The 60+ Best Businesses To Start In Singapore [2021]

The 60+ Best Businesses To Start In Singapore [2021]

Interested in starting a business in Singapore in 2021?

We put together 60 of the best businesses you can start in Singapore today.

In this list of ideas, you can find:

  • Home-based businesses to start in Singapore
  • Profitable online business ideas
  • Unique business opportunities for Singapore
  • Low investment business ideas (under $5k to start)
  • Easy businesses you can start in Singapore today

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples, revenue expectations for each idea, + a step-by-step on how to start your small business in Singapore.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a catering business ($240K/year)

Nestor Nidome from Crestmore, California, USA started Elegante Catering ago, a catering business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Crestmore, California, USA

For as long as I can remember I have always been attracted to the idea of being a business owner. I’ve tried many businesses starting with my own DJ company. I got some business cards, printed them at Staples, passed them out, and waited for the calls.

It took a bit of time, but eventually, the calls started to come in and bookings started to happen. I did that for a couple of years until one of the DJ gigs some gangsters got into it and I was almost in the middle of a gang fight. Thank GOD things calmed down, but after that, I started looking for another business!

During this same time, the whole tech bubble was growing and I wanted a part of it. I took some coding classes in college and started using HTML to code my website from scratch. I kind of borrowed a lot of ideas from Yahoo but it was going to be mainly focused on my local city. I visited some businesses and got some of them to advertise. Things seemed to be going well when the bubble burst and I was once more left to venture out and look for something else.

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Nestor Nidome, on starting Elegante Catering ($20,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a food truck ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 9 years ago, a food truck.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

We started the food truck business in 2012.

We kept finding it very difficult to find locations to operate. We had a booker that we used to find our locations but fell short and we let her go. I took over our booking and found that most people did not want to book just one truck, not only that they were upset that most of the time the trucks didn’t show up or were late.

We learned the real need was not only helping the trucks but providing a turnkey service for the corporations. This was a game-changer for us, we were really struggling financially.

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Jeffrey Mora, on starting Food Fleet ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a tour company ($108K/year)

Claire Robinson from Le Havre, Normandy, France started StructurInfo (ZigZag Road Trips) about 6 years ago, a tour company.

  • Revenue: $9,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Le Havre, Normandy, France

Well, this started as a hobby. I never would have thought it would become what it is today. I am blown away.

My original career was completely different. I have a Master’s in Engineering, and I had an international career in Quality Management for medical devices. I’ve lived in France, Germany, and Australia and traveled all over the world for work. This is the reason why I caught the travel bug.

I did not scatter and try doing all the social media platforms. I made choices. This is really important. You can’t do everything well. And depending on your strategy, not all the options are pertinent.

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Claire Robinson, on starting StructurInfo (ZigZag Road Trips) ($9,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start an electronics store ($48K/year)

Jeff Olson from Denver, Colorado, USA started LEVDisplay about 4 years ago, a electronics store.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

I moved to Denver in 2011 after graduating from college and started working in software sales.

My goal was to pay off my student loans as quickly as possible and then start my own business. Entrepreneurship was always the end game, but I wasn’t sure about what business I wanted to start yet.

By 2014 I had paid off my $30K student debt and was feeling pretty burned out. I quit my job (I was working for a company called Autodesk at the time) and got a part-time bartending gig. I had worked in restaurants through college and knew that bartending was the easiest way to earn cash while figuring out what kind of business I wanted to build.

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Jeff Olson, on starting LEVDisplay ($4,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a consulting business ($2.4M/year)

Michael Zipursky from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started Consulting Success® over 12 years ago, a consulting business.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

My cousin Sam and I had run and sold several businesses before starting Consulting Success®, working with clients like Panasonic, Dow Jones, The Financial Times, Royal Bank, and more. We were at a good place with our consulting businesses. However, we wanted to build a business that allowed us to work from anywhere — one that gave us the freedom to travel the world and spend more time with our families.

We started Consulting Success® 11 years ago without a monetization plan, simply sharing what had worked (and didn’t work) for us in our prior consulting businesses. We wrote a lot of content about consulting: how to win clients, how to price your services, how to converse with your clients, etc. Our goal was to help up and coming consultants implement the best practices that worked for us.

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Michael Zipursky, on starting Consulting Success® ($200,000/month) full story ➜

6. 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 ➜

7. Start a personal care products ($228K/year)

Rafael Hernandez from Miami, FL, USA started Alfred Lane almost 9 years ago, a personal care products.

  • Revenue: $19,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Miami, FL, USA

I went to school for graphic design and was working at a digital marketing agency as an Art Director in Chicago in 2012. I had a few business ideas that I started working on but nothing that stuck — all around creating blogs targeting particular interests and monetizing through advertising. I had no business background but after more than 10 years in the corporate world, I felt that there had to be more to life. It was around this time that I also started traveling for the first time and wanted to find a business that would support that personal goal, allow me to quit my 9-5, and ultimately build something with my hands.

While traveling, I started noticing time and time again the hassles of transporting liquid cologne. From bottles breaking or spilling all over my clothes, to TSA officials discarding my expensive colognes for being over the 3-ounce limit, I started noticing a pattern and a problem to be solved.

Around the same time, I went to a boutique shop in Chicago to look around. I noticed a couple of round tins with the label of “solid perfume” at one of their counters. I asked the clerk if they had anything for men. She said that they didn’t have anything like it for men but that the solid perfume could be used as unisex. Apparently, they were popular and in-demand with women because they only had one scent left. But that scent didn’t appeal to my taste.

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Rafael Hernandez, on starting Alfred Lane ($19,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a niche web design business ($240K/year)

Scott Bishop from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Up And Social over 7 years ago, a niche web design business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I began my business career with the family in-store sampling business, C.A. Courtesy, in the 1990s, while at the same time attending college at Johnson and Wales University, where I pursued a degree in Web Management & Internet Commerce.

I’ve always had a knack for marketing and technology, and when I left C.A. Courtesy, I was the Vice President of Marketing and Technology.

People don’t remember what you say as much as they remember how they felt when you said it.

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Scott Bishop, on starting Up And Social ($20,000/month) full story ➜

9. 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 ➜

10. Start a landscaping business ($13.2M/year)

Terry Morrill from SUN VALLEY started Pacific Outdoor Living over 22 years ago, a landscaping business.

  • Revenue: $1,100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 82
  • Location: SUN VALLEY

It hasn't always been easy. I've had many different businesses over my life. I first started purchasing, renovating, and reselling apartment buildings. I started with a 5-unit building in Los Angeles and after selling it successfully, I purchased a completely dilapidated 66-unit building that scared me to death! But I made it through and over those first years made over one million dollars.

I rolled the dice and continued to buy, renovate, and sell until the bottom dropped out of the market. On January 17, 1994, the Northridge Earthquake devastated Southern California. During this period there was a negative migration in Los Angeles and our vacancy rates hit 40%. Being unable to support the mortgages, I lost all of my properties - over 250 units.

From 1994 to 1999, I started a company from scratch that built homes in Mexico. I sold insurance, ran an automatic door company, was the general manager for a bicycle specialty company, and sold copper pipe.

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Terry Morrill, on starting Pacific Outdoor Living ($1,100,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio about 3 years ago, a blogging business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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Chhavi Agarwal, on starting Mrs Daaku Studio ($5,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start an art business ($51.6K/year)

Sarah Hickey from Plano, Texas, USA started Innerglow Art about 5 years ago, a art business.

  • Revenue: $4,300/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Plano, Texas, USA

Growing up I’ve always had this unique passion for art and all things creative. I was that artsy girl in all the art classes in high school and even took a few art classes in College.

When strangers were noticing my art and asked if I had a website, business card, etc., it really pushed me to start the business.

I never thought I could actually have a “successful career” with art so I majored in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I worked as an Assistant SLP for 2 years after graduating and worked for a pediatric home health company. I truly enjoyed working with special needs children with language disorders and thought this was my calling. However, after applying to grad school and receiving rejection letters for the grad program, I was completely devastated. I felt like a huge failure and was so discouraged. In response, I started painting again.

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Sarah Hickey , on starting Innerglow Art ($4,300/month) full story ➜

13. 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 ➜

14. Start a social media marketing service ($600K/year)

David Schlais from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA started Vital Traffic Labs almost 5 years ago, a social media marketing service.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

My personal background is in B2B enterprise sales, and at my previous employer, things were going great for the first 2.5 years that I was an employee there. I moved up quickly, was promoted twice, and actually had the opportunity to build out a team. Unfortunately, one day that all changed and I realized that I was deeply unhappy, and after years of trying and failing to start businesses online I thought that maybe it was time for one more go.

Your pot of gold and freedom is out there somewhere, but you will never find it until you start looking for it.

The company I was working for announced that it was being acquired, so I decided to give my old friend Derek a call. Initially, I pitched him on starting a recruitment agency together (both of us had started our careers at an executive search office together). He said that he would think about it, and actually came to me with the idea for an SMMA (Social Media Marketing Agency).

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David Schlais, on starting Vital Traffic Labs ($50,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start an online advertising agency ($300K/year)

Luis Camacho from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Fantôm Agency over 3 years ago, a online advertising agency.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

When I tell my story I like to get into the details of how I landed where I currently am and where I am going. I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. I ended up in the United States after my father got a job offer for a marketing position at a semiconductor company, this was when I was only 10 years old. To be honest, the move definitely had an effect on me. When I lived in Mexico I was a fairly outgoing kid and (I believe) the move caused a shift that made me more of an introvert so you could say that was a bit against me, since I didn’t necessarily enjoy being the center of attention or being “noticed” too much for much of my upbringing. I finished high school and went to Arizona State University where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing alongside a certificate in entrepreneurship.

Right around the time of graduation from high school and the start of college I started a clothing line. I believe I was only 19 at the time and I didn’t have a budget to promote the new clothing line, so I turned to social media as my route to promote and sell the new products. I had to learn everything from Photoshop to constructing a website, content, photography, content distribution, supplier relationships, and many other skills. After seeing success marketing on social media, I quickly found that I was passionate about digital marketing. I then realized that there was a place where I could polish up my digital marketing skills, an agency, which to my surprise were not as concerned with academics as they were with real-world experience.

I went on to work for a marketing agency, after finally finding one was willing to overlook my lack of agency experience and realized that my entrepreneurial spirit and persistence would outweigh the need for the experience all the agencies were looking for. I was hungry. At this agency, I got hired on as a content writer (which I didn’t necessarily enjoy the most, but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to eventually lead the paid advertising department which was my goal). I was able to do just that within a year. I studied the ins and outs of the agency, how it operated, how it dealt with clients, how it made mistakes, and most importantly what helped it scale.

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Luis Camacho, on starting Fantôm Agency ($25,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a mobile app development business ($984K/year)

Tim Bornholdt from Minneapolis, MN, USA started The Jed Mahonis Group over 9 years ago, a mobile app development business.

  • Revenue: $82,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Growing up, I’ve always been into technology. I built my first website when I was in first grade, I built my first graphing calculator app when I was in sixth grade, and I used to run the internet’s largest website dedicated to Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons.

I waited in line for the iPhone the day it launched in 2007, and I was instantly hooked. I knew I had to learn how to build software for this device. Eventually, I learned how to jailbreak my device which allowed me to run custom apps on it (this being before the launch of the App Store).

Even though I had a passion for technology, I never really wanted a career in it. My dream job was to work as a technical director for live television broadcasts, and the only class that was close to that at my school was the capstone course for the Professional Journalism program. I ended up switching my major from Computer Engineering to that and abandoned any dreams of professionally writing software.

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Tim Bornholdt, on starting The Jed Mahonis Group ($82,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start an interior design business ($1.32M/year)

Annemarie diSalvo from Pasig, Philippines started diSalvo Interiors ago, a interior design business.

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Pasig, Philippines

Our journey over the years has had more ups and downs, twists, and turns than I can count. We began by just selling antiques but our showroom and window displays were award-worthy. We had clients drive by late at night and would find messages the next morning listing which pieces they wanted to purchase.

Rosemarie had a business degree and a legal background so that structure was invaluable. We both attended small business seminars and understood the basics of start-up costs and pitfalls to avoid. But at the end of the day, we had pretty much made up our minds that this is what we both wanted and we just moved forward with our plan, such as it was!

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Annemarie diSalvo, on starting diSalvo Interiors ($110,000/month) full story ➜

18. 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 ➜

19. Start a fulfillment by amazon business ($1.26M/year)

Danny Carlson from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started Kenji ROI almost 5 years ago, a fulfillment by amazon business.

  • Revenue: $105,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I’ve always been a thrill-seeker/adrenaline junky, so online business to me was the perfect outlet for that energy.

When I was younger I struggled with paying attention in school, I thought it was pointless. I was really smart, but only when I was interested in something. I barely managed to graduate high school due to skipping class and partying too much.

The thought of going to University sounded terrible to me, and I got depressed after resigning to a future of working a job I hated. I just didn’t see a compelling future.

This led me to work as a carpenter for 6 years in the pouring Vancouver rain, and I hated it. It wasn’t until 2015 I stumbled upon The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris and my mind expanded to the possibilities of the online business world (and how it would be my escape from construction)!

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Danny Carlson, on starting Kenji ROI ($105,000/month) full story ➜

20. 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 ➜

21. Start a dropshipping business ($144K/year)

Amanda Austin from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA started Little Shop of Miniatures over 4 years ago, a dropshipping business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

I was unhappily working in marketing for a Fortune 500 insurance company when I started looking at ways to create a new income stream. I became interested in ecommerce and invested in a course to learn more. I compiled a list of keywords for products that had decent search volume and not terribly competitive to rank for in organic search. I used Long Tail Pro to get ideas--I had so many when I first started!

My business is a small, mostly passive income stream and I’m okay with that. There is so much more I could be doing with my store, but right now I am loving the extra income stream that allows me to work part-time at my day job and spend more time with my infant daughter.

A bunch of keywords in the dollhouse miniatures space fit the bill. I used Long Tail Pro and looked for keywords that were competitive--which on there is a score in the twenties or low thirties. I also wanted them to have at least 2,000 searches per month. This is not a ton, but five keywords with that search volume that are not that competitive can lead to a decent number of organic traffic if you build your site the right way. My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to find a niche with a nice handful of keywords you can rank for with quality content and a nice backlinking strategy. Don’t try to be number one for some saturated keyword that has a million searches a month. Go for keywords where you stand a chance of ranking--this is usually so-called long tail keywords that are really phrases--for example, “wooden dollhouse furniture” instead of just “dollhouse.”

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Amanda Austin, on starting Little Shop of Miniatures ($12,000/month) full story ➜

22. Become a software developer ($4.2M/year)

Max Rice from Remote, Oregon, USA started SkyVerge, Inc. over 8 years ago, a software developer.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 32
  • Location: Remote, Oregon, USA

In 2012 I was working for a small company as an IT Director, and they tasked me with rebuilding their eCommerce website. As I started looking at available platforms, I found an article by Justin comparing WooCommerce to another platform. He seemed really knowledgeable, so I reached out to him to ask some questions and I ended up bringing him on as a consultant for the project.

We worked really well together and the project had a very successful outcome, so we stayed in touch. A couple of months later we had a chance to work together on a joint consulting project, which led to more consulting for companies that needed help with their eCommerce stores.

You rarely get it right the first time. You make decisions based on the best available information, then you learn from the results and iterate.

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Max Rice, on starting SkyVerge, Inc. ($350,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a clothing manufacturing business ($888K/year)

Donovan Mathews from Singapore started Bryden Apparel over 7 years ago, a clothing manufacturing business.

  • Country: Singapore
  • Revenue: $74,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6

Hello from sunny Singapore! My name is Donovan and I am the founder of Bryden.

We are a clothing manufacturing agency with offices in Singapore & China and we specialise in providing an end to end service for fashion brands to create & manufacture their products.

Our goal is to help fashion businesses all around the world to create quality products easily from the comfort of their office or home.

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Donovan Mathews, on starting Bryden Apparel ($74,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a leather bags business ($540K/year)

Ryan Choy from Singapore started Faire Leather Co. about 4 years ago, a leather bags business.

  • Country: Singapore
  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $180,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 7

My name is Ryan and I’m the co-founder and head of brand and marketing for Faire Leather Co. - an online leather goods label that is focused on Functional Luxury. It taps traditional know-how from decades of experience to create stylish products designed for maximum function.

Our flagship products are our Bond Travel Briefcase and Bond Everyday Padfolio. Our customers are for anyone looking to pack their gadgets and essentials in an organized fashion without sacrificing aesthetics. Our products are designed to take you through from Mondays to Sundays.

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Ryan Choy, on starting Faire Leather Co. ($45,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a tutoring business ($1.44M/year)

Alex Redfern from Singapore started Lingoci over 4 years ago, a tutoring business.

  • Country: Singapore
  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi, I’m Alex & I’m the Founder of Lingoci.com, a platform for online language tutoring. We have students and tutors all over the world, connecting via our website and communicating via Skype and Zoom. Currently, 7 languages are available: Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese.

I launched the website with $300 in January 2017 and it now does around $60,000/month in revenue.

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Alex Redfern, on starting Lingoci ($120,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start a graphic design business ($87.9K/year)

Marilyn Wo from Singapore started MeetAnders over 6 years ago, a graphic design business.

  • Country: Singapore
  • Revenue: $7,321/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

Hey guys, I’m Marilyn Wo from Singapore. Together with my husband, we co-founded MeetAnders, a productized graphic design company.

I started this business in 2015 after having been a freelance graphic designer for 10 years.

In the past, I used to provide customized designs for every client, just like how a typical service-based business is run. MeetAnders in contrast was started with predefined design packages in mind, designed to be sold like products on a subscription model.

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Marilyn Wo, on starting MeetAnders ($7,321/month) full story ➜

27. Start an ecommerce platform ($36K/year)

Shahram Anver from Singapore started DataCue over 3 years ago, an ecommerce platform.

  • Country: Singapore
  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5

Hi everyone! I'm Shahram Anver and I am the co-founder of DataCue. We help eCommerce entrepreneurs sell more and improve conversion with an easy-to-use personalization platform. Unlike other personalization and upsell solutions, we change the entire experience, meaning we show each visitor relevant banners, notifications, and product recommendations.

Our sole mission is to help eCommerce entrepreneurs automate onsite conversion with minimum work required. This starts with the integration process. We've built an integration to Shopify, WooCommerce, Prestashop, and Magento. This means that any eCommerce store can get started with personalization in just under 15 minutes. Once installed, DataCue doesn't need any manual settings or rules. It just works in showing the right content to each visitor and improves the possibility to purchase.

In 2019, the eCommerce businesses that use DataCue have made over $2m in additional revenue and we showed more than 50 million recommendations to visitors around the world.

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Shahram Anver, on starting DataCue ($3,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a directory site making business

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29. Start a local business listings website business

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30. Start a video streaming app

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31. Start an e-book writing business

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32. Start a live stream gaming business

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33. Start a messaging platform business

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34. Start a content marketing business

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35. Start a domain registrar

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36. Start a currency trading business

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37. Start a copywriting business

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38. Start a website hosting platform ($144K/year)

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39. Become a painter/decorator business

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40. Start an accounting firm

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41. Become a yoga instructor

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42. Start a local classified advertisement business

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43. Start a motorcycle dealership business

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44. Start an online tutors business

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45. Start a beauty parlour business

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46. Start a biotechnology business

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47. Start an import-export brokerage business

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48. Start a toy manufacturing business

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49. Start an online library business

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50. Start a mobile florist business

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51. Start a transportation service ($36K/year)

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52. Start a co-working space rental business ($3.6M/year)

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

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54. Start an in-home senior care business

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55. Start a tour guide business

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56. Start a phone repair business ($2.7M/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Matt McCormick's story on creating TechUnwreck a read:

My name is Matt McCormick, and I started TechUnwreck. We do bulk iPad, iPhone, Chromebook, and Laptop repairs for schools & businesses through a unique mail-in solution. We’re a division of JCD Repair which I started in 2008, catering to retail customers needing an iPhone, other smartphones, or iPad fixed in about 30 minutes in person.

In 2021 we expect to do about 30,000 device repairs per year and $3 million in sales.

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Matt McCormick, on starting TechUnwreck ($225,000/month) full story ➜

57. Start a laundry business

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58. Start a car wash

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59. Start a xerox shop business

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60. Start a cake delivery business

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