The 26 Best Businesses To Start In Ireland [2021]

The 26 Best Businesses To Start In Ireland [2021]

Interested in starting a business in Ireland in 2021?

We put together 26 of the best businesses you can start in Ireland today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a medical device company ($2.28M/year)

Amy Baxter MD from Atlanta, Georgia, USA started Pain Care Labs over 15 years ago, a medical device company.

  • Revenue: $190,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

From medical school, I knew the science of gate control. An example is rubbing a bumped elbow to stop pain, or running cold water on a burn.

You stimulate cold and motion nerves, which are much more powerful. Pain nerves are whispering, tiny nerves but they’re everywhere - if you can get huge motion nerves to yell instead, pain gets silenced.

One lesson I’ve learned is there is no big moment. So many people expect to hit a tipping point, one big TV appearance, or some other milestone after which the business gets easy.


2. Start an it company ($60K/year)

Maanda Mulaudzi from Remote started Common Sense Holdings over 2 years ago, a IT company.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Remote

I would have to say I have always wanted to start my own business even from high school. I started a business with a high school friend and we would sell custom basketball shoes. Then my second business was making school sports gear throughout the university. During this period from high school until now, I have been a professional skateboarder, which has helped me travel all over the world. This was also a way I made money through hosting and organizing events.

When you think you have all the answers that will lead you to make more mistakes if you don't know something just ask someone who has that knowledge. This will help you reduce mistakes, swallow your pride, this is business.

I graduated from university as an industrial engineer and also have a diploma in financial management and have worked in various industries such as automotive, media and broadcasting, education, and manufacturing. After five years in the corporate world, I decided to travel and explore more of the world.


3. ($120K/year)

Gia Paddock from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Boutique Rye over 4 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

My backstory has absolutely nothing to do with what I am doing now, but that is what makes us so unique. I went to college for education and became an elementary school teacher. I taught 4th grade for three years. However, I knew that was not meant to be my “forever” job.

Something I have always enjoyed was shopping. I mean what girl doesn’t have this as a hobby?! I had always thought it would be amazing to have my own boutique and get to wear new clothes almost every day.

I started thinking about this crazy idea when I got pregnant with my son, Riley. I knew I didn’t want to teach forever and this was my way out! During the summer I quit teaching, I got a job at a local boutique just working part-time, and it was here where the wheels starting turning for this idea. I saw how much I loved going into work every day and how much I enjoyed helping others pick out outfits for different occasions.


4. Start a construction company ($4.2M/year)

Clifton Muckenfuss from Apex, North Carolina, USA started Carolina Exteriors over 11 years ago, a construction company.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Apex, North Carolina, USA

The founders are childhood best friends from small-town America (South Carolina). We took different paths after college and approximately 9 years later, reunited in North Carolina. I (Clifton) was recruited from Florida to work for a Mortgage Company in Raleigh, NC and Wesley was already established here (Raleigh) working for a major building materials manufacturer (James Hardie). After the housing crisis, the Mortgage Company went bankrupt and I (Clifton) found myself without a job. I then founded a Residential/Commercial/Cleaning Company (still in operations today, Managed by my wife, Mary Ann) and grew that business from $0 - $500K rapidly.

Surround yourself with POSITIVE people.

Then, Wes and I were talking about the possibility of starting a siding/exterior remodeling company since most of the contractors were retreating after the recession and the ones that remained, didn’t focus on the customer, but rather, only on the transaction.


5. Start a coffee cafe business ($156K/year)

Nikki Bravo from Chicago started Momentum Coffee and Coworking over 1 year ago, a coffee cafe business.

  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Chicago

Tracy Powell is a Technology Entrepreneur, Real Estate Developer, and Investor. He invested the first part of his business career in investments working for firms such as Merrill Lynch and First National Bank of Chicago and American Express. As a real estate developer and investor with over 28 years of experience, he specialized in urban real estate development. developing 100’s of units of affordable, market-rate, and elderly housing.

The future of your business relies on what you do today. So be at your best, don't dwell on how difficult the past was, bring the lessons that you learn each day as you walk towards your goal.

Tracy is also the founder of Blue Venture Partners a Software Development and IT consulting firm, and Blue Fund Rewards which is a crowdfunding platform that focuses on raising capital for startup businesses and organizations. He is the President of Ignite Technology and Innovation, a not for profit that focuses on creating technology co-working spaces and programming in under-resourced communities throughout the country.


6. Become an online fitness coach ($984K/year)

Ryan Milton from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA started TeamFFLEX almost 8 years ago, a online fitness coach.

  • Revenue: $82,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

I came up with TeamFFLEX seeing the massive trend of everything turning online and want to help as many people as possible achieve results. In a traditional gym format trainers job, there are only so many hours you can work in a day and a limit on clients you can actually work with. For example, if a client does a 60-minute session and you work an 8 hour day you can see 8 clients within that day. There are also of course training teams, and classes as well as small groups but still even if I could have worked with 100 people a day in a gym it would not have been enough.

I wanted to find a way to help people all around the world. The people that couldn’t get to the gym or didn’t have the money to hire an expensive trainer. I wanted to make sure that no matter where people were at the gym or at home they had the ability to take action on their health and fitness and get results.

Seeing in today's world how basically kids are born with an iPhone in hand it all just made perfect sense. Take personal training online and help people all around the world. The thing about today's society is that we want it now. We don't want to wait. We don't want to go into a building, meet with some trainer, get sold on all the different expensive packages and then pay basically to have a really expensive cheerleader. I honestly believe that within the next 10 years we won’t see trainers in gyms anymore. The quality of training in gyms continues to drop due to the fact that not enough people get training and also that trainers can’t even make enough money to sustain a living. I knew that if I could go online with everything not only would I be able to impact people to a much larger degree, I would also be able to live a life on my terms.


7. Start a cleaning business ($1.2M/year)

Neel Parekh from Los Angeles, CA, USA started MaidThis Franchise over 8 years ago, a cleaning business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 9
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

I originally started MaidThis as a side hustle while I was working at a private equity investment firm. Like many people working the corporate grind, I was fascinated by becoming my own boss.

With any first product or service launch, you’re almost guaranteed to get some aspect of it wrong. You might be priced too low, not be addressing the right target market, or have the package all wrong.

I finally stumbled upon The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, which turns out is basically the Bible for the digital nomad community, and decided I wanted to experience “location freedom”.


8. Start a sports coaching business ($57.1K/year)

Sarah Wolfer from Mariánské Lázně, Northwest, Czech Republic started Girl Boss Sports about 3 years ago, a sports coaching business.

  • Revenue: $4,759/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Mariánské Lázně, Northwest, Czech Republic

As an athlete and coach myself, I have experienced many situations that left me feeling dismayed at the state of affairs for women and girls involved in sports. I recall one such instance where I was playing at a very competitive level and the head coach screamed at me from 2 inches away with every expletive he could think of in front of our entire team because I asked him a question about the drill that was being done. I still vividly remember the spittle flying out of his mouth and hitting me in the face and not knowing what to do. The powerlessness I felt at that moment, coupled with the lack of appropriate response by the system when I reported him left me feeling hopeless for my future in sports. I ended up quitting soccer and refused to touch a ball for an entire year.

On the coaching side - as someone with 16 years of experience now, there are still instances in which I am treated differently than my male counterparts. One such example was when I was on the sideline waiting for the referee to come over and check my team prior to the start of the game. I was dressed in my coaching attire, had the whistle around my neck, the clipboard in my hand, and the player cards ready to be presented when the referee walked over to our sideline. He made eye contact with me and then proceeded to walk over the dad who happened to be on our side tying his daughter’s shoe and assumed that he was the coach.

Take time for yourself! Being an entrepreneur is hard work and you can’t do it to the best of your ability if you haven’t taken time for yourself to rest and rejuvenate. Self-care is integral to success.


9. Start an ecommerce platform ($1.2M/year)

Nick and Angelica from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA started Romans Tide over 6 years ago, a ecommerce platform.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Outsource everything. The classic entrepreneur’s mistake is to try and do everything yourself. When I look back on it I definitely had the funds to outsource more and bootstrap less.

If it wasn't for that struggle I would have never made it to where I am today. I was forced into entrepreneurship because I was not someone people could hire. I always got along with people at interviews and people liked me but I was not hireable due to the mistakes I made in the past surrounding my issues with drugs and alcohol as a teenager.

Embrace the struggle. Good times can make you soft. I appreciate my life now and keep an attitude of gratitude but I never forget where I came from. I never forget not knowing where my next meal would come from or not knowing where I was going to sleep at night. Believe it or not, I have had worse times and been worse places than being homeless but I won't go there here

I got my GED at 16 so I didn’t even finish high school, before starting my business I did take some college classes at a local community college. I wanted to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and attend Bastyr University.

I loved learning things but always struggled with the long road of school which held no guarantee of success, just a guarantee of debt.

My journey into entrepreneurship started as an early teenager hustling here and there just to put food in my mouth and fuel in the gas tank. My first real business was a landscaping business I started with a friend that didn't work out. We thought it would be a good idea because he had the work and I had the business mindset of growing and scaling. The opportunity was there but we did not collaborate well. Even with my guidance he did not want to change his habits. This led to us butting heads, ending our business, tainting our friendship, and me $20,000 in debt. After that had failed me I came across a program that taught people how to dropship on eBay for $20 a month. I really liked the idea of this as it gave me the opportunity to work from anywhere and be my own boss which are two things I really wanted. After a few months of hard work, things went well and I paid $500 for the selling on Amazon training. I literally had no idea what I was doing when my Amazon business took off. In a sense, Amazon was my crash course in business. It taught me how to hire and manage employees, how to set up payroll, how to outsource, how to do accounting, how to leverage credit and financing, how to market, how to do advertising. It taught me everything I know about business in the harshest way possible lol


10. Start an airbnb management company ($420K/year)

Gary Fox from Ireland started Host Butlers over 6 years ago, an airbnb management company.

  • Country: Ireland
  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4

My name is Gary Fox, and I run HostButlers, an Airbnb concierge service in Dublin, Ireland.

HostButlers was Ireland's first professional property concierge service for short-term rentals. A property concierge simply makes it easy for a landlord to become an Airbnb host. We do a lot of the day-to-day tasks such as guest communications, organising cleaners and even meeting and greeting the guests when they arrive.

It’s a plug and play solution for people who wish to become Airbnb hosts but need some assistance. Some of our hosts travel a lot or they are busy with normal jobs so we come in and fill in the gaps for them.


11. ($48K/year)

Shay Gleeson from Ireland started HelpStay almost 8 years ago, .

  • Country: Ireland
  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3

I’m Shay Gleeson and I started HelpStay in February 2014. HelpStay is a subscription-based volunteering platform where travelers of all ages can exchange their time, skills, and talents for accommodation. Our motto is ‘Give a little help, stay for free’.

HelpStay makes traveling and volunteering easy, safe, affordable, and accessible to everyone. One of the main benefits is that it drastically reduces the traveler’s accommodation costs when overseas. With HelpStay, you can literally ‘travel on a shoestring’.

We charge members a yearly subscription fee of Euro €29.99 ($33). These members can reach out and connect with hosts, and start planning their trip overseas. Our MRR is currently averaging approx. USD $4,000.


12. Start a seo agency ($300K/year)

Leslie Gilmour from Ireland started Cube Digital over 6 years ago, a SEO agency.

  • Country: Ireland
  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3

I’m Leslie Gilmour and I started Cube Digital an SEO agency in 2015 - this is the second time I have started an SEO business. You may think it is easier the second time, in some ways it is. But, the second time you also know how much hard work is ahead before you will start to see results.

Our main services are SEO audits and monthly SEO packages. The packages include onsite SEO, content writing, and link building. The main aim is always business growth. We work mainly with small businesses that usually have between 10 and 50 employees.

Our turnover is around $25,000 per month, small in agency terms but we are growing fast. In 2015 I scraped by, but each year since we have grown turnover by around 50%.


13. Become a business coach ($50.4K/year)

Niall Doherty from Ireland started eBiz Facts about 3 years ago, a business coach.

  • Country: Ireland
  • Revenue: $4,199/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Niall Doherty and I started a website called, where I try to help people make money online.

I mainly do that by reviewing products and services related to building an online business. I recommend the best resources I find and warn people of the stuff that seems like a waste of time or money.

The business earns revenue via affiliate marketing, and via a few generous supporters on Patreon.


14. Make a handcrafted drums business ($24K/year)

Oran from Ireland started Goya over 3 years ago, a handcrafted drums business.

  • Country: Ireland
  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello, my name is Oran and I handcraft steel tongue drums used by musicians and also for sound therapy/meditation. The tongues or notes are tuned in a way that they all resonate with each other making it very easy to create alluring melodies, when the tongue is hit with you finger or a mallet, it vibrates creating sound waves. There is a hole underneath allowing sound to escape. No musical background is needed to play, so they are suitable for all ages and abilities.

All of the drums have nice artwork painted on them so they nearly double up as a nice ornament.

Sales vary from month to month but tend to average out at $2000 a month from my website I’m continually creating new designs and experimenting with sounds which is a perfect way for me to spend my time.


15. Start a laptop accessories brand ($12K/year)

Aidan Breen from Ireland started Posture almost 4 years ago, a laptop accessories brand.

  • Country: Ireland
  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I am Aidan Breen. I’m an entrepreneur, musician and generally creative person from the west of Ireland. I run a company called APB Software and Hardware Ltd which I started while doing my PhD.

I started the company 5 years ago to learn about how a real company works from the trenches. I started with zero experience, and only a couple of side-projects while I was completing my studies.

Now, it has grown to be my full-time job. Posture is the flagship ‘hardware’ product, which supports my other role as a software consultant.


16. Start a smoothie business

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17. Become a business consultant ($60K/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Christos Kritikos's story on creating Emerging Humanity a read:

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.


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

18. Start an electric car dealership business

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19. Start a pizza delivery business

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20. Start a bar business

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21. Start an export brokerage business

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22. Start a dairy farming business

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23. Start an egg production business

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24. Start a home healthcare service business

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25. Start an environmental consulting business

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26. Start a computer store

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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