The 147 Best Service Business Ideas To Start In 2022

The 147 Best Service Business Ideas To Start In 2022

In most service-based businesses, customers pay you (the business owner) for your skills or knowledge. Some examples include plumbers, lawyers, accountants, and the list goes on.

But there are so many more (and unique) opportunities to start a service based business today...

So I decided to dive into our case studies database and showcase some of the best business ideas in the service industry.

I ended up finding 75 ideas for service businesses that are all in demand today. A few of these are old favorites, but most of them might be new ideas for you. Each idea listed below comes with a description, estimated revenue that you can make, and some real-world examples of service companies.

Here's the list:

1. Start a dog walking business ($54K/month)

Do you love dogs? If yes, you can turn your love for animals into a lucrative side hustle that can help you pay extra toward your mortgage, save for a vacation, or even clear that student’s loan.

If you choose to offer dog walking services as a side hustle, you could earn an average income of between $10,000 and $30,000 per year. As a dog walker, sitter or boarder, you offer your services to dog owners looking for a caregiver for their puppy. Register on a legitimate dog-walking app and create a compelling profile to get started.

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $54,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,125
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills

Case Study

Hi. My name is Melodi Landi. I am the Founder & Owner of Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC.

Furry Fellas has been voted in the TOP 3 Pet Sitting / Dog Walking Company within the RI / MA area for 8 years in a row!

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2. Start a tutoring or education business ($100K/month)

When students have problems with their schoolwork, they turn to tutors for help.

Being a tutor awakens your entrepreneurial skills. Being your own boss allows you to set your own schedule and be more independent. You'll create lasting relationships with students and their parents. Last but not least: you get paid well!

How Much Can You Make?
$1,700 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$141,900
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hello! My name is Ghazal Qureshi and I am the proud founder and CEO of UpBrainery Technologies. UpBrainery is a startup tech company that focuses on revolutionizing modern education to fit the evolving needs of parents and children.

Within our first few months, we have cultivated relationships with organizations like the Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., Whataburger, NASDAQ, and the Houston Rockets. We are in the works to build a large network of opportunities with other corporations to provide educational content to children in their communities.

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3. Start a children's party planning business ($2K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

Hi there! We are Jane and Louise, the founders of The Little Teepee Company where we create extra special sleepovers and slumber under. Each child has their own individual teepee styled with bunting, fairy lights, luxurious blankets, cushions, and floor rugs with a breakfast tray and lantern at the end of each mattress. We set up and decorate the teepees on the day of the party and take everything down the next day allowing the host to have a stress-free party.

We started to generate an income of around $2000/mo for a few months until the pandemic hit and we found ourselves canceling bookings and offering refunds. Everything came to a grinding halt in March 2020. More about how we adapted our business model in this ‘new norm’ that we find ourselves in, below.

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4. Create an online course ($117K/month)

Online course businesses are one of the fastest-growing online business models. Creating an online course is an awesome way to generate extra income because it allows you to monetize the knowledge you already have. More people are taking online courses every day, and the COVID pandemic has accelerated that, with some online learning platforms having seen 15-folds growth in the number of users.

Another advantage is that these new platforms are so easy to use for instructors that you don't have to worry at all about the tech side of the business. You just need to focus on creating exciting content that is informational & engaging at the same time.

Starting an online course allows you to eliminate some of the huge costs associated with setting up a physical training facility, and it's a great way to reach as many people.

How Much Can You Make?
$350 — $3,735,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,297
Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills

Case Study

We are Christian and Rasmus Mikkelsen, also known as the Mikkelsen Twins online. We run an online education company where we help people to build an online book publishing business. The reason why we teach what seems like a random/kinda weird online business model is because it’s what changed our lives almost 3 years ago and freed us from the life path we were heading down (were in the middle of a business degree in community college and there was absolutely no hope for a truly happy and fulfilled life if we had continued to take that path in life).

Fast forward to today, our company is making over 6-figures in profit every month which is almost unbelievable for two 24-year-old (ambitious) idiots with just a laptop, wifi connection and a small team.

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5. Start a mobile photography ($40.1K/month)

Want to start your own photography business? You're not alone. With the rise of social media and photo-sharing, blogging, and online retailing, it's never been easier to start making money behind your camera.

There are photographers shooting weddings, creating images for ad campaigns, freelancing for magazines, touring the world, taking photographs of destinations — the list is endless!

To start mobile photography, research the target audience and determine which specialization area is more lucrative. Invest in high-quality, professional cameras, lenses, and a computer with professional software photo-editing software.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$24,583
Skills

Case Study

Hi! My name is Tsour Lee Adato and I am the founder of Pro Photo Studio. I started my product photography business over 5 years ago while living in New York. Pro Photo Studio specializes in high-end commercial photography and also caters to the average eCommerce online seller who sells on platforms like Amazon and Etsy.

The company began realizing a profit very quickly, in the first quarter after opening and year over year profits have increased while the cost of customer acquisition has decreased. Currently, the company makes approximately $350k per year and is on its way to becoming a 7 figure business.

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6. Start a mobile veterinary service ($580K/month)

A mobile veterinary service is just what it sounds like, your pet receives veterinary care in a car. A mobile unit is much cheaper than building a clinic.

As the number of pet owners is growing, there is also an increase in the number of pets that require check-ups and emergency services. If you are looking for a relatively low investment way to start a business, then starting a mobile veterinary service might be the right business for you.

How Much Can You Make?
$580,000/month
Skills

Case Study

HousePaws started 10 years ago this April. I had become disenchanted with practicing in a “normal” veterinary environment: appointments every 10-15 min, stressed owners/ pets/ workers, etc. I was starting work and it was dark outside and leaving work and it was dark outside. Clients, despite liking me as a vet, did not perceive the value of the visit was worth what they were paying, and the hospital I worked out was corporate-minded. The practice had one size fits all plans which were not consistent with how I like to practice. I consider every patient as an individual. Each pet, even those living in the same house, have different lifestyles sometimes.

At the end of 2010, I was working alone, 80 hours a week, and making $60,000 in revenue. Today we have over 100 employees and are making more than 7 million in revenue and thankfully I am not working 80 hours a week anymore!

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7. Become an online dating consultant ($5.2K/month)

An online dating consultant is a person who provides advice to people in the world of Internet dating. An online dating consultant can help you direct your profile, help you write your first message to an online match and help you make a great impression on your date.

Online dating has the potential to be one of the greatest customer service industries in the world.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,200 — $11,250,000/month
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi everyone, my name is Shane and I’m the founder of The Match Artist. We help singles take amazing pictures for their online dating profiles. Our flagship product is the 3 hour Executive shoot, which gets you about 100 different photos in 7 different settings.

We started this business in January 2018, and we have helped over 100 singles take pictures for their profile. We usually average between $5,000- $6,000 a month in revenue.

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8. Become a life consultant ($150K/month)

A life consultant or a life coach is a professional who aids clients in clarifying their goals, identifying different obstacles, and coming up with strategies to overcome such obstacles.

As a life consultant, you have exceptional opportunities to work with clients, helping them become a better version of themselves. Besides, you interact with different personalities, and get an opportunity to learn from them.

How Much Can You Make?
$150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$470
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Greetings, my name is Roy Kiessling, founder of EMDR Consulting, an international training organization specializing in teaching the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) psychotherapy to master's level and above mental health professionals.

What started as a one-person training organization in 2013, has now grown to administrative staff of 5. a training team of over 20 trainers and 150 coaches. EMDR Consulting is now one of the largest EMDR training organizations in the United States, annually conducting over 150 EMDR basic training courses a year, teaching over 1500 mental health professionals how to integrate EMDR into their clinical practice.

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9. Become a nutritionist ($252K/month)

A nutritionist is a food and nutrition expert who guides you towards a healthy lifestyle by counseling on nutrition issues specifically to increase or decrease the body weight.

They are called food experts because they teach you about healthy food habits, how to plan your meal that includes all the nutrition, vitamins, and minerals that maintain good health and prevent diseases.

There are several courses available online to become a Nutritionist. You can also earn a bachelor's degree in food science, nutrition science, clinical nutrition or a related area.

The requirements to become a nutritionist vary from state to state, but some states require licensing by one or more of the following associations:

  • The Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB)
  • The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS)
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration (RDN)

There are several career opportunities for a certified nutritionist ranging from healthcare, food science & technology to working with large-scale groups like corporates, schools, and sports authorities. Some of the roles are:

  • Clinical nutritionist
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Management nutritionist
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Registered dietitian nutritionist

An average salary of a nutritionist in the United States is $64,000 per year. A nutritionist can also work privately with their clients and charge them on an hourly basis. The average hourly pay for a nutritionist job in the US is $28 an hour.

Starting a nutritionist business may feel overwhelming and confusing. Focus on knowing where to spend your time and energy, in order to secure consistent nutrition clients. Seek referrals from other practitioners such as personal trainers and doctors.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$300
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 3 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

Hello! I am Haley Hughes a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and CrossFit coach! I’m from Anchorage Alaska but currently live in Greeley, Colorado where I completed my bachelor’s degree in dietetics.

After one year of business, I have been able to pay off my car, travel to Bora Bora and Europe and still invest in retirement. I am making $1800-$2100 per month through nutrition counseling while also working for 3 other organizations as an independent contractor where I still am able to my assigned work on my own time.

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10. Become a meditation coach ($3K/month)

A meditation coach teaches and guides those who seek mental clarity through meditation. Typically, the meditation teacher combines breathing and concentration to deepen understanding and to help the clients achieve relaxation.

Working as a meditation coach provides you an opportunity to guide clients in finding new practices and techniques that may provide additional health benefits in their daily lives. In addition, meditation coaches earn a decent salary and enjoy the opportunity to define their working hours, while building relationships with people from different backgrounds.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $8,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Case Study

Hey, I'm Griff, and I'm the founder of MindEasy. We create meditation courses and content designed to help people find their way into mindfulness and meditation in a personal way.

This is the problem I wanted to solve with MindEasy. Help people discover what they want to achieve with meditation and then help them approach it in a relevant and meaningful way.

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11. Start an in-home senior care service ($250K/month)

In-home senior care services allow senior clients to live their everyday life in the comfort of their own home.

Experienced caregivers typically customize their services based on their client's exact needs - which is why seniors and families prefer this type of service, even if it costs more than a typical nursing home.

There are several different types of home care you can offer, a few being:

  • Personal care services: This type of service helps clients with everyday necessities, such as grooming, bathing, dressing, and overall hygiene
  • Nurse directed care: This type of care refers to caretakers managing medication, wounds, and the overall health and wellbeing of the client
  • Meal & Food Prep: This type of care helps prepare nutritious meals and go grocery shopping
  • Transportation: Rides to the library, salon, grocery store, doctor's office, etc.

The price you can charge depends on where you live and the amount of experience you have, but this ranges anywhere from $18/hour-$40/hour.

The great part about starting an in-home senior care business is that you do not need any formal education or medical training. As long as you have the necessary skills to do this job, you can build a successful business as a home senior care business.

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$200,000
Skills

Case Study

My name is Gareth Mahon. I’m the co-founder and CEO of The CareSide, a home care and nursing service provider for elderly individuals in Australia. We are based in Perth, Australia.

We launched our company in 2017. Over the past 3 years, we have scaled to $5 million in revenue.

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12. Become a graphic designer ($30K/month)

Graphic designing involves creating sketch designs and materials for corporate clients, advertising agencies, public relations firms, and publishers. Besides, graphic designers provide visual solutions to specific company images, log design, and branding problems.

Graphic design is an excellent career for creative thinkers who enjoy using their talent and artistic skills combined with technology and communication abilities to come up with unique solutions for their clients.

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $81,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$333
Skills

Case Study

Hi, I’m Mike Moloney, the founder of FilterGrade. FilterGrade is a marketplace for creators where you can find digital assets such as presets, LUTs, video templates, and much more.

Today thousands of creators from all around the world buy and sell digital products on FilterGrade and more than 450,000 users visit the site every month.

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13. Become a personal fitness trainer

A personal trainer demonstrates exercises and routines to clients. A professional trainer takes a holistic approach to fitness and helps the clients attain a healthy lifestyle and attitude.

Personal trainers enjoy unlimited earning potential because they can work for several clients. Besides, they enjoy flexible working hours, become their own boss, and enjoy maximum job satisfaction.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $10,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Winning Mentality Fitness, based in the Bay area, is a fitness training business run solely by Brandon Woo.

He started working out for the first time after graduating from college eight years ago and grew a passion for fitness. This led to his fitness coaching training business which he started in 2014.

In 2020 after the pandemic hit, he came across Everit, an online fitness training software. This discovery proved beneficial as he decided to take his training business online.

In just three months, Brandon expanded his training company to a monthly revenue of $10,000 by using his newly acquired business knowledge. He now maintains a small number of in-person clients while working online with 20 clients.

Since the success of his online training, Brandon has been able to add a new source of income to his training company. Because of this, he could choose the clients he worked with personally and was no longer forced to exchange his time for money.

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14. Start a grocery delivery service

Grocery delivery is an on-demand service where clients shop for groceries and you deliver to their commercial or residential premises.

As a carrier in grocery delivery, you have an opportunity to maximize your output, as you can serve multiple customers in one trip. Besides, you get to choose your preferred working time and location.

15. Become a mobile makeup artist

A makeup artist is a beautician who offers general makeup services, including facial aesthetics, thorough makeup, and creating custom looks for celebrities and even actors on movie sets.

As a makeup artist, you can serve clients from their homes or offices. Therefore, the makeup artists avoid the need to pay rent or pay expensive licenses. Besides, the makeup artists get to meet different famous people.

To stand out as a professional makeup artist, keep up with the developments in the cosmetology industry and focus on providing personalized customer service.

16. Start a doula service ($200/month)

Doula services provide emotional and physical support to mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

The demand for doula service increases, creating an excellent opportunity for trained professionals to earn a decent income.

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$300
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hello! I’m Jessica Glendinning and I am the creator of Your Virtual Doula. Your Virtual Doula provides parents-to-be with knowledge and emotional support during pregnancy, throughout labor and delivery, and postpartum through phone, text, and email.

Although many birthing professionals are currently attempting to hastily add virtual services for their clients out of sheer necessity, Your Virtual Doula has pioneered this business, constructing a foundation of effective and high-quality virtual doula services.

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17. Become a private school application consultant

A primary school admission consultant helps children figure out their interests and suggests how to develop the interests further. Typically, they allow children to fill gaps in students' resumes by finding options for community service and academic enrichment opportunities during school breaks.

Primary school admission consultants work for multiple clients, which is an excellent opportunity for expanding their revenue sources. They can choose to work part-time, especially during school breaks and summer holidays.

How Much Can You Make?
$18,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Ellis Annichine and I am the owner and CEO of New Sphere. We offer virtual preschool classes for children ages 2 - 6 years old. We currently have three separate programs: Toddler and Me (2 years old), It’s Circle Time (3-4 years old) and Kinder Prep (4-5 years old).

We currently have 100 customers and approximately $18,000 in MRR. We employ a team of 9 teachers who are located all across the United States.

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18. Start a pet sitting business

A pet sitter is a professional who provides daily care for pets while the pet owners are at work or on vacation. The pet sitter's duties include:

  • Cooking special meals for pets as instructed by pet owners.
  • Reporting any behavioral issues to pet owners.
  • Playing with the pets to encourage their mental and physical stimulation.

One of the advantages of working as a pet sitter is that it's not a stressful career. You also get to work with different animals while enjoying a work-life balance.

Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills
Business model

19. Become a handyman

Handyman offers various home repair services based on their skill set and the customer’s needs. Also known as a fixer, the handyman carries out repair works both on the interior and exterior.

The handyman business is a great part-time opportunity, and you can earn a high-profit margin while the overhead costs are low.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

I’m Dan Stewart and I’m the founder of Dundas Valley Pools. We help homeowners with swimming pools in Southern Ontario, Canada maximize the summers in their backyard. We do this by providing personalized, on-site services such as pool openings/ closings, pool maintenance, equipment installations, pool renovations, and new pool installations. Since our humble beginnings in May of 2016 we have serviced 350+ pools, opened and closed 200+ pools, and have installed tons of high-quality pool equipment, pool liners, and winter safety covers for happy customers throughout Southern Ontario.

Dundas Valley Pools has grown from a company producing very little revenue in 2016 to a company that is earning an average of $8000/ month net revenue during the on-season. This year we hope to actually double that number. This is due to our expansion into more technical services as well as taking on larger jobs-- namely, new pool installations.

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20. Start a mobile auto detailing service

A mobile carwash business reaches clients whenever possible and offers its services at great convenience. Therefore, car owners do not need to drive to different locations looking for a car wash, as the mobile service provider is there for the client.

The advantage of offering a mobile car wash business is that clients will call you to their location whenever they need their vehicles cleaned. Based on the convenience, you have the opportunity of serving more customers compared to an immobile car detailing business.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $6,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,500
Skills

Case Study

My name is Matt Paskow. I started a mobile auto detailing business called Fresh Look Mobile Auto Detailing which services North County, San Diego.

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21. Become a virtual assistant ($176K/month)

Virtual assistants support businesses, teams, or individuals by performing administrative tasks remotely. As businesses these days tend to outsource their tasks, the demand for virtual assistants is growing rapidly.

Becoming a virtual assistant is flexible as you can choose a work schedule and location at your convenience. Many virtual assistants have a dedicated home office where they work in a quiet and distraction-free environment.

To become a virtual assistant, identify a niche you like and undertake any training. Figure how much to charge your customers and create an online presence where you can apply for jobs. As a virtual assistant, you can define your work schedule depending on your availability.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$4,200
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi, I am Julmar Grace Locsin, and I am the owner and co-founder of Filipino Virtual Assistance by FVA Business Consultancy. FVA offers online and offline training, coaching, consulting, workshops, services, franchising-related virtual assistance, offshoring, outsourcing, and remote work for brands and businesses, here and abroad.

Our very mission is to equip freelancers, empower marketers, and enable businesses. We envision FVA for global digital leadership that will impact the world through digitalization, one life at a time. FVA has three arms, namely FVA Online Academy- have trained 25,000 students from our 31 courses, FVA Services- from training to hiring programs, and FVA Franchising with 16 Coaches assigned from different territories. And we are fifteen in the FVA team, including FVA co-founder Jay Locsin and me.

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22. Become an IT consultant ($2.1K/month)

Are you an IT graduate still looking for that dream job? Then becoming an IT consultant might be the right choice for you.

An IT consultant is an external analyst in charge of evaluating a company’s IT systems and helping them meets its business objectives. IT consultants analyze and diagnose a company’s IT infrastructure, understand the client’s needs, and design solutions to help companies' IT problems.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $2,400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$833
Skills

Case Study

My everyone. My name is Dan Khadem. I’m from Denver, Colorado and have a wife and 2 kids. I might have the most interesting or unique story because I have two very opposite things going on in my life. For my first business, I started a database consulting service for small and medium-sized organizations. This is using my technical skills and is very much using the Type A side of my personality. On the other end of the spectrum I do commercial acting and modeling. This is essentially for advertising in the form of print ads and commercials.

The rest of my side income comes from the database consulting service. Unfortunately, time is my limiting factor otherwise I’d grown the consulting business to larger than what it currently is.

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23. Start a mobile notary service business

A mobile notary verifies the signer's identity, witnesses the signing of documents, and puts his signature and stamp on the document.

24. Start a property management business

Property management companies maintain a residence's status quo by representing the property owners. The property management company markets the property and collects rent on behalf of the owners.

With the demand for housing increasing annually, the property management business is lucrative. Property managers earn commissions and have an opportunity to maximize profits by working for as many clients as they can handle.

How Much Can You Make?
$10,500 — $1,700,000/month
Skills

Case Study

We are Eugenio Ferrante and Ahmed Nizar, co-founders of Casa Mia Coliving.

Today, we have 150 bedrooms in central Singapore across popular neighborhoods such as River Valley, Tiong Bahru, and Orchard. We have reached an annualized revenue of $2.5M, and we’re growing fast!

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25. Become an event planner

Event planners arrange the details of various events, including weddings, anniversaries, reunions, and large social gatherings.

As an event planner, you get to explore your creative vision and see an idea turn into reality from the conception stage to the execution stage.

How Much Can You Make?
$108,000/month
Skills

Case Study

I’m Natasha Miller- raised in Des Moines, Iowa but high-tailed it out of there as soon as I could at the age of 23. I thought I’d be a performer only - a classical violinist and jazz vocalist, but as it turns out those careers might have been the catalyst for where I am today.

  • Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in America
  • Entrepreneur Magazine 360 List “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America”
  • San Francisco Business Times Fast 100 “Fastest Growing Companies in the San Francisco Bay Area”
  • Special Event Top 50 Event Planners in the World

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26. Become a yoga instructor

The first step to becoming a yoga instructor is obtaining a certification from an instructor-affiliated institution near you. Your next step should be drawing up a business plan considering various projections. Finally, determine whether to open a brick-and-mortar establishment, offer online yoga classes, or a hybrid model.

The option comes with far more responsibilities for brick and mortar establishments, like paying rent and utility expenses. Also, check business-zoning requirements and acquire the required licenses. Proper marketing strategies will help you build clientele fast and grow your business.

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$25,300
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Hey everyone! I am Chris and in March 2011 I started Live Fit. Live Fit is a personal training company that was created to change the standards in the personal training industry. Early on I focused on building a company that is not only based on results, as most fitness companies are, but that is also focused very heavily on relationships. Relationships create trust, trust creates buy-in, and buy-in leads to the accountability and dedication it takes to get results.

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27. Start an acupuncturist business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

Hello guys, my name is Moira McCarthy and I am a licensed acupuncturist in Austin, Texas. I am the owner of Acupuncture Wellness Center, LLC, and have been in practice since 1997. I offer acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture services.

I recently reduced my practice to one client per hour so that I could spend more time with each client and offer more services such as Acugraph computer analysis, Pointoselect digital auricular therapy, and cupping, as well as traditional acupuncture therapy and cosmetic acupuncture. My practice averages about 65 to 70 clients per month at an average cost of $90 per session.

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28. Become a personal chef

Not everyone has the time to prepare meals for themselves. If you love cooking, you can start a personal chef business in your area and earn a good income from the side gig. The side hustle can fit into your schedule easily, and you can offer delivery and pick-up or curbside options to ensure more people are buying your services.

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$50
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 15 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

I am David Buchanan, a professional chef, and owner of Chefs-Resources.com, a website geared towards providing professional chefs with free detailed culinary info (seasonality, flavor profiles, etc.) about fresh fish, oysters, and cuts of meat, as well as tons of free kitchen management articles. Paid subscribers get access to our premium kitchen management resources such as Excel sheets (prep sheets, recipe templates, ordering guides, etc.), video tutorials, and kitchen management articles.

The site is not about recipes, but I am a Chef, so here is one of my favorite personal creations...seared scallops, spring pea puree, lemon beurre blanc, fingerling potatoes, golden beets, asparagus, corn kernels.

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29. Start an errand service

Errand services help people and businesses who have daily errands to run but need an extra hand. So, they seek professional help who can do their chores on time with utmost efficiency.

There are various different services you can provide as an errand business, including, grocery shopping, picking up + sorting through mail, going to the bank, and much more.

Starting an errand business is quite easy. Consider offering package deals as a way of getting and retaining customers. Most errand businesses charge per hour and if the task involves driving, you may charge per mileage.

30. Start a dry cleaners business

Dry cleaning is a business that takes clothing, linens, and other fabrics and cleans them with no water. The dry cleaning process uses chemicals to clean the fabric and make it look new again. This process can remove stains, soil, and odors from your clothes.

People will always need their clothes washed, so this business model can be successful. Starting a dry cleaning business is a great way to get into the dry cleaning industry.

To maximize profitability, offer multiple services beyond the typical dry cleaning like wash and fold service.

How Much Can You Make?
$26,500/month
Average Initial Investment
$80,000
Skills

Case Study

Hello! My name is Nishant Tripathi, and I founded Dhobilite, a premium online dry cleaning, and laundry service. I started this company in 2011 with a vision to pioneer laundry service in India.

We started operations in the year 2011. Over the years, we experimented with and developed our business model and software. In 2015, we disrupted the laundry market and became India's first app-based, on-demand laundry service provider. We have expanded into more than 15 cities in the last two years and have around 20+ stores today. In addition, we have 30 plus franchises. We also have factories in Gurgaon, Noida, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Faridabad.

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31. Start a window cleaning business

If you are ambitious about cleaning spaces, you may consider the window cleaning business opportunity.

Starting a window cleaning business offers several advantages. First, you get to choose a suitable work schedule. Also, you have access to repeat business since windows need regular cleaning to keep the shiny appearance.

Besides, starting a window cleaning service is not capital intensive, and comes with minimal overhead costs.

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000/month
Skills

Case Study

While he was still a full-time student, Johnny Robinson built OrangeWindowCleaning.com into a $700k/year operation.

One day while hanging out with his friend Sergio, Johnny came up with the idea of the window cleaning business. He first approached door-to-door marketing and approached local stores to offer window cleaning services.

Later, after he discovered digital marketing and how tools and software could help him multiply his client base was when this journey started to take off for real.

His story proves that if you want to start your own business, it doesn’t necessarily take a never-before-seen business idea to have a never-before-seen impact on your life.

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32. Start a home cleaning service

Mopping floors, making beds, cleaning other people’s bathrooms, and vacuuming surfaces are not everyone’s cup of tea. However, if you are looking for a quick way to earn money, consider starting your home cleaning business.

Home cleaners earn per hour or chore, and can work for as many hours to maximize their income. Office-going people or parents with kids to look after do not have the time to clean their houses. Others are just messy and lazy and prefer paying a home cleaning services to keep the house in order.

To start a home cleaning business you do not need any particular skills or prior experience. You can advertise online, perform tasks, get referrals and build a steady clientele.

How Much Can You Make?
$83,000 — $600,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$800
Skills

Case Study

Hey! My name is Neel Parekh and I am the Founder and CEO of MaidThis® & MaidThis® Franchise, a cleaning franchise that helps residential homeowners and short-term rental hosts (Airbnb, VRBO, etc) with their cleanings.

  • We made our niche focus on cleaning Airbnbs and vacation rentals, in addition to regular home cleaning, which is a rapidly growing industry. We became the first cleaning franchise specializing in vacation rental cleaning.
  • Local businesses are often pretty old school and typically aren’t the best with marketing, especially digital marketing. We’re bringing new-age marketing tactics to this old-school industry.
  • Remote work: we’ve been able to stay extra nimble and lean with having a global workforce. This was initially done out of necessity so I could travel, but quickly became a huge competitive advantage. Our office team works across 8 different countries.

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33. Become a personal wardrobe stylist

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

My name is Brian McEuen, and I'm the founder of On Brand. We help guys shop for clothes online by curating personalized selections as if they were walking into their very own store. We're like Spotify for clothes! Another way to put it: imagine those “Top 25 T-Shirts for this Summer” lists curated just for you down to the right size, fit, style, and color!

I currently have about 75 users and an annualized revenue run rate of $1800.

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34. Start a doula service ($200/month)

Doula services provide emotional and physical support to mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

The demand for doula service increases, creating an excellent opportunity for trained professionals to earn a decent income.

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$300
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hello! I’m Jessica Glendinning and I am the creator of Your Virtual Doula. Your Virtual Doula provides parents-to-be with knowledge and emotional support during pregnancy, throughout labor and delivery, and postpartum through phone, text, and email.

Although many birthing professionals are currently attempting to hastily add virtual services for their clients out of sheer necessity, Your Virtual Doula has pioneered this business, constructing a foundation of effective and high-quality virtual doula services.

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35. Start a babysitting service

If you have some spare time at home, you can start providing babysitting services to couples who need extra support.

Here are the steps on how to start a babysitting business.

  • Avail for training/credentials related to babysitting
  • Register your business
  • Apply for Licenses/Permits
  • Open a bank account for business transactions

36. Become a college application consultant

How Much Can You Make?
$54,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Dr. Shirag Shemmassian founded Shemmassian Academic Consulting to provide students with professional academic counseling.

After years of providing his expertise for free, Shirag started charging for his services when he founded this consultancy in December 2013. Shirag charged his first paying customer $1,200. He had to edit 60-80 essays and spent countless hours helping the student, so his hourly rate worked out to be very low.

His proficiency is in advising students especially medical school applicants on which schools to apply to. Over time, this company has been able to generate $650k in revenue in a single year.

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37. Start a resume writing service ($2K/month)

Resumes and cover letters have become an integral part of the hiring process. Besides, job marketing is getting tight and more people are looking for employment. If you have a good resume and cover letter writing skills, you can capitalize on your knowledge and earn good money. You can offer both a personal consultation service and create paid downloadable templates to create different revenue streams.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $42,857/month
Average Initial Investment
$35
Time To Revenue
180 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 8 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Case Study

Hi everyone! My name is Alex Benjamin, founder of Recruiter Written. We are a resume and LinkedIn profile writing service that provides our clients with an extraordinary advantage in the job market.

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38. Become a physical therapist

Physical therapists are trained professionals who evaluate and treat abnormal physical function relating to injuries, disability, or other health conditions. The professionals can diagnose and treat various injuries and health conditions and improve a person’s range of movement and quality of life, preventing further injury or disabilities.

A licensed physical therapist works in various healthcare settings, including private practice and fitness settings. To become a physical therapist, earn a doctor of physical therapy education and pass the licensure exams. Then, you can register your business and focus on growing the business.

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

Hi there! My name is Sam Varnerin and I created Snuggle with Sam, my independent professional cuddling practice, while I was still working full-time as a construction engineer.

Here’s all of the contributors on the panel at CuddleXpo in Chicago presenting how we came up with the Code of Ethics for Professional Cuddling. Back left to right: Maryelen Reid, Madelon Guinazzo, Samantha Varnerin (me!), Samantha Hess, Jean Franzbleau, Fei Wyatt, Janet Trevino. Front left to right: Keely Shoup, Lisa Meece. Photo credit Rellian Chen Merrin

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39. Start a pet sitting business

A pet sitter is a professional who provides daily care for pets while the pet owners are at work or on vacation. The pet sitter's duties include:

  • Cooking special meals for pets as instructed by pet owners.
  • Reporting any behavioral issues to pet owners.
  • Playing with the pets to encourage their mental and physical stimulation.

One of the advantages of working as a pet sitter is that it's not a stressful career. You also get to work with different animals while enjoying a work-life balance.

Time To Revenue
150 days
Skills
Business model

40. Mobile pet grooming business

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

My name is Amy Reed and in 2004 my neighbor, Leslie Barron, and I founded Woofie’s - a professional pet care services company in Northern Virginia. Woofie’s offers Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, and Mobile Pet Grooming services.

With 16+ years of experience, Leslie and I have seen the industry grow and mature, we have turned challenges into opportunities, and we continue to keep Woofie’s evolving well ahead of the pack!

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41. Start a lawn care service

Are you ready to begin your lawn care business and be your boss? A lawncare business offers lawn aeration, Seeding, fertilizing, soil acidity tests, and controlling weeds, among other services. If you love creating amazing landscapes, consider starting a lawn care company.

To start lawn care legally and run it profitably, you must register the business legally. You can get into a franchise or start the business from scratch. Decide what lawn care services you will offer and your target clients.

To offer effective service, purchase lawn care equipment, and hire skilled lawn care personnel.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$250,000
Skills

Case Study

I'm Bryan Clayton CEO of GreenPal which is best described as Uber for Lawn Care.

Good thing early investors told us no because with their capital they would have owned and controlled 30% of our business.e are self-funded and my cofounders and I own it all.

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42. Start a locksmith business

Locksmith businesses make and install locking systems on residential, commercial, or automobiles. The global demand for locksmiths.

The increasing demand is driven by growing residential and commercial construction markets and disposable income per household.

Therefore, starting a locksmith business can be rewarding and profitable. To start the locksmith business, undertake the necessary locksmith training and acquire a locksmith’s license and permit. To provide quality services, you will need state-of-the-art locksmith tools and equipment.

43. Start an air conditioner installation business

Air conditioner installers sell, install, inspect and repair AC systems to ensure the system functions at optimal levels throughout. According to statistics, demand for HVAC services will increase by 15% in the next few years. The continuing growth of commercial and residential construction are some factors responsible for the increased demand for HVAC services.

Therefore, air conditioner installation sales and installation can be a great business idea. To start an air conditioning installation business, register, license, and insure your business.

How Much Can You Make?
$200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Skills

Case Study

We are most proud about our obsession in building systems to maximize customer experience and as a result we have built quite the fan base among homeowners in Canada.

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44. Start a plumber

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Innovation Plumbing started as an idea in 1990, and officially in 1991 when my dad got his C 36 plumbing license for the state of California. I was two years old at the time.

Over the years Innovation Plumbing has grown and evolved into a devoted list of repeat customers who are more like family to us. Makes sense, in a family business!

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45. Start an appliance repair business ($100K/month)

An appliance repair business helps clients install, repair, and maintain common household appliances like microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators, cookers, etc. An appliance repair technician can specialize in certain lines of appliances or offer general services.

To become an appliance repair technician, apply for the prerequisite training course and focus on acquiring the necessary work experience. You may work under an appliance engineer and kickstart your business when you have relevant skills.

How Much Can You Make?
$4,000 — $100,000/month
Time To Revenue
210 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

My name is Allen Chiang, and I founded Retro Radio Farm, where I repair and restore old radios. I offer Bluetooth MP3 upgrade if the customer wants to play digital music.

Right now, I make about $50K a year for the work I put in primarily on weekends. While it’s highly profitable, it has not yet lucrative enough yet for me to quit my day job. Although, the business has been growing 20% every year.

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46. Start a mobile auto detailing service

A mobile carwash business reaches clients whenever possible and offers its services at great convenience. Therefore, car owners do not need to drive to different locations looking for a car wash, as the mobile service provider is there for the client.

The advantage of offering a mobile car wash business is that clients will call you to their location whenever they need their vehicles cleaned. Based on the convenience, you have the opportunity of serving more customers compared to an immobile car detailing business.

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $6,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,500
Skills

Case Study

My name is Matt Paskow. I started a mobile auto detailing business called Fresh Look Mobile Auto Detailing which services North County, San Diego.

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47. Start a language translation service ($275K/month)

Language translation services bridge the linguistic barriers, helping businesses reach a wider audience outside of a single language. A language translation job is an opportunity to cover a wide range of topics and meet people from different cultures.

To become a language translator, master a second language and earn some experience so you become fluent in the second language.

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $550,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$635,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hello, my name is Cédric Sigoire and I am the owner of the DEMAN Translations group.

We will reach more than 6 million euros in the year 2021 and my target for 2022 is 10 million euros!

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48. Become a project manager

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000/month
Skills

Case Study
  • Hailey Thomas holds a Bachelor's degree in organizational & leadership communication from Illinois State University.
  • In 2015, she left her corporate desk job of four years and started hustling to do something of her own. She failed and learned a lot in the process.
  • In 2017, she started working independently as a project manager virtual assistant.
  • Later she decided to launch her own company named Brainspace Optimized where she works as a business and life coach.
  • Hailey offers business strategy and mindset coaching to first-generation entrepreneurs to help them build the strategic skills and gain the emotional maturity required to build a successful entity.
  • Her ongoing business and mindset coaching program is called "One Year From Now". Through this program, clients witness the significant change her mentorship has brought in one year.

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49. Become a crypto accountant

As cryptocurrencies become more common for transactions and investments, there is a need for accounting professionals with knowledge of how cryptos work.

To become a crypto accountant, you need to understand how cryptocurrencies work and how the classification of these digital assets under the generally accepted accounting principles.

The rise of cryptocurrencies brings a new layer of complexity to accounting. Navigating the new frontier and ensuring tax compliance and proper crypto accounting can prove challenging.

The best way to start learning more about cryptocurrency accounting is to read articles that are published on the topic, like this one. They will cover everything from how to account for cryptocurrency mining operations to how to account for a fork in the blockchain.

50. Become a business plan consultant

A business plan consultant helps existing and aspiring entrepreneurs refine their ideas and strategies and mold them into viable business opportunities. Hiring a business plan consultant saves time and ensures quality plans that attract investors.

Starting a business plan consultancy can be a fun and rewarding idea. You can hire subject matter experts to help you provide custom business plans and a transparent business model.

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,789
Skills

Case Study

Hi guys! We are Elena and Andrew, and we are corporate services providers in the UAE - we run a business consultancy company in Dubai for 9 years already.

We started as a “one-man-show”, but managed to grow quickly. We now reached a point of having about 15 full-time employees and average monthly revenue of over 200K USD.

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51. Start a data analysis service

A data analysis service is a great way to help businesses make sense of their data. This type of service can be used to provide insights into customer behavior, improve marketing campaigns, or simply help businesses make better decisions.

If you're interested in starting up a data analysis service, You will need knowledge in data analysis and the ability to communicate effectively with clients so they can benefit from what insights have been found by analyzing their information properly - this way it's not just about making money but also helping others!

iTechArt is a leading custom software development company that helps both startups and enterprises streamline their analytics process. They also generated revenue of $209 billion in 2019, while creating more than a million jobs over the past three years.

Starting a data analysis service is a perfect business idea for those with analytical skills and a desire to help businesses to make better use of their data. This business is in high demand and can be very profitable, with data analysts earning high salaries.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$572,891
Skills

Case Study

My name is Chelsea Rhoads and I am the CEO/Co-Founder of pup-eeze, the smartest device on four legs. pup-eeze is a wellness tracker for dogs that tracks activity, monitors location and automates our dog’s lives by connecting them with hundreds of smart home devices giving ourselves and our dogs the ability to monitor, maintain and change the environment of the home if we’re concerned about separation anxiety or well-being.

We’ve had great success speaking with and testing the wellness tracker among those who love their dogs and love technology. We thought, “we bring our dogs on every other journey with us, why not include them in the technology journey as well?” With the overwhelming support from the technology community we were able to strategically partner with an emerging leader in the IoT enterprise solution field; Fathym.

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52. Become a business coach ($39.5K/month)

Are you thinking of starting a career as a business coach?

Becoming a business coach can be a great way to help aspiring entrepreneurs while earning a healthy income. If you have skills in specialized business fields such as marketing, e-commerce, stress management, or leadership, then you may want to consider becoming a coach.

Many small-business owners are finding it hard to get started, grow, and succeed. As a business coach, your job will be to help entrepreneurs identify new opportunities and take advantage of the ones they already have.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,250 — $2,141,667/month
Average Initial Investment
$232,031
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Hello, my name is Kamil Sattar. I am an entrepreneur who’s developed many six-figure drop shipping businesses. I’ve also created systems to maximize opportunities in different markets and I’ve started companies in many industries. One of those companies specializes in helping people who are seeking to create drop ship companies of their own.

Of course, with every store that I open, I am able to learn new things. With every new thing that I learn, it helps me improve my system that I use to create these six and seven-figure stores and it helps me improve my process for helping others generate their stores.

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53. Start a live chat customer support service

How Much Can You Make?
$200,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Dimitri Ive and I’m the CEO and co-founder of Dashly, a platform that brings all conversations from a live chat, emails, socials, and messengers into one place. It simplifies the way businesses communicate with their loyal customers.

Now Dashly is a conversational marketing software with a $200K MRR that is used by 1,000+ businesses globally.

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54. Start a website designer

How Much Can You Make?
$6,600 — $8,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Aunia Kahn. I am the CEO of Rise Visible, a full-service digital marketing agency. Our mission is to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs to rise above and become visible in their industry.

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55. Start a marketing copywriter

How Much Can You Make?
$12,820 — $90,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Rumit is a computer science engineer, and Shamreen comes with a strong graphic design background. This dynamic duo established Dad of Ad in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak.

The agency is composed of a young team from diverse backgrounds. However, everyone has a holistic approach to creatively catering to the client’s requirements. This feeling of interconnectedness and explicability makes Dad of Ad stand out among the crowd.

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56. Start a content writing company ($35K/month)

Content writing involves writing, editing, and publishing content in a digital format. Examples of content include a blog post, product description, and podcast script—eBooks, press releases, or landing page content.

Becoming a content writer allows you to work as your own boss. Therefore, you choose whatever working schedule suits you and take a manageable workload. Moreover, content writing helps you develop essential skills you may not obtain from regular writing.

Content writing is a highly-on-demand service, as companies compete for the online audience who often begin their shopping journey by searching for relevant and educative content online. Therefore, a content writing company is an excellent source of passive income.

To start a content writing company, research the market and choose a suitable niche. Sketch a proper business plan and create a website. Hire a pool of talented writers and leverage modern technology to streamline the operations.

How Much Can You Make?
$1,600 — $250,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,697
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi! My name's Dani, founder of Scribly.io - you can’t see me but I’m waving at you 👋

Last month Scribly.io topped $14K monthly revenue. That was a really big moment for me, and a bit of a turning point. What started out as a 'let's try and see' project has now become my full-time job with ambitious growth plans 🙌.

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57. Start a proofreading service ($1.2K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Case Study

I’m Sara Davies, founder of Prooftheword, a complete editing and proofreading site that gives customers the ultimate editing service for any document. I’m a sole trader, so I work alone. All the editing and proofreading is done by me, along with everything else. I sort out my invoices, do my own accounts, file my own tax returns – everything.

My editing skills are excellent, which is my main selling point. People come to me because they know I will do a great job! I have a wide range of customers, from students to book writers and regular magazines. My work has grown over the years and, while I’m not making millions, I regularly take home around £1,200 a month.

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58. Become an ebook writer

How Much Can You Make?
$17,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 3 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Case Study

In the year 2016, we had negligible revenue from the blog but the blog has grown substantially since then. Our average revenue is about $17K per month. Our gross profit margin is about 80% since we maintain a very small team and there are no physical products. Our target is to achieve 100% revenue growth by the end of next year.

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59. Become a Facebook ads consultant ($2.63M/month)

Facebook ads are a great way to drive traffic to your website. If you run Facebook ads and promote the right products, it will bring you tons of customers. It is important to know how to manage campaigns successfully in order to obtain the best results.

Facebook ads consultant business is one of the favorite types of new businesses to start. Facebook ads consultant businesses are popping up all over the place. More and more consultants are finding success in this arena.

Starting a Facebook ads consultant business can make you earn an extra income that's passive and predictable. But the amount of money you can make depends on your niche, ad budget, and other factors.

How Much Can You Make?
$28,500 — $6,358,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$283
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

I’m the Founder & CEO of MonetizeMore. I started MonetizeMore in 2010 with the goal to build a bootstrapped business that would dramatically increase ad revenues for publishers.

I am a pioneer in ad optimization covering areas like AdSense / Ad Exchange (AdX), Google Ad Manager (GAM), header bidding and ad network optimization. I have always believed in empowering publishers to increase their ad revenues more efficiently and effectively via articles, videos and technology.

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60. Start an instagram consulting business

How Much Can You Make?
$110,000 — $1,600,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Ellis Smith and I am the co-founder of American Cannabis Company. ACC is a full-service consulting firm supporting the industry for over 9 years. We specialize in putting together the pre-application tools needed to raise capital as well as write winning applications in competitive markets. We have designed and built over 1.7 million sq ft of growing space to date with another 60,000 sqft under construction currently.

We are making about $150,000 a month as a company with our sites set on acquisitions of grows and dispensaries in 2021. This will increase our revenue to well over $500,000 a month.

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61. Start a content marketing business

Content marketing is developing and distributing relevant, helpful content to convert the target customer to take the necessary steps. Businesses with a content marketing strategy get 67% more leads than other companies.

Therefore, the demand for content marketing services is high than ever before. Starting a content marketing service can be a significant business venture.

To start a content marketing business, you need a good understanding of SEO and social media. You can hire content creators to help you develop relevant and valuable content.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $380,536/month
Average Initial Investment
$94,394
Skills

Case Study

My name is David Tile. I own and operate a Content Writing Service, under the banner Article-Writing.co.

We don’t consider ourselves a content marketing firm. But a firm dedicated to the business of writing. Project management offers most often attached to marketing agencies. We work against marketing briefs delivering content on time and under budget.

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62. Start a seo consultant business ($6.75K/month)

An SEO Consultant provides professional advice to businesses helping them optimize their websites, so they rank high in search results. Demand for SEO services and consultants is rising rapidly across the industries as companies need search optimization to compete effectively.

If you are an SEO expert, you can start an SEO consulting business and earn decent profits by offering your services.

How Much Can You Make?
$3,500 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$838
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hi! My name is Kevin Miller, and I help scale the best D2C & technology companies with proven growth marketing frameworks I learned at Google and various startups. I am currently the co-founder/CEO of GR0.

Partnering with companies like Theragun, Ritual, Pressed Juicery, Venus et Fleur and Universal Music Group, GR0 quickly became a name in the SEO field and we experienced explosive growth ourselves within our first year. With over 75 full-time employees and 150+ clients, GR0 is projected to yield approximately $18MM in 2021.

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63. Start an email marketing business

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $8,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$10,628
Time To Revenue
90 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Hello, my name is Chase Dimond and I am the Co-Founder of Boundless Labs. We are an email marketing agency that specializes in working with eCommerce brands. We currently work with 30 eCommerce brands that do anywhere from 6 to 8 figures in annual revenue.

We ended up bringing on our first full-time employee in Q3 of 2019 and started onboarding clients again. For the second half of 2019, our business grew by ~$12K per month and we’re now making ~$90K per month. We just recently hired our second full-time employee and anticipate we’ll be at $100K per month in revenue by the end of January 2020.

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64. Start an affiliate marketing business ($290K/month)

Are you looking for a side hustle that will pay you a passive income? Affiliate marketing is one of those side hustles that will pay you well over the long-term. It is a way to earn money online by promoting other companies’ products and services. You will be paid a commission for each sale you make as an affiliate marketer.

To get started, learn how to find the right product and find the right brand to partner with. You may prefer becoming an affiliate marketer for an eCommerce store or partner with a manufacturer, and market their products for a commission.

How Much Can You Make?
$500 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$38,575
Skills

Case Study

My name is Spencer Mecham. In 2016 I first heard about an industry called affiliate marketing and in 2017 I founded Buildapreneur, an affiliate business.

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65. Start a marketing video producer

How Much Can You Make?
$208,000 — $416,667/month
Skills

Case Study
  • Wyzowl is an online video production business founded by Matt Byrom that produces animated commercials for businesses. This company creates entirely unique animated explainer videos with fixed costs, fixed turn-around times, and unlimited revisions.
  • Matt decided to start his own company because he noticed a gap in the market as there was no one else to fulfill his needs.
  • Since the business's launch in November 2011, Wyzowl has collaborated with large organizations like TNT, Kodak, Deloitte, LG, Crucial, Seagate, and Standard Chartered.
  • Matt now has a sizable team of writers, designers, and animators to assist him. His company has created more than 3000 videos for clients around the world, including several Contently clients.

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66. Start a podcast production company ($40.3K/month)

A great podcast is an amazing tool. With the rise of podcasts, they've become a staple in daily lives, with many using them as a source of entertainment, fresh news, and education.

World Wide podcasting market size was estimated at $14.25 billion in 2021. Podcasts have seen a major resurgence in recent years, with more listeners and new shows than ever before. If you're thinking of getting into podcast production, you've probably noticed that it isn't a cheap endeavor. In fact, it can get quite expensive. The good thing is that there are ways to start your own podcast production company on a budget.

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$51,500
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Case Study

Hey there! I’m Jeremy Enns, the founder and Storyteller In Chief at Counterweight Creative, a podcast production and strategy agency.

I started the company 3 years ago, in 2016 with one client, making $15/hour and have grown into a team of 10 contractors producing more than 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10K/mo.

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67. Start a public relations business

How Much Can You Make?
$741,666/month
Skills

Case Study

In 2003, Teneshia Jackson Warner established Egami, a multicultural integrated communications firm.

This business has 15 years of experience successfully providing integrated marketing, influencer marketing, brand strategy, and other services in the advertising sector.

Along with these, Egami also offers PR management services for when there's a corporate crisis.

Teneshia's first book, Profit With Purpose, which focuses on multicultural, purpose-driven marketing, was published in 2012.

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68. Start an IT support business

Do you enjoy fixing technology problems and believe that you can fix others? If your answer to this question is yes, then you might be an ideal candidate for developing an IT support business.

An IT support business is the work that the computer specialists in an organization do to provide assistance to their customers and establishments. The IT support expert groups are responsible for setting up and maintenance of some crucial information systems and networks.

Starting an IT support business can be challenging but it can potentially pay off better than your 9 to 5 job. IT support business can be a lucrative way to make money and the demand is increasing at a rapid pace.

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $325,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100
Skills

Case Study

Hi, my name is Boris and I am the founder and CEO of the software development company TRIARE based in Ukraine. We help businesses and startups to transform their ideas into accomplished digital solutions.

I want to share how personal and collective responsibility paired with patience and consistency can help you build a profitable, respected business. It’s not easy, but it shouldn’t be painful. Here’s my story.

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69. Start a mobile app development business ($79.2K/month)

Mobile app development is the process of creating software applications that run on mobile devices. These apps can be used for a variety of purposes, including games, productivity, and social networking.

Starting a mobile app development business is a great way to enter the world of software development. This type of company is growing in popularity as businesses are looking for ways to reach their customers through mobile apps.

To start a mobile app development company, you need to have strong technical skills and be able to develop high-quality software. You should also have a good understanding of how to market and sell mobile apps

How Much Can You Make?
$6,000 — $700,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$106,175
Skills

Case Study

Hi! 👋 My name is Tim Bornholdt, and I’m a co-founder of The Jed Mahonis Group. We are a custom iOS and Android app development consultancy, and we specialize in building native mobile app solutions for businesses of all sizes.

We’ve grown at a steady pace over the past eight years. We currently work with several large and small organizations including Great Clips, Profile by Sanford Health, Green Mill, and the USA CUP. My business partner and I started the company right out of college by investing $250 each and have since turned it into a nearly seven-figure a year agency.

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70. Become a security consultant

How Much Can You Make?
$14,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,500
Skills

Case Study

Hello! My name is Alex Tushinsky, and I'm the founder of Las Vegas Information Security, a consultancy focused on startups and small businesses specializing in practical, common-sense solutions to complex cybersecurity problems.

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71. Become a private investigator

Private investigators are hired to investigate a person, event or organization. They can be hired by individuals, law enforcement or attorneys.

In the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of private investigator firms. This is because of the growing demand for PI services due to all the recent technological advancements that have helped make it easier for people to get away with criminal activities and unethical behavior.

72. Start a tour guide service business

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $43,300,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Manoj: Kamlesh Ramchandani and I (Manoj Tulsani) are the founders of Rayna Tours and Travels. Fueled by our deepest interest in travel and entrepreneurship, we kicked off our business journey a decade ago from a small travel counter inside a five-star hotel in Dubai.

Kamlesh: We’ve been in the industry for over a decade and have now become a niche provider of destination management services in Dubai. As a one-stop, customer-oriented business for all travel needs, our main organizational goal is to design and craft travel services and packages in such a way that each of them ideally responds to the dynamic market trends as well as our clients’ specific travel requirements. We offer our full suite of travel solutions through our wholly-owned Rayna Group.

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73. Start an adventure tours

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $8,110,000/month
Skills

Case Study

Namaste, I am Sanjib Adhikari, and I am the co-founder of Heaven Himalaya. I started the company 2 years ago with my brother, Ramhari Adhikari. We started Heaven Himalaya with the primary aim of promoting the beauty of the Himalayas by offering great trekking and tour packages at an exceptional value.

We started during the COVID times. Everyone asks us why we started the travel business during the COVID time. But we had long-term plans to start the business, and we were so excited that we couldn’t hold on any longer. Starting during COVID has also given us enough time to work on building the company and its services. So, we don’t have any regrets.

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74. Start a travel agency

Travel agents offer advice on destinations, plan trips, and itineraries, and make travel arrangements for clients. In addition, travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and admission to entertainment activities.

Starting a travel agency can be fun and rewarding.

To get started, complete relevant tours and travel training, do market research and competitor analysis, then create a website so you can be found by travelers.

How Much Can You Make?
$165,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$43,833
Skills

Case Study

Hello, I am Salman Rashid, Founder & CEO of Flight Expert. It is the first-ever online travel agency in Bangladesh. Our uniqueness was to build a state-of-the-art online travel agency with services focusing on Bangladesh primarily. This country has never before enjoyed taking assistance from any online travel agency.

However, the best part is that we achieved 50% more revenue in October 2021 than our pre-covid highest number on sales in a month, interestingly, and we are aiming to hit breakeven by March 2022 if all goes well in the market.

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75. Start a travel consulting business

Travel consultants offer clients advice on all things related to travel, including destinations, airfare, accommodations, and activities. Be it flights or even cruises, you can bridge the gap between customer and service provider with a travel consulting business.

You can actually start a travel-related consulting business without being an expert in the travel industry. The U.S. travel and tourism industry generated $1.9 trillion in economic output; supporting 9.5 million American jobs and accounting for 2.9% of U.S. GDP. At 14.5% of international travel spending globally.

Traveling the world is a dream that a lot of people have. Starting a travel consulting business is an awesome way to create a passive income, travel the world, and help others at the same time. Travel consulting is one of your best ways to start a business on the side, to earn more money.

How Much Can You Make?
$233,333 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$80,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

Manoj: Kamlesh Ramchandani and I (Manoj Tulsani) are the founders of Rayna Tours and Travels. Fueled by our deepest interest in travel and entrepreneurship, we kicked off our business journey a decade ago from a small travel counter inside a five-star hotel in Dubai.

Kamlesh: We’ve been in the industry for over a decade and have now become a niche provider of destination management services in Dubai. As a one-stop, customer-oriented business for all travel needs, our main organizational goal is to design and craft travel services and packages in such a way that each of them ideally responds to the dynamic market trends as well as our clients’ specific travel requirements. We offer our full suite of travel solutions through our wholly-owned Rayna Group.

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76. Start a fundraising consulting business ($150K/month)

How Much Can You Make?
$150,000/month
Skills

Case Study

My name is Daryl Hatton. I am a founder, CEO, and lead investor of a team that created ConnectionPoint in 2009 as an early entrant and innovative pioneer in the crowdfunding industry.

To date, we have helped almost 200,000 projects in 40+ countries raise over $200 million using our platform.

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77. Become a wedding planner ($2K/month)

A wedding planner assists with designing, planning, and managing a wedding so that the bride and groom have the happiest day of their lives. Wedding planners enjoy the flexible working schedule, and opportunities to travel locally and globally, and it’s a great career with numerous growth opportunities.

To start a wedding planning business identify your target clientele and study their wedding cultures so you can offer the clients an excellent service. Remember, excellent wedding planning is all about having the passion and knowing how to harness that passion for designing weddings that bring out the emotions of those in attendance.

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $50,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$500
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Case Study

The Complete Service is the opposite of The Essential Service, it costs more but we handle the entire process for the couple!

We have gone from doing 5 to 10 weddings a month to 80 to 100 weddings a month in 4 years.

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78. Become an event videographer

Event videography is the art of capturing social and special events onto video. Corporate events use videographers to help them improve their company's image and to create future marketing materials. Social events hire videographers to create memories of their events.

Therefore, becoming a professional videographer presents many possibilities to your business.

To become a videographer, you attend workshops or enroll in a short course, then buy a professional camera. You may work under a professional videographer as an intern as you acquire the skills needed to create professional videos.

How Much Can You Make?
$110,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$500
Skills

Case Study

Hello there! My name is Hope Horner, and I’m the co-founder and CEO of Lemonlight, an on-demand video production company that offers brands and agencies access to high-quality affordable video content nationwide.

We’ve built Lemonlight as an entirely self-funded business. We haven’t taken any outside capital since we launched the business in 2014. We’re on track to hit 6M in sales this year and we’ve grown the team to 45 full-time employees. We’ve been recognized in dozens of major publications, and we were awarded in Inc 5000 and Entrepreneur 360 for three years in a row.

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79. Start a live video service

Live streaming has become an essential service, a trend that has created a business opportunity. While businesses can use social media platforms for video streaming, some prefer an online video platform and setting up live streaming websites.

Are you looking for a videography business idea? Consider starting a live streaming website. With over 57% of marketers using live streaming, it is not hard to see why creating a live streaming application is profitable.

To start your business, plan your live streaming business, and form a legal entity. Market your services to see your business growing.

80. Start a special event catering business

How Much Can You Make?
$11,000/month
Skills

Case Study

BoardsbyMo is a charcuterie board prep business started by Monisha Misra. She began this as a side hustle but it quickly developed into a full-time job.

Monisha has always enjoyed hosting parties and creating culinary works of art, so she decided to build a business out of it.

She is currently expanding her B2B operations, teaching online classes multiple times per week, and hosting a number of business workshops each month.

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81. Start a photo booth business ($417K/month)

A photo booth business gives people the ability to take photos during gatherings and events. Typically, photo booth businesses are common at weddings, movie theaters, and other high-traffic locations.

Starting a photo booth business gives you an opportunity to provide high-quality equipment like cameras, lights, and filters to your customers.

You can employ people to put up the photobooths at events, and pay them a percentage of your income, based on the events they cover.

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

Case Study

Hi guys! I’m Scott McInnes, founder of TapSnap, a photo booth company with franchised locations in most major cities in the United States and Canada as well as Sydney, Australia. Our flagship product is our TS-42, an open-air photo booth that features a giant 42-inch touch screen and a high quality DSLR camera for fantastic image quality.

We launched TapSnap in 2012, and within a few years grew to over 100 franchised locations in North America. Our photo booths are used at over 10,000 events every year, for everything from a wedding for a few hours to a multi-day conference, or a 40 city movie premiere.

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More business ideas

  • 82. Become an In-home masseuse
  • 83. Start a chiropractor business
  • 84. Start a meal delivery service
  • 85. Become a tailor
  • 86. Start a private car service
  • 87. Start a hairstyling business
  • 88. Start a lactation consulting business
  • 89. Become a home baby proofing consultant
  • 90. Start a nanny placement service business
  • 91. Become a private music teacher
  • 92. Become a birthday party character
  • 93. Start a kids entertainment business
  • 94. Become a homeschool teacher
  • 95. Become an online english tutor
  • 96. Start a SAT tutoring and preparation business
  • 97. Start a GED test prep business
  • 98. Start a college essay editor
  • 99. Start a nursing home/hospital business
  • 100. Start a pool servicing and maintenance
  • 101. Start a home entertainment installation
  • 102. Start a home inspections business
  • 103. Start an interior painting service
  • 104. Start a wallpaper business
  • 105. Start a power washing business
  • 106. Start a carpet installation business
  • 107. Start a porcelain repair business
  • 108. Start a home maintenance equipment rental
  • 109. Start a mobile car mechanic
  • 110. Start a vehicle inspection service
  • 111. Start a windshield repair business
  • 112. Start a headhunter service business
  • 113. Become a bookkeeper
  • 114. Start a payroll service business
  • 115. Start a financial auditor
  • 116. Start an office support services
  • 117. Start a messenger service
  • 118. Start a freelance researcher
  • 119. Start a customer service phone operator
  • 120. Start a social media manager
  • 121. Start a brand photographer

122. Start a presentation and proposal designer

How Much Can You Make?
$1,316,667/month
Skills

Case Study

The startup podcast with more than 500 episodes to help you launch and grow. 10 million+ downloads. 500+ five-star reviews.

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  • 123. Start a brand ambassador
  • 124. Start a computer repair service
  • 125. Start a printer and copy machine maintenance
  • 126. Start a software installation service
  • 127. Start an online network installation and maintenance

128. Become a data management consultant

How Much Can You Make?
$30,000/month
Skills

Case Study

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More business ideas

  • 129. Start a legal process server
  • 130. Start a paralegal business
  • 131. Start a contract drafting and review service
  • 132. Start a corporate retreat and workshops business
  • 133. Start a cruise ship travel agent business

134. Become a skiing instructor

Working as a skiing instructor requires some skiing skills, experience, and excellent teaching skills.

The minimum qualification to become a skiing instructor is achieving the level 1 Ski Instructor's qualification. The level 1 qualification is a stepping stone to becoming an internationally-recognized Snowsports instructor.

To acquire trainers' certification, you must complete the level 4 ski instructor qualification, which takes a couple of years to complete.

More business ideas

  • 135. Become a scuba diving instructor
  • 136. Start a beach equipment rentals
  • 137. Become a trade show producer
  • 138. Become a conference marketing manager
  • 139. Become an event photographer
  • 140. Become an audio visual technician
  • 141. Become a lighting designer
  • 142. Start a bartending service
  • 143. Start a custom baking
  • 144. Become an event DJ
  • 145. Start a reunion organizer business
  • 146. Start a valet parking service business
  • 147. Start an event furniture and equipment rental
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