The 52 Best Business Ideas In Hong Kong [2022]

The 52 Best Business Ideas In Hong Kong [2022]

Interested in starting a business in Hong Kong in 2022?

We put together 52 of the best businesses you can start in Hong Kong today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a logo designing business ($334K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $1,000,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model
Work from home

David (from Hong Kong) started PearlMountain, a logo designing business, almost 5 years ago:

Hong Kong Case Study

Hello, I’m David, CEO, and Founder of DesignEvo, an easy-to-use logo maker. We've been successfully focusing on graphics design and multimedia software ever since 2006!

DesignEvo logo maker is designed for business owners, entrepreneurs, agencies, website owners, freelancers, and even social media admins looking to create great logos in a breeze. Until now, we have over 29 million users worldwide, bringing us about 1 million dollars each month. Many of them are website owners or bloggers.

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David, on starting PearlMountain ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

2. Design a wearable for musicians ($280K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$280,000/month
Skills
Business model

Florian Simmendinger (from Hong Kong) started Soundbrenner, a wearable for musicians, ago:

Hong Kong Case Study

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

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

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Florian Simmendinger, on starting Soundbrenner ($280,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a city maps business ($3.5K/month)

Businesses around the world generate billions in revenue by selling city maps online. Most of these maps are sold on popular e-commerce websites like eBay and Amazon.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $3,500/month
Average Initial Investment
$200
Skills

Nan Zhou (from Hong Kong) started No Code Map App, a city maps business, 5 months ago:

Hong Kong Case Study

Hi! I am Nan and I am the founder of No Code Map App - a no code builder for creating custom interactive maps with dynamic filters. It is designed for businesses to build an agency-quality interactive map without coding.

We launched 3 months ago and started monetizing at the end of March. April was our first full month of taking payments and we made >$400.

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Nan Zhou, on starting No Code Map App ($200/month) full story ➜

4. Offer a whatsapp real-time customer service ($200K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$200,000/month
Skills

Henson Tsai (from Hong Kong) started SleekFlow, a whatsapp real-time customer service, over 3 years ago:

Hong Kong Case Study

Hi there! I’m Henson Tsai, the Founder of SleekFlow. I come from Hong Kong, and I started the business more than two years ago to tap the potential of social messaging in businesses. We started with a team of 3, including me. Now we have 20 more staff members across two regions. We have just been backed by Alibaba, recently finishing our Pre-A fundraising.

All-in-one inbox features

Personalize your marketing campaign through WhatsApp

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Henson Tsai, on starting SleekFlow ($200,000/month) full story ➜

5. Become a mobile personal trainer ($30K/month)

Do you love helping people through their fitness journey? If you are looking for a great side hustle to earn extra income, consider becoming a personal trainer. The fitness trainer side hustle can be an adamant industry to earn good money. However, once you develop a reputation as a good trainer, you can get more clients through referrals. You need to register for the certification course to start offering personal trainer services. To attract your first clients, consider online advertising, and seek referrals from every customer.

How Much Can You Make?
$8,500 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,625
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 4 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Chris Anderson started Live Fit, a mobile personal trainer, over 11 years ago:

Case Study

Hey everyone! I am Chris and in March 2011 I started Live Fit. Live Fit is a personal training company that was created to change the standards in the personal training industry. Early on I focused on building a company that is not only based on results, as most fitness companies are, but that is also focused very heavily on relationships. Relationships create trust, trust creates buy-in, and buy-in leads to the accountability and dedication it takes to get results.

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Chris Anderson, on starting Live Fit ($60,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a language translation service ($275K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $550,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$635,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Cédric Sigoire started DEMAN Übersetzungen , a language translation service, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Cédric Sigoire and I am the owner of the DEMAN Translations group.

We will reach more than 6 million euros in the year 2021 and my target for 2022 is 10 million euros!

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Cédric Sigoire, on starting DEMAN Übersetzungen ($550,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a freelancer platform ($1.21M/month)

Freelancer platform is a place where people come with skills and services to offer and people come who need those skills and services. So we can say freelancer platforms are a marketplace for sellers and buyers of services and skills.

The freelancing industry is growing rapidly and it's becoming a popular career option for people who are "non-traditional" employees. The global Freelance Platforms market size is expected to reach $6.7B by the year 2025. While working on a full-time job, freelancers simultaneously work on a freelance career. The platforms available online help them to increase their business by attracting new clients.

With all of the businesses looking for help on their websites, it would be a good idea to start a freelancer platform. Freelance platforms do well because people have jobs that need to be done and businesses have the resources to pay for the job at hand.

How Much Can You Make?
$7,000 — $5,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$83,738
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Al Caan started CloudDevs, a freelancer platform, over 2 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! I’m one of the co-founders of CloudDevs. We started this company in 2019 with a mission to change things around in the tech talent-hiring industry. We launched for sales in March of 2020, right before the initial lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

We are proud to say that within our first year of sales, we reached 1 Million USD in GMV, and we are aiming higher this year.

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Al Caan, on starting CloudDevs ($100,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a travel agency ($138K/month)

Are you a passionate traveler with entrepreneurial skills? Then starting a travel agency can be a great career choice for you.

As a travel agency, you'll be responsible for providing all the travel and tourism-related services such as accommodation, transportation, sightseeing, tour guides, local adventure, etc.

Starting an online travel agency is a lot easier than you might think. You'll need to perform market research, get a few necessary certifications (such as your IATA number), study competition, build a website, and do proper marketing.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,100 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$16,390
Business model

Marissa Daniels started Spread Your Wings Travel, a travel agency, over 3 years ago:

Case Study

Hey! My name is Marissa Daniels, and I am a millennial travel agent! I began Spread Your Wings Travel in February of 2019. Prior to 2019, I wanted an extra source of income just to have an extra cushion. I did mystery shopping, took surveys online, drove for Postmates and DoorDash, worked at a grocery store, anything I could find for extra money. I also did, and still do Brand Ambassador events as well- but those things didn’t fulfill me. I was doing them to get extra money, but it didn’t have a purpose and it wasn’t paying me as much as I wanted, so I stopped it all and just gave it to God. I let Him handle it.

Spread Your Wings Travel offers all-inclusive vacations (most under $1000 per person), cruises, luxury villas, cabins, domestic travel and more! The main thing that people like about my business is that I have a payment plan option. I like to have that option for them because not everyone is able to pay for a vacation upfront.

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Marissa Daniels, on starting Spread Your Wings Travel ($2,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a mobile photography ($40.1K/month)

Want to start your own photography business? You're not alone. With the rise of social media and photo-sharing, blogging, and online retailing, it's never been easier to start making money behind your camera.

There are photographers shooting weddings, creating images for ad campaigns, freelancing for magazines, touring the world taking photographs of destinations — the list is endless!

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$24,583
Skills

Tsour Lee Adato started Product Photography Studio, a mobile photography , ago:

Case Study

Hi! My name is Tsour Lee Adato and I am the founder of Pro Photo Studio. I started my product photography business over 5 years ago while living in New York. Pro Photo Studio specializes in high-end commercial photography and also caters to the average eCommerce online seller who sells on platforms like Amazon and Etsy.

The company began realizing a profit very quickly, in the first quarter after opening and year over year profits have increased while the cost of customer acquisition has decreased. Currently, the company makes approximately $350k per year and is on its way to becoming a 7 figure business.

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Tsour Lee Adato, on starting Product Photography Studio ($45,000/month) full story ➜

10. 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:

Case Study

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 ➜

11. Start a content writing company ($30.2K/month)

It's never been easier to make money doing freelance content writing.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,200 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,697
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Dani Mancini started Scribly.io, a content writing company, almost 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hi! My name's Dani, founder of Scribly.io - you can’t see me but I’m waving at you 👋

Last month Scribly.io topped $14K monthly revenue. That was a really big moment for me, and a bit of a turning point. What started out as a 'let's try and see' project has now become my full-time job with ambitious growth plans 🙌.

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Dani Mancini, on starting Scribly.io ($37,000/month) full story ➜

12. 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 ➜

13. Start a real estate business ($146K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $2,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$23,000
Skills

T. Cory Lewis started T. C. Lewis & Co. Real Estate, a real estate business, over 16 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Cory Lewis, and my company is called T. C. Lewis & Co. We are a real estate investment and management firm operating mainly in the Appalachian mountain region of the Southeastern United States. We are a licensed real estate brokerage in multiple states, and that allows us to identify, project, negotiate, and broker deals for our clients for commercial and investment properties. Following the acquisition, we manage the performance of the investment and/or the improvements to the investment through our Property Management and Construction Divisions. We now represent clients from all over the world investing in the Appalachians.

We now have a small corporate office in downtown Asheville, North Carolina supporting regional offices around the Appalachians. The firm has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America (no. 128), seventh fastest growing real estate company in America, named to the Financial Times inaugural 1000 Fastest Growing Businesses in the Americas list, named Best of Property Management for eight years running, named Community Supporter of the Year, been given the Tennessee Small Business Excellence Award, named Builder of the Year, named One of the 10 Best Brokers in Tennessee, and various other recognitions.

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T. Cory Lewis, on starting T. C. Lewis & Co. Real Estate ($500,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a blog ($16.7K/month)

In recent years, blogging has become a highly sought-after & lucrative Business. This is location-independent business is a creative outlet to reach a broader audience. According to Optinmonster's list of blogging statistics and facts:

  • Blogs have been rated as the 5th most trustworthy source of gathering online information.
  • 77% of internet users read blogs.
  • Each month, approximately 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages.

Originally blogging started as an online journal, but today it is a highly profitable career option. Many people are choosing blogging as their full-time career and are earning their bread and butter from this profession.

If you want to start blogging as a side hustle or as a full-time profession, first choose a niche you will enjoy writing about and have a content strategy ready. Then, create a mailing list, and decide on a good blog posting routine to keep your audience engaged.

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,721
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Michelle Schroeder started Making Sense of Cents, a finance blog, almost 11 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! My name is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, and I run Making Sense of Cents, a personal finance and lifestyle website that helps readers earn more, save more, and live more.

I earn around $100,000 a month from Making Sense of Cents and have made over $5,000,000 from it over the years. Much of it is profit, as my expenses are extremely low. I am the only full-time employee of my business, but I do outsource some work. I have a virtual assistant, an editor, and a technical manager.

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Michelle Schroeder, on starting Making Sense of Cents ($100,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a life coaching business ($25.5K/month)

Life coaching has become an increasingly popular career choice. A life coach helps people in various areas of their lives using a combination of emotional intelligence, professional knowledge, and experience.

Life coaching is a global industry worth over $2.85 billion, and the number of life coaches has gone up 33% between 2015-2019.

This is a very profitable business and can be started at virtually no cost. You'll need a computer, a high-speed Internet connection, and a LinkedIn account to get started. You can begin coaching part time in your spare time until you build up your clientele.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $120,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,400
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Ryan Milton started TeamFFLEX, a online fitness business, over 8 years ago:

Case Study

I was once just an out of shape, overweight guy with a goal to make a change. I started my health and fitness journey by losing 90lbs. The discipline and drive it took to go from never exercising at all to achieving such significant weight loss taught me a lot about goals and how to attain them.

TeamFFLEX is my online personal training platform that coaches athletes, Hollywood actors, professional musicians and everyday people all around the world. Starting with literally 0 dollars and a hell of a lot of drive I successfully built my business into the 6 figures in less than a year. Today, TeamFFLEX LLC does $48,000 a month and is growing continually month after month.

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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($82,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start an online video editing business ($4K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$150,075
Skills

Sabba Keynejad started VEED, a online video editing business, almost 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hey, I am Sabba and I am the co-founder of VEED.IO along with my partner in crime Tim. We are a London-based bootstrapped startup. Our web app, VEED, is a simple online video editing platform that allows users to do a bunch of cool stuff like auto subtitle videos, add video effects, add music, trim, rotate videos and much more all in the browser.

We launched just over a year ago, started charging 4 months ago and as of this interview, we are at $5,300 MRR and are just about profitable (Ramen profitable).

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Sabba Keynejad, on starting VEED ($6,000/month) full story ➜

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

An online advertising agency provides business owners with a wide range of marketing services to help them reach targeted customers and consequently increase product or service sales.

Services offered by online advertising agencies include creating ads, planning marketing campaigns, deciding the best platforms for reaching the target audience, and analyzing performance to help businesses make strategic marketing and advertising decisions.

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

Luis Camacho started Fantôm Agency, a online advertising agency, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Luis Camacho and I am the founder of Fantôm Agency and also the host of the SaaS AdLab podcast, which is a podcast where I interview SaaS founders to learn more about their story. Fantôm is a digital advertising agency which focuses on helping mid-to-late stage SaaS (software as a service) companies scale through paid advertising channels such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Fantôm focuses entirely on paid advertising, I guess you could say that’s the bread and butter, it’s what I’m great at but it’s also what I’m most passionate about. There were attempts to enter different service offerings but did not have as much fun doing so. Now when clients have the need for other types of marketing, say, email marketing, I point them to one of my trusted partners who are able to execute and over-deliver on such service for them. Currently, Fantôm is making roughly $8,600 per month overhead is only a couple of hundred dollars per month, about $300, which go towards tools and software needed in order to provide the best possible results for clients.

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

18. Start a dropshipping business ($12K/month)

Dropshipping allows you to start your online e-commerce store without stock-keeping. Therefore, you do not need huge capital, and the risk is minimal because the manufacturer is responsible for the inventory and ships it directly to the customer. Therefore, your responsibility remains marketing and offering customer service. To succeed, you need a mastery of online marketing and a focus on improving customer experience.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,500 — $3,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$11,866
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Kamil Sattar started E-commerce Mentoring , a business coach, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Kamil Sattar. I am an entrepreneur who’s developed many six-figure drop shipping businesses. I’ve also created systems to maximize opportunities in different markets and I’ve started companies in many industries. One of those companies specializes in helping people who are seeking to create drop ship companies of their own.

That’s the best part of it. The techniques that I have learned are replicable. You can rinse and repeat and create new drop shipping stores.

Of course, with every store that I open, I am able to learn new things. With every new thing that I learn, it helps me improve my system that I use to create these six and seven-figure stores and it helps me improve my process for helping others generate their stores.

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Kamil Sattar , on starting E-commerce Mentoring ($100,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start a web design & online marketing business ($264K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $800,000/month
Skills

Shannon Mattern started Web Designer Academy, a affiliate marketing business, over 7 years ago:

Case Study

Hey there! I’m Shannon Mattern and I’ve helped over 15,000 new online business owners learn how to build their websites and market themselves online (even if they’re not a techie and are starting from zero).

My revenue comes from affiliate commissions from products and services I teach inside my free DIY web design training, and sales of my two signature courses: one that teaches ad-free, algorithm-proof online marketing strategies and the other that teaches web designers how to market themselves online, get clients, charge what their worth and not let their clients take over their lives!

And every month on my podcast I break down exactly how much money I make, how I make it and what my expenses are - because I believe it’s important to show the whole picture of what the opportunities and the costs are to run an online business!

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Shannon Mattern, on starting Web Designer Academy ($42,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a mobile app development business ($79.2K/month)

Mobile app development is the process of creating software applications that run on mobile devices. These apps can be used for a variety of purposes, including games, productivity, and social networking.

To start a mobile app development company, you need to have strong technical skills and be able to develop high-quality software. You should also have a good understanding of how to market and sell mobile apps.

It's no surprise that the mobile app industry is booming. The average Mobile APP Developer salary is $101,982 per year, or $49.03 per hour. These days, you can even get your foot in front of millions by developing video game apps!

The recent trends in mobile app development are moving toward Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). These new technologies are providing businesses with new ways to engage with their customers.

Starting a mobile app development business is a great way to enter the world of software development. This type of company is growing in popularity as businesses are looking for ways to reach their customers through mobile apps.

How Much Can You Make?
$6,000 — $700,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$115,736
Skills

Rob Bentley started The Jed Mahonis Group, a iPhone app, over 10 years ago:

Case Study

Hi! 👋 My name is Tim Bornholdt, and I’m a co-founder of The Jed Mahonis Group. We are a custom iOS and Android app development consultancy, and we specialize in building native mobile app solutions for businesses of all sizes.

We’ve grown at a steady pace over the past eight years. We currently work with several large and small organizations including Great Clips, Profile by Sanford Health, Green Mill, and the USA CUP. My business partner and I started the company right out of college by investing $250 each and have since turned it into a nearly seven-figure a year agency.

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Rob Bentley, on starting The Jed Mahonis Group ($80,000/month) full story ➜

21. 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 started Counterweight Creative, a podcast, about 6 years ago:

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 ➜

22. Start a voice over service ($40K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,000
Skills

Mony Raanan started Voice Crafters, a voice over service, over 13 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, my name is Mony Raanan, and I’m the founder of Voice Crafters, a multilingual voice-over agency and marketplace.

Voice Crafters operated as an agency until early 2020, at which point we launched our online marketplace. This move essentially helped double our revenue and we’re on track to making at least $500,000 in 2021 with a bottom line of around 40%.

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Mony Raanan, on starting Voice Crafters ($40,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a SEO agency ($1.19M/month)

An SEO agency is a company that provides search engine optimization services to businesses. The function of an SEO agency is to help businesses rank higher in the search engines through organic or paid means.

SEO is a rapidly growing industry, with experts across all aspects of the field already making six-figure incomes and expecting to see these types of earnings grow dramatically over the next few years.  Getting into SEO today, before it gets too saturated, will allow you to establish a strong base in a new career, with a great chance for success.

It's easier than ever to start your own SEO agency. The tools are there and the competition isn't as stiff as it used to be. If you're considering starting an SEO or digital marketing agency it might be a good idea to learn how other digital agencies succeed.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $10,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,948
Time To Revenue
390 days

Alan Silvestri started Growth Gorilla, a SEO agency, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hey there! My name is Alan Silvestri and I’m the founder of Growth Gorilla, a link building service for SaaS companies (Software as a Service). I started the company end of summer 2018 so it’s been going for a little less than a year.

The company has grown from zero to 10k in monthly recurring revenue mostly in the last 7 months and most of our clients have stayed with us for a minimum of 4 months, so we’re pretty happy with how things are going and excited for the future!

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Alan Silvestri, on starting Growth Gorilla ($25,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a virtual assistant business ($176K/month)

Virtual assistants support businesses, teams, or individuals by performing administrative tasks remotely.

As more businesses outsource more roles, the demand for virtual assistants is growing rapidly. You can find employment opportunities across a wide span of industries.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,200
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Julmar Grace Locsin started FVA Business Consultancy, a career coaching business, ago:

Case Study

Hi, I am Julmar Grace Locsin, and I am the owner and co-founder of Filipino Virtual Assistance by FVA Business Consultancy. FVA offers online and offline training, coaching, consulting, workshops, services, franchising-related virtual assistance, offshoring, outsourcing, and remote work for brands and businesses, here and abroad.

Our very mission is to equip freelancers, empower marketers, and enable businesses. We envision FVA for global digital leadership that will impact the world through digitalization, one life at a time. FVA has three arms, namely FVA Online Academy- have trained 25,000 students from our 31 courses, FVA Services- from training to hiring programs, and FVA Franchising with 16 Coaches assigned from different territories. And we are fifteen in the FVA team, including FVA co-founder Jay Locsin and me.

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Julmar Grace Locsin, on starting FVA Business Consultancy ($1,000/month) full story ➜

25. 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

Taylor Hersom started Eden Data, a consulting business, over 2 years ago:

Case Study

Hey there! My name is Taylor Hersom and I am the founder of Eden Data. Eden Data is a cybersecurity consulting firm focused on helping startups build better security as they grow.

Since starting the company in March of 2020, we have scaled to four team members and an MRR of $45k, all through remote services and nearly no startup costs.

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Taylor Hersom, on starting Eden Data ($230,000/month) full story ➜

26. 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

Mustafa started Trini Pepper Sauce, a food startup, over 8 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! My name is Mustafa Mannan, co-founder and co-owner of Trini Pepper Sauce by Findlay Food Group llc. Undergrad friends and I started producing two varieties of sauce, mild [also known as “Original”] and hot, five years ago.

Today, the sauce is sold in specialty stores in Raleigh and Washington DC, with the majority of sales coming from our online store front. All in all we are averaging $3000/month in revenue.

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Mustafa, on starting Trini Pepper Sauce ($2,250/month) full story ➜

27. Start a yoga tutoring business

Research has proven that yoga holds many health benefits. And with more and more people wanting to increase their quality of life, the demand for quality yoga trainers is increasing day by day. Take advantage of this growing industry and start a yoga business today. There is no doubt that being a yoga teacher is a very rewarding job. Some benefits of starting a yoga business are:

  • You can start it from your home
  • You can explore more
  • You have a low-stress way to test waters
  • No big investment is needed

Here we have all that you need to start an online yoga tutoring business:

  • Get your certification
  • Pick your specialty
  • Pick a name and a logo
  • Decide on a marketing and execution plan

28. Start a mechanical keyboard business

A mechanical Keyboard is a type of keyboard that uses a mechanical switch for every key.

Mechanical keyboards are designed to last longer than typical keyboards and to be more comfortable for typing. They are also less prone to errors, as the keys on mechanical keyboards require less force to operate.

Starting a mechanical keyboard business is easier than you think. The barrier to entry is incredibly low, especially if you're considering this as a part-time side business. Nowadays, mechanical keyboards are all the rage: from the affordable, no-frills offerings to top-of-the-line custom keyboards. It is a very exciting time for mechanical keyboard enthusiasts!

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Brad Agdern started TechKeys, a computer accessory business, almost 10 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Brad Agdern, and I am the founder of TechKeys, an online retail store dedicated to mechanical keyboard parts and accessories. What is a mechanical keyboard you might ask? If you are old enough to have experienced computer keyboards from the late ’80s and ’90s, you undoubtedly can recall the satisfying “snick” or “thunk” that each keypress made, giving you a tactile feedback that the key was pressed. Most modern keyboards leverage a technology known as “rubber dome” which is cheaper to manufacture as well as allow for lower-profile keyboards.

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Brad Agdern, on starting TechKeys ($5,000/month) full story ➜

29. 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

Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins) started Mikkelsen Twins, a online course, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

We are Christian and Rasmus Mikkelsen, also known as the Mikkelsen Twins online. We run an online education company where we help people to build an online book publishing business. The reason why we teach what seems like a random/kinda weird online business model is because it’s what changed our lives almost 3 years ago and freed us from the life path we were heading down (were in the middle of a business degree in community college and there was absolutely no hope for a truly happy and fulfilled life if we had continued to take that path in life).

Fast forward to today, our company is making over 6-figures in profit every month which is almost unbelievable for two 24-year-old (ambitious) idiots with just a laptop, wifi connection and a small team.

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Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins), on starting Mikkelsen Twins ($120,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a travel agency ($138K/month)

Are you a passionate traveler with entrepreneurial skills? Then starting a travel agency can be a great career choice for you.

As a travel agency, you'll be responsible for providing all the travel and tourism-related services such as accommodation, transportation, sightseeing, tour guides, local adventure, etc.

Starting an online travel agency is a lot easier than you might think. You'll need to perform market research, get a few necessary certifications (such as your IATA number), study competition, build a website, and do proper marketing.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,100 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$16,390
Business model

Marissa Daniels started Spread Your Wings Travel, a travel agency, over 3 years ago:

Case Study

Hey! My name is Marissa Daniels, and I am a millennial travel agent! I began Spread Your Wings Travel in February of 2019. Prior to 2019, I wanted an extra source of income just to have an extra cushion. I did mystery shopping, took surveys online, drove for Postmates and DoorDash, worked at a grocery store, anything I could find for extra money. I also did, and still do Brand Ambassador events as well- but those things didn’t fulfill me. I was doing them to get extra money, but it didn’t have a purpose and it wasn’t paying me as much as I wanted, so I stopped it all and just gave it to God. I let Him handle it.

Spread Your Wings Travel offers all-inclusive vacations (most under $1000 per person), cruises, luxury villas, cabins, domestic travel and more! The main thing that people like about my business is that I have a payment plan option. I like to have that option for them because not everyone is able to pay for a vacation upfront.

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Marissa Daniels, on starting Spread Your Wings Travel ($2,000/month) full story ➜

31. Start an online book store

Bookselling is the commercial trading of out-of-print books or collectibles. If you are an avid reader or just love selling online, opening an online book store in the age of Amazon and massive retail stores can be a rewarding and fun business. You can sell books on sites like eBay, Abebooks and other high-traffic bookstores.

You can write and self-publish your own books, and sell to fans directly, or resell books by different publishers. Alternatively, you can venture into the vintage, rare or out-of-print books.

To start a bookselling business follow these basic steps:

  • Find a niche and create an inventory
  • Develop a book brand
  • Source the books you plan to sell
  • Launch and market your online store

To compete effectively, differentiate your bookselling brand and be hyper-focused. Focus on delivering a curated experience so you build a community of book lovers.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $20,000/month
Skills

Nick Thacker started Conundrum Publishing, a author, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Nick Thacker, and I’m a full-time author of thriller and action-adventure novels. I write in the same genres as Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Lee Child, and my main series is about a Yellowstone park ranger named Harvey Bennett. Most of my readers are 45 years old and up, about 50/50 men/women, and the vast majority of my sales come from Amazon (either directly or through Kindle Unlimited, where I’m paid based on pages read).

I started writing back in 2011, but it was never something I thought I could do full-time. I was working a 9-5 job and I eventually realized I was making more by writing than I was at the day job, so I quit. Today, I’m pulling in about $10,000 a month on the low-end, and up to $20,000 during a heavy promotion or launch period.

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Nick Thacker, on starting Conundrum Publishing ($20,000/month) full story ➜

32. Become an online fitness coach ($42K/month)

Online fitness coaching is the use of live video or recorded video to offer fitness classes to an online audience at a fee. To become successful in business, online fitness coaches should possess the following personal qualities:

  • Stay focused on clients’ needs and goals
  • Be ready to walk the talk
  • Ask the clients questions
  • Focused on educating the client
  • Adjust to a language clients understand

Increase in number of internet usersand more hours spent online, online businesses will keep thriving.

Therefore, fitness coaches looking to expand their businesses or venture into new markets can consider starting an online fitness coach business.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $82,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,333
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Ryan Milton started TeamFFLEX, a online fitness business, over 8 years ago:

Case Study

I was once just an out of shape, overweight guy with a goal to make a change. I started my health and fitness journey by losing 90lbs. The discipline and drive it took to go from never exercising at all to achieving such significant weight loss taught me a lot about goals and how to attain them.

TeamFFLEX is my online personal training platform that coaches athletes, Hollywood actors, professional musicians and everyday people all around the world. Starting with literally 0 dollars and a hell of a lot of drive I successfully built my business into the 6 figures in less than a year. Today, TeamFFLEX LLC does $48,000 a month and is growing continually month after month.

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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($82,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start a jewelry making business ($361K/month)

The global jewelry market size was valued at $278B in 2018 and is expected to reach $292B by 2025.

The industry comprises manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and jewelry designers. Unlike many other industries that have gone through leaps in technology, the jewelry industry has remained untouched for over 40 years.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $2,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$38,333
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills

Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier started Ann + Joy, a jewelry making business, ago:

Case Study

Hello there! We are Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, two sisters from Miami who started Ann + Joy. We make handmade real flower and resin jewelry and sell online and in stores around the world. We take pride in being one of the first companies to make real flower jewelry. During our first year of business, we blossomed almost immediately into a very successful Etsy shop. Etsy was constantly featuring our products on its website and in promotional emails. We are proud to say that since starting in early 2017 we have had over 5,000 sales online.

For all the readers, we are providing a 20% off coupon to our Etsy shop. Use code: STARTERSTORY at checkout!

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Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, on starting Ann + Joy ($4,000/month) full story ➜

34. Start a dating app

A mobile dating app is one of the most popular mobile-only businesses for creating an ecosystem and generating revenue. But, with the help of a powerful development team, you can surpass all your competitors and create a sleeker end product than anyone else in this market.

Dating apps have made their way into an industry that was gaining enough traction. The online Dating Market size was valued at $7.35B in 2020 and is projected to reach $10.87B by 2028.

How Much Can You Make?
$11,250,000/month
Skills

35. Start an affiliate marketing business ($290K/month)

Are you looking for a side hustle that will pay you a passive income? Affiliate marketing is one of those side hustles that will pay you well over the long-term.

To get started, learn how to find the right product and find the right brand to partner with. You may prefer becoming an affiliate marketer for an eCommerce store or partner with a manufacturer, and market their products for a commission.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$51,285
Skills

Patrick Hess started AFH Media LLC, a niche blog, over 7 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Patrick Hess and I am the creator of Bar Games 101, a website about a wide variety of games to play with your friends and family.

As our library of game-focused content expands, traffic is increasing as well, with over 200K monthly unique visitors and revenue over $4,000 for the month of August.

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Patrick Hess, on starting AFH Media LLC (/month) full story ➜

36. Start a webinar hosting business ($897K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $897,000/month
Skills

Philip Baretto started tiiny.host, a web hosting service business, almost 3 years ago:

Case Study

Hi everybody, my name is Philip and I’m the founder of Tiiny.Host - the simplest way to host & share your web project online. It’s perfect for prototyping, demos, testing, learning to code, and small web apps.

I started it around 2 years ago and to date, over 40,000 websites have been uploaded. We’re currently at $2,000 MRR (monthly recurring revenue) and doubling every 3 months. It’s been a rollercoaster couple of years, we were making less than $100 MRR for about the first 12 months but revenue then skyrocketed. It just goes to show the trajectory of SaaS businesses on the internet.

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Philip Baretto, on starting tiiny.host ($2,000/month) full story ➜

37. Become an eBay seller

eBay sellers sell new and used clothing, electronics, books, collectibles, and other items on eBay. If you are new to the eBay marketplace, it is best to start slowly, learn the landscape and its rules, and focus on growing your sales.

Whether you want to make some extra cash or clear out unwanted items from around the house, it is easy to get started selling on eBay.

Some things you'll need to do to get started:

  • You must choose, and source products to sell, create, and verify your eBay business account.
  • Personalize the eBay account and policies, set up payment details, and ensure you adhere to eBay rules and regulations.

Once you're up and running, you can boost your eBay sales using these marketing and promotion tools available provided by eBay.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Chris Casseday started 513 Kicks, a sneaker reseller business, about 5 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Chris Casseday, and I am the founder of 513 Kicks, an online sneaker shop that offers collectible athletic shoes at unrivaled prices. I founded 513 Kicks in 2017, but I have been selling sneakers online for over 21 years. The type of sneakers that are featured in the shop are ones that are in high demand, vintage, or bring feelings of nostalgia to my customers. In other words, these are not sneakers that you’ll find at your local brick and mortar retail store today.

Prior to launching 513 Kicks, selling sneakers online would bring in some money for me on a sporadic basis - $100 one month, $500 the next. Now, after almost two years, the average profit per month is around $2,000. The biggest shift came through branding my selling efforts as “513 Kicks” as opposed to just another guy that loves sneakers, and sells them occasionally. This added a layer of credibility that has resulted in me making new connections, easily obtaining new inventory with large profit potential, and much more.

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Chris Casseday, on starting 513 Kicks ($5,000/month) full story ➜

38. Start a social media management business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $15,000/month
Skills

Amanda Shepherd started Social Media Manager Society, a career coaching business, almost 2 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Amanda Shepherd, the owner and lead mentor at the Social Media Manager Society. Aside from social media consulting to businesses in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries, I created a program to teach other women how to run successful social media businesses so they can have the time and financial freedom they’ve always wanted!

I quit my 9-5 and in one year made almost $100,000 working an average of four hours per day - and still growing!

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Amanda Shepherd, on starting Social Media Manager Society ($15,000/month) full story ➜

39. Start an email marketing business

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $33,166,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,628
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

Chase Dimond started Boundless Labs, a email marketing business, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Chase Dimond and I am the Co-Founder of Boundless Labs. We are an email marketing agency that specializes in working with eCommerce brands. We currently work with 30 eCommerce brands that do anywhere from 6 to 8 figures in annual revenue.

Since starting Boundless Labs 18 months ago, we have driven over $25 million (and growing rapidly) in email attributable revenue for our clients. Most of our clients generate ~30% of their total revenue from our email work. Our 5 highest performing clients are generating 45+% of their total revenue from our email work.

From launching in June of 2018 through the first half of 2019 our “agency” was making $40K per month (fees our clients paid us). The reason I put the agency in quotes is that during our first year in business my business partner and I were just focused on having a great time with no intentions of building a true agency.

Additionally, in my personal life, I got engaged in 2018 and married in June of 2019 so I was very focused and busy with that. Once I got back from my honeymoon at the end of Q2 of 2019, we realized we had a huge opportunity to scale the business. Clients love us as people equally as much as they love our work which has led to a majority of our client acquisition coming from referrals (more to come on this in later sections).

We ended up bringing on our first full-time employee in Q3 of 2019 and started onboarding clients again. For the second half of 2019, our business grew by ~$12K per month and we’re now making ~$90K per month. We just recently hired our second full-time employee and anticipate we’ll be at $100K per month in revenue by the end of January 2020.

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Chase Dimond, on starting Boundless Labs ($200,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start an online retail store business

How Much Can You Make?
$90,000 — $62,500,000/month
Skills

Michael Hagen started Hagan Ski, a ski touring gear, almost 12 years ago:

Case Study

Hagan makes ski mountaineering gear—exclusively. We focus without distraction on alpine ski touring. We don’t make downhill skis, clothing, hiking boots, or running shoes.

Our focus on high-performance ski mountaineering gear is recognized and appreciated by devoted backcountry skiers and has 50% annual growth in recent years. Hagan is Pure Ski Mountaineering.

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Michael Hagen, on starting Hagan Ski ($90,000/month) full story ➜

41. Start a stock video business ($10K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Skills

Eduard Stinga started VideoPlasty, a stock video business, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Eduard Stinga, founder of VideoPlasty, a platform for stock animation and GIF images.

Since we launched, more than 600,000 people have visited our platform over the years, with 2020 being our best year so far, the year we finally cleared the first legendary milestone for any startup, registering our first six-figure year with a little over $100k in revenue. And we’re just getting started!

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Eduard Stinga, on starting VideoPlasty ($10,000/month) full story ➜

42. Become a business consultant ($5K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $100,000/month
Skills

Christos Kritikos started Emerging Humanity, a business startup instruction business, almost 5 years ago:

Case Study

I am Christos Kritikos and I am the founder of Emerging Humanity. I see entrepreneurship as a catalyst for business activity, economic development, and (ultimately) social progress especially in developing parts of the world.

Emerging Humanity's goal is to facilitate this process and amplify the impact by helping the startups succeed! We offer accelerator programs, entrepreneur courses, startup tools and templates, and hands-on services like consulting and coaching, that help impact-driven entrepreneurs launch successful products and become fundable.

Since we started (3-4 years ago) I have personally helped more than 50 founders/entrepreneurs. We are also seeing promising activity with our (more recent) educational offerings like the accelerator and the eCourses.

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Christos Kritikos, on starting Emerging Humanity ($5,000/month) full story ➜

43. Build a crypto app

Building a crypto trading app is the easiest and safest way to make money from cryptocurrencies.

To build a custom crypto app, you need technical skills. A custom crypto app offers the developers complete access to the technical support team. Purchasing a white-label solution means quick time to market, and it involves a relatively simple setup.

Whether crypto traders make or lose money, a crypto app remains a winner.

How Much Can You Make?
$32,000 — $300,000/month
Skills

Auston Bunsen started CBlocks.io, a cryptocurrency business, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Auston Bunsen, I am one of the founders of CBlocks.io! CBlocks is the easiest way to acquire and learn about cryptocurrency.

We launched in mid-January and made about $32,000 in our first 30 days. I co-founded CBlocks with PK Banks & Mario Aguayo, two of my former coworkers.

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Auston Bunsen, on starting CBlocks.io ($32,000/month) full story ➜

44. Start a workshop

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Skills
Business model

Jade Weatherington, M.Ed started Teacher Jade , a teacher resources platform, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Jade, but my students call me Teacher Jade. I have two businesses that were founded from “ah-ha” moments. My primary business is an online academy that offers courses to youth ages 8-18. From the success of that business, I started my second business which teaches anyone how to teach classes online.

That was my first “ah-ha” moment. I went from teaching online as a side job and earning a couple of hundred dollars a month to becoming a five-figure a month online teacher and I was working way less than my full-time contract hours.

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Jade Weatherington, M.Ed, on starting Teacher Jade ($10,000/month) full story ➜

45. Start a restaurant

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Beth Baxter started Camper Cafe, a restaurant, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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Beth Baxter, on starting Camper Cafe ($15,000/month) full story ➜

46. Become a bags manufacturer

Starting a bag making business is one of the most profitable and easiest industries to start your business. You can choose to manufacture bags of multiple materials. One of the categories gaining prominence is eco-friendly bags. With the rising toxicity and pollution levels in the environment, eco-friendly products have become the need of the hour. Consumers are shifting away from plastic bags and looking for alternative materials.

You can produce loads of alternatives from plastic bags like- Paper, Jute, and canvas clothes which are much more durable.

47. Start an e-book writing business

How Much Can You Make?
$42,857/month
Average Initial Investment
$35
Skills

Vaibhav Kishnani started Content-Whale Private Limited, a freelance writing business, almost 5 years ago:

Case Study

I'm Vaibhav Kishnani, an engineer but a passionate writer by profession. I established Content-Whale in 2017 when I was in my third year of engineering. Going by the maxim that quality writing is everything, Content-Whale caters to 42 different content types that form the backstory of every company’s digital presence and marketing efforts.

With such varied services under one roof, our primary clientele consists of digital marketing agencies, followed by corporates, start-ups, and students. To put it simply, our target client is anyone and everyone that exists in the market.

I started this content agency with a mere sum of Rs. 2,500. Today, we have drawn a revenue turnover of Rs. 4 Crores! In my opinion, it is not individual progress. Instead, a start-up is about connecting with the right individuals at the right time, who keep the show running ahead with their strife for perfection.

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Vaibhav Kishnani, on starting Content-Whale Private Limited ($42,857/month) full story ➜

48. 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

Chhavi Agarwal started Mrs Daaku Studio, a youtube channel, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

I am Chhavi, the founder and owner of the blog and YouTube channel Mrs Daaku Studio along with my husband Amit.

Our blog, YouTube channel, and products are designed to help you achieve what we have (...and, more).

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

49. Become a fitness nurse

Fitness Nurses offer support, treatment, and back-up to their patients in addition to the care they receive from their GP surgery or specialist. Fitness Nurses are able to provide first-line supervision on exercise programs and ensure these are effective and carried out correctly.

Fitness nursing is a growing and exciting career. As a fast-growing industry, the field of healthcare is predicted to create more than two million new jobs by 2024. One career, in particular, that is expected to skyrocket in growth is the fitness nurse, also known as a clinical exercise specialist.

50. Start a restaurant

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Beth Baxter started Camper Cafe, a restaurant, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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Beth Baxter, on starting Camper Cafe ($15,000/month) full story ➜

51. Start an ebay business ($10K/month)

eBay business is one of the most fun, and profitable side hustles you should try. You can earn between up to thousands of dollars per month selling on eBay. eBay business is a great side hustle idea because the platform has millions of loyal users. Besides, the platform is best for selling collectibles and different niche market items. But you can also sell old furniture or clothes that are collecting dust at home.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$13,000
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 4 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Adam Torkildson started Tork Media LLC, a ebay business, almost 2 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Adam Torkildson (Tork to my friends). I run Tork Media, which is the umbrella company to several ventures I’m in various stages of running and/or funding.

I’m a partner and founder of 7 very different ventures; ranging from a solar farm in Bakersfield to selling sportscards on eBay (which is the one I like to talk about the most).

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Adam Torkildson, on starting Tork Media LLC ($10,000/month) full story ➜

52. Start a virtual call center business

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

Jaime Nacach started Virtual Latinos, a outsourcing business, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Jaime Nacach, I was born in Mexico and currently live in the beautiful city of San Diego, California. I’m a marketing strategist with a huge passion for technology. Four years ago, I decided to create a new company named Virtual Latinos. I wanted it to be a company that offered services that were beneficial to everyone involved. We call it a Win-Win-Win situation.

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Jaime Nacach, on starting Virtual Latinos ($350,000/month) full story ➜

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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