35 Paper Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

35 Paper Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a paper business in 2022?

We put together 35 of the best paper businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a greeting cards business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$11,166
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Travis Peterson from Irvine, California, USA started Joker Greeting over 7 years ago, a greeting cards business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Irvine, California, USA

Case Study

My background is in finance. I worked in investment banking for six years in New York. I loved the job, the people, and the hours. But as a service job I wanted to be making things not just helping others make things. This desire has led me to where I am today.

My brother and I have always loved to make fun of everything. Around 2014, we visited my mom’s house and she had this musical greeting card. We thought it was annoying. We asked each other, "Who wants to listen to this!?" Then Nick asked, “What if it didn’t stop?”

That was it. Nothing more. No market research.

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2. Start a handmade paper goods business ($13.2K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills
Business model

Abigail Butler from Denver, Colorado, USA started Chirps & Cricket Design Studio over 7 years ago, a handmade paper goods business.

  • Revenue: $1,100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

Case Study

In 2010, while living in Chicago, IL, I interviewed for a graphic design position at an international commercial real estate company located here in Denver.

After almost four years with the company I began growing restless with a desire to challenge myself creatively and to continue to grow both as an artist and as a person.

After several phone conversations and a Skype interview, I was offered the job. Craving adventure and a big change, I packed up a U-Haul and moved myself across the country to Denver to begin this new chapter in my life. I loved my new corporate job at first! Commercial real estate was a foreign language to me in the beginning, but made sense after some time, and of course what I loved was that I was able to apply my knowledge as a designer to my work. The bulk of my work at the time was spent designing marketing items, such as brochures, mailers, email marketing, etc. And every once in a while, I had the opportunity to design something very fun like a logo or a website.

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3. Start a banana paper making business

Examples of a successful banana paper making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a banana paper making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a banana paper making business ➜

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4. Start a paper exports business

Examples of a successful paper exports business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper exports business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper exports business ➜

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5. Start a paper bags business

Examples of a successful paper bags business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper bags business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper bags business ➜

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6. Become a newspaper publisher

Examples of a successful newspaper publisher:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a newspaper publisher:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a newspaper publisher ➜

7. Start a paper crafts designing business

Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful paper crafts designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper crafts designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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8. Start a book store

Examples of a successful book store:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a book store:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a book store ➜

9. Start a paper business

Examples of a successful paper business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper business ➜

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10. Start an exercise notebook making business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful exercise notebook making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a exercise notebook making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an exercise notebook making business ➜

Case Study

The Paper Saver started in Melbourne, Australia, in 2015 with the simple goal to reduce paper waste. Designed by my co-founder and partner Jon Yong, he and I are now also parents with the desire for our two young children to grow up in a sustainable world. Driven by this, the Paper Saver aims to promote environmental awareness and sustainable living.

Since launching in 2015, we have grown YOY on an average of 20%, and are now on a mission to spread the word further with a project on Kickstarter, aimed at creating awareness that anyone from kids to adults can reduce waste and live more sustainably with the Sparkle Paper Saver.

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11. Start a wall paper fixing business

Examples of a successful wall paper fixing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wall paper fixing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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12. Start a mobile paper shredding business

Examples of a successful mobile paper shredding business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile paper shredding business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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13. Start an egg tray making business

Examples of a successful egg tray making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a egg tray making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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14. Start an envelopes and files business

Examples of a successful envelopes and files business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a envelopes and files business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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15. Start a paper and stationary distribution business

Examples of a successful paper and stationary distribution business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper and stationary distribution business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper and stationary distribution business ➜

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16. Start a paper cup making business

Examples of a successful paper cup making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper cup making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper cup making business ➜

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17. Start a paper recycling business

How Much Can You Make?
$16,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$200,000

Examples of a successful paper recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Yuki Lee. I'm the co-founder of Bagitan Packaging Company - a company that produces paper packaging products in China. Our primary products are paper bags, food packaging, foil packaging, and other disposable packaging products used in restaurants and takeout meals.

Since our inception in 2008, we have expanded into a company with annual net revenue of $200,000 and over 50 employees. It has been an incredible experience working with my partner - Frank Ouyang, he created the company Panda Paper Roll (see the story here), and we have learned many lessons along the way. I hope our experiences will be helpful to other entrepreneurs who are looking to start their own business in China.

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18. Start a paper manufacturer

Examples of a successful paper manufacturer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper manufacturer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper manufacturer ➜

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19. Start a packaging box making business

Examples of a successful packaging box making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a packaging box making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a plate making business

Examples of a successful plate making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a plate making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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21. Start a paper jewelry making business

Examples of a successful paper jewelry making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper jewelry making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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22. Start a paper miling business

Examples of a successful paper miling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper miling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper miling business ➜

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23. Start a paper soap making business

Examples of a successful paper soap making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper soap making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper soap making business ➜

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24. Start a paper items wholesaling business

Examples of a successful paper items wholesaling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper items wholesaling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper items wholesaling business ➜

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25. Start a napkins business

Examples of a successful napkins business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a napkins business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a napkins business ➜

26. Start a bookbinding and repair service

Examples of a successful bookbinding and repair service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bookbinding and repair service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bookbinding and repair service ➜

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27. Start a tissue paper making business

Examples of a successful tissue paper making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tissue paper making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tissue paper making business ➜

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28. Start a paper name tag business

Examples of a successful paper name tag business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper name tag business:

Learn more about starting a paper name tag business ➜

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29. Start a paper prototyping business

Examples of a successful paper prototyping business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper prototyping business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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30. Start a paper flowers production business

Examples of a successful paper flowers production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper flowers production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper flowers production business ➜

31. Start a model kit business

Examples of a successful model kit business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a model kit business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a model kit business ➜

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32. Start a paper straws business

Examples of a successful paper straws business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper straws business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper straws business ➜

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33. Start a cartoon box recycling business

Examples of a successful cartoon box recycling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cartoon box recycling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cartoon box recycling business ➜

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34. Start an architecture firm

Examples of a successful architecture firm:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a architecture firm:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an architecture firm ➜

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35. Start a paper modeling business

Examples of a successful paper modeling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paper modeling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paper modeling business ➜

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story
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