything.

Fortunately, he was there to see me graduate from Valdosta State University in 2016. I majored in Mass Media with a Speech Communication Minor. Growing up, I loved to be in front of the camera (my father was a photographer) and I would record the video announcements at my church, as young as 11 years old. I also recorded the announcements in elementary school. I just knew Broadcast Journalism was something I was interested in.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $100,000/month
Skills

Sabba Keynejad from London, England, United Kingdom started VEED over 3 years ago, a online video editing business.

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

Case Study

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

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

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

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $1,400,000/month
Skills

Nick and Angelica from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA started Romans Tide about 7 years ago, a ecommerce platform.

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5. Start a podcast ($5.03K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$419 — $1,020,000/month
Time To Revenue
90 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Darren Reighard from Carlisle started Cars of Carlisle about 4 years ago, a podcast.

  • Revenue: $419/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Carlisle

Case Study

In the winter of 2018, I ran into a friend as we were clearing snow from our cars. As we began to catch up in the parking lot that bitterly cold morning, he explained that he had been successful with a podcast about his Amazon and eBay seller business. As we both live in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the epicenter of automotive car shows and car parts swap meets, he knew that I was a car aficionado. Sagely, my friend identified a need -- that our hometown was without an automotive podcast. However, he admitted he did not have the time, interest, or knowledge. This is where the cartoon light bulb came on for me!

It is critically important for me to build strong relationships and loyalties with our listenership.

With my mass communications degree and love of production and writing, the natural path was for me to “take the wheel” and create a virtual product to fill this niche and market gap. At that time, I was busy and satisfied working 45+ workweeks in the same corporate management position that I still happily hold today; however, this new passion creatively fueled me.

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6. Start a web design & online marketing business ($360K/year)

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

Leighton Taylor from Charleston, South Carolina, USA started Envision almost 10 years ago, a web design & online marketing business.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Case Study

As a kid, I loved to read, and I used to bring home stacks of books from the library every few weeks. One day I checked out a book about HTML and how to code your own websites, and I became fascinated with the idea of building something myself that other people could see online. I built my first (horrible) website and was hooked.

I’ve always wanted to start my own business, and the idea of working a 9-5 office job for someone else was never something that felt right to me. In college, I began picking up freelance graphic design jobs, but this never turned into a full-time business.

My wife and I got married and moved to China to teach English for 2 years, and I continued doing a few small freelance gigs on the side while teaching. When we came back to the States, I decided to try to freelance full-time. Within 3 months I had established a solid client base and was earning enough income to consider it a “real” job.

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

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

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

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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8. Start a personal training business ($720K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,500 — $125,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 4 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Chris Anderson from Overland Park, Kansas, USA started Live Fit about 11 years ago, a personal training business.

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $700,000/month
Skills

Rob Bentley from Minneapolis, MN, USA started The Jed Mahonis Group about 10 years ago, a mobile app development business.

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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10. Start a construction company ($4.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,417 — $10,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Clifton Muckenfuss from Apex, North Carolina, USA started Carolina Exteriors almost 12 years ago, a construction company.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Apex, North Carolina, USA

Case Study

The founders are childhood best friends from small-town America (South Carolina). We took different paths after college and approximately 9 years later, reunited in North Carolina. I (Clifton) was recruited from Florida to work for a Mortgage Company in Raleigh, NC and Wesley was already established here (Raleigh) working for a major building materials manufacturer (James Hardie). After the housing crisis, the Mortgage Company went bankrupt and I (Clifton) found myself without a job. I then founded a Residential/Commercial/Cleaning Company (still in operations today, Managed by my wife, Mary Ann) and grew that business from $0 - $500K rapidly.

Surround yourself with POSITIVE people.

Then, Wes and I were talking about the possibility of starting a siding/exterior remodeling company since most of the contractors were retreating after the recession and the ones that remained, didn’t focus on the customer, but rather, only on the transaction.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $500,000/month
Skills

Max Rice from Remote, Oregon, USA started SkyVerge, Inc. about 9 years ago, a software developer.

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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12. Start a dropshipping business ($144K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,500 — $3,000,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Amanda Austin from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA started Little Shop of Miniatures almost 5 years ago, a dropshipping business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Case Study

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

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

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

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

How Much Can You Make?
$7,000 — $5,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Abby (Abhinav) Verma from New York started SkillSoniq over 5 years ago, a freelancer platform.

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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14. Start a moving company ($720K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000/month
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model

Max Maher from Chandler, Arizona, USA started Skinny Wimp Moving over 6 years ago, a moving company.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 12
  • Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA

Case Study

I didn’t exactly come up with the initial idea for this company because this is a franchise which means for me that I license out the name “Skinny Wimp Moving”. However, because it was the first franchise location I was able to be in a prime decision-making seat and guinea pig for all ideas enabling me to test out theories on marketing and customer service which have no become standard across the brand.

Put yourself out there and ask for their business. Sure be conscious that you may get rejected but don’t be afraid to ask more than once. It won’t work every time but it will work 100% more than not trying at all.

We realized people simply don’t want a moving company that sucks. So we asked ourselves what can we do to make the stressful experience of moving suck a little less and the answers we came up with and stuck to were very common sense:

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15. Start an online courses business ($1.44M/year)

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

Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins) from Chester, New Jersey, USA started Mikkelsen Twins about 4 years ago, a online courses business.

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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16. Start a photography business ($1.32M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $500,000/month
Skills

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

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000/month
Skills

Mony Raanan from Santa Ana started Voice Crafters over 13 years ago, a voice over service buisness.

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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18. Start a retail pharmacy business ($6.18K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Misty Dupree from Benton, AR, USA started Medical Bag Tags, LLC over 3 years ago, a retail pharmacy business.

  • Revenue: $515/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Benton, AR, USA

Case Study

Christmas of 2016 I was hit with a major life-altering realization. I did not know who I was anymore. I did not know who I was outside of being a “wife” or “mom”? After you have had 8 children and have been pregnant or nursing for 10+ years you tend to lose all sense of direction. I got stuck in a very hard, yet beautiful cycle of mothering. This realization began a long hard journey of finding my worth, calling, and ultimately finding joy in life again.

What I did not expect, was that while I was thriving and becoming more passionate and driven inside, my outside world was crumbling. Through these crazy ups and down years of motherhood, I found my grounding in creating. Specifically sewing and embroidery. I would try to sneak away as often as I could to do something creative. Unfortunately, most of the time it was between the hours of 9:00 pm and 4:00 am.

I did everything from making boutique children’s clothing, creating gifts for babies, making and selling tutus, beanbag tuffets, and more. At some point, I realized that I really did not have an extra 10+ hours a week to do the boutique clothing or sew the larger projects that take forever to make. I needed to find something that I could make start-to-finish during nap time. I began to value sleep more than success! I began being a bit choosier with my projects and tried my hand at embroidered key chains.

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19. Start an event planning business ($420K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$35,000 — $400,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Akshay Patel from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA started Simply Decor and Events ago, a event planning business.

  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Case Study

I always had an eye for decor whether it was with my room, home, or anything. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and went to college at the University of New Mexico where I got my bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Psychology. All along with my schooling, I was following the path to becoming a dentist which I thought was my passion and what I enjoyed. When I graduated high school I wanted to throw myself a big party. So my dad gave me a budget of $3,000 which had to include the venue, DJ, catering, bar, and decor.

I learned that when advertising you have to try different and unique ideas. From this you will learn what will work for your specific clientele, this process is a trial and error.

Of course, you know when you want a real fancy party the venue usually takes most of the budget, as it did. I was left with $200 for decor. I then began talking to decor companies and found that everything I wanted was not going to be possible with that amount. I thought out of the box and began making all my own decor.

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20. Start a language translation service ($4.38M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$365,000/month
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

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

  • Revenue: $365,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 17
  • Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

Case Study

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

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

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

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21. Start a staffing agency ($2.04M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$170,000 — $320,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Eddie Edwards Jr from Sunrise, Florida, USA started CEI Staffing over 17 years ago, a staffing agency.

  • Revenue: $170,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 68
  • Location: Sunrise, Florida, USA

Case Study

I had worked in various positions in the Broward County Sheriff’s office. One of those positions being an investigator for the Child Abuse Division. I also gained some supervisory experience overseeing the Commissary Department of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Central Jail.

If a company can’t meet your price to do business, then you need to move on, stick to your guns. Don’t drop your rates. You need to know exactly what it’s going to take to make money. Then go up from there, not down.

These positions were a far cry from what I was about to undertake in the opening of a staffing business. After growing weary of the bureaucracy of my early career I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I wanted to jump in with both feet and was excited and anxious to start my own business but being married and the father of four I decided to become an independent Contractor for an established Staffing Company based in Atlanta Georgia.

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22. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $160,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio almost 4 years ago, a blogging business.

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

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

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

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

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23. Start a digital marketing business ($3.6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $600,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Rahul Alim from Los Angeles, California, USA started Custom Creatives over 17 years ago, a digital marketing business.

  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

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My intention during and after high school was to move to Europe and play soccer (football) as my career. However, I was persuaded to try my hand at college which eventually took me down the path where I am today.

I grew up in a family full of entrepreneurs, thinkers…people smarter than me so I was definitely lucky to be in the right room.

My first job was selling credit card machines and processing. I was raw in business but determined (or stubborn) to make it alone with the help of no one (NOTE, this was a dumb idea and everyone should get help at every stage of life). When I started, I thought I was in a finance position. It turned out I was in a sales position, responsible for calling businesses to sell them on our services. It was the best thing to ever happen to me at this stage in my young career.

I was forced to talk to people, negotiate, persuade, help strangers over the phone - I learned one of the greatest skills of all time, how to sell over the phone. I had never sold anything, I learned sales in 3 days, then practiced every single day. This position lasted 30 days, but the grass only got greener. I was somehow recruited to a company called Homestore, which owned Realtor.com where I eventually became a top sales account executive managing the East Coast as my territory.

I went from the worst at sales in the company to the top 10 in the company. I took my sales learnings from my first job selling credit card processing to selling to internet advertising to Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Lenders and those involved in the real estate transaction.

After just a few years, I left Realtor.com (for no reason whatsoever, I loved working there) to start my own company. Young, dumb, no plan, no office, no product, no smart idea, but I had one thing to offer… I decided to help realtors manage and promote their listings on the internet.

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24. Start a seo agency ($300K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $10,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
390 days

Alan Silvestri from Winchester, England, United Kingdom started Growth Gorilla about 4 years ago, a SEO agency.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Winchester, England, United Kingdom

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I was born and raised in Italy where, since I basically got out of school, I’ve been working as an electrical engineer for 9 years at an industrial automation company. During that time I was also playing in a punk rock band (name is “NeverAlone”, look it up, it’s great) and felt constricted in that job (that I also quite disliked).

The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll learn from your mistakes (‘cause there will be many of those). Learn from others who have done what you want to do and take massive action.

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25. Start a real estate business ($6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $1,500,000/month
Skills

T. Cory Lewis from North Carolina, USA started T. C. Lewis & Co. Real Estate over 16 years ago, a real estate business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 36
  • Location: North Carolina, USA

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I’m from a very small town in the Appalachians called Sylva, North Carolina. If you’re not familiar with that region, it’s a very diverse area. Sylva is in the north end of Jackson County, and Cashiers (and neighboring Highlands) are in the south end. Sylva is blue-collar, and a factory-type (now tourist) town and Cashiers/Highlands is a spot where some of the wealthiest people in the world have vacation homes and are all members of one of the ultra-exclusive private clubs.

Growing up, I worked at my family’s convenience store. I saw a lot of the folks headed through to Cashiers and Highlands up from Atlanta for the weekend, and a big portion of them seemed to be making their money in real estate. Some were making money buying the mountain land around my town at a low price from local farmers who had no use for the steep mountains, developing a portion of the top, and then selling it off for astronomical amounts of money to other rich people. I was amazed by that. And I couldn’t understand why no one locally had tried this himself.

I come from a fairly long line of entrepreneurs on both sides of my parent’s families. My great-grandfather on my dad’s side quit school after the fifth grade, and then he went on and started a convenience store business that I still help operate 85 years later as it has passed down to my grandfather, my dad, and now myself and my brother. And my grandfather on my mom’s side owned a heavy civil construction company building large-scale projects like interstates throughout the mid-1900s. My uncles and cousins still operate a part of that business, too.

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26. Start a book club ($156K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $13,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Ben Keene from London, England, United Kingdom started Rebel Book Club about 7 years ago, a book club.

  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

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It was a bad habit. Buying books and not finishing them...

One tap on Amazon, and bang, there it was on my kindle or my doormat the next day. I’d fleetingly read a review or even just a crunching blurb and my key words, curiosities or aspirations had slapped me round the face and before I’d considered a sensible swipe-by it was too late.

I’d become a heavy user. Buying non-fiction books at quite a click. But the problem was not so much the cost — at the most I was spending £20 a month — which I saw as a solid investment in potentially 2–3 life-changing reads. The problem was I couldn’t get past page 100 (or 25%) of almost all of the books I’d bought.

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27. Become a business law consultant ($4.5M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$375,000 — $1,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Anthony Rose from London, England, United Kingdom started SeedLegals over 5 years ago, a business law consultant.

  • Revenue: $375,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 40
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

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I used to head up BBC iPlayer. After leaving the BBC, I built a startup -sold it- built another startup -sold it. I then invested in a few startups and got tired of paying lawyers. In a stroke of luck, I met my business partner Laurent Laffy, serial angel investor, and ex-VC.

We got together and decided it was time to transform the way we do funding rounds.

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28. Start an interpreting management business ($600K/year)

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

Alex Chernenko from Limerick started TRANSLIT over 2 years ago, a interpreting management business.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Limerick

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Since secondary school, I have had two passions: languages and computers. I've learned to speak six languages and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering after moving to Ireland in 2003. That’s actually where the business name TRANSLIT came from. It refers to TRANSLation and IT, combined into a technology-driven business long before Google Machine Translation became a trend.

Over my career, I have worked as a localization engineer, translator and interpreter, quality assurance, web developer, test lead, test manager, and other tech roles.

My entrepreneurship journey started inadvertently 13 years ago when I was let go from a well-paid job. I was working as a software tester with a multinational IT company. One day my HR director picked up a piece of paper I had sent through the work printer. Unfortunately, it was an image of a woman in a bikini for a CD cover. Yes, back then we had CDs! The image itself was ok, nothing vulgar or provocative, but that happened exactly one week before my contract renewal date. As a result, my contract wasn’t extended. However, it was a blessing in disguise even though I had moved to Dublin with my family for that job, and all of a sudden everything was up in the air again.

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29. Start a virtual assistant business ($12K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

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

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

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

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

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

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30. Start a travel agency ($24K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,100 — $1,500,000/month
Business model

Marissa Daniels from Remote started Spread Your Wings Travel over 3 years ago, a travel agency.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Remote

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I was blessed to grow up in a two-parent household with a loving and caring set of parents. My father was in the military and because of that, I was born in California in ‘94. I’m a Georgia Peach all the way, but I was born in California. Unfortunately, in September of 2018, my life shifted when my father passed from cancer. It was pretty quick. In July, he was diagnosed and in September, he took his last breath. I was a Daddy’s girl to the FULLEST, so you can imagine the pain I went through - and still going through.

Do research before starting. If you want to start a business - research before you pay anything.

Fortunately, he was there to see me graduate from Valdosta State University in 2016. I majored in Mass Media with a Speech Communication Minor. Growing up, I loved to be in front of the camera (my father was a photographer) and I would record the video announcements at my church, as young as 11 years old. I also recorded the announcements in elementary school. I just knew Broadcast Journalism was something I was interested in.

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31. Start an in-home senior care service ($3M/year)

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

Gareth Mahon from Perth WA, Australia started The CareSide over 4 years ago, a in-home senior care service.

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Perth WA, Australia

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After reading The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, I was inspired to create a business that could be run from anywhere in the world and utilize the best of international resources, all through the magic of the cloud. The home care services industry was going through major regulatory changes around 2016 in Australia. Opportunities were opening up and I wanted a slice of the action.

We take a data-driven approach to our sales on marketing. If a channel isn’t generating leads and new customers at a profitable rate, then I will stop investing in it.

I previously had senior management roles in several large organizations including ANZ Bank and KPMG. Although I was compensated well and had a lot of responsibility, these jobs required me to work long hours. I also had to travel frequently to meet with clients. Starting my own company has provided me with greater flexibility. I'm in control of my schedule. If I want to take a day off or go travel with my partner for a week, I can do that. Ultimately, it was a book that motivated me to pursue this new lifestyle by starting my own business.

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32. ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 10 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

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We started the food truck business in 2012.

We kept finding it very difficult to find locations to operate. We had a booker that we used to find our locations but fell short and we let her go. I took over our booking and found that most people did not want to book just one truck, not only that they were upset that most of the time the trucks didn’t show up or were late.

We learned the real need was not only helping the trucks but providing a turnkey service for the corporations. This was a game-changer for us, we were really struggling financially.

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

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

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

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000 — $1,250,000/month
Skills

Luis Camacho from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Fantôm Agency over 4 years ago, a online advertising agency.

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

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

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

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

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35. Become a domain reseller

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

Examples of a successful domain reseller:

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36. Start a bicycle repair service

How Much Can You Make?
$300,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful bicycle repair service:

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Stephan Aarstol started Tower Electric Bikes, a eBikes business, almost 12 years ago:

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Hello! My name is Stephan Aarstol. I'm the CEO of Tower Electric Bikes.

In October of 2019, Tower was named one of the "Top 20 Shark Tank Products of All Time" in USA Today. We've done over $36 million in sales since getting a $150,000 investment from Mark Cuban in 2012.

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37. Start a social media management business

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

Examples of a successful social media management business:

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38. Start a pet sitting business

Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills
Business model

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39. Become a private investigator

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40. Become a music tutor ($840K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$70,000 — $416,667/month
Skills

Examples of a successful music tutor:

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Nimrod Cohen started OnlinePianist, a iPhone app, about 12 years ago:

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My name is Nimrod, and I am the CEO & co-founder of OnlinePianist, a mobile application that makes it super fun & easy to play one’s favorite songs on the piano.

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Nimrod Cohen, on starting OnlinePianist ($70,000/month) full story ➜

41. Start an agriculture farming business

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42. Start a poultry farming business

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43. Start a veterinary clinic business

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44. Start an auto repair business

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45. Start a coffee shop

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful coffee shop:

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Beth Baxter started Camper Cafe, a restaurant, about 11 years ago:

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My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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Beth Baxter, on starting Camper Cafe ($15,000/month) full story ➜

46. Start a business plan consultant business

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

Examples of a successful business plan consultant business:

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Elena & Andrew started Emirabiz, a business plan consultant business, over 7 years ago:

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Hi guys! We are Elena and Andrew, and we are corporate services providers in the UAE - we run a business consultancy company in Dubai for 9 years already.

We were the first company who published all our fees online on our website as a statement of the customer-oriented and honest way of doing our job.

We started as a “one-man-show”, but managed to grow quickly. We now reached a point of having about 15 full-time employees and average monthly revenue of over 200K USD.

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Elena & Andrew, on starting Emirabiz ($100,000/month) full story ➜

47. Start a dry cleaners business

How Much Can You Make?
$26,500/month
Skills

Examples of a successful dry cleaners business:

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Nishant Tripathi started Elite DhobiLite Laundry Pvt. Ltd., a dry cleaners business, about 11 years ago:

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Hello! My name is Nishant Tripathi, and I founded Dhobilite, a premium online dry cleaning, and laundry service. I started this company in 2011 with a vision to pioneer laundry service in India.

We started operations in the year 2011. Over the years, we experimented with and developed our business model and software. In 2015, we disrupted the laundry market and became India's first app-based, on-demand laundry service provider. We have expanded into more than 15 cities in the last two years and have around 20+ stores today. In addition, we have 30 plus franchises. We also have factories in Gurgaon, Noida, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Faridabad.

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Nishant Tripathi, on starting Elite DhobiLite Laundry Pvt. Ltd. ($26,500/month) full story ➜

48. Start a grocery store

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49. Start a bakery

How Much Can You Make?
$1,200 — $25,000/month
Skills

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Amanda Bradford started Bradford Bakery, a catering business, over 1 year ago:

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My name is Amanda Bradford and I own Bradford Bakery. I started in the culinary industry 15 years ago and have done everything from restaurants to the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday cake and celebrity catering events.

Our customers reach out to us because they know they are getting quality products that will meet the needs of their event and their dietary restrictions if they have any! We are a favorite of our local community and love that people are spreading the word about our business to their friends which we are seeing in our growing client list! Even in the past few months we have seen a 550% increase in our SEO on google and filled more orders for the community just by them recommending us and searching us on the web!

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Amanda Bradford, on starting Bradford Bakery ($4,000/month) full story ➜

50. Start a security services business

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51. Start an anti-aging services business

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52. Start a stock video business ($120K/year)

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

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Eduard Stinga started VideoPlasty, a stock video business, over 5 years ago:

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I’m Eduard Stinga, founder of VideoPlasty, a platform for stock animation and GIF images.

Since we launched, more than 600,000 people have visited our platform over the years, with 2020 being our best year so far, the year we finally cleared the first legendary milestone for any startup, registering our first six-figure year with a little over $100k in revenue. And we’re just getting started!

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Eduard Stinga, on starting VideoPlasty ($10,000/month) full story ➜

53. Start an online retail store business

How Much Can You Make?
$90,000 — $62,500,000/month
Skills

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Michael Hagen started Hagan Ski, a ski touring gear, over 11 years ago:

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Hagan makes ski mountaineering gear—exclusively. We focus without distraction on alpine ski touring. We don’t make downhill skis, clothing, hiking boots, or running shoes.

Our focus on high-performance ski mountaineering gear is recognized and appreciated by devoted backcountry skiers and has 50% annual growth in recent years. Hagan is Pure Ski Mountaineering.

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Michael Hagen, on starting Hagan Ski ($90,000/month) full story ➜

54. Start a windshield repair business

Examples of a successful windshield repair business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a windshield repair business ➜

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55. Start a bookkeeping business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful bookkeeping business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bookkeeping business ➜

56. Start a medical billing service business

Examples of a successful medical billing service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a medical billing service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a medical billing service business ➜

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57. Start a restaurant

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful restaurant:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a restaurant ➜

Beth Baxter started Camper Cafe, a restaurant, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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Beth Baxter, on starting Camper Cafe ($15,000/month) full story ➜

58. Start a car rental business

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

Examples of a successful car rental business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a car rental business ➜

Gretchen Bayless and Taylor Hood started ROAMERICA, a RV rental business, over 6 years ago:

Case Study

We are Taylor Hood and Gretchen Bayless, founders of ROAMERICA. A company that specializes in adventure vehicles, including 4wd campervans.

Exterior of one of the 4wd rigs, DELTA

Interior of DELTA

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Gretchen Bayless and Taylor Hood, on starting ROAMERICA ($10,000/month) full story ➜

59. Start a carpet and upholstery service business

Examples of a successful carpet and upholstery service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a carpet and upholstery service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a carpet and upholstery service business ➜

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60. Start a laundry business

How Much Can You Make?
$26,500/month
Skills

Examples of a successful laundry business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a laundry business ➜

Nishant Tripathi started Elite DhobiLite Laundry Pvt. Ltd., a dry cleaners business, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! My name is Nishant Tripathi, and I founded Dhobilite, a premium online dry cleaning, and laundry service. I started this company in 2011 with a vision to pioneer laundry service in India.

We started operations in the year 2011. Over the years, we experimented with and developed our business model and software. In 2015, we disrupted the laundry market and became India's first app-based, on-demand laundry service provider. We have expanded into more than 15 cities in the last two years and have around 20+ stores today. In addition, we have 30 plus franchises. We also have factories in Gurgaon, Noida, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Faridabad.

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Nishant Tripathi, on starting Elite DhobiLite Laundry Pvt. Ltd. ($26,500/month) full story ➜

61. Start a gas station

Examples of a successful gas station:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gas station:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a gas station ➜

62. Start a social influencing business

Examples of a successful social influencing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social influencing business ➜

63. Start a hotels business

Examples of a successful hotels business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a hotels business ➜

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64. Start an auto parts shop business

Examples of a successful auto parts shop business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a auto parts shop business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an auto parts shop business ➜

65. Start an email marketing business

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $33,166,667/month
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful email marketing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an email marketing business ➜

Chase Dimond started Boundless Labs, a email marketing tool, almost 4 years ago:

Case Study

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

Since starting Boundless Labs 18 months ago, we have driven over $25 million (and growing rapidly) in email attributable revenue for our clients. Most of our clients generate ~30% of their total revenue from our email work. Our 5 highest performing clients are generating 45+% of their total revenue from our email work.

From launching in June of 2018 through the first half of 2019 our “agency” was making $40K per month (fees our clients paid us). The reason I put the agency in quotes is that during our first year in business my business partner and I were just focused on having a great time with no intentions of building a true agency.

Additionally, in my personal life, I got engaged in 2018 and married in June of 2019 so I was very focused and busy with that. Once I got back from my honeymoon at the end of Q2 of 2019, we realized we had a huge opportunity to scale the business. Clients love us as people equally as much as they love our work which has led to a majority of our client acquisition coming from referrals (more to come on this in later sections).

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

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Chase Dimond, on starting Boundless Labs ($200,000/month) full story ➜

66. Become a carpenter

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful carpenter:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a carpenter ➜

Zack Hall started SketchUp For Woodworkers, a online courses business, ago:

Case Study

Hello! My name is Zack Hall. I’m a software developer, and I’m the founder of SketchUp For Woodworkers, an online course teaching woodworkers how to use 3D design software. This was a project that grew from scratching my itch. In my spare time, I joined a makerspace near my home in the suburbs of Boston to start woodworking.

Fast-forward and I ended up acquiring an old website and setting out to build the woodworking design tutorials and resources I wish I’d had when I was getting started. After launch, it is currently earning about $1k/month.

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Zack Hall, on starting SketchUp For Woodworkers ($1,000/month) full story ➜

67. Start a fishing rental

Examples of a successful fishing rental:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fishing rental ➜

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68. Start a meat mart business

Examples of a successful meat mart business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a meat mart business ➜

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69. Start a tour guide business

How Much Can You Make?
$3,333 — $1,416,667/month
Skills

Examples of a successful tour guide business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tour guide business ➜

70. Start a youtube channel

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

Examples of a successful youtube channel:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a youtube channel ➜

Chhavi Agarwal started Mrs Daaku Studio, a youtube channel, almost 4 years ago:

Case Study

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

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

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Chhavi Agarwal, on starting Mrs Daaku Studio ($5,000/month) full story ➜

71. 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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72. Start a massage parlour business

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $200,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful massage parlour business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a massage parlour business ➜

Marike van der Velden started Society Service, a private escort firm, about 16 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Marike van der Velden and I am the founder and owner of the largest high-end escortservice in The Netherlands: Society Service. The service we offer is called the Girlfriend Experience, which means spending time with an escort will feel similar to spending time with a girlfriend. The experience is very intimate of nature and often includes eroticism, but this is not the main focus of the experience, merely the cherry on top. The social aspect of booking is just as important, if not more.

At any given time, there are around 55 male and female escorts working with Society Service. They cater to clients from all walks of life, from ambitious businessmen to nervous virgins and curious couples. The aim is to create a mutually enjoyable, memorable, and extraordinary experience. This experience does come with a price tag of at least $1,000 per booking, resulting in a multi-million dollar annual turnover.

Picture from the book I wrote: Escort Bible (in Dutch)

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Marike van der Velden, on starting Society Service ($200,000/month) full story ➜

73. Start a restaurant

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful restaurant:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a restaurant ➜

Beth Baxter started Camper Cafe, a restaurant, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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Beth Baxter, on starting Camper Cafe ($15,000/month) full story ➜

74. Start an ice cream business

Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful ice cream business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an ice cream business ➜

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75. Start a foreign language training business

Examples of a successful foreign language training business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a foreign language training business ➜

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76. Start a fitness center business

Examples of a successful fitness center business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fitness center business ➜

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77. Start a consignment sale business

Examples of a successful consignment sale business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a consignment sale business ➜

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78. Start a taxi cab business

Examples of a successful taxi cab business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a taxi cab business ➜

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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