The 50 Best Business Ideas In Kuwait [2022]

The 50 Best Business Ideas In Kuwait [2022]

Interested in starting a business in Kuwait in 2022?

We put together 50 of the best businesses you can start in Kuwait today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a pet care business ($129K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $250,000/month
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Benny DiFranco started Hands N Paws, a dog walking business, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hi readers! My name is Benny and I am the proud CEO and Founder of Hands N Paws- an in-home pet sitting and dog walking company serving pet parents in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.

I am working on building a pet sitting and dog walking enterprise. Through the years, my inspirations have helped me to see the potential in ANY business whose operations are structured and executed the right way (more on this later in the interview!). I am looking to create the next McDonald’s of in-home pet care, and a big feat it is! However, I’ve learned that when you put your heart and soul into what you want to accomplish, you begin to realize that the sky's the true limit.

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Benny DiFranco, on starting Hands N Paws ($8,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a real estate business ($146K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $2,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$23,000
Skills

T. Cory Lewis started T. C. Lewis & Co. Real Estate, a real estate business, over 16 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Cory Lewis, and my company is called T. C. Lewis & Co. We are a real estate investment and management firm operating mainly in the Appalachian mountain region of the Southeastern United States. We are a licensed real estate brokerage in multiple states, and that allows us to identify, project, negotiate, and broker deals for our clients for commercial and investment properties. Following the acquisition, we manage the performance of the investment and/or the improvements to the investment through our Property Management and Construction Divisions. We now represent clients from all over the world investing in the Appalachians.

We now have a small corporate office in downtown Asheville, North Carolina supporting regional offices around the Appalachians. The firm has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America (no. 128), seventh fastest growing real estate company in America, named to the Financial Times inaugural 1000 Fastest Growing Businesses in the Americas list, named Best of Property Management for eight years running, named Community Supporter of the Year, been given the Tennessee Small Business Excellence Award, named Builder of the Year, named One of the 10 Best Brokers in Tennessee, and various other recognitions.

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T. Cory Lewis, on starting T. C. Lewis & Co. Real Estate ($500,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a recruiting agency ($270K/month)

The global online recruitment market size was $29B in 2019 and is projected to reach $43B by 2027.

The best way to assess the success of a Recruiting Agency is to review what their clients say about them, and the results which are achieved for those clients.

As a recruiter, you dream of landing your first client, but once you do, you realize it's only the start of what you hope will be a successful business. Have you ever wondered how to start a recruiting agency business? There's so much you can learn from books, but nothing beats getting real-world experience.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$60,000
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Sharon Koifman started DistantJob, a recruiting agency, about 14 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Sharon Koifman, and I am the president of DistantJob. DistantJob is a unique recruitment agency that specializes in finding remote employees. That means we go all over the world to find outstanding talent who works remotely for our clients.

Our unique approach and model, combined with a commitment to great customer support, has done well for us: we have 3 million dollars in revenue.

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Sharon Koifman, on starting DistantJob ($290,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a screen printing business ($44K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $83,333/month
Skills
Business model

Adam Tanaka started Life and Limb Printing, a screen printing business, about 12 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! My name is Adam Tanaka and I own a company called Life and Limb Printing. We are a screen printing and full-service merch company that specializes in merch production for breweries, outdoor clothing companies, and restaurants with a little bit of everything else sprinkled in.

Since officially launching the business in 2010, we had our best month last year in October 2018 at $80,000 and now we are set to hit 1M by the end of 2019.

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Adam Tanaka, on starting Life and Limb Printing ($80,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a clothing line ($42.7K/month)

There are millions of fashion and clothing brands around the world.

From small, niche brands run out of people's apartments to huge brands like Nike & Uniqlo, starting a clothing brand is a great business that requires minimal costs to get started.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $2,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$20,228
Skills

Kyle Bergman started Swoveralls, a women's clothing line, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hey there! My name is Kyle Bergman, and I am the Founder and Chief Swoverall Officer of The Great Fantastic. My brand’s mission is to create the world’s comfiest apparel products made from sustainable materials, and ethical manufacturing practices.

Our hero product, Swoveralls, is the combination of sweatpants and overalls into one glorious masterpiece. I sold my first pair about 18 months ago, and have done over $300k to date all while not only having a variety of full and part-time jobs, but also going to business school, and playing lacrosse for the Israeli Men’s National Team.

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Kyle Bergman, on starting Swoveralls ($100,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

Dietrich Moens started Spacehuntr, a event management company, over 4 years ago:

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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Dietrich Moens, on starting Spacehuntr ($50,000/month) full story ➜

7. 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 providing 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.

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

Marissa Daniels started Spread Your Wings Travel, a travel agency, over 3 years ago:

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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Marissa Daniels, on starting Spread Your Wings Travel ($2,000/month) full story ➜

8. Create an online course ($117K/month)

Online course businesses are one of the fastest-growing online business models. Creating an online course is an awesome way to generate extra income because it allows you to monetize the knowledge you already have. More people are taking online courses every day, and the COVID pandemic has accelerated that, with some online learning platforms having seen 15-folds growth in the number of users.

Another advantage is that these new platforms are so easy to use for instructors that you don't have to worry at all about the tech side of the business. You just need to focus on creating exciting content that is informational & engaging at the same time.

How Much Can You Make?
$350 — $3,735,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,297
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills

Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins) started Mikkelsen Twins, a online course, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

We are Christian and Rasmus Mikkelsen, also known as the Mikkelsen Twins online. We run an online education company where we help people to build an online book publishing business. The reason why we teach what seems like a random/kinda weird online business model is because it’s what changed our lives almost 3 years ago and freed us from the life path we were heading down (were in the middle of a business degree in community college and there was absolutely no hope for a truly happy and fulfilled life if we had continued to take that path in life).

Fast forward to today, our company is making over 6-figures in profit every month which is almost unbelievable for two 24-year-old (ambitious) idiots with just a laptop, wifi connection and a small team.

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Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins), on starting Mikkelsen Twins ($120,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a virtual assistant business ($176K/month)

Virtual assistants support businesses, teams, or individuals by performing administrative tasks remotely.

As more businesses outsource more roles, the demand for virtual assistants is growing rapidly. You can find employment opportunities across a wide span of industries.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,200
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Julmar Grace Locsin started FVA Business Consultancy, a career coaching business, ago:

Case Study

Hi, I am Julmar Grace Locsin, and I am the owner and co-founder of Filipino Virtual Assistance by FVA Business Consultancy. FVA offers online and offline training, coaching, consulting, workshops, services, franchising-related virtual assistance, offshoring, outsourcing, and remote work for brands and businesses, here and abroad.

Our very mission is to equip freelancers, empower marketers, and enable businesses. We envision FVA for global digital leadership that will impact the world through digitalization, one life at a time. FVA has three arms, namely FVA Online Academy- have trained 25,000 students from our 31 courses, FVA Services- from training to hiring programs, and FVA Franchising with 16 Coaches assigned from different territories. And we are fifteen in the FVA team, including FVA co-founder Jay Locsin and me.

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Julmar Grace Locsin, on starting FVA Business Consultancy ($1,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a freelancer platform ($1.21M/month)

Freelancer platform is a place where people come with skills and services to offer and people come who need those skills and services. So we can say freelancer platforms are a marketplace for sellers and buyers of services and skills.

The freelancing industry is growing rapidly and it's becoming a popular career option for people who are "non-traditional" employees. The global Freelance Platforms market size is expected to reach $6.7B by the year 2025. While working on a full-time job, freelancers simultaneously work on a freelance career. The platforms available online help them to increase their business by attracting new clients.

With all of the businesses looking for help on their websites, it would be a good idea to start a freelancer platform. Freelance platforms do well because people have jobs that need to be done and businesses have the resources to pay for the job at hand.

How Much Can You Make?
$7,000 — $5,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$83,738
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Al Caan started CloudDevs, a freelancer platform, over 2 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! I’m one of the co-founders of CloudDevs. We started this company in 2019 with a mission to change things around in the tech talent-hiring industry. We launched for sales in March of 2020, right before the initial lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

We are proud to say that within our first year of sales, we reached 1 Million USD in GMV, and we are aiming higher this year.

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Al Caan, on starting CloudDevs ($100,000/month) full story ➜

11. 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 providing 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.

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

Marissa Daniels started Spread Your Wings Travel, a travel agency, over 3 years ago:

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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Marissa Daniels, on starting Spread Your Wings Travel ($2,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a mobile photography ($40.1K/month)

Want to start your own photography business? You're not alone. With the rise of social media and photo-sharing, blogging, and online retailing, it's never been easier to start making money behind your camera.

There are photographers shooting weddings, creating images for ad campaigns, freelancing for magazines, touring the world taking photographs of destinations — the list is endless!

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$24,583
Skills

Tsour Lee Adato started Product Photography Studio, a mobile photography , ago:

Case Study

Hi! My name is Tsour Lee Adato and I am the founder of Pro Photo Studio. I started my product photography business over 5 years ago while living in New York. Pro Photo Studio specializes in high-end commercial photography and also caters to the average eCommerce online seller who sells on platforms like Amazon and Etsy.

The company began realizing a profit very quickly, in the first quarter after opening and year over year profits have increased while the cost of customer acquisition has decreased. Currently, the company makes approximately $350k per year and is on its way to becoming a 7 figure business.

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Tsour Lee Adato, on starting Product Photography Studio ($45,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a language translation service ($275K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $550,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$635,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Cédric Sigoire started DEMAN Übersetzungen , a language translation service, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Cédric Sigoire and I am the owner of the DEMAN Translations group.

We will reach more than 6 million euros in the year 2021 and my target for 2022 is 10 million euros!

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Cédric Sigoire, on starting DEMAN Übersetzungen ($550,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a voice over service ($40K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,000
Skills

Mony Raanan started Voice Crafters, a voice over service, over 13 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, my name is Mony Raanan, and I’m the founder of Voice Crafters, a multilingual voice-over agency and marketplace.

Voice Crafters operated as an agency until early 2020, at which point we launched our online marketplace. This move essentially helped double our revenue and we’re on track to making at least $500,000 in 2021 with a bottom line of around 40%.

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Mony Raanan, on starting Voice Crafters ($40,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a dropshipping business ($12K/month)

Dropshipping allows you to start your online e-commerce store without stock-keeping. Therefore, you do not need huge capital, and the risk is minimal because the manufacturer is responsible for the inventory and ships it directly to the customer. Therefore, your responsibility remains marketing and offering customer service. To succeed, you need a mastery of online marketing and a focus on improving customer experience.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,500 — $3,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$11,866
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Kamil Sattar started E-commerce Mentoring , a business coach, about 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Kamil Sattar. I am an entrepreneur who’s developed many six-figure drop shipping businesses. I’ve also created systems to maximize opportunities in different markets and I’ve started companies in many industries. One of those companies specializes in helping people who are seeking to create drop ship companies of their own.

That’s the best part of it. The techniques that I have learned are replicable. You can rinse and repeat and create new drop shipping stores.

Of course, with every store that I open, I am able to learn new things. With every new thing that I learn, it helps me improve my system that I use to create these six and seven-figure stores and it helps me improve my process for helping others generate their stores.

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Kamil Sattar , on starting E-commerce Mentoring ($100,000/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 an online video editing business ($4K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$150,075
Skills

Sabba Keynejad started VEED, a online video editing business, almost 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hey, I am Sabba and I am the co-founder of VEED.IO along with my partner in crime Tim. We are a London-based bootstrapped startup. Our web app, VEED, is a simple online video editing platform that allows users to do a bunch of cool stuff like auto subtitle videos, add video effects, add music, trim, rotate videos and much more all in the browser.

We launched just over a year ago, started charging 4 months ago and as of this interview, we are at $5,300 MRR and are just about profitable (Ramen profitable).

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Sabba Keynejad, on starting VEED ($6,000/month) full story ➜

18. 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 ➜

19. Start a SEO agency ($1.19M/month)

An SEO agency is a company that provides search engine optimization services to businesses. The function of an SEO agency is to help businesses rank higher in the search engines through organic or paid means.

SEO is a rapidly growing industry, with experts across all aspects of the field already making six-figure incomes and expecting to see these types of earnings grow dramatically over the next few years.  Getting into SEO today, before it gets too saturated, will allow you to establish a strong base in a new career, with a great chance for success.

It's easier than ever to start your own SEO agency. The tools are there and the competition isn't as stiff as it used to be. If you're considering starting an SEO or digital marketing agency it might be a good idea to learn how other digital agencies succeed.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $10,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,948
Time To Revenue
390 days

Alan Silvestri started Growth Gorilla, a SEO agency, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hey there! My name is Alan Silvestri and I’m the founder of Growth Gorilla, a link building service for SaaS companies (Software as a Service). I started the company end of summer 2018 so it’s been going for a little less than a year.

The company has grown from zero to 10k in monthly recurring revenue mostly in the last 7 months and most of our clients have stayed with us for a minimum of 4 months, so we’re pretty happy with how things are going and excited for the future!

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Alan Silvestri, on starting Growth Gorilla ($25,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a blog ($16.7K/month)

In recent years, blogging has become a highly sought-after & lucrative Business. This is location-independent business is a creative outlet to reach a broader audience. According to Optinmonster's list of blogging statistics and facts:

  • Blogs have been rated as the 5th most trustworthy source of gathering online information.
  • 77% of internet users read blogs.
  • Each month, approximately 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages.

Originally blogging started as an online journal, but today it is a highly profitable career option. Many people are choosing blogging as their full-time career and are earning their bread and butter from this profession.

If you want to start blogging as a side hustle or as a full-time profession, first choose a niche you will enjoy writing about and have a content strategy ready. Then, create a mailing list, and decide on a good blog posting routine to keep your audience engaged.

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,721
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Michelle Schroeder started Making Sense of Cents, a finance blog, almost 11 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! My name is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, and I run Making Sense of Cents, a personal finance and lifestyle website that helps readers earn more, save more, and live more.

I earn around $100,000 a month from Making Sense of Cents and have made over $5,000,000 from it over the years. Much of it is profit, as my expenses are extremely low. I am the only full-time employee of my business, but I do outsource some work. I have a virtual assistant, an editor, and a technical manager.

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Michelle Schroeder, on starting Making Sense of Cents ($100,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a web design & online marketing business ($264K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $800,000/month
Skills

Shannon Mattern started Web Designer Academy, a affiliate marketing business, over 7 years ago:

Case Study

Hey there! I’m Shannon Mattern and I’ve helped over 15,000 new online business owners learn how to build their websites and market themselves online (even if they’re not a techie and are starting from zero).

My revenue comes from affiliate commissions from products and services I teach inside my free DIY web design training, and sales of my two signature courses: one that teaches ad-free, algorithm-proof online marketing strategies and the other that teaches web designers how to market themselves online, get clients, charge what their worth and not let their clients take over their lives!

And every month on my podcast I break down exactly how much money I make, how I make it and what my expenses are - because I believe it’s important to show the whole picture of what the opportunities and the costs are to run an online business!

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Shannon Mattern, on starting Web Designer Academy ($42,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a finance blog ($29.8K/month)

A finance blog is a feature appearing as part of an online publication relating to finance, and consisting of articles or personal commentary. A finance blog earns income through sponsored content or simple marketing programs. To succeed in business, a finance blogger should:

  • Have a good writing background
  • Understand the industry from concept or fundamental standpoint
  • Be passionate about the topics
  • Be well organized and maximize the work schedule.

Starting a finance blog involves a low financial investment, while there is a huge possibility for success. There are minimal to no overhead costs, which saves you time and money. Therefore, starting a finance blog is an incredible business opportunity.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $665,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$364
Time To Revenue
150 days

Matt Paulson started MarketBeat, a finance blog, over 11 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Matt Paulson and I’m the founder of MarketBeat, a financial media company that empowers individual stock investors to make better trading decisions by providing objective financial information and real-time market data.

MarketBeat is expected to generate approximately $8 million in revenue in 2019 and end the year at about 1.3 million unique email subscribers.

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Matt Paulson, on starting MarketBeat ($665,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a stationery business ($15.6K/month)

Stationery business generally involves designing and printing paper-based products like greetings cards and invitations for events. Over the years, the range of stationery products has widely increased to non-paper based items such as pen, pencil, art materials which supplement the writing, decorative items, folders, computer consumables etc.

Here are the common types of stationery businesses:

  • Retail store (selling to customers)
  • Wholesale supplies (to B2B, retail stores)
  • Online store (direct to customers per order placed)
  • Home-based/part-time (mainly selling items on personal contact )

Starting a stationery business will also require you to register your business with state government business and tax offices to obtain a trade name registration and obtain a business permit from your local town or county clerk. A stationery business can also be started from home or through an e-store. This business can be easily be promoted on social media platforms.

Another way to attract customers is to provide additional services like home delivery, rewards, and deals. Using these promotion techniques can retain existing customers as well as attract new customers.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $40,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$12,550
Time To Revenue
300 days

Ruth Daro started Seniman Calligraphy, a stationery business, over 7 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, I’m Ruth and I run Seniman Calligraphy a custom stationery design studio where I do calligraphy, watercolor, illustration, and graphic design for bespoke wedding invitations and other paper goods. Basically, printing and manufacturing.

This year, I’m averaging at $13,000 gross per month.

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Ruth Daro, on starting Seniman Calligraphy ($13,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start an online advertising agency ($410K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$18,576
Skills

Luis Camacho started Fantôm Agency, a online advertising agency, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Luis Camacho and I am the founder of Fantôm Agency and also the host of the SaaS AdLab podcast, which is a podcast where I interview SaaS founders to learn more about their story. Fantôm is a digital advertising agency which focuses on helping mid-to-late stage SaaS (software as a service) companies scale through paid advertising channels such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Fantôm focuses entirely on paid advertising, I guess you could say that’s the bread and butter, it’s what I’m great at but it’s also what I’m most passionate about. There were attempts to enter different service offerings but did not have as much fun doing so. Now when clients have the need for other types of marketing, say, email marketing, I point them to one of my trusted partners who are able to execute and over-deliver on such service for them. Currently, Fantôm is making roughly $8,600 per month overhead is only a couple of hundred dollars per month, about $300, which go towards tools and software needed in order to provide the best possible results for clients.

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Luis Camacho, on starting Fantôm Agency ($25,000/month) full story ➜

25. Become a software developer ($149K/month)

A Software Developer is a person who creates computer programs. They design, test, and oversee the creation of software for a variety of purposes including businesses, personal use, or social networking.

If you have strong technical skills and experience in programming, you can start a software development business. You should also have a good understanding of how the software works.

The average salary for software developers is $110,140. The best-paid 25 percent earn an annual income of up to 140K dollars while the lowest-paid workers make just under 84K dollars.

The recent trends in software development are moving towards mobile apps and cloud-based solutions. Businesses are providing a variety of programming languages and tools to create software that meets the client's needs.

Starting a software development company is the perfect way to explore in this exciting industry. This type of business is growing in popularity as businesses are looking for ways to offer their customers a convenient way to access their data and applications.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$327,675
Skills

Max Rice started SkyVerge, Inc., a software developer, over 9 years ago:

Case Study

Hi all, my name is Max Rice, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of SkyVerge, where we build software tools that help over 100,000 eCommerce brands manage and grow their online stores. Our customers are mostly small to medium-sized businesses in all kinds of verticals.

We’re the largest seller of plugins for WooCommerce, like WooCommerce Memberships, a complete membership solution for WooCommerce stores. We also run Jilt, an all-in-one email marketing platform built for the unique needs of eCommerce stores.

My co-founder Justin Stern and I started SkyVerge in 2013 and we’re a globally distributed team of over 30 people, with revenue of $350,000 per month.

Team SkyVerge at our 2019 team retreat in Scotland

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Max Rice, on starting SkyVerge, Inc. ($350,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start a tiny house building business ($156K/month)

People love living in small spaces. They're affordable and easy to maintain.

The tiny homes industry is expected to grow 3.57B by 2026.

How Much Can You Make?
$156,000 — $10,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Jeff Yeo started Tiny Away, a travel booking app, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hi! My name is Jeff and I am one of the three co-founders of Tiny Away (a Big Tiny hospitality management subsidiary, which is also co-founded by us). The Tiny Away network includes a range of comfy eco-friendly ‘tiny houses’ for travelers seeking alternative and unique accommodation experiences. Having already grown to over 75 private locations across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia & Queensland, Tiny Away offers adventurous road-trippers and weekenders the chance to immerse themselves in Australia’s, without compromising on comfort.

On average, we are taking in about $156,000 monthly in terms of rental revenue, not including the other streams of income, as Tiny Away is a subsidiary of Big Tiny which owns the entire tiny house ecosystem from designing to manufacturing, shipping, assembly, deployment, management, and after-sales service.

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Jeff Yeo, on starting Tiny Away ($156,000/month) full story ➜

27. Become a proofreader ($2K/month)

Proofreading business is a service that helps customers review their written work, and ensure it is ready for publication. Typically, a proof reader corrects any grammatical errors and ensures the written piece meets any relevant style guide. If you plan to start a professional proofreading business, make sure you possess the following skills:

  • Have a great grasp of grammar
  • Ability to correct mistakenly capitalized words
  • Familiarity with the proper use of capitalization
  • Use spell-checkers to flag misspelt words

Proofreading is a great way to enhance content quality. With the increased use of written content marketing to reach wider market, the demand for professional proofreaders increases tremendously. Professional proofreaders earn an average of $12/hr. and $30/hr.

Therefore, whether you are looking for a great side hustle idea or simply looking for ways to increase your income, consider proofreading as a business.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Lenny Bron started The Blog Proofreader, a proofreader, about 6 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, my name is Lenny Bron, and I am The Blog Proofreader. I’m the annoying grammar police person you’ve always been tired of hearing from every time you use an ellipses incorrectly in a Facebook post you wrote 3 years ago.

I’ve been able to build my business from scratch to consistently make ~$2,000 per month with zero experience in the field, no expenses, and barely any upfront costs.

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Lenny Bron, on starting The Blog Proofreader ($2,000/month) full story ➜

28. Become a mobile personal trainer ($30K/month)

Do you love helping people through their fitness journey? If you are looking for a great side hustle to earn extra income, consider becoming a personal trainer. The fitness trainer side hustle can be an adamant industry to earn good money. However, once you develop a reputation as a good trainer, you can get more clients through referrals. You need to register for the certification course to start offering personal trainer services. To attract your first clients, consider online advertising, and seek referrals from every customer.

How Much Can You Make?
$8,500 — $125,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,625
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 4 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Chris Anderson started Live Fit, a mobile personal trainer, over 11 years ago:

Case Study

Hey everyone! I am Chris and in March 2011 I started Live Fit. Live Fit is a personal training company that was created to change the standards in the personal training industry. Early on I focused on building a company that is not only based on results, as most fitness companies are, but that is also focused very heavily on relationships. Relationships create trust, trust creates buy-in, and buy-in leads to the accountability and dedication it takes to get results.

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Chris Anderson, on starting Live Fit ($60,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start a digital marketing business ($195K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $800,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$82,760
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Lars Helgeson started GreenRope, a website builder, about 14 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Lars Helgeson and I am the founder of GreenRope, a CRM and marketing automation platform. Our company started in 2000 as an email marketing SaaS and in 2008 decided to focus on the challenges that businesses face in managing sales, marketing, customer service, and operations.

GreenRope has over 1,000 customers in over 20 countries, ranging from startups to universities and municipalities.

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Lars Helgeson, on starting GreenRope ($160,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a podcast ($36.6K/month)

Do you have knowledge and passion that you'd love to share with other people? Or perhaps you are a content creator and looking for ways to expand your revenue streams? If you match any of these criteria, then becoming a podcast host could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Podcasts are the new radio. Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing mediums for online audio, and it's not expected to slow down any time soon. But unlike traditional radio, podcasts are driven by content creators who have a passion for sharing stories with their listeners.

One of the main benefits that come with starting a podcast is the minimal investment needed to get started. All you need is a computer or phone with a microphone and a way to host it online. You can even create one on your own website if you want.

How Much Can You Make?
$419 — $1,020,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,868
Time To Revenue
90 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Jeremy Enns started Counterweight Creative, a podcast, about 6 years ago:

Case Study

Hey there! I’m Jeremy Enns, the founder and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative, a podcast production and strategy agency.

I started the company 3 years ago, in 2016 with one client, making $15/hour and have grown into a team of 10 contractors producing more than 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10K/mo.

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Jeremy Enns, on starting Counterweight Creative ($16,000/month) full story ➜

31. Become a freelance app developer ($75.3K/month)

A freelance app developer is a programmer who creates apps for mobiles for both Android and iOS devices. Freelance app development business targets in creating a variety of apps that give a user-friendly experience.

Freelance app developers are majorly hired by firms which are small-scale in budget. A freelancer can offer a better professional product when compared to an app builder at a lesser cost of a professional development firm.

The demand of a quality app developer is increasing rapidly. Once you get a solid amount of projects in your resume, you will have ample opportunities to work as an app developer. A mobile app developer can earn up to $100,000 annually. On an average, a freelancer can charge from $60 - $90 an hour based on the requirement of the app.

To become a freelance app developer, you will first need to touch up on your skills. There are several courses available online. Once you obtain the certification, choose your niche and focus on your skillset.

Then the best way to showcase your work is to build a portfolio website where you will display your skills, projects and testimonials. Another way to promote yourself is create your own brand and start a blog. This will in turn build a network and you will be able to connect with people and attract more clients.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $91,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$350
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Andrew Askins started Krit, a freelance app developer, about 8 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, I’m Andrew 👋I like to joke that I’m a jack of all trades and master of pun…

  • An attorney take her legal tech startup from $0 to $1M in Annual Run Rate.
  • A 71-year-old financial consultant build his first tech company and close customers like Yale, Brown, NYU, and Dartmouth.
  • A doctor in Texas launch the first HIPAA compliant text messaging service.
  • A photo booth startup build tools that are used by Amazon, Uber, Red Bull, NBC, the NFL and more.

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Andrew Askins, on starting Krit ($91,000/month) full story ➜

32. Build an online research software

As the business world grows more complex, the need for reliable and effective online research software becomes more important. Online research software can help businesses save time and money by providing access to a wealth of information.

This type of software is used for a variety of purposes, such as academic research, market research, or competitive intelligence.

For example, Trello is powerful online research software that can help you organize and keep track of your research projects. With Trello, you can create custom boards to track your progress on specific projects, set deadlines, and collaborate with other researchers. Trello's estimated annual revenue is currently $15.8M per year.

Online research software is a great tool for businesses looking to better understand their customer base. The data collected by this process can be rich and informative, as it includes insights that help you grow your business in ways other methods may not address as accurately or completely.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $75,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$550,000
Skills

Rand started SparkToro, a influencer reporting tool business, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

Howdy! I’m Rand Fishkin, co-founder, and CEO of SparkToro.

We started the company in 2018, raised a very unique round of funding, created open-sourced docs anyone can use and spent 18 months building this somewhat risky idea. When we finally launched in May 2020, we were pretty nervous the pandemic might sink our business, but thanks to high demand for this new concept, we turned the corner to profitability just six months later, and are now ~$75K in MRR.

Casey & Rand make the pesto from Luca with Casey’s daughters

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Rand, on starting SparkToro ($75,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start an affiliate marketing business ($290K/month)

Are you looking for a side hustle that will pay you a passive income? Affiliate marketing is one of those side hustles that will pay you well over the long-term.

To get started, learn how to find the right product and find the right brand to partner with. You may prefer becoming an affiliate marketer for an eCommerce store or partner with a manufacturer, and market their products for a commission.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$51,285
Skills

Patrick Hess started AFH Media LLC, a niche blog, over 7 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Patrick Hess and I am the creator of Bar Games 101, a website about a wide variety of games to play with your friends and family.

As our library of game-focused content expands, traffic is increasing as well, with over 200K monthly unique visitors and revenue over $4,000 for the month of August.

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Patrick Hess, on starting AFH Media LLC (/month) full story ➜

34. 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

35. Start an eye masks store

The eye mask is a simple accessory that blocks out light and improves sleep. The global mask market is expected to reach USD 18.6 Million in the next few years.

If you love to help people sleep better, then starting an eye masks business might be the perfect business opportunity for you.

An eye masks business is a relatively low barrier to entry business that doesn't require much of an up-front investment. You can start by making your own eye masks or buying them from wholesalers in bulk, then sell them to customers through social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram.

How Much Can You Make?
$800,000/month
Skills

Mark Zhang started Manta Sleep, a sleep products business, about 5 years ago:

Case Study

I am the CEO & co-founder of Manta Sleep mask, the only mask designed, constructed, and optimized for deepest-possible sleep in any environment. Manta Sleep masks provide 100% blackout for maximized sleep quality — so users feel 100%, all the time. Just a pinprick of light can disrupt REM and deep sleep, leading to post-sleep tiredness. That’s why Manta perfectly covers and conforms to the eyes to block 100% of light, even in broad daylight — so users always get deep, uninterrupted sleep.

We are anti-hustle culture. Working long hours and “hustling” is absolutely idiotic because nobody can make great decisions working 12 hours a day. At that point, you're just a walking zombie working on low-value tasks and pretending like you are actually doing something important. You are pretending like you are actually making it work and “succeeding”, when in fact, you're just using mindless work as an excuse to make yourself feel better. In order to live a good life, a happy life, there are several pillars in our lives that we need to make sure to take care of: Health, Wealth, Family, and Friends. When these go out of sync, life sucks. You basically have to keep it balanced to live a good life.

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Mark Zhang, on starting Manta Sleep ($800,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a restaurant

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Beth Baxter started Camper Cafe, a restaurant, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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Beth Baxter, on starting Camper Cafe ($15,000/month) full story ➜

37. Start an online retail store business

How Much Can You Make?
$90,000 — $62,500,000/month
Skills

Michael Hagen started Hagan Ski, a ski touring gear, over 11 years ago:

Case Study

Hagan makes ski mountaineering gear—exclusively. We focus without distraction on alpine ski touring. We don’t make downhill skis, clothing, hiking boots, or running shoes.

Our focus on high-performance ski mountaineering gear is recognized and appreciated by devoted backcountry skiers and has 50% annual growth in recent years. Hagan is Pure Ski Mountaineering.

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Michael Hagen, on starting Hagan Ski ($90,000/month) full story ➜

38. Start a youtube channel

For anyone looking to start a successful YouTube channel, there are plenty of YouTube channel success stories that can be used as inspiration and encouragement. YouTube has an established monetization system and boasts incredible popularity, making it a potential platform for revenue generation.

In this article, we'll look at different approaches you can use to help promote your channel and grow your viewers. While there's no quick and easy way to success, you can take these tips to build your own YouTube Channel Success story. If you love content creation, you can capitalize on YouTube`s popularity to earn an extra income.

If you are looking to join the Youtube partner program to monetize your channel, you will need to reach a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months.

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $4,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,700
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Chhavi Agarwal started Mrs Daaku Studio, a youtube channel, almost 4 years ago:

Case Study

I am Chhavi, the founder and owner of the blog and YouTube channel Mrs Daaku Studio along with my husband Amit.

Our blog, YouTube channel, and products are designed to help you achieve what we have (...and, more).

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Chhavi Agarwal, on starting Mrs Daaku Studio ($5,000/month) full story ➜

Cryptocurrency lawyers are professionals who offer sophisticated and knowledgeable legal counsel to clients navigating the rapidly evolving cryptocurrency and blockchain space. They provide clients guidance concerning litigation, money transmission, token offerings, and other crypto-related issues.

To become a cryptocurrency lawyer, you should have in-depth knowledge about token issues. Besides, you should have a certified degree of law from an accredited institution. Lawmakers in Washington D.C. and across the world continue figuring out how to establish laws and guidelines to make crypto safer for investors and less appealing to cybercriminals.

Therefore, this is a great opportunity for crypto lawyers to participate in shaping the future of crypto transactions.

40. Start a grocery store

A grocery store sells a wide variety of fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, along with a full range of household and personal care items. The grocery store industry is the largest retail channel that makes $682 billion industry in the United States.

To start a basic grocery store, you can expect to spend a minimum of $50,000. Ideally, the bigger expense would be the rent, equipment, labor cost, cash registers/POS systems and software. Some of these are recurring monthly fees. However, things that will make a bigger impact on the business are the location, size of the store, competitors, local customers. To make a bigger profit, a new grocer should sell more items for a lower price.

A new grocer can also save costs by buying the items from local distributors. The distributor is the middle man between the manufacturer and the grocery store selling it. Once the store cost and location is decided, the next step is to obtain a seller license. In most states, a grocer's license is required to run a grocery store.

Thus an average grocery store has a profit margin of 3% to 5%. The profit rates depend on the location, size, and popularity of the store. On average, a small to medium grocery store can make profit up to $300,000 annually if all the profit factors are considered.

Another way to make your business more profitable is to diversify your store and add amenities like a coffee shop or stocking up the front of the store with magazines, batteries, etc. as these items can cross margin of up to 70%. As a rule of thumb, offer lower prices on higher purchase, this will ultimately win more customers and increase profitability.

41. Start a social media management business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $15,000/month
Skills

Amanda Shepherd started Social Media Manager Society, a career coaching business, almost 2 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Amanda Shepherd, the owner and lead mentor at the Social Media Manager Society. Aside from social media consulting to businesses in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries, I created a program to teach other women how to run successful social media businesses so they can have the time and financial freedom they’ve always wanted!

I quit my 9-5 and in one year made almost $100,000 working an average of four hours per day - and still growing!

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Amanda Shepherd, on starting Social Media Manager Society ($15,000/month) full story ➜

42. Start an electronics store ($4K/month)

An electronics store sells any electronics from smartphones to televisions, laptops, refrigerators and other home appliances. With the technological advancements in the past decade, the electronics sector is expected to grow by 5.6 percent over the next five years.

To start an electronics store, research and find the right location for your store, then register your company at the state level to get the tax ID number.

Then, research your competition, which includes online stores and the local electronics store in your area. You should examine what they sell and focus on the products you can provide at a better price than the competition.

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $230,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$12,500
Skills

Kyle started Hand Held Legend, a video game modding business, over 8 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Kyle Capel and I am the founder of Hand Held Legend, a DIY upgrade shop for vintage handheld consoles. If you are as old as I am, you’ll remember the day you opened up your first Nintendo console and impatiently waited for mom or dad to figure out how to hook it up. After the crisp sound of a cartridge inserting into its plastic slot, you were ready to be taken into another world. Whether it be a 90’s Christmas morning or a special birthday, each of us can be taken back to parts of our youth when hearing and playing the games we grew up on. There is nothing that can replace the nostalgia old gaming consoles and the controllers that come with them.

Most of our customers are males between the ages of 13 and 45. Nearly 40% of our sales are international. Revenue averages about $27,000/month and is growing. The first quarter of 2020 posted a 30% increase in revenue over the same period in 2019.

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Kyle , on starting Hand Held Legend ($230,000/month) full story ➜

43. Start an email marketing business

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $33,166,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,628
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

Chase Dimond started Boundless Labs, a email marketing business, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Chase Dimond and I am the Co-Founder of Boundless Labs. We are an email marketing agency that specializes in working with eCommerce brands. We currently work with 30 eCommerce brands that do anywhere from 6 to 8 figures in annual revenue.

Since starting Boundless Labs 18 months ago, we have driven over $25 million (and growing rapidly) in email attributable revenue for our clients. Most of our clients generate ~30% of their total revenue from our email work. Our 5 highest performing clients are generating 45+% of their total revenue from our email work.

From launching in June of 2018 through the first half of 2019 our “agency” was making $40K per month (fees our clients paid us). The reason I put the agency in quotes is that during our first year in business my business partner and I were just focused on having a great time with no intentions of building a true agency.

Additionally, in my personal life, I got engaged in 2018 and married in June of 2019 so I was very focused and busy with that. Once I got back from my honeymoon at the end of Q2 of 2019, we realized we had a huge opportunity to scale the business. Clients love us as people equally as much as they love our work which has led to a majority of our client acquisition coming from referrals (more to come on this in later sections).

We ended up bringing on our first full-time employee in Q3 of 2019 and started onboarding clients again. For the second half of 2019, our business grew by ~$12K per month and we’re now making ~$90K per month. We just recently hired our second full-time employee and anticipate we’ll be at $100K per month in revenue by the end of January 2020.

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Chase Dimond, on starting Boundless Labs ($200,000/month) full story ➜

44. Become a personal chef

Not everyone has the time to prepare meals for themselves. If you love cooking, you can start a personal chef business in your area and earn a good income from the side gig. The side hustle can fit into your schedule easily, and you can offer delivery and pick-up or curbside options to ensure more people are buying your services.

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$50
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 15 hours/week
Skills
Interests

David Buchanan started Chefs Resources, a online course, almost 12 years ago:

Case Study

I am David Buchanan, a professional chef, and owner of Chefs-Resources.com, a website geared towards providing professional chefs with free detailed culinary info (seasonality, flavor profiles, etc.) about fresh fish, oysters, and cuts of meat, as well as tons of free kitchen management articles. Paid subscribers get access to our premium kitchen management resources such as Excel sheets (prep sheets, recipe templates, ordering guides, etc.), video tutorials, and kitchen management articles.

The site is not about recipes, but I am a Chef, so here is one of my favorite personal creations...seared scallops, spring pea puree, lemon beurre blanc, fingerling potatoes, golden beets, asparagus, corn kernels.

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David Buchanan, on starting Chefs Resources ($5,000/month) full story ➜

45. Start a restaurant

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Beth Baxter started Camper Cafe, a restaurant, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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Beth Baxter, on starting Camper Cafe ($15,000/month) full story ➜

46. Start a stock video business ($10K/month)

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

Eduard Stinga started VideoPlasty, a stock video business, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Eduard Stinga, founder of VideoPlasty, a platform for stock animation and GIF images.

Since we launched, more than 600,000 people have visited our platform over the years, with 2020 being our best year so far, the year we finally cleared the first legendary milestone for any startup, registering our first six-figure year with a little over $100k in revenue. And we’re just getting started!

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Eduard Stinga, on starting VideoPlasty ($10,000/month) full story ➜

47. Start a hardware store

How Much Can You Make?
$70,000/month
Skills

Carl Benson started Suffolk Latch Company, a furniture business, over 15 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Carl Benson, the founder of Suffolk Latch Company. We are an online store specialising in traditional and hand forged ironmongery.

We are on an upward growth curve and, despite a turbulent economic climate, we are experiencing 20% increase on turnover compared to last year.

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Carl Benson, on starting Suffolk Latch Company ($70,000/month) full story ➜

48. Start a bakery

Bakery businesses produce and sell flour-based food baked in an oven. Examples of baked foods include bread, cookies, cakes, donuts, pies, and pastries.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,200 — $25,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,833
Skills

Marcia Wiggins started Cape Whoopies, a online food business, over 9 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, I’m Marcia Wiggins and the founder of Cape Whoopies. We are small batch whoopie pie bakers who love creativity in the kitchen. Our mission is to share the most delicious Maine whoopie pies made with the highest quality ingredients with people all over the country.

We share a 5,300 square foot space with a coffee shop. Partnering with Rwanda Bean Coffee Company has scaled our total sales up by 40%, at this point of the year. One can only wonder where we will be by the end of the year since the fourth quarter is our busiest season.

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Marcia Wiggins, on starting Cape Whoopies ($25,000/month) full story ➜

49. Become a tech rentals provider

Tech rentals are a type of business that provides people with access to technology. It offers short-term rentals of the latest devices and gadgets to consumers and businesses.

To get started, you'll need a wide selection of the latest devices, as well as a strong marketing strategy to reach your target market. You'll also need to be able to provide excellent customer service and support.

Tech rentals's estimated annual revenue is currently $10.7M per year. Tech rentals's estimated revenue per employee is $260,000.

The recent trends such as the rise of the sharing economy and the popularity of short-term leases make this an ideal time to start a tech rental business. This type of business is growing in popularity as people are looking for ways to use technology without having to purchase it.

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

Eugenio Ferrante started Casa Mia Coliving, a property manager, over 2 years ago:

Case Study

We are Eugenio Ferrante and Ahmed Nizar, co-founders of Casa Mia Coliving.

Today, we have 150 bedrooms in central Singapore across popular neighborhoods such as River Valley, Tiong Bahru, and Orchard. We have reached an annualized revenue of $2.5M, and we’re growing fast!

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Eugenio Ferrante, on starting Casa Mia Coliving ($200,000/month) full story ➜

50. Start a car washing and detailing business

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Skills

Josh Belk started Belk Mobile Detailing, a auto detailing business, over 2 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Josh Belk and I’m the founder of Belk Mobile Detailing. Belk Mobile Detailing is a mobile automotive detailing business in Springfield, Missouri. We come directly to our customer’s homes to make their vehicles look new again. I’m currently a co-owner in the business, with the other owner being my brother Austin.

We have four main types of customers that use our services: professionals, business owners, busy moms, and people looking to sell their vehicles. Our business has been generating an average of $8,000 over the past 12 months and detailing 60-80 vehicles per month.

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Josh Belk, on starting Belk Mobile Detailing ($8,000/month) full story ➜

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