The 25 Best Business Ideas To Start In Indonesia [2022]

The 25 Best Business Ideas To Start In Indonesia [2022]

Interested in starting a business in Indonesia in 2022?

We put together 25 of the best businesses you can start in Indonesia today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start an explainer video business ($63K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$203,500
Skills
Business model

Andre Oentoro (from Córdoba) started Breadnbeyond, a explainer video business, almost 14 years ago:

Indonesia Case Study

Hi! I’m Andre Oentoro, founder of Breadnbeyond, a digital studio focusing on animated explainer video production. I founded the company back in 2009, and it’s been more than a decade since we helped our first client deliver their messages through short animated content that’s now widely known as explainer videos.

Since the very beginning, I have always looked beyond the border to grow the business by taking it international and catering to clients across the globe. Which is unique when I started this business. Most of our clients are based in the U.S and they are growing by more than 100% each year, at least in the first few years.

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Andre Oentoro, on starting Breadnbeyond ($180,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a software business ($14.3K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $4,200,000/month
Skills

Philip Young (from Indonesia) started Session, a software business, almost 2 years ago:

Indonesia Case Study

Hello, I’m Philip, a designer, and developer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I’m working on Session, an app that helps you to stay focused by blocking distracting web, apps, and Slack, and be more reflective of what you’ve worked on.

As of last month (May 2021), Session made about $5.8K per month in revenue. The business model is freemium; basic functionalities are free, while real-time sync and additional features could be unlocked with a subscription. The only overheads I have are server costs and email sending costs—both at~$10 per month.

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Philip Young, on starting Session ($5,500/month) full story ➜

3. Develop a mac app ($66.7K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$21 — $200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,600
Skills
Business model

Wilbert Liu (from Indonesia) started Mumu, a mac app, over 2 years ago:

Indonesia Case Study

Hi everyone! 👋🏼 My name is Wilbert, and I’m from Indonesia. Currently, I run Mumu for macOS. It’s an emoji picker that enables you to find the right emoji using synonyms. Our customers are the power-user of macOS.

I’ve tried to make software products a few years ago, but nothing hits the mark as Mumu. I didn’t expect it’d 10x my target revenue when I launched it at the beginning of July. I said to myself, “If I make $100 through this launch, I’ll consider it as successful.” Thank God the result has surpassed my innocent expectation. Now I made around $1,600 in total revenue.

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Wilbert Liu, on starting Mumu ($150/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

Lydia Lee (from Ile-de-France) started Screw The Cubicle, a business coach, almost 8 years ago:

Indonesia Case Study

My name is Lydia Lee and I’m the Work Reinvention Strategist and Small Business Coach at Screw The Cubicle. I started my company six years ago to support mid-career transitioners who wanted to find alternative pathways beyond the 9-5 existence.

My monthly revenue is approximately $10,000/month, where I measure my progress based on how much time I have for my life. Money isn’t the only metric of success for me, and I’m constantly evaluating how I can scale my time and work less to achieve more.

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Lydia Lee, on starting Screw The Cubicle ($10,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a furniture business ($124K/month)

The furniture industry involves the design, manufacture, and sale of various types of furniture for household and commercial purposes. With the increase in flexible workspaces and the growth of the real estate industry, the demand of the furniture business has also boosted in recent times.

According to a consumer survey, millennials are now the largest furniture buying demographic. In fact, young consumers are willing to buy picture-perfect unique furniture items where they are willing to pay extra for the perfect design but not only they expect free delivery but they also want quick delivery.

The furniture business is easy to start and does not require high investments. However, it is first important to know your niche for example office, domestic or home furniture or luxury items.

The business owner should set up a manufacturing unit, purchase the tools and machinery, and hire skilled staff to design and create the final product. The owner will also require the business license and registration depending on the number of employees hired at the manufacturing unit and the size of the business.

There are several factors that need to be considered before starting a furniture business, for example:

  1. The raw materials: Furniture can be created using variety of materials like metal, plastic, rattan, wood, and even silver. The most preferred is the wood furniture. Wood is strong, durable and usually, one lengthy plank of wood can create one piece of furniture.
  2. Gathering local clients: It is important the a small business should first go local in order to understand the expenses. In order to avoid huge transportation and delivery expenses, the local clients will be more profitable.
  3. Social media following: Business owners can use social media marketing to promote their business and also become more aware of their target audience.
  4. Logo and branding: Creating a unique brand and logo helps you connect with customers emotionally and promote recognition.
  5. Shipping rates and inventory management

The furniture business needs a lot of preparation and prior knowledge. It is advisable to take business classes, learn about your local market, and make a solid business plan. In general, if your products are unique and one of a kind, consumers will be willing to pay a higher, including the shipping cost.

However, if your products are similar to other retail sellers, the competition will be higher, this is when the business owners should set up the discounts and low shipping rates in order to attract more customers.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,600 — $1,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$163,333
Time To Revenue
390 days

Sasha Weekes started Timber Grove Studios, a woodworking business, about 5 years ago:

Case Study

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

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

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

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

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

6. Start a crowdfunding platform ($203K/month)

Raising money for your project can be difficult. Crowdfunding is one way to get funding through a large number of smaller investments. If you have some expertise in a particular area that may be useful to other people, there's no better time to take action. The crowdfunding revolution is happening right at your fingertips.

Crowdfunding has exploded over the past year, and you need to be a part of it. The Worldwide crowdfunding market share is expected to increase by $240B from 2021 to 2026. Crowdfunding is one of the quickest ways to get funding and build your brand.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000,000
Skills

Howard Marks started Kosmos Innovation Centre, a crowdfunding platform, over 9 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Howard Marks. I am the co-founder and CEO at StartEngine, a leading equity crowdfunding platform that allows everyday people to invest in startups and entrepreneurs to raise capital from the crowd.

StartEngine has helped more than 265 companies raise capital from a community of over 190,000 users on our platform. Those companies have raised close to $100M and include every type of business from electric bikes and solar panels to movies and open source voice assistants.

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Howard Marks, on starting Kosmos Innovation Centre ($400,000/month) full story ➜

7. 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 ➜

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

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

The initial expense of setting up a food truck business is quite low when compared to that of a restaurant. The basic expenses to start a food truck business are as follows:

  1. Food truck : There are various truck brands available in the market based on your requirements. However, to save cost, you can also buy a second-hand commercial truck that is less than 5 years old along with the insurance. In general, a commercial truck can cost between $50,000 to $90,000.
  2. Kitchen equipment: It is advisable to buy new equipment as they are mostly electronic items, in order to cut down the maintenance cost.
  3. Licenses & Permits: The cost of license and permit and other fees vary from state to state.
  4. Staff: To run a food truck, a maximum of 2 chefs are required. The average salary of a food truck cook can vary from $28,000 to $75,000 for an experienced chef.
  5. Marketing: promotion and marketing your food truck business through social media or a website.

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 in your city.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$27,666
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Jeffrey Mora started Food Fleet, a food truck, over 10 years ago:

Case Study

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

We also provide design and build services as well as food manufacturing and consulting for a number of large scale companies.

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.

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Jeffrey Mora, on starting Food Fleet ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start an ecommerce platform ($304K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $1,400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$618,317
Skills

Jean-Loup Karst started Secret, a ecommerce platform, over 3 years ago:

Case Study

I am Jean-Loup Karst, the co-founder of Secret. Secret is the first platform of exclusive deals on services and software for startups. Entrepreneurs can sign up and save up to $50,000 on 70+ SaaS deals (Airtable, Pipedrive, Mailjet, etc.). It’s 100% free! It's a no-brainer.

When we launched our beta in April, our 100+ first users paid an annual subscription of $50 per year (roughly 1% conversion rate on our website). We generated $5K+ in revenue and decided to switch to a free model to grow user acquisition faster through network effects and monetize the database later through premium deals and affiliation with our partners.

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Jean-Loup Karst, on starting Secret ($18,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a travel consulting business

Travel consultants offer clients advice on all things related to travel, including destinations, airfare, accommodations, and activities. Be it flights or even cruises, you can bridge the gap between customer and service provider with a travel consulting business.

You can actually start a travel-related consulting business without being an expert in the travel industry. The U.S. travel and tourism industry generated $1.9 trillion in economic output; supporting 9.5 million American jobs and accounting for 2.9% of U.S. GDP. At 14.5% of international travel spending globally.

Traveling the world is a dream that a lot of people have. Starting a travel consulting business is an awesome way to create a passive income, travel the world, and help others at the same time. Travel consulting is one of your best ways to start a business on the side, to earn more money.

How Much Can You Make?
$233,333 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$80,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Manoj Tulsani started Rayna Tours, a tour company, over 16 years ago:

Case Study

Manoj: Kamlesh Ramchandani and I (Manoj Tulsani) are the founders of Rayna Tours and Travels. Fueled by our deepest interest in travel and entrepreneurship, we kicked off our business journey a decade ago from a small travel counter inside a five-star hotel in Dubai.

Kamlesh: We’ve been in the industry for over a decade and have now become a niche provider of destination management services in Dubai. As a one-stop, customer-oriented business for all travel needs, our main organizational goal is to design and craft travel services and packages in such a way that each of them ideally responds to the dynamic market trends as well as our clients’ specific travel requirements. We offer our full suite of travel solutions through our wholly-owned Rayna Group.

Manoj Tulsani and Kamlesh Ramchandani

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Manoj Tulsani, on starting Rayna Tours ($500,000/month) full story ➜

11. 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 ➜

12. 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

13. Start a stock investing business ($4K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $30,000/month

Luciano Viterale started Ticker Nerd, a email newsletter business, over 1 year ago:

Case Study

My name is Luc and I run Ticker Nerd with my close friend and business partner Sam! Ticker Nerd is a monthly subscription service for investors that surfaces and analyzes trending stocks before the hype train arrives. All packaged neatly into our weekly report. We’re currently at $4.5k MRR without spending a single dollar on advertising.

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Luciano Viterale, on starting Ticker Nerd ($4,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start an insurance information business

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

Emenike Emmanuel started Entrepreneur Business Blog, a marketing agency, almost 6 years ago:

Case Study

My parents told me that my name is Emenike Emmanuel. I’m the CEO of Entrepreneur Business Blog. In 2018, I was recognized as one of the top 100 social media marketing influencer to follow in 2019.

Currently, EntrepreneurBusinessBlog.com generates a monthly revenue of $1,500+ from those income sources I listed above.

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Emenike Emmanuel, on starting Entrepreneur Business Blog ($10,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a family business

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $3,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$19,333
Skills

Kyle Cox started Blindster, a dropshipping business, over 11 years ago:

Case Study

Hi there! My name is Kyle Cox and I am the Founder and CEO of Blindster, one of the largest eCommerce retailers of custom window treatments in the country.

We’ve been successful in our mission as Blindster has experienced tremendous growth. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Blindster achieved record sales of $39MM in 2020, an increase of 60% over 2019.

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Kyle Cox, on starting Blindster ($3,000,000/month) full story ➜

16. 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 ➜

17. Start a bed and breakfast business

Bed and breakfasts have been around for a long time. Owners interact with customers while they benefit from affordable lodging. Travelers nowadays have a high interest in experiencing local culture, ready to take on the adventure of meeting and interacting with others from different backgrounds and perspectives in order to get a unique taste of how a small town or even neighborhood might live. The great thing about a starting at home B&B is that you don’t need a degree in business. You only need enough capital to purchase essential items needed to open your very first one.

Listed are the steps to start a bed and breakfast business.

  • Plan your business plan
  • Secure needed permits, licenses, and certifications
  • Hire Staff
  • Open a bank account for business transactions
  • Prepare your business for operation -Promote your business

18. Start a fashion accessories brand ($35.1K/month)

Fashion accessories are an integral part of our wardrobes and are chosen specifically to compliment a person's outfit.

Typical fashion accessories include footwear, apparel, jewelry, wallets, handbags, hair accessories, and watches.

The global fashion accessories market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.3% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$205,000
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Eric Morton started Cuff Style, a fashion accessories brand, over 3 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Eric Morton and I am one of the cofounders of CuffStyle, LLC. My team and I invented Cuff Adapters, which are small silicone tabs that fit over shirt cuff buttons allowing cufflinks to be worn with standard button-down shirts.

Cufflinks are such a great way to accessorize and enhance an outfit, especially for men who have such limited options as it is. There are so many cool cufflinks out there, ranging from fancy solid gold designs to casual novelty designs, and we felt there was a serious need for innovation that would allow cufflinks to be worn more often with any button-down shirt in any setting.

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Eric Morton, on starting Cuff Style ($50,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start a crypto loan service

Crypto loans are a great alternative to traditional loans. They are quick, transparent and have low-interest rates. However, they can be difficult to apply for, because they require the borrower to provide more information than traditional loans.

A crypto loan service creates a personalized experience for clients who borrow crypto loans. You can make their process smooth, transparent and efficient by providing them with a complete loan application, matching them with the right lender, and executing their loan quickly.

You can launch your own crypto loan service on this platform

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

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

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

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

James Anderson started Forged Axe Throwing, a axe throwing business, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

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

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

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

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

21. Start a security dogs training business

Guard dog businesses are becoming very popular, particularly in areas that have high levels of crime.

First, you must identify the local dog owners in your area, which is easy to do with the help of social media sites, such as Facebook and Nextdoor. You can even offer to hold training classes at the local community center or park.

The first steps in setting up your guard dog business are to:

  • Establish your LLC or business
  • Get the Necessary Permits & Licenses for your Guard Dog Business
  • Get Guard Dog Business Insurance

22. Start a real estate marketing agency

If you're a marketing whiz, starting your own real estate marketing agency could be the perfect business idea for you. As a real estate marketing agency, you'll be responsible for creating and executing marketing campaigns for clients in the real estate industry. This could include tasks like developing marketing materials, managing social media accounts, and conducting market research.

To be successful in this business, you'll need to have strong marketing and people skills. You'll also need to be comfortable working with a variety of clients. If you have these skills, starting your own real estate marketing agency can be a great way to make money in the real estate industry.

The salaries for those in the Real Estate Marketing industry are varied. The average earnings hover around ₹21lakhs, but can reach up to 50 lakh rupees depending on your qualifications and experience level.

The current trend of people searching for properties online is making the real estate marketing agency more popular than ever. In order to market a property effectively online, real estate agents need to work with a marketing agency that knows how to do just that. This trend is only expected to continue, so now is a great time to get involved in the real estate marketing business!

This is a great business idea for those with strong marketing skills. You can work with a variety of clients, which can be great for networking and building your business.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,833
Skills

Aleksandr Lanin started Bloomy Lab, a real estate marketing agency, almost 3 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, my name is Alex and I'm the founder of Bloomy Lab. Our company focuses on health and fitness, productivity and life quality improvement. We mostly develop our own products, by now the most popular of them are Restly, 2 Minute Habits, Jiju, Poof, and City Property. Some of our apps even became Product of the day on Product Hunt. Our team is not so big: 2 UI/UX designers, 1 motion designer, 5 developers, 2 product managers and me as both a strategist and a product owner. Oh, we've also found a UA manager not long ago. Despite that, we've created 20 apps in half a year and nothing's gonna stop us!

We've launched our products without any ads (working on it now), that’s why we've only reached 40,000 downloads. Our apps were totally free and without in-app purchases, as our main goal was idea verification. By now we only get around $1,000 per month as money-making wasn't our main focus earlier. I hope we'll update that info really soon though.

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Aleksandr Lanin, on starting Bloomy Lab ($40,000/month) full story ➜

23. 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

24. Start a personal shopper business

Do you have great taste? Are you an expert in getting the best deals? No item is impossible to find for you? If you're answering 'yes' to all these questions, then you might do great as a personal shopper.

How Much Can You Make?
$4,500 — $100,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Dmitriy Peregudov started GiftBasketsOverseas.com, a personalized gift business, about 15 years ago:

Case Study

Hello Stater Story readers! My name is Dmitriy Peregudov, I am a founder of GiftBasketsOverseas.com, a company offering global gift delivery in 200+ countries Worldwide.

Our company’s purpose is to help people build personal and business relationships Worldwide, one gift at a time and since the launch, we had a pleasure to connect more than 2 million people Internationally in more than 200 countries.

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Dmitriy Peregudov, on starting GiftBasketsOverseas.com ($100,000/month) full story ➜

25. Open source library

Open-source libraries become a widely used method of software development, stories from some of the top names in the field can help you with your development or help build your confidence in adopting this methodology for your own projects.

Open-source libraries have a lot to offer the world of programming. The potential for improvement and simplification of a wide range of computer applications is huge. However, with so many options available, how are developers and architects to see which ones are right for them? Following open-source library success stories that could help you determine your best options.

How Much Can You Make?
$275 — $13,083,333/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 3 hours/week
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John Leider started Vuetify, a web development business, about 5 years ago:

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Hello! My name is John Leider and I am the founder of Vuetify, LLC.I started my company to help developers, especially design inept and inexperienced ones, build beautiful web applications.

I monetize by providing digital content and services based around Vuetify, such as paid digital content in the Vuetify store or direct support through consulting. I generate ad revenue by displaying Carbon ads on the majority of pages within the documentation and receive money in the form of donations, or sponsorships, through GitHub and Patreon.

Vuetify puts a large emphasis on its free aspect. Locking extra features or functionality behind a paywall just feels bad. Open Source is about sharing and improving code through community support. Over the years, this philosophy has allowed me to grow a massive user-base and ecosystem surrounding the framework.

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John Leider, on starting Vuetify ($25,000/month) full story ➜

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