100 Profitable One-Person Business Ideas (2022)

100 Profitable One-Person Business Ideas (2022)

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. ($1.44M/year)

Adrian Wood from Los Angeles, California, USA started Modern Producers almost 7 years ago, a online courses business.

  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

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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2. Luxury shoes ($960K/year)

Kartik Gurmule from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India started KASA over 3 years ago, a shoe brand.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Case Study

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 specialize in brogue designed footwear. All of our products are designed in the United Kingdom and made in Milan, Italy, by our partnered manufacturer. All of the KASA collection is hand-painted and handmade using Blake-stitching techniques. With insoles and outsoles entirely in leather, our shoes are ever long-lasting. Each shoe showcases the brand’s signature style and bears witness to the luxury lifestyle. We are actively marketing our products to our potential customers in the USA, the UK, Australia, and other parts of Europe using a variety of marketing techniques.

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3. Jewelry and accessories ($2.4M/year)

Chrissie Lam from San Francisco, California, USA started Love Is Project over 5 years ago, a jewelry product.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Case Study

We've also been featured on the cover of Glamour (on Anne Hathaway’s wrist), in Refinery29 and Elle, and on an episode of Good Morning America in November 2018. We are featured as one of Oprah’s favorite Valentine’s Day gifts in the February 2019 issue.

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4. Healthy drinks ($1.8M/year)

Julien DUTHEIL CORBIOLI from Paris, Ile-de-France, France started Natura Wellness about 4 years ago, a healthy snack food business.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Case Study

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.

We truly believe that this is just the beginning of a nutritive revolution with more qualitative and traceable products and we want to build this future with our customers.

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5. Online language tutoring ($1.44M/year)

Alex Redfern from Singapore, Singapore started Lingoci over 5 years ago, a tutoring business.

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

Case Study

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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6. Online fitness training ($984K/year)

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

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

Case Study

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.

TeamFFLEX is my online personal training platform that coaches athletes, Hollywood actors, professional musicians and everyday people all around the world. Starting with literally 0 dollars and a hell of a lot of drive I successfully built my business into the 6 figures in less than a year. Today, TeamFFLEX LLC does $48,000 a month and is growing continually month after month.

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7. Trade show booths ($360K/year)

Ryan Schortmann from Plymouth, MA, USA started Display Pros about 4 years ago, a tradeshow booth business.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Plymouth, MA, USA

Case Study

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.

I launched Display Pros last year on a shoestring budget and have been bootstrapping the company ever since. Most early sales were by word of mouth and to my own network. Now that we’re hitting more respectable revenue levels, I have been reinvesting in the marketing effort with the goal of increasing our sales online.

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8. Gaming modifications ($2.76M/year)

Kyle from Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, USA started Hand Held Legend over 8 years ago, a video game modding business.

  • Revenue: $230,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, USA

Case Study

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

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

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9. Framed tweets ($300K/year)

Zach Katz from Amsterdam, Netherlands started Framed Tweets about 5 years ago, a custom prints business.

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

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

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10. Preppy men’s clothing. ($252K/year)

Miriam Zelinsky from New York, New York, USA started Lazyjack Press about 10 years ago, a preppy clothing business.

  • Revenue: $21,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

Case Study

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.

Customers will regularly tell me how well my ties physically tie and how they’re better than, not only the other prep brands but the bigger European players in the game, which was shocking to me! I never intended to compete with the big designers – I just wanted to create a fun and better quality brand. It’s not only the monetary success, but the positive feedback and seeing people’s reactions when they learn the name of a tie makes it all extremely worth it!

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11. Leather webcam covers. ($240K/year)

Arthur Lhermitte from Paris, Ile-de-France, France started Striiiipes almost 10 years ago, a webcam cover product.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Case Study

My 20-day campaign was the Leather Webcam Covers using Micro-suction tape and all the leather leftovers I had in my workshop. The campaign was a great success: raising 20,273 euros thanks to 1,996 backers in 20 days.

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12. Podcast strategy ($240K/year)

Jeremy Enns from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started Counterweight Creative about 6 years ago, a podcast production company.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Case Study

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

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

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13. Old fashioned cocktail mixers. ($540K/year)

Christopher Thomas from Nashville, Tennessee, USA started Eli Mason over 7 years ago, a cocktail ingredient business.

  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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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.

When we bought the business in 2017 it was doing a few hundred dollars per month in e-commerce sales. Today we consistently do in the low five figures, and it’s growing consistently every quarter.

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14. Financial consulting & life insurance ($240K/year)

Denzel Rodriguez from Pompano Beach, Florida, USA started Builder To Contributor LLC over 3 years ago, a financial advisor business.

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

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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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15. Referral marketing ($216K/year)

Manuel Frigerio from Bristol, England, United Kingdom started ReferralHero over 6 years ago, a referral marketing platform.

  • Revenue: $18,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

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’s MRR is currently at around $18,000/month. After I launched ReferralHero (at the time called Maître) on ProductHunt in February 2016, we celebrated our first 1 million subscribers milestone (emails collected across our customers) after just 5 months. With over 2,200 upvotes, ReferralHero is still one of the Top 50 most upvoted products of all time. We now have 6,000+ customers who have collected over 30 million emails using our tool.

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16. Hand crafted watches. ($240K/year)

Steve Christensen from Alberta, Canada started NOVO watch over 10 years ago, a watch brand.

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

Case Study

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.

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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17. Skincare products ($180K/year)

Leslie Eisen from Portland, Oregon, USA started AlmondClear over 4 years ago, a skin care product line.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

Case Study

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

Though revenue dropped a bit at the end of 2018, Almond Clear still finished the first year or sales averaging around $15,000 per month in revenue, and all signs point towards a lot of growth in 2019.

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18. Cross functional shorts. ($180K/year)

Paul Dickey from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada started Spuds almost 5 years ago, a athletic clothing line.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Case Study

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.

Spuds is in the very early stages of formation, starting less than six months ago. I am the sole founder and still currently the only employee (looking to changing that soon!). I am currently focusing our efforts on our production/product development, as well as marketing efforts to start gaining momentum.

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19. Navy clothing and accessories ($240K/year)

Erin Hornyak from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA started navyBLEU almost 3 years ago, a preppy clothing brand.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA

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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.

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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20. Stationary and product design ($156K/year)

Ruth Daro from Los Angeles, California, USA started Seniman Calligraphy over 7 years ago, a stationery business.

  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

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

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21. Remote work blog. ($156K/year)

Sireesha Narumanchi from Victoria, Australia started Crowd Work News almost 6 years ago, a niche blog.

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

Case Study

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.

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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22. Aftermarket vehicle accessories ($540K/year)

Mitchel Matthews from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada started Adrenaline Offroad over 4 years ago, a aftermarket car parts business.

  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Case Study

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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23. Padding inserts ($144K/year)

Jocelyn Thompson from Los Angeles, California, USA started EPIPHANY LA almost 5 years ago, a fashion business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

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 product is seasonal with April, May, and June being my highest grossing months. In the first week of March, I did $6,000 in sales in a 7-day period which put me on track to have at least 100% YoY growth from 2019.

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24. Turkish beach & bath towels ($144K/year)

Grace Druecke from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started The Bali Market about 6 years ago, a towels business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Case Study

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

I made the urgent decision to pivot off Amazon. I invested time and money in building a brand and re-opened on Shopify. That move paid off. The Bali Market now connects clearly with our target market and broke the 6-figure mark after less than 2 years in business.

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25. Chocolate benefitting animal rescue. ($144K/year)

Sarah Gross Feoli from New York, USA started Rescue Chocolate over 12 years ago, a chocolate making business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, USA

Case Study

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.

Our retail customers are chocolate aficionados, animal lovers, local foodies, and anyone with a sweet tooth. On the wholesale side, we are carried at gourmet groceries, pet stores, veterinarian offices, vegan shops, and natural food stores.

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26. Sustainable swimwear and bucket list group trips for women ($300K/year)

Steph Gabriel from Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia started OceanZen over 8 years ago, a swimwear line.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Case Study

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 launched OceanZen in my final year of uni with $5,000, so I started small with only a couple of hundred pieces. Now we manufacture and produce thousands on sustainable bikinis and ship them globally!

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27. Fulfilling life design services. ($120K/year)

Zack Arnold from Los Angeles, California, USA started Optimize Yourself almost 8 years ago, a life coaching business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

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 currently generate around $10,000/month via my ‘Optimizer’ online coaching & mentorship program which I still balance with a full-time job editing television (currently Cobra Kai), and I generate additional income with multiple products launches every year. So far I have generated over $160,000 in revenue with a list of under 5000 ...and no paid advertising.

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28. Whiteboard explainer video company ($120K/year)

Marco Gatti from Tallinn, Estonia started Mediatopsolution OU over 4 years ago, a explainer video business.

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

Case Study

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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29. Marketing agency ($120K/year)

Sam Wilcox from England, United Kingdom started Tribecto Automations almost 4 years ago, a marketing agency.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: England, United Kingdom

Case Study

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.

I work out of a super cool co-working space called Works Social in Nottingham UK, which I love…

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30. Bed pillows. ($120K/year)

Tracey Wallace from Austin, Texas, USA started Doris Sleep over 3 years ago, a decorative pillow business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Case Study

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

Knowing what I do about virgin polyester pillows, I decided to find a manufacturer who could get me the virgin polyester feel (i.e. the down feel) without the high price tag and the terrible everything else. That is what landed me on recycled plastic bottle fill. Every pound of pillow fiber diverts 14 plastic bottles from landfills here in the US. So, you are helping to clean the environment, and getting a luxury sleeping experience. Win-win!

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31. Hand-held bidet ($120K/year)

Ahmad Iqbal from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Nadeef Bidet almost 7 years ago, a bathroom appliance business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Case Study

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.

As the sole founder, I’m doing sourcing, quality control, fulfillment (much of my inventory is in my garage and my trunk), customer service, website management, as well as marketing of course. And when I need help, my awesome family steps up.

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32. Sports data ($96K/year)

Tyler M from Remote, Oregon, USA started Moneypicks almost 3 years ago, a niche blog.

  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Remote, Oregon, USA

Case Study

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.

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33. Custom balloon installations ($240K/year)

Rilee Acrey from Los Angeles, CA, USA started BalloonWorks over 3 years ago, a balloon decor business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Case Study

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.

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34. Plush with a purpose ($0/year)

Justin Baum from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA started ZZZ Bears almost 7 years ago, a stuffed animals business.

  • Revenue: $/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Case Study

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.

Today, we donate ZZZ Bears monthly to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty through our partnership with TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors).

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35. Project management software ($132K/year)

Laura Elizabeth from England, United Kingdom started Client Portal over 5 years ago, a wordpress plugin business.

  • Revenue: $11,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: England, United Kingdom

Case Study

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

In July 2018 we started charging an annual support and update fee. This was to help cover the expenses of keeping the plugin supported, implementing new features, and the time spent on customer support. So now if our customers want to continue getting support and updates to the product, they pay a recurring amount every year. If they don’t want the support and updates, they still keep the product forever and can use it for as long as they like. So far this method has been great for both customers and the company and has added a projected $38k/year to Client Portal’s revenue.

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36. Custom embroidered patches ($78K/year)

Cailey Golden from New York, New York, USA started The Patchsmith over 4 years ago, a embroidery business.

  • Revenue: $6,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

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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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37. Candy surprise boxes ($78K/year)

Bemmu Sepponen from Tokushima, Japan started Candy Japan almost 11 years ago, a subscription box business.

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

Case Study

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.

The site has paid my living expenses in Japan for 7 years now, and over that time I’ve shipped over $1M worth of candy in total.

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38. No-code startup courses ($72K/year)

Bram Kanstein from Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands started No-Code MVP over 2 years ago, a online courses business.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands

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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.

18 months later the course was almost done, and with 2 of 42 videos (5.5 hours in total) left to edit, I decided to run a pre-sale. In 3 weeks I made $8000, and the course is on track to do about $6000/month, so I’m super happy with my start and the reviews I’ve already gathered! I’ve also gotten a lot of support from people who are rooting for me and my mission to show and teach people they don’t have to know or learn how to code to start working on their business ideas.

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39. Coaching for agency owners ($72K/year)

Anthony Tumbiolo from Miami, Florida, USA started Service Based Businesses over 3 years ago, a life coaching business.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA

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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).

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40. Minimalist, unique wooden decor ($78K/year)

Sasha Weekes from Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada started Timber Grove Studios almost 5 years ago, a woodworking business.

  • Revenue: $6,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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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.

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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41. Ethically sourced gifts ($66K/year)

Judith Treanor from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia started Temples and Markets over 7 years ago, a fashion business.

  • Revenue: $5,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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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.

Since launch, I have grown a loyal customer base and a quarter of my customers are repeat.

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42. Social media consultation services ($24K/year)

Liz Martin from Charleston, South Carolina, USA started Charleston Weekender over 6 years ago, a retail business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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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.

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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43. Zapier consulting ($66K/year)

Andrew Davison from London, England, United Kingdom started Luhhu over 3 years ago, a zapier consulting agency.

  • Revenue: $5,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

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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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44. Luxury beach and compeittion swimwear ($60K/year)

Ally McCarthy from Sacramento Ca started Amanda Louise Swimwear 11 months ago, a swimwear line.

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

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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.

Beyond that, I run the Confessions of a Fit Chick Podcast and produce meditations to help support the mental and spiritual aspects of our community as well.

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45. Boxer briefs ($60K/year)

Krystian Frencel from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Bunch of Animals over 3 years ago, a men's underwear brand.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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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.

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46. Travel patches and souvenirs ($120K/year)

Mike Lecky from Montreal, Quebec, Canada started Vagabond Heart almost 5 years ago, a embroidery business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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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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47. Postpartum products. ($60K/year)

Wendy Foster from Portland, Oregon, USA started Mamalates over 14 years ago, a maternity store.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

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

Postpartum women are sometimes isolated and can have challenges with the physical and mental recovery after baby. Finding an experienced professional to help them navigate this challenging time is crucial.

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48. Luxury branding ($120K/year)

Elva Li from Melbourne Victoria, Australia started Elva Li Luxury Branding Studio about 6 years ago, a branding agency.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Melbourne Victoria, Australia

Case Study

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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49. Tourist visa information ($120K/year)

Hari Krishna Dulipudi from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia started Visa List almost 4 years ago, a tourist visa information business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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

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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50. Handcrafted soap. ($60K/year)

Angela Carillo from New York, USA started Alegna Soap over 12 years ago, a soap business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, USA

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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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51. T-shirts ($60K/year)

Chris Durso from New Jersey, USA started The Foodnited States almost 5 years ago, a online t-shirt business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New Jersey, USA

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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.

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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52. Natural beauty products ($60K/year)

Mel young from Hazeldene, Victoria, Australia started Flowerdale Valley almost 5 years ago, a natural beauty product business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Hazeldene, Victoria, Australia

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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.

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53. Creativity blog & digital products ($54K/year)

Angela Mary Vaz from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India started Stray Curls ago, a niche blog.

  • Revenue: $4,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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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.

Currently, my favorite product is The Complete Roadmap to Building a Profitable Side Hustle. This eBook teaches people to set up an Online Business in which they can integrate their products, services and a little bit of themselves to create a profitable side hustle that brings in money on autopilot.

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54. User design inspiration ($53.8K/year)

Ramy Khuffash from London, England, United Kingdom started Page Flows about 4 years ago, a design inspiration blog.

  • Revenue: $4,487/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

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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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55. Abstract art pieces ($51.6K/year)

Sarah Hickey from Plano, Texas, USA started Innerglow Art over 5 years ago, a art business.

  • Revenue: $4,300/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Plano, Texas, USA

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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 am most proud of how my art allows for a connection with the buyer. To me, it’s more meaningful to know the artist and their process than purchasing a piece of art in a retail store or gallery.

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56. Cuddle therapy ($106K/year)

Samantha Varnerin from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Snuggle with Sam over 5 years ago, a professional cuddler.

  • Revenue: $8,800/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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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.

Here’s all of the contributors on the panel at CuddleXpo in Chicago presenting how we came up with the Code of Ethics for Professional Cuddling. Back left to right: Maryelen Reid, Madelon Guinazzo, Samantha Varnerin (me!), Samantha Hess, Jean Franzbleau, Fei Wyatt, Janet Trevino. Front left to right: Keely Shoup, Lisa Meece. Photo credit Rellian Chen Merrin

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57. Help to make money online ($50.4K/year)

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

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

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

So far, it seems to be working, if this graph of my affiliate income is any indication.

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58. Niche e-commerce ($144K/year)

Amanda Austin from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA started Little Shop of Miniatures almost 5 years ago, a dropshipping business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

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

I run a dropship store, which means I pay a supplier to pick, pack, and ship the order to my customer. I have two wholesalers who dropship for me and they are both great. My main drop shipper has about 20,000 different dollhouse miniatures and dollhouse building supplies in stock!

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59. Magnetic levitation displays. ($48K/year)

Jeff Olson from Denver, Colorado, USA started LEVDisplay over 4 years ago, a electronics store.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

Case Study

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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60. Turmeric latte mix. ($48K/year)

Andrea Slinde from Selva di Cadore, Veneto, Italy started Golden Root over 5 years ago, a food startup.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Selva di Cadore, Veneto, Italy

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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.

Currently, I sell Golden Root online from my e-commerce site and to over 50 coffee shops nationwide. After a very eventful and strong finish to 2018, Golden Root is making an average of $4k/mo.

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61. Urban hiking tours ($45K/year)

Alexandra Kenin from San Francisco, California, USA started Urban Hiker SF over 9 years ago, a tour company.

  • Revenue: $3,750/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA

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

I’ve sold over 8,000 copies since the book came out in November 2016. While working on the book has been fun, and I’m working on a second book, Urban Trails East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, and other cities east of San Francisco), this is more of a branding play than a money maker. I’ve only made $5,000 total for the book for the countless hours I spent on it.

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62. High quality content sites ($0/year)

Patrick Hess from New York, New York, USA started AFH Media LLC over 7 years ago, a niche blog.

  • Revenue: $/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

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

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

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63. Premium lifestyle apparel ($36K/year)

Tramell McInnis from Los Angeles, California, USA started LilKong Brand ago, a niche fashion business.

  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

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.

Within 3 years of launch, our expected business evaluation is to be around $300,000.

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64. Hand lettered stationery products ($48K/year)

Jordyn from Michigan, USA started Jordyn Alison Designs about 4 years ago, a stationery business.

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

Case Study

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.

As of February 2020, I’m currently averaging $3,000 a month. I know this number could (and will) be better but for now, I’m really content with this!

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65. Soap, lotions & bubble bath ($48K/year)

Sandy Engels from Ethel, LA, USA started The Purple Sage ago, a soap business.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Ethel, LA, USA

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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.

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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66. Content writing for seo growth ($33.6K/year)

Adam Crookes from Bristol, England, United Kingdom started Freshly Squeezed over 2 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Revenue: $2,800/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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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.

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67. Resume, linkedin writing; telecommunications content writing (website content, blog posts, case studies, etc.) ($36K/year)

Mike McRitchie from El Dorado, California, USA started Critical Path Action about 7 years ago, a resume writing business.

  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: El Dorado, California, USA

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Over the last two years, I doubled my income from these site hustles with last year earning over $30,000.

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68. Bow ties ($30K/year)

Paul Kaster from Kansas City, Missouri, USA started Crooked Branch Studio over 6 years ago, a men's clothing line.

  • Revenue: $2,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Case Study

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.

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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69. Hair gel ($30K/year)

Nathan Failla from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA started PocketGel over 5 years ago, a hair product line.

  • Revenue: $2,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Case Study

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!

Our best seller or I should say “sellers” are both the fiber pomade and pomade. We sell a near even amount of both types of styling products with pomade having less than a 5% gain over fiber pomade. We attribute the popularity of both products due to current men's hairstyle trends.

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70. Handcrafted jewelry. ($30K/year)

Alex Moore from Queenstown, New Zealand started Gold Pan Pete Design over 9 years ago, a jewelry making business.

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

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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.

Currently, between all of my sales at the markets, online, etc, my revenue is on average between $2500-3000 per month. One thing that people find unique about my product is that I personally make every piece of jewelry I sell.

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71. Romance concierge services ($42K/year)

Ta'Veca Collins from Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA started Romance On The Go, Concierge Services about 10 years ago, a dating coaching business.

  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

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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.

“Meet The Tolberts” - They spent their Honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale, FL. and we executed this sunrise picnic with a mini photoshoot.

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72. Landing pages ($168K/year)

Alexander Isora from Tbilisi, Грузия started Unicorn Platform almost 4 years ago, a landing page builder.

  • Revenue: $14,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Tbilisi, Грузия

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Some feedback is given to the Unicorn Platform. There are x100 more testimonials lol, but I’m too lazy to sort it and make it public

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73. Editing and proofreading service ($24K/year)

Lenny Bron from New York, New York, USA started The Blog Proofreader about 6 years ago, a proofreader.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

Case Study

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

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

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74. Reusable paper ($24K/year)

Caylee Betts from Seattle, Washington, USA started Swipies over 6 years ago, a stationery business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

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

I’ve had my share of $10,000 and $500 months, but my revenue averages around $2,000 per month. I spend between an hour (minimum for fulfillment) and 20 hours a week working on Swipies and my other business, The Spreadsheet Shop.

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75. Denim clothing. ($24K/year)

Susie Shaughnessy from Manhattan Beach, California, USA started Crawford Denim and Vintage Co. over 8 years ago, a denim brand.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Manhattan Beach, California, USA

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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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76. Cork maps ($48K/year)

Nick Fortosis from Zeeland, Michigan, USA started GEO 101 Design over 4 years ago, a cork maps business.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Zeeland, Michigan, USA

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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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77. Shirt folds ($24K/year)

Jay Fuller from Chicago, Illinois, USA started FLXCUF almost 5 years ago, a fashion accessories brand.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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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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78. Mobile bodycare experiences ($24K/year)

Jenni Jo from Portland, Oregon, USA started Jenni Jo - Tension Tamer®️ almost 3 years ago, a mobile bodycare business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

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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 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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79. Handcrafted steel tongue drums ($24K/year)

Oran from Dublin, Ireland started Goya almost 4 years ago, a handcrafted drums business.

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

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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.

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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80. Illustrated books for kids. ($24K/year)

Jane Du from Dallas, Texas, USA started Finn and Remy, LLC over 4 years ago, a children's book writer.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Dallas, Texas, USA

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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.

I also make inspirational art prints and cute T’s for adults and kids alike.

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81. Leather harnesses and lingerie. ($62.9K/year)

Jessica Ding from New York, USA started LoveLornLingerie over 8 years ago, a lingerie business.

  • Revenue: $5,245/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, USA

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At the moment, this business is still a side hustle. Between my online store and the in person events I do, revenue averages to about 1.9k per month. Not bad for something that was started on a whim!

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82. Plausible science fiction. ($18K/year)

Joe Stech from Louisville, Kentucky, USA started Compelling Science Press about 6 years ago, a niche blog.

  • Revenue: $1,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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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.

This is a side project for me, so it doesn't have to make a profit, but it does pay for itself. I only publish two issues a year (summer/winter) and in those months we make ~$1500. All of that money goes back to paying authors.

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83. Automated email follow up software. ($18K/year)

Mike taber from Worcester, Massachusetts, USA started Bluetick.io over 5 years ago, a email automation platform.

  • Revenue: $1,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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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.

I wasted several years of my life trying to get my last product off the ground, only to eventually pull the plug because it wasn’t going anywhere. I wanted to be reasonably sure this was going to work so I spent almost three months talking to prospective customers and validating the idea. By the end of that process, I had collected enough prepayments that on paper, I had over $1,000 MRR without having written a single line of code.

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84. Custom bingo card creation ($18K/year)

Beth Kovalcik from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA started Bingo Card Creator about 7 years ago, a board game business.

  • Revenue: $1,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA

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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.

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85. High intent software buyers. ($16.5K/year)

Phil Strazzulla from Cambridge, England, United Kingdom started SelectSoftware Reviews over 3 years ago, a niche blog.

  • Revenue: $1,375/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

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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.

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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86. Space posters. ($16.1K/year)

Dennis Moons from Belgium started Apes In Space over 4 years ago, a online poster store.

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

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

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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87. Urban fashion ($13.7K/year)

Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma from Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom started Cotilda's Fashion Limited almost 7 years ago, a fashion business.

  • Revenue: $1,144/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom

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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.

One of the very first designs that we worked on with Bryan, the Dashiki Royalty Shirt in White

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88. Subscription box ($12K/year)

Meredith Vaish from San Carlos, California, USA started Pause Box LLC about 3 years ago, a selfcare subscription box.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: San Carlos, California, USA

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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.

In my first year of business, I’ve been focused on proof of concepts and iterating. My revenue during this time has been nearly $1k per month. All proceeds have gone back into my business with the exception of 10% of my box revenue going to an organization I’m passionate about Enneagram Prison Project.

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89. Medium publication ($48K/year)

Dave Schools from Bel Air, MD, USA started Entrepreneur's Handbook over 7 years ago, a medium publication.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Bel Air, MD, USA

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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 has generated $1,000 a month, $400 a month, $140 a month, and $0 a month – it all depends on the partner we have, their goals, and budget.

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90. Educational products ($12K/year)

Alex Bricker from Fort Collins, Colorado, USA started ESL With Purpose over 4 years ago, a education products business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

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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.

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91. Temporary tattoos ($12K/year)

Anslea from Atlanta, GA, USA started Forgotten Mermaids almost 4 years ago, a temporary tattoo artist.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Atlanta, GA, USA

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Over the last 12 months, we’ve expanded our products to include two tattoo designs in six colors, swimsuits, and clothing, all with the unifying “mermaid scale” theme. These last six months we’ve averaged about $1,000/month in mostly passive income.

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92. Ballroom dancing practice guide. ($3.3K/year)

Katie Flashner from Hope, ME, USA started The Girl with the Tree Tattoo about 7 years ago, a author.

  • Revenue: $275/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Hope, ME, USA

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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).

I always dreamt about being a paid author (or more secretly, a dancer). While my day jobs have always been set in the environmental science field, The Girl with the Tree Tattoo brand has given me the opportunity to incorporate both my passions, make a difference in the lives of others and get paid to be who I truly am.

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93. Matching mom & baby clothing ($12K/year)

Rosalee Rester from Portland, Oregon, USA started Baby Wit LLC almost 18 years ago, a children's clothing business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

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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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94. Men's health products. ($12K/year)

Jack Scrimshire from Virginia, USA started The Gentlemen’s Lounge over 4 years ago, a mens grooming product.

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

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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.

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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95. Minimalist paper wallets ($30K/year)

Kan Yamamoto from Kochi started Kamino Wallet about 4 years ago, a wallet brand.

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

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I started this project as my side hustle, and since I opened my shop in June 2018, it has grown slowly. Though it is still a tiny business, I enjoy creating useful tools that are loved by many users around the globe.

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96. Courses & coaching for ambitious freelancers ($27K/year)

Austin L. Church from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA started AustinLChurch.com about 13 years ago, a online courses business.

  • Revenue: $2,250/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Case Study

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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97. Sustainable fair-trade lifestyle products ($12K/year)

Jhumkee Iyengar from Pune, Maharashtra, India started Ohrna over 4 years ago, a handbag business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India

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

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98. Shoes and apparel ($12K/year)

Drew McNamara from Chicago, Illinois, USA started Creative Souls almost 4 years ago, a fashion business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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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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99. Intentional movement for moms ($18K/year)

Kate Johnson from Greeley, Colorado, USA started Tula Fit about 4 years ago, a maternity store.

  • Revenue: $1,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Greeley, Colorado, USA

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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!

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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100. Athletic smelling salts. ($960K/year)

Justin Rapoport from San Diego, California, USA started AmmoniaSport LLC over 5 years ago, a skin care product line.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: San Diego, California, USA

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

We often see players in the NFL, the NHL and NBA sniff smelling salts on tv. After a single sniff, an athlete feels a sudden surge of adrenaline giving them a competitive edge. To date, we are doing $90,000 monthly in revenue.

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