The 7 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In Germany [2021]

The 7 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In Germany [2021]

Interested in starting a business in Germany in 2021?

We put together 7 of the best businesses you can start in Germany today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of how you can start your profitable, home-based small business in Germany.

Here's the full list:

1. 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 ➜

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

DJ Tobander from Germany started DJ Tobander over 6 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 ➜

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

Manuel Meurer from Germany started Uplink over 4 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 ➜

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

Melanie Goel from Germany started alpengraphics - the zero-plastic outdoor company about 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 ➜

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

Stas Moor from Germany started Klokki over 3 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 ➜

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

Lucas Chevillard from Germany started Growth Ecole almost 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 ➜

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

Johanna and Raphael Spannocchi from Germany started janori 5 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 ➜

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