28+ Pop-Up Shop Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

28+ Pop-Up Shop Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a pop up shop business in 2022?

We put together 28 of the best pop up shop businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a photo booth business ($4.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$350,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,000
Skills

Scott McInnes from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started TapSnap over 10 years ago, a photo booth business.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 18
  • Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Case Study

My first business was a disaster!

It was a small restaurant that I opened in 1995 at 25 years old that shut down 2 years later. I was broke, jobless and in debt. I didn’t have a specific idea of what I wanted to do, but knew that I still wanted to be an entrepreneur. I spent a couple of years working, reading business books and magazines, and looking for another opportunity.

I didn’t have much money so I could really only consider opportunities that I could start for a small amount of money and build on. And, it was also important to me that I found something that I could do as a side business. Now I guess that would be called a side hustle.

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2. Start a shipping business ($28.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$65,000 — $2,400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$505,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Aaron Rubin from Garnerville, New York started ShipHero over 9 years ago, a shipping business.

  • Revenue: $2,400,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 193
  • Location: Garnerville, New York

Case Study

Aaron and I got together because we were both frustrated with legacy warehousing software. He ran several e-commerce businesses in the martial arts niche, starting with KarateDepot in 1998 and branching out into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with BJJHQ.com, Xengu.com, and several others.

There are a lot of resources out there, they are not hard to find. Be willing to ask questions.

I worked for several large organizations, and as the Chief Digital Officer of the NBA Players Association -- which was a pretty awesome gig because I got to meet some of the players like LeBron James (who was actually my boss), Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Chris Paul. Before that, I was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Code in Theory in NYC.

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3. Become a social media marketer ($120K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$16,437
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Mahsun Avci from Frederiksberg, DenmarkTaastrup started Avci socso almost 3 years ago, a social media marketer.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Frederiksberg, DenmarkTaastrup

Case Study

Growing up, I went to private school and was very blessed that my parents cared about my education. Somewhere around 9th grade, my perspective on the education system changed. I realized through books and YouTube videos that the life trajectory of a lot of the people I looked up to, was not aligned with what I wanted in life.

I was never a fan of what was taught in schools. Instead of religiously following what was being taught in high school, I self-educated in business, personal development, and leadership. When I was fifteen, I tried out various online businesses. I failed miserably at first. At this time I was very much into Fitness and I tried to sell training and diet plans. I managed to sell a few plans to my classmates for like $50, but it never really amounted to anything and most importantly it wasn't scalable.

After that, I tried stock trading and the likes. That too didn’t really work for me. One day I stumbled across SMMA. I was so intrigued by the concept, so I went ALL IN. I didn’t care what people thought. I was going to make it big here. I needed some proof of concept, so I convinced my dad to make me run his restaurant's Facebook Ads. I watched 100’s of videos and read tons of blogs, to know how to run successful ads and we were both pretty stoked about the results.

I knew it was the right business for me, but it was not all gold and green forests. In fact, at the start of my “agency journey,” it was so hard getting my feet on the ground and getting my first few clients after my dad.

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4. Start a holiday pop-up shop business

Examples of a successful holiday pop-up shop business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a holiday pop-up shop business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a holiday pop-up shop business ➜

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5. Start an online retail store

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $62,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$37,447
Skills

Examples of a successful online retail store :

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online retail store ➜

Case Study

Hagan makes ski mountaineering gear—exclusively. We focus without distraction on alpine ski touring. We don’t make downhill skis, clothing, hiking boots, or running shoes.

Our focus on high-performance ski mountaineering gear is recognized and appreciated by devoted backcountry skiers and has 50% annual growth in recent years. Hagan is Pure Ski Mountaineering.

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6. Start a flash sale offering business

Examples of a successful flash sale offering business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a flash sale offering business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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7. Start a complementary care provider business

Examples of a successful complementary care provider business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a complementary care provider business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a complementary care provider business ➜

8. Start a sample offering business

Examples of a successful sample offering business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sample offering business ➜

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9. Start an interactive product demos business

Examples of a successful interactive product demos business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a interactive product demos business:

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10. Start a sampling tents business

Examples of a successful sampling tents business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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11. Start an exclusive products business

Examples of a successful exclusive products business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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12. Start a themed selections business

Examples of a successful themed selections business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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13. Start an in-store demonstration service business

Examples of a successful in-store demonstration service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a in-store demonstration service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an in-store demonstration service business ➜

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14. Start a special guests business

Examples of a successful special guests business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a special guests business ➜

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15. Start a street entertainer business

Examples of a successful street entertainer business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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16. Start a spooky deals and discounts offering business

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

Examples of a successful spooky deals and discounts offering business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a spooky deals and discounts offering business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a spooky deals and discounts offering business ➜

Case Study

Hello, my name is Shawn Pigg and I am the CEO of Hotels Etc. Launched in 1996, I purchased the company more than 15 years ago to bring true discounts to travelers and to help businesses increase revenue.

Hotels Etc. is now a multimillion-dollar company and one of the oldest membership programs on the net today.

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17. Start a vending machine business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,000
Skills

Examples of a successful vending machine business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a vending machine business ➜

Case Study

Hi there, I’m Lakinya, Founder of iKrave Vending. My background is quite simple. I went to college in Tampa, FL, at USF (University of South Florida). Upon graduating, I moved back home and was a middle and high school teacher for four years. I decided to switch gears and land a more secure job with the State government. This is when I got the urge to find something on the side to do! I decided to start a vending machine business.

After about a year of running my own vending machine business and realizing the lack of consultants that specialize in vending machine operations, I created a series of online training courses geared toward helping others achieve success in vending services. My goal is to eliminate the obstacles, frustrations, and costly mistakes that prevent many from enjoying a profitable business and guide them toward financial security.

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18. Start a mobile store

Examples of a successful mobile store:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mobile store ➜

19. Start a competition organizing business

Examples of a successful competition organizing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a competition organizing business ➜

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20. Start a customization business

How Much Can You Make?
$260,000 — $3,000,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful customization business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a customization business ➜

Case Study

I am Rishi Narayan, co-founder of Underground Printing (UGP), a national custom printing apparel and promotional products provider, headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. UGP offers screenprinting, digital printing, and embroidery on a wide variety of apparel and promotional products. We have stores throughout the nation in the heart of communities we serve. At UGP, it’s our goal to make your order process as convenient and hands-on as possible.

Since launching the company in 2001 while sophomores in college, UGP has 35+ locations across the country. All of our garment print production is done in our state-of-the-art 55,000 sq. ft. production facility and warehouse, located in southeast Michigan. Our technology and infrastructure allow us to provide the best quality, the lowest prices, and with the shortest turnarounds in the industry. It is these traits that have propelled our growth, allowing us to be ranked among Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing companies for 3 years running.

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21. Start a charitable donation business

Examples of a successful charitable donation business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a charitable donation business ➜

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22. Start a previews and early releases business

Examples of a successful previews and early releases business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a previews and early releases business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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23. Start a behind-the-scenes look business

Examples of a successful behind-the-scenes look business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a behind-the-scenes look business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a behind-the-scenes look business ➜

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24. Start an on-brand decor renting business

Examples of a successful on-brand decor renting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a on-brand decor renting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an on-brand decor renting business ➜

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25. Start a light bites business

Examples of a successful light bites business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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26. Start a magnetic signs business

Examples of a successful magnetic signs business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a magnetic signs business ➜

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27. Start a tote bags business

Examples of a successful tote bags business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tote bags business ➜

28. Become a social media influencer

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$601
Skills

Examples of a successful social media influencer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media influencer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media influencer ➜

Case Study

Hi! My name is Dohyun Kim, and I am the individual behind the social media account YourAverageTechBro. My largest platform is TikTok with 155,000 followers, and I am also on Youtube with around 11,000 subscribers, and I am also on Instagram with a much more humble follower count of 850, and on Twitter @DohyunKim.

Currently, I am averaging around $3000/month across ad money, sponsored content, and a few course sales (this is a much newer product category that I am breaking into.

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