49 Businesses You Can Start From Home [Home Based Businesses]

49 Businesses You Can Start From Home [Home Based Businesses]

If you have goals to become an entrepreneur, then starting a business from home is likely to be your first step to begin your journey toward financial freedom.

Starting from the comfort of your own house allows you to spend more time with your family, take care of any kids or pets, and still earn additional income at the same time.

We put together a list of businesses you can start from home today:

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

Do you have some ideas or skills you would love to teach other people? Maybe you are a blogger and looking for ways to expand your revenue streams?

Podcasting is a great side hustle to try out and earn extra income. However, you may need to practice patience since podcasts take time to start making money. Therefore, invest in good equipment for your podcast and record content that your target audience will love to share with others.

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

Darren Reighard started Cars of Carlisle, a podcast, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

Over 150 high-end vehicles glistened in the sunlight, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Mercedes, all polished and lined up in neat rows.

My colleagues do an amazing job with their contributions to our overall automotive journey. On that note, I’d like to take a moment to put a special “thank you” out to all of the Cars of Carlisle team members, emphasizing how much I value everything they give to the business. In two years, I went from a dozen downloads and investing five figures of my own savings to now an annual revenue that is increasing, while downloads are exceeding 12,000.

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Darren Reighard, on starting Cars of Carlisle ($419/month) full story ➜

2. Start a freelance writing business ($33.2K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$700 — $150,000/month
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

David Tile started Article-Writing Co, a freelance writing business, about 11 years ago:

Case Study

My name is David Tile. I own and operate a Content Writing Service, under the banner Article-Writing.co.

We don’t consider ourselves a content marketing firm. But a firm dedicated to the business of writing. Project management offers most often attached to marketing agencies. We work against marketing briefs delivering content on time and under budget.

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David Tile, on starting Article-Writing Co ($125,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a youtube channel

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

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

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

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

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

Case Study

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

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

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

4. Start an online courses business ($122K/month)

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

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

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

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

Case Study

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

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

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

5. Become an online fitness coach ($42K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $82,000/month
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Ryan Milton started TeamFFLEX, a life coaching business, about 8 years ago:

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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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($82,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a women's clothing line ($189K/month)

Women-oriented clothing lines and retailers have been growing in numbers over the years, and this is a great business idea for startups as well who want to do something in the women's clothing or the apparel industry.

There are vast opportunities in this industry as you will have a lot to experiment with when it comes to women's clothes. You can go for a niche clothing item like gym wear, maternity wear, blazers, jumpsuits, and winter clothes, or maybe you can sell a whole variety of clothing items under one store. The revenue in the women's apparel segment totals up to US$888.60bn in 2022. and this market is anticipated to grow by 3.43% annually. It is evident that this is a highly profitable industry and you can also start your own women's clothing line by either making and selling your own products or just getting your stock from a retailer and reselling them.

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

Gia Paddock started Boutique Rye, a boutique, almost 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hi everyone, my name is Gia, and I am the owner of Boutique Rye. We are a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that is all online!

We have anywhere from clothes that are appropriate for work or clothes that will make you turn heads on a night out on the town. I try and buy clothes with many different styles in mind. I'd like to think that we are a one-stop shop for a diverse group of women!

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

7. Start a freelance app development business ($69.7K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $91,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

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

Case Study

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

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

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

8. Start a resume writing business ($3K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $42,857/month
Skills

Mike McRitchie started Critical Path Action, a content writing company, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Mike McRitchie.

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

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Mike McRitchie, on starting Critical Path Action ($3,000/month) full story ➜

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

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

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

Case Study

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

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

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

10. Start a handmade goods business ($51.8K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $150,000/month
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Sunny Choudhary started PortraitFlip LLC, a handmade goods business, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

I am Sunny Choudhary, a 24-year-old co-founder of PortraitFlip with a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai.

We make sure to choose the best artists across the world so that there are no doubts in the hearts of our customers.

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Sunny Choudhary, on starting PortraitFlip LLC ($45,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a niche blog ($7.2K/month)

Growing a niche blog can be an incredible way to build an income on the Internet. Starting a blog in any niche is easy. You simply need a domain, hosting, and WordPress to start blogging. The hard part comes when you try to monetize your website traffic. Making income from your blog, and making a blog that actually pays you the money takes time, work, and effort.

There are more than 500 million blogs out of 1.7 billion websites. Over 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages each month. Users produce around 70 million new posts and 77 million new comments each month. Content marketing is predicted to be an industry worth $412.88B by 2021.

How Much Can You Make?
$250 — $416,667/month
Time To Revenue
120 days

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

Case Study

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

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

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

12. Start a niche web design business ($63.8K/month)

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

Scott Bishop started Up And Social, a niche web design business, about 8 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, I'm Scott and I am the founder of Up And Social, a Boston web design and SEO company that specializes in helping small businesses.

Currently, we’re doing over $20,000 in sales each month and continue to grow at a comfortable pace.

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Scott Bishop, on starting Up And Social ($20,000/month) full story ➜

13. Become a college counselor ($50K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$50,000/month
Skills

Pradeep Gaddam started ConnecPath, a college counselor, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Pradeep. I am the Cofounder and CTO at ConnecPath. We are an EdTech company democratizing college counseling. Our flagship product is called WeAdmit. In the frontend, WeAdmit is an end to end data science-backed college counseling for parents and students. Whereas in the backend it is a platform for all underserved college counselors and college students who are also excellent mentors.

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Pradeep Gaddam, on starting ConnecPath ($50,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a finance blog ($30.6K/month)

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

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

Case Study

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

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

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

15. Start an online courses business ($122K/month)

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

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

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

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

Case Study

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

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

how-we-launched-a-120k-month-audiobook-publishing-course

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

16. Start a digital agency ($180K/month)

A digital agency's task is to make a business reach its advertising, marketing, or technology-related goals. Anyone with enough passion and determination can start and run a profitable digital marketing agency. With the right skill set, the right tools, and the right mindset you can start a successful digital agency.

The global digital agency market reached a value of nearly $305B in 2020. The future growth prospects of the digital agency market are projected to be high due to the rising population of people consuming and creating content through digital channels.

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $3,699,632/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Hailey Brooke McFadden started Power Move Marketing, a digital agency, about 2 years ago:

Case Study

I am Hailey Brooke McFadden and I was a 4 season starter on the volleyball team at Wake Forest University, captain, and libero my senior year. I was a 4x Academic All-ACC honoree and 3x Dean’s list honoree and graduated from Wake Forest in 3.5 years with a BA in communication with a minor in film studies.

I wanted to make a company that knew how to market to women and also cultivated a culture internally that respects women and give them a chance to thrive. Ironically, PMM now works with several companies whose target audience is male and we have still been able to crush it!

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Hailey Brooke McFadden , on starting Power Move Marketing ($22,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a meal prep business ($203K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$20 — $600,000/month
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

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

Case Study

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

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

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

18. Start an exercise app ($625/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$250 — $1,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills

Joel Runyon started MoveWell, a iPhone app, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Joel Runyon and I started an app called MoveWell. The app is designed to help you move better, get stronger and prevent injuries. It’s your ultimate movement and mobility companion.

Even though MoveWell brings in the smallest amount of revenue of any of my ventures, the project has some of my most enthusiastic followers. I used to have a business partner, but recently bought him out and am looking to scale the business even more by adding coaches, consistently adding content, and doing branded partnerships over the next 6-12 months.

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Joel Runyon, on starting MoveWell ($1,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start an art business ($67K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$876 — $415,000/month
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model

Sarah Hickey started Innerglow Art, a art business, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

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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Sarah Hickey , on starting Innerglow Art ($4,300/month) full story ➜

20. Start a travel booking app ($2.8K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,800 — $1,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Andrew Norton started SkyAlliance, a travel booking app, about 3 years ago:

Case Study

Hello. My name is Andrew Norton and I am the CEO & Founder of SkyAlliance Limited®. SkyAlliance is a travel search engine which allows you to find cheap flights, hotels, holiday packages and car hire all over the world.

5 years ago I knew nothing about web design, coding and software development, and today, I own a company that sends people away to various destinations and supplies them with another means of travel, all based on the 3 elements I knew nothing about.

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Andrew Norton, on starting SkyAlliance ($2,800/month) full story ➜

21. Start a skills training business ($131K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $350,000/month
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Sumit Bansal started TrumpExcel.com, a skills training business, about 9 years ago:

Case Study

I am Sumit Bansal from India and I have a website (TrumpExcel.com) where I teach people how to use Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets efficiently. On this site, I create written tutorials and videos and also sell online courses.

I started this site in 2013 and it gets more than 1 million pageviews every month. As of last month, my average monthly revenue was ~$10,000.

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Sumit Bansal, on starting TrumpExcel.com ($10,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a marketing agency ($587K/month)

Marketing agencies can be a great option for businesses looking to advertise in different ways. For businesses, hiring a marketing company can help them achieve success as they don't have to spend money on employees or needed equipment. Marketing agencies are not inexpensive and there are many different variables that come into play when deciding which one is the best fit for your business.

You want to start a marketing agency, but don't know where to begin. You're not alone, there are thousands of entrepreneurs across the globe that have the same ambition. Luckily for you, compiled a list of how other agencies were able to grow their agency and scale effectively.

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

JB Kellogg started Madwire, a marketing agency, about 13 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, I'm JB Kellogg and I'm the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Madwire®. I co-founded Madwire with my Dad when I was 28 years old and grew it from just the two of us, in a tiny little office, to over five hundred people and a hundred million dollars in annual revenue in under 10 years. I guess that's pretty rare to achieve, so they call companies like that "rocketship companies".

In between all the "madness" and spending precious time with my amazing wife and kids, I enjoy sharing tips and lessons I've learned over the years with regards to marketing, leadership, and more across my social media channels. Why do I do this? Because a lesson learned should be a lesson shared. If I can help just one person, I've increased my radius of impact while at the same time helping someone else increase theirs.

My wife and I at our annual company Orange party

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JB Kellogg, on starting Madwire ($8,500,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a tech support business ($10K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $10,000/month
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model

Daniele Besana started WP OK, a tech support business, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, this is Daniele Besana and I'm the founder of WP-OK.

WP-OK was born in 2015. Since then, it grew into a team of 4 WordPress experts that solved 2800+ tickets for 200+ customers.

Treasure hunting during our yearly meetup in Florence, Italy.

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Daniele Besana, on starting WP OK ($10,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a coffee subscription box ($34K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $65,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 3 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Courtney Todd started Fernweh, a coffee subscription box, over 4 years ago:

Case Study

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

When I first started this company I thought it was a good idea, however, it was a lot of work in the beginning with getting the roasters on board as it was a unique concept and then selling to the customers took work as it needed more explaining than I had originally thought. We now have our website and business in a place where it ticks over and runs smoothly. I’m thankful for the beginning as there were lots to learn.

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Courtney Todd, on starting Fernweh ($3,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a maid service software ($120K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$120,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills

Amar Ghose started ZenMaid, a maid service software, about 9 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, my name is Amar Ghose. I’m the CEO/co-founder of ZenMaid. Our software makes it easy for growing maid services to manage their cleaners, clients, and schedules in one easy to use software.

While we might have started off slow (both my co-founder and I worked full time for over 2 years after starting ZenMaid) we now make more than half a million dollars a year helping maid service owners to achieve the freedom in their lives and businesses that we have (I’m currently writing this from Canggu in Indonesia!)

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Amar Ghose, on starting ZenMaid ($120,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start an adventure travel agent business ($7.5K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$7,500 — $233,333/month
Skills
Business model

Chris waters started Constructed Adventures, a scavenger hunt business, over 6 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Chris Waters, I go by “The Architect, and I started Constructed Adventures.

The most important thing for me is the freedom and flexibility. I don’t have a home and travel from one adventure location to the next. With all the money saved, I spend my downtime traveling to amazing locations or visiting friends and family!

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Chris waters, on starting Constructed Adventures ($7,500/month) full story ➜

27. Start a journal business ($62.8K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $150,000/month
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Jess Yasuda started Planner Peace, a journal business, almost 7 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, I’m Jess. I’m 34 years old from Tasmania, Australia. I started Chasing Planner Peace back in 2015 when I was pregnant with my third child. Originally we were based on Etsy and only sold planner inserts, however, we’ve now turned into a one-stop planner shop that caters to seasoned “planner addicts” who want to add to their planners, and also planner newbies who love the fact our shop is the only store in Australia you can custom build your own ring planner style planner.

Customers can choose their planner size, cover pattern, dividers, accessories and hundreds of refill options. We have over 300 “inserts” that cover everything from weekly, monthly and daily layouts to trackers for fitness, meal planning, habits, health, Christmas and birthday party planning. We also sell ready-made bundles for study, wedding planning, teachers and more. We really pride ourselves on having lots and lots of options so people can choose a perfect planner that suits their unique lifestyle and needs. For example, a busy mum of three who is trying to make time in her day to exercise is going to need a different planner to a young student who lives alone. We also offer very niche inserts such as for people using the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia - there is literally nothing else like this on the market.

Over the past few years, we’ve really expanded our range to not only offer planners and inserts, but also planner dashboards (beautiful cover pages), dividers, notepads, stationery items and more. We also recently started our subscription box service where every two months customers can receive a “Planner Peace Box” which is full of planner and self-care goodies. We have so many more plans for new products in 2020.

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Jess Yasuda, on starting Planner Peace ($22,541/month) full story ➜

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

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $40,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days

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

Case Study

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

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

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

29. Start a natural beauty product business ($22.3K/month)

Natural beauty products consist of items like: aloe vera, honey or cocoa butter. They contain no chemical or synthetic elements.

The global natural skin care products market size was valued at $6.7 billion in 2021.

Thinking about launching a beauty product line? What's holding you back? Check out our case studies below to see how others have done it!

How Much Can You Make?
$300 — $158,333/month
Time To Revenue
360 days

Mel young started Flowerdale Valley, a natural beauty product business, almost 5 years ago:

Case Study

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.

Now, my business provides my income for me and my kids.

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Mel young , on starting Flowerdale Valley ($5,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a board game ($140K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$19,000 — $250,000/month
Skills

Will Roya started PlayingCardDecks.com, a board game, about 5 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Will Roya and I own and operate PlayingCardDecks.com which launched in 2017.

I was able to scale the business to an annual revenue run rate of one million within 18 months with the help of a full time packing person and freelancers in areas of expertise I was lacking. Currently, we are averaging about 100k a month.

My daughter and I doing an early Facebook live video

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Will Roya, on starting PlayingCardDecks.com ($140,000/month) full story ➜

31. Start a greeting cards business ($50K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $100,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Travis Peterson started Joker Greeting, a greeting cards business, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

I am Travis Peterson and started Joker Greeting. We make original prank gifts and prank non-gifts for friends, family, and offices. It all started with a non-stop musical greeting card that looped for 3-6 hours.

For 2.5 years, I have been working on making musical greeting cards interesting again. To be clear, I never intended on making a greeting card or joke company, but we launched on Kickstarter and raised $92,073 in 30 days with no marketing, so I decided to give it a shot.

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Travis Peterson, on starting Joker Greeting ($100,000/month) full story ➜

32. Start a men's grooming company ($300K/month)

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

Eric Bandholz started Beardbrand, a men's grooming company, over 10 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Eric Bandholz, the founder of Beardbrand. Beardbrand is a men’s grooming company that makes products for your beard, hair, and body. In addition to that, we also create a significant amount of content on our YouTube channel.

We’ve bootstrapped the business from a $30 investment to seven figures in a short period of time. We’ve been expanding our product offerings with the goal of getting towards that 8 figure mark.

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Eric Bandholz, on starting Beardbrand ($500,000/month) full story ➜

33. Become a corporate trainer ($16.3K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$12,500 — $20,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Andrew Tarvin started Humor That Works, a corporate trainer, over 13 years ago:

Case Study

I am Andrew Tarvin and I am the world’s first humor engineer (at least according to all the Google searches that I’ve done).

We’ve worked with thousands of people at more than 250 organizations, including Microsoft, the FBI, and the International Association of Canine Professionals.

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Andrew Tarvin, on starting Humor That Works ($12,500/month) full story ➜

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

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $1,200,000/month
Skills

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

Case Study

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

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

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

35. Start a PPC consulting agency ($21.5K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $200,000/month
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Daryl Mander started Big Flare, a PPC consulting agency, over 8 years ago:

Case Study

Hi! I’m Daryl and I run the show at Big Flare. We’re an online Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising agency that helps small to mid-sized e-commerce businesses to grow quickly, using paid traffic.

Our main service is Google Ads, where we spend over $3M per year on ads for our clients. Because we’re dedicated to helping our Ecommerce clients to grow using online advertising, we also build and manage ad campaigns across Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Bing. Basically, if there’s an online traffic source that can help Ecommerce stores to grow you can bet we have our eyes on it!

The team at Big Flare, spread across 4 time zones and 5 countries, having one of our weekly team meetings

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Daryl Mander, on starting Big Flare ($40,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a skin care product line ($102K/month)

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

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

Case Study

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

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

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

37. Start a therapy business ($20K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $150,000/month
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Samantha Varnerin started Snuggle with Sam, a professional cuddler, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

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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Samantha Varnerin, on starting Snuggle with Sam ($8,800/month) full story ➜

38. Start a gift store ($8K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $8,000/month
Skills

Tiffany Reimer started Passport 4 Change, a gift store, over 8 years ago:

Case Study

I'm known as the Traveling Tooth Fairy because I’m a flight attendant and my husband is a pilot. We have traveled to more than 60 countries. I started collecting (tooth fairy) coins from around the world as I traveled.

For each tooth lost, she receives a real coin from a different country sparking an interest in different parts of the world, potentially opening up a dialogue about different cultures, time zones, languages, superstitions, inventions, indigenous animals and traditions.

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Tiffany Reimer, on starting Passport 4 Change ($8,000/month) full story ➜

39. Start a CBD business ($130K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $300,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Evan Marshall started Plain Jane, a CBD business, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Evan and I started Plain Jane with my college roommate, Duane Dennis.

We’re also continuing to innovate and create new products. Our flagship product is a low smell and ultra smooth CBD cigarette. It has the same potency of other CBD flower products but without that identifying weed smell.

Within 5 months of starting to sell, we’re now generating more than $20K a month in sales. We have customers in 47 states and we’re in more than 12 retail locations.

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Evan Marshall, on starting Plain Jane ($275,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start a woodworking business ($14.2K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $25,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Sasha Weekes started Timber Grove Studios, a woodworking business, almost 5 years ago:

Case Study

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/month) full story ➜

41. Start a graphic design business ($43.8K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $1,000,000/month
Time To Revenue
300 days
Business model

Scott Tarcy started caddesignhelp.com, a graphic design business, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Scott Tarcy. I started CADdesignhelp.com.

There are so many project examples but an interesting one in the early years was a portable vacuum to clean up dog poop when you walk your day. It was called the “Vacapoo”

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Scott Tarcy, on starting caddesignhelp.com ($8,000/month) full story ➜

42. Start a life coaching business ($25.5K/month)

Many people are struggling to make significant self-improvements. Therefore, the demand for life coaches is high. If you are a talented motivational speaker, you can start the life coaching business as a side hustle. The national average salary for a life coach is about $150 per hour while executive life coaches charge an average of $250 to $500 an hour. New part time coaches typically start at a lower hjourly fee while building their confidence, skills and experience.

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $120,000/month
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Ryan Milton started TeamFFLEX, a life coaching business, about 8 years ago:

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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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($82,000/month) full story ➜

43. Start a branding agency ($23.3K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $200,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Elva Li started Elva Li Luxury Branding Studio, a branding agency, about 6 years ago:

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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Elva Li, on starting Elva Li Luxury Branding Studio ($10,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

Case Study

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

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

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

45. Start a travel blog ($4K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,999 — $233,333/month
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills
Business model

Jessica Serna started My Curly Adventures, a travel blog, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hello! My name is Jessica and I am the Content Creator, Blogger, and Influencer of MyCurlyAdventures which inspires people to travel more through finding exciting adventures close to home!

Through Instagram advertising, sponsorships, and affiliate income I’m able to make a living wage. Plus since I’m traveling so much many of my major expenses have been eliminated such as rent, food, clothing, beauty products, and obviously travel! So with everything I also get for trade that I don’t have to directly pay for, my income would be even higher.

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Jessica Serna, on starting My Curly Adventures ($4,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

Case Study

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

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

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

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

47. Start a mom blog ($3.88K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $10,000/month
Time To Revenue
120 days
Skills
Business model

Carly Campbell started Mommy On Purpose, a mom blog, over 83 years ago:

Case Study

I’m Carly, a full time stay at home mom, full-time blogger. I run two semi-related businesses - Mommy on Purpose, a mom lifestyle blog focusing on new motherhood and home life (monetized only through traffic), and Blogging Like You Mean It, which supports new bloggers in their journey to monetize their blogs (monetized only through product sales and email marketing).

But more important to me than any of that, I will never have to leave my kids in daycare to go out and work - my mom blog alone makes 8-10,000 Canadian dollars per month, both when I work hard on it AND when I take a month off.

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Carly Campbell, on starting Mommy On Purpose ($10,000/month) full story ➜

48. Start a SEO business ($7.93K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,800 — $1,500,000/month
Time To Revenue
420 days
Skills

Md. Yousuf Ali started Rank Trends, a SEO business, ago:

Case Study

Hi, this is Md. Yousuf Ali and I are the founders of Rank Trends and Khan. I am pleased to introduce myself as an Entrepreneur, SEO expert, web design, and developer. I started my business more than 3 years ago to provide various services in digital marketing and offer quality grocery items.

Also, Rank Trends is the ideal choice for those people who want to build a professional and dynamic website. We build SEO friendly, well navigation and well-looking websites by applying modern technology for boosting online business.

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Md. Yousuf Ali, on starting Rank Trends ($6,000/month) full story ➜

49. Start a career transition coaching business

Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Rita Kakati-Shah started Uma, a career transition coaching business, over 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Rita Kakati Shah and I’m the Founder and CEO of Uma, an international platform dedicated to empowering women returning to work after a career break, transition or relocation. Our approach is twofold: we increase companies’ bottom lines by focusing on their retention strategy, and we build confidence in our return to work cohort.

In just over two years we have grown from a single person office in New York City to London and San Francisco too, and have conducted events around the world in cities such as Los Angeles (US), Madrid (Spain), Moscow and Sochi (Russia) and Toronto (Canada). It is thanks to our incredible community of volunteers, staff, members and corporate partners that enable us to grow every day.

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Rita Kakati-Shah, on starting Uma ($0/month) full story ➜

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