20+ Best Business Ideas For Hipsters

20+ Best Business Ideas For Hipsters

Looking to start a business but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to innovate and build something creative in 2020.

We put a list together below of the most profitable hipster business ideas you can start today!

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

Ben Keene from London, England, United Kingdom started Rebel Book Club over 6 years ago, a book club.

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

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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Ben Keene, on starting Rebel Book Club ($13,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a mobile karaoke experience ($144K/year)

Kelli L Bielema from Seattle, Washington, USA started The AirScream over 2 years ago, a mobile karaoke experience.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

The two of us met while working at Deloitte. I (Kelli) was an operations manager with an extensive background in event and entertainment production including creating live experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood. Vanessa was a year one CPA fresh out of the University of Washington who realized within just a few months in at the fall tax deadline that this was not her jam. She decided to jump ship and start a DJ & Karaoke Service. Barely a year later, I left the firm, as well as my then part-time event production company, began to take off & I was finally able to commit to it 100% when I got a contract with Boeing.

In just months after both launching our businesses respectively, our client rosters began to grow. Vanessa’s company and namesake moniker, Baby Van Beezly, dove into the private and corporate event vendor realm, spinning party tunes and wedding marches. My clients with my company, Shindig Events, began to move away from private individuals to corporate entities such as PopCap Games, Adobe, Boston Consulting Group, Oculus, and Facebook. I was able to hire Vanessa for all sorts of gigs over the course of the next 6 years.

While Vanessa’s Baby Van Beezly biz began to really take off, my Shindig Events were coming to a close. After 7 years I was ready for a change, a stress break and launched back into day-job land, where I currently reside. But there’s always that itch to do something creative and event-related so a side hustle was inevitable.

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Kelli L Bielema, on starting The AirScream ($12,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a drinkware brand ($144M/year)

Dylan Jacob from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA started BrüMate about 5 years ago, a drinkware brand.

  • Revenue: $12,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

BruMate is my 3rd company but the first where I was actually doing any real product development or design. My first company I started in high-school was a part supply company for repair shops / tech centers (batteries, LCD screens, flex cables, etc).

I went on to sell that company to a franchise customer of ours in 2014 after I dropped out of engineering school and decided to pursue entrepreneurship full time.

I thought the idea of creating a product people actually needed and being able to walk around and see people using my creation was the absolute coolest concept.

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Dylan Jacob, on starting BrüMate ($12,000,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a handmade goods business ($1.8M/year)

Samuel Davidson from Nashville, Tennessee, USA started Batch over 8 years ago, a handmade goods business.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

During the summer of 2013, my co-founders (Rob Williams & Stephen Moseley) and I were discussing all the great things our hometown of Nashville had to offer, especially in the way of small-batch, handmade gifts and treats. But, there was no one-stop shop to get all of these items (you had to run around town or attend certain farmers markets or festivals).

Lo and behold, we actually hit the 200 mark our first month. The local media covered what we were doing and sales jumped to 600 for the second month and then 1,000 or month three (well beyond our original goal!).

Could we come up with a way to consolidate all of these local, small businesses making awesome products under one roof?

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Samuel Davidson, on starting Batch ($150,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a food truck ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet almost 10 years ago, a food truck.

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

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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Jeffrey Mora, on starting Food Fleet ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

Adam Vieira from Montreal, Quebec, Canada started Station 16 over 8 years ago, a art gallery.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I met Carlo De Luca (my partner and current president of Station 16) in 2010. I was very active in the Montreal street art scene and had many artist connections because of it. Coincidentally, he was also looking to diversify his textile silkscreen shop into paper printing, which I had been doing a lot of.

In 2011, we started working with local Montreal artists to create quality silkscreen prints - a type of printing made famous with Andy Warhol's work. We began showcasing these prints online and in art fairs. That’s when Emily Robertson (3rd founder, and Art Historian) came on board. She had taken an interest in our project and suggested we open an art gallery showcasing the prints and street art talent we were really interested in.

Shortly after that, a few other friends that we were in contact with were building on the idea of a Mural festival for Montreal. They asked if we would be interested in supporting it. So in June of 2013, we debuted at both the Gallery and the Montreal MURAL festival on St. Laurent. It initially opened as a pop-up, and we haven’t closed our doors since.

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Adam Vieira, on starting Station 16 ($150,000/month) full story ➜

7. Become a temporary tattoo artist ($12K/year)

Anslea from Atlanta, GA, USA started Forgotten Mermaids over 3 years ago, a temporary tattoo artist.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Atlanta, GA, USA

Before mermaid tattoos, I was working as a freelance graphic artist on everything from illustrations to website designs. I knew the fundamentals of how to design a brand and decided I wanted to apply those skills to create my own.

At the time I had been traveling and living out of my van while working full time as a freelance graphic designer. I spent a lot of creative energy working on other people’s ideas when I realized I wanted something of my own. Better yet, I realized I should be working towards something for myself.

The next step was figuring out what that was. At the time I was living in a van in a touristy Florida town, so naturally there was an abundance of mermaid themed stuff in all of the shops.

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Anslea, on starting Forgotten Mermaids ($1,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a coffee shop

Examples of a successful coffee shop:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a coffee shop ➜

9. Start an used book store business

Examples of a successful used book store business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a used book store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an used book store business ➜

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10. Start a vintage reselling business

Examples of a successful vintage reselling business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a vintage reselling business ➜

11. Start a record store

Examples of a successful record store:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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12. Start a gourmet bakery business

Examples of a successful gourmet bakery business:

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

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13. Start a hipster clothing brand

Examples of a successful hipster clothing brand:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hipster clothing brand:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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14. Start a second-hand shoes and bags business

Examples of a successful second-hand shoes and bags business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a second-hand shoes and bags business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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15. Start a paper crafts designing business

Examples of a successful paper crafts designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper crafts designing business:

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16. Start a gift baskets business ($24K/year)

Examples of a successful gift baskets business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a gift baskets business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Valentina's story on creating Really Luxe a read:

Hello! I’m Valentina, the founder, and CEO of Really Luxe. I love chocolates (especially Godiva) and anything gold and shiny!

We have been in business since September 2020, so we are still a new brand. Most of our customers reside in the province of Ontario, with 78% of our orders being local delivery orders. The remaining percentage is ordered that we ship throughout Canada.

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Valentina, on starting Really Luxe ($2,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a throw pillow designing business

Examples of a successful throw pillow designing business:

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18. Start a craft beer business

Examples of a successful craft beer business:

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19. Start a cocktail class business

Examples of a successful cocktail class business:

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20. Start an antique instrument business

Examples of a successful antique instrument business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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