28+ Pop-Up Shop Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2024]

Updated: July 24th, 2023

Interested in starting a pop up shop business in 2024?

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

A photo booth business involves providing a portable and automated photography setup that allows individuals to take fun and creative pictures at events or venues.

This business is becoming more popular for various occasions like weddings, parties, and corporate events, providing a unique and entertaining experience for guests.

To start a photo booth business, you need to invest in quality equipment, create a user-friendly website to showcase your services and market your business to event planners and individuals hosting celebrations.

How much you can make: $350,000 — $500,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $6,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

My Journey To Starting A $4.2M/Year Photobooth Company

This case study follows the journey of TapSnap, a photo booth company that grew to over 100 franchised locations in North America, servicing over 10,000 events every year and recognized as one of North America's fastest growing and best new technology franchises.

Scott started TapSnap almost 12 years ago
Scott grew the business to $350K/month
Read by 16,217 founders

2. Start a shipping company

A shipping company can be a great business to start. You can get the support and training that you need to run a successful small business. You may already have some of the resources at hand. This could include what you need to transport goods and a vehicle or two that you can use to get these materials from point X to point Y.

Shipping is a crowded industry. Starting your own shipping company isn't as hard as it used to be. With the explosion in eCommerce, there's an increasing demand for small package shipping. Becoming a shipping company entrepreneur has its rewards. Shipping is an area where there's a lot of potentials to earn bounties, it serves as a good source of income.

How much you can make: $20,000 — $2,400,000/month

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

How I Started A $20K/Month Auto Shipping Broker Business

Nationwide Auto Transportation ships approximately 4,000 vehicles per month and has served more than 50,000 customers, offering custom services such as help for clients who cannot find suitable carriers for their vehicle.

Dvir started Car Shipping Calculator over 13 years ago
Dvir grew the business to $20K/month
It cost Dvir $100000 to start the business
Read by 28,940 founders

3. Start an ecommerce marketing agency

Ecommerce agencies help online sellers achieve their eCommerce business goals through creative, technology, and marketing skills.

Hiring an eCommerce agency enables online sellers to start an eCommerce business or grow an existing one without employing full-time staff.

The eCommerce industry is often changing, and online sellers must match the current trends or risk being paced out by the competition. Balancing between production, launching creative services, and working on growing their eCommerce brands can be extremely difficult. Thus, the brands have no other option than hire eCommerce agencies.

Starting an eCommerce agency can be a profitable and fulfilling business opportunity. If you plan to state your eCommerce agency, educate yourself on the current trends and focus on building digital skills. You may focus on a particular niche or offer end-to-end services to your customers.

How much you can make: $1,500 — $465,583,333/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 52 days (?)

How I Started A $120K/Month Online Course For Social Media Marketing Agencies

Iman Gadzhi made over $1.2M in profit within two years with his social media marketing agency and education company, where he teaches entrepreneurs how to start and scale a profitable SMMA, with over 45 of his students making over six figures with their SMMA, and over 300 students having quit their regular jobs.

Iman started Grow Your Agency almost 7 years ago
Iman grew the business to $120K/month
Read by 14,303 founders

4. Start a holiday pop-up shop business

A pop-up holiday shop refers to a short-term, temporary retail event during the holiday season, often in winter.

Setting up an online or a brick & mortar pop-up shop provides a practical way for entrepreneurs to tap into the year's biggest shopping season.

5. Start an online retail store

Starting an online retail store is straightforward. All you need is a computer, a domain, and a web hosting service. Then, determine a niche for your online store, and conduct product research before listing products.

You can start your online store based on a drop shipping business model or list your self-made products in your online store.

How much you can make: $5,000 — $62,500,000/month

How long does it take to build: 51 days (?)

How I Turned A $5K Investment Into A $7.2M Apparel Brand

This case study follows the story of a successful online business that has made 7.2 million dollars in sales since 2012, with profits of around 30-45%, and the founders share insights on lessons learned and tools used.

Jonathan started On Cloud Faith almost 2 years ago
Jonathan grew the business to $5K/month
It cost Jonathan $5000 to start the business
Read by 7,970 founders

6. Start a flash sale offering business

7. Start a complementary care provider business

8. Start a sample offering business

9. Start an interactive product demos business

How much you can make: $4,000/month

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

How This Solo-Founder Built A $24K/Year Sales Enablement Tool

SmartCue, a demo automation platform, is helping software sales teams close deals faster with personalized product demos and has attracted 10+ pilots, both free and paid, since its launch in 2022.

Robin started SmartCue over 1 year ago
Robin grew the business to $4K/month
It cost Robin $5000 to start the business
Read by 1,986 founders

10. Start a sampling tents business

11. Start an exclusive products business

12. Start a themed selections business

13. Start an in-store demonstration service business

14. Start a special guests business

15. Start a street entertainer business

16. Start a spooky deals and discounts offering business

How much you can make: $250,000/month

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

I Created A $3M/Year Membership Business Selling Aggressive Hotel Discounts

How this CEO created a multimillion-dollar membership business offering exclusive discounts on travel and branched off into over 30 categories of discounts for members, negotiating over 3,000,000 discounts around the globe that are not available to the general public and only available to their members.

Shawn started Hotels Etc. INC about 28 years ago
Shawn grew the business to $250K/month
It cost Shawn $600000 to start the business
Read by 3,854 founders

17. Start a vending machine business

Starting a vending machine business in a crowded, busy city is an easy way to make money. Whether you want to run your own business, start a side hustle, or generate an income while at the office, this is the best business.

There are many advantages to starting a vending machine business, such as: low startup costs, simplicity, all cash-based transactions, and flexibility.

Here are the steps on how to start a vending machine business.

  • Buy a franchise
  • Find a location
  • Secure all licenses and contracts

How much you can make: $30,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 30 days (?)

I Converted My Side Hustle Into A Full-Blown $10K/Month Vending Machine Business

iKrave Vending founder Lakinya started her vending machine business after observing the lack of consultants who specialize in vending machine operations, and now offers online training courses and mentoring to help others achieve success in the billion-dollar industry.

Lakinya started iKrave Vending over 6 years ago
Lakinya grew the business to $30K/month
It cost Lakinya $2000 to start the business
Read by 3,639 founders

18. Start a mobile store

19. Start a competition organizing business

20. Start a customization business

How much you can make: $5,000 — $3,000,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

How We Grew Our Corporate Gifting Platform To $2M/Year

Bookblock co-founder shares how they grew their corporate gifting platform to a £2m annual turnover, and their plans to expand to the consumer market through their new gifting platform.

Tom started Bookblock over 9 years ago
Tom grew the business to $260K/month
Read by 9,226 founders

21. Start a charitable donation business

22. Start a previews and early releases business

23. Start a behind-the-scenes look business

24. Start an on-brand decor renting business

25. Start a light bites business

26. Start a magnetic signs business

27. Start a tote bags business

A white label tote bags business is where you order unbranded tote bags from a wholesaler, put your brand logo and resell them as if they were your own. You could request the manufacturer to customize the tote bags, so they fit your target market.

With a white label tote bags business, you do not worry about the tedious manufacturing process. All you do is market the tote bags to your target customers. Therefore, you can maximize your profits by negotiating discounted rate from the manufacturer.

28. Become a social media influencer

Social media has become integral to people's lives and daily routines. Given the importance of social media, brands are flocking to different social media platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and TikTok in the hope of connecting with their target audience.

A popular approach taken by these brands is engaging social media influencers. A social media influencer has established credibility in a specific industry and has access to a vast audience they can persuade to act based on recommendations.

Anyone can become a social influencer so long as they have the right strategy. Choose a popular niche based on your interests and start creating relevant content.

How much you can make: $2,500 — $300,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $601 (?)

How long does it take to build: 155 days (?)

How I Started A $2.5K/Month Blog About Motherhood, Life And Travel

How one mother built a profitable frugal motherhood, life, and travel blog from scratch, using Instagram, Pinterest, and paid sponsorships to grow from 0 to 18.5K followers and generate $1,500-$3,000 per month in less than two years.

Asia started Frugal and Frills over 5 years ago
Asia grew the business to $3K/month
Read by 7,067 founders

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Pat Walls

I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.