Faith-based businesses are a unique and powerful way to bring your mission-driven company to life.
Starting a faith-based business is a great way to get a sense of purpose for the work you do, whether it's making beautiful jewelry or saving the environment. It's also a great way to build community and foster relationships with other people who share your values.
Faith-based businesses can be built around any industry, from food trucks and restaurants to clothing stores and beyond. They're run by people who want to spread their beliefs through their work ethic, their customer service, and their products.
Here are some real-life success stories of Christian Faith-Based Businesses.
1. PrayerBowls ($360K/year)
Tom & Karen Berry (from Tampa, Florida, USA) started PrayerBowls about 8 years ago.
My wife Karen and I run a Christian business called PrayerBowls. A PrayerBowl is a bowl that holds your prayer intentions. The prayer intentions are written on PrayerCards that come with the PrayerBowl. The bowl is placed in a location where you can sit and find quiet time daily with the Lord.
2. Christian Hypnobirthing ($120K/year)
Tara Menzies (from ) started Christian Hypnobirthing over 4 years ago.
Hi! My name is Tara Menzies, and I’m the creator of the five-star rated Christian Hypnobirthing App, which is a scripture-based relaxation app designed to help expecting mamas feel more relaxed and connected to God throughout pregnancy and birth. Being in this relaxed, faith-filled state helps the body produce optimum levels of oxytocin and endorphins, naturally helping to make labor more efficient and more comfortable.
The app currently has around 5000 downloads a month, and average revenue of US$10K a month. When I decided to create this app I had no app-building or software background, no money to invest, and no potential investors. All I had was an idea and the belief that it was possible.
3. Inspiranza Designs ($4.8M/year)
Diane Lawrence & Dawn Pochek (from Colombia) started Inspiranza Designs over 16 years ago.
Hey there, I am Diane, one of the owners of Inspiranza. My business partner, Dawn Pochek and I started Inspiranza Designs with just $500 and a Big DREAM!
Inspiranza Designs revenue had dropped to a mere $100,000 per year just 4 short years ago and has now grown to approximately $400,000 per month. We have been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in American two years in a row. In 2018 we were named #157 and this year we were named #110 but oh what a journey it has been.
4. Innerglow Art ($51.6K/year)
Sarah Hickey (from Plano, Texas, USA) started Innerglow Art about 6 years ago.
I’m Sarah, an artist from Plano Texas and living out my life long dream of being an artist. I am a stay at home mom to two; my oldest Elijah is 17 months and youngest Skyla is 4 months old. My husband is also an entrepreneur, so our schedules are pretty flexible and our children get to grow up seeing us both pursue our passions.
I am most proud of how my art allows for a connection with the buyer. To me, it’s more meaningful to know the artist and their process than purchasing a piece of art in a retail store or gallery.
5. Gulf Beach Weddings ($1.98M/year)
Brandon Wheeler (from Jacksonville, Florida, USA) started Gulf Beach Weddings over 8 years ago.
My name is Brandon Wheeler, co-founder of Gulf Beach Weddings, a Beach Wedding Services company serving Tampa and Destin, FL.
6. SexyModest ($6M/year)
Brigitte Shamy (from Highland) started SexyModest over 13 years ago.
My name is Jason and I am the co-owner of SexyModest.com. My wife and I design and manufacture modest women’s clothing that is available online and in Costco.
7. Salem Software ($120K/year)
Trevor McKendrick (from Austin, Texas, USA) started Salem Software over 10 years ago.
I’m Trevor McKendrick, founder of Salem Software. Our main product was a Spanish-language Bible iPhone app. Our primary customers were Spanish-speakers living in the US.
I grew the business to over a million users and sold it in 2015 to Salem Media (Nasdaq: SALM)
8. On Cloud Faith ($60K/year)
Jonathan Waldmann (from Las Vegas) started On Cloud Faith 5 months ago.
Back in 2012, we were on vacation down in Florida and Ilona had come to us and said that she had an idea. She found a new website called Etsy where you can make items and sell them (previously it was mainly only for vintage goods). As crazy as it sounds we began by selling Gimp bracelets and headbands that we would make by hand. It was extraordinarily time-consuming and the profit was not great. So she was on the lookout for ideas.
The second problem that we discovered was that people didn’t read. No matter how simply you put the information that they either requested or that you required 7 out of 10 times you would have to message back requesting (or giving) the same information again. That was extraordinarily time-consuming.
9. Akola ($0/year)
Brittany Merrill Underwood (from Dallas, Texas, USA) started Akola over 18 years ago.
Brittany Merrill Underwood founded this retail luxury goods & jewelry brand, AKOLA.
This globally-inspired brand embodies eye-catching designs that capture the tenacity and femininity of women who are reshaping the world.
AKOLA's goal is to enable women to make a difference in their lives and communities. They were started, run, and dominated by women.
AKOLA's production facilities are located in Jinja, Uganda, a stunning city on the Nile River.
There, more than 200 AKOLA women, mostly from rural areas, are given respectable jobs and living wages.
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