The 32 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In India [2021]

The 32 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In India [2021]

Interested in starting a business in India in 2021?

We put together 32 of the best businesses you can start in India today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

  • Home-based businesses to start in India
  • Profitable online business ideas
  • Unique business opportunities for India
  • Low investment business ideas (under $5k to start)
  • Easy businesses you can start in India today

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples, revenue expectations for each idea, + a step-by-step on how to start your small business in India.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a shoe brand ($960K/year)

Kartik Gurmule from India started KASA almost 3 years ago, a shoe brand.

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

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

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

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

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Kartik Gurmule, on starting KASA ($80,000/month) full story ➜

2. Create a shopify app ($348K/year)

Preetam Nath from India started SuperLemon over 2 years ago, a shopify app.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $29,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Heyo! My name is Preetam Nath, and I’m the co-founder of SuperLemon together with Sankalp Jonna.

Funnily, we both went to the same college but only met while working at the same company after we had graduated. After 4 years of bouncing ideas and discussing life goals, we both quit our jobs in January of 2019 to pursue our shared dream of building a profitable software business while living life on our terms.

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Preetam Nath, on starting SuperLemon ($29,000/month) full story ➜

3. ($144K/year)

Sunil Aggarwal from India started VecRas Creations Pvt. Ltd. ago, .

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $15,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10

Hello, my name is Sunil Aggarwal and I am the founder of VecRas which is a digital design company started in 2007 to create exclusive digital graphics.

Our Flagship products are the Vinyl Ready Vector cut file templates that we provide for skins and Smart PSD mockups for different mobile cases as well as skins of various devices.

The cut file templates were released over four years ago which are mostly sold in foreign markets and initially, we did $1,000 per month and after that, it kept on growing and now we are expecting over $20,000 - $30,000 with its customers growing nationwide.

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Sunil Aggarwal, on starting VecRas Creations Pvt. Ltd. ($12,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a graphic design business ($160K/year)

Junaid Ansari from India started Draftss over 3 years ago, a graphic design business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $13,333/ month
  • Starting Costs: $100
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 25

Hello Readers, I am Junaid Ansari, and with Amin Memon, I have co-founded Draftss.com which is a productized graphic design & frontend code service on subscription starting from just $89/week.

With Draftss you can get all kinds of design services from branding, logo, illustrations, landing pages, app UX/UI, t-shirts, packaging, ads, pitch decks, social media graphics & just about everything else within graphics. Along with designing we also provide frontend code in HTML/CSS or on WordPress using builders like Elementor, Divi, Beaver, Oxygen, WPBakery, Visual Composer, and several other independent builders like Webflow, Unbounce, etc.

One of the best propositions that our customers love at Draftss is that they can add us to their team in Slack, Trello, Airtable, Asana, Notion, Zeplin, Jira board, Git, etc. If there is a tool that we haven’t supported officially, we even go ahead to check it out if it is easy to manage and integrate it within our list of tools. We even support IMs like WhatsApp and Telegram if you prefer it over any other tool.

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Junaid Ansari, on starting Draftss ($13,333/month) full story ➜

5. Start a handmade goods business ($324K/year)

PortraitFlip from India started PortraitFlip about 4 years ago, a handmade goods business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $27,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $60
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 7

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.

PortraitFlip is a two-and-a-half-year-old e-commerce business that serves as the bridge between artists and customers who need Handmade Portraits.

We deliver handmade portraits globally with a major clientele base in the USA. We provide all types of medium for portraits from Charcoal, Oil, Acrylic, Pencil, Color Pencil, and Watercolor.

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PortraitFlip, on starting PortraitFlip ($27,000/month) full story ➜

6. Open a cycling store ($660K/year)

Mukund Umesh Thakkar from India started Mastermind Bicycle Studio over 6 years ago, a cycling store.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $55,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $95,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 26

My name is Mukund Umesh Thakkar, I run the company with the brand name Mastermind Bicycle Studio. We are a chain of Retail Stores, selling the sport of Cycling through the most high-end and premium brands in the world of cycling and triathlon. We sell a wide range of products from Bicycles, Helmets, Shoes, Wheels, Components, Apparel, etc.

I am a Chemical Engineer and an MBA in Finance, selling and spreading this wonderful sport of cycling in India. I started Mastermind when I was 26 years old. Our Sales Revenue has consistently grown at a rate of around 55% to 65% Year On Year.

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Mukund Umesh Thakkar, on starting Mastermind Bicycle Studio ($55,000/month) full story ➜

7. Launch an online classes platform ($12K/year)

Shasta Pakdhane from India started MillionCenters by Better Thought Solutions LLP over 2 years ago, an online classes platform.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $50,000
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 8

Hello and good day to Starter Story readers, my name is Surinder Singh, and I am the founder of social learning app MillionCenters.

MillionCenters is a hyperlocal TUTOR/COACHING-CENTER connecting platform that helps you find the most suitable tutor near you in addition to virtual live classes in all fields of learning be it academics, fitness, yoga, professional courses, and hobby-related learnings.

Our focus is on building a bridge connecting learners with their choice of tutors/coaches. The platform aims to enable users to learn in a fun way and as we believe learning is a lifelong process, you don't need multiple apps, Millioncenters aspires to be the one-stop platform for all learning needs of an individual.

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Shasta Pakdhane, on starting MillionCenters by Better Thought Solutions LLP ($1,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a healthy drink business ($3.6M/year)

Deepak agarwal from India started Auric almost 4 years ago, a healthy drink business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 9

A chemical engineer by education who decided to make food without chemicals! Almost a decade at Unilever helped me discover my love for consumers and brands. But the pivotal moment was when I became a wellness enthusiast. This was after a backbone fracture in a soccer match that made me join Yoga. Since then, I have been passionate about marrying the logic of the west with the wisdom of the east.

Auric is a beauty & wellness brand based on Ayurveda (ancient wisdom from India). It brings together botanicals from Ayurveda in Coconut Water to make 100% Natural & Low-Calorie beverages. Pre-COVID, Skin Radiance which promises healthy glowing skin was our best seller. Post-COVID, Body Defence which promises immunity is our best-seller

We are already selling 150k bottles of Auric every month. The best thing is that customers have seen visible benefits of Auric and hence, have come back to become loyal customers.

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Deepak agarwal, on starting Auric ($300,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a music school ($24K/year)

Meenakshi S from India started Art Splash Academy of Fine Arts about 6 years ago, a music school.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $9,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 12

A warm welcome to all the readers. Thanks to Starter Story for the encouragement and motivation by covering our story.

I am Meenakshi, a former IT professional and presently running Art Splash Academy of Fine Arts successfully since Sep 2015. Art Splash Academy trains students on Trinity College London based Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Rock & Pop vocals, Indian Music, Carnatic vocals, Bharatnatyam, Certified Jazz, Arts, Yoga, Tabla.

We have an excellent mix of students, professionals, homemakers, businessmen as customers with us. There is no age limit as far as arts, music, or dance is concerned and it's the interest and passion that counts. So we can make a start any day. We don't need any specific skills or experience to get started.

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Meenakshi S, on starting Art Splash Academy of Fine Arts ($2,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

Chhavi Agarwal from India started Mrs Daaku Studio over 3 years ago, a blogging business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

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

Our blog and YouTube channel are a one-stop-shop to find legitimate work from home jobs and creative ways to make money online.

We will tell you exactly how to start working from home and what are your best options.

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

11. Create an integration platform ($480K/year)

Abhishek A Agrawal from India started CompanyHub over 1 year ago, an integration platform.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $100,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20

I'm Abhishek A Agrawal and I'm the founder of Integrately and CompanyHub.

Our first product was CompanyHub CRM - the world's easiest CRM. Most salespeople hate using CRMs because they are complex and time-consuming. CompanyHub is as easy as excel. They can do most of the things from a single page. It is ranked in top CRMs globally by G2, the leading software rating site.

Recently we launched Integrately - 1 click integration platform. Companies need to integrate different apps that they use for different purposes. But most integration platforms are very complex. Integrately provides ready integrations. So you can automate your processes in 1 click!

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Abhishek A Agrawal, on starting CompanyHub ($40,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a network marketing software ($780K/year)

Abdul Majeed from India started Infinite MLM Software almost 13 years ago, a network marketing software.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Founders: 5
  • Employees: 100

Hi, this is Abdul Majeed, one of the directors of the software development firm - Infinite Open Source Solutions LLP. I am very much delighted to share our success story here on this platform-Starter Story. IOSS is bonded together with five directors and we commenced with our flagship product Infinite MLM Software in the global industry during 2009.

Our main goal is to offer the best services to MLM business operations managed by our massive customer base with our MLM software.

A brief about MLM

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Abdul Majeed, on starting Infinite MLM Software ($65,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a leather accessories business ($240K/year)

Sonal Malhotra from India started Silviano about 1 year ago, a leather accessories business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $30,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

Hi! My name is Sonal Malhotra and I am the co-founder of Silviano along with my brother Nakul Malhotra.

At Silviano we make beautifully crafted, high-quality leather goods and accessories.

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Sonal Malhotra, on starting Silviano ($20,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a handbag business ($12K/year)

Jhumkee Iyengar from India started Ohrna about 4 years ago, a handbag business.

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

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

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

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

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Jhumkee Iyengar, on starting Ohrna ($1,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a pet blog ($4.8K/year)

Abhishek Joshi from India started Dog With Blog over 11 years ago, a pet blog.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $400/ month
  • Starting Costs: $2,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

Hello, my name is Abhishek Joshi and I am the founder of Dog with Blog. We aim at finding loving homes for abandoned and stray dogs using content marketing and social media. We have an active community of 116k fans across our social handles who help with adoptions. Our blog features articles related to pet care, adoptions, and dogs in pop culture.

We have driven 900+ adoptions for homeless dogs using social media.

We also partner with brands for content partnerships, for instance, we ran a post with National Geographic on the stray dogs of India.

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Abhishek Joshi, on starting Dog With Blog ($400/month) full story ➜

16. Start an event design business ($9.29K/year)

Charles Bronson from India started Believe San Decors over 5 years ago, an event design business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $774/ month
  • Starting Costs: $6,735
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10

I am Charles Bronson, founder of Believe San Decors, an event planning and designing company based in Chennai, India. My team and I have been planning memorable events for our clients for four years now. We take up the responsibility of beautifying a special occasion in someone’s life, may it be weddings, birthdays, engagements, corporate meetings, surprises, baby showers, baptisms, and more.

For us, event planning is more than just arranging a bunch of flowers or placing other utilities in a hall. We have an in-depth understanding of our client’s preferences and work towards customizing our designs and decorations based on their taste.

India is a highly spiritual and diverse country, celebrations are always at the heart of people’s lives. While designing weddings for people with varied religious beliefs, in addition to fulfilling their expectations we also have to understand their traditions and incorporate every aspect of it in the decoration.

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Charles Bronson, on starting Believe San Decors ($774/month) full story ➜

17. Start a remote hiring company ($960K/year)

Suvansh Bansal from India started Flexiple almost 5 years ago, a remote hiring company.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 9

Hi, I am Suvansh Bansal and I am the co-founder of Flexiple. We started Flexiple in Nov’15 to build a freelancing platform that enables “quality interactions” between companies and freelancers. The goal has since then been to ensure a successful engagement such that both the client and the freelancer are happy and satisfied at the end of the engagement.

Over the years, the freelancing market had evolved such that platforms focus more on reviews and ratings as the metric to measure quality. These metrics work well when the service provided by a worker is commoditized, replicable but not when the service depends hugely upon the type of skill and expertise of the freelancer. This realization led us to start Flexiple as we only decided to have the “best” freelance developers and designers as a part of our community.

We figured that while such platforms did exist outside India, a lot of them were pretenders as building such a platform requires a very patient state of mind during execution, something that ventures capital-funded businesses find difficult to cultivate. Thus, post our graduation we made the call to not look out for external investment till the time it is absolutely needed. The inherent positive unit economics of the business obviously helped us make this decision.

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Suvansh Bansal, on starting Flexiple ($80,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a jewelry making business ($479K/year)

Pragya Batra from India started Quirksmith over 5 years ago, a jewelry making business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $39,956/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5

Hi! My name is Pragya Batra and I am the co-founder of Quirksmith, a design company that creates handcrafted jewelry and accessories.

Quirksmith, as a brand, is much more than just creating pretty jewelry. We create designs that are inspired by our values and beliefs. Several of our designs incorporate Indian languages (like Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali) as well as inspiring words and poetry. One such example is the “Aham Brahamasmi” earcuffand thumb ring. Aham Brahamasmi is a Sanskrit phrase that means “I am the Universe! and I am responsible for what I become”. In essence, we create designs that people around the world can relate to. They are not just decorative pieces.

I started Quirksmith with my sister Divya Batra, who is a jewelry designer and graduated from one of the most prestigious design schools in India (NIFT, Gandhinagar). We started Quirksmith about 3.5 years back in the year 2016. From a weekend passion project for 2 sisters, it soon became our full-time passion. We now process orders worth $40,000 every month and work with artisans across India, to keep the silversmithing craft alive!

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Pragya Batra, on starting Quirksmith ($39,956/month) full story ➜

19. Start a textile manufacturing business ($180K/year)

Amit Singha from India started Anuprerna over 36 years ago, a textile manufacturing business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $5,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15

In 1983, inspired by the artisan community around, this small endeavor started out of a small village of West Bengal, India.

My name is Amit Singha and I am the founder and torchbearer of Anuprerna, an artisanal sustainable textile brand taking this 35+ years old small endeavor to the global market with the mission to support and empower the rural artisans, promote and preserve East India's traditional crafts & textile, use of natural and sustainable fabric and share this incredible tradition with the world.

We are engaged in offering exclusive Textiles Scarves, Stoles, Garments, and natural fabrics such as cotton, Khadi, linen, and East India’s indigenous Handloom silk fabrics such as Matka, Tussar, Mulberry, Ketya, Eri (Peace Silk), etc. We also specialize in a variety of indigenous hand weaving and printing techniques like Jamdani, Batik, Block, and Screen Printing. The story of our products lies around hand-spun, hand-woven crafts produced in an eco-friendly manner.

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Amit Singha, on starting Anuprerna ($15,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a finance blog ($120K/year)

Pardeep Goyal from India started Cash Overflow over 6 years ago, a finance blog.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7

I am Pardeep Goyal, founder of CashOverflow.com (Awarded as the best personal finance blog in 2017) where I help people in managing their financial life so that they can become financially independent and live a self-sustainable life.

I have grown my online business to approx $10,000 per month by setting up multiple sources of income yet my biggest source of earning is from affiliate marketing.

I have earned Rs. 45,00,000 (approx $65,000) from the affiliates of credit cards in India in 2018, that huge considering the Indian market is not mature as US and UK in terms of buying financial products online.

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Pardeep Goyal, on starting Cash Overflow ($10,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a fashion supply business ($960K/year)

Apaar Gupta from India started The Design Cart almost 4 years ago, a fashion supply business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6

Hi, I am Apaar from New Delhi, India and I am the founder of The Design Cart. I am a typical IT engineer + MBA grad and have worked with 2 of the largest Indian startups before starting my venture. The Design Cart is an online B2B sourcing portal for the fashion industry working with fashion designers, studios and apparel brands to help them source their raw material. We are currently operational only in India and help the fashion industry source textiles, fabrics, accessories, and trims, while also reducing their procurement timelines & costs by over 30%.

Our online store has been live since January 2018 and it’s been 2 years since I have been running this venture. Operationally we are sort of a marketplace like Amazon but only in the fashion supply vertical. We work as a managed marketplace and have deployed proprietary technology on the backend to ensure seamless operations which is the single most important function in many to many marketplace models which can either make or break your company.

Currently we work with some of the top fashion & jewelry designers of India along with some Marquee apparel brands. Our monthly turnover just touched $80k+ in Feb’ 2020 till the Covid-19 crises emerged and shut everything down. Over the past 2 years we have serviced over 20,000+ unique designers & brands globally. On the other side our supply network has been expanding at a rapid pace and our technology is now deployed at over 200 large scale manufacturers and traders in India.

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Apaar Gupta, on starting The Design Cart ($80,000/month) full story ➜

22. ($360K/year)

Ramesh Krishnamurthy from India started Inquizity Metanoia almost 10 years ago, .

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $45,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 25

Hi! I am Ramesh Krishnamurthy and I am the Founder of Inquizity.

I have done my Engineering (E&C) from NIT Suratkal and then did my MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

We started our Inquizity journey about 10 years ago in a fairly unglamorous area of B2B Enterprise Software Solutions; specifically, focused on Supply Chain Planning and Automation Solutions. Our earlier avatar was called Indus Momentus.

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Ramesh Krishnamurthy, on starting Inquizity Metanoia ($30,000/month) full story ➜

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

Darshan M from India started Deivee ago, a rug business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $11,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $100,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

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

Our flagship products are Yoga Kurti (a typical Indian top for women), copper water bottles, and Organic Biodegradable Yoga Mats.

We started off by making just 500,000 Indian Rupees (INR) in our first financial year ($7K). We scaled to 5.5M INR ($73K) in the second year and last year we did 120M INR ($1.6M).

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

24. Start a sleep products business ($1.56M/year)

Sandeep Prasad from India started Wink & Nod over 3 years ago, a sleep products business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $129,969/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25

I am Sandeep Prasad, founder, and CEO of Wink & Nod. I started the company around two years back with a mission to provide a healthy and comfortable sleep to the Indian consumers.

We are an innovative sleep-focused company that is driven by a vision to create a one-stop brand that caters to the sleeping needs of the modern Indian consumer. Our aim is to redefine a user’s overall sleeping experience with our technically innovative and premium quality sleep products ranging from mattresses, pillows, comforters, bedsheets to accessories like neck pillows, sleep sprays, among others.

Our usage of internationally certified materials and a common vision within the team allows us to provide an unmatched sleeping experience. All our products are non-toxic and affordable, thereby ensuring optimal relaxation and rejuvenation for the user. We started two years back with a single mattress, and today we have a portfolio of attractive products that speaks about our growth and adoption within the Indian consumers.

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Sandeep Prasad, on starting Wink & Nod ($129,969/month) full story ➜

25. Start an online courses business ($204K/year)

Praveen Malik from India started PM-by-PM over 5 years ago, an online courses business.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $17,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

Hi, Pat and everyone else.

My name is Praveen Malik. I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with rich 23+ years of rich professional experience. I am a computer science engineer by education and have a good working experience of managing large multi-geography projects and programs.

Today, I manage a successful eponymous blog (Project Management by Praveen Malik). It is one of the top 3 global blogs in its niche.

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Praveen Malik, on starting PM-by-PM ($17,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start a niche blog ($54K/year)

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

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $4,500/ month
  • Starting Costs: $100
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

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

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

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

27. Start a skills training business ($120K/year)

Sumit Bansal from India started TrumpExcel.com over 8 years ago, a skills training business.

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

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.

As of now, I am selling four Excel courses and have 700+ enrolled students. Apart from selling these courses, I also make money through display ads as well as through some affiliate tools and 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 ➜

28. Start a search platform ($120K/year)

Lakshdeep Rajput from India started SearchTap over 5 years ago, a search platform.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 30

Hi Pat! Thanks for having me for the interview. I’m Lakshdeep Rajput and I’m the co-founder and CEO at SearchTap. It’s a search technology product that provides fast and relevant search solutions for websites, mobile applications, and enterprise software.

The SearchTap co-founders Naveen Gupta (left) and Lakshdeep Rajput (right)

Most of our clients are eCommerce stores as our product delivers tangible ROI by way of improved engagement and conversions for them. The crux of SearchTap is making the search experience seamless for the end-user by using our search-as-you-type technology and dynamically changing filters. This fast and seamless search experience makes it easier for high-intent customers to make a purchase. Our specialization is providing a customizable search user experience with only minimal involvement of our client’s tech team.

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Lakshdeep Rajput, on starting SearchTap ($10,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start an email marketing tool ($276K/year)

Varun Jain from India started SendX almost 5 years ago, an email marketing tool.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $23,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 7

Hello, my name is Varun and I am the founder of SendX. We are an email marketing company focussed on building an intuitive, affordable and feature-rich email marketing software.

You can use SendX for sending newsletters, drip sequences or automation ( cart abandonment, post-purchase followup, etc. ). We also have popups and landing pages that work very well for generating leads either directly from your website/blog or from paid ads.

Since the early days, our focus has been in helping our customers build better relationships and more revenue from SendX with them having to do minimal work. So you have software which is really smart. It can send emails at times when people are more likely to open it or act on it. It can have dynamic content based on things that people did in the past.

The other interesting thing about SendX is that you can actually see how much money you are making from every email campaign or every automation down to the very last dollar.

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Varun Jain, on starting SendX ($23,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a social media scheduling tool ($420K/year)

Dinesh Agrawal from India started RecurPost about 5 years ago, a social media scheduling tool.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15

My name is Dinesh and I am the founder of RecurPost. RecurPost is a social media scheduler with repeating schedules.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State University, Atlanta. I thought I was going to become an academician, but I ended up becoming an entrepreneur.

I have created over 30 products so far, but RecurPost was the first one that got decent traction. I have loved every part of going from an idea to a product with over 25,000 users in less than 3 years.

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Dinesh Agrawal, on starting RecurPost ($35,000/month) full story ➜

31. Start a visitor management system ($30K/year)

Gaurav Saini from India started Vizitor over 3 years ago, a visitor management system.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $2,500/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8

Hello! My name is Gaurav and I am the founder of Vizitor. We have launched a smart visitor management solution that secures the check-in and check-out process at your workplace. We started working on Vizitor 1 year ago because I felt from my experience the manual entries I do everytime I visit an office is really a hectic process. I wanted to make the entire process of check-in and check-out digital.

Visitors coming to work-places are welcomed with Vizitor. Instead of entering their details manually on a register, they enter their details into iPad or Android Tablet running the Vizitor app. The photo of the visitor is captured and SMS/Email/Push notifications are automatically sent to the person who the visitor wants to meet.

For Real-time access control, employees can download the Vizitor Pass application which will allow them to approve/reject visitors with custom messages. Using Vizitor Pass, employees can send personalized invites to visitors. While check-out visitors can leave their reviews/ratings of experience for feedback.

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Gaurav Saini, on starting Vizitor ($2,500/month) full story ➜

32. Start an internet privacy app ($1.2K/year)

Rajat Vaghani from India started Snap Search over 2 years ago, an internet privacy app.

  • Country: India
  • Revenue: $100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi! My name’s Rajat, and I’m from Bangalore, also known as the Silicon Valley of India. I’m the founder of Snap Search - my attempt at providing a way for users all over the world to search the web without getting tracked online.

The main product is currently available on Android and in development for iOS, but that’ll take a while. The most exciting thing about Snap Search is its appeal. In today’s day and age where new privacy-related controversies are uncovered every single day, an app like Snap Search is the ideal solution to it all. Anyone and everyone that browses the web should use Snap Search - you don’t have to worry about ads, trackers, cookies, cache, anything - the app handles all of that for you.

As of this moment, about 2 months into launch, Snap Search has crossed 9,000 searches and averaging just above ~150 searches daily. It’s a good start considering I haven’t spent a penny on marketing.

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Rajat Vaghani, on starting Snap Search ($100/month) full story ➜

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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