55 Outsourcing Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

55 Outsourcing Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a outsourcing business in 2021?

We put together 55 of the best outsourcing businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other outsourcing businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a technology consulting business ($480K/year)

David Bishop from Atlanta, Georgia, USA started Agile Worx ago, a technology consulting business.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

I started programming at age 13 on a Commodore VIC-20 personal computer. I enjoyed taking the thing apart as much as I did creating my own games. It was at that time that I decided I wanted to be a computer engineer. I spent years taking the hardest math and science classes available and eventually managed to get into a top tier engineering school. One of the greatest attributes of a career in technology is that you are always learning, and for many years, I certainly did. However, after my first decade in the business I began to realize two things:

  1. There was no knowledge equity in what I was doing. Unlike medicine or law, the knowledge I accumulated over time lost value, instead of gaining value, because the technology changed so much. I would spend months becoming an expert on something only to find that knowledge obsolete in a couple of years. Even though learning was fun, I started to feel as though I was treading water and throwing my life away.

  2. The business was changing drastically - for the worst. Most of the work was being outsourced overseas to lesser educated and experienced people, and companies I worked with started experiencing severe quality and performance problems. After the “.com bubble” bust in the early 2000s, wages and career opportunities stagnated. I realized that I had to make a change.

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David Bishop, on starting Agile Worx ($40,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a logistics business ($1.2M/year)

Ben Elizer from Nashville, TN, USA started Velocity International Group almost 6 years ago, a logistics business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 16
  • Location: Nashville, TN, USA

Velocity was born back in 2015 after months and months of research. I have a degree in logistics from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and a Masters’s degree in Business Management from Tennessee Tech University. I worked at a logistics company as a Manager in Training in Nashville, directly after college. After almost 5 years at the business and earning my MBA while working, I wanted more responsibility, but they didn’t want to expand the business or take on those new jobs to help me grow as an individual personally or professionally.

If you want to attract customers, show them how you can save them money, save them time, reduce a level of stress, and overall make their lives easier.

After interviewing for a few jobs, and applying for many more without much success, I decided to take the knowledge I had acquired over the past 4 to 5 years and put it to work. I left my previous employer, with a colleague, and started Velocity International Group. Validation of the company came from my previous experience in business and building trust in our customers by going above and beyond with great service.

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Ben Elizer, on starting Velocity International Group ($100,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start an online video editing business ($72K/year)

Sabba Keynejad from London, England, United Kingdom started VEED almost 3 years ago, a online video editing business.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Tim and I met during an online hackathon. During the hackathon participants were encouraged to meetup for real. We actually got on really well, and stayed friends and kept spitballing ideas for a startup for years.

At this time, I was a design student at Central Saint Martins and I had recently won a competition for Sony Music creating an interactive music video for the band Hurts with my friend Virgil. Then soon after graduation, I started working as a creative technologist in London for a bunch of different advertising & branding agencies and a few startups too.

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Sabba Keynejad, on starting VEED ($6,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start an event planning business ($420K/year)

Akshay Patel from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA started Simply Decor and Events ago, a event planning business.

  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

I always had an eye for decor whether it was with my room, home, or anything. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and went to college at the University of New Mexico where I got my bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Psychology. All along with my schooling, I was following the path to becoming a dentist which I thought was my passion and what I enjoyed. When I graduated high school I wanted to throw myself a big party. So my dad gave me a budget of $3,000 which had to include the venue, DJ, catering, bar, and decor.

I learned that when advertising you have to try different and unique ideas. From this you will learn what will work for your specific clientele, this process is a trial and error.

Of course, you know when you want a real fancy party the venue usually takes most of the budget, as it did. I was left with $200 for decor. I then began talking to decor companies and found that everything I wanted was not going to be possible with that amount. I thought out of the box and began making all my own decor.

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Akshay Patel, on starting Simply Decor and Events ($35,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a web development business ($744K/year)

Ty Fujimura from New York, LA, NJ started Cantilever Web Design & Development over 9 years ago, a web development business.

  • Revenue: $62,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: New York, LA, NJ

I’m the son of a therapist and an artist, and both sides of that upbringing prepared me well to manage a creative business! I was always playing with code and design growing up, and was lucky enough to have my dad’s tech hand-me-downs to learn on.

I regret bootstrapping because it forced us into making decisions based on the fear of running out of money, rather than on trying to find long-term value.

I majored in Mathematics at NYU, but while in classes I started to get the itch to design again. I did some portfolio pieces in photoshop but needed a website. I taught myself the basics by spending hours in Barnes & Noble reading every web design and development book I could find (even though I couldn’t afford to take them home) and got hooked.

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Ty Fujimura, on starting Cantilever Web Design & Development ($62,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a product development services business ($720K/year)

Lasse Schuirmann from Hamburg, Germany started VIPERdev ago, a product development services business.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 12
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany

This idea wasn’t just there. The core of our philosophy is, build what your customers need - build solutions to problems, not just features.

If a project cannot be a success story for us, we don’t want to work with that customer. We really want to make sure that our customers make it to market and survive.

Our own business was built the same way: I was actually doing stuff as a freelancer, founding my first company (which, as the first company of most founders, failed as it should - can recommend that experience! :)) and eventually on one of my freelance jobs we got the customer feedback that we were incredibly fast and they would like to try doing more innovative projects with us.

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Lasse Schuirmann, on starting VIPERdev ($60,000/month) full story ➜

7. Become a software developer ($4.2M/year)

Max Rice from Remote, Oregon, USA started SkyVerge, Inc. over 8 years ago, a software developer.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 32
  • Location: Remote, Oregon, USA

In 2012 I was working for a small company as an IT Director, and they tasked me with rebuilding their eCommerce website. As I started looking at available platforms, I found an article by Justin comparing WooCommerce to another platform. He seemed really knowledgeable, so I reached out to him to ask some questions and I ended up bringing him on as a consultant for the project.

We worked really well together and the project had a very successful outcome, so we stayed in touch. A couple of months later we had a chance to work together on a joint consulting project, which led to more consulting for companies that needed help with their eCommerce stores.

You rarely get it right the first time. You make decisions based on the best available information, then you learn from the results and iterate.

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Max Rice, on starting SkyVerge, Inc. ($350,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a marketing agency ($102M/year)

JB Kellogg from Fort Collins, Colorado, USA started Madwire® about 12 years ago, a marketing agency.

  • Revenue: $8,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 520
  • Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

I played college football at the University of Western New Mexico. It was like a full-time job, so after my senior season when football was over and I still had one semester left, I had a lot of time on my hands, which I was not accustomed to. I didn’t like it - I prefer to be busy. So, I decided to walk down to a local travel magazine company a few blocks off campus called Zia Publishing.

I knew I had a talent for design and marketing (I self-taught myself digital design and went to school for marketing), so I walked in and asked if I could intern there in my final semester. They said they didn’t require any design or marketing but they did need a new website. They asked me if I knew how to design and build a website. This was early 2005 and website design and development were still pretty new. I told them, no, but if they gave me a desk, computer, and a couple of months, I’d figure it out. So they did.

Over the next eight weeks, I learned everything I could about website design and development. I designed and built the website two or three times over before I felt confident enough to show the owner, Terry. When I showed her the website, she paused and said, “This is the best website I’ve ever seen. Not only is it beautiful, but it achieves all our needs and goals.” I knew at that moment I had a talent not many people had at the time. I told my Dad I thought there was a business opportunity. He agreed, but the industry was mostly freelance at the time and he was running a successful brokerage company called Traders Network and wanted me to come work with him and test some of the digital marketing and design strategies there first.

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

9. Start a logo designing business ($12K/year)

Craig Barber from London started Logobly over 1 year ago, a logo designing business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London

For most of my career, I’ve been a designer. I’ve done website and logo design for some of the best brands in the world. Sony, Samsung, PayPal, Qantas, Nestle, Apple - you name it.

If you’re gonna pour all of your hard-earned cash and time into something make sure it’s not some overnight trend. Make sure it’s a long-term bet.

I’ve always had a real urge to start my own business and live the dream of an entrepreneur.

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Craig Barber, on starting Logobly ($1,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a staffing agency ($2.04M/year)

Eddie Edwards Jr from Sunrise, Florida, USA started CEI Staffing almost 17 years ago, a staffing agency.

  • Revenue: $170,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 68
  • Location: Sunrise, Florida, USA

I had worked in various positions in the Broward County Sheriff’s office. One of those positions being an investigator for the Child Abuse Division. I also gained some supervisory experience overseeing the Commissary Department of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Central Jail.

If a company can’t meet your price to do business, then you need to move on, stick to your guns. Don’t drop your rates. You need to know exactly what it’s going to take to make money. Then go up from there, not down.

These positions were a far cry from what I was about to undertake in the opening of a staffing business. After growing weary of the bureaucracy of my early career I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I wanted to jump in with both feet and was excited and anxious to start my own business but being married and the father of four I decided to become an independent Contractor for an established Staffing Company based in Atlanta Georgia.

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Eddie Edwards Jr, on starting CEI Staffing ($170,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a data science company ($1.2M/year)

Peter Szyszko from London, England, United Kingdom started White Bullet over 8 years ago, a data science company.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 16
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

I'm an intellectual property lawyer and spent around 20 years protecting IP, several years of which protecting media content for Hollywood studios, the software industry, amongst others. I set up the company in order to provide data feeds to industries that needed help in understanding how to differentiate illegal and legal online content. That assessment can’t be made by lawyers sitting around a table as its too slow - it has to be done through efficient processes, and the most efficient way to do that at scale is by using AI/ machine learning.

Working with media clients in the UK and US was stimulating - many are now clients of ours - but I think what’s actually more exciting is working with companies and organizations - whether media studios or government - that are coming to you because your technology is good and they trust what you do. Having that legal background and that experience in media means that we come to this with credibility, personally and as a company, and I think that's important.

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Peter Szyszko, on starting White Bullet ($100,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a mobile app development business ($984K/year)

Tim Bornholdt from Minneapolis, MN, USA started The Jed Mahonis Group over 9 years ago, a mobile app development business.

  • Revenue: $82,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Growing up, I’ve always been into technology. I built my first website when I was in first grade, I built my first graphing calculator app when I was in sixth grade, and I used to run the internet’s largest website dedicated to Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons.

I waited in line for the iPhone the day it launched in 2007, and I was instantly hooked. I knew I had to learn how to build software for this device. Eventually, I learned how to jailbreak my device which allowed me to run custom apps on it (this being before the launch of the App Store).

Even though I had a passion for technology, I never really wanted a career in it. My dream job was to work as a technical director for live television broadcasts, and the only class that was close to that at my school was the capstone course for the Professional Journalism program. I ended up switching my major from Computer Engineering to that and abandoned any dreams of professionally writing software.

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Tim Bornholdt, on starting The Jed Mahonis Group ($82,000/month) full story ➜

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

Michael Moloney from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started FilterGrade over 7 years ago, a graphic designing business.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I started FilterGrade in late 2013 after getting some encouragement from a friend and mentor of mine. I was selling digital products on a few different marketplaces and just starting to get curious about entrepreneurship and software. In the beginning, it was just a collection of Photoshop Actions I made and packaged under the FilterGrade brand. I didn’t even launch my website with a store at first, I sold through Creative Market to test the products and see if there was any traction. I wrote more about this on Medium where I detailed the experience of using marketplaces to build an MVP.

Business models that worked 2-3 years ago are not as effective anymore, so we are constantly looking at new ways to adapt and better serve people who are both buying and selling on the marketplace.

After 6 months and some reasonable traction, I decided to set up a full eCommerce website and store using WooCommerce. It started slow. I was just focused on product development, marketing, and building the brand and learning about the industry.

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Michael Moloney, on starting FilterGrade ($30,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a seo consultant business ($120K/year)

Bruce Jones from Naperville, IL, USA started 1ON1 SEO Training about 2 years ago, a seo consultant business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Naperville, IL, USA

Before starting 1ON1 SEO Training, I had worked for 15 years in the SEO industry, where I successfully ran my own SEO and digital marketing agency, Design & Promote, for over 10 years. I built that business from the ground up, starting as the sole employee until it became a prominent business in the area with a full staff and multiple offices. Eventually, I got an offer I couldn’t pass up and decided to sell the business.

Sometimes people think that SEO is about broad strokes and taking general actions when in reality the situation needs to be looked at with a microscope to really pay off. Many times it is the smallest details that make the biggest difference.

With that business off my plate, it was time to take on a new project. I realized while running my agency that what I loved to do most about my job was teach others how to do SEO. In the past, I had become known for my “free services”, where I gave free consultations to clients that other companies normally charged for, and my free monthly seminars where other business people were invited to come and gain knowledge about search engine optimization. However, those moments had always been my way of giving back next to my business endeavors.

Ironically, my wife is a French teacher whose business I had helped build through years of SEO work. One day I thought about how she teaches classes from her own, and then the idea occurred to me that I could be doing the same with SEO, which has always been a passion of mine. I also figured that I could address a lot of the problems I ran into in my old business and rework them with my new one to better serve my clients - more about that later. This allowed me to offer a new and improved model for spreading the effectiveness and benefit of SEO to businesses.

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Bruce Jones, on starting 1ON1 SEO Training ($10,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a lead generation business ($780K/year)

Ross Knap from Krakow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland started CallPage almost 6 years ago, a lead generation business.

  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 30
  • Location: Krakow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland

For two years, I was working as a consultant for a company that assisted other Eastern European countries in entering new markets, for example, from Russian to the Polish market. I managed more than 75 projects during my time there.

One of my responsibilities included optimizing the conversion of the websites to increase the number of leads and phone calls. While exploring various opportunities, we noticed with my partner - Sergey, that the faster we promised to contact users, the more likely they were to leave their contact details. We ran a test, where we promised to call back users within an hour, this resulted in a 30% increase in people leaving their contact details.

Within a short period, we observed a very high level of interest among businesses which reassured us with the belief that there is a specific demand in the market.

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Ross Knap, on starting CallPage ($65,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. Start a content writing company ($840K/year)

Julia McCoy from Georgetown, TX, USA started Express Writers about 9 years ago, a content writing company.

  • Revenue: $70,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Georgetown, TX, USA

I found the freelance writing market in 2011 after signing up to sites that offered writing work. It was a fairly new and burgeoning market at the time, even if the rates offered on the platforms I started on were abysmal. Taking a ton of low-paying gigs was how I molded my first online writing skills. As I accumulated work, continually hit my deadlines, and exceeded expectations, the work brought referral work. Within three months of starting my entire freelance writing pursuit, I had more work than I could handle. So, I started a business, created it on the spot, and named it Express Writers.

We got clients on day one and continued to get them because I went and got them. I would get up at 4 a.m. and send out 100 emails a day to new leads.

We’ve never had funding. We’ve never sought it. Everything was a day-by-day, gut-instinct, move-fast process, and we have always had to pivot and learn how to reshape and reapproach when failures happened. I went with it and found joy because I was walking in my passion (writing). What I’ve learned is that this move-fast process is behind some of the most successful businesses in the world. Success loves speed. Failure attaches to slowness. Our quick responses and agile adaptations, or the “hard-knocks life” if you want to describe it more accurately, helped us maintain and grow our place in the market.

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Julia McCoy, on starting Express Writers ($70,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19. Start an electronics repair business ($0/year)

Allen Chiang from Connecticut, USA started Retro Radio Farm over 7 years ago, a electronics repair business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Connecticut, USA

One day back in 2012, I happened to go to a local flea market. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, and I'm not a flea market or garage sale regular.

I noticed these two old radios for $15 each. I had not been interested in old radios before, and I was not a collector or a retro guy. These particular radios were from 1950s, bright and colorful, oozing with retro pride, but in sad, neglected shape.

As far as my professional background, I have an electrical engineering degree but never worked on radios. My understanding of these things was only basic at best. I knew analog audio sounded better than digital from my guitar days.

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Allen Chiang, on starting Retro Radio Farm ($0/month) full story ➜

20. Start an ecommerce consultant ($960K/year)

Scott Bartnick from Orlando, Florida, USA started The Five Day Startup over 3 years ago, a ecommerce consultant.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Orlando, Florida, USA

I graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelors's in Industrial and Systems Engineering. After graduating, I started my engineering career with Eaton Corporation, a power management corporation based out of Dublin, Ireland, and a Fortune 500 company. I began as an Electrical Sector Intern and secured a permanent position once I completed my internship.

I then worked as a Continuous Improvement Manager, Quality Supervisor, and Sales Engineer with their Leadership Development Program, where I led various projects that helped to advance Eaton’s mission and further develop their communication and customer service. I learned valuable knowledge and skills in customer service, operations management, quality, and sales at Eaton. Although I valued my time and experiences with them, I started yearning for something more.

When I began soul searching and seeking more out of life, I started by asking myself one question: What will I regret when I’m 80-years old? For me, the answer was simple: taking the easy route and not discovering the unknown. The problem with the unknown is that to explore it, I still needed funds. So, before putting in my notice, I had to develop a successful plan that would enable me to live my dreams. After some research, I learned that I could live in Southeast Asia for about $10 a day.

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Scott Bartnick, on starting The Five Day Startup ($80,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a ppc consulting agency ($480K/year)

Daryl Mander from London, England, United Kingdom started Big Flare over 7 years ago, a PPC consulting agency.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

It was the summer of 2012 in London, UK. At this point, I’d been working in (other people’s) advertising agencies for the best part of a decade. London was a great city and I enjoyed my career. However, I was getting tired of the stressful lifestyle, the commute, the office politics, and the grey, dreary weather.

I figured I was going to burn out if I kept on at it, so I saved up some money, enough to take a sabbatical from work and fund a year-long travel binge to cure my malaise.

When I started this business my dream was to create a successful location-independent company that I could run from anywhere with an internet connection, and that’s exactly what I have built.

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

22. Start a web design & online marketing business ($360K/year)

Leighton Taylor from Charleston, South Carolina, USA started Envision about 9 years ago, a web design & online marketing business.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA

As a kid, I loved to read, and I used to bring home stacks of books from the library every few weeks. One day I checked out a book about HTML and how to code your own websites, and I became fascinated with the idea of building something myself that other people could see online. I built my first (horrible) website and was hooked.

I’ve always wanted to start my own business, and the idea of working a 9-5 office job for someone else was never something that felt right to me. In college, I began picking up freelance graphic design jobs, but this never turned into a full-time business.

My wife and I got married and moved to China to teach English for 2 years, and I continued doing a few small freelance gigs on the side while teaching. When we came back to the States, I decided to try to freelance full-time. Within 3 months I had established a solid client base and was earning enough income to consider it a “real” job.

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Leighton Taylor, on starting Envision ($30,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a bookkeeping service ($96K/year)

Yarty from Remote started A4E about 3 years ago, a bookkeeping service.

  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Remote

After working for over two decades combined, we realized that corporate life wasn’t what we wanted or valued. So much that we both turned down multiple job offers—I turned down an opportunity to join Amazon.

So, in 2017 Sara and I both decided to quit our jobs and take this opportunity to travel the world. We ended up backpacking throughout Southeast Asia, and it was such an incredible experience.

Here’s us below in Indonesia and in Vietnam trekking:

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Yarty, on starting A4E ($8,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a transcription service business ($1.2M/year)

Ben Walker from Denver, CO, USA started Transcription Outsourcing about 11 years ago, a transcription service business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Denver, CO, USA

I grew up in Omaha, NE with four siblings and parents who’ve started probably around 20 companies. So new companies, employees, clients, and everything that goes with starting new companies were normal dinner table topics. Not that we as kids were asked our opinions, more that we got to listen to our parents talk things through that were front and center for them at that time. Which were things like who to hire for what jobs, who to let go, where to start a new office or location, and if they should borrow more money for expansion or not.

We had front row seats and that has helped more than I would have ever guessed it would when I was 10 years old bored out of my mind not being able to join the conversation at dinner.

At the same time I was learning at dinner by osmosis I started playing tennis almost every day. Then I was able to go to an all-boys prep school for high school. Both of those things also contributed considerably to me ending up being a business owner.

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27. Start a packaging box making business

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28. Start an events center business

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29. Start a brand consultant business

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30. Start a business consultant ($60K/year)

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31. Start an interior designing business

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32. Start a healthcare business process business

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33. Start a residential cleaning business

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34. Start a sales training business

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35. Start a payroll service business

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36. Start a business plan consultant business

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37. Start a press release service business

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38. Start an online researching business

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39. Start a paper bags business

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40. Start a data entry service business

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41. Start a company newsletters business

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42. Start a virtual call center business

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43. Start a data mining consulting business

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44. Start an outpatient care businesses

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45. Start a tax consulting business

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46. Start a virtual accounting business

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47. Start a photo editing business

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48. Start an email marketing business

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49. Start a safety consulting business

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50. Start a customer service training business

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51. Start a social media management business

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52. Become a ghost blogger

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53. Start a calender management business

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54. Start a security services business

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55. Start an environmental consulting business

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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