The 67 Best Businesses To Start In Germany [2021]

The 67 Best Businesses To Start In Germany [2021]

Interested in starting a business in Germany in 2021?

We put together 67 of the best businesses you can start in Germany today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

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

Here's the full list:

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

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio over 3 years ago, a blogging business.

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

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

2. Start a hair salon ($4.8M/year)

Chelle Neff from Austin, Texas, USA started Urban Betty almost 17 years ago, a hair salon.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 58
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

I was led to this career path as a business owner from my sheer motivation to do better in my life than what I had grown up with. My parents had me when they were teenagers and we lived meagerly while I was young.

I knew that if I wanted to go to college, I would need to find a way to pay for it myself along with my cost of living. I naturally had a knack for doing hair and art, so when I was 16, I had the chance to enroll in cosmetology school while in high school, and by 18, I was fully licensed. This was much more affordable for me than the traditional college route, so that’s what led me to pursue it.

When I received my license in 1995, I started working behind the chair at Supercuts. I slowly worked my way up the ladder to high-end salons. Five years later, I got a small suite at the Gallery of Salons and was an independent contractor. That was my initial stepping stone to running my own business.

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Chelle Neff, on starting Urban Betty ($400,000/month) full story ➜

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

Jan Kovac from Bratislava started Casino Guru over 6 years ago, a affiliate marketing business.

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

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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Jan Kovac, on starting Casino Guru ($500,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a film production company ($7.2M/year)

Hope Horner from Los Angeles, California, USA started Lemonlight over 7 years ago, a film production company.

  • Revenue: $600,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 45
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

I grew up in Johnson City, TN - a small town in the northeast corner of the state. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of moving to Los Angeles and starting my own business. When I was 18, I moved to LA to attend college and haven’t left yet.

I started my first business in 2008 when the startup culture was very limited in Los Angeles. Resources were scarce and it was difficult to learn how to start and run a company with no experience. Nonetheless, I trudged through the journey for a few years trying to figure it out. It was filled with some success and a lot of learning lessons, but ultimately, it didn’t end the way I had hoped. I spent a few more years working with startup companies and learning more about the landscape and how to hone my skills as a leader and entrepreneur.

In April of 2014, I started my second company, Lemonlight, out of a second bedroom with my two co-founders, Daniel Marlow, and Chad Rogers. Lemonlight’s mission was to offer small and medium-sized businesses access to high-quality, affordable video content that they could use to advertise their brand online.

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Hope Horner, on starting Lemonlight ($600,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a veterinary clinic ($2.4M/year)

Stringtown Animal Hospital from Grove City, Ohio, USA started Stringtown Animal Hospital ago, a veterinary clinic.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 22
  • Location: Grove City, Ohio, USA

As a child, I always wanted to be a Veterinarian. I had few “dolls” and many stuffed animals. I was not the best student in high school. In fact, I was not sure I would even go to college. But I had exceptional parents. They were supportive at every turn. No matter what I did. And they got me there. They believed in me.

It takes passion. It takes dedication. It takes sacrifice. To make a business successful. So make sure you love it. Make sure it is worth it. And then watch it flourish. And love yourself for making it happen.

Once in college, I was deterred by the degree of work that an education in science required. I headed down the path of different disciplines but ultimately realized my passion was and always had been in Veterinary medicine. After my 3rd year in College, I changed my major to biological sciences. It was hard. I went non-stop for 1 ½ year to pick up the courses I needed to enroll in Vet school. I remember dancing with my beagle, Osceola, saying “momma gonna be your doctor”. I was determined. I would succeed. And I did. I actually got into Vet School. No small feat. It’s hard to do that. Harder to get into than medical school.

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Stringtown Animal Hospital, on starting Stringtown Animal Hospital ($200,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a dog walking business ($648K/year)

Melodi Landi from Remote started Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC over 15 years ago, a dog walking business.

  • Revenue: $54,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 19
  • Location: Remote

I have always had a passion for animals. I was going to school full time at the University of Rhode Island as a Pre-Vet student while working full time at a local veterinary hospital AND picking up pet sitting and dog walking clients on the side.

Since my late teenage years, I have known that I wanted to work with animals. While working at the animal hospital, I saw a great need for this type of service, and soon after decided to start this business!

I would often come across clients who had not traveled in years because their pets required specialized care or medications or because they did not know who to ask or whom they could trust with their pets and their home.

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Melodi Landi, on starting Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC ($54,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a pet blog ($4.8K/year)

Abhishek Joshi from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Dog With Blog over 11 years ago, a pet blog.

  • Revenue: $400/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Post my MBA, I started as a digital marketer for an IT firm and I was managing the company website - content, social media, blogs, etc. Since my professional domain was digital and I had a keen interest in the same, I experimented with creating a personal blog of my own over a weekend. Since I was most interested in dogs and was volunteering towards their care, that came to be the theme of the blog.

Dog with Blog was conceptualized in 2010 when I thought of attempting to make a difference (in my humble capacity) towards the stray animal cause. I was merely concocting a cocktail of the twin loves of my life – dogs, and words – in that order. In India, there are many homeless dogs who rarely fund takers despite them being best suited to withstand and flourish in the tropical climates. We try to raise awareness towards their plight and with our active communities we run a dog adoption network which is completely free.

The power of social media is unquestionable and the very fact that we have been able to find some of the strays, abandoned dogs loving homes bears testimony to the same. Minus the digital channels, there wasn’t an efficient way to reach out to dog lovers across the length and breadth of the country.

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Abhishek Joshi, on starting Dog With Blog ($400/month) full story ➜

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

Nick and Angelica from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA started Romans Tide over 6 years ago, a ecommerce platform.

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

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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Nick and Angelica, on starting Romans Tide ($100,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a travel company ($3.6M/year)

Matt Wilson from Austin, TX, USA started Under30Experiences over 9 years ago, a travel company.

  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Austin, TX, USA

In 2012, I was living in New York City, stressed out, working on our startup Under30CEO.com. I was burned out from the unhealthy lifestyle, working long stressful hours, and partying too much. I was invited on a trip to Iceland and I hadn’t been out of the country as an adult, so I jumped at the opportunity. That experience in Iceland blew my mind! I hiked an active volcano, went ice climbing on a glacier, saw the northern lights, and made friends with people from around the world.

The “aha moment” happened to watch the sunset over the Eyjafjallajökull glacier with my Icelandic mountain guide Siggi. He was trying to attract more people from North America to visit Iceland and I knew we could work together. Jared and I had nearly 500K, monthly readers, at Under30CEO, and we thought it’d be a perfect opportunity to bring our community members on a retreat. Sure enough, in less than two months, we organized a trip to Iceland for entrepreneurs and it was a smashing success. We made life-long friends and the idea caught on.

People started asking us “do we need to be under 30 to attend your trip” or “do we need to own a business to come?” It was a huge decision for us at the time, but we decided to open our doors and become an inclusive community rather than an exclusive one. We started running trips that were open to anyone who wanted to come and have a good time.

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Matt Wilson, on starting Under30Experiences ($300,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a consulting business ($0/year)

Liz Illg from Phoenix, AZ, USA started Liz Illg over 2 years ago, a consulting business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA

I remember vividly when my idea of business consulting came to me. I was at a networking conference with other business owners and when I stood up to introduce myself to the group, I called myself a systems consultant.

Industries change. Times are constantly changing. Relationships, if built regularly, can last forever!

From that day forward, I created the perfect way to audit an operational system or create one, effectively and efficiently. My systems consultation service is still available to this day and I’ve helped business owners dial in theirs to allow them to grow and transform their teams.

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Liz Illg, on starting Liz Illg ($0/month) full story ➜

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

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

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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Akshay Patel, on starting Simply Decor and Events ($35,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a career coaching business ($1.68M/year)

Patrick Curtis from San Francisco, California, USA started Wall Street Oasis over 15 years ago, a career coaching business.

  • Revenue: $140,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA

After working 90+ hour weeks in investment banking at Rothschild for a few years out of college and then transitioning to private equity two years after that, I thought I had it made. I landed my dream job in private equity in my dream city (Boston) and had a much more healthy work/life balance.

The dream, however, quickly turned into a nightmare. In my first review less than 4 months on the job I was fired on the spot and asked to sign a waiver and take $10,000 to go away. I was confused and my confidence was shattered.

Even worse, I was blackballed from private equity in Boston. Every time I had an offer in hand it would get rescinded because the employer that fired me would only say that I worked there and wouldn’t give me a reference -- probably out of fear because I wouldn’t take the $10,000 or sign the waiver.

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Patrick Curtis, on starting Wall Street Oasis ($140,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start an it company ($60K/year)

Maanda Mulaudzi from Remote started Common Sense Holdings over 2 years ago, a IT company.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Remote

I would have to say I have always wanted to start my own business even from high school. I started a business with a high school friend and we would sell custom basketball shoes. Then my second business was making school sports gear throughout the university. During this period from high school until now, I have been a professional skateboarder, which has helped me travel all over the world. This was also a way I made money through hosting and organizing events.

When you think you have all the answers that will lead you to make more mistakes if you don't know something just ask someone who has that knowledge. This will help you reduce mistakes, swallow your pride, this is business.

I graduated from university as an industrial engineer and also have a diploma in financial management and have worked in various industries such as automotive, media and broadcasting, education, and manufacturing. After five years in the corporate world, I decided to travel and explore more of the world.

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Maanda Mulaudzi, on starting Common Sense Holdings ($5,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a tour company ($21.6K/year)

Mark E. Johnson from Nashville, Tennessee, USA started Hobnail Trekking Co. ago, a tour company.

  • Revenue: $1,800/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

In August 2016, I was on a steep downward trajectory in my job as a communications director at a nonprofit as a result of philosophical differences with the organization.

It was very uncomfortable, at best. The day before I was to part ways with the organization, I was having my pickup truck worked on at my mechanic shop and needed a ride to pick it up. Having applied the previous night to a communications job at a ride-sharing company, Lyft, I downloaded the app to my phone and hailed a ride.

The man who picked me up was clearly not from our hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Although he had a strong indeterminable accent, he spoke fluent English and we had a great conversation on the way to the mechanic. Turns out the man was from Nepal. When I asked him if he knew anything about the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek — something my wife and I had placed on our Bucket List years ago — he smiled and said, “I am an Everest Region Sherpa. I’ve guided that trip dozens of times. I actually own a small trekking company in Nepal.” We exchanged numbers and quickly set up a meeting for that weekend so my wife could ask him about the trek.

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Mark E. Johnson, on starting Hobnail Trekking Co. ($1,800/month) full story ➜

15. Start a coffee cafe business ($156K/year)

Nikki Bravo from Chicago started Momentum Coffee and Coworking over 1 year ago, a coffee cafe business.

  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Chicago

Tracy Powell is a Technology Entrepreneur, Real Estate Developer, and Investor. He invested the first part of his business career in investments working for firms such as Merrill Lynch and First National Bank of Chicago and American Express. As a real estate developer and investor with over 28 years of experience, he specialized in urban real estate development. developing 100’s of units of affordable, market-rate, and elderly housing.

The future of your business relies on what you do today. So be at your best, don't dwell on how difficult the past was, bring the lessons that you learn each day as you walk towards your goal.

Tracy is also the founder of Blue Venture Partners a Software Development and IT consulting firm, and Blue Fund Rewards which is a crowdfunding platform that focuses on raising capital for startup businesses and organizations. He is the President of Ignite Technology and Innovation, a not for profit that focuses on creating technology co-working spaces and programming in under-resourced communities throughout the country.

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Nikki Bravo, on starting Momentum Coffee and Coworking ($13,000/month) full story ➜

16. Become an online fitness coach ($576K/year)

Ryan Milton from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA started TeamFFLEX over 7 years ago, a online fitness coach.

  • Revenue: $48,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

I came up with TeamFFLEX seeing the massive trend of everything turning online and want to help as many people as possible achieve results. In a traditional gym format trainers job, there are only so many hours you can work in a day and a limit on clients you can actually work with. For example, if a client does a 60-minute session and you work an 8 hour day you can see 8 clients within that day. There are also of course training teams, and classes as well as small groups but still even if I could have worked with 100 people a day in a gym it would not have been enough.

I wanted to find a way to help people all around the world. The people that couldn’t get to the gym or didn’t have the money to hire an expensive trainer. I wanted to make sure that no matter where people were at the gym or at home they had the ability to take action on their health and fitness and get results.

Seeing in today's world how basically kids are born with an iPhone in hand it all just made perfect sense. Take personal training online and help people all around the world. The thing about today's society is that we want it now. We don't want to wait. We don't want to go into a building, meet with some trainer, get sold on all the different expensive packages and then pay basically to have a really expensive cheerleader. I honestly believe that within the next 10 years we won’t see trainers in gyms anymore. The quality of training in gyms continues to drop due to the fact that not enough people get training and also that trainers can’t even make enough money to sustain a living. I knew that if I could go online with everything not only would I be able to impact people to a much larger degree, I would also be able to live a life on my terms.

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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($48,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start an appliance repair business ($1.2M/year)

Chad Rubin from Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA started Think Crucial almost 14 years ago, a appliance repair business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

I studied finance in college and started covering internet stocks like Amazon on Wall Street. This really opened up the world of e-commerce to me. At the same time, my parents were running a shop that sold vacuum cleaners along with accessories but it wasn’t doing very well. I started helping them out with their business and took it online while still working crazy banker hours.

When I was let go in 2009 after the crash, I was ecstatic - this was my chance for a whole new beginning in e-commerce. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I helped expand the business, first on Volusion then selling on eBay, and then finally Amazon. Ultimately, I realized I didn’t want to be a reseller-- I wanted to have my own brand. That was the genesis of Think Crucial.

The key is to start small and stay scrappy. Don’t put the cart before the horse - source or create a product customers need, package it right, and sell it. As you grow (and only then), add more.

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Chad Rubin, on starting Think Crucial ($100,000/month) full story ➜

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

Luis Camacho from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Fantôm Agency over 3 years ago, a online advertising agency.

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

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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Luis Camacho, on starting Fantôm Agency ($25,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start a marketing agency ($102M/year)

JB Kellogg from Fort Collins, Colorado, USA started Madwire® over 12 years ago, a marketing agency.

  • Revenue: $8,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 520
  • Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

I played college football at the University of Western New Mexico. It was like a full-time job, so after my senior season when football was over and I still had one semester left, I had a lot of time on my hands, which I was not accustomed to. I didn’t like it - I prefer to be busy. So, I decided to walk down to a local travel magazine company a few blocks off campus called Zia Publishing.

I knew I had a talent for design and marketing (I self-taught myself digital design and went to school for marketing), so I walked in and asked if I could intern there in my final semester. They said they didn’t require any design or marketing but they did need a new website. They asked me if I knew how to design and build a website. This was early 2005 and website design and development were still pretty new. I told them, no, but if they gave me a desk, computer, and a couple of months, I’d figure it out. So they did.

Over the next eight weeks, I learned everything I could about website design and development. I designed and built the website two or three times over before I felt confident enough to show the owner, Terry. When I showed her the website, she paused and said, “This is the best website I’ve ever seen. Not only is it beautiful, but it achieves all our needs and goals.” I knew at that moment I had a talent not many people had at the time. I told my Dad I thought there was a business opportunity. He agreed, but the industry was mostly freelance at the time and he was running a successful brokerage company called Traders Network and wanted me to come work with him and test some of the digital marketing and design strategies there first.

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JB Kellogg, on starting Madwire® ($8,500,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a freelance writing business ($1.02M/year)

David Tile from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Article-Writing Co over 10 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Revenue: $85,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In 2011, coming out of college, I miserably tried to start a penny auction website. I studied Political Science at University, which had absolutely no bearing on this idea. I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and was consumed by this auction model. I had my own specific mechanics that I thought would make the game a lot more fair for the average consumer. But alas, 6-8 months later, after burning through thousands of dollars trying to get the technology right, I was absolutely nowhere.

I was resigned to not give up, but the mechanics of the auction are critical to the smooth operation of the website and if you can’t get it right you don’t have a business. So I decided to start taking on some freelance writing work, just to get some cash in.

One thing led to another and I started getting some bigger clients with bigger asks. Eventually, I snowballed hiring some writers and copy editors. Turning this thing into a full-time business operation.

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David Tile, on starting Article-Writing Co ($85,000/month) full story ➜

21. Design a wearable for musicians ($2.76M/year)

Florian Simmendinger from Germany started Soundbrenner ago, a wearable for musicians.

  • Country: Germany
  • Revenue: $230,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $5,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 17

Hey! My name is Florian Simmendinger and I started Soundbrenner in 2014. We are a music technology company to make music practice addictive for all musicians.

Our first product is called Pulse, a smart wearable device. It allows musicians to replace the annoying sound of a metronome with a vibration, so they can literally feel the beat they want to play. Later on, we released the Core, which is a full-on smartwatch for musicians, that also includes a contact tuner, dB meter, and more. We raised $1.6M on Indiegogo and to date sold close to 100,000 of our wearables.

Aside from the hardware, we also develop our own mobile apps for iOS and Android. They are the world's most popular metronome with over 6 million downloads and over 600,000 musicians that use it every month.

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Florian Simmendinger, on starting Soundbrenner ($230,000/month) full story ➜

22. Become a music blogger ($12K/year)

DJ Tobander from Germany started DJ Tobander almost 7 years ago, a music blogger.

  • Country: Germany
  • Revenue: $996/ month
  • Starting Costs: $50
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, my name is DJ Tobander and I’m running a blog with the same name. I’m writing about djing and am also selling info products like “How to start DJing” or “How to get more Bookings” but mainly I’m selling collections of great DJ Sets for special occasions like weddings or NYE.

I’m not selling the music itself but the name of the songs and in what order the DJs were playing them. DJs should never copy the style or whole sets of other DJs but they should definitely inspire themselves by looking at what other DJs are playing where and when.

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DJ Tobander, on starting DJ Tobander ($996/month) full story ➜

23. Start a freelancer platform ($198K/year)

Manuel Meurer from Germany started Uplink about 5 years ago, a freelancer platform.

  • Country: Germany
  • Revenue: $16,500/ month
  • Starting Costs: $100
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

Hi, my name is Manuel and I’m the founder of Uplink, a network for IT freelancers in Germany.

We just crossed the 1.000 members threshold and the main service we offer to our members is simple, fair and transparent job placements.

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Manuel Meurer, on starting Uplink ($16,500/month) full story ➜

24. Start a sustainable mug brand ($7.8K/year)

Melanie Goel from Germany started alpengraphics - the zero-plastic outdoor company over 2 years ago, a sustainable mug brand.

  • Country: Germany
  • Revenue: $650/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi, my name is Melanie. I’m an outdoor soul from Germany (grew upright in the middle of the German Alps) and business owner of alpengraphics - a zero plastic startup for minimalistic & durable campfire mugs. The company was founded in April 2019 and makes approximately 500 - 3.000€ a month, depending on the season.

I design & print in Germany, and source the mugs from across the EU. Even though local production is significantly more expensive than getting the finished product shipped from Asia, keeping a low carbon footprint takes priority over a big margin. From production to shipping, everything I do is in accordance with environmental practices, but I’ll write more about that in a later section.

What I love the most about this business is the people I get to interact with. For example, my favorite moment so far was designing a date mug. A guy ordered a cup for a girl he wanted to ask out and asked if I could write a customized text at the back and send a note along with it. She was his hiking buddy and the note asked her for a cup of coffee. So cute!

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Melanie Goel, on starting alpengraphics - the zero-plastic outdoor company ($650/month) full story ➜

25. Start a time tracking app ($4.2K/year)

Stas Moor from Germany started Klokki almost 4 years ago, a time tracking app.

  • Country: Germany
  • Revenue: $350/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Hello fellow makers! My name is Stas Moor and I am the founder of Klokki — an automatic time-tracking Mac app for freelancers and us — makers.

The product launched almost a year ago with the intent to deliver a transparent experience for everyone who has value in tracking time but always hated doing it because of how cumbersome it usually is.

Our approach is simple — we give full control to the user and get out of the way. The only thing we ask for is to define a few trigger-rules that will fit your workflow. From there on Klokki takes over and runs automatically. We believe that this way we strike a good balance between offering a manual solution and something that tracks everything you are doing, even the things you don’t care about. Customer feedback showed us that we are on the right path with our approach, even though we still have a lot to ship and improve.

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Stas Moor, on starting Klokki ($350/month) full story ➜

26. Start an online courses business ($4.2K/year)

Lucas Chevillard from Germany started Growth Ecole over 5 years ago, an online courses business.

  • Country: Germany
  • Revenue: $350/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey doers, I'm Lucas Chevillard. I currently work full time at home.ht as growth marketer. Before that, I was at Airbnb for 5 years. But the story today is about what I create on the side.

My main side project is an email marketing course combined with some consulting.

I say the main project because when I get bored during the long winter nights in Berlin, I like to explore and experiment with new online territories.

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Lucas Chevillard, on starting Growth Ecole ($350/month) full story ➜

27. Start a specialty food business ($36K/year)

Johanna and Raphael Spannocchi from Germany started janori 12 months ago, a specialty food business.

  • Country: Germany
  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $10,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Hi there! We are Raphael and Johanna Spannocchi, the founders of janori. janori sells delicious, local, organic food. Like organic coffee, great, slave-free chocolate handmade in Munich, Germany, and some of the finest Gin on the planet.

We started in November 2020 and currently offer 80+ products from 14 vendors. To make it easy for our customers to support small businesses and get a great variety of deliciousness delivered without fees to their doorstep we offer a new food-box every month. The box contains a clever mix of delicacies and comes with a beautiful illustration on top. Our best-seller so far was the Christmas box, containing chocolates, sugared almonds, and more.

Our other bestsellers are the original sugared almonds usually sold at the Munich Octoberfest. Since this massive beer celebration was canceled in 2020, we were able to secure a portion of this delicious original for our customers. Made from just 3 ingredients, you get an amazing taste without the additives like wax and shellac often found in these products from bigger, industrial manufacturers.

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Johanna and Raphael Spannocchi, on starting janori ($3,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a biotechnology business

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29. Start a fast food drive-thru business

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30. Start a car manufacturing business

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31. Start a laundry business

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32. Start a financial service business ($1.2M/year)

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33. Start a transportation service

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34. Start an in-home senior care business

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35. Start a home tutoring business

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36. Start an auto parts shop business

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37. Start a designer clothing reselling business

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38. Start a janitorial supplies business

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39. Start an upcycle fashion products business

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40. Start a bar business

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41. Start an e-commerce implementation consulting business

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42. Start a home bakery business

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43. Start a chain hotels business

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44. Start a daycare

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45. Start a performance coaching business

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46. Start a spa resort business

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47. Start a government contractor business

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48. Start an errand service

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49. Become a cake decorator ($480K/year)

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50. Start a legal services business

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51. Become a computer refurbisher ($360K/year)

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52. Start a pet grooming business

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53. Start a pet insurance career business

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54. Start a child care business

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55. Start a raising and harvesting aquaculture business

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56. Start a graphic designing business ($360K/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Michael Moloney's story on creating FilterGrade a read:

Hi, I’m Mike Moloney, the founder of FilterGrade. FilterGrade is a marketplace for creators where you can find digital assets such as presets, LUTs, video templates, and much more.

Today thousands of creators from all around the world buy and sell digital products on FilterGrade and more than 450,000 users visit the site every month.

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Michael Moloney, on starting FilterGrade ($30,000/month) full story ➜

57. Start a sports radio station

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58. Start a gym business

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59. Start a stock trading business ($12M/year)

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60. Start a grocery store

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61. Start a laser cutting business

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62. Start an eco-friendly fashion business

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63. Start a car washing and detailing business

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64. Start an aluminum welding business

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65. Start a foreign language training business

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66. Start a social influencing business

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67. Start a beauty parlour business

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