70 Recession Proof Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

70 Recession Proof Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a recession proof business in 2021?

We put together 70 of the best recession proof businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a veterinary clinic ($2.4M/year)

Stringtown Animal Hospital from Grove City, Ohio, USA started Stringtown Animal Hospital ago, a veterinary clinic.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 22
  • Location: Grove City, Ohio, USA

As a child, I always wanted to be a Veterinarian. I had few “dolls” and many stuffed animals. I was not the best student in high school. In fact, I was not sure I would even go to college. But I had exceptional parents. They were supportive at every turn. No matter what I did. And they got me there. They believed in me.

It takes passion. It takes dedication. It takes sacrifice. To make a business successful. So make sure you love it. Make sure it is worth it. And then watch it flourish. And love yourself for making it happen.

Once in college, I was deterred by the degree of work that an education in science required. I headed down the path of different disciplines but ultimately realized my passion was and always had been in Veterinary medicine. After my 3rd year in College, I changed my major to biological sciences. It was hard. I went non-stop for 1 ½ year to pick up the courses I needed to enroll in Vet school. I remember dancing with my beagle, Osceola, saying “momma gonna be your doctor”. I was determined. I would succeed. And I did. I actually got into Vet School. No small feat. It’s hard to do that. Harder to get into than medical school.

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Stringtown Animal Hospital, on starting Stringtown Animal Hospital ($200,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a photography business ($1.32M/year)

Kyle Nelson from Chico, California, USA started Results Imagery over 4 years ago, a photography business.

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Chico, California, USA

We both had previous experience in another start-up called Soul id which was a social media platform for action sports. We ran the marketing and media at that company which was a blast. After we left that company, we split directions. Eli got involved in the eCommerce industry by starting a brand called Winterial which he grew to hundreds of SKUs. Kyle headed in the media direction and started a commercial photography company where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

At this time Kyle wanted to be able to get back in the start-up world, grow a large brand and a team of like-minded creatives and innovators. So like any entrepreneur, he jumped on Google and started to search for media companies that were also technology-based companies as well. That is where the inspiration of starting a digital agency that solely focused on the media portion for brands and product companies came to life.

Culture is the centerpiece of a successful company. Creating a place for employees to come to work and enjoy what they do, the environment and who they work with will pay long term dividends.

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Kyle Nelson, on starting Results Imagery ($110,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start an event management company ($600K/year)

Dietrich Moens from Brussel, België started Spacehuntr over 3 years ago, a event management company.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Brussel, België

During my corporate life, I had the unfortunate pleasure to spend an insane amount of hours in dreadful and tiring meeting rooms - basically further draining the life out of us.

Now, this didn’t necessarily spark the idea to launch Spacehuntr, but it did create a profound aversion to traditional corporate meetings, which later would serve as the backbone of Spacehuntr.

In fact, Spacehuntr was initially meant to be a platform for the coolest coworking spaces. We had it all figured out - or at least we thought so. We spent over 6 months automating the product, it was beautiful and included more features than a full option Mercedes Benz. The only issue was, we forgot to test on a beachhead market and hence developed a product without having a market.

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Dietrich Moens, on starting Spacehuntr ($50,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start an affiliate marketing business ($6M/year)

Jan Kovac from Bratislava started Casino Guru over 6 years ago, a affiliate marketing business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 54
  • Location: Bratislava

Our product is a website. The process of designing and developing it was very similar to designing and developing any website or an information system. As both I and the other main founder were software developers, this part was pretty straightforward for us. However, we still did some things pretty right and some things pretty wrong.

The funny part about any SEO-based business is that you can’t really make decent planning. Do you plan to improve some parts of your website and grow? Well, good luck with that, almighty G can have completely different plans for you.

What we made right was a decision to create a system that models all the relations and information about online casinos as structured data. As an example: almost every online casino has a list of countries from which it doesn’t allow residents to play. To capture this information we have created a database table casino_restricted_country and fill it with 1 record for every casino and every country that is on its restricted list.

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Jan Kovac, on starting Casino Guru ($500,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a freelancer platform ($480K/year)

Abby (Abhinav) Verma from New York started SkillSoniq almost 5 years ago, a freelancer platform.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: New York

I have 15 years of professional experience across Investment Banking, Tech Consulting, and Entrepreneurship and have studied in 3 continents in Asia, North America, and Europe from schools like the University of Michigan, Indian School of Business, and the London School of Economics.

I have been an entrepreneur 3 times now and founded my first company at the age of 19 to sell paint jobs to homeowners in Detroit while studying full-time at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. This was my first experience as an entrepreneur and got me hooked to the hustle required to get stuff done. I followed it up with a stint in Investment Banking, which taught me the meaning of perseverance and quality testing when I worked 100+ hours a week on multi-billion dollar Financing and M&A deals.

I came across the idea of starting SkillSoniq when I was working with outsourced talent on a tech project a few years ago, where I was sitting in the United States and working with contractors in the Philippines. That experience was extremely excruciating, as I worked at odd hours to keep up with the time zone differences, had difficulty communicating with the contractors and there was a lot of concern around IP security and trust. That experience put me in major depression and when I started looking for better alternatives to hire talent in the US quickly and at affordable rates, I found that the recruiting space in the US was broken.

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Abby (Abhinav) Verma, on starting SkillSoniq ($40,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start an online courses business ($1.44M/year)

Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins) from Chester, New Jersey, USA started Mikkelsen Twins over 3 years ago, a online courses business.

  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Chester, New Jersey, USA

We never had a moment like “Ah ha! Let’s start an online education company!”, it just naturally evolved and grew into what it is today.

But I can tell you exactly how we got here. Before we get into how we first discovered what entrepreneurship even is, I want to paint the picture of what life was like even before that.

Up until we were 21 years old, we were 2 guys just going through life on autopilot with no regard for the future. Worrying about what my next week would look like was hard enough. Then we basically “woke up” and found ourselves in a 1 bedroom apartment in Aarhus, Denmark, not showing up to our part-time job anymore and smoking pot every day. For the first time, we reflected on ourselves, what we were doing and we just felt embarrassed. We were wasting our precious time away doing absolutely nothing. I don’t want to get too into the emotions felt, but it was a rock bottom for us. Long story short, we have a private twin meeting and said to each other “this is f\cking sad, we have to change”. And because we had each other, we developed motivation and ambition to prove we weren’t useless, waste-of-space losers (but that’s exactly how we had acted).

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Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins), on starting Mikkelsen Twins ($120,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a content writing company ($840K/year)

Julia McCoy from Georgetown, TX, USA started Express Writers over 9 years ago, a content writing company.

  • Revenue: $70,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Georgetown, TX, USA

I found the freelance writing market in 2011 after signing up to sites that offered writing work. It was a fairly new and burgeoning market at the time, even if the rates offered on the platforms I started on were abysmal. Taking a ton of low-paying gigs was how I molded my first online writing skills. As I accumulated work, continually hit my deadlines, and exceeded expectations, the work brought referral work. Within three months of starting my entire freelance writing pursuit, I had more work than I could handle. So, I started a business, created it on the spot, and named it Express Writers.

We got clients on day one and continued to get them because I went and got them. I would get up at 4 a.m. and send out 100 emails a day to new leads.

We’ve never had funding. We’ve never sought it. Everything was a day-by-day, gut-instinct, move-fast process, and we have always had to pivot and learn how to reshape and reapproach when failures happened. I went with it and found joy because I was walking in my passion (writing). What I’ve learned is that this move-fast process is behind some of the most successful businesses in the world. Success loves speed. Failure attaches to slowness. Our quick responses and agile adaptations, or the “hard-knocks life” if you want to describe it more accurately, helped us maintain and grow our place in the market.

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Julia McCoy, on starting Express Writers ($70,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a digital marketing business ($1.2M/year)

Rahul Alim from Los Angeles, California, USA started Custom Creatives over 16 years ago, a digital marketing business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

My intention during and after high school was to move to Europe and play soccer (football) as my career. However, I was persuaded to try my hand at college which eventually took me down the path where I am today.

I grew up in a family full of entrepreneurs, thinkers…people smarter than me so I was definitely lucky to be in the right room.

My first job was selling credit card machines and processing. I was raw in business but determined (or stubborn) to make it alone with the help of no one (NOTE, this was a dumb idea and everyone should get help at every stage of life). When I started, I thought I was in a finance position. It turned out I was in a sales position, responsible for calling businesses to sell them on our services. It was the best thing to ever happen to me at this stage in my young career.

I was forced to talk to people, negotiate, persuade, help strangers over the phone - I learned one of the greatest skills of all time, how to sell over the phone. I had never sold anything, I learned sales in 3 days, then practiced every single day. This position lasted 30 days, but the grass only got greener. I was somehow recruited to a company called Homestore, which owned Realtor.com where I eventually became a top sales account executive managing the East Coast as my territory.

I went from the worst at sales in the company to the top 10 in the company. I took my sales learnings from my first job selling credit card processing to selling to internet advertising to Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Lenders and those involved in the real estate transaction.

After just a few years, I left Realtor.com (for no reason whatsoever, I loved working there) to start my own company. Young, dumb, no plan, no office, no product, no smart idea, but I had one thing to offer… I decided to help realtors manage and promote their listings on the internet.

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Rahul Alim, on starting Custom Creatives ($100,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start an ecommerce platform ($1.2M/year)

Nick and Angelica from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA started Romans Tide over 6 years ago, a ecommerce platform.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Outsource everything. The classic entrepreneur’s mistake is to try and do everything yourself. When I look back on it I definitely had the funds to outsource more and bootstrap less.

If it wasn't for that struggle I would have never made it to where I am today. I was forced into entrepreneurship because I was not someone people could hire. I always got along with people at interviews and people liked me but I was not hireable due to the mistakes I made in the past surrounding my issues with drugs and alcohol as a teenager.

Embrace the struggle. Good times can make you soft. I appreciate my life now and keep an attitude of gratitude but I never forget where I came from. I never forget not knowing where my next meal would come from or not knowing where I was going to sleep at night. Believe it or not, I have had worse times and been worse places than being homeless but I won't go there here

I got my GED at 16 so I didn’t even finish high school, before starting my business I did take some college classes at a local community college. I wanted to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and attend Bastyr University.

I loved learning things but always struggled with the long road of school which held no guarantee of success, just a guarantee of debt.

My journey into entrepreneurship started as an early teenager hustling here and there just to put food in my mouth and fuel in the gas tank. My first real business was a landscaping business I started with a friend that didn't work out. We thought it would be a good idea because he had the work and I had the business mindset of growing and scaling. The opportunity was there but we did not collaborate well. Even with my guidance he did not want to change his habits. This led to us butting heads, ending our business, tainting our friendship, and me $20,000 in debt. After that had failed me I came across a program that taught people how to dropship on eBay for $20 a month. I really liked the idea of this as it gave me the opportunity to work from anywhere and be my own boss which are two things I really wanted. After a few months of hard work, things went well and I paid $500 for the selling on Amazon training. I literally had no idea what I was doing when my Amazon business took off. In a sense, Amazon was my crash course in business. It taught me how to hire and manage employees, how to set up payroll, how to outsource, how to do accounting, how to leverage credit and financing, how to market, how to do advertising. It taught me everything I know about business in the harshest way possible lol

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Nick and Angelica, on starting Romans Tide ($100,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a social media marketing business ($120K/year)

Mahsun Avci from Taastrup started Avci ApS over 1 year ago, a social media marketing business.

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

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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Mahsun Avci, on starting Avci ApS ($10,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a diy business ($1.62M/year)

Mark Tyrol from Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA started Battic Door over 8 years ago, a DIY business.

  • Revenue: $135,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA

When I purchased my first house in 2000, I had a pull-down ladder in one of the bedrooms.

When attic stairs are installed, a large hole (approximately 10 square feet) is created in your ceiling. The ceiling and insulation that were there have to be removed, leaving only a thin, unsealed, sheet of plywood.

I have a colleague who told me “Businesses do not fail, people quit.” I decided to not quit.

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Mark Tyrol, on starting Battic Door ($135,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a staffing agency ($2.04M/year)

Eddie Edwards Jr from Sunrise, Florida, USA started CEI Staffing almost 17 years ago, a staffing agency.

  • Revenue: $170,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 68
  • Location: Sunrise, Florida, USA

I had worked in various positions in the Broward County Sheriff’s office. One of those positions being an investigator for the Child Abuse Division. I also gained some supervisory experience overseeing the Commissary Department of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Central Jail.

If a company can’t meet your price to do business, then you need to move on, stick to your guns. Don’t drop your rates. You need to know exactly what it’s going to take to make money. Then go up from there, not down.

These positions were a far cry from what I was about to undertake in the opening of a staffing business. After growing weary of the bureaucracy of my early career I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I wanted to jump in with both feet and was excited and anxious to start my own business but being married and the father of four I decided to become an independent Contractor for an established Staffing Company based in Atlanta Georgia.

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Eddie Edwards Jr, on starting CEI Staffing ($170,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start an online vape shop ($720K/year)

Jeremy Ong from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia started Vape Club almost 6 years ago, a online vape shop.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I grew up in a traditional-minded middle class Asian family in Malaysia. I had tiger parents who always asked me to study hard, get good grades, get a good job and retire at 60. I’ve always been skeptical about this as my dad was not particularly happy and he was always worried about money.

That’s what I did anyways, I graduated as an Economics graduate and found a job as a brand marketer in an FMCG environment. I was working 9am - 9pm for a 600USD salary in Malaysia.

I had tiger parents who always asked me to study hard, get good grades, get a good job and retire at 60. I’ve always been skeptical about this as my dad was not particularly happy and he was always worried about money.

I thought that there must be more to life than this. I started reading and taking inspiration from books like Rich Dad Poor Dad, Millionaire Mindset, Millionaire Fastlane etc. I don’t have a lot of capital to start with so I’ve always experimented with online businesses as a way to build wealth. During my spell when I was working a full-time job, I built eCommerce stores on my downtime and made some money out of it. However, none of these really took off as I had a lack of focus.

One day, I decided slaving away on the desk isn’t the kind of life I wanted to leave. And I’ve saved up a runway burn fund of about 5,000 USD (so that I can continue eating). I enrolled in a programming bootcamp right after I quit my job because I thought that some coding knowledge would help me build a better online business.

To be honest, I did not know what I wanted to do after graduating from the bootcamp. I had been vaping for about 3 years (this was in 2015) and the vaping industry was just going through an explosive phase of growth. So I thought, why not?

I managed to validated the subscription box idea for about 50USD. All I did was build a two step landing page using a free tool like Unbounce that “sells” the subscription box product. When visitors click buy now, they get sent to an opt in page saying that we’ve “sold out” due to “overwhelming demand”. To get in front of the imaginary queue that I’ve created, they’d have to share the links with 5 friends. This campaign was a success as we’ve achieved more than 30% conversion rates. Here’s a screenshot of the 2-step landing page.

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Jeremy Ong, on starting Vape Club ($60,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a hair salon ($4.8M/year)

Chelle Neff from Austin, Texas, USA started Urban Betty over 16 years ago, a hair salon.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 58
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

I was led to this career path as a business owner from my sheer motivation to do better in my life than what I had grown up with. My parents had me when they were teenagers and we lived meagerly while I was young.

I knew that if I wanted to go to college, I would need to find a way to pay for it myself along with my cost of living. I naturally had a knack for doing hair and art, so when I was 16, I had the chance to enroll in cosmetology school while in high school, and by 18, I was fully licensed. This was much more affordable for me than the traditional college route, so that’s what led me to pursue it.

When I received my license in 1995, I started working behind the chair at Supercuts. I slowly worked my way up the ladder to high-end salons. Five years later, I got a small suite at the Gallery of Salons and was an independent contractor. That was my initial stepping stone to running my own business.

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Chelle Neff, on starting Urban Betty ($400,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a chocolate making business ($144K/year)

Sarah Gross Feoli from New York, USA started Rescue Chocolate over 11 years ago, a chocolate making business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, USA

I’ve always been interested in animal welfare, and grew up with at least one or two dogs in the house at all times. During middle school and high school, I volunteered at my local animal shelter in Shreveport, Louisiana. I also became a vegetarian and then a vegan during those years. (I chose the vegan lifestyle primarily out of compassion for animals. Later I learned that it is also beneficial to the environment and one’s health as well.)

My love for chocolate didn’t happen until my mid 20s, after I had moved to New York. I enjoyed visiting the artisan chocolatiers in the city and sampling exotic varieties. For a short time, I worked at a raw vegan chocolate factory in Queens where I developed a best-selling flavor.

Then I adopted a homeless pit bull.

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Sarah Gross Feoli, on starting Rescue Chocolate ($12,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a cannabis business ($3M/year)

Bjorn Dawson from Waterloo, ON, Canada started Grobo over 7 years ago, a cannabis business.

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 11
  • Location: Waterloo, ON, Canada

I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs so it was always something I knew I would go into. My grandfather, for example, built some of the earliest satellite communication technology. Today, our phones can connect to satellites, but back then it required a $10M+ facility. He used entrepreneurship to develop something new and transformational that still impacts our lives today.

With my parents as entrepreneurs, I grew up understanding that lifestyle. Although they worked nights and weekends, they were always able to come to my afternoon soccer games and had significantly more flexibility in their life than most people do. That’s the life I wanted. The ability to pick what you work on, make an impact on the world, and choose when and how you do it.

I truly believe that anyone can become an entrepreneur, which is why I went into Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo instead of going into a Business program. Within the first 6 months of being in Waterloo, I purchased a home to use as a rental property. It was the best investment I’ve ever made for two reasons. The most obvious reason is the financial return. Between rent and appreciation, the house net me over $25K/year for 5 years. The second reason is the gardens.

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Bjorn Dawson, on starting Grobo ($250,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a wedding planner business ($24K/year)

Lia chhabra from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Shaadivaale over 3 years ago, a wedding planner business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

So I got placed in a medium-sized private company in 2016 after my graduation and I served for about 4.5 years there. With the pandemic rising, I had to look for another job because things got messy there. So, I switched my job as I wasn’t still convinced to take the risk of doing my business full time. I switched and joined somewhere else as their Social Media Manager.

Being in a creative industry, and handling the digital marketing activities of the organizations gave me a great insight into how business is done. I started believing in the power of digitalization and how I was so good at it. This was the major reason why I even thought of setting up something like Shaadivaale in the first place.

I gained a lot of experience by working at my two employers and it took me 3 years to take my venture to a place where I started seeing results. It did not come easy but what surprised me most is that I wasn’t even willing to give up. Several other ideas were popping up in my mind but I never thought of the need to drop it and move onto the next one. I had my soul into it. It was clear.

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Lia chhabra, on starting Shaadivaale ($2,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a waste management business ($492K/year)

Dustin from Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA started SOCO Waste almost 5 years ago, a waste management business.

  • Revenue: $41,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

I came to the realization that I had a problem with staying at a job for more than 6 months. I would come in to work every day, learn the job, and about 6 months later I would be sitting there bored and wondering why they didn’t do things a certain way to make the business more efficient.

I tried working everywhere from door to door sales, fast food, shipping companies and at one point I was even an O.T.R. truck driver!

Eventually, I would find another job and move on because being inefficient wasn’t me!

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Dustin , on starting SOCO Waste ($41,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start an appliance repair business ($1.2M/year)

Chad Rubin from Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA started Think Crucial over 13 years ago, a appliance repair business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

I studied finance in college and started covering internet stocks like Amazon on Wall Street. This really opened up the world of e-commerce to me. At the same time, my parents were running a shop that sold vacuum cleaners along with accessories but it wasn’t doing very well. I started helping them out with their business and took it online while still working crazy banker hours.

When I was let go in 2009 after the crash, I was ecstatic - this was my chance for a whole new beginning in e-commerce. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I helped expand the business, first on Volusion then selling on eBay, and then finally Amazon. Ultimately, I realized I didn’t want to be a reseller-- I wanted to have my own brand. That was the genesis of Think Crucial.

The key is to start small and stay scrappy. Don’t put the cart before the horse - source or create a product customers need, package it right, and sell it. As you grow (and only then), add more.

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Chad Rubin, on starting Think Crucial ($100,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a cleaning business ($1.2M/year)

Neel Parekh from Los Angeles, CA, USA started MaidThis Franchise about 8 years ago, a cleaning business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 9
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

I originally started MaidThis as a side hustle while I was working at a private equity investment firm. Like many people working the corporate grind, I was fascinated by becoming my own boss.

With any first product or service launch, you’re almost guaranteed to get some aspect of it wrong. You might be priced too low, not be addressing the right target market, or have the package all wrong.

I finally stumbled upon The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, which turns out is basically the Bible for the digital nomad community, and decided I wanted to experience “location freedom”.

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Neel Parekh, on starting MaidThis Franchise ($100,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a grocery store

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22. Start a coffee cart

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23. Start a home repair business

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24. Start a pizza delivery business

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25. Start an in-home senior care business

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26. Start a vegan vending machine

Examples of a successful vegan vending machine:

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27. Start a fast food drive-thru business

Examples of a successful fast food drive-thru business:

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28. Start a daycare

Examples of a successful daycare:

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29. Become a property manager

Examples of a successful property manager:

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30. Start a funeral services business

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31. Start a home improvement service kiosk business

Examples of a successful home improvement service kiosk business:

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32. Start an apartment rental business

Examples of a successful apartment rental business:

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33. Start a home healthcare service business

Examples of a successful home healthcare service business:

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34. Start a pharmaceutical manufacturing business

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35. Start a property stagers business

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36. Start a discount retailers business

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37. Start a transport and logistics business

Examples of a successful transport and logistics business:

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38. Start an auto repair business

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39. Start a mental health business

Examples of a successful mental health business:

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40. Start a nail salon

Examples of a successful nail salon:

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41. Start a laundromat

Examples of a successful laundromat:

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42. Start a pawn shop kiosk business

Examples of a successful pawn shop kiosk business:

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43. Start a cosmetic store business ($102K/year)

Examples of a successful cosmetic store business:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Alexis Evans 's story on creating FBI Cosmetics Inc. a read:

My name is Alexis Evans aka Da Mademoiselle. I am a native of South Florida who has started a cosmetic and skincare company named FBI Cosmetics d/b/a Flawlessly Beautiful Individual in the middle of a pandemic.

I am also the owner of Boss Talk Expo an annual expo and conference company. I branched out into the beauty industry, I started FBI Cosmetics off with just lipsticks and have progressed into the skincare business in December. I have grossed over $62,000 in sales. People ask where the name comes from and I tell people “it’s a crime to be so damn beautiful.”

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Alexis Evans , on starting FBI Cosmetics Inc. ($8,500/month) full story ➜

44. Start a liquor shop business

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45. Start a consignment sale business

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46. Start a financial consulting business ($144K/year)

Examples of a successful financial consulting business:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Evan Bleker's story on creating Net Net Hunter a read:

My name is Evan Bleker, I’m an investor and entrepreneur. I started a company called Net Net Hunter, a membership community focused on a niche value investment strategy. The core of the strategy is buying cheap stocks, incredibly cheap stocks.

We now offer a list of roughly 1000 international net-nets and filter through them by hand to identify the top 40 or 50 to focus our research efforts on. Along the way, I’ve collected a lot of bits and pieces written about net investing and packaged them into a learning resource. We added a community forum to share ideas and help members connect. This has been very popular. Investment analysis came later.

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Evan Bleker, on starting Net Net Hunter ($12,000/month) full story ➜

47. Become a live streamer

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48. Start a candy making business

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49. Start a bookkeeping business

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50. Start a pet food delivery business

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51. Start a collection agency business

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52. Start an accounting firm

Examples of a successful accounting firm:

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53. Start a commercial loan brokerage business

Examples of a successful commercial loan brokerage business:

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54. Start a tax preparation business

Examples of a successful tax preparation business:

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55. Start a conference organizing business

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56. Start an economists business

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57. Start a telecommunications business

Examples of a successful telecommunications business:

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58. Start a pet medication business

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59. Start an insurance information business

Examples of a successful insurance information business:

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60. Start a pet grooming business

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61. Start an IT support business

Examples of a successful IT support business:

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62. Start a pet supplies business

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63. Start a virtual tutoring business

Examples of a successful virtual tutoring business:

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64. Start an online influencer business ($24K/year)

Examples of a successful online influencer business:

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65. Start a bakery

Examples of a successful bakery:

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66. Start a drive-through convenience store business

Examples of a successful drive-through convenience store business:

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67. Start a baby products kiosk business ($6M/year)

Examples of a successful baby products kiosk business:

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

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And for some real world inspiration, give Kirsten and Sam's story on creating Parker Baby Co. a read:

We are Sam and Kirsten, a husband and wife team from Parker, Colorado. Parker Baby Co. specializes in practical baby products that are designed to simplify parenthood. As parents of 4 kids under the age of 5 years old, we find inspiration for new products everywhere. Most of our products are inspired directly by our kids.

Pictured below is our son in one of our signature bandana bibs:

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Kirsten and Sam, on starting Parker Baby Co. ($500,000/month) full story ➜

68. Start a restaurant

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69. Start a credit and debt counseling business

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70. Start a makeup artist business

Examples of a successful makeup artist business:

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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