100 Profitable One-Person Business Ideas (2020)

Can't find a business partner? Want to start something on your own?

Although starting a business on your own can be challenging, there are always benefits to going at it alone, such as:

  • Keep things simple – It’s just you starting out with no dependants, no complexity.
  • It's cheaper – You can start with little or now money, and even while you have a full-time job.
  • Your own style – You make the rules, the culture, the hours, everything — it’s just you.
  • 100% equity – The startup is 100% yours.

We went through our database of successful businesses and found the best examples of solo founders.

Here they are:

1. Music production tools business

Adrian Wood started Modern Producers, which sells music production tools.

  • Revenue: $120,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello! My name is Adrian Wood and I’m the CEO of Modern Producers.

We’re an e-commerce platform selling software and tools for the modern music producer; everything from drum kits to sound loops, preset banks, vocal libraries and VSTs (virtual studio technology).

The business has been around since 2015 and in that time we have more doubled our revenue and profits year on year. In 2019 we are on track for $1.1 million in sales.

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Adrian Wood, on starting Modern Producers ($120,000 revenue/mo) full story

2. Athletic smelling salts business

Justin Rapoport started AmmoniaSport LLC, which sells athletic smelling salts.

  • Revenue: $80,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello, my name is Justin Rapoport, I’m 25 and I am the founder of AmmoniaSport.

AmmoniaSport specializes in athletic smelling salts targeting athletes of all ages and skill levels. Our smelling salts will make sure you reach peak performance.

Smelling salts have been used since Roman times mainly to revive people after fainting.

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Justin Rapoport, on starting AmmoniaSport LLC ($80,000 revenue/mo) full story

3. Luxury shoes business

Kartik Gurmule started KASA, which sells luxury shoes.

  • Revenue: $80,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I am Kartik Gurmule, Founder at KASA, and Co-Founder at Dropshyp. KASA is an online luxury shoe and accessory boutique with over 270 luxury shoes in the collection.

We sell luxury men and women leather footwear in the following categories - - Lace-Ups and Oxfords - Ankle Boots and Boots - Dress Sneakers and Slip-Ons - Loafers and Drivers - Boots and Booties - Dress Shoes - Pumps and Stilettos - Sandals

We also sell a variety of leather accessories, including Clutch, Duffel Bag, Briefcase, Backpack, Wallet, Tote, and other Small Leather Goods.

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Kartik Gurmule, on starting KASA ($80,000 revenue/mo) full story

4. Jewelry business

Chrissie Lam started Love Is Project, which sells jewelry.

  • Revenue: $65,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi! I’m Chrissie Lam, the founder of Love is Project.

We’re best known for our bright red LOVE bracelets—but what you might not know is that we’re different than your average jewelry company, because we’ve utilized a “Pay It Forward” business model that’s created 1,200+ jobs for female artisans around the world. Our ethical supply chain of love has literally changed the economics of developing communities from Kenya to Guatemala and touched the lives of families from Vietnam to Ecuador.

Each LOVE bracelet is carefully crafted using traditional techniques and materials that reference their unique cultures of origin, but still have a worldwide appeal. Since launching as a stand-alone brand two years ago, we’ve generated over $1.2 million in revenue.

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Chrissie Lam, on starting Love Is Project ($65,000 revenue/mo) full story

5. Health food business

Julien DUTHEIL CORBIOLI started Natura Wellness , which sells health food.

  • Revenue: $60,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Julien, I’m 29, I’m French (Bonjour ;-)) and I am the founder and CEO of Natura Wellness. I’ve created the brand in 2017 from scratch at 27 years old after selling my first company.

Natura Wellness is a food tech company that created unique and healthy Superdrinks 🌱 for your personal objectives.

We have been live since April 2018, after 9 months of R&D to elaborate the best and natural product on the market. We started with 3 references and have now 12 references available on our website.

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Julien DUTHEIL CORBIOLI, on starting Natura Wellness ($60,000 revenue/mo) full story

6. Online language tutoring business

Alex Redfern started Lingoci, which sells online language tutoring.

  • Revenue: $60,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, I’m Alex & I’m the Founder of Lingoci.com, a platform for online language tutoring. We have students and tutors all over the world, connecting via our website and communicating via Skype and Zoom. Currently, 7 languages are available: Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese.

I launched the website with $300 in January 2017 and it now does around $60,000/month in revenue.

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Alex Redfern, on starting Lingoci ($60,000 revenue/mo) full story

7. Online fitness training business

Ryan Milton started TeamFFLEX, which sells online fitness training.

  • Revenue: $48,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I was once just an out of shape, overweight guy with a goal to make a change. I started my health and fitness journey by losing 90lbs. The discipline and drive it took to go from never exercising at all to achieving such significant weight loss taught me a lot about goals and how to attain them.

I then became addicted to self-development and wanted to help others. I became a personal trainer and my local gym and climbed the ranks until I was the top of multiple gyms. The journey was never easy. I used to open the gym at 4 am, train until 12 take an hour off, workout myself and then be back till 8 pm before I did it all again. Believe it or not, being a top trainer still doesn’t pay all that well and at the end of the month, I would still find myself exhausted scraping up pennies.

I saw the trend for online training before it was really a thing. I remember telling all my friends and colleagues my plans to take my business online and everyone would laugh and tell me it would fail. People I looked up to, trusted and respected would tell me it was impossible and it would never work. One day, I decided to take the leap and go entirely online. Totally unsure that any success would come of it, I called my mother and told her “I will either be successful in achieving this dream or I will be homeless on the streets. And if I end up on the streets, make sure nobody helps me until I figure this out because from now on I will work for myself” That's when I launched the infantile versions of TeamFFLEX.

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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($48,000 revenue/mo) full story

8. Trade show booths business

Ryan Schortmann started Display Pros, which sells trade show booths.

  • Revenue: $30,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Ryan Schortmann and I’m the founder of Display Pros. We are a custom trade show display booth company offering easy to use portable display “kits” for small and medium businesses wanting to get into the trade show game.

Our flagship products are our trade show display booth kits, which are composed of high-resolution graphic fabric on collapsible frames that break down into a hard case that doubles as your podium. This makes them easy to transport and set up (you can even check your kit on a flight). They are also great for companies that need to support multiple different shows because once you own your kit it is super easy to get it rebranded for specific industries or prospective audiences. Simply order new graphic fabric and you’re off and running. We have a great design team in house and expert design service is included with your purchase price.

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Ryan Schortmann, on starting Display Pros ($30,000 revenue/mo) full story

9. Gaming modifications business

Kyle started Hand Held Legend, which sells gaming modifications.

  • Revenue: $27,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

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

Even though decades have passed, many of us still have an old game boy somewhere in a drawer or closet waiting to be brought back to life. Hand Held Legend does just that. We bring old handheld consoles back to life with DIY modification and upgrade products. Whether it be a modern backlit display, a new colorful shell, glass screen or rechargeable battery, Hand Held Legend has what your game boy needs to enhance your sense of nostalgia. What would your ten-year-old self have given to play Pokemon Red or Blue version in the dark? I would have given more than I am proud to openly share and you probably would have too.

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Kyle , on starting Hand Held Legend ($27,000 revenue/mo) full story

10. Framed tweets business

Zach Katz started Framed Tweets, which sells framed tweets.

  • Revenue: $25,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

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.

You can frame any tweet you want, or pick one from our gallery of tweets from Twitter icons like Kanye West, Donald Trump, or Elon Musk. They come in three styles: Ornate Gold, Sleek Black, and Giant Canvases (which fill an entire wall)!

We launched in May of 2017, grossing about $20k in our first year, followed by $110k in 2018. We’re on track to double that in 2019 as we continue to scale our advertising.

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Zach Katz, on starting Framed Tweets ($25,000 revenue/mo) full story

11. Preppy men’s clothing business

Miriam Zelinsky started Lazyjack Press, which sells preppy men’s clothing.

  • Revenue: $21,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi guys! My name is Miriam Zelinsky and I’m the founder of Lazyjack Press. I started the company more than five years ago in order to create a better quality prep brand.

I design the goods here in New York, but I have them made with the finest Italian silk in Italy. Besides the excellent quality, I’ve named each and every one of my designs so it’s not just another boring tie collecting dust in your closet.

I focus primarily on luxury men’s accessories like ties, bow ties, pocket squares, and socks (which are the best sellers) but there are also a smattering of other products like boys’ bow ties and ladies’ scarves, for example.

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Miriam Zelinsky, on starting Lazyjack Press ($21,000 revenue/mo) full story

12. Leather webcam covers business

Arthur Lhermitte started Striiiipes, which sells leather webcam covers.

  • Revenue: $20,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, I am Arthur Lhermitte, a French fashion designer based in Paris.

I started the Striiiipes brand in 2012, after studying fashion design at the Studio Berçot in Paris.

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Arthur Lhermitte, on starting Striiiipes ($20,000 raised) full story

13. Podcast strategy business

Jeremy Enns started Counterweight Creative, which sells podcast strategy.

  • Revenue: $20,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

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

We specialize in simplifying the process of producing a podcast for busy companies, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, working closely to guide and assist them during the launch and setup phase, and then taking on the bulk of the production work once the show is live.

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

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Jeremy Enns, on starting Counterweight Creative ($20,000 revenue/mo) full story

14. Old fashioned cocktail mixers business

Christopher Thomas started Eli Mason, which sells old fashioned cocktail mixers.

  • Revenue: $20,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Christopher Thomas. I founded a company called MADE SOUTH, and while I didn’t start Eli Mason, I was smart enough to buy it when I had the chance.

Eli Mason began back in 2014 when the founder created the Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer, a blend of real cane sugar and premium bitters that made creating an Old Fashioned cocktail at home super easy. I discovered the brand at my local bottle shop in 2015 and instantly fell in love with it. I am a native Nashvillian, so I’m a sucker for anything made here. But I also love Old Fashioneds and being relatively new to cocktail culture, I was struggling with making a consistent and delicious Old Fashioned at home. So I bought a bottle of Eli Mason, tried it, and was hooked. It was actually the first whiskey cocktail that my wife also enjoyed!

I reached out to the founder and asked him to participate in some events we were doing, and over the next year or so we developed a little bit of a friendship. When he decided in 2017 that he wanted to go back to a 9 to 5 job, he asked if I knew anyone who might be interested in buying the business. I met with him for a few hours to learn more about the business, and the more he talked the more I wanted to buy it! It was just a great fit for everything else were already doing on the MADE SOUTH event side. We struck a deal and that was that.

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Christopher Thomas, on starting Eli Mason ($20,000 revenue/mo) full story

15. Financial consulting & life insurance business

Denzel Rodriguez started Builder To Contributor LLC, which sells financial consulting & life insurance.

  • Revenue: $20,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Denzel Rodriguez currently 24 years old and I am a King. I serve the Almighty God King of Kings. My purpose on this earth is to share the Kingdom of God and his influence through financial concepts such as giving.

My company is Builder To Contributor LLC and I primarily do financial consulting with families. My main service is teaching Velocity Banking & Infinite Banking to help people pay off bad debt extremely fast, build credit, increase cash flow, and build wealth in a short period of time. My ideal customer is a mom looking to regain her authority and become a master over her finances. Doing this I currently make over $20k a month.

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

16. Referral marketing business

Manuel Frigerio started ReferralHero, which sells referral marketing.

  • Revenue: $18,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello, I’m Manuel Frigerio and I’m the founder of ReferralHero, a referral marketing platform used by over 6,000 companies all around the world, from startups to large companies such as Curve, Transferwise and HolidayPirates.

ReferralHero helps companies design and launch referral programs, from pre-launch waiting lists to giveaways and ambassador programs. Traditionally, launching a referral program requires a team of developers and a couple of weeks. ReferralHero was one of the first companies in the world to offer a widget that companies install on their website, with no need for a developer, and launch a referral program in hours instead of weeks.

We are now launching a new product that allows people to add an ambassador program to their newsletter (like TheHustle’s or The Morning Brew’s) in two clicks (ok, three clicks but who’s counting anyway?).

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Manuel Frigerio, on starting ReferralHero ($18,000 revenue/mo) full story

17. Hand crafted watches business

Steve Christensen started NOVO watch, which sells hand crafted watches.

  • Revenue: $16,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi! My name is Steve Christensen and I handmake watches using reclaimed materials such as military tanks and train tracks at Novo Watch. I consider myself a horologist so my profession ends in -ist and my mom thinks I made it.

Our flagship product is BY FAR our Coalbanks collection watch. They’re timepieces made using train tracks made between the years of 1882 - 1885! Originally they were made in Wales or the UK and shipped to my hometown of Lethbridge to be used at Mine #8 where they facilitated the transportation of coal to build our city.

It is an iconic place to many people and it’s where we found our original traction. It even made the National news in Canada, which was wild. We completely sold out of our first limited 15 piece editions immediately and had our first-ever $16,000 day!

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Steve Christensen, on starting NOVO watch ($16,000 revenue/mo) full story

18. Skincare products business

Leslie Eisen started AlmondClear, which sells skincare products.

  • Revenue: $15,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi there! I’m Leslie, the founder of Almond Clear, a line of skin care products that are formulated with mandelic (almond) acid (MA).

MA is an amazing remedy for a range of skin concerns, from clearing up acne and folliculitis, to decreasing fine lines and wrinkles, to fading hyperpigmentation and freeing ingrown hairs. The vast majority of customers use Almond Clear to treat acne and folliculitis on the back, butt and thighs, so it’s a very niche-type of product. Almond Clear currently has three products, including a couple of serums and a cleanser. I hope to expand the Almond Clear line to six products within the next three years.

Almond Clear launched on Amazon in December of 2017, and for the first nine months it grew like crazy, with an increase in revenue of about 20% each month! I was happily surprised by how much of a market there turned out to be for mandelic acid products, and Amazon was a great platform on which to launch our products.

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Leslie Eisen, on starting AlmondClear ($15,000 revenue/mo) full story

19. Cross functional shorts business

Paul Dickey started Spuds, which sells cross functional shorts.

  • Revenue: $15,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, my name is Paul Dickey, I'm 23 years old, and I am the founder of Spuds, a men’s performance apparel company currently based out of the Monterey, California area.

We started our life out by first being funded through our Kickstarter campaign this past Summer 2017. Our vision as a company is to create performance apparel built for everywhere, not just at the gym or for running.

Whether you are going out to dinner, a family gathering, for a hike, a run, or even to the gym, our pieces of clothing combine performance fabrics, intelligent details, modern technologies, and a classic design. Men don’t really have the “yoga leggings for women”, a single article of clothing that can look good and perform well depending on how you dress them. We are aiming to change that.

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Paul Dickey, on starting Spuds ($15,000 raised) full story

20. Navy clothing business

Erin Hornyak started navyBLEU, which sells navy clothing.

  • Revenue: $15,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Erin Hornyak and I’m the Founder of navyBLEU. navyBLEU is an online boutique dedicated to everything navy. I have been navy-obsessed for just about my entire life. Twenty years ago, I searched for the perfect navy bridesmaids dresses to coordinate with our groomsmen's classic navy blazers. I am always on the hunt for all things navy. Navy is a color that represents sophistication, style, and class. Everyone looks beautiful in navy so I thought it was time to create a one-stop shopping experience for all of the navy lovers out there.

Approximately ten years ago, we said goodbye to our family retail/manufacturing business, Anna William. I have often missed those days. It was a time filled with boundless energy, ups, and downs, juggling motherhood and work, but most of all, JOY. I was so blessed to be working alongside my mom, sister, and sister-in-law. I am so excited to be doing it all over again with something that I am passionate about. I’ve been busy curating a brand that represents my preppy style and I will continue to be on the hunt for all things navy so that I can share my finds with all of you. I have a true passion for preppy, navy fashion!

At navyBLEU we carry several brands such as Draper James, Southern Tide, Joules, Sail to Sable, Persifor, Roller Rabbit, Lisi Lerch, Velvet, Mar Y Sol and private label, navyBLEU! To date, I have had approximately 250 orders from 210 customers.

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Erin Hornyak, on starting navyBLEU ($15,000 revenue/mo) full story

21. Stationary and product design business

Ruth Daro started Seniman Calligraphy, which sells stationary and product design.

  • Revenue: $13,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

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

I teach in-person classes for beginner calligraphy and watercolor. In addition to my custom work, I also turn my artwork into semi-custom invitation suites, notebooks, greeting cards, art prints, and enamel pins.

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

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Ruth Daro, on starting Seniman Calligraphy ($13,000 revenue/mo) full story

22. Remote work blog business

Sireesha Narumanchi started Crowd Work News, which sells remote work blog.

  • Revenue: $13,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, I am Sireesha Narumanchi, founder of Crowdworknews.com. I help work from home enthusiasts in finding legit online jobs, side hustles and other extra income options.

Remote work/location independent jobs are still a new concept in many parts of the world and my mission is to show them they can work from home no matter where they are in the world.

What started as a side hustle has grown into a thriving business now generating 5 figures a month. But in true terms what feels more surreal or a measure of success for me is being able to reach so many people like me and help them break out of the ‘9-5’ race.

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Sireesha Narumanchi, on starting Crowd Work News ($13,000 revenue/mo) full story

23. Vehicle accessories business

Mitchel Matthews started Adrenaline Offroad, which sells vehicle accessories .

  • Revenue: $12,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey everyone! My name is Mitchel Matthews and I am a 22-year-old entrepreneur. I am the owner/founder of Adrenaline Offroad which is an eCommerce store for aftermarket vehicle accessories! We mainly focus our expertise in the realm of automotive LED lighting accessories. Our products are built for a person who will endure hardcore offroading situations with their vehicle all the way to people who attend multiple shows per month in their show trucks! Some of our most popular products being our RGB+W underglow/rock light & LED wheel ring lights. In just over a year of quitting my job to pursue my passion for truck mods full time, I am so beyond proud & excited to be making 5x the amount of money that I used to make per month!

Pictured above is our most popular bundle kit called “The UFO GLOW Bundle Kit”

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Mitchel Matthews, on starting Adrenaline Offroad ($12,000 revenue/mo) full story

24. Padding inserts business

Jocelyn Thompson started EPIPHANY LA, which sells padding inserts.

  • Revenue: $12,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Jocelyn Thompson and I own a one-product brand called Epiphany LA. My product is a foam push-up padding insert designed to be slipped into the pocket of a sports bra or swimsuit top. I designed the inserts myself and they are currently patent-pending. My customer is any woman, age 16 and up, who wants to add some size to flimsy swimsuit tops and unflattering sports bras. I believe that any woman who enjoys a push-up bra will also be drawn to my product.

My main source of revenue is from Amazon USA, but I also sell on Amazon Canada, eBay, and my Shopify store. Outside of basic sponsored ads on Amazon, I have done zero advertising and attribute my sales to organic SEO and having a superior product.

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Jocelyn Thompson, on starting EPIPHANY LA ($12,000 revenue/mo) full story

25. Turkish beach & bath towels business

Grace Druecke started The Bali Market, which sells turkish beach & bath towels.

  • Revenue: $12,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Slim margins, out of stock inventory and a shaky foundation. That’s how The Bali Market functioned in its first year of business.

I’m Grace and I own The Bali Market, a Turkish beach and bath towel company. The business was launched on Amazon in 2016. I didn’t have a clear understanding of how I was going to run the business. I mean, I didn’t even know who I was selling to or why they would actually want my towels. Regardless of my muddled business plan, I crawled my way to the first page of Amazon. My towels sold out quickly and were getting five-star reviews.

That all sounds great but my margins were tiny (thanks to Amazon's hefty fees). And selling out meant I lost my first-page ranking. Even once I had more products in stock I was unable to get back to the first-page status.

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Grace Druecke, on starting The Bali Market ($12,000 revenue/mo) full story

26. Dog-themed chocolate business

Sarah Gross Feoli started Rescue Chocolate, which sells dog-themed chocolate.

  • Revenue: $12,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Sarah Gross Feoli, the founder and owner of Rescue Chocolate. While our products are only for humans to enjoy, we donate all profits to various animal rescue organizations. I began the company in January 2010, and in the past 8 years have partnered with hundreds of different rescue groups on fundraising.

All of our chocolate bars and truffles are vegan, fairly traded, organic, handcrafted in small batches in Brooklyn NY, and delicious. Each flavor highlights a different issue important in the realm of animal rescue. For example, Peanut Butter Pit Bull calls attention to the fallacies of breed-specific legislation. The Fix urges people to spay and neuter their dogs and cats as the most important step in reducing the numbers of homeless animals. There are links on our website where our customers can get more information about these issues.

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Sarah Gross Feoli, on starting Rescue Chocolate ($12,000 revenue/mo) full story

27. Sustainable swimwear business

Steph Gabriel started OceanZen, which sells sustainable swimwear.

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

My name is Steph and I am the founder for OceanZen which is a sustainable swimwear brand that uses a fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets from the ocean.

I come from a background in Environmental Science and marine conservation and launched OceanZen by combining both of my passions together.

We ship worldwide from Australia and we have created a global community of like minded women who are passionate about the ocean. The OceanZen girl is a sea creature at heart.

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Steph Gabriel, on starting OceanZen ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

28. Fulfilling life design services business

Zack Arnold started Optimize Yourself, which sells fulfilling life design services.

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

My name is Zack Arnold, I’m an award-winning Hollywood film & television editor and documentary director (shows such as Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Glee, Shooter, and more).

I’m also an avid Spartan Racer, an American Ninja Warrior (in training), and the founder of the Optimize Yourself program where I help creative professionals and entrepreneurs more effectively manage their time, energy, and attention so they can achieve their most meaningful goals...without burning out and sacrificing their health (and sanity) in the process.

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Zack Arnold, on starting Optimize Yourself ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

29. Whiteboard explainer video company business

Marco Gatti started Mediatopsolution OU, which sells whiteboard explainer video company.

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

Hello! My name is Marco Gatti, an entrepreneur from Milan (Italy) and the founder of Whiteboard.ee. The company deals with video marketing and, in particular, doodle whiteboard animation: that's why I chose the name for this digital project. We are in fact specialized in personalized animated videos that develop one after the other, just as if a hand made the drawings live on a whiteboard.

I officially started the company in February 2018, and currently invoices about $10,000 per month. We started from the Italian market, where we managed to carve out our share of the market and win the trust of many entrepreneurs and professionals. Now we are expanding internationally, already reaping the first results.

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Marco Gatti, on starting Mediatopsolution OU ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

30. Marketing agency business

Sam Wilcox started Tribecto Automations, which sells marketing agency.

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

Hey! I’m Sam Wilcox and my startup is called Tribecto Automations. Our core services are email marketing automation, custom CRM setup and custom integrations build for service-based businesses. We focus mainly on the sales and marketing side of things to help our clients nurture leads, book more meetings and make more sales.

Re-designing and re-building the entire front end sales process for businesses is our bag. We have a built set process for doing these projects but each project is unique and every client has different needs which make things super interesting.

We’re working with a lot of B2B businesses and, on average, we’re probably helping around 8-10 clients at any given time.

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Sam Wilcox, on starting Tribecto Automations ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

31. Bed pillows business

Tracey Wallace started Doris Sleep, which sells bed pillows.

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

I’m Tracey Wallace, professionally a content marketer and SEO expert who has now launched a direct-to-consumer bed pillow business, Doris Sleep.

I’ve been researching, writing on, and analyzing the ecommerce industry for a decade, which is just crazy to even say! Time really does fly when you’re having fun. After all that research, all the online courses, and talks at industry trade shows, it was about time that I took my own advice and started something up!

So, I did! Now, I sell bed pillows that are made 100% in the US with 100% recycled plastic bottle fill. Both of those points are super important to me.

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Tracey Wallace, on starting Doris Sleep ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

32. Hand-held bidet business

Ahmad Iqbal started Nadeef Bidet, which sells hand-held bidet.

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

My name is Ahmad Iqbal and I started Nadeef Bidet two years ago. I am 29 years old, and I’m currently based in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, Canada.

Nadeef is a hand-held bidet company. Its purpose is to provide a hygienic bathroom experience. A bidet is like a mini shower you can use while you’re on the toilet. Without getting too graphic, just like you wouldn’t just wipe off chocolate cake from a plate with a kleenex and call it clean, I don’t think it makes sense for bathroom users to just use toilet paper.

Currently, we’re growing slow and steady. The first year was quite slow because I was still figuring things out, 2016 was a lot better, and 2017 has also been great. It’s growing every year, and each year I’m having to spend less time marketing it.

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Ahmad Iqbal, on starting Nadeef Bidet ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

33. Sports data business

Tyler M started Moneypicks, which sells sports data.

  • Revenue: $8,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I am a 27 year old male from the South West United States. From an early age I was always fascinated with the idea of being an entrepreneur. My first business I remember making was creating a CD burning company in 2nd grade. Since then I was constantly brainstorming or thinking of ways to make a buck.

A huge passion of mine is sports, I grew up watching Sportscenter every night and love playing and watching sports. Another thing I love is numbers. They never lie. Statistics and numbers are so eloquent as they can convey so much information for those willing and able to find correlations within raw data.

The business I run is Moneypicks. (Instagram: @Money.picks). I use analytic models to determine the outcome of sporting events. I combine my love of sports and numbers to build proprietary systems that produce winners at a 60%+ rate.

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Tyler M, on starting Moneypicks ($8,000 revenue/mo) full story

34. Custom balloon installations business

Rilee Acrey started Balloon Works, which sells custom balloon installations.

  • Revenue: $7,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Rilee Acrey! Founder and CEO of BalloonWorks. BalloonWorks is a leading balloon stylist company specializing in one-of-a-kind, dynamic installations thoughtfully designed to add style, creativity, and personalization to all of the amazing moments in life. BalloonWorks installations are a unique way to take any event to the next level – from birthday parties and weddings to corporate events and grand openings.

Our client roster is made up of both brands and celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Kyle Richards, and Maybelline Cosmetics. In 2019, we’ve quadrupled revenue and doubled our team without any outside funding.

Maybelline Cosmetics & Walmart Collab, August 2019

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Rilee Acrey, on starting Balloon Works ($7,500 revenue/mo) full story

35. Plush with a purpose business

Justin Baum started ZZZ Bears, which sells plush with a purpose.

  • Revenue: $7,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My full-time job is in advertising. (Think Don Draper with less Brylcreem,) And from 2005 to 2012, I worked at JWT, the United States Marine Corps’ longtime ad agency. As the Creative Director, I was in charge of recruitment advertising - writing the television commercials, print ads, billboards, etc - for the Marines during two of the most unpopular wars in our nation’s history.

Every time I’d go to a Marine base to film a commercial, I’d bring my then 5-year-old daughter back a small gift from the Marine Exchange. At the time, she was having trouble sleeping - bad dreams, fear of the dark, monsters under the bed - the usual fears of a young kid.

So I bought her a teddy bear and told her a story.

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Justin Baum, on starting ZZZ Bears ($7,500 revenue/mo) full story

36. Project management software business

Laura Elizabeth started Client Portal, which sells project management software.

  • Revenue: $11,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Laura Elizabeth and I run Client Portal. Client portal is a lightweight project management tool for WordPress.

But unlike most project management tools, it doesn’t try to do everything. It gives your clients a portal on your own website where they can access their project deliverables, see what’s coming up, and what’s been completed. It doesn’t impose any kind of process or unnecessary tools on you, it gives you the freedom to work how you want – while making you look great to your clients.

Initially Client Portal was created for freelancers and agencies. But over the last year or so, we've been getting many other types of customers like lawyers, real estate agents, marine biologists, travel agents, and more. Basically anyone who needs to share files with their client or customer can benefit from Client Portal.

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Laura Elizabeth, on starting Client Portal ($11,000 revenue/mo) full story

37. Custom embroidered patches business

Cailey Golden started The Patchsmith, which sells custom embroidered patches.

  • Revenue: $6,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey there, my name is Cailey Golden and I started The Patchsmith in the later months of 2017. I’m the only company based in the USA that offers no strings attached, no custom embroidered minimum patches. All of my production is done within New York City.

Within 18 months working part time, I’ve grown the company to make $6,500 a month on average. I expect to transition over to full time in 2019 or early 2020.

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Cailey Golden, on starting The Patchsmith ($6,500 revenue/mo) full story

38. Candy surprise boxes business

Bemmu Sepponen started Candy Japan, which sells candy surprise boxes.

  • Revenue: $6,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Bemmu Sepponen (@bemmu) and I run a service called Candy Japan that sends surprise boxes of Japanese candy to people all around the world, on a twice-monthly basis.

After moving to Japan I found the candies here fun to try, so I decided to start a service that would send them to people abroad to try as well. For example we have candy that makes a sound as you blow air through it, ones that start to foam when eaten and a large variety of DIY kits where you mix parts together to create your own candy. Another fun one has you dig through chocolate to find hidden gummies inside.

There are many flavors that you might not see outside Japan, such as rose, wasabi, green tea and Japanese plum (umeboshi). Some candies even have their flavor change when you mix them together, or have mystery tastes where you don’t know whether something will be sweet or sour before you try it. Part of the reason for this variety is the large size of the Japanese candy market, coming up with new concepts for Japanese consumers to try.

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Bemmu Sepponen, on starting Candy Japan ($6,500 revenue/mo) full story

39. No-code startup courses business

Bram Kanstein started No-Code MVP, which sells no-code startup courses.

  • Revenue: $6,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello! 👋 My name is Bram Kanstein, I’m the creator of a course called No-Code MVP. In this course, I teach people the mindset, process, and tools they can use to build and validate their startup and business ideas without knowing or learning how to code.

I’ve had the idea for this course more than 2.5 years ago but only recently launched it one month ago in December 2019.

When I came up with the idea, I worked on it a bit at that time (put it on BetaList to see if people would be interested), but early 2018, just before our son was born, my fiancee got offered her dream job. And because I already had plans to stay at home for two months to start our new family life together, I told her without any hesitation: “You should take the job, I’ll stay at home longer and figure it out”.

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Bram Kanstein, on starting No-Code MVP ($6,000 revenue/mo) full story

40. Coaching for agency owners business

Anthony Tumbiolo started Service Based Businesses, which sells coaching for agency owners.

  • Revenue: $6,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey! I’m Anthony Tumbiolo and before I created ServiceBasedBusinesses.com I started, grew, and sold a multimillion-dollar digital agency called Jakt (you can read the story behind that here).

As I was growing my agency I didn’t really know many other running agencies or have anyone I could ask questions about various challenges I was facing.

So I decided to start the community I wish existed when I was first starting out.

ServiceBasedBusinesses.com (SBB) is a place where digital agency owners come together, connect, and where I personally help them by sharing everything I’ve learned through Q&As on sales, finances, back-office, and every other element needed to grow an agency.

There’s also a robust member resources portal where I release everything I used to run Jakt, like financial models, sales proposal templates, hiring processes and workflows, etc.

Members include marketing agencies, PR agencies, software design and development agencies and more. Members have revenues ranging from $100k/year to $2M+.

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Anthony Tumbiolo, on starting Service Based Businesses ($6,000 revenue/mo) full story

41. Minimalist, unique wooden decor business

Sasha Weekes started Timber Grove Studios, which sells minimalist, unique wooden decor.

  • Revenue: $6,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

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

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

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

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

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

42. Ethically sourced gifts business

Judith Treanor started Temples and Markets, which sells ethically sourced gifts.

  • Revenue: $5,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, I am Judith Treanor, founder of online curated store Temples and Markets. Every Product has a story and every product has been ethically sourced from artisans and Social Enterprises in S.E Asia.

In my store I tell the stories behind the artisan made products and the people who make them, giving a human element to the often cold world of E-commerce.

Temples and Markets showcases accessories, bags, jewelry and home decor unique to the region of S.E Asia. The gorgeous products I source are handmade, crafted from sustainable materials and more often than not from interesting or upcycled materials.

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Judith Treanor, on starting Temples and Markets ($5,500 revenue/mo) full story

43. Hostess gifts, souvenirs, & balloons business

Liz Martin started Charleston Weekender, which sells hostess gifts, souvenirs, & balloons.

  • Revenue: $5,750/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Liz Martin, a multi-hyphenate living in Charleston, SC. I run a lifestyle blog called The Charleston Weekender. In 2017 I co-founded a balloon & gift shop called Cannonborough Collective, which is now the only place where you can find my lifestyle brand.

My first product was the Turkish towel, which I like to refer to as “the perfect weekend companion”. I’ve since expanded my offerings at my brick and mortar store to mostly include home decor & gift items, as well as modern souvenirs for the Charleston tourist. Visitors make up about 80+% of my customer base, so even though some prints and postcards I sell are old to me, they are new to my customers and continue to sell season after season.

Today my revenue is comprised of a combination of sponsorships with other brands, the sales from my shop, and 1:1 instagram growth workshops that I offer to other business owners who want to grow their social media presence. My growth isn’t monumental, but from 2017 to 2018 I doubled my revenue from about 35k to 70k.

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Liz Martin, on starting Charleston Weekender ($5,750 revenue/mo) full story

44. Zapier consulting business

Andrew Davison started Luhhu, which sells zapier consulting.

  • Revenue: $5,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Andrew Davison and I’m the founder of Luhhu, an agency I built as a result of accidentally stumbling into a freelance career as a Zapier expert. We help businesses of all types and sizes automate their processes using Zapier.

A job well done for us is a client that ends up saving a significant chunk of time each day on the boring stuff that comes with running a business.

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Andrew Davison, on starting Luhhu ($5,500 revenue/mo) full story

45. Luxury beach and compeittion swimwear business

Amanda Freick started Amanda Louise, which sells luxury beach and compeittion swimwear.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, I’m Amanda… founder of AmandaLouise and a girl on a mission to help women find a community of love, light, and holistic wellness.

I started AmandaLouise in 2014 as a fitness competition swimwear brand. I had been taking the stage myself as a bikini competitor and was not impressed with the bikinis I was finding online.

I wanted a more personal, high-end experience. So, I created it myself.

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Amanda Freick, on starting Amanda Louise ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

46. Boxer briefs business

Krystian Frencel started Bunch of Animals, which sells boxer briefs.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello, my name is Krystian Frencel, and I’m the founder of Bunch of Animals, a men’s luxury underwear brand, AKA, the Bentley of banana hammocks. I’m also the co-founder of a Toronto based design and development studio, 3magine. I don’t have previous e-commerce experience and have never been involved in creating a physical product. I have wanted to combine my experience in web design/development with creating a physical product and learning e-commerce for some time now.

And so, I created the world’s softest underwear.

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Krystian Frencel, on starting Bunch of Animals ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

47. Travel patches and souvenirs business

Mike Lecky started Vagabond Heart, which sells travel patches and souvenirs.

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

Hi! My name is Mike, and I’m a serial entrepreneur living in Montreal, Canada. I run Vagabond Heart, a company that makes modern vintage-inspired travel patches and stickers to help your luggage stand out on a the carousel.

I started the company just under two years ago, and we’ve been growing at a 100+% growth rate ever since. Currently we sell just over $5,000 per month worth of patches and stickers.

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Mike Lecky, on starting Vagabond Heart ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

48. Postpartum products business

Wendy Foster started Mamalates, which sells postpartum products.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Wendy Foster. I am the founder of The Mamalates Birth Recovery Method.

My main products are:

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Wendy Foster, on starting Mamalates ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

49. Branding and design business

Elva Li started Elva Li, which sells branding and design.

  • Revenue: $8,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I am a brand stylist, designer and speaker, and founder of ELVA LI Brand.Style.Design, a boutique branding house helping lady bosses feel confident online and land high-end clients through luxury branding and website design.

With a background in Business and Finance for 10 years, I have combined my creative flair with my business savviness to help female entrepreneurs bring their visions to life and turn their ideas to a premium brand. Everything I do exudes style, elegance and timelessness, because these are a necessity, not a luxury. I have been featured on LadyBoss Asia, This Women Can and have been seen on ABC, CBS, Fox, etc.

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Elva Li, on starting Elva Li ($8,500 revenue/mo) full story

50. Tourist visa information business

Hari Krishna Dulipudi started Visa List, which sells tourist visa information.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, I’m Hari and I built Visa List a year back and is my third successful micro start-up.

Visa List helps you find where you can travel tension free with your passport. You can find all the visa requirements, document checklist, visa application and visa process, all in one place. It also helps you find visa exemptions, visa requirements for couples. You can also find embassy information, travel advice. You can get flights, hotels, insurance and everything related to travel in visa list. I want to make Visa List one-stop shop for all visa related needs.

Currently, Visa List has made $5000/month on average with 350K Monthly Active Users and its growing at 60%. Visa List has helped over 2 million users with their visa requirements

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Hari Krishna Dulipudi, on starting Visa List ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

51. Handcrafted soap business

Angela Carillo started Alegna Soap, which sells handcrafted soap.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Angela Carillo. I’ve been a soap maker since 2000, and in 2009 I started Alegna Soap®. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Alegna is Angela backward. Hey, if it worked for Oprah...

In addition to selling soap online, at fairs and events across Long Island, I produce custom private label soaps for other Bath and Beauty companies. I also teach soap making classes and speak at soap conferences all over the country.

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Angela Carillo, on starting Alegna Soap ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

52. T-shirts business

Chris Durso started The Foodnited States, which sells t-shirts.

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Chris Durso and I am the creator and owner of The Foodnited States. The concept behind The Foodnited States is U.S. States made from food and renamed with a proper pun. Believe it or not, the idea was first suggested by my then 8-yr-old son, Cameron.

Our main product is t-shirts -- and we also have stickers, fridge magnets, coffee mugs, and posters. Although tees bring in the most revenue, our stickers seem to be the most popular item and are one of our best marketing tools.

What is essentially an offshoot of my first ecommerce shop, The Foodnited States currently generates an extra 3-5K each month with only 11 U.S. States available so far.

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Chris Durso, on starting The Foodnited States ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

53. Natural beauty products business

Mel young started Flowerdale Valley, which sells natural beauty products .

  • Revenue: $5,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello, my name is Mel. I run a skincare business called Flowerdale Valley. I named the business Flowerdale valley because that's where I live, in a small town called Flowerdale in country Victoria, Australia.

I live on an old cherry farm with lots of beehives. I was selling honey for a bit of pocket money when I learned that beeswax was great for keeping skin hydrated and youthful. So I did some experimenting.

The first skincare product that I made was a face, hand and body balm called Bee Balm. It's made with my own beeswax and honey from the farm plus unrefined, cold-pressed sweet almond, avocado, and jojoba oils and scented with lavender essential oil. It’s still one of my bestsellers today.

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Mel young , on starting Flowerdale Valley ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

54. Creativity blog & digital products business

Angela Mary Vaz started Stray Curls, which sells creativity blog & digital products.

  • Revenue: $4,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Heya! My name is Angela and I’m the Creator, Illustrator, and Writer behind the blog Stray Curls. I help bright, young women build creative online businesses that stand out from the norm. My blog is unique because I use humor and hand-drawn illustrations to effectively communicate with my readers.

Apart from writing content that really resonates with Women Entrepreneurs, I sell digital products like eBooks and Printable Planners that help Women grow their blog and blog consistently.

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Angela Mary Vaz, on starting Stray Curls ($4,500 revenue/mo) full story

55. User design inspiration business

Ramy Khuffash started Page Flows, which sells user design inspiration.

  • Revenue: $4,487/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Ramy Khuffash and I run a small business called Page Flows, which is a library of inspiration videos for digital product designers. Customers pay a subscription for access.

I’ve been running the business for a couple of years and it makes about $4,500 per month in revenue.

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Ramy Khuffash, on starting Page Flows ($4,487 revenue/mo) full story

56. Abstract art pieces business

Sarah Hickey started Innerglow Art, which sells abstract art pieces.

  • Revenue: $4,300/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Sarah, an artist from Plano Texas and living out my life long dream of being an artist. I am a stay at home mom to two; my oldest Elijah is 17 months and youngest Skyla is 4 months old. My husband is also an entrepreneur, so our schedules are pretty flexible and our children get to grow up seeing us both pursue our passions.

I started Innerglow Art about 3 years ago. I specialize in painting custom abstract paintings for people’s homes. While most artists avoid the route of commissioned paintings, I truly thrive at the connection of meeting people in their homes and painting a meaningful piece for them.

I feel like this sets me apart from other artists. I incorporate my abstract style with the color combinations to match someone’s home decor to a size that’s perfect for their space. I work closely with them for a few weeks to come up with a painting that’s truly unique for them. My paintings are also inspired by scripture and feel that there is a connection between the word of God and the movement and energy that is expressed through my paintings.

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Sarah Hickey , on starting Innerglow Art ($4,300 revenue/mo) full story

57. Professional therapeutic cuddling business

Samantha Varnerin started Snuggle with Sam, which sells professional therapeutic cuddling.

  • Revenue: $4,200/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi there! My name is Sam Varnerin and I created Snuggle with Sam, my independent professional cuddling practice, while I was still working full-time as a construction engineer.

Professional cuddling is a one-to-one service, much like massage therapy is, that is rooted in two basic human needs: touch and connection. And touch is-- well, touchy-- in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the backlash of people trying to figure out if they crossed a touch boundary, so my service is useful because I offer my service so that there is room for people to feel emotions like love and arousal if they come up in sessions without feeling body parts to express those emotions, like the lips or the crotch. In short, I provide a place for people to come and be emotionally accepted and physically held while keeping a therapeutic cuddle instead of a sexual one.

There are many reasons that someone might not get their touch or connection needs met other than anything related to sexual assault. These include but are not limited to: dealing with a divorce or death in the family, being a single man with few (if any) deep friendships, having anxiety or depression and needing a different kind of connection than what your therapist is able to offer (I’m seeing therapists and cuddlers working together a lot more now!), and high-performing executives that are praised by their peers but also put at arm’s length physically and emotionally.

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Samantha Varnerin, on starting Snuggle with Sam ($4,200 revenue/mo) full story

58. Help to make money online business

Niall Doherty started eBiz Facts, which sells help to make money online.

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

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

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

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

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Niall Doherty, on starting eBiz Facts ($4,199 revenue/mo) full story

59. Niche e-commerce business

Amanda Austin started Little Shop of Miniatures, which sells niche e-commerce.

  • Revenue: $12,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Amanda Austin, and I’m the founder of Little Shop of Miniatures.

My ecommerce store offers thousands of dollhouse kits and dollhouse miniatures for sale. My main customers are hobbyists who enjoy assembling, building, and furnishing dollhouses, though customers have also included kids who need miniatures for school projects and companies creating model displays for corporate trade shows

I launched my store in November 2017; right now my revenue averages about $4,000/month (of course it’s much higher during the holidays!). Summer tends to be the slowest time of the year since this hobby is most popular during the cold weather months. My gross margin is about 35%.

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Amanda Austin, on starting Little Shop of Miniatures ($12,000 revenue/mo) full story

60. Magnetic levitation displays business

Jeff Olson started LEVDisplay, which sells magnetic levitation displays.

  • Revenue: $4,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, my name is Jeff and I live in Denver, CO. I started LEVdisplay last year after becoming fascinated with levitating magnets.

I am currently selling 30 units/month with 50% margin and ramping up to sell 100/month during the holidays.

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Jeff Olson, on starting LEVDisplay ($4,000 revenue/mo) full story

61. Turmeric latte mix business

Andrea Slinde started Golden Root, which sells turmeric latte mix.

  • Revenue: $4,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi all! My name is Andrea and I’m the founder of Golden Root. I manufacture and sell a caffeine-free Turmeric Latte Mix in Denver, CO.

I make an Original and Sugar-Free turmeric latte mix that helps fight inflammation, improve mood, build immunity, and provide natural energy. Both mixes are made with 100% organic and non-GMO ingredients, and I’m really really proud of this product and the anti-inflammatory benefits that it offers!

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Andrea Slinde, on starting Golden Root ($4,000 revenue/mo) full story

62. Urban hiking tours business

Alexandra Kenin started Urban Hiker SF, which sells urban hiking tours.

  • Revenue: $3,750/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi all! My name is Alexandra Kenin and I run a tour business called Urban Hiker San Francisco, or Urban Hiker SF.

We run urban hiking tours that explore the stairways, hills, and hiking trails of San Francisco. Our standard 5-mile / 3-hour tours are offered on a weekly schedule, but we also offer private and corporate tours on our clients’ schedules. This video offers a short visual explanation of what we do.

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Alexandra Kenin, on starting Urban Hiker SF ($3,750 revenue/mo) full story

63. Bar game resources business

Patrick Hess started Bar Games 101, which sells bar game resources.

  • Revenue: $3,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

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

We feature articles about classic bar games like pool, darts, shuffleboard, and foosball, as well as many other games that are fun to play at home or while traveling, including board games, cards, and dice games, backyard games, and traditional tabletop games.

Our blog posts aim to explain how to play and get better at these games, mostly for beginners, while also helping our audience discover new games to check out and the best gear to use.

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Patrick Hess, on starting Bar Games 101 ($3,500 revenue/mo) full story

64. Premium lifestyle apparel business

Tramell McInnis started LilKong Brand, which sells premium lifestyle apparel.

  • Revenue: $3,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi there, Tramell McInnis here. I am the Owner & Co Designer here at LilKong Brand. I started working on my lifestyle designer fashion brand in late 2017. I got it established mid-2018.

The road to launch was a long tough road, being I don’t come from a place with many funds. Just a day to day work that put everything into an idea & worked tirelessly to finally make it a reality.

I work closely day in and day out with our very talented Creative Director/Head Designer Michelle Sheri Woolfolk. She’s been in the industry for some years now & has a high level of experience, from designing to sewing her own apparel together. Together we bring you one of the most anticipated Urban Designer Brands to hit the market.

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Tramell McInnis, on starting LilKong Brand ($3,000 revenue/mo) full story

65. Hand lettered stationery products business

Jordyn started Jordyn Alison Designs, which sells hand lettered stationery products.

  • Revenue: $3,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey, I’m Jordyn and I’m the owner of Jordyn Alison Designs. My intentions with my products are to bring joy to your daily life as well as help connect you with others.

For a couple of years, the only thing I sold in my shop was greeting cards. But in March of 2018, I started selling vinyl stickers, which proved to be successful. I now have greeting cards, stickers, notepads, apparel and more in my shop.

Part of what I think makes my business unique is that I have a pretty strong digital side to my business as well. For that side, I work on making SVG cut files and hand-lettered fonts. As someone who can’t sit still and do the same thing every day, it’s really nice to have two distinct sides to my business that I can switch back and forth from.

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Jordyn, on starting Jordyn Alison Designs ($3,000 revenue/mo) full story

66. Soap, lotions & bubble bath business

Sandy Engels started The Purple Sage, which sells soap, lotions & bubble bath.

  • Revenue: $2,800/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey, y’all, I am Sandy Engels and I am the owner and artisan of The Purple Sage, a company created to encourage modern midlife women to live and love boldly.

When my youngest child started kindergarten, I started my first business doing medical billing from home. Which I sold a few years later...and went back to being a stay at home Mom.

I’ve been making soap and bath products since 2002. I got serious about business in 2011. In addition to selling online, I do festivals and events in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia. My average revenue is $2800 a month.

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Sandy Engels, on starting The Purple Sage ($2,800 revenue/mo) full story

67. Content writing for seo growth business

Adam Crookes started Freshly Squeezed, which sells content writing for seo growth.

  • Revenue: $2,800/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Adam Crookes and I am the Founder and Lead Content Writer at Freshly Squeezed. We deliver on-demand content writing for SEO growth to small businesses and startups.

Freshly Squeezed is currently generating $3K MRR.

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Adam Crookes, on starting Freshly Squeezed ($2,800 revenue/mo) full story

68. Resume, linkedin, & website writing business

Mike McRitchie started Critical Path Action, which sells resume, linkedin, & website writing.

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

I’m Mike McRitchie.

I run a variety of side hustle businesses that have evolved over time. My primary one is writing resumes and LinkedIn profiles for mid-career professionals in tech-related industries, especially telecom.

My other work is writing web marketing content for telecom companies (web pages and marketing support documentation).

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Mike McRitchie, on starting Critical Path Action ($2,500 revenue/mo) full story

69. Bow ties business

Paul Kaster started Crooked Branch Studio, which sells bow ties.

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

Hi guys! My name is Paul Kaster and I’m the owner of Crooked Branch Studio. I started the business in 2016 making handcrafted wooden bow ties, but I’ve since expanded to carbon fiber bow ties under the sub-brand Carbon Cravat.

Back in 2016, I spent dozens of hours per week in the woodshop, painstakingly crafting each bow tie by hand, assembling the product, and shipping it to customers. Just three years later, I now spend less than 1 hour per week passively managing my business from halfway across the country.

After outsourcing most of my day-to-day work to contractors around the United States, my business now consistently pulls in around $1000/mo in profit with minimal upkeep. If you’re interested in learning how to turn a labor-intensive business into a self-running income stream, I’ll be diving more into specifics later.

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Paul Kaster, on starting Crooked Branch Studio ($2,500 revenue/mo) full story

70. Hair gel business

Nathan Failla started PocketGel, which sells hair gel.

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

Hello to all entrepreneurs out there! My name is Nathan Failla, I am of the founder of the on the go hair care company PocketGel. The idea for PocketGel and initial groundwork started in late September of 2015 and we have been striving to style your hair while you’re on the go ever since!

PocketGel’s product is currently filled and manufactured in Michigan. Then it is shipped down to myself in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PocketGel is both the name of the company and the packets of styling products themselves. As of right now, we have three separate styling packets for different hair types and desired styles.

Our three product style types are pomade, fiber pomade, and hair gel. We decided on those three styling types because of customer feedback for what kind of products they wanted from us that could be taken on the go. These three types of styles also gives our customers varied and unique hairstyling options. We would eventually like to expand our product, being able to include at home versions of our PocketGel packet products so our customers can enjoy our products on the go and at home.

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Nathan Failla, on starting PocketGel ($2,500 revenue/mo) full story

71. Handcrafted jewelry business

Alex Moore started Gold Pan Pete Design, which sells handcrafted jewelry.

  • 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 revenue/mo) full story

72. Romance concierge services business

Ta'Veca Collins started Romance On The Go, Concierge Services, which sells romance concierge services.

  • Revenue: $3,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello! I'm Ta'Veca Collins, MSW, Registered Clinical Social Worker (Florida) Owner and operator of Romance On The Go, Concierge Services (ROTGO-Est. 2012), a small business that promotes romance and intimacy.

Two years ago, I recently lifted the suspension of operations and have been promoting business again. I have taken a lot from my marriage (9 years), my parent’s marriage (62 years), and my clinical background as a Clinical Social Worker (I have over 13 years of experience working with families and couples) merged them and created ROTGO.

ROTGO's services include; standard romance concierge services (Romantic Room Designs (AKA Suite Experiences & more) date night planning services, marriage proposal services, membership services, wedding night concierge services (AKA Honeymoon Suite Designs), and wedding vow concierge services.

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Ta'Veca Collins, on starting Romance On The Go, Concierge Services ($3,500 revenue/mo) full story

73. Landing pages business

Alexander Isora started Unicorn Platform, which sells landing pages.

  • Revenue: $2,250/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey there!

My name is Alexander Isora. I created a simple landing page builder for startups: SaaS, mobile apps, Chrome Extensions, desktop software, etc.

The project is generating over $2,200 in MRR and hosts 2,819 websites.

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Alexander Isora, on starting Unicorn Platform ($2,250 revenue/mo) full story

74. Editing and proofreading service business

Lenny Bron started The Blog Proofreader, which sells editing and proofreading service.

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

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

I content edit/copy edit/proofread the work of several clients on a regular basis. Some of this is done as a freelancer for larger companies, some of it is done for startups looking to make sure their content marketing looks clean and presentable, and some of it is done for bloggers or other content creators who want their readers to enjoy the work they put out without stopping to try and process a sentence with a missing word in it.

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

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

75. Reusable paper business

Caylee Betts started Swipies, which sells reusable paper.

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

My name is Caylee, and I’m the founder of two businesses by night/weekend and a Product Design Manager at Facebook by day.

My primary business, Swipies, is a reusable paper company. Swipies are essentially portable, flexible whiteboards that don't smudge because they use wet-erase markers (instead of dry erase.) I sell Swipies in kits through my Shopify store (shipped to 42 states and 30 countries so far!), and I sell custom-branded Swipies to companies like Airbnb (see below), General Assembly, Moz, and Indeed.

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Caylee Betts, on starting Swipies ($2,000 revenue/mo) full story

76. Denim clothing business

Susie Shaughnessy started Crawford Denim and Vintage Co., which sells denim clothing.

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

Hey … I’m Susie Shaughnessy, owner and designer of Crawford Denim and Vintage Co. The small-batch denim brand is a mix of New + Vintage apparel for Men + Women, rooted in classic Americana style. The new designs are influenced by the vintage collection but made to fit modern silhouettes. Each piece is crafted in California from deadstock or USA made goods.

I’ve been teaming up with some great friends to collaborate on designs in order to increase the reach of the brand. Selling the vintage collection monthly at Long Beach Flea Market has also helped introduce Crawford Denim to a much larger audience. These steps have incrementally increased traffic to the site and sales.

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Susie Shaughnessy, on starting Crawford Denim and Vintage Co. ($2,000 revenue/mo) full story

77. Cork maps business

Nick Fortosis started GEO 101 Design, which sells cork maps.

  • Revenue: $4,000/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Nick Fortosis and I am the founder of GEO 101 Design, a company that specializes in creating one of a kind cork maps with modern minimalist aesthetics. Our goal is to turn your love of travel into your own personalized home décor.

Founded in late 2017, I run the business by myself and manufacture everything in my garage workshop in West Michigan. We have been steadily growing and are currently doing roughly $2000 a month in sales through our website and our Etsy shop.

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Nick Fortosis, on starting GEO 101 Design ($4,000 revenue/mo) full story

78. Shirt folds business

Jay Fuller started FLXCUF, which sells shirt folds.

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

My name is Jay Fuller and my product FLXCUF. It's a solution designed to hold up dress shirt sleeves in one fold. I have just one product design (in two versions), coming in a variety of colors -- black (Bonds), white (Carraways), royal blue (Shmedium Blues), and light blue (Portages). Rather than just call my product the FLXCUF band, I thought it’d be more fun to give each color it’s own name.

Recently, since its launch 3 years ago, FLXCUF is in the green. Sales also continue to improve and I’ve finally gotten over the hump of getting into two boutique retailers this year.

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Jay Fuller, on starting FLXCUF ($2,000 revenue/mo) full story

79. Mobile bodycare experiences business

Jenni Jo started Jenni Jo - Tension Tamer®️, which sells mobile bodycare experiences.

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

My name is Jenni Jo and I have always wanted a title. So I gave myself one! You can refer to me as Jenni Jo Tension Tamer®. I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2003, an Instructor of the Yamuna Body Rolling Self-Care method since 2011 and a dreamer since 1972. I have had the great pleasure of creating a niche market within the touring and entertainment world as “Massage therapist to the RockStars”.

I do believe that everyone’s a Rockstar in their own way, however! I just love to work with anyone who is ready for a unique and exceptional body care experience! After years of hauling gear around and tossing the idea of a mobile studio around too, I decided to finally just DO IT. I wanted to create a stimulation sensitive capsule where people could regenerate, relax & receive self-care guidance, therapeutic massage & rest.

I wanted something that I could drive up to a venue or to someone’s doorstep and the ambiance & environment is ready already! My Peace Pod is relatively new and working within the hours of my children’s school has kept my business flow a little limited (for now!) Even with limited availability, I’m super grateful for the interest, business and press I have received since my Launch: Airstream Life! Magazine, Massage & Bodywork Magazine & Willamette Week “Best Of”. I feel very lucky to have support and encouragement in my ‘Lil dream!

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Jenni Jo, on starting Jenni Jo - Tension Tamer®️ ($2,000 revenue/mo) full story

80. Handcrafted steel tongue drums business

Oran started Goya, which sells handcrafted steel tongue drums.

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

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

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

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

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Oran, on starting Goya ($2,000 revenue/mo) full story

81. Illustrated books for kids business

Jane Du started Finn and Remy, LLC, which sells illustrated books for kids.

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

I am Jane, an artist and an author. I am mom to two boys, Finnegan (3.5) and Remington (1.5), who are the inspiration behind the cute hedgehog characters in my books and a lot of my art. I (until very recently, used to) live in Dallas with one husband, two boys, three dogs, and five chickens.

Now, my hubby and I are traveling the world while writing and illustrating books that we want our kids to read. We just finished writing our third book while living on the beaches of Mexico and the mountains of Colombia.

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Jane Du, on starting Finn and Remy, LLC ($2,000 revenue/mo) full story

82. Leather harnesses and lingerie business

Jessica Ding started LoveLornLingerie, which sells leather harnesses and lingerie.

  • Revenue: $5,245/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello there! My name is Jessica Ding and I started Love Lorn Lingerie.

Love Lorn Lingerie is a handmade brand specializing in bondage-inspired leather harnesses, lingerie and gothic accessories. I’m forever looking for ways to transform the standard “bdsm” look into something higher end, influenced by fantasy, feminism, and self-aware cynicism.

My customers tend to be women who like to feel good and look good, for themselves more than for someone else’s gaze. They are women who chase their own pleasures, who are comfortable in their own skins, or are working their way to becoming comfortable and confident. I hope that my brand can help outfit them on their journey.

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Jessica Ding, on starting LoveLornLingerie ($5,245 revenue/mo) full story

83. Plausible science fiction business

Joe Stech started Compelling Science Press, which sells plausible science fiction.

  • Revenue: $1,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi! My name is Joe Stech, and I'm the founder of compellingsciencefiction.com. I publish science fiction short stories, focusing on plausible science fiction.

I started Compelling Science Fiction because I'd always been a huge fan of the genre, and realized that I could help encourage more authors to write the kind of science fiction that I enjoyed.

I'm happy to say that by that measure we've succeeded -- we're one of a couple dozen SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) qualifying markets in the world, and thus far we've paid professional rates to over 50 wonderful authors. This goal has resonated with our ~1600 readers, many of whom support the company voluntarily on Patreon.

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Joe Stech, on starting Compelling Science Press ($1,500 revenue/mo) full story

84. Automated email follow up software business

Mike taber started Bluetick.io, which sells automated email follow up software.

  • Revenue: $1,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi everyone. My name is Mike Taber and I’m the founder of Bluetick.io. We’re a self-funded SaaS app that helps salespeople, customer success reps and busy founders close the loop with their customers using sequences of automated email follow ups.

Most people think automated email follow ups are only useful for sending cold emails, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Situations exist in virtually every online business where customer-facing email interactions can be partially or completely automated.

It’s easy to fire off an automated email, but Bluetick solves the problem of making sure that the recipient took an action based on that email and if they don’t, it will gently remind them that you’re still waiting on them.

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Mike taber, on starting Bluetick.io ($1,500 revenue/mo) full story

85. Custom bingo card creation business

Beth Kovalcik started Bingo Card Creator, which sells custom bingo card creation.

  • Revenue: $1,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Beth K., a busy mother of 5 and owner of BingoCardCreator.com. This SAAS (software as a service) online business provides a custom software solution for the creation of custom bingo cards. Most of our customers (about 60%) are educators while the other 40% is comprised of clients using our service for their business or for personal purposes.

This mainly passive income source earns on average $1200 per month.

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Beth Kovalcik, on starting Bingo Card Creator ($1,500 revenue/mo) full story

86. High intent software buyers business

Phil Strazzulla started SelectSoftware Reviews, which sells high intent software buyers.

  • Revenue: $1,375/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Phil Strazzulla and I run SelectSoftware. We are an expert online review site for HR software - basically the NerdWallet/WireCutter for all of the different HR software categories out there.

I started my career working in venture capital at Bessemer Venture Partners, went to Harvard Business School to get my MBA, learned to program, and then started my first business, NextWave Hire. NextWave is a b2b SaaS business that helps HR market their company as a place to work. 6 months ago we hired a general manager to run that business, and so I had time to work on something new!

Over the past 3 months, the organic search traffic to SelectSoftware has been growing at around 30% per month, and in August 2019 we had our first month of revenues with a little over $1k/mo.

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Phil Strazzulla, on starting SelectSoftware Reviews ($1,375 revenue/mo) full story

87. Space posters business

Dennis Moons started Apes In Space, which sells space posters.

  • Revenue: $1,340/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Dennis and I run an online store called Apes In Space where I sell space posters.

Space is one of the few things reminds us that we’re really a tiny speck in the whole universe. Since the stars aren’t visible in a lot of places, I want to use these posters is to bring a little bit of space back into our daily lives.

The store is about six months old and revenue has been slowly increasing. February was the biggest month yet with over $1,300 in sales.

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Dennis Moons, on starting Apes In Space ($1,340 revenue/mo) full story

88. Urban fashion business

Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma started Cotilda's Fashion Limited, which sells urban fashion.

  • Revenue: $1,144/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

August of 2015. A year in which I, Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma the designer was concluding a Master’s degree in Future Design and began a 2-year program of business enterprise at Teesside University. Through this program known as FUEL, business mentoring, workshops and funding were made possible in supporting COTILDA a recent graduate to kick start an online clothing business.

Registered as COTILDA’S FASHION LIMITED but trading as COTILDA.COM, focusing on ‘African Inspired Fashion for Urban Taste.’ Aimed at 21-35 urban young males and centered on embracing one’s culture through clothing; whilst being mindful of environmental impacts by purchasing clothing only when there is a need through bespoke and limited edition offers.

Being a new clothing brand that was transitioning from a bespoke line into ready-to-wear limited items a year under half into the business, we were looking for an experienced manufacturer that could produce small quantities, achieve technical finishing whilst producing high-quality products at affordable prices. Which is how we came across Bryan, a manufacturer based in Singapore that allowed us to produce shirts, hoodies, and caps to which we are currently retailing on our online website.

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Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma , on starting Cotilda's Fashion Limited ($1,144 revenue/mo) full story

89. Subscription box business

Meredith Vaish started Pause Box LLC, which sells subscription box.

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

Hi, I’m Meredith Vaish. I’m a speaker, writer, retreat designer and founder of Pause Box, a company devoted to helping people go from busyness to breakthrough with the power of the intentional pause.

As a high achieving, type-A gal, I thought the only way to be successful is to constantly do, strive and effort. But now, as a recovering overdoer, I can tell you that breakthroughs come when you STOP the doing, the performing, and the fixing and invite intuition and clarity through Pause.

In my first year, I offered Recharge-and-Get-Clear virtual retreats and a personalized Pause Day Design (yes, that’s a thing!) to midlife women. This year, I’ve introduced a Pause Box experience that contains retreat essentials and guided content to help set the stage for a skillful, DIY pause.

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Meredith Vaish, on starting Pause Box LLC ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

90. Medium publication business

Dave Schools started Entrepreneur's Handbook, which sells medium publication.

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

Hey! I’m Dave Schools, founder, writer, and editor of Entrepreneur’s Handbook, a top Medium publication with over 68,000 followers, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed.

Entrepreneur’s Handbook exists because I’m obsessed with the process of how to turn an idea into an income stream. I’m fascinated by this. It’s never formulaic.

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Dave Schools, on starting Entrepreneur's Handbook ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

91. Educational products business

Alex Bricker started ESL With Purpose, which sells educational products.

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

My name’s Alex and I started ESL With Purpose, LLC. Our mission is to see millions of English learners change their lives through English skills.

Our flagship products are the Phrase It™ cards and Phrase It™ dice. I currently make between $600-$1,000/month, depending on inventory flow and availability of profit reinvestment.

I started with 0 sales a day in 2017 and now average 2-3 sales per day. In 2019, I started an online course to teach English called Learn American English Online: English on the Street. I designed this to help more students plus increase cash flow to keep my inventory cycles going.

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Alex Bricker, on starting ESL With Purpose ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

92. Temporary tattoos business

Anslea started Forgotten Mermaids, which sells temporary tattoos.

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

Hello!

I’m Anslea, creator of Forgotten Mermaids, a brand of mermaid temporary tattoos and accessories!

The original idea was born on the road, and much of the business as it is today still reflects the mobile lifestyle it was built around.

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Anslea, on starting Forgotten Mermaids ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

93. Ballroom dancing practice guide business

Katie Flashner started The Girl with the Tree Tattoo, which sells ballroom dancing practice guide.

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

Hi everyone! My name is Katie, but many know me better as The Girl with the Tree Tattoo. I’m an amateur ballroom dancer and writer with a day job and two fur babies (it’s as fulfilling as it is exhausting).

The Girl with the Tree Tattoo started out as a simple blog, used as a personal creative outlet and a way to process my experiences as a ballroom dancer. It has become a source of inspiration and guidance for ballroom dancers, both amateur and professional, around the world. In case you’re wondering, the name was inspired by my full-back tree tattoo, which I proudly display at ballroom competitions, despite it being taboo.

Beyond the blog, I’ve authored three books. The first two are digital, short reads: Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance and Dance Diaries: Ballroom Budgeting. My third and signature offer is The Solo Practice Guide for Ballroom Dancers, a guide to help ballroom dance students build an effective routine for practicing on their own that fits their life. Adult ballroom dance students are my primary audience, and my writing always aims to shine a light on the challenges we all face but are rarely discussed openly.

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Katie Flashner, on starting The Girl with the Tree Tattoo ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

94. Matching mom & baby clothing business

Rosalee Rester started Baby Wit LLC, which sells matching mom & baby clothing.

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

My name is Rosalee Andrea Rester and I launched a baby apparel t-shirt company 16 years ago called Babywit.com. When I launched it was immediately successful (enough to fully support my husband while writing a novel and two children) but the landscape changed tremendously over the years and I wanted to share with you some of the lessons I learned along the way.

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Rosalee Rester, on starting Baby Wit LLC ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

95. Men's health products business

Jack Scrimshire started The Gentlemen’s Lounge, which sells men's health products.

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

Hi there! My name is Jack Scrimshire, and I’m creating a men’s grooming brand that promotes men’s health, grooming, and the lifestyle of the modern gentleman.

Our products are all centered around beard care, and we sell to men who take pride in caring for the way they look and use natural products to do so.

Right now our monthly earnings are at about $1,000 with huge month-over-month growth. By the end of 2018, we expect to be averaging $10,000/month.

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Jack Scrimshire, on starting The Gentlemen’s Lounge ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

96. Minimalist paper wallets business

Kan Yamamoto started Kamino Wallet, which sells minimalist paper wallets.

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

Hi, my name is Kan Yamamoto, and I am the designer of Kamino Wallet.

Under this brand, I make minimalist, eco-friendly paper wallets out of washable paper.

Washable paper is a kind of material you would find as those labels on the back of your jeans. It is highly durable and even machine washable, which makes it an ideal alternative to leather while maintaining the paper-thin profile.

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Kan Yamamoto, on starting Kamino Wallet ($2,500 revenue/mo) full story

97. Courses & guides for freelancers business

Austin L. Church started AustinLChurch.com, which sells courses & guides for freelancers.

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

I’m Austin L. Church, a writer and brand strategist. My wife and I live with our three professional mistake makers in Knoxville, Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains. After getting laid off during the recession back in 2009, I accidentally started my own freelance writing business, which eventually took me into selling an array of creative services, then developing iOS apps, then co-founding a tech startup, and then starting a branding and marketing studio called Balernum.

AustinLChurch.com where I started sharing what I have learned. My new course, Freelance Cake, is a business growth course for freelancers and consultants who want to make more money and enjoy more freedom at the same time. The launch in December went well, and this year, I plan to focus on scaling up sales from around $1,000 per month to $3,000.

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Austin L. Church, on starting AustinLChurch.com ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

98. Sustainable fair-trade lifestyle products business

Jhumkee Iyengar started Ohrna, which sells sustainable fair-trade lifestyle products.

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

My name is Jhumkee Iyengar and I launched Ohrna at age 57 with a fourfold objective:

  1. Enable rural women to develop artisanal skills and also earn a living from home
  2. Preserve time-honored crafts by applying them to contemporary products
  3. Use only sustainable and organic materials in our products and packaging and
  4. Showcase India’s beautiful crafts and materials to a global audience

Our ethnic, embroidered backpacks, totes, holders and pouches are our most popular products, all handmade by rural women in India. Besides, we also have cross body bags, laptop sleeves, shopping bags and more. We combine jute with natural and local fabrics to give a unique, rustic-classy look to our products. Many products are reversible too since we line our jute with the same cotton fabrics and not plastic, which is typical in the market.

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Jhumkee Iyengar, on starting Ohrna ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

99. Shoes and apparel business

Drew McNamara started Creative Souls, which sells shoes and apparel.

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

I am Drew McNamara, the founder of Creative Souls. We print designs created by individuals with disabilities onto canvas shoes and apparel. Our artists earn money every time their design sells on one of our products. Our customers are people who want to make a difference in style!

Since August of 2019, we have paid our artists over $1,000 and are looking to make a greater impact in 2020! Today, we average about $1,000 a month from our sales.

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Drew McNamara, on starting Creative Souls ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

100. Intentional movement for moms business

Kate Johnson started Tula Fit, which sells intentional movement for moms.

  • Revenue: $1,500/month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi! My name is Kate Johnson! I am a CrossFit and Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach in beautiful northern Colorado. I’m also a mom to two adventurous little boys!

In 2018, I started my personal training business TulaFit, to fill a much-needed gap for women. It’s my mission to help educate and empower pregnant and postpartum women with the mindset and movement strategies that support long term strength and function to handle everyday mom life and get them back to the activities they love.

I offer in-person and remote consultations, programming, workshops, and coaching services. I work 5-10 hours a week in my business but have been able to reach hundreds of women by hosting workshops, working virtually, podcasts, and utilizing social media platforms like Instagram.

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Kate Johnson, on starting Tula Fit ($1,500 revenue/mo) full story
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