The 62 Best Businesses To Start In New Zealand [2021]

The 62 Best Businesses To Start In New Zealand [2021]

Interested in starting a business in New Zealand in 2021?

We put together 62 of the best businesses you can start in New Zealand today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of how you can start your profitable, home-based small business in New Zealand.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a gift baskets business ($24K/year)

Valentina from Brantford, ON, Canada started Really Luxe 10 months ago, a gift baskets business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Brantford, ON, Canada

I worked as a Sales Associate for a well-known gift shop. I loved working for the company and was very passionate and believed in the company's culture and image.

The best part of the job was helping customers choose the perfect gift, suggest engraving messages and design ideas, and organizing inventory. I worked alongside awesome and amazing people! This was the first time I actually found a job that I truly was passionate about.

After the company closed down, I was very broken-hearted. This was the time when I also realized that I loved working with people, gift wrapping, and being able to use my creative talents and skills. Since I got laid off, due to company closure, this was the perfect time on reflecting where I would like to be professionally in my life.

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Valentina, on starting Really Luxe ($2,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a photography business ($1.32M/year)

Kyle Nelson from Chico, California, USA started Results Imagery about 4 years ago, a photography business.

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Chico, California, USA

We both had previous experience in another start-up called Soul id which was a social media platform for action sports. We ran the marketing and media at that company which was a blast. After we left that company, we split directions. Eli got involved in the eCommerce industry by starting a brand called Winterial which he grew to hundreds of SKUs. Kyle headed in the media direction and started a commercial photography company where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

At this time Kyle wanted to be able to get back in the start-up world, grow a large brand and a team of like-minded creatives and innovators. So like any entrepreneur, he jumped on Google and started to search for media companies that were also technology-based companies as well. That is where the inspiration of starting a digital agency that solely focused on the media portion for brands and product companies came to life.

Culture is the centerpiece of a successful company. Creating a place for employees to come to work and enjoy what they do, the environment and who they work with will pay long term dividends.

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Kyle Nelson, on starting Results Imagery ($110,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a moving company ($720K/year)

Max Maher from Chandler, Arizona, USA started Skinny Wimp Moving over 5 years ago, a moving company.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 12
  • Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA

I didn’t exactly come up with the initial idea for this company because this is a franchise which means for me that I license out the name “Skinny Wimp Moving”. However, because it was the first franchise location I was able to be in a prime decision-making seat and guinea pig for all ideas enabling me to test out theories on marketing and customer service which have no become standard across the brand.

Put yourself out there and ask for their business. Sure be conscious that you may get rejected but don’t be afraid to ask more than once. It won’t work every time but it will work 100% more than not trying at all.

We realized people simply don’t want a moving company that sucks. So we asked ourselves what can we do to make the stressful experience of moving suck a little less and the answers we came up with and stuck to were very common sense:

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Max Maher, on starting Skinny Wimp Moving ($60,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a landscaping business ($13.2M/year)

Terry Morrill from SUN VALLEY started Pacific Outdoor Living about 22 years ago, a landscaping business.

  • Revenue: $1,100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 82
  • Location: SUN VALLEY

It hasn't always been easy. I've had many different businesses over my life. I first started purchasing, renovating, and reselling apartment buildings. I started with a 5-unit building in Los Angeles and after selling it successfully, I purchased a completely dilapidated 66-unit building that scared me to death! But I made it through and over those first years made over one million dollars.

I rolled the dice and continued to buy, renovate, and sell until the bottom dropped out of the market. On January 17, 1994, the Northridge Earthquake devastated Southern California. During this period there was a negative migration in Los Angeles and our vacancy rates hit 40%. Being unable to support the mortgages, I lost all of my properties - over 250 units.

From 1994 to 1999, I started a company from scratch that built homes in Mexico. I sold insurance, ran an automatic door company, was the general manager for a bicycle specialty company, and sold copper pipe.

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Terry Morrill, on starting Pacific Outdoor Living ($1,100,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a wedding planner business ($24K/year)

Lia chhabra from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Shaadivaale over 3 years ago, a wedding planner business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

So I got placed in a medium-sized private company in 2016 after my graduation and I served for about 4.5 years there. With the pandemic rising, I had to look for another job because things got messy there. So, I switched my job as I wasn’t still convinced to take the risk of doing my business full time. I switched and joined somewhere else as their Social Media Manager.

Being in a creative industry, and handling the digital marketing activities of the organizations gave me a great insight into how business is done. I started believing in the power of digitalization and how I was so good at it. This was the major reason why I even thought of setting up something like Shaadivaale in the first place.

I gained a lot of experience by working at my two employers and it took me 3 years to take my venture to a place where I started seeing results. It did not come easy but what surprised me most is that I wasn’t even willing to give up. Several other ideas were popping up in my mind but I never thought of the need to drop it and move onto the next one. I had my soul into it. It was clear.

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Lia chhabra, on starting Shaadivaale ($2,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start an appliance repair business ($1.2M/year)

Chad Rubin from Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA started Think Crucial over 13 years ago, a appliance repair business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

I studied finance in college and started covering internet stocks like Amazon on Wall Street. This really opened up the world of e-commerce to me. At the same time, my parents were running a shop that sold vacuum cleaners along with accessories but it wasn’t doing very well. I started helping them out with their business and took it online while still working crazy banker hours.

When I was let go in 2009 after the crash, I was ecstatic - this was my chance for a whole new beginning in e-commerce. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I helped expand the business, first on Volusion then selling on eBay, and then finally Amazon. Ultimately, I realized I didn’t want to be a reseller-- I wanted to have my own brand. That was the genesis of Think Crucial.

The key is to start small and stay scrappy. Don’t put the cart before the horse - source or create a product customers need, package it right, and sell it. As you grow (and only then), add more.

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Chad Rubin, on starting Think Crucial ($100,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a social media marketing business ($120K/year)

Mahsun Avci from Taastrup started Avci ApS over 1 year ago, a social media marketing business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Taastrup

Growing up, I went to private school and was very blessed that my parents cared about my education. Somewhere around 9th grade, my perspective on the education system changed. I realized through books and YouTube videos that the life trajectory of a lot of the people I looked up to, was not aligned with what I wanted in life.

I was never a fan of what was taught in schools. Instead of religiously following what was being taught in high school, I self-educated in business, personal development, and leadership. When I was fifteen, I tried out various online businesses. I failed miserably at first. At this time I was very much into Fitness and I tried to sell training and diet plans. I managed to sell a few plans to my classmates for like $50, but it never really amounted to anything and most importantly it wasn't scalable.

After that, I tried stock trading and the likes. That too didn’t really work for me. One day I stumbled across SMMA. I was so intrigued by the concept, so I went ALL IN. I didn’t care what people thought. I was going to make it big here. I needed some proof of concept, so I convinced my dad to make me run his restaurant's Facebook Ads. I watched 100’s of videos and read tons of blogs, to know how to run successful ads and we were both pretty stoked about the results.

I knew it was the right business for me, but it was not all gold and green forests. In fact, at the start of my “agency journey,” it was so hard getting my feet on the ground and getting my first few clients after my dad.

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Mahsun Avci , on starting Avci ApS ($10,000/month) full story ➜

8. Become a real estate agent ($4.2M/year)

Grigory Pekarsky from Chicago, Illinois, USA started Vesta Preferred Realty almost 12 years ago, a real estate agent.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

I stumbled into real estate. There is no personal history with real estate in my family or in anything I got into as a young kid trying to find my way.

I realized my real competitive edge was that I always picked up the phone, showed up every day and just did the work. Everyone always thinks there is some secret the most successful real estate agents keep to themselves.

My studies were actually centered in Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (Go Green!). By Junior year it became apparent to me that I love animals but not so much the idea of being a Vet. So I did a 180 degree turn and finished with a Finance Major.

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Grigory Pekarsky, on starting Vesta Preferred Realty ($350,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a clothing boutique ($120K/year)

Gia Paddock from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Boutique Rye about 4 years ago, a clothing boutique.

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

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

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

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

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Gia Paddock, on starting Boutique Rye ($10,000/month) full story ➜

10. Become a business coach ($1.2M/year)

Kamil Sattar from Telford, England, United Kingdom started E-commerce Mentoring over 4 years ago, a business coach.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Telford, England, United Kingdom

Finding my first drop shipping supplier was by searching over AliExpress and looking for the supplier with the best reviews and years in business and most importantly communication reliability I would get on skype calls with the suppliers and do a mini-interview to see if they fit the criteria I was looking for, also another important thing was making sure my supplier had a license to sell these products I was marketing/selling.

My supplier would handle all the logistics like inventory and fulfillment that’s how the drop shipping business model works.

I set up an LLC in the US I got an accountant to manage the books using a Shopify app called Taxjar.

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Kamil Sattar , on starting E-commerce Mentoring ($100,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a real estate investment club ($7.2M/year)

Greg Salley from San Diego, California, USA started Equity Residences about 9 years ago, a real estate investment club.

  • Revenue: $600,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: San Diego, California, USA

My background is varied as an experienced investor, management executive, and consultant. I’ve worked in several industries spanning technology, automotive, media, and entertainment. However, my passions include real estate design and architecture, investing, and travel. Living in London, Paris, Nice, Sydney, and Singapore has helped me develop a global perspective.

I’ve invested in residential real estate for nearly twenty years with experience ranging from new construction, to remodels and distressed assets. After the 2008 financial crash, I began acquiring foreclosures in California and Nevada at deep discounts. Based on this success, I decided to launch an investment fund.

While researching target markets, I noted that second homes in vacation destinations were taking longer to recover from the financial crises than primary residences and could be acquired at deep discounts. Cap rates were also attractive with the right vacation rentals able to generate as much rent in one week as many long-term rentals might generate in a month. It was also an opportunity to capitalize on an emerging trend for the shared use of assets.

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Greg Salley, on starting Equity Residences ($600,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

Surround yourself with POSITIVE people.

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

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Clifton Muckenfuss, on starting Carolina Exteriors ($350,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a recruiting agency ($3.48M/year)

Sharon Koifman from Montreal, Quebec, Canada started DistantJob over 13 years ago, a recruiting agency.

  • Revenue: $290,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 26
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I started off by running and owning a hosting company called Empire Host. We had about 3K clients at the time support was run from two offices in India with nearly 30 employees.

We were also providing an outsourcing package. Our business solutions were really cheap and to be frank, our results were mediocre at best. Although the service was fine for any mom and pop shop or even an “any results will do” kind of company, we noticed that too often, people who run tech companies actually outsourced to companies such as ourselves even work that went into their core offering - because it was cheap.

At the time, what outsourcing really was, was an arbitrage business. But the concept that people would outsource big chunks of their business to a company that does not provide the same level of communication, process, quality control, and culture just because they’ll save a lot of money, that idea really stuck with me.

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

14. Start a cosmetic store business ($102K/year)

Alexis Evans from Fort Lauderdale started FBI Cosmetics Inc. 7 months ago, a cosmetic store business.

  • Revenue: $8,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale

I decided to dive into the beauty industry because as someone that has a felony record from years ago, I fell into a depression state. After all, no one would give me a job so, I turned to make-up. Makeup became my comfort zone. It made me feel beautiful after having down days.

No one back then would give me a chance, no one cared I had a college degree all they saw was that I had a felon, so I cope with my depression through makeup and skincare routines. I am overly obsessed with flawless makeup and flawless skin. Everyone has always told me that they have loved my makeup and how flawless my bare skin looked, that I should consider getting into the industry. Here we are 3 years later and now I am passionately involved with my brand.

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Alexis Evans , on starting FBI Cosmetics Inc. ($8,500/month) full story ➜

15. Start a financial advisor business ($240K/year)

Denzel Rodriguez from Pompano Beach, Florida, USA started Builder To Contributor LLC over 2 years ago, a financial advisor business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Pompano Beach, Florida, USA

My journey started after high school, in 2014 started in sales. Selling anything I could get my hands on for profit. I learned how to communicate, provide value to the marketplace, and achieve small wins. I had my ups and downs throughout the process which was tough and time-consuming. I then discovered the Kingdom and all it had to provide for me and those who believe and take action.

I began to study and slowly was changing my philosophy about life and meaning. I then go to know Jesus Christ and built a relationship in a short period of time and I was all uphill from there for me. I give all my credit to God because he gave me the idea to start documenting my experiences and applying these financial concepts to improve my financial situation and others. I had no background or expertise or any experience for that matter.

I have learned that starting a business in the 21st century the fastest way to gain authority over a specific topic or skill is to simply document your experience through video.

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Denzel Rodriguez, on starting Builder To Contributor LLC ($20,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a tour company ($21.6K/year)

Mark E. Johnson from Nashville, Tennessee, USA started Hobnail Trekking Co. ago, a tour company.

  • Revenue: $1,800/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

In August 2016, I was on a steep downward trajectory in my job as a communications director at a nonprofit as a result of philosophical differences with the organization.

It was very uncomfortable, at best. The day before I was to part ways with the organization, I was having my pickup truck worked on at my mechanic shop and needed a ride to pick it up. Having applied the previous night to a communications job at a ride-sharing company, Lyft, I downloaded the app to my phone and hailed a ride.

The man who picked me up was clearly not from our hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Although he had a strong indeterminable accent, he spoke fluent English and we had a great conversation on the way to the mechanic. Turns out the man was from Nepal. When I asked him if he knew anything about the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek — something my wife and I had placed on our Bucket List years ago — he smiled and said, “I am an Everest Region Sherpa. I’ve guided that trip dozens of times. I actually own a small trekking company in Nepal.” We exchanged numbers and quickly set up a meeting for that weekend so my wife could ask him about the trek.

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Mark E. Johnson, on starting Hobnail Trekking Co. ($1,800/month) full story ➜

17. Start an online advertising agency ($300K/year)

Luis Camacho from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Fantôm Agency over 3 years ago, a online advertising agency.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

When I tell my story I like to get into the details of how I landed where I currently am and where I am going. I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. I ended up in the United States after my father got a job offer for a marketing position at a semiconductor company, this was when I was only 10 years old. To be honest, the move definitely had an effect on me. When I lived in Mexico I was a fairly outgoing kid and (I believe) the move caused a shift that made me more of an introvert so you could say that was a bit against me, since I didn’t necessarily enjoy being the center of attention or being “noticed” too much for much of my upbringing. I finished high school and went to Arizona State University where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing alongside a certificate in entrepreneurship.

Right around the time of graduation from high school and the start of college I started a clothing line. I believe I was only 19 at the time and I didn’t have a budget to promote the new clothing line, so I turned to social media as my route to promote and sell the new products. I had to learn everything from Photoshop to constructing a website, content, photography, content distribution, supplier relationships, and many other skills. After seeing success marketing on social media, I quickly found that I was passionate about digital marketing. I then realized that there was a place where I could polish up my digital marketing skills, an agency, which to my surprise were not as concerned with academics as they were with real-world experience.

I went on to work for a marketing agency, after finally finding one was willing to overlook my lack of agency experience and realized that my entrepreneurial spirit and persistence would outweigh the need for the experience all the agencies were looking for. I was hungry. At this agency, I got hired on as a content writer (which I didn’t necessarily enjoy the most, but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to eventually lead the paid advertising department which was my goal). I was able to do just that within a year. I studied the ins and outs of the agency, how it operated, how it dealt with clients, how it made mistakes, and most importantly what helped it scale.

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

18. Start a jewelry making business ($30K/year)

Alex Moore from New Zealand started Gold Pan Pete Design over 8 years ago, a jewelry making business.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $2,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Alex Moore. I’m originally from St. Louis, MO, USA but have lived overseas the last 11 years and am currently living near Queenstown, New Zealand, where I have been for the last 5 ½ years. I have a wife, Paula, and three children, Sophia & Grace (twins, age 5) and Beau (age 3). My main profession (no longer full time) is that I’m a primary school (elementary) PE teacher going on my 15th year.

I don’t have a flagship product per se but I make rustic-styled, outdoor and nature-themed handcrafted jewelry for men and women and other gifts for men. My customers are from all over the world and a mix of male and female, but mainly in the 18-40 age range.

I have a stall at a very popular tourist market here in Queenstown called the Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market. This is where a majority of my sales come from. I also sell online via my website, goldpanpete.com, Etsy, and Felt (an NZ site similar to Etsy). I also have a few stockists that carry my items, with that number hoping to increase in 2019.

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Alex Moore, on starting Gold Pan Pete Design ($2,500/month) full story ➜

19. Start a men's clothing line ($3.6M/year)

Valentin Ozich from New Zealand started I Love Ugly almost 13 years ago, a men's clothing line.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20

My name is Valentin Ozich. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of the men's premium streetwear brand; I Love Ugly.

I started the company in 2008 out of my bedroom with zero experience in business or fashion. I studied Graphic Design and was pretty good at art, but my greatest strength is my ability to manifest whatever was going on in my mind into something tangible. This was how I Love Ugly was born.

Despite being based in Auckland, New Zealand I had ambitions to create a global brand but had no idea how I was going to do it. I felt that being from New Zealand and so isolated from the rest of the world would give us something unique to offer and become an advantage.

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Valentin Ozich, on starting I Love Ugly ($300,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a coffee subscription box ($12K/year)

Courtney Todd from New Zealand started Fernweh over 3 years ago, a coffee subscription box.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $550
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello, my name is Courtney and I’m the founder of Fernweh. I started around three years ago as a side hustle that I’m slowly trying to turn into full time.

I saw a gap in the coffee market and took the opportunity to start a subscription service that featured all coffee roasters throughout New Zealand. Fernweh is a German word meaning a longing for a far off place, I wanted to encompass this through coffee. Each month we feature a coffee roaster in New Zealand by sending out a single origin and a story of the roaster, throughout the month we feature them on our social media pages and have a blog post about them.

My flagship product is the subscriptions we offer. While we ship worldwide our primary customers are New Zealanders who are 20+. Our customers love trying the new coffees that they wouldn’t normally get themselves or they purchase as a gift. We seek out the best single origins in the country to highlight the amazing work of the roasters.

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Courtney Todd, on starting Fernweh ($1,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a streetwear brand ($1.44M/year)

Trent and Matt from New Zealand started Empire Skate over 17 years ago, a streetwear brand.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10

Hi! I’m Matt Wells, co-founder of Empire Skate, an independently run skate and streetwear store based in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. We specialize in skateboards, footwear, clothing, and everything in between relating to skate culture.

We have been manufacturing our own skateboards and other skate hardware for the past 13 years. As we have grown so has our product range, and we now stock over 150 different brands from around the world. We continue to grow the online side of our business and have expanded our online presence into Australia. Our average monthly turnover is around $120K per month.

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Trent and Matt , on starting Empire Skate ($120,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a game store ($50.4K/year)

OLIVER JENKS from New Zealand started Speedcube New Zealand ago, a game store.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $4,200/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Oliver Jenks, 21 years of age. Managing Director of speedcube.co.nz, an ecommerce store selling speciality Rubik’s cube type “speedcube” puzzles.

Designed to be light, stable and easy to turn, the brands of puzzles we import and resell are primarily intended to be used for the popularizing competitive sport of ‘speedcubing’.

This sport is centered around solving different puzzle variants as fast as possible in official competitions governed by the World Cube Association (WCA). Our products have also resounded with people who simply enjoy fidgeting and playing with puzzles, even if they don’t know how to solve them or don’t wish to compete.

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OLIVER JENKS, on starting Speedcube New Zealand ($4,200/month) full story ➜

23. Start a green business ($180K/year)

Emma Saunders from New Zealand started The Green Collective over 6 years ago, a green business.

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1

Hi I’m Emma from The Green Collective.

We create quality eco products to help you live more sustainably.

I started the business with a friend back in 2014. Six months of research, product testing and designing meant we had a product from the start that we were proud to stand behind.

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Emma Saunders, on starting The Green Collective ($15,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a child care business

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25. Start a business solution provider

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26. Start a recycling business

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Here are some great videos on how to get started with a recycling business:

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Learn more about starting a recycling business ➜

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27. Start an agriculture farming business

Examples of a successful agriculture farming business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a agriculture farming business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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28. Start a wearable technology device business

Examples of a successful wearable technology device business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wearable technology device business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a wearable technology device business ➜

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29. Start a home maintenance and repair business

Examples of a successful home maintenance and repair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a home maintenance and repair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a home maintenance and repair business ➜

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30. Start an uniform designing business

Examples of a successful uniform designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a uniform designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an uniform designing business ➜

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31. Start a medical equipment sales business

Examples of a successful medical equipment sales business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a medical equipment sales business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a medical equipment sales business ➜

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32. Start a fitness center business

Examples of a successful fitness center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fitness center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fitness center business ➜

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33. Start a plumbing business

Examples of a successful plumbing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a plumbing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a plumbing business ➜

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34. Start an agricultural consulting business

Examples of a successful agricultural consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a agricultural consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an agricultural consulting business ➜

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35. Start a taxi cab business

Examples of a successful taxi cab business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a taxi cab business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a taxi cab business ➜

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36. Start an electric car dealership business

Examples of a successful electric car dealership business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a electric car dealership business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an electric car dealership business ➜

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37. Start a gaming lounge business

Examples of a successful gaming lounge business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gaming lounge business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a gaming lounge business ➜

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38. Start a taxidermist business

Examples of a successful taxidermist business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a taxidermist business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a taxidermist business ➜

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39. Start a storage facility business

Examples of a successful storage facility business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a storage facility business:

Learn more about starting a storage facility business ➜

40. Start a waste disposal business

Examples of a successful waste disposal business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a waste disposal business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a waste disposal business ➜

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41. Start an auto repair business

Examples of a successful auto repair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a auto repair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an auto repair business ➜

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42. Start an used book store business

Examples of a successful used book store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an used book store business ➜

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43. Start an upholstery business

Examples of a successful upholstery business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a upholstery business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an upholstery business ➜

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44. Start a solar consulting business

Examples of a successful solar consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a solar consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a solar consulting business ➜

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45. Start a bottled water business

Examples of a successful bottled water business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bottled water business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bottled water business ➜

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46. Start a fence installation business

Examples of a successful fence installation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fence installation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fence installation business ➜

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47. Start a desktop publishing tutorials business

Examples of a successful desktop publishing tutorials business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a desktop publishing tutorials business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a desktop publishing tutorials business ➜

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48. Start a music lessons business ($240K/year)

Examples of a successful music lessons business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a music lessons business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a music lessons business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Brooke Schrager's story on creating Lessons By Brooke & Company a read:

Hello! My name is Brooke Schrager and I am the founder and studio manager of Lessons By Brooke & Company. We provide customized, in-home, private music lessons to students of all interests, ages, and ability levels.

Today, in May of 2021, we have 17 instructors and teach over 200 students each week across the suburbs and city of Chicago. Our monthly revenue currently sits around $20,000/month - beyond anything I could have ever anticipated when I began in 2015.

We have also been able to expand our offerings to include lessons in arranging, bass, brass, composition, guitar, piano, sound engineering, viola, violin, and voice. I could not be more proud of and grateful for my team and our community of incredible students and families.

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Brooke Schrager, on starting Lessons By Brooke & Company ($20,000/month) full story ➜

49. Start a graphic designing business ($360K/year)

Examples of a successful graphic designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a graphic designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a graphic designing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Michael Moloney's story on creating FilterGrade a read:

Hi, I’m Mike Moloney, the founder of FilterGrade. FilterGrade is a marketplace for creators where you can find digital assets such as presets, LUTs, video templates, and much more.

Today thousands of creators from all around the world buy and sell digital products on FilterGrade and more than 450,000 users visit the site every month.

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50. Become a computer training provider

Examples of a successful computer training provider:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a computer training provider:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a computer training provider ➜

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51. Start a hairstyling business

Examples of a successful hairstyling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hairstyling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a hairstyling business ➜

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52. Start a rug business ($132K/year)

Examples of a successful rug business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a rug business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Darshan M's story on creating Deivee a read:

Hello, I am Darshan M the founder of an organic sustainable yoga lifestyle brand Deivee. Deivee makes organic and fairtrade yoga-inspired clothing, yoga mats, and accessories.

We are not a very well funded start-up and our growth was quite impressive in such a price-conscious market given our products were premium and handwoven.

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Darshan M, on starting Deivee ($11,000/month) full story ➜

53. Start a herbal and natural products business

Examples of a successful herbal and natural products business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a herbal and natural products business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a herbal and natural products business ➜

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54. Start a graffiti removal business

Examples of a successful graffiti removal business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a graffiti removal business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a graffiti removal business ➜

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55. Become a massage therapist

Examples of a successful massage therapist:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a massage therapist:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a massage therapist ➜

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56. Start a fashion magazine business

Examples of a successful fashion magazine business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fashion magazine business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fashion magazine business ➜

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57. Start a handyman service business

Examples of a successful handyman service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a handyman service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a handyman service business ➜

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58. Start a car rental business

Examples of a successful car rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car rental business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a car rental business ➜

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59. Start a financial service business ($1.2M/year)

Examples of a successful financial service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a financial service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a financial service business ➜

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60. Start a processed food supermarket business

Examples of a successful processed food supermarket business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a processed food supermarket business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a processed food supermarket business ➜

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61. Start an ebay reseller business

Examples of a successful ebay reseller business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ebay reseller business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an ebay reseller business ➜

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62. Start a vending machine operator business

Examples of a successful vending machine operator business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vending machine operator business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a vending machine operator business ➜

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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