50 Million Dollar Business Ideas [That You Can Start]

50 Million Dollar Business Ideas [That You Can Start]

Have you ever wondered how entrepreneurs have built a business to $1M+/year?

Well, we've got the answers for you, because we've interviewed thousands of founders running million dollar companies.

Here's a list of 50 million dollar business ideas, along with real-world examples of founders who built them.

1. Start a supplements company ($471K/month)

The supplements industry is currently valued at $140.3B, and is growing at 8.6% per year.

It's getting easier and easier to start your own supplements brand, and you may not even need to manufacture the product yourself.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $2,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
420 days
Skills

Nick Bare started Bare Performance Nutrition, a supplements company, over 10 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Nick Bare and I own Bare Performance Nutrition. We are a sports nutrition and health supplement company based out of central Texas, just about 20 minutes north of Austin.

I built the brand while working as an active duty Soldier, sleeping very little and working very much. Bare Performance Nutrition has always specialized in sports performance (pre-workout, pump enhancers, whey protein, BCAAs) but is now adding to the line of health supplements (greens superfoods, red superfoods, multi-vitamin, joint support) due to the increased demand and popularity from the current customers. The flight is our flagship product (pre-workout) which launched the brand in 2012 and has been one of our fastest moving products to date.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvDLNE0ysjM

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Nick Bare, on starting Bare Performance Nutrition ($2,500,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start an online courses business ($122K/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
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills

Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins) started Mikkelsen Twins, a online courses business, 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 ➜

3. Start a hair product line ($551K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$550 — $2,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Mikey Moran started Private Label Extensions, a hair product line, over 9 years ago:

Case Study

Hi! My name is Mikey Moran and I am one of the owners of Private Label Extensions. We started this company a little over 5 years ago to create another option for women looking for amazing quality hair and entrepreneurs looking to get into the hair industry.

We’ve made a lot of mistakes during our business journey but have learned from them all and have seen an increase in business. We went from selling a few thousand dollars a month to over $650,000 monthly and even had a $1,000,000 month. One of our biggest accomplishments was being ranked #278 of the fastest-growing companies by Inc Magazine for 2018.

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Mikey Moran , on starting Private Label Extensions ($650,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a bedding company ($452K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $2,000,000/month
Skills

Colin McIntosh started Sheets & Giggles, a bedding company, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Colin McIntosh, Founder & CEO of Sheets & Giggles, a pun-based, eco-friendly bedding brand that launched in May 2018 on Indiegogo with our first product: lyocell bed sheets made from eucalyptus trees.

In our first 6 months in business, we received over 6,000 orders and nearly half a million dollars in revenue, and in September we won first place at Denver Startup Week 2018. In October, we began shipping preorders and got about 4,500 out the door, and we’re still catching up with demand! Nearly ⅘ of our customers are women, and more than half are in their 20s and 30s.

That’s me in the middle after winning Denver Startup Week back in September.

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Colin McIntosh, on starting Sheets & Giggles ($200,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a socks business ($295K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $1,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
210 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 10 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Dane Jensen started Sock Club, a socks business, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, Dane Jensen here, my business partner Noah and I run Sock Club. Our flagship product is socks of course. We started Sock Club as a monthly subscription where we would deliver a pair of unique socks to our customers every month. As we’ve grown we’ve developed a manufacturing supply chain here in the United States. Having the ability to make our own socks made it possible to enter the new market of custom socks. Now making custom socks is 90% of our business and the subscription 10%. Last year we did $12M+ in revenue and we plan to do more than that this year.

Hi, Dane Jensen here, my business partner Noah and I run Sock Club. Our flagship product is socks of course. We started Sock Club as a monthly subscription where we would deliver a pair of unique socks to our customers every month. As we’ve grown we’ve developed a manufacturing supply chain here in the United States. Having the ability to make our own socks made it possible to enter the new market of custom socks. Now making custom socks is 90% of our business and the subscription 10%. Last year we did $12M+ in revenue and we plan to do more than that this year.

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Dane Jensen, on starting Sock Club ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a skin care product line ($311K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$300 — $1,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Meredith Moseley-Bennett & Yolanda Grbic started Oh My Balm, a skin care product line, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

Oh My Balm was founded two years ago and we make kitchen-crafted all-natural body products. Our tagline is “Two Mom’s Making it Real.”

We promote them through our marketing, as they work on several different projects that create a life of prosperity for African women and their families. You can find more about them here. The other charity that is close to our hearts is Behind The Scenes, which provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals if they, or their immediate dependent family, are seriously ill or injured. We make a body butter, “Crew,” and we give a portion of the proceeds of every tin sold to BTS. This got us mention in several entertainment industry magazines.

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Meredith Moseley-Bennett & Yolanda Grbic, on starting Oh My Balm ($2,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a pet store ($610K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $1,200,000/month
Skills

Mike Leon started Bike Tow Leash, a pet store, about 19 years ago:

Case Study

I am Mike Leon, mechanical engineer, an avid bike rider, service dog trainer and inventor of the 1-Running-Dog Bike Tow LeashⓇ for safe bike, trike, scooter, and wheelchair dog-rides.

I am the owner of LEON Engineering, Inc. We design, build and sell the 1-Running-Dog Bike Tow Leash® to dog owners, walkers, trainers, military and law enforcement, search and rescue and those with special needs. Having sold less than 200 BTLs prior, My on-the-side hobby turned into a true business in 2009 with the launch of our first website. We went from shipping hundreds/year to thousands/year. Now, our business allows me to work comfortably from home, making 6 figures, while caring for my wife and enriching the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and their humans.

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Mike Leon, on starting Bike Tow Leash ($20,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a smart home camera business ($1M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Yun Zhang started Wyze Cam, a smart home camera business, almost 5 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Yun Zhang and I am the CEO of Wyze Labs, as well as one of the founding members. We founded WYZE Labs in July 2017 and launched our first product, a smart home camera – the Wyze Cam – in October of the same year.

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Yun Zhang, on starting Wyze Cam ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a quilt business ($800K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$800,000/month
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Ross Lohr started Project Repat, a quilt business, about 10 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Ross Lohr, and I’m a co-founder of Project Repat. We make it easy and affordable for customers to turn their memorable t-shirts into a one of a kind, custom t-shirt quilt backed with cozy fleece.

We currently make 2,000 custom t-shirt quilts per week at 2 production facilities in the United States. In 2018, we will make 90,000 t-shirt quilts and do $10MM in sales per year.

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Ross Lohr, on starting Project Repat ($800,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a cleaning service ($302K/month)

A housecleaning side business is a beautiful idea for people who have free time on weekends or even weekdays. The side hustle idea requires little capital to start. During the launch, you can choose to offer the service to your neighbors and scale as you gain the experience. The average salary for a house cleaner is $17.32 per hour.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $600,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 7 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Sal Polit-Moran started A+ Enterprises Junk Removal & Demolition, a junk removal business, almost 5 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Sal Polit-Moran. I am 25 years old and am the founder & owner of A+ Enterprises Junk Removal & Demolition. We are a junk hauling & demolition service that specializes in cleaning out homes and demolishing small structures. We’re located in West Pittston, Pennsylvania and have been in business since August of 2017.

Primarily, our main customers are people who have recently purchased or inherited a home and need it fully cleaned out. We average approximately 90 jobs and $41,000 in revenue each month.

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Sal Polit-Moran, on starting A+ Enterprises Junk Removal & Demolition ($41,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start an idea management software ($254K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$66,000 — $750,000/month
Skills

Charlie de Rusett started Idea Drop, a idea management software, over 8 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Charlie de Rusett and I’m the CEO and Founder of Idea Drop. We are a software-as-a-service (SAAS) that helps businesses identify, refine and execute their most innovative ideas. Our company was founded on the premise that the best ideas already exist, they just need to be discovered!

Companies across multiple global industries have seen success with Idea Drop. Examples range from multinational enterprises such as Ericsson and MTV to public sector organizations such as the NHS and Kent Police Force. We have an established track record of delivering long-term value for our clients. For instance, Covea Insurance found that an idea implemented as a result of Idea Drop would save them £2.5m over the next 5 years.

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Charlie de Rusett, on starting Idea Drop ($200,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a drinkware brand ($725K/month)

A drinkware brand sells home and houseware products like cups, koozies, mugs and other drinking accessories.

How Much Can You Make?
$333,333 — $1,000,000/month

Dylan Jacob started BrüMate, a drinkware brand, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Dylan Jacob and I am the founder of BruMate, AKA, The Dehydration Company. We are a unique insulated drinkware brand with a sole focus on the adult beverage community.

I launched our first product line in November 2016. We did $250,000 in sales from November-December 2016, 2.1M in sales in 2017, and we are now doing over 1.1M/mo in sales, in over 1000 retailers nationwide, and are on track to do 20M this year with roughly 35-45% bottom line depending on our ad-spend.

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Dylan Jacob, on starting BrüMate ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a dog treat business ($598K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $1,750,000/month
Skills

Lucas Walker started Treats Happen, a dog treat business, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

We’re Lucas Walker and Riley Wallbank, and we are from Toronto. We make all natural dog treats with our company Treats Happen.

One of our biggest learnings is that we aren’t just an e-commerce company, we’re a brand. Many people who want to start a business look to be direct to consumer through their own website. We look to be available on as many profitable channels as possible.

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Lucas Walker, on starting Treats Happen ($15,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a fulfillment business ($3.79M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$90,000 — $5,583,333/month
Skills

Jan Bednar started ShipMonk, a fulfillment business, ago:

Case Study

Hi! My name is Jan Bednar and I’m the CEO and founder of ShipMonk, a technology-driven fulfillment center based in South Florida.

Last year, we were named America’s Fastest Growing Fulfillment Center and scored a spot at #29 on Inc. 5000’s list of fastest growing companies. We made the list again this year at #154. With projected revenue of $60M for 2019, we absolutely can’t wait to see what else is in store for us!

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Jan Bednar, on starting ShipMonk ($5,583,333/month) full story ➜

15. Start a CRM business ($437K/month)

A Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software keeps track of prospects, clients and their contacts and also helps you monitor your sales pipeline as well as to create reports for business intelligence.

The CRM market is a $50B and growing industry.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $2,100,000/month
Skills

Oleksii Avramenko started EspoCRM, a CRM business, over 10 years ago:

Case Study

Hi! My name is Oleksii Avramenko. I’m one of the founders of EspoCRM, an open-source CRM application that helps to grow businesses.

The first version of EspoCRM was launched in 2014 and October of 2020 has seen the release of the 6th one. During the last year (29 Nov 2019 - 29 Nov 2020), the average number of downloads has increased to more than 16,000/year and we are extremely proud of it as it means that our product is in demand for our clients. Over the years, we started to make on average up to $30k a month.

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Oleksii Avramenko, on starting EspoCRM ($30,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a publishing business ($1.3M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,200 — $1,800,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Ricardo Fayet started Reedsy, a publishing business, almost 8 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! I’m Ricardo Fayet, one of the four founders and the Chief Marketing Officer of Reedsy. First and foremost, Reedsy is a marketplace connecting authors (or anyone looking to publish a book) with all the people they’ll need to prepare, publish, and market that book successfully — think editors, proofreaders, cover designers, illustrators, ghostwriters, book marketers, and even literary translators.

Since starting in 2014, the marketplace has become home to over 1,500 vetted freelance professionals and close to a million authors, driving 1,000+ projects every month with a GMV of over $1m.

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Ricardo Fayet, on starting Reedsy ($1,800,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a cannabis business ($183K/month)

Have you ever thought of starting your own cannabis business?

The cannabis industry has been continuously growing throughout the years. The legal marijuana sales are projected to reach $22 billion by 2022.

No matter your level of experience, the cannabis industry has a lot to offer. There are inspiring stories of entrepreneurs that made it big in this particular industry.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $3,100,000/month
Skills

Michael Berk started Cannabox, a subscription box business, ago:

Case Study

Hi! My name is Michael Berk, and I am the founder of Cannabox, a monthly themed subscription box for essential cannabis accessories. A box includes a glass piece, rolling papers, wraps, gear, snacks, and other accessories an everyday cannabis user needs. We also retail products online as well including our own brand and other popular brands.

Cannabox is currently at an MRR of $350,000 and we have 11,000 subscribers to our box.

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Michael Berk, on starting Cannabox ($350,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a diagnostic tools business ($4.2M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,200,000/month
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Tyler Robertson started Diesel Laptops, a diagnostic tools business, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Tyler Robertson, and I’m the founder and CEO of Diesel Laptops.

In three short years, it went from me in my dining room table and garage to a 21,000 square foot facility with over 90 employees.

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Tyler Robertson, on starting Diesel Laptops ($4,200,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start a custom prints business ($635K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,700 — $3,000,000/month
Skills

Zach Katz started Framed Tweets, a custom prints business, about 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hi! I’m Zach Katz, and I started Framed Tweets to give people a simple way to beautifully frame their favorite tweets as art, to remember and enjoy forever.

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Zach Katz, on starting Framed Tweets ($25,000/month) full story ➜

20. Become a vehicle exporter ($2.3M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,300,000/month
Skills

Nathan Huskins started Marshal Group LLC, a vehicle exporter, over 14 years ago:

Case Study

I am the founder and President of Marshal Group LLC, a licensed Illinois dealer specializing in exporting vehicles from the U.S. and Canada to destinations abroad.

Our first full year, 2008, we had $26MM in gross sales, working from the bedroom of my house with myself and my mom as the only two employees. Sales slowed in 2009 with the recession but from 2010 to 2015 we grew each year peaking at $50MM in sales and 650 vehicles sold.

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Nathan Huskins, on starting Marshal Group LLC ($2,300,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start an online food business ($299K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $3,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
360 days

TJ Clark started Healthy Chew, a healthy meal delivery service, about 6 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, my name is TJ and I am the co-founder and CEO of Healthy Chew.

When we first started, we sold around 200 bowls each week. We currently sell around 10,000 bowls each month. Most companies like this start the same way, cooking from their primary residence for family and friends. We were no exception. But as we continued to grow, we spent time and money to work out of rentable commercial kitchens until we were able to afford our own.

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TJ Clark, on starting Healthy Chew ($60,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a mystery game store ($2.54M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$85,000 — $5,000,000/month
Skills
Business model

Ryan Hogan started Hunt A Killer, a mystery game store, about 6 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Ryan Hogan and I am the Co-founder and CEO of Hunt A Killer, an innovative entertainment company that delivers clues, items and correspondence to your doorstep each month, which immerses Members in an interactive story. We have a total of four brands: Hunt A Killer, our murder mystery for true crime fans; Empty Faces, our paranormal investigation for horror fanatics; Escape The Invasion, our science fiction thriller for those looking to survive an alien apocalypse; and Team Building Kits, our business-to-business product that brings corporate teams together and improves company culture through quarterly experiences that create a fun and challenging environment.

Hunt A Killer started with 146 subscribers in October 2016. In August 2019, we shipped our one-millionth episode and continue to see signs of massive growth in the immersive entertainment space.

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Ryan Hogan, on starting Hunt A Killer ($5,000,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a hygiene product company ($1.85M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$30,000 — $5,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Jonathan Bradford started The Hygiene Company, a hygiene product company, over 30 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Jonathan Bradford and I grew up in a household with a father who built his own successful engineering business (my mother would have always said it was in fact always on the verge of bankruptcy fighting off the bailiffs).

As one that has always been very aware of the importance of CLEAN HANDS, I firmly believed from the outset that this concept had legs, in that if I could provide a nice looking dispenser that looked at home in all environments, hold a good number of antibacterial wipes at a reasonable cost, it had to add value to both the club, office or workspace, for it enhances the overall perception of cleanliness within the organization. It puts hand and surface wipes easily within reach of both staff and members leaving NO room for excuses - convenience improving compliance!

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Jonathan Bradford, on starting The Hygiene Company ($521,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a jewelry making business ($361K/month)

The global jewelry market size was valued at $278B in 2018 and is expected to reach $292B by 2025.

The industry comprises manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and jewelry designers. Unlike many other industries that have gone through leaps in technology, the jewelry industry has remained untouched for over 40 years.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $2,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills

Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier started Ann + Joy, a jewelry making business, ago:

Case Study

Hello there! We are Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, two sisters from Miami who started Ann + Joy. We make handmade real flower and resin jewelry and sell online and in stores around the world. We take pride in being one of the first companies to make real flower jewelry. During our first year of business, we blossomed almost immediately into a very successful Etsy shop. Etsy was constantly featuring our products on its website and in promotional emails. We are proud to say that since starting in early 2017 we have had over 5,000 sales online.

For all the readers, we are providing a 20% off coupon to our Etsy shop. Use code: STARTERSTORY at checkout!

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Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, on starting Ann + Joy ($4,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a photo printing business ($521K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$27,400 — $1,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Jainam Shah started CanvasChamp, a photo printing business, about 10 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Jainam Shah, and I am one of the founders of CanvasChamp. We make a variety of custom photo products for home decor and gifting purposes, most notably canvas prints, acrylic and metal prints. We have a lot many other products already launched and soon will introduce even more.

We started in March 2012, with just custom canvas prints and now have more than 60+ personalized photo gifts products with revenue of 1.5m$+/mo. We still have a long way to go with the potential of scalability and growth.

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Jainam Shah, on starting CanvasChamp ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

26. Create a digital wallet app ($1.5M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Work from home

Yavor Petrov started iCard, a digital wallet app, about 14 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Yavor Petrov and I’m the CEO of iCard - a unique and 100% digital bank account alternative.

Since the launch in late 2017 , the iCard app got around 500,000 downloads. An increasing number of our users opt to use our accounts for getting salaries paid in because of the security tools we have embedded. Everyone has their own particular favourite feature, but spending money in a way that provides better than expected funds protection is the main conversion point and we seek any opportunity to emphasize it.

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Yavor Petrov, on starting iCard ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

27. ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 10 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

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

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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28. Start a mattress brand ($2.08M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$750,000 — $3,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Joe Nashif started US-Mattress, a mattress brand, about 19 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Joe Nashif and I operate US-Mattress.com. We are an online mattress retailer shipping all across the US and we also have some stores in Michigan. We specialize in selling name-brand mattresses, like Sealy, Serta, Tempur-Pedic, and Beautyrest, but we also offer many other brands like Nectar and other lesser-known names. We have a great team of dedicated folks helping to take care of our customers no matter where they live.

Our business is very competitive and it would be hard to start an online mattress company today. We were fortunate to get started when nobody was selling mattresses online. Today, we have competition from online giants, big brick and mortar retailers, and newer, direct-to-consumer brands. We generate $750,000 a month now, one customer at a time.

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Joe Nashif, on starting US-Mattress ($750,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start a publishing business ($1.3M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,200 — $1,800,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Ricardo Fayet started Reedsy, a publishing business, almost 8 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! I’m Ricardo Fayet, one of the four founders and the Chief Marketing Officer of Reedsy. First and foremost, Reedsy is a marketplace connecting authors (or anyone looking to publish a book) with all the people they’ll need to prepare, publish, and market that book successfully — think editors, proofreaders, cover designers, illustrators, ghostwriters, book marketers, and even literary translators.

Since starting in 2014, the marketplace has become home to over 1,500 vetted freelance professionals and close to a million authors, driving 1,000+ projects every month with a GMV of over $1m.

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Ricardo Fayet, on starting Reedsy ($1,800,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start an online advertising agency ($15M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000 — $1,250,000/month
Skills

Joel Cox from Denver, Colorado, USA started Strategus over 7 years ago, a online advertising agency.

  • Revenue: $1,250,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 21
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

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I’m Joel Cox, co-founder and executive vice president of strategy and innovation for Strategus, an advertising technology startup founded in Denver in 2014. The company pioneered the first programmatic OTT/CTV (Over-The-Top digital streaming over Connected Television) advertising campaign the following year.

The Strategus Managed Services Platform produces real-time automated ad campaigns that instantly deliver custom, audience-targeted messages to CTVs and other internet-connected devices. With a wide variety of brand and agency customers, our growth has been phenomenal, with revenues of $14.8 million in 2019. We’ve been on the Inc. 5000 three years running due to our geometric sales increases.

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31. Start a crime scene cleanup business ($0/year)

Nick-Anthony Zamucen from Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA started Bio-One over 14 years ago, a crime scene cleanup business.

  • Revenue: $/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA

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Hello reader and thanks for stopping by. Let me start off by saying I hope you’re not reading this during the day when you should be working on your business.

For the purpose of this article, we’ll focus on Bio-One Inc. and how I created the world's first multi million dollar crime and trauma scene franchise.

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32. Start a laptop accessories brand ($12M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $1,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Jack Yao from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Mobile Pixels about 4 years ago, a laptop accessories brand.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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My name is Jack Yao, our company is Mobile Pixels Inc. We started the company when I was a graduate student at MIT. During an internship at Amazon, I urgently felt the need of using a portable monitor as I was working in a co-working space. The idea came to when I was doing some programming work, I wished that I could have had a monitor that can be expanded from the back of the main laptop display.

Our product is the Duex monitor, we did 4.3MM in sales in 2019, and are on track to do $12MM for 2020.

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33. Start an aerial imagery business ($12M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Skills

Robert Morris from San Leandro, California, USA started TerrAvion over 9 years ago, a aerial imagery business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 30
  • Location: San Leandro, California, USA

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My name is Robert Morris. I founded TerrAvion in 2013 together with Cornell Wright.

We view our job as abstracting away all the complexity and delivering maps that are ready to use so that growers can spend more time applying their expertise, more powerfully, and over a larger area. Below is a screenshot of our interface with fields shown in our vigor image data layers.

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34. Start a speaker store ($12M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Skills

Johnathan Price from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA started Down4SoundShop.Com over 6 years ago, a speaker store.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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My name is Johnathan Price, Owner of Down4soundshop.com, we distribute car audio products worldwide to fellow car audio fanatics. Mostly which consists of doing it yourself people that enjoy building their own systems with their friends.

This is my 4th year in business doing this full time and we are projecting to break 10 million dollars in sales.

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35. Start a marketing agency ($10.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,300 — $8,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
330 days

Brian Cohen from Charleston, South Carolina, USA started Visiture over 14 years ago, a marketing agency.

  • Revenue: $900,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 100
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Hello, my name is Brian Cohen and I’m the Co-Founder and CEO of Visiture.

In addition, our monthly revenue and profit exceed what our entire revenue was in 2015. Our MRR is approaching $1MM. It’s been a tough road to get here, but we’re going to leverage our momentum and plan to double the company annually for the next 2-3 years.

how-i-started-a-marketing-agency-that-grows-at-84-with-1mm-monthly-revenue

36. Start a cycling tools business ($9M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$750,000/month
Skills

Chris Parr from Marlow Bottom, England, United Kingdom started Pro Bike Tool almost 7 years ago, a cycling tools business.

  • Revenue: $750,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Marlow Bottom, England, United Kingdom

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Hey, we’re Chris and Nicole Parr, husband and wife and owners of PRO BIKE TOOL. PRO BIKE TOOL is a manufacturer, brand and online retailer of essential, affordable bike tools & accessories for riders of all disciplines and abilities. Our flagship products include a Mini Bike Pump with innovative in-line pressure gauge, a CO2 Inflator with a unique gas regulation lever, and a precision calibrated Torque Wrench Set.

Over four years, we’ve grown from selling one tool to selling 32 products across 10 marketplaces, with a turnover of $750K per month. It’s been quite a journey.

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37. Start a children's clothing business ($9M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $750,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills

Erin E Hooley from Rhome, Texas, USA started Bailey's Blossoms about 13 years ago, a children's clothing business.

  • Revenue: $750,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 35
  • Location: Rhome, Texas, USA

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Hello! I'm Erin E. Hooley, proud Texas mom of 6 as well as founder and CEO of the e-commerce children's clothing line Bailey's Blossoms and it's sister brand, Peyton Bre.

Bailey's Blossoms started as a hair accessories company at my kitchen table in Arizona back in 2008 and has since grown into a multi-million dollar adventure. Both brands provide fashion-forward styles at a price that won't break the bank!

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38. Start a team collaboration app ($12M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $1,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Michael Hollauf from Vienna, Austria started Meister over 15 years ago, a team collaboration app.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 85
  • Location: Vienna, Austria

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My name is Michael Hollauf, I’m one of the founders of Meister, and we currently have two very popular apps for team creativity and productivity on the market — MindMeister is the biggest online mind mapping app with over 11 million users worldwide, and MeisterTask is our new agile task management tool that already has 3 million users and is catching up fast with the likes of Trello and Asana, having won both Apple’s and Google’s Best of the Year award in its launch year.

We’re currently close to US$ 10 million ARR with our Freemium subscription business model on both apps.

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39. Start an ecommerce platform ($16.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $1,400,000/month
Skills

Eyal from Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District, Israel started StoreYa over 9 years ago, a ecommerce platform.

  • Revenue: $1,400,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 18
  • Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District, Israel

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Hi, my name is Eyal Reich and I'm StoreYa's co-founder and COO, along with Yariv Dror, the CEO (and my brother:) and Pasha Zaft, the CTO.

We launched StoreYa 7 years ago, with the idea of building a valid business, one with a strong business model behind it. As opposed to many startups that pursue their dream and don't think about how to make money in the early stages, we didn't want to be dependent on fundraising, we wanted to reach the profitability stage as soon as possible. We raised a seed round of ~$900K when we first started and for the past 3 years, we've been profitable, generating an average of $700K MRR.

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40. Start a marketing agency ($8.4M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,300 — $8,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
330 days

Chris Ciunci from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started TribalVision over 12 years ago, a marketing agency.

  • Revenue: $700,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 70
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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My name is Chris Ciunci and I’m the Founder and Managing Partner of TribalVision. We are an outsourced marketing department for hire, dedicated to helping organizations grow. We do this by first crafting an overall marketing strategy tailored to the client’s specific needs. From there, we execute that strategy tactically, acting as our clients’ marketing team and keeping their best marketing interests in mind. Digital marketing tactics that we implement include; Google Ads, SEO, retargeting, social media marketing, email marketing, account-based marketing, and more.

Since 2010, we’ve served a variety of industries, including manufacturers, professional service firms, non-profits, startups, and a myriad of B2C organizations. Our Google reviews speak to the caliber of work we provide and reflect our rapid growth trajectory over the past decade. We’ve been listed as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company on multiple occasions and are also frequently recognized as the Best Place to Work in the Boston and Rhode Island markets.

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41. Start a dermatology business ($12M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Scott R. Melamed from Penfield, New York, USA started ProMD Health over 3 years ago, a dermatology business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 28
  • Location: Penfield, New York, USA

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Hello, my name is Scott Melamed and I run ProMD Health, along with my co-founder/business partner and close personal friend Dr. George O. Gavrila, MD. ProMD Health operates in the Aesthetic Dermatology space, but we are so much more than that. I believe that it is every company’s duty to do their part to change the world for the better and we accomplish that mission by delivering great results, taking care of our patients, our staff, our vendors, and the community at large through a number of charitable initiatives under our corporate giving program ProMD Helps.

ProMD Health started as a single location practice and has quickly grown to include 4 offices, a franchise, a philanthropic initiative, a tattoo removal business, a telemedicine company, and so much more. Since inception, our CAGR has been over 40% and we are rapidly expanding through our independent ownership program aimed at giving physicians from any industry seeking to enter this space the tools and training they need to succeed as the owner of their own ProMD Health.

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42. Start an outsourcing business ($16.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$120,000 — $1,399,996/month
Skills
Business model

Cody McLain from Austin, Texas, USA started SupportNinja about 7 years ago, a outsourcing business.

  • Revenue: $1,399,996/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1021
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

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How many times have you failed and got back up? My life has been nothing but failures, hurdles, and obstacles, and I continued to get back up. I started my first business when I was just 14, had to borrow my mom’s credit card to pay for a reseller account at hostgator.com. The plan was to get rich selling web hosting! I didn’t get rich, per se, but after losing both my parents before the age of 18, it was the only thing I had left that gave me purpose.

The business presently generates over $9M ARR with around 103 clients. Our growth rate in the past 3-years was 3,684%.

how-i-started-a-9m-year-company-outsourcing-support-for-startups

43. Start a newsletter ($7.98M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $1,250,000/month
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Matt Paulson from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA started MarketBeat over 11 years ago, a newsletter.

  • Revenue: $665,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

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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.

how-i-started-an-8m-year-stock-market-research-website

44. Start a mens grooming product ($7.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $650,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Matt Dryfhout from Chicago, Illinois, USA started BAKblade over 9 years ago, a mens grooming product.

  • Revenue: $650,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Hello, my name is Matt Dryfhout and my wife is Angelina Dryfhout. We are the co-founders of BAKblade, LLC, a brand offering easy and pain-free solutions to solve back and body management.

Our mission statement is to design and create unique products with unique content to solve unique problems. Our goal to restore confidence back in our customers which ultimately breeds success in their lives.

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45. Start a solar energy business ($7.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$600,000 — $2,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

David Gomez from California, USA started Clean Energy Solutions over 8 years ago, a solar energy business.

  • Revenue: $600,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: California, USA

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My name is David Gomez and I’m the founder and CEO of Clean Energy Solutions, based out of Los Angeles, California. We’re a solar energy provider that provides homeowners and businesses with low-cost solar power.

Our monthly revenue is around $600,000 with big plans to keep growing. A lot of our growth in the new year will be focused on our energy-efficient affordable housing division.

how-i-started-a-600k-month-company-selling-low-cost-solar-energy

46. Start a dolly product ($7M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$583,000/month
Skills

Michael Reznik from Columbus, Ohio, USA started Upcart about 7 years ago, a dolly product.

  • Revenue: $583,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Hello, my name is Michael Reznik and I am the Co-Founder and CEO of TriFold LLC, the company that invented the UpCart ® line of products. We are dedicated to revolutionizing mobility with innovative products that give people the freedom to do what they love by enhancing their mobility. When people have greater mobility, they can do more and be more productive.

Our first product, the UpCart Original, became available in August 2015 and promptly sold out of stock within 10 days of going viral on Facebook after Thanksgiving. We did $385,000 in sales from August – December 2015. Revenue continued to grow with $3.2M in 2016, $5.4M in 2017, and we are on track to exceed $7M in sales this year. We are excited to note that UpCart ® products are for sale in Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe’s and other major retailers.

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47. Start a mobile veterinary service ($6.96M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$580,000/month
Skills

Lisa Aumiller from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA started housepaws about 12 years ago, a mobile veterinary service.

  • Revenue: $580,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 82
  • Location: Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA

Case Study

HousePaws started 10 years ago this April. I had become disenchanted with practicing in a “normal” veterinary environment: appointments every 10-15 min, stressed owners/ pets/ workers, etc. I was starting work and it was dark outside and leaving work and it was dark outside. Clients, despite liking me as a vet, did not perceive the value of the visit was worth what they were paying, and the hospital I worked out was corporate-minded. The practice had one size fits all plans which were not consistent with how I like to practice. I consider every patient as an individual. Each pet, even those living in the same house, have different lifestyles sometimes.

At the end of 2010, I was working alone, 80 hours a week, and making $60,000 in revenue. Today we have over 100 employees and are making more than 7 million in revenue and thankfully I am not working 80 hours a week anymore!

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48. Start a proposal software app ($6.84M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$570,000/month
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

Kyle Racki from Halifax, Canada started Proposify over 9 years ago, a proposal software app.

  • Revenue: $570,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 76
  • Location: Halifax, Canada

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I’m Kyle Racki, CEO and co-founder of Proposify. Proposify is an online business proposal SaaS (software as a service) company that streamlines the process of creating, sending, and closing proposals, quotes, contracts, and other sales documents. We do this by making the process of creating documents faster and more efficient, and by allowing sales teams to send out beautiful, professional sales documents and get them signed.

We currently serve over 8,000 customers, have 75 employees based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and do over $7M in annual recurring revenue (and growing).

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49. Start a white pages tool ($6M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$6,000,000/month
Skills

Harrison Tang started Spokeo, a white pages tool, over 16 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Harrison, and I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Spokeo. We are a people information service that helps over 15 million users a month to search and connect with others. Whether it’s finding long-lost families and friends, or helping people research before they date, we organize over 14 billion records into easy-to-understand reports so that we can make trust a little easier.

My name is Harrison, and I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Spokeo. We are a people information service that helps over 15 million users a month to search and connect with others. Whether it’s finding long-lost families and friends, or helping people research before they date, we organize over 14 billion records into easy-to-understand reports so that we can make trust a little easier.

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Harrison Tang, on starting Spokeo ($6,000,000/month) full story ➜

50. Start a business communications software ($5.1M/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $10,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Nicholas Phair started telbee, a audio sharing app, about 3 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! I’m Nico, and I’m the Founder and CEO of telbee. I launched my first product, Vox - an online voice recording and messaging platform for businesses - to make it easy for businesses to talk with their customers and audience, as people.

The success of our launch (and of the last couple of weeks) has cemented what I’ve always believed - that businesses want to listen to their customers just as much as customers want to be heard.

Nico Phair, Founder + CEO @ telbee

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Nicholas Phair, on starting telbee ($0/month) full story ➜

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