7 Photo Editing Business Success Stories [2023]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
Start A Photo Editing Business

Photo editing businesses edit and retouch existing photos for their clients. The service ranges from cleaning up image blemishes and lighting issues. The photo editing business can be a fun and rewarding venture. The profit margin largely depends on your target customers and your set rate.

If starting a photo editing business, conduct market research and ensure competitive rates to keep attracting customers.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a photo editing business:

1. Photopea ($100K/year)

Photopea started naturally as Ivan was in college. He had this idea of displaying PSD files to users online so they could edit photos without the software expertise. This gradually developed into a graphics editor software, and one iteration after the other, Photopea was launched.

How much they make: $100K/year
How much did it cost to start: $500
Current team size: 0

Building a Photo Editor and Making $100k/mo as a Solo Founder

Discover how Ivan built a successful photo editor with 10 million sessions/month and $100,000 monthly ad revenue as a solo founder.

About
Ivan started Photopea almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Ivan grew the business to $8.33K/month
Costs
It cost Ivan $500 to start the business

So... can you actually make money with a photo editing business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

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4. Photopea

Photopea Online Photo Editor lets you edit photos, apply effects, filters, add text, crop or resize pictures. Do Online Photo Editing in your browser for free!

  • Estimated revenue: $8.33K/month
  • Website traffic: 9.91M/month
  • Business rank: #1.46K

Check out their full website ➜

5. BeFunky

BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker. Online Photo editing and creating collages has never been easier.

  • Website traffic: 4.58M/month
  • Business rank: #3.58K

Check out their full website ➜

So... can you actually make money with a photo editing business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

7. Photo Retouching Services

A company of the best photo retouchers offers online photo editing services for professional photographers 24x7x365! View the list of photo retouching services ⟾ and order online!

  • Website traffic: 2M/month
  • Business rank: #9.1K

Check out their full website ➜

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story
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