25 Profitable Business Ideas For Programmers

25 Profitable Business Ideas For Programmers

Looking to start a business as programmer but not quite sure what to start?



The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.



If you're looking to start your own business as programmer, there are several amazing options you can choose from.



We put a list together below of the most profitable business ideas for programmers you can start today!



Here they are:



1. Start a newsletter publishing business ($7.98M/year)

Matt Paulson from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA started MarketBeat over 10 years ago, a newsletter publishing business.

  • Revenue: $665,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

MarketBeat is a business that has evolved and iterated upon overtime. MarketBeat’s predecessor, American Consumer News, started in my college dorm room in 2006.

There weren’t a lot of good ways for me to generate an income as a computer science student in a college town of about 7,000 people. When I was a freshman in college, I worked the cash register and the deep fryer at McDonalds. I knew I didn’t want to repeat that experience the following year. I was able to scrape together an income working a few odd jobs for the university, but what allowed me to graduate debt free was freelance writing.

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Matt Paulson, on starting MarketBeat ($665,000/month) full story ➜

2. 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 ➜

3. Start a 3d printing business ($3.96M/year)

Roy Kirchner from Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine started Ultimate 3D Printing Store almost 6 years ago, a 3d printing business.

  • Revenue: $330,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine

In 2014, I was one-half of a partnership working primarily in advertising and marketing. At that time, my partner and I were successful and wanted to explore other verticals. We began working with a client who had a product that we believed was singular and unique throughout the world, and we put forward a significant amount of capital out of our own pockets to try and develop that product, only to reach a point where the deal went south and litigation ensued.

Make plans to do things as a family, and do your best not to let work interfere with those moments, but know that there are going to be times when you will have to sacrifice an outing, a dinner date, a holiday weekend.

In trying to think outside the box and figure out a way to create a similar product, I found myself for the first time in an innovation lab in Tampa, Florida, where I saw a 3D printer in operation for the first time. I couldn’t look away. I realized immediately that 3D printing had the potential to change the world as it became more integrated into daily business activities such as manufacturing. That’s when I decided to leap of faith.

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Roy Kirchner, on starting Ultimate 3D Printing Store ($330,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a laptop accessories brand ($24M/year)

Jack Yao from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Mobile Pixels about 3 years ago, a laptop accessories brand.

  • Revenue: $2,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I have used multiple screens my entire life as a professional and as a student. When I was forced to work on a small laptop screen at Amazon, I could not help but think about how much productivity was being lost across from the organization. That was the light bulb moment for me.

It is important to know your market and market size and then crafts your service or product specifically for that market.

I was discussing this problem over lunch with a colleague, and the idea of sliding a second monitor out from behind the first just came naturally. It was an idea that I could not shake.

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Jack Yao, on starting Mobile Pixels ($2,000,000/month) full story ➜

5. 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 ➜

6. 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 ➜

7. Become an it consultant ($25.2K/year)

Dan Khadem from Denver, Colorado, USA started Access Database Support over 9 years ago, a IT consultant.

  • Revenue: $2,100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

The database consulting was a natural progression from my day job. People were asking me for help on projects outside of my workday so the work fell into my lap. It was then that I realized I could turn this skill into something for real on the side.

Look at your business idea as a brick wall that needs to be built brick by brick. Don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of things that are involved in starting a business or side hustle. Instead just focus on the one brick in front of you. Go slow and steady. Be sure to add a new brick to that wall every single day.

At the time I started doing the side work I was in massive debt from school. I was already paying for my lifestyle through my regular job so I knew any income I earned on the side could go to directly paying off my student loans. It worked. I paid off my loans a few years ago and now have the flexibility to use my side income for other things.

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Dan Khadem, on starting Access Database Support ($2,100/month) full story ➜

8. Start a computer cleaning business

Examples of a successful computer cleaning business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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9. Become a computer refurbisher ($360K/year)

Examples of a successful computer refurbisher:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a computer refurbisher:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a computer refurbisher ➜

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10. Become a tech rentals provider

Examples of a successful tech rentals provider:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tech rentals provider:

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11. Start a tech blog ($3.6K/year)

Examples of a successful tech blog:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tech blog:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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12. Start a database management business

Examples of a successful database management business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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13. Become a tech tutor

Examples of a successful tech tutor:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tech tutor:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tech tutor ➜

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14. Become an UX service provider ($2.03M/year)

Examples of a successful UX service provider:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a UX service provider:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an UX service provider ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Dávid Pásztor's story on creating UX studio a read:

Hello, my name is Dávid Pásztor, and I am the founder of UX studio, a user experience design agency based in Budapest, Hungary. We work with clients from all over the world, providing them with a wide variety of UX-related services. We design impactful products that people love to use.

Our UX design and research experts work with tech startups and enterprises in various industries, such as fintech, fashion, digital solutions, traveling, education and healthcare. Along the way, we decided to create our own products too. By today, we are running two independent product teams and plan to start working on two more in 2021.

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Dávid Pásztor, on starting UX studio ($169,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a computer setup business

Examples of a successful computer setup business:

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16. Start a social media platform founding business

Examples of a successful social media platform founding business:

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17. Start a tech writing business

Examples of a successful tech writing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tech writing business ➜

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18. Become a game developer

Examples of a successful game developer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a game developer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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19. Start an ecommerce reselling business

Examples of a successful ecommerce reselling business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a computer store

Examples of a successful computer store:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a computer store ➜

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21. Become a data recovery provider

Examples of a successful data recovery provider:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a data recovery provider:

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22. Start a web hosting service business

Examples of a successful web hosting service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a web hosting service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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23. Become a domain reseller

Examples of a successful domain reseller:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a domain reseller:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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24. Start a seo consultant business ($81K/year)

Examples of a successful seo consultant business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a seo consultant business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Bruce Jones's story on creating 1ON1 SEO Training a read:

Hi there, my name is Bruce Jones and I am the Founder and CEO of 1ON1 SEO Training. I created my business two years ago, offering personalized search engine optimization and digital marketing courses for startups, small businesses, and individuals interested in learning about SEO and improving their businesses.

Today, I have worked with dozens of businesses from all around the world and earn over $10,000 a month working out of my home office. I started serving local businesses in my area, which quickly expanded across the U.S., and now have clients as far as New Zealand and Ireland.

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

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