96 Business Ideas To Start In Canada (2022)

96 Business Ideas To Start In Canada (2022)

Interested in starting a business in Canada in 2022?

We put together 96 of the best businesses you can start in Canada today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a bicycle accessories business ($2M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $2,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Nathan Thomson (from Canada) started To Go Cycles, a bicycle accessories business, about 1 year ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Nathan Thomson and I am the owner of To Go Cycles. We are a bicycle accessories company founded in British Columbia, Canada. With the recent explosion of microbreweries, I designed a product to help riders combine biking and brew.

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Nathan Thomson, on starting To Go Cycles ($500/month) full story ➜

2. Start an online advertising agency ($410K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$18,576
Skills

Uri Weinberger (from Canada) started Adjust Media , a online advertising agency, over 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m Uri, and I like to think of myself as an eCommerce enthusiast. I’ve started four businesses in my short career, two of which were massive failures (learning opportunities) and two that I consider relative successes and still operate today!

By the end of 2021, Adjust Media grossed just under $1M. It feels surreal to say that, but it wouldn’t be possible without our team.

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Uri Weinberger, on starting Adjust Media ($80,000/month) full story ➜

3. Become a children's book writer ($6K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $50,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,925
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Graeme McGaw (from Canada) started OrderOfBooks.com, a children's book writer, about 11 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Graeme McGaw, and I run the OrderOfBooks.com network of book websites.

The websites have been in existence for a decade now and currently make six figures per year.

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Graeme McGaw, on starting OrderOfBooks.com ($50,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a surf brand

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Shenglong You (from Canada) started Thurso Surf, a surf brand, almost 6 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I'm Shenglong You, one of the co-founders of Thurso Surf. We make award-winning stand-up paddleboards packages with best-in-class accessories to make every step of your journey to the water easier than ever so you can focus on having fun out there.

Since 2018 when we launched thursosurf.com we have grown rapidly and earned a name as one of the best SUP brands in the highly competitive mid-range market. We've sold thousands of boards in dozens of countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, and the EU. We’ve been named one of the top blogs in the SUP sector and we've seen traffic increase 16X since our first year in operation with sales not far behind. We're still in rapid growth mode and don't plan on slowing down!

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Shenglong You, on starting Thurso Surf ($100,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a recipe books business ($62K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$35,000 — $62,000/month
Skills

Virginie Martocq (from California) started Heritage Cookbook, a recipe books business, over 18 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi, I’m Virginie! I am the owner of Heritage Cookbook. I’m actually the new owner of Heritage as this was a business that was started by my mom close to 20 years ago, but was taken over by my sister and me about 10 years ago, and finally by me three years ago when I bought it from my sister to run it full time.

When mom started the company, it was a very small company, making a little bit of money here and there. Her start-up cost was about $10,000 for a bare-bones website. But over the course of 20 years, it’s been re-invented completely and is now a viable company that makes enough for me to have quit my full-time job in publishing and work on this exclusively. And I’m about a month away from a relaunch that I’ve been working on for close to three years since I bought my sister's shares out. I have big ambitions for Heritage to become the number one site for recipe preservation. My mission is to grow globally and empower every person with the tools to share their food stories. I believe Heritage can create joy while helping people preserve their most treasured food memories in a simple and beautiful way

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Virginie Martocq, on starting Heritage Cookbook ($62,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start an email hosting service ($325K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$150,000 — $500,000/month
Skills

Perry Toone (from Canada) started Thexyz, a email hosting service, over 14 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I am Perry and I run Thexyz which provides paid email hosting services, competing directly with the likes of Gmail and other free email services. We attract and retain customers by providing a service that delivers value to them. People are happy to pay for services that respect their time and maintain their privacy.

Thexyz generates over $100k of recurring revenue each month. Due to my simple vegan life and being both vegan and minimalist, I can live modestly on $3k per month.

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Perry Toone, on starting Thexyz ($150,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a NFT online course ($3.5K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Paul Turner (from Canada) started Commissioning and Startup, a NFT online course, over 2 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello, my name is Paul Turner. I am a professional electrical engineer and a registered project management professional. I have been working on complex projects for over 20 years and gained valuable experience from the projects I have worked on for power generation, power transmission, wastewater treatment plant process, and satellites and rockets in the aerospace industry.

Anyone that is working on complex projects should be aware of the commissioning process, even if not actively working on the commissioning team. Engineers, technicians, project managers, and HSE specialists from all over the world have enrolled in my commissioning courses.

There is very limited information about commissioning online. You can find bits and pieces of information, but no comprehensive resource that can help you understand the commissioning process. These courses help fill the gap and share my commissioning knowledge with others to help them succeed at delivering their projects on time and within budget.

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Paul Turner, on starting Commissioning and Startup ($3,500/month) full story ➜

8. Start a fundraising consulting business ($150K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$150,000/month
Skills

Daryl Hatton (from Canada) started ConnectionPoint, a fundraising consulting business, almost 14 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Daryl Hatton. I am a founder, CEO, and lead investor of a team that created ConnectionPoint in 2009 as an early entrant and innovative pioneer in the crowdfunding industry.

To date, we have helped almost 200,000 projects in 40+ countries raise over $200 million using our platform.

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Daryl Hatton, on starting ConnectionPoint ($150,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a solar energy auditing business ($1K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Willie Jiang (from Canada) started SolarFeeds, a solar energy auditing business, almost 3 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello, my name is Willie Jiang. For a long time, I have been a digital marketer, especially as an SEO specialist. But in March this year, we launched a two-sided marketplace called SolarFeeds, the “Alibaba for solar” if you will.

Our primary “product” is a platform that aims to connect solar installers and suppliers. On this platform, solar suppliers can display their product catalogs, while solar installers can post about their new projects. After browsing through the available products, installers can invite suppliers to submit a quote. Installers will then have the opportunity to compare the prices offered by several suppliers before making a decision.

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Willie Jiang, on starting SolarFeeds ($1,000/month) full story ➜

10. Create an online course ($117K/month)

Online course businesses are one of the fastest-growing online business models. Creating an online course is an awesome way to generate extra income because it allows you to monetize the knowledge you already have. More people are taking online courses every day, and the COVID pandemic has accelerated that, with some online learning platforms having seen 15-folds growth in the number of users.

Another advantage is that these new platforms are so easy to use for instructors that you don't have to worry at all about the tech side of the business. You just need to focus on creating exciting content that is informational & engaging at the same time.

How Much Can You Make?
$350 — $3,735,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,297
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills

Erin Mooney (from Canada) started Made Urban, a online course, over 10 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Erin Mooney and I run MadeUrban, a blog for small business owners selling handmade products. My audience sells their crafts through craft shows, Etsy, a website, and/or retailers. I provide them with advice for each step they must take along the way. And I like to do so in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-follow way, with outside-the-box concepts they haven’t already read about on hundreds of other blogs.

As events start to open back up in 2021, and with a slight pivot to my strategy, I’m almost back to what my average monthly revenue was pre-Covid, and I currently earn between $5000 - $8000 per month.

Screenshot of Made Urban’s homepage

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Erin Mooney, on starting Made Urban ($5,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a greeting cards business ($50K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$11,166
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Valentina (from Canada) started Really Luxe, a greeting cards business, over 1 year ago:

Canada Case Study

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 ➜

12. Start a handmade goods business ($51.8K/month)

A handmade craft business entails selling own-crafted products on online platforms like etsy, an independent website, or social media.

To succeed in selling handmade goods, you need solid creative skills. Creativity helps you build a strong brand through the production of unique items. Besides, you need proper marketing skills to reach the target market.

Travel and tourism are factors responsible for the increased demand for handmade goods. Besides, with online marketplaces, handmade shopping has become a popular trend. Consumers have shown the desire to support independent businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those venturing into the handmade goods business.

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,252
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Marcello De Lio (from Canada) started Just Artisan, a handmade goods business, over 2 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi everyone! My name is Marcello De Lio, I am the founder of Just Artisan. I created Just Artisan in 2020 to help artists and makers sell their creations online.

Our beta launched in early 2020 and received amazing feedback from our early artists, and vendors. With strong results, we fully launched in June 2020, and have been growing ever since. We had $15000 in sales during December with very little ad-spend and are on track to keep growing through 2021.

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Marcello De Lio, on starting Just Artisan ($10,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a fitness equipment company ($264K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$9,300 — $1,200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$49,412
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Kaevon Khoozani (from Canada) started Bells of Steel, a fitness equipment company, over 11 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m Kaevon Khoozani, and my business is Bells of Steel, where we've been passionate about delivering affordable industry-leading fitness equipment since 2010.

This year, we’re on track to do 15 million (USD) in sales.

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Kaevon Khoozani, on starting Bells of Steel ($1,200,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a junk removal business ($23.3K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $25,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$13,350
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Lewis Vandervalk (from Canada) started Integrity Junk Removal & Demolition, a junk removal business, about 1 year ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello. My name is Lewis Vandervalk and I am the co-founder of Integrity Junk Removal And Demolition with Ryan Grice, who founded the company. We are a premium, eco-friendly, residential, and commercial junk removal company serving Fredericton, Oromocto, New Maryland, and the surrounding areas that are dedicated to giving back through donating your stuff to local charitable organizations like Habitat For Humanity and community involvement. We do whatever we can to keep your junk out of the landfills through donating and recycling.

Lewis Vandervalk

Ryan Grice

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Lewis Vandervalk, on starting Integrity Junk Removal & Demolition ($15,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a food startup ($8K/month)

Starting a food business can involve opening your own restaurant, bakery, food truck, cake shop, or even starting a business or blog online.

Other kinds of food businesses include manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Food businesses prepare a wide range of foods such as snacks, sweets, and meals to sell directly to consumers and also include cafeterias at workplaces and similar facilities.

If you have a passion for food, starting a food business can be an extremely fun, challenging, and rewarding business venture.

How Much Can You Make?
$20 — $49,600,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$969,290
Skills

suzie yorke (from Texas) started Love Good Fats, a food startup, over 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey! I am Suzie Yorke, a mom, a CPG marketing executive, and 11X time Ironman Finisher. I launched Love Good Fats from my dining room table in Toronto, at age 50, as a single mom. I took a big chance and invested my life savings. Love Good Fats is a family of food products that are all very low sugar (1-2g of sugar), keto, high fat, and all clean healthy ingredients.

I am thrilled to be the founder of Love Good Fats’ expansion as it quickly becomes one of the fastest-growing bar brands in North America. ​​Love Good Fats is just over four years old, and we’ve already exceeded $120 million in cumulative sales! The brand has had an incredibly fast start, especially here in Canada. Our growth has been unheard of. We are currently listed in over ten thousand stores in Canada and the US in Grocery, Mass, and specialty natural health food stores

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suzie yorke, on starting Love Good Fats ($3,000,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start an online shoe store business ($15K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $500,000/month
Skills

Eman Bachani (from Canada) started Meraki Design House, a online shoe store business, almost 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi guys! My name is Eman Bachani and I am the founder of Meraki Design House. Even though my company “officially” started 2 and a bit years ago, I have been working on the brand for more than 4 years.

Even with the incremental growth, the pandemic has definitely thrown off all planning as we have to remain cognizant of how the consumers will actually use the product. A lot of purchases used to be centered around festivities, celebrations, and gifting, and with some of these areas wiped out our best bounce-back was a collaboration that was ideated in the early days of covid where we worked with an influencer in Australia to design our version of an elevated essentials line up that would serve as the perfect pair in this version of the world and beyond. This collection sold out in less than 36 hours and allowed us to tap into new markets and serve new customers instantly!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHytiaAHaNf/

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Eman Bachani, on starting Meraki Design House ($15,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a parcel tracking software ($6K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $65,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$327,750
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Steve Setka (from Canada) started InXpress Winnipeg, a parcel tracking software, over 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Steve Setka and my father Tom and I bought an InXpress franchise in Mid 2017. InXpress is a parcel software platform that re-sells international and domestic small parcels that can be integrated manually or to an e-commerce store. The brand also specializes in LTL less-than-truckload services as well, with a minor capacity in Full Truckload and Ocean freight.

We pounded the pavement and figuratively speaking got our teeth kicked in over and over again for an eternity before the wheels started spinning.

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Steve Setka, on starting InXpress Winnipeg ($65,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a sex toys business ($63.7K/month)

The sex toy industry is growing rapidly, and there's no sign of this slowing down.

The reasons for this growth are varied. The rise of social media has made it easier to find out about new products and services, which has given companies greater access to their customer base and helped them grow their businesses. More people are also getting comfortable with buying things online; not only does this make it easier for them to shop in private, but it also helps them avoid embarrassment if they're nervous about their purchases being seen by other customers while they're waiting in line at a store.

The industry itself is changing as well: companies are offering more variety than ever before, which means that there's something for everyone—even those who might not have considered themselves interested in this sort of thing before now can find something that suits their needs perfectly!

There are already individuals who made it big in this industry and these stories are the proof of their success.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $8,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$14,606
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Carolyn Eagle (from Canada) started Betty's Toy Box, a sex toys business, over 8 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Carolyn Eagle and I am the co-founder of Betty’s Toy Box and Naughty North, a leading eCommerce network focused on adult pleasure products and accessories. The primary focus from the start was to create an online space where people could shop in a comfortable, safe, and non-judgemental environment.

The business grew over 60% last year with sales of approximately $125,000/mth. With people spending more time at home during Covid, we have seen a larger than normal increase in sales. More people are trying sexual aids for the first time and people who have used them in the past are expanding their horizons and trying new things.

Couples are using pleasure products to stay closer and more connected even across continents, with Bluetooth and app-enabled items at the forefront of a new surge in pleasure technology. A silver lining of the pandemic has been people spending more time focusing on their sexual health and pleasure.

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Carolyn Eagle, on starting Betty's Toy Box ($125,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start a shoe brand ($527K/month)

Starting a shoe business can be very lucrative - you can make money by selling shoes, but you can also make money by buying shoes and then reselling them at a higher price.

It's an industry that's been around for hundreds of years, so it's well-established and has plenty of room for growth—especially if you can get in at the ground level. It's also easy to start with minimal investment: even if you only have enough money for two months' worth of inventory, you can still get started right away.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $83,300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$236,571
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Lisa Will (from British Columbia) started Stonz, a shoe brand, about 18 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Lisa Will and I am the founder of Stonz, a baby and children vegan footwear and accessories brand. I live in and love Vancouver, BC. I am called a Mompreneur but really I was a person always wanting my own business but having a child kickstarted my entrepreneurial journey for me. I’m good at just being an entrepreneur!.

My story is one that considers these three finite factors everyday and trying to be as successful as I could within them. My judgment for myself is my kids, my relationships, and my mental and physical health. So far I’m winning overall but it’s a long game. Play it knowing it’s a marathon.

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Lisa Will, on starting Stonz ($250,000/month) full story ➜

20. Build an iPhone app ($3.14K/month)

The iPhone is the most popular mobile device in the world. It has changed the way we interact with information, entertainment, and communication.

The iPhone has also changed the way we interact with each other. Since its release in 2007, it has become a staple in most people's lives. It is more than just a phone; it is a tool for staying connected to our friends and family and for creating new connections.

The iPhone app market is an ever-changing landscape of innovation: it's not just about making something that works well; it's about creating something that stands out from the crowd.

In order to succeed in this market, you need to have something that appeals to your audience. This can be as simple as making sure your app has a catchy name or as complex as developing an entire brand identity around your app's functionality.

How Much Can You Make?
$150 — $2,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$126,872
Time To Revenue
270 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Mukul Verma (from Ontario) started Mokool Apps, a iPhone app, over 2 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello my name is Mukul Verma and I run Mokool Apps and we have expanded to create apps for the Shopify App Store. We released our first Shopify app on May 1, 2020, which was Translate Pro.

We are currently making $150 a month and our focus right now is on building the fundamentals for a huge business. In the first month Translate Pro was live we made many changes. These included adding a support software system, changing the onboarding from showing our simple features that solve problems, added analytics software, and much more which was not planned on launch. This all came from listening to our customers and following the data for Translate Pro.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV9H3N_-ftU

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Mukul Verma, on starting Mokool Apps ($150/month) full story ➜

21. Start a youtube channel

For anyone looking to start a successful YouTube channel, there are plenty of YouTube channel success stories that can be used as inspiration and encouragement. YouTube has an established monetization system and boasts incredible popularity, making it a potential platform for revenue generation.

In this article, we'll look at different approaches you can use to help promote your channel and grow your viewers. While there's no quick and easy way to success, you can take these tips to build your own YouTube Channel Success story. If you love content creation, you can capitalize on YouTube`s popularity to earn an extra income.

If you are looking to join the Youtube partner program to monetize your channel, you will need to reach a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months.

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $4,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,700
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Cameron Vilcsak (from British Columbia) started Mountain Fire Woodworks, a youtube channel, about 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi there!

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGbylnMqNLs

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Cameron Vilcsak, on starting Mountain Fire Woodworks ($25,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start an email unsubscribing service ($1K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $30,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,000
Skills

Mohit Mamoria (from Canada) started Mailman, a email unsubscribing service, about 2 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Mohit Mamoria, and I like to call myself a “mad maker.” Right now, I am building Mailman – a tool that allows you to decide when and what emails should land in your inbox.

Here’s a glimpse of my life before and after Mailman.

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Mohit Mamoria, on starting Mailman ($30,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a fun quizzes generation business ($1.2K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Slavi Grozev (from Canada) started Random Trivia Generator, a fun quizzes generation business, about 12 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Slavi and I started a website more than 10 years ago that serves quick, short, simple trivia questions and nothing more. It is called Random Trivia Generator.

More than a decade later, I still run the site and it serves over 200,000 visitors per month.

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Slavi Grozev, on starting Random Trivia Generator ($1,200/month) full story ➜

24. Start an ecommerce management software ($138K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,083,333/month
Skills

Quin Amorim (from Canada) started Prolific Zone, a ecommerce management software, almost 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi guys! My name is Quin Amorim and I’m the founder of Prolific Zone, an eCommerce agency in the heart of Alberta, Canada.

We started doing it for the excitement of creating and launching brands online and soon turned into a real business generating an average of $140K per month. The most exciting thing is that we have a customer retention rate of over 80% and have not spent a single dollar advertising our services!

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Quin Amorim, on starting Prolific Zone ($138,000/month) full story ➜

25. Develop a seo software ($114K/month)

SEO software is a computer program that is designed to handle search engine optimization tasks by optimizing the website content, managing backlinks, and other SEO activities.

SEO is something that you need to do for your website or blog in order for it to get any traffic. Some of us are new to SEO, even if we are SEO experts. SEO isn't just a craft, but an art form as well.

Making your own SEO software is more than potentially profitable. It also lets you interact with the people who use your software and allows you to figure out best practices from the data you collect.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$277,515
Skills

Chris Porteous (from Canada) started SearchEye, a seo software, over 2 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m Chris Porteous and I run a business called SearchEye. The way SearchEye works is we’re a platform where you can order anything you need for SEO (technical improvements, content, links, etc), and it’s magically fulfilled for you.

We’re used mainly by agencies, large companies, eCommerce websites, affiliate sites, you name it. The beauty is in the fact that while it’s complex to automate SEO deliverables, it’s entirely possible if you’re willing to do the long hard grind to make it happen, which we’ve done. We’re in closed alpha right now.

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Chris Porteous, on starting SearchEye ($95,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start an email newsletter business ($30.1K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $665,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$88,600
Skills

Joseph Solomon (from Canada) started We Do It Remotely, a email newsletter business, about 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Joseph Solomon, and I’m the Founder & CEO of We Do It Remotely.

The newsletter launched last month but is growing quickly. We recently launched a paid section where we do deep dives into proposals, share exclusive freelancing reports, and more actionable strategies to help freelancers win.

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Joseph Solomon, on starting We Do It Remotely ($500/month) full story ➜

27. Start a finance blog ($29.8K/month)

A finance blog is a feature appearing as part of an online publication relating to finance, and consisting of articles or personal commentary. A finance blog earns income through sponsored content or simple marketing programs. To succeed in business, a finance blogger should:

  • Have a good writing background
  • Understand the industry from concept or fundamental standpoint
  • Be passionate about the topics
  • Be well organized and maximize the work schedule.

Starting a finance blog involves a low financial investment, while there is a huge possibility for success. There are minimal to no overhead costs, which saves you time and money. Therefore, starting a finance blog is an incredible business opportunity.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $665,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$364
Time To Revenue
150 days

Ricardo Pina (from California) started The Modest Wallet, a finance blog, over 3 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello, my name is Ricardo Pina, and I’m the founder of The Modest Wallet, a personal finance website helping millennials make smarter money decisions.

Today, after almost two years of being in business, The Modest Wallet brings in an average of $8,500 per month in revenue and has amassed a following of more than 200,000 people across various social media channels.

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Ricardo Pina, on starting The Modest Wallet ($8,500/month) full story ➜

28. Become an author ($10.9K/month)

Writing a book is one of the most satisfying experiences you can have as a professional. It gives structure, meaning, and direction and helps you build your professional credentials.

The passion to write is something that comes from deep within. That passion leads to a warm-up to the idea of becoming an author. However, the path to being an author is not so easy. To become an author you need to research topics and spent many hours writing something meaningful.

Authoring a book is many people's dream and also a money-making profession. One can make handsome money by becoming an author. To become an author you have to take some inspiration from your older famous author who is became succeeded as an author.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,050
Skills

Andy Strote (from Ontario) started How to Start a Successful Creative Agency, a author, almost 3 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi, my name is Andy Strote and I have recently published How to Start a Successful Creative Agency. This 325-page book is the essential business guide for creators who want to provide creative services for corporate clients.

I just launched the book in mid-April and have so far made about $500. Sales and promotions are ongoing.

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Andy Strote, on starting How to Start a Successful Creative Agency ($500/month) full story ➜

29. Start a recruiting business ($7.5K/month)

A recruiting business is a service and advice-based business that helps companies and organizations find the right candidates for their jobs. These businesses usually serve as a medium between the two entities to create a win-win situation. The job seeker can get the job of their dreams, while the business entity can get a fit candidate for the job.

Recruiting is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. Over the past ten years, businesses are struggling to find quality employees and candidates are searching for more opportunities. If you know this, then you have everything you need to make money fast with recruiting.

Starting a recruiting business from scratch is easier than you think. You can have your own staffing agency in just a few weeks and start making a great income while working less.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $20,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$252,000
Skills

Kingsong Chen (from Canada) started Techintern.io, a recruiting business, over 1 year ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi, I’m Kingsong, CEO of Techintern.io. We connect startups and tech companies with the best software developer students at colleges across North America like Waterloo, Harvard, Berkeley, and more. We work with startups to hire really strong and motivated technical interns, many of who have experience at top companies like Google or Facebook.

We also work with larger tech companies that are interested in diversifying their talent pipeline to hire diverse technical interns from smaller colleges and diverse student groups.

We’ve worked with companies like Afterpay, Zumper, and Yugabyte and recently achieved #1 Product of the Day and #2 Product of the Week on Product Hunt.

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Kingsong Chen, on starting Techintern.io ($15,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a virtual matchmaking service

Paul Deng (from Canada) started Passionfruit, a virtual matchmaking service, over 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi, my name is Paul, and I’m the founder of Passionfruit. Passionfruit is a company with a mission to broker lifelong friendships between strangers online. Our current approach to achieving this is through the Passionfruit mobile app, where we provide space for people to have deep and meaningful conversations away from superficial distractions.

We’re pre-revenue, which means we make no money currently. We just launched the app not long ago, and growth is quite slow. This tells us that we have to do more work to figure out what kind of people we can deliver the most value to - in other words, how can we hone in on people who want introspective, thoughtful, philosophical conversations as a bonding tool and bridge to potential friendship?

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Paul Deng, on starting Passionfruit ($0/month) full story ➜

31. Become a business coach ($39.5K/month)

Are you thinking of starting a career as a business coach?

Becoming a business coach can be a great way to help aspiring entrepreneurs while earning a healthy income. If you have skills in specialized business fields such as marketing, e-commerce, stress management, or leadership, then you may want to consider becoming a coach.

Many small-business owners are finding it hard to get started, grow, and succeed. As a business coach, your job will be to help entrepreneurs identify new opportunities and take advantage of the ones they already have.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,250 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$232,031
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Rebecca Tracey (from Virginia) started The Uncaged Life, a business coach, over 10 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi! I’m Rebecca Tracey and my business is The Uncaged Life. The Uncaged Life helps coaches and solopreneurs learn how to get their first paying clients in their new business (because the strategies that most programs teach only work once you have had some success, you need a very different strategy when you are brand new!).

Our Uncage Your Business program was designed with coaches in mind (life coaches, health coaches, business coaches, etc), and it covers how to nail your foundations so that ALL the rest of your marketing actually works. By foundations I mean your message, brand positioning, niche, packages/pricing, and understanding how to articulate what you do and how you help people clearly.

We are on track to hit $1M this year with just me and my small team of 3 part-time contractors, and have helped hundreds of people start their own businesses and get on their way to an uncaged life!

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Rebecca Tracey, on starting The Uncaged Life ($68,000/month) full story ➜

32. Start a social media marketing business ($5.05K/month)

Social media marketing is the process of gaining website visitors or customers by promoting your company on social media. To succeed in social media marketing you need to post some tasty, entertaining, and engaging share material regularly on your social media channels.

Everybody knows that social media is a tool that has become extremely important to businesses of all sizes. It allows them to connect with people across the world and provides a platform for customer service. Social networks are changing the way we do marketing. They offer an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to reach millions of people instantly.

Nowadays it is easy to earn money by doing social media marketing business. You just need to invest some time and effort to get a profit. Social media has been an important part of many businesses' marketing campaigns and it is expected to be a major part of any company's future as well.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$16,437
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Steve Christensen (from Alberta) started Neuwly, a social media marketing business, about 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey there! My name is Steve Christensen and I’m the co-founder of a company called Neuwly Live:A marketplace of Knowledge and ideas where we learn and advance together using live video.

I honestly believe people are more inspirational than they think and that they should build their personal brands to connect those who they can inspire. When I’m inspired, my life in every aspect becomes better. I become a better dad, husband, business partner, friend, and human. If Neuwly can help connect more people to that inspiration and we can help millions of people become better as a result I’d be THRILLED! People are amazing and I hope we can build something for them to share their own amazing.

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Steve Christensen, on starting Neuwly ($100/month) full story ➜

33. Start a mortgage brokerage business

How Much Can You Make?
$80,000 — $133,334/month
Skills

Alex Leduc (from Canada) started Perch, a mortgage brokerage business, about 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi reader! My name is Alex Leduc and I’m the Founder and CEO of Perch. We’re a real estate tech company based in Toronto, Canada and we offer our service to all provinces across the country. At Perch, our mission is to empower Canadians to make more informed decisions about their real estate. We love helping buyers become homeowners, and helping homeowners optimize their finances and grow their wealth.

The average Perch user saves $1,500 per year on their mortgage, compared to going with a bank. Perch has recently raised $1 million in seed round funding and was recently selected to join the 2022 REACH Canada accelerator program, operated by Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors®.

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Alex Leduc, on starting Perch ($80,000/month) full story ➜

34. Start a franchise specialist business ($50K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$50,000 — $300,000/month
Skills

Angela Cote (from Canada) started Angela Cote Inc, a franchise specialist business, over 2 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey there! My name is Angela Coté and I am the founder and CEO of Angela Coté Inc. Also known as AC Inc. Also known as the brand that improves franchise system performance.

Having a proven method has taken time, experience, and some long nights. But ultimately the method, along with our team’s can-do positive attitude, is what sets AC Inc. apart when it comes to franchise system improvement.

In just 3 short years of working with franchisors using the AC method in our advising sessions, we are on track to work with, and positively impact more than 5500 franchisors in our first 10 years in business.

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Angela Cote, on starting Angela Cote Inc ($50,000/month) full story ➜

35. Start a digital agency ($180K/month)

A digital agency's task is to make a business reach its advertising, marketing, or technology-related goals. Anyone with enough passion and determination can start and run a profitable digital marketing agency. With the right skill set, the right tools, and the right mindset you can start a successful digital agency.

The global digital agency market reached a value of nearly $305B in 2020. The future growth prospects of the digital agency market are projected to be high due to the rising population of people consuming and creating content through digital channels.

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $3,699,632/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,999
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Christian Di Bratto (from Canada) started Deebo, a digital agency, about 2 years ago:

Canada Case Study

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Christian Di Bratto, on starting Deebo ($4,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a marketing agency ($587K/month)

Marketing agencies can be a great option for businesses looking to advertise in different ways. For businesses, hiring a marketing company can help them achieve success as they don't have to spend money on employees or needed equipment. Marketing agencies are not inexpensive and there are many different variables that come into play when deciding which one is the best fit for your business.

You want to start a marketing agency, but don't know where to begin. You're not alone, there are thousands of entrepreneurs across the globe that have the same ambition. Luckily for you, compiled a list of how other agencies were able to grow their agency and scale effectively.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,300 — $8,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$29,754
Time To Revenue
330 days

Jeremy Enns (from British Columbia) started Counterweight Creative, a podcast, about 6 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey there! I’m Jeremy Enns, the founder and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative, a podcast production and strategy agency.

I started the company 3 years ago, in 2016 with one client, making $15/hour and have grown into a team of 10 contractors producing more than 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10K/mo.

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Jeremy Enns, on starting Counterweight Creative ($16,000/month) full story ➜

37. Start a woodworking business ($14.2K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $25,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$17,833
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Sasha Weekes (from Prince Edward Island) started Timber Grove Studios, a woodworking business, about 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Sasha Weekes and I’m the 25 years old owner of Timber Grove Studios. Our home-based woodshop is nestled in the hills of PEI’s countryside, and we specialize in decorative shelving and home decor with a focus on minimalist design and simplicity. Each piece is made to order with 20+ color options, meaning it will be the perfect fit for each customer's space. We ship Canada and U.S. wide.

Etsy has been the main platform since starting up, although I finally have a standalone website up and running as well which I hope to grow in order to diversify sales channels. I have no current employees, although I have a wonderful subcontractor who works from home to cut and stain wood for me. She’s paid by the piece so it’s a great system for both of us. My partner Mario works full time but has recently joined me on the side and we’ve released a new line of steel table bases together which has been a ton of fun - he is an awesome welder.

After launching in 2017 and being skeptical about making sales of large items online, I was absolutely proved wrong! The business outgrew our small condo basement within 7 months and outgrew the garage/basement of our next rental home in 7 months as well. We’re now happily settled with a detached shop and garage, meaning there’s some room to grow (for now!) and space to begin stocking up on items for the Christmas rush before summer ends.

Moving twice in two years has definitely caused organizational, financial and opportunity hiccups, but the business has grown steadily regardless so we’re very excited about where 2020 will take us. We’ve learned what to focus on during which months, as revenue can range anywhere from $2000 during slow months to $10,000 during high months. Net profit has run anywhere between 20-50% throughout the life of the business and varies month to month. It’s closer to 20% right now as we’ve been spending all we can on new tools and materials for our new larger products and our Christmas stock.

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Sasha Weekes, on starting Timber Grove Studios ($6,500/month) full story ➜

38. Start a phone case business ($123K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$120,000 — $125,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,000
Skills

Andrew Moore (from Ontario) started Felony Case, a phone case business, over 10 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi, I’m Andrew Moore, the founder, and designer at Felony Case, a Toronto based company designing unique iPhone cases. I founded Felony Case in 2012, and since then we’ve created several flagship iPhone case designs.

The first studded cases I was making by hand

Our Kaleidoscope Cases

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Andrew Moore, on starting Felony Case ($120,000/month) full story ➜

39. Start an axe throwing business ($70K/month)

Throwing axes is a great way to relieve stress, bond with friends and coworkers, and even make some money.

Axe throwing is a new and exciting activity that is growing in popularity, especially for corporate or business events.

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000 — $80,000/month
Skills
Business model

James Anderson (from British Columbia) started Forged Axe Throwing, a axe throwing business, over 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi there! My name is James and three years ago I started an axe throwing venue called Forged Axe Throwing. We teach people how to throw axes and then run amazing tournaments with everyone. Many of our clients are visitors to the area as we’re in a resort town, but we also have a locals league and get lots of local businesses coming to us for events.

We do about $960,000 of revenue per year through our in-venue axe throwing business and I can’t wait to cross that sweet sweet $1M mark!

This was our team early on, we’ve since expanded to about 22 staff members.

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James Anderson, on starting Forged Axe Throwing ($60,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start a meal prep business ($203K/month)

A meal preparation business is a service that delivers prepared meals to its clients in the comfort of their own homes. The meal preparation business is a fast-emerging niche that offers a real opportunity to earn good money. To succeed, the starter must be efficient in the meal preparation and ensure proper communication skills. Besides, the entrepreneur must keep time when it comes to delivery, to avoid customer disappointments.

A global survey shows that demand for food delivery service is on the rise. This is as people get busier with their careers and other more important tasks, leaving limited time to prepare meals and bond with friends.

Therefore, starting a meal preparation business can be a great way to earn extra monies.

How Much Can You Make?
$20 — $600,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,833
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Andrei Calinescu (from Ontario) started One Life Meals, a meal prep business, over 9 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi, I’m Andrei Calinescu and I am the Founder and CEO of One Life Meals.

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

41. Start a balloon decor business ($20K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Janeen Brown (from Canada) started Balloon Haus LLC, a balloon decor business, over 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m Janeen Brown! Founder and CEO of Balloon Haus LLC. In February 2018, I started Balloon Haus - the first opulent online and in-store Balloon boutique - where lifestyle and decor enter a "luxury" level of design. Our team consists of dedicated and loyal employees in Toronto, Atlanta, Detroit and South Florida destined to create iconic balloon memories to last a lifetime.

Janeen Brown Styling for Femology Detroit, 2018

Blossoms Birthday, Toronto October 20th, 2018

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Janeen Brown, on starting Balloon Haus LLC ($20,000/month) full story ➜

42. Start a men's underwear brand ($477K/month)

Underwear is an integral part of every man's daily routine. For a long time, men's underwear has been boring plain white or black or gray. But now, underwear companies are starting to change the status quo. With the rise of athleisure and more men wanting to feel comfortable in their own skin, men's underwear has become a big part of the fashion world.

If you too want to start a funky or stylish men's underwear line then do consider all the points mentioned below:

  • Identify your target market and ideal customers
  • Search for manufacturers
  • Add some unique qualities to your product
  • Build a product that's comfortable yet has a fun element or style quotient
  • Offer variety
  • Invest in marketing (Consider Influencer marketing or brand collaboration)

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $441,666,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$12,310
Skills

Krystian Frencel (from Ontario) started Bunch of Animals, a men's underwear brand, over 3 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello, my name is Krystian Frencel, and I’m the founder of Bunch of Animals, a men’s luxury underwear brand, AKA, the Bentley of banana hammocks. I’m also the co-founder of a Toronto based design and development studio, 3magine. I don’t have previous e-commerce experience and have never been involved in creating a physical product. I have wanted to combine my experience in web design/development with creating a physical product and learning e-commerce for some time now.

Let’s start at the very beginning.

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

43. Start an aftermarket car parts business ($116K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$45,000 — $187,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$39,999
Skills
Business model

Mitchel Matthews (from Manitoba) started Adrenaline Offroad, a aftermarket car parts business, over 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey everyone! My name is Mitchel Matthews and I am a 22-year-old entrepreneur. I am the owner/founder of Adrenaline Offroad which is an eCommerce store for aftermarket vehicle accessories! We mainly focus our expertise in the realm of automotive LED lighting accessories. Our products are built for a person who will endure hardcore offroading situations with their vehicle all the way to people who attend multiple shows per month in their show trucks! Some of our most popular products being our RGB+W underglow/rock light & LED wheel ring lights. In just over a year of quitting my job to pursue my passion for truck mods full time, I am so beyond proud & excited to be making 5x the amount of money that I used to make per month!

Pictured above is our most popular bundle kit called “The UFO GLOW Bundle Kit”

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Mitchel Matthews, on starting Adrenaline Offroad ($45,000/month) full story ➜

44. Start an online fabric store ($10K/month)

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

Alanna Banks (from Ontario) started Fridays Off Fabric Shop, a online fabric store, over 9 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi - my name is Alanna Banks and I’m the owner of Fridays Off Fabric Shop. Fridays Off is an online fabric store based in Toronto, Canada that supplies fabric enthusiasts, quilters and makers with beautifully curated modern fabrics.

In addition to that, we operate a monthly fabric subscription club where subscribers receive one-of-a-kind bundles of fabric every month.

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Alanna Banks, on starting Fridays Off Fabric Shop ($10,000/month) full story ➜

45. Start a freelance writing business ($33.2K/month)

Freelance writing is the career of a professional writer who offers writing services to different clients. Freelance writers work across a variety of niches, writing about various topics assigned by the client.

To earn good money as a freelance writer, you need the following personal qualities:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Stay on the cutting edge
  • Be a self-starter
  • Proper communication skills

According to content marketing, most B2B marketers use content marketing to achieve top-of-the-funnel goals like brand awareness and audience education. Besides, 84% of companies outsource their content writing.

The above stats and trends show the freelance writing business is a great business idea.

How Much Can You Make?
$700 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$633
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

David Tile (from Ontario) started Article-Writing Co, a freelance writing business, about 11 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is David Tile. I own and operate a Content Writing Service, under the banner Article-Writing.co.

We don’t consider ourselves a content marketing firm. But a firm dedicated to the business of writing. Project management offers most often attached to marketing agencies. We work against marketing briefs delivering content on time and under budget.

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David Tile, on starting Article-Writing Co ($125,000/month) full story ➜

46. Create a RV accessories store ($350K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$300,000 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,000
Skills

Kent Wilson (from Alberta) started Origen RV Accessories LTD., a RV accessories store, over 6 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Origen RV Accessories makes and sells the world’s only permanent jack pad, a new product category in the RV industry. We began by selling SnapPads exclusively to the luxury end segment of RVs (Class A Motorhomes and Fifth Wheels), but have gradually added new versions across other segments, including Class C, Class B, and smaller towables.

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Kent Wilson, on starting Origen RV Accessories LTD. ($300,000/month) full story ➜

47. Build an API ($15K/month)

API is the acronym for "application programming interface" and is a software intermediary that connects to applications to one another.

More and more companies are adopting a digital business strategy to streamline their operations and provide better customer service.

There are so many benefits that come with using an API, and we've put together a list of the best API businesses today.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,600 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$150
Skills

Ervin Ruci (from Ontario) started Geocode.xyz, a API, over 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m Ervin Ruci.

Launched in 2016, it has grown to thousands of daily users, over a hundred millions in monthly API calls and revenues of over $15k per month. That’s over 1,000% up from a year ago, and still growing fast - the current month is always higher than the previous one.

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Ervin Ruci, on starting Geocode.xyz ($30,000/month) full story ➜

48. Start a tea business ($158K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$9,000 — $390,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$32,500
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Alex Balcer (from Nelson) started VIRTUE Tea, a tea business, about 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello everyone, we’re Andrea Legg and Alex Balcer, founders of VIRTUE Tea in the beautiful Kootenay ski town of Nelson, BC.

Even though our business has been seriously impacted by COVID, online sales have tripled! I believe this to be from customers turning more to online shopping but also looking for quality tea and matcha. We now ship our tea and matcha to Yellowknife in the Canadian’s Northwest Territories, all over Canada in the US from New York to California.

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Alex Balcer, on starting VIRTUE Tea ($9,000/month) full story ➜

49. Start a consulting business ($130K/month)

Consulting businesses are booming, more so than ever before, and seeing year-over-year growth. With an accumulated value of about $250B, the global consulting industry is one of the biggest markets within the professional services sector.

If you are looking to start your own consulting business having useful insights from industry experts, reading about their entrepreneurial journey will help decide how you should go about it.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $1,666,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,353
Skills

Michael Zipursky (from British Columbia) started Consulting Success, a consulting business, about 13 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Michael Zipursky, and I’m the founder & CEO of Consulting Success®. We help consultants optimize their consulting business. That means helping them improve their service offerings, pricing, marketing, messaging, lead generation, and more.

  • Clarity Coaching Program: our coaching program for consultants who want a personal and customized strategic plan to grow their consulting business — and a community of like-minded consulting business owners.

Consulting Success® is a 7-figure business with high-profit margins — one that allows us to travel and work with clients around the world.

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Michael Zipursky, on starting Consulting Success ($200,000/month) full story ➜

50. Start a photo booth business ($425K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$350,000 — $500,000/month
Skills

Scott McInnes (from British Columbia) started TapSnap, a photo booth business, almost 10 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi guys! I’m Scott McInnes, founder of TapSnap, a photo booth company with franchised locations in most major cities in the United States and Canada as well as Sydney, Australia. Our flagship product is our TS-42, an open-air photo booth that features a giant 42-inch touch screen and a high quality DSLR camera for fantastic image quality.

We launched TapSnap in 2012, and within a few years grew to over 100 franchised locations in North America. Our photo booths are used at over 10,000 events every year, for everything from a wedding for a few hours to a multi-day conference, or a 40 city movie premiere.

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Scott McInnes, on starting TapSnap ($350,000/month) full story ➜

51. Start a litter removal business ($55K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$55,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills

Brian Winch (from Alberta) started CleanLots.com , a litter removal business, almost 41 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi, I’m Brian Winch, owner, author, and creator of Cleanlots - America’s Simplest Business. I manage a simple environmental service that provides daily litter cleanup for property management companies. Our service is performed after hours on foot using unique hand tools. Almost as easy to do as going for a walk!

I started this business in 1981 as a side hustle with little money, education, and skills but plenty of passion, patience, and persistence. I quickly grew this gig into a successful full-time one-man operation, then scaled it into a yearly 6 figure business that utilizes an army of people to keep my city litter-free.

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Brian Winch, on starting CleanLots.com ($55,000/month) full story ➜

52. Start a clothing line ($42.7K/month)

There are millions of fashion and clothing brands around the world.

From small, niche brands run out of people's apartments to huge brands like Nike & Uniqlo, starting a clothing brand is a great business that requires minimal costs to get started.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $2,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$20,228
Skills

Joseph Dilecce (from Canada) started Choast, a clothing line, over 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

The backstory to the creation of Choast came from a long time of smoking weed with friends and being around people you can be yourself with. This is a very important aspect to us because being able to be yourself and not have the stress of being judged by your peers or friends really allows that person to be who they truly are.

Choast has become one of the most well known upcoming brands within the Toronto community and also within the cannabis niche suiting stoners all around. Having products ranging from hoodies to stickers, Choast has made an impact on the stereotype surrounding cannabis with the younger generation, creating a new way of thinking around cannabis. Choast is making $5,000 per month.

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Joseph Dilecce, on starting Choast ($5,000/month) full story ➜

53. Start a graphic design app ($33K/month)

A graphic design application is a SaaS application that allows users create online graphics. Examples of graphic design applications include Snappa, adobe Photoshop, and GIMP.

Modern businesses need digital branding, holograms, and poster designs, to maximize the customer reach abilities. Therefore, graphic designers are becoming the most in-demand professionals.

The high demand is a good basis for choosing graphic design applications as one of the best app business ideas in 2022. Before you kick start the graphics design app business idea, here are technical skills you may consider:

  • Design principles
  • Idea generation
  • Branding skills
  • Typography
  • Print designing
  • UX and UI Design

While coding skills and cross-platform development skills are important to start developing applications, you can hire developers online.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $85,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$12,575
Skills

Christopher Gimmer (from Ontario) started Snappa, a graphic design app, over 6 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey there! My name is Christopher Gimmer and I’m the co-founder of Snappa - a SaaS app that helps non-designer create online graphics in a snap. We make it super easy to create graphics for social media, ads, blogs, and more!

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

54. Start a women's clothing line ($189K/month)

Starting a women's clothing brand is a great way to get into entrepreneurship. You don't need to have millions of dollars or a huge amount of experience to start your own clothing line—just the drive and determination to be your own boss.

Women's fashion has come a very long way over the last decade, and there are tons of opportunities for growth! There are always new trends emerging and old ones coming back around again too—so there will always be an audience for your new designs if you keep up with the times (and stay on top of them).

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $8,333,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,753
Time To Revenue
300 days
Business model

Karen Lee (from British Columbia) started Leze Apparel Inc., a women's clothing line, over 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m Karen from LEZE the Label. We're creators of comfortable living through recycled workwear that feel like pajamas. Our line consists of pants, tops, blazers, jumpsuits, and more — but our hero products are pants. Our community of women embodies the modern working woman between the ages of 25-50 years old. Whether you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, mother extraordinaire, or building your corporate dreams, it’s evident today’s career path is taking on new forms, and we exist to meet you there.

Today, we are growing at a steady rate of 30% every month and are projected to revenue 3x more than in 2019. But guess what? 6 months ago, we were in over US$180,000 of production debt with hardly any means to pay it off.

Photo by Brian Van Wyk

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Karen Lee, on starting Leze Apparel Inc. ($45,000/month) full story ➜

55. Start a leather business ($26.2K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Ryan Popoff (from Nelson) started Popov Leather, a leather business, over 9 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Ryan Popoff and I am the owner and maker at Popov Leather. We are a Canadian company that makes and sells small leather goods online. The majority of our sales are focused on direct-to-consumer and almost entirely in the USA.

Our top selling products are (you probably guessed) wallets. People love a great quality wallet backed by our amazing customer service.

The Popov Leather Team

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

56. Become a software developer ($149K/month)

A Software Developer is a person who creates computer programs. They design, test, and oversee the creation of software for a variety of purposes including businesses, personal use, or social networking.

If you have strong technical skills and experience in programming, you can start a software development business. You should also have a good understanding of how the software works.

The average salary for software developers is $110,140. The best-paid 25 percent earn an annual income of up to 140K dollars while the lowest-paid workers make just under 84K dollars.

The recent trends in software development are moving towards mobile apps and cloud-based solutions. Businesses are providing a variety of programming languages and tools to create software that meets the client's needs.

Starting a software development company is the perfect way to explore in this exciting industry. This type of business is growing in popularity as businesses are looking for ways to offer their customers a convenient way to access their data and applications.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$327,675
Skills

Max Rice started SkyVerge, Inc., a software developer, over 9 years ago:

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Hi all, my name is Max Rice, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of SkyVerge, where we build software tools that help over 100,000 eCommerce brands manage and grow their online stores. Our customers are mostly small to medium-sized businesses in all kinds of verticals.

We’re the largest seller of plugins for WooCommerce, like WooCommerce Memberships, a complete membership solution for WooCommerce stores. We also run Jilt, an all-in-one email marketing platform built for the unique needs of eCommerce stores.

My co-founder Justin Stern and I started SkyVerge in 2013 and we’re a globally distributed team of over 30 people, with revenue of $350,000 per month.

Team SkyVerge at our 2019 team retreat in Scotland

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Max Rice, on starting SkyVerge, Inc. ($350,000/month) full story ➜

57. Start a podcast production company ($40.3K/month)

A great podcast is an amazing tool. With the rise of podcasts, they've become a staple in daily lives, with many using them as a source of entertainment, fresh news, and education.

World Wide podcasting market size was estimated at $14.25 billion in 2021. Podcasts have seen a major resurgence in recent years, with more listeners and new shows than ever before. If you're thinking of getting into podcast production, you've probably noticed that it isn't a cheap endeavor. In fact, it can get quite expensive. The good thing is that there are ways to start your own podcast production company on a budget.

How Much Can You Make?
$16,000 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$51,500
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Jeremy Enns (from British Columbia) started Counterweight Creative, a podcast, about 6 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey there! I’m Jeremy Enns, the founder and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative, a podcast production and strategy agency.

I started the company 3 years ago, in 2016 with one client, making $15/hour and have grown into a team of 10 contractors producing more than 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10K/mo.

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Jeremy Enns, on starting Counterweight Creative ($16,000/month) full story ➜

58. Start a blog ($5.8K/month)

Starting your own blog can be an exciting, rewarding, and challenging experience. Blogs give you a great way to connect with your readers, grow your brand and develop an audience of people interested in the topics you cover.

There are over 600 million blogs on the internet. The average person spends 37 seconds reading a blog post. 2/3 of people’s main reason for blogging is income. The average time spent on writing a post is increasing by the year and The average length of a blog post is now 1,269 words.

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $50,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,576
Skills

Mark St. James (from British Columbia) started On Your Mark, a blog, over 13 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Mark St. James and I started On Your Mark, a men’s travel, style, and skincare blog in 2008. The premise was vastly different in its infancy than what it is now, but the concept of providing honest, satirical writing and product reviews has remained the same.

My unique writing style and honest criticism of fashion have landed me on a slew of news outlets including CNN, CBC’s The National, Global News, and ET Canada to name a few. With 140,000+ fans, friends, views, and followers, I’ve managed to generate a monthly income of around $2,000 with peaks and valleys.

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Mark St. James, on starting On Your Mark ($2,000/month) full story ➜

59. Start a cannabis business ($183K/month)

Have you ever thought of starting your own cannabis business?

The cannabis industry has been continuously growing throughout the years. The legal marijuana sales are projected to reach $22 billion by 2022.

No matter your level of experience, the cannabis industry has a lot to offer. There are inspiring stories of entrepreneurs that made it big in this particular industry.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $3,100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$46,250
Skills

Bjorn Dawson (from Iowa) started Grobo, a cannabis business, about 8 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey! My name’s Bjorn Dawson and I’m a Co-Founder at Grobo. We make smart hydroponic growing systems that enable anyone to easily grow food and cannabis at home.

Today, we’re making $165K per month and increasing quickly. After 18 months of fulfilling backorders, we finally caught up with the initial demand and have been able to build an inventory. This is now enabling us to bring on more sales channels each week to boost our sales. In addition, our systems require Grobo Nutrients to function. With more and more units coming online every day, we’re seeing our consumables revenue crossing the $10,000 per month mark and growing steadily.

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Bjorn Dawson, on starting Grobo ($250,000/month) full story ➜

60. Start a children's footwear brand ($375K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$80,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Lisa Will (from British Columbia) started Stonz, a shoe brand, about 18 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Lisa Will and I am the founder of Stonz, a baby and children vegan footwear and accessories brand. I live in and love Vancouver, BC. I am called a Mompreneur but really I was a person always wanting my own business but having a child kickstarted my entrepreneurial journey for me. I’m good at just being an entrepreneur!.

My story is one that considers these three finite factors everyday and trying to be as successful as I could within them. My judgment for myself is my kids, my relationships, and my mental and physical health. So far I’m winning overall but it’s a long game. Play it knowing it’s a marathon.

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Lisa Will, on starting Stonz ($250,000/month) full story ➜

61. Start an online food business ($299K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $12,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$77,633
Time To Revenue
360 days

Katie Young (from Yukon) started Klondike Kettle Corn, a online food business, over 7 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi! My name is Katie Young and I am the owner and operator of Klondike Kettle Corn. We are a company that sells a ready-made gourmet popcorn throughout the Yukon Territory and now online across Canada.

Now that our company has grown we have been able to give back to our community through sponsorships and donations. You will often see our kettle corn being served at various sporting events across town, including the Yukon Quest and a number of Mountain Bike races, as well as film festivals and other school events.

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

62. Become a proofreader ($2K/month)

Proofreading business is a service that helps customers review their written work, and ensure it is ready for publication. Typically, a proof reader corrects any grammatical errors and ensures the written piece meets any relevant style guide. If you plan to start a professional proofreading business, make sure you possess the following skills:

  • Have a great grasp of grammar
  • Ability to correct mistakenly capitalized words
  • Familiarity with the proper use of capitalization
  • Use spell-checkers to flag misspelt words

Proofreading is a great way to enhance content quality. With the increased use of written content marketing to reach wider market, the demand for professional proofreaders increases tremendously. Professional proofreaders earn an average of $12/hr. and $30/hr.

Therefore, whether you are looking for a great side hustle idea or simply looking for ways to increase your income, consider proofreading as a business.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Lenny Bron started The Blog Proofreader, a proofreader, about 6 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, my name is Lenny Bron, and I am The Blog Proofreader. I’m the annoying grammar police person you’ve always been tired of hearing from every time you use an ellipses incorrectly in a Facebook post you wrote 3 years ago.

I’ve been able to build my business from scratch to consistently make ~$2,000 per month with zero experience in the field, no expenses, and barely any upfront costs.

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Lenny Bron, on starting The Blog Proofreader ($2,000/month) full story ➜

63. Start a bedding company ($452K/month)

At the end of a hard day, what we all need is a good night's sleep. A good quality mattress or bedsheet or pillow makes all the difference when it comes to sleeping comfortably. That's why so many people invest in quality bedding materials making it a profitable business idea to invest in.

The first step to starting a bedding business is to choose your niche. You need to decide what type of bedding you want to specialize in, which will help determine the kinds of products you'll be selling. Do you want to focus on luxury sheets? Or perhaps more affordable linens that are still high-quality?

Next, you'll need to find a manufacturer who can supply the bedding products you want to sell. You'll want to research different options and make sure they're capable of providing what you need at a reasonable price.

Once you've got all that lined up, start setting up your website and social media accounts! These are essential tools for any business owner—especially in today's digital landscape.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $14,166,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$47,937
Skills

Aaron Spivak (from Ontario) started Hush Blankets, a bedding company, over 3 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey there! We’re two young entrepreneurs from Toronto working hard to control this "side hustle" which is rapidly turning into our main business because of it’s fast growth.

Aaron and Lior, the founders of Hush Blankets

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

64. Start a podcast ($36.6K/month)

Do you have knowledge and passion that you'd love to share with other people? Or perhaps you are a content creator and looking for ways to expand your revenue streams? If you match any of these criteria, then becoming a podcast host could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Podcasts are the new radio. Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing mediums for online audio, and it's not expected to slow down any time soon. But unlike traditional radio, podcasts are driven by content creators who have a passion for sharing stories with their listeners.

One of the main benefits that come with starting a podcast is the minimal investment needed to get started. All you need is a computer or phone with a microphone and a way to host it online. You can even create one on your own website if you want.

How Much Can You Make?
$419 — $1,020,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,868
Time To Revenue
90 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Jeremy Enns (from British Columbia) started Counterweight Creative, a podcast, about 6 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey there! I’m Jeremy Enns, the founder and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative, a podcast production and strategy agency.

I started the company 3 years ago, in 2016 with one client, making $15/hour and have grown into a team of 10 contractors producing more than 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10K/mo.

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Jeremy Enns, on starting Counterweight Creative ($16,000/month) full story ➜

65. Start a food distribution business ($10K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $12,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,250
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Work from home

Milen Yordanov (from Canada) started Destinature, a food distribution business, about 7 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Milen Yordanov and my main business objective is to seek out and bring to the Northern American market the finest health-oriented products made in my country of origin - Bulgaria. My partners and suppliers are all passionate artisans always ready to go the extra mile for their (our clients). I know most of them personally, have visited their facilities and have seen with my eyes the care and attention they put in creating their products.

We sold $120,000 worth of chocolate last year, expecting to surpass this number despite the global crisis.

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Milen Yordanov, on starting Destinature ($10,000/month) full story ➜

66. Start a mom blog ($3.88K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Time To Revenue
120 days
Skills
Business model

Carly Campbell (from Canada) started Mommy On Purpose, a mom blog, over 83 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m Carly, a full time stay at home mom, full-time blogger. I run two semi-related businesses - Mommy on Purpose, a mom lifestyle blog focusing on new motherhood and home life (monetized only through traffic), and Blogging Like You Mean It, which supports new bloggers in their journey to monetize their blogs (monetized only through product sales and email marketing).

But more important to me than any of that, I will never have to leave my kids in daycare to go out and work - my mom blog alone makes 8-10,000 Canadian dollars per month, both when I work hard on it AND when I take a month off.

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Carly Campbell, on starting Mommy On Purpose ($10,000/month) full story ➜

67. Start a watch brand ($111K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $320,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,333
Time To Revenue
240 days
Business model

Ronnie Teja (from British Columbia) started Branzio, a watch brand, over 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey guys, my name is Ronnie Teja and I am the Founder and CEO of Branzio Watches.

We are doing about $25k/mo in sales right now, which is poised to double in the next 6 months at least as we open and explore new markets.

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

68. Become a Facebook ads consultant ($2.63M/month)

Facebook ads are a great way to drive traffic to your website. If you run Facebook ads and promote the right products, it will bring you tons of customers. It is important to know how to manage campaigns successfully in order to obtain the best results.

Facebook ads consultant business is one of the favorite types of new businesses to start. Facebook ads consultant businesses are popping up all over the place. More and more consultants are finding success in this arena.

Starting a Facebook ads consultant business can make you earn an extra income that's passive and predictable. But the amount of money you can make depends on your niche, ad budget, and other factors.

How Much Can You Make?
$28,500 — $5,200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$283
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Kean Graham (from British Columbia) started MonetizeMore, a Facebook ads consultant, over 12 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m the Founder & CEO of MonetizeMore. I started MonetizeMore in 2010 with the goal to build a bootstrapped business that would dramatically increase ad revenues for publishers.

I am a pioneer in ad optimization covering areas like AdSense / Ad Exchange (AdX), Google Ad Manager (GAM), header bidding and ad network optimization. I have always believed in empowering publishers to increase their ad revenues more efficiently and effectively via articles, videos and technology.

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Kean Graham, on starting MonetizeMore ($5,200,000/month) full story ➜

69. Start a pcb circuit business ($250K/month)

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

Alroy Almeida (from Ontario) started Voltera, a pcb circuit business , about 9 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey! I’m Alroy from Voltera. We make electronics manufacturing equipment.

We have thousands of units in over 65 countries being used by hardware businesses of all sizes to bring new ideas to market faster, academic and government researchers for breakthrough technologies, and educators in high schools, colleges, and universities to train the engineers of the future.

The Voltera V-One has accelerated the development of robotics, medical devices, IoT devices, space technologies, and more!

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Alroy Almeida, on starting Voltera ($250,000/month) full story ➜

70. Become an airbnb host

If you have an extra room that is not in use, short-term rentals like Airbnb hosting can be a profitable side hustle. You can list your room on Airbnb for $40 per night and generate enough income to take care of your recurring bills. To start Airbnb host side hustle, decide the rental arrangement you want, set up the space, create your Airbnb listing, and market the space.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,333 — $270,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,000
Skills

Gary Fox started Host Butlers, a airbnb management company, almost 7 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Gary Fox, and I run HostButlers, an Airbnb concierge service in Dublin, Ireland.

Since we started nearly four years ago, we have hosted over 200,000 people and have been profitable from month 5.

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Gary Fox, on starting Host Butlers ($35,000/month) full story ➜

71. Start a luggage storage business ($55.7K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$9,999
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Eugene Veeden (from Ontario) started BagsAway Luggage Storage, a luggage storage business, over 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

BagsAway Luggage Storage is a marketplace that connects travelers and city locals with convenient, secure, on-demand bag storage locations across key cities. Utilizing the principles of the sharing economy we partner with local shops and businesses that monetize existing free-space by offering hourly/daily storage on location. We keep about 60% of all revenues while the storage partners keep the rest. With BagsAway locations in place, travelers and locals can now win precious hours back by conveniently dropping their bags at a location of their choice around the city, freeing their hands and their time to explore, experience, and sightsee without their bags in the way. Our overarching vision is to change people's relationship with things that weigh them down during travel and on the go.

We have stored over 150,000 bags for travelers thus far and have expanded to over 50+ cities and going strong! Our plan this year is to expand worldwide, with new funding and new members joining our company.

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

72. Start a bathroom appliance business ($220K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$135,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Ahmad Iqbal (from Ontario) started Nadeef Bidet, a bathroom appliance business, about 7 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Ahmad Iqbal and I started Nadeef Bidet two years ago. I am 29 years old, and I’m currently based in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, Canada.

As the sole founder, I’m doing sourcing, quality control, fulfillment (much of my inventory is in my garage and my trunk), customer service, website management, as well as marketing of course. And when I need help, my awesome family steps up.

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

73. Start a proposal software app ($570K/month)

A proposal software app is a program that streamlines the process of creating, sending, and closing proposals, quotes, contracts, and other sales documents. The common users of proposal apps include consultants and business executives who want to generate a personalized and professional-looking proposal. A good example of a proposal software app is Proposify

In creating your proposal app, first, understand how the target users interact with their proposals. Then, provide them with a suite of options so they choose ones that they feel convenient to use. Ensure your software enables the user to produce sleek business proposals quickly.

Typically, the proposal software should be intuitive for any user and should include critical automation and support client interaction tracking, to make proposal creation easy. Build a great product that solves your customer’s pain.

Finally, set up a customer support team that will be directly responsible for guiding customers through the onboarding process, and work towards retaining and expanding accounts.

How Much Can You Make?
$570,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Kyle Racki (from Nova Scotia) started Proposify, a proposal software app, over 9 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m Kyle Racki, CEO and co-founder of Proposify. Proposify is an online business proposal SaaS (software as a service) company that streamlines the process of creating, sending, and closing proposals, quotes, contracts, and other sales documents. We do this by making the process of creating documents faster and more efficient, and by allowing sales teams to send out beautiful, professional sales documents and get them signed.

We currently serve over 8,000 customers, have 75 employees based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and do over $7M in annual recurring revenue (and growing).

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

74. Become a shopify app developer ($19.3K/month)

Have you thought about a career building Shopify apps?

Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company that provides an online platform for entrepreneurs to set up their own online stores and sell products. Shopify is now valued at over $45B (as of 2022) with over 1.75M merchants using the platform worldwide.

To be able to build a plugin for Shopify, you need to know how to code. If not, then at least have some knowledge of HTML and CSS. You also need experience in the Shopify API and some basic knowledge about the Liquid template language for Shopify.

How Much Can You Make?
$150 — $42,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$26,500
Skills

Mukul Verma (from Ontario) started Mokool Apps, a iPhone app, over 2 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello my name is Mukul Verma and I run Mokool Apps and we have expanded to create apps for the Shopify App Store. We released our first Shopify app on May 1, 2020, which was Translate Pro.

We are currently making $150 a month and our focus right now is on building the fundamentals for a huge business. In the first month Translate Pro was live we made many changes. These included adding a support software system, changing the onboarding from showing our simple features that solve problems, added analytics software, and much more which was not planned on launch. This all came from listening to our customers and following the data for Translate Pro.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV9H3N_-ftU

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Mukul Verma, on starting Mokool Apps ($150/month) full story ➜

75. Start a water filter store ($200K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$95,333
Skills
Business model

Jay Vasantharajah (from Northwest Territories) started PureFilters, a water filter store, about 7 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Jay Vasantharajah and I am the co-founder of PureFilters.

We are most proud about our obsession in building systems to maximize customer experience and as a result we have built quite the fan base among homeowners in Canada.

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

76. Start a pool installation service ($8K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills
Business model

Dan Stewart (from Ontario) started Dundas Valley Pools, a pool installation service, about 6 years ago:

Canada Case Study

I’m Dan Stewart and I’m the founder of Dundas Valley Pools. We help homeowners with swimming pools in Southern Ontario, Canada maximize the summers in their backyard. We do this by providing personalized, on-site services such as pool openings/ closings, pool maintenance, equipment installations, pool renovations, and new pool installations. Since our humble beginnings in May of 2016 we have serviced 350+ pools, opened and closed 200+ pools, and have installed tons of high-quality pool equipment, pool liners, and winter safety covers for happy customers throughout Southern Ontario.

Dundas Valley Pools has grown from a company producing very little revenue in 2016 to a company that is earning an average of $8000/ month net revenue during the on-season. This year we hope to actually double that number. This is due to our expansion into more technical services as well as taking on larger jobs-- namely, new pool installations.

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Dan Stewart, on starting Dundas Valley Pools ($8,000/month) full story ➜

77. Start a cell phone & computer repair shop software

Are you a person who has a knack for fixing things and is updated about the latest phone and computer updates and tech? For technology lovers with a talent for fixing phones and computers, opening a repair business may seem like the perfect venture.

Listed are the steps to start a cellphone and computer repair shop business.

  • Register your business
  • Secure necessary legal documents to operate a business
  • Find financing
  • Open a bank account for business transactions
  • Obtain insurance
  • Promote your business

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

78. Start a fulfillment by amazon business ($105K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$105,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$900
Skills
Business model

Danny Carlson (from British Columbia) started Kenji ROI, a fulfillment by amazon business, over 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Danny Carlson, an Amazon FBA entrepreneur specializing in PPC Management & Listing Optimization. I founded the Amazon Seller Agency Kenji ROI in 2016 and have grown it to more than 10 team members including 5 full-time.

Residing in Bali, my off time is spent training hand to hand acrobatics, ripping sport motorcycles, & speaking at business events.

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Danny Carlson, on starting Kenji ROI ($105,000/month) full story ➜

79. Start a waterbottle business ($53K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$53,000 — $78,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,300,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Jesse Hambly (from Ontario) started Pressa Inc. , a waterbottle business, almost 7 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Jesse Hambly, I’m 1 of 3 brothers working at Pressa Inc. Luke and Mason are full-time founders as well. We have a diverse background, Luke manages engineering and manufacturing duties. Mason is in charge of media, content creation and strategy, and I (Jesse) oversee marketing, operations, and customer relations. We’ve been in business since 2015 where we’ve been selling our flagship product, Pressa Bottle. Pressa Bottle is a unique water bottle that allows the user to juice and press real fruit into any beverage.

Our company operates at just over $50k per month and we do this primarily through our .com and Amazon. We do sell in a few retailers which are Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillards and Uncommon Goods. The product lends itself well to the healthy/active crowd but we also sell a lot of units for flavored cocktails.

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

80. Start an art business ($67K/month)

Art is a business, and the art industry is a big business. It can be difficult to navigate the waters of the art world, especially when you're just starting out. But there are plenty of artists who have made their mark in the industry, and they can tell you what they've learned along the way

What do you need to consider when you're thinking about becoming an artist?

  • The upsides and downsides of the art industry
  • How to leverage your skills and experiences
  • have the right tools for the job

How Much Can You Make?
$876 — $738,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$29,336
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model

Justin Erickson (from British Columbia) started Justin Erickson Art, a art business, over 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi! My name is Justin Erickson and I am what you would call an independent artist.

Despite the global pandemic, I am consistently earning between $500-$1,500 a month. That is down from last year, but it’s certainly not as glum as I was expecting when this all started.

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Justin Erickson, on starting Justin Erickson Art ($876/month) full story ➜

81. Start a recruiting agency ($270K/month)

The global online recruitment market size was $29B in 2019 and is projected to reach $43B by 2027.

The best way to assess the success of a Recruiting Agency is to review what their clients say about them, and the results which are achieved for those clients.

As a recruiter, you dream of landing your first client, but once you do, you realize it's only the start of what you hope will be a successful business. Have you ever wondered how to start a recruiting agency business? There's so much you can learn from books, but nothing beats getting real-world experience.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$60,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Sharon Koifman (from Quebec) started DistantJob, a recruiting agency, about 14 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Sharon Koifman, and I am the president of DistantJob. DistantJob is a unique recruitment agency that specializes in finding remote employees. That means we go all over the world to find outstanding talent who works remotely for our clients.

Our unique approach and model, combined with a commitment to great customer support, has done well for us: we have 3 million dollars in revenue.

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

82. Start an embroidery business ($8.25K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$6,500 — $10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Mike Lecky (from Quebec) started Vagabond Heart, a embroidery business, about 5 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi! My name is Mike, and I’m a serial entrepreneur living in Montreal, Canada. I run Vagabond Heart, a company that makes modern vintage-inspired travel patches and stickers to help your luggage stand out on a the carousel.

I started the company just under two years ago, and we’ve been growing at a 100+% growth rate ever since. Currently we sell just over $5,000 per month worth of patches and stickers.

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

83. Start a camera buying guide ($1K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Itai Danan (from Canada) started Cybernium Inc., a blog, over 17 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello! This is Itai Danan founder of Cybernium Inc. This tech company builds desktop and server software, including performing full-stack web-development. We publish several of our own websites too. Cybernium was created in 1995, registered as a company, and fully incorporated in 2016.

Neocamera alone makes around $1,000 per month, making it a positive contribution to our bottom line. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, revenues certainly will be much lower but this global downturn is expected to be temporary.

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

84. Start an electronics repair business ($4K/month)

The electronics industry itself is worth more than $2 trillion. And electronics repair is a lucrative business that can be started with little to no money.

One of the most important things an electronics repairman must do is to make sure they have the right tools and equipment for the job. This will include everything from soldering irons, wire cutters, screwdrivers and more. A good way to save money on these tools is by buying them used or refurbished.

It's also important for an electronics repairman to have a solid understanding of how electronics work, including the basics of circuit boards and electricity, so they can troubleshoot problems and fix them as efficiently as possible.

How Much Can You Make?
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Allen Chiang started Retro Radio Farm, a electronics repair business, over 8 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Allen Chiang, and I founded Retro Radio Farm, where I repair and restore old radios. I offer Bluetooth MP3 upgrade if the customer wants to play digital music.

Right now, I make about $50K a year for the work I put in primarily on weekends. While it’s highly profitable, it has not yet lucrative enough yet for me to quit my day job. Although, the business has been growing 20% every year.

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Allen Chiang, on starting Retro Radio Farm ($4,000/month) full story ➜

85. Start a coffee roasting business ($59.2K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$7,500 — $90,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,750
Skills
Business model

Michael Russo (from Yukon) started Firebean Coffee Roasters, a coffee roasting business, over 7 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey!, My name is Michael Russo and I’m a Coffee Pedaler. My family and I run a pedal-powered coffee roastery in Canada’s beautiful Yukon Territory.

The business is paying for itself and provides a small take home to contribute to our family. We have seen steady growth month after month and we see no reason why we can’t continue to grow.

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Michael Russo, on starting Firebean Coffee Roasters ($7,500/month) full story ➜

86. Start a niche blog ($10.6K/month)

Growing a niche blog can be an incredible way to build an income on the Internet. Starting a blog in any niche is easy. You simply need a domain, hosting, and WordPress to start blogging. The hard part comes when you try to monetize your website traffic. Making income from your blog, and making a blog that actually pays you the money takes time, work, and effort.

There are more than 500 million blogs out of 1.7 billion websites. Over 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages each month. Users produce around 70 million new posts and 77 million new comments each month. Content marketing is predicted to be an industry worth $412.88B by 2021.

How Much Can You Make?
$250 — $416,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,320
Time To Revenue
120 days

Ling Thich (from Canada) started Finsavvy Panda, a finance blog, over 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello! Thanks for inviting me here today!

With both my blogs, I earn anywhere between $13,000 to $25,000 per month in net profit depending on the season, traffic, and how much or little time I choose to work on them.

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Ling Thich, on starting Finsavvy Panda ($18,000/month) full story ➜

87. Start a gardening tools company ($1.04M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $3,100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Dr. Michele M. Morgan (from California) started THE MAXBIT, a gardening tools company, over 6 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Michele Morton and I am the inventor and founder of THE MAXBIT. With THE MAXBIT, we’ve introduced new technology in the garden industry.

THE MAXBIT went from a little over $13, 000 in sales its first full year to over $60,000 in sales by the end of the second quarter the second year!

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Dr. Michele M. Morgan, on starting THE MAXBIT ($15,000/month) full story ➜

88. Start a social media automation business ($225K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,500
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Work from home

Justin Hartzman (from Ontario) started Needls, a social media automation business, over 8 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey! My name is Justin Hartzman and I’m the CEO & Co-Founder of Needls Media. We’re the Internet’s FIRST Robo ad agency so we use AI and data science to automate social media advertising. What does that mean? It means that after answering just a few quick questions, Needls will build anywhere from 50-500 ad campaigns in real time. Next? Businesses then launch these campaigns and watch qualified leads roll on in… It’s as easy as that!

Needls launched April 2, 2016. In the first year, we did $1.7 million in revenue, which was some pretty aggressive growth considering we went from zero revenue to $200,000+ a month simply charging $100/month + 10% of ad spend (of which 90% of the latter goes to Facebook).

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

89. Start an used electronics business

You can sell pre-used electronics online or set up a brick-and-mortar establishment. You can choose to specialize in a niche or sell everything from used computers, televisions, stereos, and gaming systems.

What is essential is researching the pre-owned electronics business. Set specific goals and limits for your business and work towards the goals. Find the niche that works best for you and explore it until you find success.

90. Start a franchise development business ($505K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,000
Skills
Business model

Andrew Hoffman (from Ontario) started My Franchise Partners, a franchise development business, over 7 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hello, my name is Andrew Hoffman. I am the founder of My Franchise Partners.

Every client is invited to follow the link to the Business Owner Profile that can be found on the home page of my website. This is a series of well-formed questions that have proven to offer valuable insights into a person’s management style, tendencies, and values.

Clients are also educated in the process of awarding a franchise. They need to understand their rights, obligations, and costs.

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Andrew Hoffman, on starting My Franchise Partners ($10,000/month) full story ➜

91. Become a freelance app developer ($75.3K/month)

A freelance app developer is a programmer who creates apps for mobiles for both Android and iOS devices. Freelance app development business targets in creating a variety of apps that give a user-friendly experience.

Freelance app developers are majorly hired by firms which are small-scale in budget. A freelancer can offer a better professional product when compared to an app builder at a lesser cost of a professional development firm.

The demand of a quality app developer is increasing rapidly. Once you get a solid amount of projects in your resume, you will have ample opportunities to work as an app developer. A mobile app developer can earn up to $100,000 annually. On an average, a freelancer can charge from $60 - $90 an hour based on the requirement of the app.

To become a freelance app developer, you will first need to touch up on your skills. There are several courses available online. Once you obtain the certification, choose your niche and focus on your skillset.

Then the best way to showcase your work is to build a portfolio website where you will display your skills, projects and testimonials. Another way to promote yourself is create your own brand and start a blog. This will in turn build a network and you will be able to connect with people and attract more clients.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $91,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$350
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Cam Upson (from British Columbia) started Appsitude, a freelance app developer, over 7 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey! Well to start my name is Cameron Upson, and I am a 22-year-old entrepreneur. I recently acquired an app development company called Appsitude that a friend of mine started. I am not the original founder but I think of myself as one as I had to completely restart the company from the ground up and get it moving again.

It sat stagnant for a year or so when the former CEO moved on to another project as app development wasn't his calling in life. I have really been there since the beginning of everything and plan on being there all the way through until we are one of the biggest app development companies in the world. We tend to do quite a lot of B2B but we also really enjoy doing B2C as the app ideas can always get to the next level! We are currently doing around $30,000 to $50,000 a month and have big plans to continue our growth, watch out world.

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

92. Start a doula service ($200/month)

Doula services provide emotional and physical support to mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

The demand for doula service increases, creating an excellent opportunity for trained professionals to earn a decent income.

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$300
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Jessica Glendinning started Your Virtual Doula, a doula service, about 3 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! I’m Jessica Glendinning and I am the creator of Your Virtual Doula. Your Virtual Doula provides parents-to-be with knowledge and emotional support during pregnancy, throughout labor and delivery, and postpartum through phone, text, and email.

Although many birthing professionals are currently attempting to hastily add virtual services for their clients out of sheer necessity, Your Virtual Doula has pioneered this business, constructing a foundation of effective and high-quality virtual doula services.

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Jessica Glendinning, on starting Your Virtual Doula ($200/month) full story ➜

93. Start a furniture wholesale distribution business

The furniture wholesale industry consists of wholesalers and distributors of furniture.

These companies are involved in the buying and selling of furniture at wholesale prices to retailers, contractors, and other wholesalers. Though many companies in this industry operate in close liaison with manufacturers, many wholesalers and distributors also work on their own.

94. Start a career coaching business ($55K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,050
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills

Nissar Ahamed (from Ontario) started CareerMetis.com, a career coaching business, about 7 years ago:

Canada Case Study

My name is Nissar Ahamed, and I am the Founder and CEO of CareerMetis.com.

Our current monthly revenue averages around $1000, and all of it is by me working on this part-time mainly as a side hustle.

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Nissar Ahamed, on starting CareerMetis.com ($3,000/month) full story ➜

95. Start a phone case business ($123K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$120,000 — $125,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$30,000
Skills

Andrew Moore (from Ontario) started Felony Case, a phone case business, over 10 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hi, I’m Andrew Moore, the founder, and designer at Felony Case, a Toronto based company designing unique iPhone cases. I founded Felony Case in 2012, and since then we’ve created several flagship iPhone case designs.

The first studded cases I was making by hand

Our Kaleidoscope Cases

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Andrew Moore, on starting Felony Case ($120,000/month) full story ➜

96. Start a watch brand ($111K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $320,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,333
Time To Revenue
240 days
Business model

Ronnie Teja (from British Columbia) started Branzio, a watch brand, over 4 years ago:

Canada Case Study

Hey guys, my name is Ronnie Teja and I am the Founder and CEO of Branzio Watches.

We are doing about $25k/mo in sales right now, which is poised to double in the next 6 months at least as we open and explore new markets.

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

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