82 Hospitality Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

82 Hospitality Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Are you Interested in starting a hospitality business in 2022?

Hospitality business ideas can be very profitable for entrepreneurs. However, picking the right one can be an overwhelming experience.

Luckily, there are dozens of business ideas in hospitality industry. From hotel business ideas to tours and travel to events planning, you just have to go for what you are passionate about and ensure the right approach.

We put together 82 of the best hospitality business ideas you can start today.

We'll highlight real-world examples of other hospitality businesses to help you see what it takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a hotel consulting business ($500K/month)

A hotel consulting business provides professional advice to investors or individuals interested in the hospitality industry. Another role of a hotel consultant is analyzing the hospitality industry and advising the hotel and resort owners on how to build a thriving business.

To start and operate a successful hotel consulting agency, focus on gaining industry knowledge and earning years of experience in hotel management.

How Much Can You Make?
$500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,000,000
Time To Revenue
540 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

I am Tom Boyd, Founder, and President of Boyd Hollow Resorts. I have launched 17 businesses in my lifetime. I am presently 82 years old. I have written 3 books, one on the business life of my son who built a billion-dollar company, ran for governor of the state of Tennessee, and now is the President of the University of Tennessee.

This Village, which is unique in every detail, is envisioned to be a 5-star boutique resort and event center specializing in executive retreats, group celebrations, and high-end weddings. This property will be the first of many Villages built around the World based on the high demand that we have seen before opening. Each Village will be designed featuring a character from the book, Bokee’s Trek.

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2. Start a walking tour business ($9.81K/month)

Do you love meeting new people, sharing knowledge, and touring places? Then, starting a walking tour business can bring so much enjoyment, and it is also a great business idea.

Starting a walking tour requires so little to no startup capital. With word of mouth and a website, you can begin receiving dozens of bookings so long as your walking tours are well planned and targeted to potential customers.

To start the walking tour business, do market research and design uniquely enjoyable tours. Establish proper marketing channels and register the business appropriately.

How Much Can You Make?
$9,806 — $8,110,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,000
Skills
Business model

Case Study

We are 3 young Italian travelers in love with eagerness to explore the world and their country who think that traveling should be allowed to everybody, despite how big the pocket is.

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3. 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 linking travelers to providers of 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.

To maximize earnings, negotiate discounts from the industry service providers, and charge travellers within the market rate

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

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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4. Start a tour company ($89.3K/month)

Starting a tour company is a great way to bring your love of travel to life. You can share your passion with others and help make their dream vacations come true!

There are many types of tour businesses, so it's best to choose something you are passionate and knowledgeable about. Here's a few of the most popular tour companies to start:

  • Food & Drink Tours
  • Adventure & Sporting Tours
  • Sightseeing & Historical Tours
  • Shopping Tours
  • and many more!

It's also important to determine what mode of transportation you want for your tour company, as this will determine the initial startup costs needed for your company.

To get started, find out if you need a license to operate in your state. Some states require tour companies to be licensed, while others do not. If you are required to be licensed, talk with the licensing agency to find out what steps must be taken before you can apply for that license.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,800 — $43,300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,700
Skills

Case Study

Hi, I’m Jessica Baumgart, and in 2017 I founded Delicious Denver Food Tours to connect Denver locals and visitors to my city’s amazing food scene.

When I first launched the business, I was guiding every food tour myself. By month three, I had broken even and was turning a profit. This was also when I started hiring my first tour guide. Now 1.5 years into running the business, I manage a team of tour guides, and the business is producing $20,000/month in revenue.

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5. Start a private snorkel tour business ($60K/month)

Do you enjoy watching fish and other underwater creatures? You could turn your love for underwater watching into a great snorkeling business. As much as snorkeling is a combination of entertainment and relaxation, starting a snorkel tour business is a fantastic way to earn income.

To get customers to your snorkeling tours, design an informative and colorful brochure depicting the entertainment and relaxation that snorkeling offers. Do not forget to record videos, share them widely on social media, and tag nearby restaurants, hotels, and campgrounds.

To run a successful business, you will need general knowledge and experience in snorkeling, first-aid training, and equipment. Also, due to the nature of this business, you will need to carry liability insurance and possibly a certificate identifying you as a tour operator.

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000/month
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hey there! I’m Nok, co-founder, and director of Five Star Thailand Tours. We've helped over 30,000 travellers in southern Thailand connect with local boat captains to experience incredible and authentic private snorkelling and boat tours.

We are proud to employ 100% local tour guides and boat captains, contributing money directly back into the local economy, and providing a sustainable income for those who need it the most. Throughout our time in business, we have ensured our prices remain fair and competitive to our customers; while prioritizing a fair and sustainable income for our hard-working team.

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6. Start a cleaning business ($87.5K/month)

Starting a cleaning business is an excellent opportunity to be your own boss and make money doing what you love. This business is relatively easy to start and does not involve a ton of equipment or funds to start.

There are many different types of cleaning services, so it's important to decide what type of cleaning services (or combination of services) you will offer, and what hours of the day or week those services will be available during.

To start cleaning service, you'll want to consider investing in professional cleaning equipment such as a vacuum cleaner, a quality mop, and a good cleaning bucket. You will also need to buy environment-friendly cleaning products such as detergent, bleach, paper towels, and trash bags.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $708,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$161,159
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hey! My name is Neel Parekh and I am the Founder and CEO of MaidThis® & MaidThis® Franchise, a cleaning franchise that helps residential homeowners and short-term rental hosts (Airbnb, VRBO, etc) with their cleanings.

  • We made our niche focus on cleaning Airbnbs and vacation rentals, in addition to regular home cleaning, which is a rapidly growing industry. We became the first cleaning franchise specializing in vacation rental cleaning.
  • Local businesses are often pretty old school and typically aren’t the best with marketing, especially digital marketing. We’re bringing new-age marketing tactics to this old-school industry.
  • Remote work: we’ve been able to stay extra nimble and lean with having a global workforce. This was initially done out of necessity so I could travel, but quickly became a huge competitive advantage. Our office team works across 8 different countries.

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7. Start a car rental business

Car rental can be a profitable venture if you are passionate about starting a business in the auto industry. Retail and corporate are the main segments within the car rental industry. Retail car rentals focus on individuals who rent cars for shorter periods, while corporate car rental targets companies that want to transport clients or employees.

If you are starting a car rental business, target airports, hotels, railway stations, commercial offices, and other high-traffic areas.

Market your business, hire employees who will manage the operations and keep records, and purchase business insurance for both cars and employees.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $583,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$25,000
Skills

Case Study

We are Taylor Hood and Gretchen Bayless, founders of ROAMERICA. A company that specializes in adventure vehicles, including 4wd campervans.

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8. Start a private hostel business

A private hostel is a residential premise or center set up by a private entity to accommodate paying guests on a rental basis for a fixed duration. Private accommodation for tourists and travelers can be a good option if you love meeting and hosting different people while creating a passive income from your business.

Setting up your own private hostel business takes a lot of planning. First, find the ideal location and check all the local zoning laws. Then, procure (buy/lease) a perfect building and equip it with beds and other accommodations for guests.

To attract business, network with tours and travel companies and advertise the business on social media.

9. Start an event management company ($45K/month)

Do you have a basic understanding of events, possess great communication skills, and aren’t afraid to talk to C-suite executives, event attendees, donors, brand sponsors, and vendors?

Event management is a profession that is growing rapidly. Experts estimate that the event management and planning industry will experience a growth rate of 10% in a few years.

You can use your skills and passion by starting an event management company. Event management is not only an exciting career, but it is also a profitable business opportunity, with endless opportunities, you can focus on social and entertainment events, and corporate events, or become a general event management company.

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$18,700
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi, I’m Dietrich, a retired investment manager and co-founder of Spacehuntr. Spacehuntr is a fully integrated 360° platform that enables businesses to book and manage unique Work, Play & Stay spaces for corporate events in one easy to use platform that acts as a digital event planner.

In 2019, revenues grew +700% and we are, despite the global pandemic, on track to match this growth in terms of international expansion in 2020.

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10. Start a day spa business

A luxury day spa offers skin and body care, hair removal, makeup, and other body pampering treatments.

Luxury day spas have boomed over the past few years, and the trend will not stop anytime soon. Millions of people worldwide schedule to visit a day spa where they can relax, feel pampered and unwind. If you love helping people relax, starting a luxury day spa can be a rewarding business. It is not only fun but also profitable as long as you have a good business plan and find a great location for your spa.

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$35,000
Skills

Case Study

Hello guys, my name is Gary Oberoi and I founded ZZ Day Spa 3.5 years ago. The goal was to make it the most customer-centric day spa in the world.

Our goal was to create a place for customers to not only come and receive a “service” but enjoy an “unforgettable experience.” To that end, we focused all of our efforts.

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11. Become a travel photographer

Are you a talented creative with an ever-enduring sense of wanderlust and looking for a business to support your travel expenses? Becoming a travel photographer can be a great business opportunity!

Travel photographers focus on documenting places, animals, and sceneries on their photojournalist websites or library and selling to different clients.

For instance, you could get your photo on a national geographic cover or sell it as print art at the local museums or galleries.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $233,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,250
Skills

Case Study

Hi! My name is Anthony Do, creator of ANTHONYKDO INC. I run my own business in the creative industry as a filmmaker, photographer, and creative director. I am a nomadic Canadian that was born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Today, I have over two dozen loyal clients that are scattered across six different countries. That number continues to grow as I touch new places on the map. My monthly revenue fluctuates and is volatile, but I have been able to keep it somewhere between $7000-15000/month for a few years.

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12. Start a restaurant reservation platform

A restaurant reservation platform lets customers reserve a table while restaurateurs oversee bookings, cancelations and no-shows. The reservation software may also feature a waitlist tool, a visual table management and handles payments.

The hotel and restaurant business has become more competitive, and restaurants are focusing on improving service delivery. An example of a great approach is investing in table reservation software, which delivers a more predictable wait time. A restaurant reservation platform helps businesses optimize seating layouts to accommodate more customers.

Therefore, building a restaurant reservation system can be a great idea if you want to start a hospitality business.

13. Start an airbnb hosting business

Do you have an extra room or unoccupied house in your home? You can turn that property into a revenue-generating asset by starting an Airbnb listing. Airbnb is one of the world’s largest accommodation platforms. According to experts, Airbnb’s future is undoubtedly bright.

Therefore, starting an Airbnb business can be rewarding. To start, prepare your Airbnb listing and set it up accordingly. To increase bookings, offer the best services and encourage the guests to leave a positive review.

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

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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14. Start a golf course business

If you are a golfer, it is easier to fall in love with the idea of owning a golf course. A golf course business can be a passive idea, and a great retirement plan.

To start, you can purchase a ready golf course. Alternatively, if you own a piece of land, you can do your golf course. Golf course is not only a passive source of income, but also, similar to real estate, its value increases overtime. Therefore, the golf course business idea can be a profitable and a secure investment.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Sully, and I am the proud founder of BombTech Golf. My team and I sell premium golf clubs direct-to-consumer.

  • I currently work 2-4 hours a week on BombTech Golf and have successfully been able to get myself out of working "in" the business and now work “on” the business.

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15. Start a casino guide

Are you passionate about casinos and gambling? If so, starting a casino guide business is one way to profit from your passion. A casino guide targets tourists looking for a place to play their favorite games and probably win the incentives offered at the casino.

Starting a casino guide is not only a fun way to spend your extra hours, but it is also a rewarding business. You can feature the local casinos in your area and earn an affiliate's commission for referring tourists to the casinos.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Case Study

Hi! My name is Arjun Patel and I started onlinecasinoguide.in, an online casino affiliate for the Indian market. Onlinecasinoguide. provides completely honest and detailed reviews of casino sites that accept Indian players. Our reviews help our readers choose an online casino that suits their needs.

The platform also provides guides for popular casino games played in India. Most importantly, we recommend the best casino sites to play different games. Then, we also provide information about promotions and bonus offers at casinos that Indians can benefit from. Today, we have about 30K visitors each month.

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16. Start a hiking company

Are you passionate about backpacking and hiking? Starting a backpacking and trekking business can be a noble idea if you love everything about tours and travel and know all the tourist attractions in your neighborhood.

To start a hiking company, explore the hiking tour market, and create a business plan. Also, take photos of the hiking sites and the trails, then post them to your social media pages and website.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

My name is Mark Johnson. In 2017, I launched Hobnail Trekking Co., an adventure travel company that specializes in treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other epic locales in the Himalayas, as perhaps the least qualified person on the planet to do so. By the end of 2019, we will have sent 23 Americans on this life-changing journey.

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17. Start a food truck ($125K/month)

Food trucks are a highly profitable business that offers customers a variety of meal options out of a mobile truck. This basically operates inside a large vehicle equipped with kitchen and food products.

The basic expenses to start a food truck business are as follows:

  1. Food truck: In general, a commercial truck can cost between $50,000 to $90,000 on average. However, to save cost, you can also buy a second-hand commercial truck.
  2. Kitchen equipment: You will need to invest in some good quality & functional kitchen equipment such as an oven, fryer, grill, sinks, etc.
  3. Licenses & Permits: To start a food truck business you will need to get some licenses and permits. The cost of license and permit and other fees may vary from state to state.
  4. Staff: The average salary of a food truck cook can vary from $21,000 to $39,000 for an experienced chef.
  5. Marketing: It is important that you use social media channels as a marketing tool to get the word out about your business. Plus, you can also use pamphlets and also advertise in the local newspapers.

In order to start a food truck business in a particular city, it is mandatory to check what kind of food trucks are already operating, identify a gap, and bring in some new experiences.

How Much Can You Make?
$29,166 — $61,650,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$44,033
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

I started my career at the world-famous Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles Apprenticing under Certified Master Chef Raimund Hofmeister.

Food Fleet’s growth Year after year has been at an at over 30 %. From 2017-2018 we had an unprecedented 160% growth spurt. With a team of 6, including my partner and I, we managed over 20 million in sales for our clients. As an example. We took over a convention center 3 years ago managing their food truck business. For their largest event of the year, we were up 53% over the previous year. I honestly would have to equate some of that success to the under-reporting of sales by the previous operator. But the following year we were up 19% from that figure and again close to that this year. That is due in large part to our understanding of transaction times, menu mix, the equipment in each truck or pop up and other factors.

18. Write a travel guidebook

Every travel destination offers a unique experience. Are you passionate about traveling and exploring new locations? You can translate unique experiences into something tangible for other travelers by writing a travel guidebook.

A travel guidebook explains to travelers different things about the destination, including:

  • What is there to do
  • What and where to eat
  • How to get around
  • Where to stay

If you are enthusiastic about your local neighborhoods and townships, you can share a lot of information and market them as ideal travel locations.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

I’m a Brit who came to live on the Spanish island of La Palma who self publishes books about the island. My guide book to the astronomical observatory here has done so well that I’m now working on the 3rd edition to include the newest telescopes and discoveries. I followed that with an anthology of children’s stories set on the island and I have more books planned.

It's an unusual combination, but it works for me. I don't have all that much money but I have a great quality of life.

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19. Start a surprise travel agency ($168K/month)

Are you looking for a scalable side hustle idea and one that allows you some flexibility? A surprise travel agency is a good option that will enable you to choose a friendly niche market. Besides, a surprise travel agency lets you gain exposure and experience, while it is an opportunity with unlimited income potential. If you love sharing travel recommendations and always find the best local spots when you visit a new city, this will be ideal for you.

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $450,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$250
Time To Revenue
180 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 7 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Case Study

Hello! My name is Charlotte Curry McGhee and I started Whisked Away Surprise Travel. Whisked Away saves travelers from hours of planning and overwhelm, giving them the curated surprise trip of their dreams!

Since starting the business in March of 2017, I’ve seen revenue grow exponentially each year, with many clients booking their second surprise trips with Whisked Away within months (or weeks!) of returning.

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20. Start a vacation rentals business ($12.5K/month)

Vacation rentals host travelers for a short period. Often located in top vacation destinations, vacation rentals feature spacious rooms and a cozy lifestyle and are cheaper than booking a hotel.

Building or buying a vacation rental is a smart way of creating a passive income without much involvement in the business.

To make money through the vacation rentals business, ensure a strategic location, often nearby attractions. Choose an area that is easily accessible and desirable all year round and create a beautiful space for your guests.

Stand out by optimizing the vacation rental listing online and feature all available amenities.

How Much Can You Make?
$12,500 — $156,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$160,000
Skills

Case Study

My name is Julio Sanchez, and together with my wife Alison we are the proud owners at Cardiff Vacations. We own three beautiful vacation rentals in Cardiff by-the-Sea, California. The Penthouse, the Parkhouse, and the Seacottage have been in the family for quite some time. Alison’s parents have built the duplex, what is now the Parkhouse and Penthouse when they moved here as a young family back in 1978 and this is the home where Alison grew up.

Each year we welcome around 3k people. Only 2020 has been a bit slower on business due to the pandemic restrictions. Hopefully, next year will bring us some good news and business will be closer to normal.

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21. Start a party planning business

Party planning involves budgeting, establishing party timelines, selecting and reserving ideal party sites, acquiring permits, theme décor, and coordinating party catering and transportation.

Are you organized, creative, and client-focused? You can put those skills into starting a successful party planning business. To become a party planner, you must desire to help other people enjoy themselves. Besides, you need diplomacy, salesmanship, and multitasking skills.

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$8,666
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 6 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

Hello, I am Akshay Patel from Albuquerque, NM the land of enchantment. I started an event rental and decor company that led me to an event venue. The View Event Center is a lavish space that is an indoor and outdoor event venue with panoramic city views. Our high-end venue with experienced staff will assist from venue decor to the smallest details entailed in making memories of a lifetime. Simply Decor, Tents, and Events ensures exclusive decor and thrives to bring your event to life through customized, elegant decor for all of their clients.

The full-service company will individually work with every client to design their event that will intrigue every eye in the room. Our company is broad that we get many different types of customers and we make many great connections with them as well. The company was making upwards of $380,000 a year.

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22. Start an Event and after party cleaning business

Event and after-party cleaning business depends upon corporate and individual customers celebrating various events and hosting parties. The party and event organizers do not worry about cleaning utensils or cleaning the event venues.

Starting the event and after-party cleaning business requires the proper planning, maid, and janitorial skills. To start, purchase the appropriate cleaning equipment and hire skilled venue cleaners.

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$20,000
Skills

Case Study

I am James Hookway and I own and run Hangover Helpers. The business is an after-party cleaning company that started about 5 years ago. We don't just clean up your mess we also bring breakfast and refreshments. (Please note due to COVID-19 we have ceased the food and beverage services until further notice).

Monthly revenue about 3k a month with some months up to $7k during the busy summer period. After COVID-19 there is a big backlog of cleans here in WA so we are having to say no to cleans as not enough staff. We are about to hit our 500th clean, so on average we do 100 cleans a year (just on weekends).

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23. Start a catering business ($20K/month)

A catering business is responsible for providing food & beverage-related services for a vast types of events.

Catering businesses are known to be more flexible than other businesses because they don’t have to worry about location or pricing, and can even work 24/7. They can cater anywhere and offer any price point that they want.

However, starting a catering business requires a lot of planning. If you want to start a successful catering business , you'll need to plan and prepare menus, manage budgets, handle clients, and more. Catering also allows you to meet more people and show off your cooking skills.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,750 — $20,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$356
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi, my name is Nestor Nidome and I am the founder and owner of Elegante Catering. Serving the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside county) and now have expanded to serve all of Southern California. Our customers, mostly higher middle class, have enjoyed our delicious menu ranging from full service plated meals, made to order pasta bars to buffet-style menus such as Mexican fajitas bar and tacos.

Weddings because there is no higher compliment than to have the bride and groom come up to us complimenting us and letting us know how all their guests are raving about the food. As for corporate caterings we like to make it as simple as possible for them. We have 12 different menus they can choose from so that every month their employees enjoy a different menu. Plus once we have their information all they have to do is text us the Date, Menu, and Time they want. We understand that they have better, more important things to do than order food. This has allowed us to grow our monthly sales to $20,000.

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24. Start a food tour company ($20K/month)

The food tour business involves guiding travelers through a tour of food from various restaurants and cities. Food tours are a unique avenue for foodie travelers who want to explore the cities they are visiting. The good thing about starting a food tour business is you have different niches to choose from. Besides, you can choose to concentrate on a particular location and define your work schedule.

Food tour businesses make money by introducing discerning customers to unique restaurants, vineyards, and breweries for a fee. Alternatively, the food tour company can earn commission from the restaurants they refer customers to, based on a pre-arrangement.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $50,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,666
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi, I’m Jessica Baumgart, and in 2017 I founded Delicious Denver Food Tours to connect Denver locals and visitors to my city’s amazing food scene.

When I first launched the business, I was guiding every food tour myself. By month three, I had broken even and was turning a profit. This was also when I started hiring my first tour guide. Now 1.5 years into running the business, I manage a team of tour guides, and the business is producing $20,000/month in revenue.

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25. Start a flight tours business ($759K/month)

A flight tour business takes people on short flights to experience an aerial view. If you are into airplanes and love taking different people on tours, the flight tour business is a more expensive service that targets adventurous clients.

While starting a flight tour business may sound overwhelming, doing scenic tours the right way can be rewarding. Cover locations of interest worth seeing from the air and target affluent travelers. To market your business, take a couple of pictures covering different scenes to entice the target customers and make them want to experience the tours.

How Much Can You Make?
$18,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$80,000
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

If you have ever met me (which is pretty unlikely), then you probably learned relatively quickly that I’m really into airplanes. And by ‘really’ I mean borderline obsessed. My name is Corey Rust, and I own the Troutdale, Oregon based air tour business Envi Adventures.

Now, our best month was over $30,000 in revenue, and that is only in our second year. For a dumb guy like me, it makes me happy to know that I’m providing a service that people from all over the world are interested in. Not only that, but we have been able to generate a brand that people are beginning to recognize and connect with on a different level. Personally, I think that’s the most exciting part.

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26. Start a romantic date planning service

A romantic date night planning service delivers a custom romance package to customers planning their first date or who want to spend some quality time with a long-term partner.

While for some, a date night may sound as simple as going to a nice restaurant for dinner and then to a movie theater, for others, it is a serious commitment and needs proper planning. The latter choose to involve a professional, especially when traveling to new locations because they are looking for a fantastic life experience.

Therefore, starting a romantic date night planning service can be a fun way to earn doing what you love. To start, choose a niche and market your business. Focus on understanding clients' requirements and delivering an exact match so you earn positive reviews and recommendations.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $3,500/month
Average Initial Investment
$500
Skills

Case Study

Hello! I'm Ta'Veca Collins, MSW, Registered Clinical Social Worker (Florida) Owner and operator of Romance On The Go, Concierge Services (ROTGO-Est. 2012), a small business that promotes romance and intimacy.

“Meet The Tolberts” - They spent their Honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale, FL. and we executed this sunrise picnic with a mini photoshoot.

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27. Start a cooking classes ($100K/month)

Online cooking classes can be a great side hustle for seasoned chefs or cooking enthusiasts looking for a way to earn some extra cash. You can create content and teach your audience how to prepare meals.

Consider creating members-only content to earn from the online cooking classes side hustle. Alternatively, you can sell recipes for a small fee. To grow the side hustle, consider issuing some free content as a way to build curiosity among potential audiences. You can charge your audiences a subscription fee so they can have exclusive access to your content.

To start cooking classes, choose a niche and follow your passion. Create a website and maintain an active social media presence.

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

Hi, I’m Monika Reti, owner, and founder of Hipcooks! Hipcooks Cooking Schools are known for measurement-free cooking, delighting in the process, and inventing along the way. Every class ends a dinner party with new friends.

Hipcooks is proud to be counted among the top 25 Cooking schools in America, and the only other beside Sur La Table with more than one location.

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28. Start a jet ski rental business

Are you looking for a business you can start within the coastal locations? A jet ski rental business can be excellent if you target areas that attract water sports tourists. According to industry experts, the global market size for the water sports gear market will reach $55.2 billion in the next decade.

Therefore, starting the ski jet rental business can be a profitable business. To venture into the ski rental business, you may choose to start alone or consider starting as a franchise partner. For an absolute beginner in this industry, a franchise would be advisable.

29. Start a bike rental store

Bike rental is one of the most profitable rental business ideas most people overlook. Today, bike rental is in high demand, especially among people who love outdoor activities. Today, people prefer renting a bike as opposed to buying one. Moreover, bikes offer a hassle-free and quicker ride option for daily commuters. In that regard, starting your own bike rental business is exciting and can be a profitable business.

If you are starting a bike rental business, some avenues you could use to increase business profitability include:

  • Targeting tourists
  • Reaching out to biker clubs
  • Biking training schools
  • Cater to employees in organizations that encourage the use of bikes

Use bike rental software to manage bookings, and market your business on social media and biking clubs, to maximize bookings.

30. Start a hotels business

If you are considering starting a hotel, then it is time to set your plan into action. There are five key elements to understand if you want to succeed in this industry: location, size, budget, experience, and market demand.

Here are some tips to consider prior to forming a hotel:

  • Name your business
  • Decide on a marketing strategy
  • Start by renting out a room in your home.
  • Hire a business capital broker
  • Try AirBnB
  • Make a marketing plan
  • Offer complementary services

31. Start a glamping business

Glamping is the ultimate in eco-chic these days. A glamorous twist on camping, glamping feels more like a 5-star hotel and less like roughing it.

You could turn your backyard into a campground that earns money every day.

32. Start a pet sitting business

A pet sitter is a professional who provides daily care for pets while the pet owners are at work or on vacation. The pet sitter's duties include:

  • Cooking special meals for pets as instructed by pet owners.
  • Reporting any behavioral issues to pet owners.
  • Playing with the pets to encourage their mental and physical stimulation.

One of the advantages of working as a pet sitter is that it's not a stressful career. You also get to work with different animals while enjoying a work-life balance.

Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills
Business model

33. Start a hotel booking platform

The explosively popular Airbnb, as well as countless similar services, has proven that the market for home and apartment rentals is growing rapidly. As an entrepreneur with a love of travel, you see an opportunity to extend this same model to hotels. That's why you start a hotel booking platform, a place where travelers can search for and book accommodations around the world.

The market size of the online hotel booking platform industry worldwide amounted to nearly $518B in 2020. Starting a hotel booking platform can be so interesting as an idea that can grow rapidly. It doesn't require any license, no inventory — only mobile phones, internet connection, and some motivation to succeed.

Average Initial Investment
$209,666
Skills

34. Start a pet hotel business

Over 60M households own dogs or cats in the United States. What happens when they leave town or go on vacation? Pet boarding is a lucrative industry that can be served locally in any state or city across the world.

35. Start a helicopter charter business

Do you have a pilot rating? If you love flying tourists around the country, you can turn your passion into a profitable venture by starting a private charter helicopter service.

Starting a private charter helicopter service is not as easy as it may sound. The business demands a massive investment as you have to purchase the helicopter. However, a private charter helicopter service can be profitable.

To start, learn how to fly, or you can plan to pay a qualified pilot by the flying hours. Then, you can buy or lease a helicopter and get a flying clearance and insurance.

36. Start an eco hotels business

An eco-friendly hotel employs sustainable practices to reduce its impact on the environment. Some measures include energy and water consumption, zero waste generation, and eco-friendly products in its maintenance, services, and supply chain.

According to statistics, a third of consumers prefer sustainable brands. In addition, tours and travel brands like Tripadvisor have developed a Green Leaders program.

Starting an eco-friendly hotel brand is profitable and a way of supporting environmental conservation efforts. If you are starting an eco-friendly hotel, sensitize your staff on the importance of ecological conservation. Some eco-friendly ideas to consider for your hotel include:

  • Cutting down on the use of plastic water bottles by adding a water filling station in the lobby
  • Offering guests a reusable branded water bottle
  • Installing towel racks in bathrooms to make it easier for guests to reuse the towels
  • Making recycling options easy to spot

Starting an eco-friendly hotel may sound. However, with more people becoming sensitive to environmental preservation, an eco-friendly hotel could be more profitable than you expect.

37. Start a fishing charter business

Fishing charter businesses offer access to offshore fishing locations to tourists and locals. If you love water activities and enjoy fishing, starting your own fishing charter business can be fun and rewarding.

Launching your fishing charter is not as difficult as you may imagine, so long as you meet all the required regulations. First, you may need a coast guard license and a fishing permit if your fishing charter operates mainly along the coastal region.

Once you have met the regulatory requirements, invest in the appropriate gear for fishing charters and market your business. Purchase a large boat, enough to carry small groups of people on fishing trips.

38. Become a bed and breakfast owner

Bed and breakfast is a sort of a hybrid between a luxury hotel and a private home. The host offers the guest affordable accommodation featuring a bed and breakfast at the room's price. B&Bs offer affordable accommodation and are becoming popular among travelers who prefer a private setting.

If you have realistic expectations, B&B can be a profitable and enjoyable business. To start, you can renovate and turn your home into an inn. Alternatively, you can build or buy a ready house and convert it into a modern B&B.

39. Start a wine tour business

Wine tourists visit wineries and vineyards where they experience gorgeous views and learn more about wine production. There are plenty of places where wine tourists can visit. To start a wine tour business, create a profile of your area's top wineries and vineyards. Include different activities related to the wine tour business.

Then, market the trips to those attractive locations, showing the features the tourists can expect to see there. Wine tour businesses offer their customers a mix of luxury private tours to big group tours.

40. Start a resort hotels business

A resort provides accommodations and attractions conveniently located on the same premises. An ideal resort business on an island has an excellent prospect since many people love traveling. However, starting a resort can be overwhelming.

To start, ensure you have a solid business plan and scout the area you intend to purchase the property, ensuring it shall be well-positioned. Promote and market your resort to attract tourists.

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

Case Study

I am Tom Boyd, Founder, and President of Boyd Hollow Resorts. I have launched 17 businesses in my lifetime. I am presently 82 years old. I have written 3 books, one on the business life of my son who built a billion-dollar company, ran for governor of the state of Tennessee, and now is the President of the University of Tennessee.

This Village, which is unique in every detail, is envisioned to be a 5-star boutique resort and event center specializing in executive retreats, group celebrations, and high-end weddings. This property will be the first of many Villages built around the World based on the high demand that we have seen before opening. Each Village will be designed featuring a character from the book, Bokee’s Trek.

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41. Start a surf school ($100K/month)

A surf school is where surfing professionals share their surfing knowledge and educate students on beach safety and general aquatic awareness. Certified surf teachers teach surf lessons in a controlled and safe environment.

If you are a professional surfer, you can start a surfing school and turn your passion into a profitable venture. Surf schools charge students per lesson or hour.

42. Start an airport bus shuttle services

An airport bus shuttle service transports people and luggage to and from or within airports. An airport shuttle service can be profitable to operate.

If you plan to start an airport bus shuttle, focus on building alliances and partnerships with companies and local businesses that will supply you with customers.

More business ideas

  • 43. Start a hotel art supply business
  • 44. Start a canoe and kayak tours business
  • 45. Start a pod hotels business
  • 46. Start a student hostel business
  • 47. Start a party bus business
  • 48. Start an extended stay hotels business
  • 49. Start a luxury hotels business
  • 50. Start a boatel business
  • 51. Start a patient medical centre business
  • 52. Start a double decker bus
  • 53. Start a pension lodging business
  • 54. Start a spa resort business
  • 55. Start a suite hotels business
  • 56. Start an e-scooter business
  • 57. Start a conference and convention center hotels business
  • 58. Start a timeshare rentals business
  • 59. Start a serviced apartments business
  • 60. Start a water park business
  • 61. Start a garden hotels business
  • 62. Start a self-service hotels business
  • 63. Start a budget-friendly hotels business
  • 64. Start a skydiving business
  • 65. Start an airport hotels business
  • 66. Start an ice hotel business
  • 67. Start a corporate retreat and workshops business
  • 68. Start an eco tours service business
  • 69. Start a shipping container hotel
  • 70. Start a hotelship business
  • 71. Start an amusement park
  • 72. Start a souvenir shop
  • 73. Start a guest house business
  • 74. Start a motel business
  • 75. Start a chain hotels business
  • 76. Start an a ryokan business
  • 77. Start a cruise ship travel agent business
  • 78. Start a kennels business

79. Start a house sitting business

House sitters take care of customers' homes while they are away for extended periods. You may be able to offer house sitting to people with multiple properties for short-term or long-term, depending on how much time you have.

Starting a house-sitting business does not require a huge amount of capital. You can create a website or a social media page and advertise your services. Your typical duties as a house-sitting agent will include:

  • Feeding pets, cleaning cages, and grooming them
  • General housework and cleaning
  • Maintaining gardens and hedges
  • Taking in the post, newspapers, and junk mail
  • Watering houseplants

You can attract new customers by printing a few business flyers and targeting wealthy housing estates or apartments in the city.

More business ideas

  • 80. Start a boutique hotel business
  • 81. Start a pop-up hotel business
  • 82. Start a spa hotel business
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