33 Profitable Business Ideas to Start In Australia

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It's been quite the year - both for the world and particularly for Australia.

But... oftentimes, with change, comes a whole new realm of creativity, perspective, and ideas.

Now more than ever, new entrepreneurs are emerging and unique business ideas are coming to life in Australia.

We curated a list of 33 profitable businesses that originated in Australia We also give you a sneak peek into:

  • 💡How these entrepreneurs came up with their idea
  • 💰How much $$ their business makes per month
  • 💭Strategies and tips for starting a business
  • ... and much more!

Start a handmade gifts business

Sarah Davidson started Australian Woodwork, which sells handmade gifts and is making $20,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 2 employees.

We two, that’s us, Gregory and Sarah, have always liked traveling and exploring this wide brown land of ours, stopping in little towns, sampling the local produce, looking through local galleries, visiting the big regional markets. These wanderings resulted in the pleasing discovery of a strong culture of skilled woodworking that existed in Australia which prompted us 27 years ago, to open a stall in Sydney’s Rocks Market with the idea that lots of other people would appreciate it too.

We went on to open our Darling Harbour store and then our purpose-built Hunter Valley Gallery, (both now closed) and of course, our online shop.

The genesis of our online shop originated with the next generation, our son, who we happily acknowledge dragged us, with only a little kicking and screaming, into the 21st century, but we remain a small family business with all that implies - we know our products and our woodworkers intimately and customer inquiries will always be attended to by one of us.


Sarah Davidson, on starting Australian Woodwork ($20,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a towels business

Andy Jefferies started Dock and Bay, which sells towels and is making $450,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 12 employees.

Personally, I always knew I would have my own business. I watched my dad run his own recruitment agency from a young age and I loved the freedom that came with being your own boss. Even though I studied Business Management at Leeds University in England, I didn’t start my own business straight away as I needed to find something I was passionate about first.

Don’t be put off by the big picture, doing all the small steps first allows you to get started. Things like deciding on a company name, registering your company, purchasing your domain, designing a logo... All of these small steps can get you inspired and help you move forward with your goals.

Ben and I came up with the idea after we had been traveling a few years ago. We hated using soggy, bulky towels that took up your suitcase space and had a weird odour after a few washes. We wanted to create a towel that didn’t hold you back from exploring, and all of the other quick dry towels we found were small or had dull colours. We didn’t have any expertise in this space and we both worked in finance at the time, so we took a huge risk, packed in our jobs and started researching manufacturers to make our dream towel.


Andy Jefferies, on starting Dock and Bay ($450,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a dessert boxes business

Samantha Khater started Dessert Boxes, which sells dessert boxes and is making $150,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 2 co-founders and has 20 employees.

Dessert Boxes.com.au was born out of our frustration of having to send and receive boring gifts which would end up being thrown away, dying, never used, and at best, re-gifted.

So, a week before Valentine's Day last year, we launched a Nutella themed Dessert Box! We collaborated with the biggest dessert makers in the industry, and within five days, we sold over 400 boxes! We searched for the best products on Instagram and did Google searches to find Nutella themed products.

This was our first ever Dessert Box:


Samantha Khater, on starting Dessert Boxes ($150,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a skincare business

Kayla Houlihan started Tribe Skincare, which sells skincare and is making $100,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 2 employees.

My sister and I ran a skin clinic for 3 years specializing in microdermabrasion and were very ‘result-focused’ with the skin treatments we offered. We used a lot of ‘active’ and ‘doctor-formulated’ skincare in the clinic, which was getting half of our customer's amazing results! But the other half found ‘active’ skincare did not work well with their sensitive skin. They would experience redness, itching and adverse reactions.

We were looking for something for sensitive skin to use in the clinic and this is when I had a light-bulb moment and realized there was a really big gap in the market for this niche skincare. I wanted to create a super gentle skincare range free of common allergens and harsh chemicals, but also ensure customers got incredible results from it. We use a variety of powerful, natural, plant-based key ingredients that help hydrate skin to restore its natural glow and strengthen skin to reduce the symptoms of sensitive skin.

Any brand with a consumable product or repeat purchases really need to ensure they are utilizing email marketing.


Kayla Houlihan, on starting Tribe Skincare ($100,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start an outdoor equipment business

Hamish started Bay Sports, which sells outdoor equipment and is making $100,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 1 employee.

It all started with a tandem kayak back in 2012. We were the horse races with our family, talking about a guy up in the mountains was flogging off kayaks dirt cheap out of a warehouse.

My business partner bought a kayak from him at half the price the identical item was in a big retail shop. Living on the beaches in Sydney, I'd see people every day kayaking around the harbour - and lots of them. Seeing the opportunity, and our idea to run the whole business online, removing many of the overhead costs associated with a traditional (old school) retail storefront, the business that is Bay Sports (formerly Bay Kayaks) was born.

I've heard some bloody great ideas come out from the mouths of people I know, but they just never got around to starting. So if you know you've got a idea, opportunity, connection that you can turn into a profitable business, just start.


Hamish, on starting Bay Sports ($100,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start an email marketing business

George Hartley started SmartrMail, which sells email marketing and is making $100,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 14 employees.

Phil and I started SmartrMail out of an online art gallery actually! Funny to go from Art to Email SaaS, but the jump makes sense in context.

In 2012, my co-founder Phil, my brother Edward and I wanted to set up an online business. I was working in app development (and was a failed musician), Phil was a CFO and Edward was in finance. So, we set up an art marketplace...of course (🤪)..

Laser focus on the small improvements. Sweat each incremental 1%. Big jumps are extremely rare, but if you constantly optimise for small improvements every week, you can get 2-3x annual growth.


George Hartley, on starting SmartrMail ($100,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a cotton underwear business

Marc Debnam started Stonemen, which sells cotton underwear and is making $80,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 2 employees.

Before Stonemen I was a fashion Photographer, specializing in swimwear and underwear.

I was inspired to create an underwear brand after briefly watching an elderly man doing stretches in short shorts and no underwear. His testicles were halfway down his thigh.

Write a business plan. Doesn’t have to be fancy. It will evolve but it also will give you the clarity to prioritise.


Marc Debnam, on starting Stonemen ($80,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a bohemian leather accessories business

Alex and Ryan Hutchinson started Mahiya, which sells bohemian leather accessories and is making $75,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 1 employee.

When we started the business in 2013 Ryan was running his own small roofing business and I had a start-up label with a friend of mine selling at the local markets on the Gold Coast and also singing in bands and shows and also working as a disability carer. When I left my other business partner I asked Ryan if he would be interested in helping me with a new concept I had. We had only been together for 6 months at the time but Ryan thought why not give it a go and helped me get the business set up. In the beginning, we ran the business out of our spare bedroom until we outgrew that and moved to our garage where we built shelves and small office space.

Ryan had some limited experience in running a business but was very good with numbers. Ryan invested 20k as a start-up cost for the business, we allocated 15k of this into stock and the other 5k was spent on setting up our first website, our market stall setup and some marketing material.

You start a business to make money right so you want to know exactly what you are making and how much it costs. Remember your hours are worth something too.


Alex and Ryan Hutchinson, on starting Mahiya ($75,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a probiotic skincare business

Kiri Yanchenko started AMPERNA, which sells probiotic skincare and is making $50,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 2 employees.

When I was nearly 30 I became my father’s sole carer. He passed away before he was 62.

During this period of intense pressure, I was prescribed medication to help my skin and my stress levels. I reacted to this medication; three of the side effects were severe pustular acne, skin hives, and weight loss. I was then admitted to the hospital. My skin went from normal to unbearable almost overnight.

After leaving the hospital; when I was offered more medication from professionals, I decided to review my whole lifestyle, taking a holistic approach to my health. I started researching diets and a healthy lifestyle; I went through the process of cutting out everything I shouldn’t be eating and reassessing everything that I was using on my skin. Going through the process of identifying certain triggers to my skin problems and helping myself took two years.


Kiri Yanchenko, on starting AMPERNA ($50,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a clothing for travelers business

Johanna Denize started Clever Travel Companion, which sells clothing for travelers and is making $50,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 2 employees.

I have always loved to travel. In fact I met my now husband when we were both studying in Moscow. We are both from Stockholm, Sweden, where we had never met, even though we had friends in common. We were in our early twenties and decided to travel together. We went backpacking across Asia, and started out with taking the Trans Siberian railroad from Moscow to Beijing. It was quite an adventure and definitely not luxurious at all. This was in the early nineties and Russia had just opened up. I ended up getting things stolen from me on the train to my great chagrin as we were both poor students at the time.

Earlier, when I was 16, I had spent an entire summer delivering newspapers, starting at 4 in the morning, every single day. I had saved up to go to London. In London I had my money in my inside pocket, yet somehow a pickpocket got to me. I lost my entire savings in a matter of seconds (there were no credit cards in those days for kids). I was pretty devastated.

After these incidents I tried all the regular travel safety stuff, such as neck pouches and money belts, but they were just not any good. They are cumbersome, sweaty and just not doing it for me. I have spent many nights in hostels fretting about my stuff - at 17 I went to Greece with some girlfriends and we stayed in these funky hostels on the roof of a house. It was basically just bunk bed after bunk bed and a shower room. People had their stuff stolen regularly - there were no lockers, nowhere to hide anything. So we walked around with all our money and passports on us at all times and we slept with our bags in our beds. It was exhausting trying to make sure everything was safe all the time. For years I had this idea of making better travel safety gear but life got in the way: university, work, etc.


Johanna Denize, on starting Clever Travel Companion ($50,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a golf simulators business

Igor Vainshtien started 24/7 Golf, which sells golf simulators and is making $50,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 3 employees.

Golf is something I only got into 8 or so years ago and have been obsessed with it since! Around that time I invested and operated an indoor virtual golf center in Melbourne, and after 5 years developed a concept similar to 24 hour gyms, but for golf - called 24/7 Golf. Members could sign up and play or practice virtual golf with no staff in an unmanned golf studio.

The business grew a little, and I kept selling golf simulators on the side.

Having partnered with SkyTrak Golf, the sales really took off. I always knew golf simulators would be a hit if the price was right. Originally I was selling them for $30,000 plus, and mostly to commercial ventures (like virtual golf bars) - but they actually didn’t do well at all and most closed down. Retail rents in Australian capital cities are crazy. In our Melbourne location, we were paying $360,000 per annum!


Igor Vainshtien, on starting 24/7 Golf ($50,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a party supplies store business

Dean Salakas started The Party People, which sells party supplies store and is making $300,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 40 employees.

30 years ago, my mum was “Patches The Clown” catering for kids parties. Her passion for parties led her to open a small party store with my grandfather. From the age of 4, I was put to work filling small bags with sand for 5 cents each which would be used to weigh down helium balloons on tables.

We love change. Every time something changes, there is an opportunity for us to be early and capitalize while everyone else drags their feet.


Dean Salakas, on starting The Party People ($300,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a cold email platform business

Arthur Backouche started COLDINBOX, which sells cold email platform and is making $35,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 0 employees.

I recently got my diploma in computer sciences and had the opportunity to move to Australia.

When I arrived in Sydney with $1,000 in my pocket, I spent 3 weeks looking every single day for a new job in growth/digital marketing.

It was a real challenge to engage with all the startups' CEOs in Sydney, and ask if they’re hiring for one reason: It’s a repetitive process.


Arthur Backouche, on starting COLDINBOX ($35,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a baby strollers business

Emma Lovell started Fly Babee, which sells baby strollers and is making $26,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 2 employees.

Five years ago, my mum was diagnosed with cancer and given just nine months to live. My baby girl was just five months old at the time, and I made the difficult decision to relocate to the UK to help care for my mum during her final year.

I left my husband behind, so during that time, we flew back and forth from Sydney to London four times in 9 months. Flying with a baby is difficult and I was no exception. The airline bassinets are in the main thoroughfare of the plane and there’s so much going on. This over-stimulates your baby and makes it near to impossible to get them to sleep when they need to – which in turn it leads to overtiredness and this is the worst problem to fix.

Lesson learned – even if you’re using an agent and they say they’ll carry out Quality Control….external, independent Quality Control is an absolute must.


Emma Lovell, on starting Fly Babee ($26,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a sustainable footwear business

Tom Guo started Atlantis Shoes, which sells sustainable footwear and is making $25,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 2 employees.

Coming from a shoe craftsmanship and manufacturing background, I’ve been working with top global brands and producing shoe collection for for Fila, Kappa, and Champion to name a few.

After more than 10 years in the manufacturing business, it was a matter of working to get one great pair of shoe that could last for a long time, focusing on quality not quantity, and having the aim to reduce our global waste.

Do something that excites you, identify a niche, be driven. Come up with a good name, register your trademark, and define your brand principles.


Tom Guo, on starting Atlantis Shoes ($25,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a wooden sunglasses business

Jeff Phillips started Grown Eyewear, which sells wooden sunglasses and is making $25,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 5 employees.

I was a teacher and would find my mind wandering to product ideas in class. I would say I was a good teacher and liked doing it, but it was clear that it wasn’t quite enough. In 2009 I had launched a headwear brand (Beardo®) and it was going quite well, but I had an urge to do something that would do good. So odd as it seems, the idea to create a company that ‘did only good’ came long before the actual product idea.

Be stubborn in your pursuits, but not so stubborn that you won’t humor the idea of changing paths if something isn’t likely to work.

I didn’t know what I was going to sell, only that the profits would go to help others. I was first inspired by a documentary I saw on TV in Australia about an eye doctor named Fred Hollows.


Jeff Phillips, on starting Grown Eyewear ($25,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a patented interchangeable flip flops business

Brad Munro started Boomerangz Footwear, which sells patented interchangeable flip flops and is making $25,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 3 employees.

Way back before we started the business, I was travelling around Europe in 2006, while the Soccer World Cup was on. My friends and I had been dying to go to one of the beer halls in Germany only to suffer from “the dreaded thong blow-out” (when the plug snaps off the strap) within metres from the front entrance where I wasn’t allowed in because wearing only one thong (or flip flop, as they are also known) wasn’t considered appropriate footwear!

My friend and I sat out the front for a while trying some MacGyver-like solutions to my problem including trying to put the strap back together with a paperclip, we borrowed a cigarette lighter and tried melting the rubber together… all to no avail… My friend ended up going in and borrowed one of our other friend’s thongs to smuggle out so I could wear them in!

A year or so later, I met my soon-to-be business partner who was telling me of a similar experience he had wherein the space of two steps, BOTH of his thongs had blown out, making him trip over and leaving him stranded barefoot and needing to buy a new pair.


Brad Munro, on starting Boomerangz Footwear ($25,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a smart coffee cherry bar business

Raivis started Coffee Pixels, which sells smart coffee cherry bar and is making $15,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 2 co-founders and has 5 employees.

My journey up to this point has been going through fields of hospitality, IT, corporate sales and back to hospitality, this time running a coffee shop - the place I really fell in love with coffee.

Make sure that someone isn't already solving the problem that you're about to tackle, or, more importantly, if there even is a problem at all.

Back in 2010, with the same team, we started coffee pixels, we launched a healthy lifestyle coffee shop in Riga, Latvia. We served vegetarian snacks, food & hi-quality coffee, known as specialty or 3rd wave coffee. There I found about the true story of coffee & how it can taste if done properly.


Raivis, on starting Coffee Pixels ($15,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a gorgeous planners and refills business

Jess Yasuda started Chasing Planner Peace, which sells gorgeous planners and refills and is making $11,613 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

When I started Chasing Planner Peace I was a mum of two very small children, working part-time in a job for the government. I found my job extremely unrewarding and boring and had a little avenue for creativity. I never dreamed that starting an Etsy store would lead to growing a company that could become a full-time career. I had always had it drummed into me to find a secure job and stick with it - don’t take risks!

After my second child was born I became interested in using a paper planner as a hobby. There’s actually quite a big community of people (mostly women) who combine organization and creativity and love using their planners as a memory-keeping, scrapbooking tool using stickers and washi tape to decorate.

I loved the idea of using Filofax type planners where you could really customize your planner by adding in what “inserts” (refill pages) you wanted. I would download printable inserts off Etsy for calendar pages, meal planning, etc. but I could never find a layout that really worked for me. I would also waste huge amounts of time, money and printer ink trying to print out the printable inserts - as every file was a different format.


Jess Yasuda, on starting Chasing Planner Peace ($11,613 revenue/mo) full story

Start a lifestyle planner business

Tom and Alex started Saint Belford, which sells lifestyle planner and is making $9,100 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 0 employees.

There were 3 reasons that lead us down the path of running our own business.

In short, it was a happy accident.

1 - Experiencing burnout


Tom and Alex, on starting Saint Belford ($9,100 revenue/mo) full story

Start an adventurous educational packages business

Andrew Bliss started The Adventurous Mailbox, which sells adventurous educational packages and is making $10,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 3 employees.

The inspiration for the company came eight years ago after a trip I took to Thailand. My niece and nephew back in the USA were growing so quickly, and I wanted to be part of their growing up experience. Then aged 5 and 4 respectively, I wrote them a letter about my trip to Thailand, turning it into an adventure book with photos from my trip, including temples, jungles, monks, tigers and tiger poop. The kids loved it, and I think it was my brother who said something like, “You should make this into a real book or something…”

No one is an expert in every aspect of running a business, and you are losing an opportunity by not bringing in others. Once more people became part of my operation, a lot more great ideas came about and the business benefited greatly.

The idea for the book germinated for a while, and when I got around to writing it, I realized I wasn’t really good at writing books for very young children. After showing a version to a friend with kids back home, she pointed out that 6-year-olds wouldn’t understand about 80% of what I was trying to say. So, I could either learn how to write to them, or change my focus to older kids who have a few more connections zipping around their brains and aren’t just sticking things up their noses for kicks.


Andrew Bliss, on starting The Adventurous Mailbox ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a pool products and services business

Dan Stewart started Dundas Valley Pools, which sells pool products and services and is making $8,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

Even in high school I was very interested in the idea of starting my own business and someday being my own boss. My dad was the Vice President and co-owner of a construction company while I was growing up and so having a role model like him most certainly contributed to my desire to follow in his footsteps (albeit in a different industry). My grandfather originally started a construction business back in the 1970s which is how my dad was introduced to the industry. I am the third generation of business owners in my family.

I never thought I would be working in the pool industry. In 2016, I graduated at the University of Waterloo with an Honors B.A in Recreation and Sport Business. I have always enjoyed sports, recreation, and the outdoors. My thought coming out of high school was to start an outdoor recreation/adventure sports magazine. Although that hasn’t happened, it’s interesting to think about how I am still working in Recreation and Sport. I guess you could say I’m the “behind the scenes” guy-- at Dundas Valley Pools, we make sure homeowners pools are up to speed and that families can enjoy as much leisure time in their backyard as possible with little to no hassles.

While I was in university, my desire to start my own business continued to grow. One thing I have realized now is that I was more romanticized by the idea of starting a business than I was interested in the actual act of doing so. I think this is an important point to make because it is so easy to get obsessed with an idea or aspiration more than the actual act or result. In my opinion, it is one of the worst mistakes a person can make prior to taking action. Perhaps I can speak more towards this point later on in the interview.


Dan Stewart, on starting Dundas Valley Pools ($8,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a fitness programming software business

Aimee Tawhai started ALTR Project, which sells fitness programming software and is making $7,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 5 employees.

I was 23, working in my second ‘graduate’ job (I say graduate loosely as I was still studying on the side to finish my Statistics degree), as a statistical & systems analyst for High-Performance Sport NZ. Despite actually enjoying my job and the people around me, I had the typical entrepreneur trait: I hated the thought of working for someone else for the rest of my life. So, ALTR was born.

I had come up with a few business/app ideas in the past, tried to learn how to build an app through Google tutorials (lol), and, obviously, failed. I didn't have any extra income to spend, so anything I built had to be cheap and done by myself.

Then, something that completely turned our world around happened. Our family house burned down.


Aimee Tawhai, on starting ALTR Project ($7,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start an ethically sourced gifts business

Judith Treanor started Temples and Markets, which sells ethically sourced gifts and is making $5,500 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

My love of S.E Asia is represented through Temples and Markets.

I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively and often to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore over the last 20 years. During those travels, I’ve been awestruck by the creativity of the people I met, their stories of resilience against hardship, and their creations that are borne out of hardship.

So often they have come from marginalized or poverty-stricken areas and use traditional crafts and sustainable materials to handmade unique and gorgeous items that one could never see elsewhere.


Judith Treanor, on starting Temples and Markets ($5,500 revenue/mo) full story

Start a branding and design business

Elva Li started Elva Li, which sells branding and design and is making $5,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

There’s a song on repeat in my world and whenever I play it, it reminds me of the time I started my own business and finally left my corporate job.

“I spend too much time thinking about who I'm supposed to be I play by everybody's rules that don't seem right to me

Should I even care? They're all sitting there and everyone's staring at me If I step out in the spotlight maybe I'll be set free


Elva Li, on starting Elva Li ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a tourist visa information business

Hari Krishna Dulipudi started Visa List, which sells tourist visa information and is making $5,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

I quit my job in 2017 as a product manager and started travelling to new countries and building products along the way. I had been working on my second micro start-up, ACrypto, back then. It was successful and was generating basic income for me. It was during one of my travel plans to the Philippines, I realised how difficult the whole visa process is. Two months before my trip, I searched on Google and found that it’s visa-free, so I booked my flights and hotel accommodation. I don't know why but I searched for the same thing a week before my travel date and found that what I saw was a Google snippet and it was for Singapore citizens and in fact visa is required for Indian. So I had to rush to the embassy which was not in my city. I ended up talking to multiple visa agencies where every promised different time frames and prices. At the end, there was a holiday in the Philippines and the embassy was closed and I couldn't get my visa and I ended up cancelling the trip.

Soon I realized that you need a visa to get into most of the countries and that, while a few have Visa on Arrival (VOA), most require that you go through their embassy in your home country. I wanted to find the countries I could go to without having to wait three weeks to get a visa, so I did some research. I had to wade through a few blogs and websites, but I eventually found a list with the information I need, and off I went! After a few months, I wanted to travel to another country, but I’d lost the original list I’d found so I had to start my research all over again. Luckily, I found a new site that listed even more countries offering VOA.

A friend of mine told me that when he was researching visa information for Vietnam, he found almost 10 websites with a .gov address, which was really confusing. In my own research, I found that many blogs don’t have links to official embassy websites, which is ultimately unhelpful.


Hari Krishna Dulipudi, on starting Visa List ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a boxer briefs business

Krystian Frencel started Bunch of Animals, which sells boxer briefs and is making $5,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

In late 2014, I came across a very unique underwear brand from Australia, Stonemen Underwear. I think I found them on Instagram.

What really drew me to the underwear were the seamless prints which looked like pieces of art sprawling across like a painting on a canvas.


Krystian Frencel, on starting Bunch of Animals ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start an eco notebooks business

Michelle Lee started Paper Saver, which sells eco notebooks and is making $4,800 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 0 employees.

The Paper Saver was created and designed by Jon Yong, who worked as an architect.

Constantly printing off endless sheets of draft designs that became obsolete just moments later, Jon found a way to put the otherwise-discarded paper, destined straight for the recycling bin, to further use by devising a handmade “Paper Saver” out of cardboard with a pocket inside in which he could insert the used paper, fold in half and access the blank sides as pages of the “notebook”.

Always intriguing interest from colleagues and clients at meetings, it became our belief that many others with the same problem could also benefit from a Paper Saver, leading to our launch of the Paper Saver in 2015.


Michelle Lee, on starting Paper Saver ($4,800 revenue/mo) full story

Start a speedcubes and puzzles business

OLIVER JENKS started Speedcube New Zealand, which sells speedcubes and puzzles and is making $4,200 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

After I graduated high school in Melbourne, Australia in 2015, I didn’t really have any idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had been pulled into a million different directions, Physics, Music, Air traffic control, to name but a few.

If you don’t continuously work on the little things, it’ll come across as messy and present an unprofessional image to your customers.

I was well into solving puzzles at this point, and had attended my first speedcubing competitions, but hadn’t really considered it to be anything more than a hobby at this point.


OLIVER JENKS, on starting Speedcube New Zealand ($4,200 revenue/mo) full story

Start a maps business

Erika Holm started PinAround, which sells maps and is making $3,700 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 2 co-founders and has 0 employees.

I have known since I was a kid that I wanted to own my own business.

You know how adults or other kids asked you the question “what do you want to become when you grow up?”. The kids usually answered “policeman, popstar, zoo worker, model, Superman, etc.” But I always answered, “I want to have my own company.”

When I was 10, this buy-and-sell website blocket.se launched back in Sweden (similar to craigslist). People put ads up with their contact number and then buyers could call and make an offer/buy it. I saw this as an exceptional opportunity and asked my parents if we could sell items left in our garage. I ended up dealing with people coming over/buying and calling on these ads - as a 10 year old.


Erika Holm, on starting PinAround ($3,700 revenue/mo) full story

Start a handcrafted jewelry business

Alex Moore started Gold Pan Pete Design, which sells handcrafted jewelry and is making $2,500 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

After graduating from Saint Louis University and teaching for two years in the St. Louis area, I decided to pursue my rugby career in London, England. While in England, I met my now wife, Paula, who is from New Zealand.

After we got engaged, we took a trip to New Zealand. The area where she is from was a huge gold mining area back in the 1800s. I found the history of the area very interesting and found out that there is still a lot of gold around...if you could find it! I made it my goal of the trip to find enough gold to make my wedding ring.

My best piece of advice for anyone who is interested in starting their own business and has a good idea would be to just go for it. Take things in baby steps and gradually get bigger and bigger.


Alex Moore, on starting Gold Pan Pete Design ($2,500 revenue/mo) full story

Start a photoshoot & travel business

Robin Finney started Wandering Aunt , which sells photoshoot & travel and is making $1,800 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

In May 2018, I quit my corporate marketing job of 11 years to follow my dream of traveling the world. I let go of my apartment, sold my furniture and many of my belongings, and bought a one-way ticket to Australia. When I left my job, I had about one month’s pay and a little over $500 in savings. I traveled to Australia and Thailand for 7 weeks. During that time, I was clear that I was living my dream and wanted to continue to explore. I came back to the states and sold my car so that I could continue to fuel my travels. I traveled through the end of 2018. During my 7 months of travel, I visited 11 countries across 4 continents. When I returned to the states, I knew it was time to think about work again. I knew I wanted to continue this lifestyle; I just wasn’t clear on how to sustain it. I picked up a couple of freelance writing jobs to tide me over.

In January 2019, I enrolled in a 5-week book study to support people in building retreat based businesses. During the first call, I received a download to lead group experiences for people who want to travel solo and aren’t ready or wanting to do it on their own. I created a simple landing page with a waitlist. I had many people sign up for the waitlist. It’s been nearly a year since I created the waitlist, and I am just now launching my first retreat for May 2020 in Spain. Over the past year, it took me a while to step into the idea of being a business owner. It’s one of the most challenging things I’ve ever taken on. I had no idea how much inner work and healing would take place for me to feel confident and believe in myself enough to run a business.

I signed up for a year-long intensive coaching program to support my business and leading retreats. My coaching program has supported me in discovering my intuitive gifts. I’m a little more than 6 months into my program and have just started gaining traction in my business. I now feel that I am in a place to fully put myself and my services out there. Just in the past month, I have had 2 clients sign up to work with me and have brought in nearly $2,000.


Robin Finney, on starting Wandering Aunt ($1,800 revenue/mo) full story

Start a luxury streetwear business

Lachlan Sonter started DEAL WITH DEVIL, which sells luxury streetwear and is making $650 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

After I had finished High-School in 2016 I found myself applying for university (The University of Queensland) and getting accepted into an ‘Information Technology’ course in 2017, where I learned within the first year how to design and construct a website through basic HTML/CSS/JS scripting languages.

I believe there is a direct correlation between the effort you put into getting the product out there and the number of sales made.

The commute was less than ideal having to commit 3 hours every day to travel and the workload was piling up because I wasn’t passionate about the course anymore. This brought me to the end of 2017 where I transferred to a closer university and started a part-time study of Business. By the end of 2017, I had decided after feeling extremely lost and after having gone through problems with relationships with others and an ex-girlfriend I needed to find some sort of outlet to let the suffering mental state and residual emotion release.


Lachlan Sonter, on starting DEAL WITH DEVIL ($650 revenue/mo) full story


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Samantha Walls,   Founder of Starter Story Blog