34 Profitable Home Based Business Ideas for Canadians

Starting a business in Canada may feel overwhelming - we're here to show that others have done it successful, and how they got started.

We found 34 Canadian businesses that have worked, and the stories to prove it!

Here's the list of home-based Canadian businesses:

1. Kids vegan footwear & apparel ($185K/mo)

Lisa Will started Stonz, a Kids Vegan Footwear & Apparel business. They are now doing $185,000/month.

  • Location: Vancouver
  • Revenue: $185,000/ month
  • Started: about 16 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 7

My story started in 2004 with a dream that I could go anywhere, at any time with my 9-month-old, at the drop of a hat! That meant easily and spontaneously getting outside, no matter the weather, and he would love it as much as I did!

As a lover of the outdoors, I was frequently outside, doing anything from tennis, running, windsurfing, skiing, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, camping, or just long walks. To this day I need to be outdoors doing something! So many people told me once you have a child this all would change. I could get my head around not being able to play tennis every day, or continue driving 7+ hours often to Hood River windsurfing Friday night through Sunday, but I couldn’t get my head around not still having spontaneity in my life.

Bringing my infant son on adventures with me was going to be part of life...I was determined. When my son Lachlan was 5 weeks, my husband Mark and I headed to Hood River, Oregon camping. We wanted to see what it was like with an infant and see just how hard this really was. It was mostly a successful trip - we camped in our VW Van with only one trip-up...we overheated our son by wrapping him in so many blankets with worrying about him being cold. Our learning; no matter what it is our kids will tell us. That was the most he cried. Other than that he loved the fresh air, new places, and keeping on the go. More on that to come! I spent the rest of my maternity leave walking, carrying, or strolling him around just to get him to sleep!

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Lisa Will, on starting Stonz ($185,000/month) full story ➜

2. Content writing services ($80K/mo)

David Tile started Article-Writing Co, a Content Writing Services business. They are now doing $80,000/month.

  • Location: Toronto
  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Started: over 9 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 12

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 ($80,000/month) full story ➜

3. Home growing systems ($165K/mo)

Bjorn Dawson started Grobo, a Home Growing Systems business. They are now doing $165,000/month.

  • Location: Waterloo
  • Revenue: $165,000/ month
  • Started: about 6 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8

I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs so it was always something I knew I would go into. My grandfather, for example, built some of the earliest satellite communication technology. Today, our phones can connect to satellites, but back then it required a $10M+ facility. He used entrepreneurship to develop something new and transformational that still impacts our lives today.

With my parents as entrepreneurs, I grew up understanding that lifestyle. Although they worked nights and weekends, they were always able to come to my afternoon soccer games and had significantly more flexibility in their life than most people do. That’s the life I wanted. The ability to pick what you work on, make an impact on the world, and choose when and how you do it.

I truly believe that anyone can become an entrepreneur, which is why I went into Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo instead of going into a Business program. Within the first 6 months of being in Waterloo, I purchased a home to use as a rental property. It was the best investment I’ve ever made for two reasons. The most obvious reason is the financial return. Between rent and appreciation, the house net me over $25K/year for 5 years. The second reason is the gardens.

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Bjorn Dawson, on starting Grobo ($165,000/month) full story ➜

4. Digital camera reviews ($1K/mo)

Itai Danan started Cybernium Inc., a Digital Camera Reviews business. They are now doing $1,000/month.

  • Location:
  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Started: over 15 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Initially, while developing ground-breaking real-time special-effects software for films as Senior Software Engineer at Autodesk, Neocamera was launched as a side-hustle. The idea was simple: Publish information about digital cameras along with a summary of reviews published around the web to provide a unified consensus.

After years of working intensely on multimedia software without a break, the opportunity to take the voyage of a lifetime appeared when HR announced that vacations could no longer be accrued due to a recent legislation change. Having recently discovered the Cathay-Paciffic All-Asia Pass, this got me dreaming... There was no way to go on such a journey without a digital camera! Only, I knew nothing about them yet! Having graduated several years earlier with a Masters in Computer Graphics and published a thesis on Interactive Radiosity, a rendering technique that simulates the physics of light, I was an expert on light and digital imaging. This made me exceptionally qualified to understand digital cameras.

What works best to attract visitors are guest posts on publications related to the same subject. One post lasts forever and generally provides a flow that traffic that starts high and tapers off after a while. By regularly publishing guest posts, new traffic can be acquired.

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Itai Danan, on starting Cybernium Inc. ($1,000/month) full story ➜

5. Vehicle accessories ($12K/mo)

Mitchel Matthews started Adrenaline Offroad, a Vehicle Accessories business. They are now doing $12,000/month.

  • Location: St.Andrews MB
  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Started: over 2 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My passion for trucks started way before I could even drive. I always wanted to have a huge lifted truck and I loved the idea of driving a vehicle that could make it through conditions that most vehicles couldn’t such as a deep ditch full of water or 3 feet of snow! My grandfather willed me one of his trucks so when I was 16 years old I was blessed to now have his old truck as my own! It was completely bone stock with not a single modification done to it….YET! Over the years I saved pretty much every penny I made at my minimum wage jobs and invested it all into building my truck up to be the beast that it is today!

These before and after pictures below are almost 6 years apart!

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Mitchel Matthews, on starting Adrenaline Offroad ($12,000/month) full story ➜

6. Litter cleaning service ($40K/mo)

Brian Winch started CleanLots.com , a Litter Cleaning Service business. They are now doing $40,000/month.

  • Location: Calgary
  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Started: almost 39 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I was working a full-time job at a sporting goods store when I realized that I couldn’t see myself doing this for the rest of my life. I didn’t really mind the work but didn’t enjoy working within the same four walls every day, making the same income regardless of how hard I worked and having to put in my time before being able to go home.

The great thing about starting your business as a side hustle is being able to learn and grow and eventually be in a great position to decide for yourself if you want to quit your job or have the best of both worlds.

I started thinking about the possibility of working for myself rather than someone else. But what kind of business? I didn’t have much going for me as previously noted. So I started to evaluate opportunities to match my interests and resources. Keep in mind there was no internet in 1981. I bought a number of business opportunity magazines from the news-stands and started the process of elimination.

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Brian Winch, on starting CleanLots.com ($40,000/month) full story ➜

7. Luggage storage ($65K/mo)

Eugene Veeden started BagsAway Luggage Storage, a Luggage Storage business. They are now doing $65,000/month.

  • Location: Toronto
  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Started: almost 3 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

I am a software engineer, graduated from McMaster University then began a career in Oil & Gas, where I was fortunate enough to have been granted a leave of absence. I used this opportunity to explore the world and travel to South America, Asia, and Africa!

BagsAway was born as an answer to a recurring problem my co-founder Irina and I experienced on travels, and I observed back home when renting my place on Airbnb. We are first and foremost world enthusiasts at heart - travel is a passion and a life goal for us and luggage, of course, is an inseparable part of the travel experience.

We often found our bags to be time wasters, having to make special trips to drop off or retrieve them on arrival and departure days. Or just having to drag them along, which of course limited what we could do, and we were not the only ones. We noticed others dragging their bags on Hollywood Blvd or sitting on a beach with backpacks in Asia before boarding their boats.

Validation of our business came when my Airbnb guests were repeatedly asking for a place to leave their bags before their late afternoon checkin’ and after their checkout before their evening flights, we realized there was a bigger problem and with it an opportunity. Time is the most precious currency we have so we figured there had to be a better way, and when we couldn’t find a solution we decided to create it ourselves. We were also accepted into the DMZ (Ryerson Digital Media Zone), which is the top business incubator in Canada!

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Eugene Veeden, on starting BagsAway Luggage Storage ($65,000/month) full story ➜

8. Men's underwear ($800/mo)

Zaid Shahatit started Nooks, a Men's Underwear business. They are now doing $800/month.

  • Location: Toronto
  • Revenue: $800/ month
  • Started: 6 months ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I was always going to go to med school as far back as I remember. I busted my a-- in high school and university - balanced fitness with a good GPA, extra-curricular, research, etc. Unfortunately, I applied and didn’t get in, so I decided to start working on a Masters Degree in Genetics and Bipolar Disorder research. Although it’s still currently my “day job”, I have to say that I really didn’t like having to go somewhere 9-5 and waste 3 hours a day on a commute.

I’ve always wanted to start selling online. I looked at brands like Chubbies and Dr. Squatch and absolutely loved their humor-packed marketing to regular guys. Fast forward to needing to buy underwear, and I remember not really connecting to brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger - they show ripped dudes with 10-pack abs and play off of “sexy” marketing. Although they do cater to a certain segment of the market, and clearly their marketing works, I thought that “regular guys” (including me) were being underserved. Plus, their materials are either cotton (which isn’t very… ”friendly”) or synthetic materials. Both of them are uncomfortable, get sweaty and are generally unpleasant to wear.

Here’s a simple test to see if you really connect with a brand. Ask yourself “what underwear am I wearing?”. I’m willing to bet that for most guys, they don’t really know. When it comes to underwear, most guys don’t consider what they’re wearing. All they know is that it’s something you wear under your clothes. I thought - hey, let me try to get guys excited about underwear.

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Zaid Shahatit, on starting Nooks ($800/month) full story ➜

9. Amazon fba seller ($40K/mo)

Danny Carlson started Kenji ROI, a Amazon FBA Seller business. They are now doing $40,000/month.

  • Location: Vancouver
  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Started: over 3 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5

I’ve always been a thrill-seeker/adrenaline junky, so online business to me was the perfect outlet for that energy.

When I was younger I struggled with paying attention in school, I thought it was pointless. I was really smart, but only when I was interested in something. I barely managed to graduate high school due to skipping class and partying too much.

The thought of going to University sounded terrible to me, and I got depressed after resigning to a future of working a job I hated. I just didn’t see a compelling future.

This led me to work as a carpenter for 6 years in the pouring Vancouver rain, and I hated it. It wasn’t until 2015 I stumbled upon The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris and my mind expanded to the possibilities of the online business world (and how it would be my escape from construction)!

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Danny Carlson, on starting Kenji ROI ($40,000/month) full story ➜

10. Fruit infused water ($53K/mo)

Jesse Hambly started Pressa Inc. , a Fruit Infused Water business. They are now doing $53,000/month.

  • Location: Elora
  • Revenue: $53,000/ month
  • Started: almost 5 years ago
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0

We started the project in college when we noticed class-mates flavoring their water naturally with lemons and limes. One of our roommates complained that she wasn’t getting much flavor and often disposed of the fruit at the end of the day. So we went to work creating concepts for how we thought the product would function and look.

We had absolutely no background in plastics and for this reason. Jesse’s background was marketing, Lukes was manufacturing and Mason graduated from Toronto Film academy. Our product is quite complex and was difficult but once we got it dialed in we’ve been able to repeat the manufacturing process perfectly. After our first concept, we validated the product by running a successful Kickstarter campaign. Our campaign wasn’t pretty but it did the trick and we reached our goal of 35k.

In our Kickstarter campaign, we underpriced the product. People on Kickstarter expect to pay slightly more to be the first to own a product, if we were to have done this again I’d price the product higher.

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Jesse Hambly, on starting Pressa Inc. ($53,000/month) full story ➜

11. Career & freelancer advice ($1.3K/mo)

Nissar Ahamed started CareerMetis.com, a Career & Freelancer Advice business. They are now doing $1,300/month.

  • Location: Toronto
  • Revenue: $1,300/ month
  • Started: about 5 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I started my 20s like most new graduates — unemployed and eager to start earning a living. I had just moved to Toronto, Canada, and I wanted to get a decent start to my carer.

But, as you can imagine, I went through all the challenges of the job search. I sent numerous applications and got only a handful of interviews and then struggled to convert those interviews into a successful job offer.

After a year of struggle and odd jobs, I did manage to break through and land a successful corporate job at age 22 in the electronic payments industry. It was my first breakthrough and laid the foundation for a successful Corporate Sales Career.

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Nissar Ahamed, on starting CareerMetis.com ($1,300/month) full story ➜

12. Websites and apps ($50K/mo)

Cam Upson started Appsitude, a Websites and Apps business. They are now doing $50,000/month.

  • Location: Vancouver
  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Started: over 5 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8

I grew up in North Vancouver, Canada, as a normal kid, went to public school, I have zero post-secondary experience, and yet I had this unwavering need to succeed to do something great, I just didn't know what. I don't know if it was to prove it to myself or to show everyone else I could do it? Everyone could always tell I was different than my friends they would be out partying and I would be doing something business-related to either better myself or figuring out another way to make money.

If it's not your area of expertise and you have the money I would recommend hiring out for positions your not good at.

I knew I wouldn't be like them, working 9-5 for somebody wasn't something I could do the rest of my life I needed to figure something out and fast. Every job I got I was either fired or quit. It really is true that a boss makes a terrible employee.

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Cam Upson, on starting Appsitude ($50,000/month) full story ➜

13. Proposal software. ($570K/mo)

Kyle Racki started Proposify, a Proposal software. business. They are now doing $570,000/month.

  • Location: Halifax
  • Revenue: $570,000/ month
  • Started: over 7 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 76

After high school, I studied graphic design in college and began working in agencies when I was 19 years old. That’s when I first noticed how time-consuming writing and designing proposals was, and I thought about what a solution might look like. This was in 2005 when SaaS was still relatively new. My vision was a product that was kind of like InDesign, which designers use to create professional layouts, but with the productivity and collaboration of a tool like Basecamp. I shelved that idea for many years before making a serious attempt to build it.

When I was 24 years old I left my full-time job and went out on my own as a freelancer, and shortly thereafter invited my friend and colleague, Kevin Springer to join me and create a web design and marketing agency called Headspace. We ran the business for five years, and that first business was where I made a lot of business mistakes and learned some painful lessons.

The key lessons I learned running the agency were:

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Kyle Racki, on starting Proposify ($570,000/month) full story ➜

14. Remote recruitment services. ($290K/mo)

Sharon Koifman started Distant Job, a remote recruitment services. business. They are now doing $290,000/month.

  • Location: Montreal
  • Revenue: $290,000/ month
  • Started: over 12 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 22

I started off by running and owning a hosting company called Empire Host. We had about 3K clients at the time support was run from two offices in India with nearly 30 employees.

We were also providing an outsourcing package. Our business solutions were really cheap and to be frank, our results were mediocre at best. Although the service was fine for any mom and pop shop or even an “any results will do” kind of company, we noticed that too often, people who run tech companies actually outsourced to companies such as ourselves even work that went into their core offering - because it was cheap.

At the time, what outsourcing really was, was an arbitrage business. But the concept that people would outsource big chunks of their business to a company that does not provide the same level of communication, process, quality control, and culture just because they’ll save a lot of money, that idea really stuck with me.

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Sharon Koifman, on starting Distant Job ($290,000/month) full story ➜

15. Social media advertising robots. ($250K/mo)

Justin Hartzman started Needls, a Social media advertising robots. business. They are now doing $250,000/month.

  • Location: Toronto
  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Started: over 6 years ago
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 11

My two friends, Jeremy and Michael, and I have been building businesses together for the past decade and a half but we’ve known each other since we were kids, in fact, we met at camp!

We’ve had 3 exits, two in 2005, and another one about two and a half years ago. Now we run two startups together, one of which is Needls. My personal career started when I worked at my grandparent's outdoor lifestyle store in Kingston, Ontario.

Once we hit sales of 300x in the first quarter, we realized we had something.

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Justin Hartzman, on starting Needls ($250,000/month) full story ➜

16. Wooden decorations ($6K/mo)

Sasha Weekes started Timber Grove Studios, a Wooden Decorations business. They are now doing $6,000/month.

  • Location: Hunter River, PE
  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Started: about 3 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I was always the art kid growing up, so I naturally began my post secondary education by pursuing a degree in Fine Arts. I spent my summers refinishing furniture and doing photography and that’s how I got my feet wet with business, so by my second year, I was also pursuing a minor in Commerce.

I had never really done much woodworking at all but became a lot more interested in design and home decor during those years. After finishing my third year, I was itching to do something more practical than becoming a gallery artist, so I set my sights on furniture design and enrolled in a college cabinetmaking course instead. It really wasn’t where I had ever expected to end up, but it was sort of a natural progression and I’m so glad I did it!

I started making mountain shelves in the morning before class to sell on Facebook and Kijiji. It was intended to be a fun side project but they were so popular that I started my business shortly after graduating with the mountains as my first product.

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Sasha Weekes, on starting Timber Grove Studios ($6,000/month) full story ➜

17. Boxer briefs ($5K/mo)

Krystian Frencel started Bunch of Animals, a boxer briefs business. They are now doing $5,000/month.

  • Location: Toronto
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Started: almost 2 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

In late 2014, I came across a very unique underwear brand from Australia, Stonemen Underwear. I think I found them on Instagram.

What really drew me to the underwear were the seamless prints which looked like pieces of art sprawling across like a painting on a canvas.

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Krystian Frencel, on starting Bunch of Animals ($5,000/month) full story ➜

18. Woodworking ($1.5K/mo)

Cameron Vilcsak started Mountain Fire Woodworks, a woodworking business. They are now doing $1,500/month.

  • Location: Vancouver
  • Revenue: $1,500/ month
  • Started: about 2 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I grew up surrounded by people who fixed, built, and problem solved for themselves. Always interested in building things and entrepreneurial pursuits, at 14 I had the idea to attach a chainsaw engine to my bicycle for my transportation.

A few weeks later and help from my Grandpa, I was whizzing past cars with an ear to ear smile on my face.

With a little luck, and a lot of gaming the YouTube algorithm, I was able to experience the viral effects of the internet. It has now been seen by over 25m people through my channel and other media networks.

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Cameron Vilcsak, on starting Mountain Fire Woodworks ($1,500/month) full story ➜

19. Watches. ($25K/mo)

Ronnie Teja started Branzio, a Watches. business. They are now doing $25,000/month.

  • Location: Vancouver
  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Started: over 2 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10

My family moved to Canada in May 2007 which makes me a first generation immigrant. I was 21 around the time, and I came from Mumbai, India where I already had a job in advertising.

I continued to experiment with drop shipping and other small ecommerce niches, till it hit me - I needed to build a brand, which was focused on longevity, I wanted to start a purpose-driven brand, not just any watch store.

In those days, Vancouver was still a small market and the opportunities in advertising and other related industry were very limited, so I got a job selling Indian (Punjabi) radio and for my first year in Vancouver, Canada. I took public transit to do sales at mom and pop Indian stores door to door to sell radio advertising.

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Ronnie Teja, on starting Branzio ($25,000/month) full story ➜

20. Gourmet kettle corn ($4.5K/mo)

Katie Young started Klondike Kettle Corn, a Gourmet Kettle Corn business. They are now doing $4,500/month.

  • Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Revenue: $4,500/ month
  • Started: over 5 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

It was actually a close friend’s idea to set up a kettle corn business in the Yukon. He had seen one set up down south (Vancouver) and thought it would take off in Carcross, a small community just outside of Whitehorse, that was starting to cater to tourists coming off the cruise ships from Skagway, AK.

When other work commitments did not allow him to follow through with his business idea, I stepped in to help. Eventually, I bought the kettle corn business from him and started to attend the Fireweed Community Market in Whitehorse.

Be open to new ideas and always be searching for creative ways to keep your product interesting.

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Katie Young, on starting Klondike Kettle Corn ($4,500/month) full story ➜

21. Travel patches and souvenirs ($10K/mo)

Mike Lecky started Vagabond Heart, a travel patches and souvenirs business. They are now doing $10,000/month.

  • Location: Montreal
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Started: about 3 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

As I mentioned above, I’m a serial entrepreneur, and a lifelong maker. I’ve been selling online since the early 2000’s, well before Shopify made it easy, even before Amazon existed. In the past I’ve designed typefaces, ran a literary magazine, published books, sold vintage menswear, and even built and sold wooden furniture online.

The idea for Vagabond Heart came to me three years ago when I was on a winter-long vacation in a small town in Mexico, which I loved, except for the fact that I didn’t really have anything to do with my time. I thought to myself, “If i’m going to come down here every winter, I need a project to keep me busy.”

The idea was a combination of my interest in vintage clothing, style, and old movies, with my love of menswear and fashion, and of course, travel. What I wanted was a way to make my normal looking duffel bag look like an updated version of the luggage you’d see on a trans-Atlantic crossing in the 1920’s, or on the runway in Casablanca.

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Mike Lecky, on starting Vagabond Heart ($10,000/month) full story ➜

22. Publisher optimization. ($3M/mo)

Kean Graham started MonetizeMore, a publisher optimization. business. They are now doing $3,000,000/month.

  • Location: Vancouver
  • Revenue: $3,000,000/ month
  • Started: over 10 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 160

I originally fell in love with the online industry when working for a large online classified network. The job was an immense learning experience but once the recession hit, the company decided to lay off the marketing department. I lost the best job I ever had but I was determined to turn the bad into something great.

With the devotion to improve a little bit every single day, one can accumulate incredible improvement and success.

Five days later, I'm on a plane to South America to go on a life changing trip. Four months into my backpacking trip I was on a four-day trek through the incredible Inca trail towards Machu Picchu. By the end of it, I was sitting on top of Wayna Picchu reflecting on my experiences throughout my trip. I have had the most fulfilling time of my life and it finally clicked:

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Kean Graham, on starting MonetizeMore ($3,000,000/month) full story ➜

23. Podcast strategy ($20K/mo)

Jeremy Enns started Counterweight Creative, a Podcast Strategy business. They are now doing $20,000/month.

  • Location: Vancouver
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Started: about 4 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I went to school for audio engineering, initially wanting to produce records for bands and artists. After graduating in 2012, I interned at a big studio in my hometown of Vancouver, and while I learned a lot, I quickly realized that I didn’t have the drive (or financial ability) to show up at the studio at 8am and work (for free) until 4am six or seven days a week for a year or more before moving up into a position that might pay $10/hr and actually start getting paid to work on music.

I went home that night, started a profile on UpWork, got my first client three days later, and within six months had quit my landscaping job and was working for myself full time as a podcast producer.

After interning just a couple of days per week for over a year, while also working full-time at a retail job, I quit the internship and put my dreams of working in the music industry behind me. I worked a number of manual labour jobs including landscape construction and maintenance, tree planting in northern Canada, and others before taking a year off to travel, bicycling across Europe, and backpacking through the Balkans, and Asia.

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Jeremy Enns, on starting Counterweight Creative ($20,000/month) full story ➜

24. Iphone cases. ($50K/mo)

Andrew Moore started Felony Case, a iPhone cases. business. They are now doing $50,000/month.

  • Location: Toronto
  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Started: over 8 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

It’s a funny origin story, because I never set out to start an iPhone case company.

I had just graduated from college and I was working as a driver delivering construction supplies. It gave me a ton of time to listen to podcasts and I was really drawn to tech and startup focused ones. I had an idea for a while to do a wishlist website where people could create and share a list of gifts they wanted. I ended up having the site built, but I didn’t know how to get people using the website.

Don’t be afraid to start! Don’t overthink it, get a product out into the world and start your journey.

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Andrew Moore, on starting Felony Case ($50,000/month) full story ➜

25. Pedal-powered coffee. ($5K/mo)

Michael Russo started Firebean Coffee Roasters, a Pedal-powered Coffee. business. They are now doing $5,000/month.

  • Location: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Started: over 5 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1

I’m a life-long learner.

I believe in play, and I love to create stuff. I’m a teacher by trade, turned to stay at home dad. The joke has been if you leave a guy at home long enough, he will find hobbies...and they sometimes involve fire.

Talk to a small group of peeps that are not being served in a certain way and provide that small group a really awesome experience.

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Michael Russo, on starting Firebean Coffee Roasters ($5,000/month) full story ➜

26. Healthy meal plan delivery ($130K/mo)

Andrei Calinescu started One Life Meals, a Healthy Meal Plan Delivery business. They are now doing $130,000/month.

  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Revenue: $130,000/ month
  • Started: over 7 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 29

I started One Life Meals in 2014 and it was pretty much the next logical step in my personal and professional evolution. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2004 (Mechanical & Industrial Engineering) I worked for 5 years in the Pharmaceutical industry.

I moved around and gathered experiences from different departments, including Project Management, Engineering and Operations. I learned a lot during this time about how to manage a new project, create and lead teams, large-scale production, quality assurance and customer service.

Be very honest and real with yourself and the reason you want to be an entrepreneur. Being interested is not enough, you need to commit.

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Andrei Calinescu, on starting One Life Meals ($130,000/month) full story ➜

27. Graphic design tool. ($85K/mo)

Christopher Gimmer started Snappa, a graphic design tool. business. They are now doing $85,000/month.

  • Location: Ottawa
  • Revenue: $85,000/ month
  • Started: over 4 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4

I started off my career in finance working for the federal government. Then in 2010, I took a trip to southeast Asia that changed my life. Towards the end of the trip, I dreaded the thought of going back to the office and I no longer wanted to do work that I didn’t enjoy. That’s when I first started thinking about starting a business that would give me more freedom and meaning in my life.

One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned over the years is the power of the long game. For starters, this applies to business and life in general. Sometimes you just need to play the game and things will happen.

A few years later I met Marc (now my co-founder) at work. After we became friends, I found out that he knew how to code and he was dabbling in some side projects. We discussed the idea of starting a business together and we were both pumped to do so.

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Christopher Gimmer, on starting Snappa ($85,000/month) full story ➜

28. Leather goods. ($75K/mo)

Ryan Popoff started Popov Leather, a leather goods. business. They are now doing $75,000/month.

  • Location: Nelson
  • Revenue: $75,000/ month
  • Started: over 7 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10

Popov Leather started as a hobby.

After I graduated from art school, I had no idea what to do with myself. Leatherworking appealed to me because of how sculptural it is. Leather can vary wildly; from the way it’s tanned, the type of animal it comes from, down to how thick it is. Exploring leather as a sculptural material excited me and I was supported by a fantastic community both online (Reddit, leatherworker.net) and offline (vendors such as longview leather).

Eventually, I made a wallet that I was proud of, something I would love to carry with me. I took a few pictures and listed it on Etsy.

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Ryan Popoff, on starting Popov Leather ($75,000/month) full story ➜

29. Hand crafted watches. ($16K/mo)

Steve Christensen started NOVO watch, a Hand crafted watches. business. They are now doing $16,000/month.

  • Location: Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Revenue: $16,000/ month
  • Started: over 4 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I am a watch fanatic! Ever since I was a young boy I’ve loved watches. During a summer job, after failing to find a cool new watch to buy, I told my friends I was going to start my own watch company and I did!

It seems the best way to attract customers is the story. Customers are smart and if the story isn’t authentic they’ll see that.

My goal was to look at new unique ways to tell time and approach the watch world differently. For the next few semesters and throughout my masters program I would sit at the back of the class drawing designs, emailing people from China and sending money to unknown people in hopes I would see my ideas turn into reality. When I finally got my first products, I was hooked. Entrepreneurship in the watch world my dream and I was standing at the foot of it.

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Steve Christensen, on starting NOVO watch ($16,000/month) full story ➜

30. Geocoding api. ($15K/mo)

Ervin Ruci started Geocode.xyz, a Geocoding API. business. They are now doing $15,000/month.

  • Location: Ottawa, ON
  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Started: over 3 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I have a background in CS and Math (My master CS thesis was on a class of 3SUM hard problems in Computational Geometry)

I’ve been building independent bootstrapped startups since 2005, when I quit my last day job. One of those is geocoder.ca, a geocoding API for Canada and the US I started in 2005 (and is still going strong). It also served as the starting point to go global with geocode.xyz in 2016.

Identify your strengths and do what you like to do. Having a sense of purpose is important, especially when that purpose is to solve a problem you can muster the ability to solve.

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Ervin Ruci, on starting Geocode.xyz ($15,000/month) full story ➜

31. Anxiety blankets ($2M/mo)

Aaron Spivak started Hush Blankets, a anxiety blankets business. They are now doing $2,000,000/month.

  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Revenue: $2,000,000/ month
  • Started: over 1 year ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 20

Who would have thought that a background in the software (ScopeLeads.io) and restaurant space (Revitasize.ca) would lead to a health product. We’ve always been entrepreneurs, both dropping out of university and with the mindset that we can create more for ourselves than school would ever provide us.

The idea for Hush started when my partner, Lior, worked at an overnight camp for special needs children. They had a room there called the "Stimulation Room" and it had all sorts of devices and tools that were sensory-related. One of them was a weighted blanket.

If your current idea isn’t successful, don’t give up until you’ve hustled at it for 4 months straight.

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Aaron Spivak, on starting Hush Blankets ($2,000,000/month) full story ➜

32. Furnace filters online supplier ($200K/mo)

Jay Vasantharajah started PureFilters, a Furnace Filters Online Supplier business. They are now doing $200,000/month.

  • Location: Canada
  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Started: about 5 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4

Honestly… I accidentally got into the business.

I run a digital marketing agency and at the time we had a lot of HVAC Contractors as clients. One of my clients was explaining to me how he sells furnace filters to customers that he visits, and wondered if he could sell them online instead. I researched this for him and concluded that there were a ton of Google searches for furnace filters. I pitched him on creating a new campaign to sell these filters online. He decided not to do it.

Once an idea comes into my head, I don’t rest until its given a fair shot, that’s just how I am. Even though my client said "no", I still wanted to do it because I was curious. I saw it as an opportunity to get a better understanding of the e-commerce landscape and the marketing challenges involved.

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Jay Vasantharajah, on starting PureFilters ($200,000/month) full story ➜

33. Phone accessories. ($125K/mo)

JP Brousseau started Phone Loops, a Phone accessories. business. They are now doing $125,000/month.

  • Location: Quebec, Canada
  • Revenue: $125,000/ month
  • Started: over 6 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4

As a graduate of the University of Sherbrooke in mechanical engineering, I worked for six years as a consultant in several industries, applying my knowledge and skills in design, manufacturing, and organizational performance. I also taught part-time in college for about five years during the same period.

I ended up with an expertise in product development and project management. I had never operated a business before Phone Loops, and I started it slowly while working other jobs. It is my first entrepreneurial attempt, but definitely not my first business idea.

I had - and still have - hundreds of ideas for products in mind… You may wonder then why the Loop is the one product that actually made it through all the hoops…

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JP Brousseau, on starting Phone Loops ($125,000/month) full story ➜

34. Hand-held bidet. ($10K/mo)

Ahmad Iqbal started Nadeef Bidet, a Hand-held bidet. business. They are now doing $10,000/month.

  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Started: about 5 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I was born in Canada, but as a child, my family and I moved around the world a lot. Before turning 22, I had lived in Pakistan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Korea, England, United States, Italy, Dubai, not to mention Canada. My dad has a pretty cool job which required him to spend years at a time in different countries, and I believe that travel gave me a lot of perspective and maturity for my age.

I didn’t know it at the time, but the traveling was what eventually gave me the idea to start Nadeef. Basically, in Middle Eastern countries and places like Japan, Korea, and Pakistan, having a bidet is quite common. In fact, the houses and apartments have hand-held bidets built in as standard. So growing up with this bathroom hygiene I expected it as standard. Personally, I cannot use a bathroom now without a hand-held bidet - it just doesn’t feel right. There are millions of people that share this pain with me; my friends and family, and many people in our community.

I see entrepreneurship as an equation. On one side of the equation is product, and on the other side is marketing. Most people just solve for the product side.

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Ahmad Iqbal, on starting Nadeef Bidet ($10,000/month) full story ➜

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