50 Small Businesses To Start In Algeria

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Algeria is already great place to start a business, but you might be wondering what you can start today.

Here are the best business ideas to start in Algeria.

1. Start a business communications software ($120M/year)

Yaniv Masjedi from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started Nextiva over 12 years ago, a business communications software.

  • Revenue: $10,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1000
  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

The idea for Nextiva came from Tomas. He is an amazing entrepreneur, and after founding several phenomenal companies over the years, in 2008, he decided to take a crack at reforming the inefficient and antiquated business communications industry. He and I had worked together previously; I actually started in sales roles at another one of his companies. When he told me of his idea for Nextiva, I jumped at the opportunity to join him and the team.

The team was so small at the time -just a few of us- and there was a need for marketing right away. Even though I’d never worked in the business communication industry, I dove right in. Now, more than a decade later, I’ve loved what I do every day. Marketing is such a dynamic field; it’s been fun to come up with ideas to help Nextiva grow and work with some of the brightest minds in the business.

Nextiva itself launched as basically the tiniest player in the VoIP industry. We were surrounded by giants, and those giants were highly skeptical of our ability to stand on our own and compete with them. We welcomed this challenge and decided to do things differently. We never accepted outside funding; Nextiva is entirely self-funded. We focused on listening to our customers, developing solutions customized to their needs and moving forward. We developed authentic relationships with customers and designed a customer experience model we were so excited about that we even trademarked the term Amazing Service.

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Yaniv Masjedi, on starting Nextiva ($10,000,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a fulfilment business ($67M/year)

Jan Bednar from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA started ShipMonk ago, a fulfilment business.

  • Revenue: $5,583,333/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 900
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

From a young age, I knew I wanted to do big things. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, which led to my first gig as a DJ when I was thirteen years old. It was a great way to meet new people and make a little money. But, most importantly, it allowed me to familiarize myself with the world of business.

Think of a problem you care about and find a solution that works.

When I was sixteen, I left the Czech Republic and immigrated alone to the United States to pursue a college education. I was accepted to Florida Atlantic University, a public college in Boca Raton, Florida and studied Management of Information Systems.

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Jan Bednar, on starting ShipMonk ($5,583,333/month) full story ➜

3. Become a vehicle exporter ($27.6M/year)

Nathan Huskins from Illinois, USA started Marshal Group LLC almost 13 years ago, a vehicle exporter.

  • Revenue: $2,300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Illinois, USA

Vehicle exporting is a fitting career choice for me because I have been enthusiastic about cars nearly my entire life. In fact, auto fervor runs in my family: my father was in the car business for 23 years. That close exposure to car sales, combined with the fact that my father owned a race car, fueled my passion for automobiles.

I began selling cars when I was 19 years old and specialized in sales at new car dealerships for six years. During that time, I learned the basics about exporting vehicles—which served as a solid foundation for launching my own exporting company.

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Nathan Huskins, on starting Marshal Group LLC ($2,300,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a mystery game ($24M/year)

Ryan Hogan from Baltimore, Maryland, USA started Hunt A Killer over 4 years ago, a mystery game.

  • Revenue: $2,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 55
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

I’ve spent the last 17 years serving in the United States Navy – separating from active service in 2017 to pursue entrepreneurship full-time while entering the Navy Reserves. A big part of separating from active service five years before retirement was my life-long passion for entrepreneurship. In 3rd grade it was hawking creepy crawlers for $0.25, at 12 years old it was snow removal and lawn mowing, then it was going to auctions and reselling on eBay… there was always something.

In 2009, my wife, Cherice, and I launched the activewear apparel company for service members, Warwear. This was my first dose of: “if you build it, they [don’t necessarily] come.” After acquiring more inventory than I’m comfortable sharing, we had a major problem: it wasn’t moving off the shelves. In 2010, I approached my good friend Derrick Smith with an idea: let’s create an adventure race so we could move Warwear apparel via ‘free’ participant shirts. After opening up a Men’s Health magazine and seeing a Warrior Dash ad (and knowing full-pagers were north of $150,000), I knew there had to be an opportunity in the space; and the new obstacle race company could reimburse for the apparel in exchange for seed capital.

Go with data, not your gut. The amount of time invested in data collection and analysis should be commensurate with the impact of the decision across the organization.

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Ryan Hogan, on starting Hunt A Killer ($2,000,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a photo printing business ($18M/year)

Jainam Shah from Georgia started CanvasChamp over 8 years ago, a photo printing business.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 180
  • Location: Georgia

It’s so happened that one beautiful day, I was just hanging out with my father an evening while we were discussing our family photos. My father suddenly picked up one photo from the album and said, “This is one of the best photos of us. How amazing would it had been that we could find a way to frame our favorite photos artistically.”

I had zero experience, but I did know from my previous job in college that I was good at learning and collecting from data, setting up and building experiments over and over again, and making business decisions with the information provided to me. I believe that this is one of the most important qualities you can have to be a successful entrepreneur.

Suddenly it dawned on me that I should get the photo that my father likes so much, framed. But I checked out the market and saw that the market had split between low-cost providers that would personalize your products very cheaply (of questionable quality) and designers who would personalize your products very expensively (and still of dubious quality). And I only found an opportunity for business in personalized products that way. So I thought to focus on filling a gap which delivered more premium products but well below the designer prices.

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Jainam Shah, on starting CanvasChamp ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a socks business ($12M/year)

Dane Jensen from Austin, Texas, USA started Sock Club over 9 years ago, a socks business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 31
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

I was living in Austin, TX running and biking around being a twenty-something-year-old working as a web developer. At the time when I started Sock Club, I had a few failed startups under my belt. I built Camm Security Inc., a cloud camera company, and GitHire, a software developer recruiting service, with co-founder Rhett Creighton. So, I had acquired some software development skills and some sense of what’s important in starting a company.

I built the website for Sock Club over a weekend in kind of a flash of inspiration.

Birchbox had been a big subscription success and I thought that socks were an item I wouldn’t mind receiving monthly and having more of. After I built the website,I kind of forgot about it for six months.

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Dane Jensen, on starting Sock Club ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

7. Become a home builder ($6M/year)

Michael J Parnell from Wall Township, New Jersey, USA started MPC Builders over 8 years ago, a home builder.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Wall Township, New Jersey, USA

I started my career in a large scale, the commercial construction industry in the NJ and NYC markets. I was a project manager on $50-100+ million dollar projects, for clients such as the NY Red Bulls, Goldman Sachs, Princeton University, GlaxoSmithKline… large, multi-year projects.

After the downturn in 2010, I was just finishing up the Red Bull Arena soccer stadium project, and my employer decided to all but shut down our NJ business unit, laid off a ton of employees and pulled the ones they kept into our NYC office. I was commuting from Monmouth County, NJ to lower Manhattan, and after a year and a half, I had enough. My son was just born, and I was leaving for work at 5:30 am and getting home at 7:30 pm, and never home when he was awake other than on weekends. I knew that wasn’t the life I had envisioned having, and I needed to make a change.

So at first, I tried getting another job, in northern NJ for a small general contracting firm. I was hired as the Operations Manager and had a deal to work my way into an ownership position after a few years. But shortly after starting with the company, I knew it wasn’t going to be a long term position. It was very unorganized, with a culture in place that was not interested in making any changes to the way things were run. They also didn’t have solid business relationships, and after coming in 2nd place in nearly all of our bids (without the relationships to bring in those opportunities), I saw the writing on the wall. I was the second-highest salary, in a sinking ship, and I was laid off after only 5 months in the position.

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Michael J Parnell, on starting MPC Builders ($500,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a card game ($4.8M/year)

Bart Kloosterhuis from Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands started Vertellis 3 months ago, a card game.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands

I’ve had a smooth upbringing. Parents are still together (married for over 45 years), gave lots of love to me and my older brother, and paid for my education. But…

I had different ideas than my family about life, education, and the path I wanted to take. I never really felt understood or taken seriously as the youngest member of the family.

This caused a lot of struggle when I was younger which resulted in arguments, disappointments, and more. This, in turn, not only caused a lot of stress for me but also my parents and brother.

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Bart Kloosterhuis, on starting Vertellis ($400,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a recruiting agency ($3.48M/year)

Sharon Koifman from Montreal, Quebec, Canada started DistantJob over 12 years ago, a recruiting agency.

  • Revenue: $290,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 26
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I started off by running and owning a hosting company called Empire Host. We had about 3K clients at the time support was run from two offices in India with nearly 30 employees.

We were also providing an outsourcing package. Our business solutions were really cheap and to be frank, our results were mediocre at best. Although the service was fine for any mom and pop shop or even an “any results will do” kind of company, we noticed that too often, people who run tech companies actually outsourced to companies such as ourselves even work that went into their core offering - because it was cheap.

At the time, what outsourcing really was, was an arbitrage business. But the concept that people would outsource big chunks of their business to a company that does not provide the same level of communication, process, quality control, and culture just because they’ll save a lot of money, that idea really stuck with me.

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Sharon Koifman, on starting DistantJob ($290,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a bicycle company ($3M/year)

Xavier Claveria Masip from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain started Santafixie almost 11 years ago, a bicycle company.

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Born in 1982 in Barcelona, I studied in a liberal and secular school where art and music were an important role in education.

My personal goals were focused on my music band, I love playing the guitar, but although it may sound weird, I ended up studying for a degree in Economics. But as you can imagine, I was not the typical economics student, it took awhile for me to finish my degree. I liked it, but it was just too soon for me to sit and decide what I would be.

A few years later, in 2010, I was working as a financial controller. Everything seemed to be fine, good salary, good position, and a whole career ahead to professionally grow. But I felt empty. I quit my music band and my job and I moved to London, where it all started.

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Xavier Claveria Masip, on starting Santafixie ($250,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a knife sharpening service ($2.4M/year)

Mikael Soderlindh from Malibu, California, USA started Knife Aid about 1 year ago, a knife sharpening service.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 5
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Malibu, California, USA

I have a long and successful history in branding and starting businesses, one of them being my biggest success, Happy Socks, which I started 12 years ago. The biggest motivator for me to create my own companies is being free and in control of my own destiny and constantly living an adventure. It’s about the journey of creating something from the beginning that is built on the need or desire of people and then trying to put it in front of as many people as possible to be successful. Shortly after writing our business plan I found Magnus Petersson. With 30 years’ experience in knife sharpening, and having achieved celebrity status among chefs in the high-end restaurants in Los Angeles, and coincidentally originally from Sweden, Magnus was the perfect lead Knifesmith for the company.

Me and my family, moved to California to start this idea, and Knife Aid was established in Malibu with Mikael as CEO and Magnus as Master Knifesmith, training and overseeing a team of knife sharpeners.

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Mikael Soderlindh, on starting Knife Aid ($200,000/month) full story ➜

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

Mark Tyrol from Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA started Battic Door over 7 years ago, a DIY business.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nick and Angelica from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA started Romans Tide over 5 years ago, a ecommerce platform.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Start a graphic design app ($1.02M/year)

Christopher Gimmer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada started Snappa almost 5 years ago, a graphic design app.

  • Revenue: $85,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I started off my career in finance working for the federal government. Then in 2010, I took a trip to southeast Asia that changed my life. Towards the end of the trip, I dreaded the thought of going back to the office and I no longer wanted to do work that I didn’t enjoy. That’s when I first started thinking about starting a business that would give me more freedom and meaning in my life.

One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned over the years is the power of the long game. For starters, this applies to business and life in general. Sometimes you just need to play the game and things will happen.

A few years later I met Marc (now my co-founder) at work. After we became friends, I found out that he knew how to code and he was dabbling in some side projects. We discussed the idea of starting a business together and we were both pumped to do so.

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Christopher Gimmer, on starting Snappa ($85,000/month) full story ➜

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

Donovan Mathews from Singapore, Singapore started Bryden Apparel over 6 years ago, a clothing manufacturing business.

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

I started my own t-shirt brand called Ardentees back in 2009 when I was still in school as e-commerce was starting to get popular. I was intrigued by the whole idea of e-commerce as you could reach a worldwide audience easily. I especially loved the idea of waking up to see emails of orders from customers around the world.

I always had that inner voice urging me to start something on my own related to sourcing & manufacturing and I decided to register a business to reserve the name.

After getting 2 friends on board, we spent a year sourcing & testing different manufacturers with major hiccups along the way before finally able to settle for one and start selling.

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

16. Start a mlm software company ($840K/year)

Sajin Rajan from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA started Epixel Solutions about 5 years ago, a mlm software company.

  • Revenue: $70,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 100
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

It wasn’t easy at all, the road to success comes with many obstacles. ‘Unity is strength’, yes, the proverb is true and our team is our strength. We stood strong holding hand in hand, together through thick and thin.

The idea of providing our flagship product came in my mind once I got invited to a trade show. I’m familiar with the direct selling industry but wasn’t aware of the clutter faced by product selling companies. I saw a person standing before empty seats and when I went there, I was amused!

It was a workshop and a guy in his suit was explaining the difficulties faced in the industry but no one was interested to hear it. I thought the workshop was just a waste of time. Yet I thought I’ll give a try for ten minutes and then, off I go!

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Sajin Rajan, on starting Epixel Solutions ($70,000/month) full story ➜

17. Become an app developer ($828K/year)

Andrew Askins from Remote started Krit over 6 years ago, a app developer.

  • Revenue: $69,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Remote

I never set out to start a software agency. Growing up I never thought I would be an entrepreneur, or even get into tech.

But when I got to college I decided to take an intro to Computer Science class. My plan at the time was to teach math in the Peace Corps. I didn’t like math enough to be a math major but figured Computer Science would be interesting and involve a lot of math.

Learn what makes you great and where you need help. It will be worth every penny.

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Andrew Askins, on starting Krit ($69,000/month) full story ➜

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

Jeremy Ong from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia started Vape Club about 5 years ago, a online vape shop.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19. Start a waterbottle business ($636K/year)

Jesse Hambly from Elora, Ontario, Canada started Pressa Inc. about 5 years ago, a waterbottle business.

  • Revenue: $53,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Elora, Ontario, Canada

We started the project in college when we noticed class-mates flavoring their water naturally with lemons and limes. One of our roommates complained that she wasn’t getting much flavor and often disposed of the fruit at the end of the day. So we went to work creating concepts for how we thought the product would function and look.

We had absolutely no background in plastics and for this reason. Jesse’s background was marketing, Lukes was manufacturing and Mason graduated from Toronto Film academy. Our product is quite complex and was difficult but once we got it dialed in we’ve been able to repeat the manufacturing process perfectly. After our first concept, we validated the product by running a successful Kickstarter campaign. Our campaign wasn’t pretty but it did the trick and we reached our goal of 35k.

In our Kickstarter campaign, we underpriced the product. People on Kickstarter expect to pay slightly more to be the first to own a product, if we were to have done this again I’d price the product higher.

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Jesse Hambly, on starting Pressa Inc. ($53,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a digital magazine ($600K/year)

Drew Williams from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started SWAGGER Magazine over 13 years ago, a digital magazine.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Honestly, the idea started as a hobby.

When I started the blog in 2007, it was meant to be an alternative to the major men’s magazines on shelves because the magazine industry still hadn’t fully accepted the fact that everything was going digital and that print would be dying a slow and painful death. I wanted men to have access to cool guy things online, as well as dating advice, with a focus on realistic male acquisitions instead of focusing on things your average guy could not afford. Promoting the "fake it till you make it mentality".

I had worked for a magazine called Performance Auto and Sound Magazine pasmag.com, so I had in-depth knowledge about the business from a print perspective.

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Drew Williams, on starting SWAGGER Magazine ($50,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a volunteer solutions business ($540K/year)

Ben Sampson from San Francisco, California, USA started WeHero almost 2 years ago, a volunteer solutions business.

  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA

I grew up in Mt. Shasta California raising cattle. Often, I like to say I grew up with 4,000 hippies in the woods to keep it simple. My parents owned a veterinary hospital. They worked hard and took immense pride in their hard work. Reflecting back to when I was a kid, I noticed that my parents were working for themselves. They woke up every day chasing their dream, working for themselves and not working to sustain someone else's lifestyle. I watched the struggles, the risks, and the wins as we grew up. That stuck with me along with the work ethic that was embedded into me and my two siblings.

At 18, I started my first small company selling organic athletic apparel such as bamboo shirts. I fell in love with the business and it felt good to have a social enterprise that made a difference.

In college, I then moved on to starting my second venture called Soul id which was a social network dedicated to action and adventure sports. It was investor-backed with a 15+ person team. This was my real immersion into the startup world. Post Soul id, I went on to run a product at market research and consulting company for four years. It was during this time that the idea for WeHero surfaced.

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Ben Sampson, on starting WeHero ($45,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a video game modding business ($324K/year)

Kyle from Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, USA started Hand Held Legend almost 7 years ago, a video game modding business.

  • Revenue: $27,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, USA

Hand Held Legend was born while I was in graduate school for a degree in the medical profession. In order to effectively study, one needs an escape for the mind; I found my escape restoring old, broken and dilapidated Game Boys for about 3 years. Not only did I have fun repairing, but I also found that I could make a buck or two modifying and upgrading old consoles as not everyone can complete technical mods.

I started off Hand Held Legend in my graduate school apartment with an old kitchen table and a soldering iron. Initially, I was selling 1-2 modified consoles per week as I completed and listed them on eBay. Soon enough this became time intensive and I searched for a way to bring in revenue while still maintaining time to study. Surrounding student loan debt is a great motivator!

To that extent, I began to create our first product, an LED backlight for the original Game Boy. This was something I had seen done before and it was not a novel or propriety idea although I thought I could make one better and keep a portion of my cost of goods sold. Sales started slowly as we had zero brand awareness. I had to engage with the local online internet community of gaming obsessed nerds like me. Soon enough the word got out but we have gone on to sell over 25,000 backlight panels for the original game boy console alone.

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Kyle , on starting Hand Held Legend ($27,000/month) full story ➜

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

Luis Camacho from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Fantôm Agency over 2 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 ➜

24. Start a sunglasses business ($300K/year)

Jeff Phillips from Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia started Grown Eyewear over 9 years ago, a sunglasses business.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

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

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

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

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Jeff Phillips, on starting Grown Eyewear ($25,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a watch brand ($300K/year)

Ronnie Teja from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started Branzio almost 3 years ago, a watch brand.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

My family moved to Canada in May 2007 which makes me a first generation immigrant. I was 21 around the time, and I came from Mumbai, India where I already had a job in advertising.

I continued to experiment with drop shipping and other small ecommerce niches, till it hit me - I needed to build a brand, which was focused on longevity, I wanted to start a purpose-driven brand, not just any watch store.

In those days, Vancouver was still a small market and the opportunities in advertising and other related industry were very limited, so I got a job selling Indian (Punjabi) radio and for my first year in Vancouver, Canada. I took public transit to do sales at mom and pop Indian stores door to door to sell radio advertising.

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Ronnie Teja, on starting Branzio ($25,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start a digital agency ($264K/year)

Hailey Brooke McFadden from started Power Move Marketing 8 months ago, a digital agency.

  • Revenue: $22,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location:

I have a pretty decently sized personal following on IG from being a college volleyball player and a short stint as a sideline reporter for ACCN/ ESPN. Companies began reaching out to me asking me to post and I told one company no because their IG and website weren’t very professional and it would do him a disservice because even if I got the traffic there I knew it wouldn’t convert.

Give people recognition and praise for a job well done, even if your co-founder or employee is a friend or spouse… don’t forget they need a little love too!

So he said, “why don’t you run it then?”. I ended up running his socials, doing all his emails, working with suppliers to make new products, creating an ambassador program, editing the website, customer service, and more! Once I posted about my success with this company, more and more companies began reaching out for help! Most companies already had several marketing teams on when I would come on and my ads and other work always outperformed theirs. I realized I brought something the other companies couldn’t- cohesiveness with email, socials, ads, etc.

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Hailey Brooke McFadden , on starting Power Move Marketing ($22,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start a fitness facility ($240K/year)

Paul Dickey and Alec Abend from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada started Hexbox Fitness over 1 year ago, a fitness facility.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Growing up I was always the athletic kid who always had a little extra ‘love’ on him. I was constantly teased about my weight, but always laughed it off growing up. However, my 1st year of college was when I really let myself go. I bypassed right by the Freshman 15 and put on 40lbs. This led to a deep depression that was very hard for me to dig myself out of. Playing team sports I was familiar with working out, but it took me falling into that dark place to truly appreciate the importance of the gym; both for my physical and mental well-being.

I fell into the Fitness Industry in 2014 naturally, after being an active gym-goer. Over the next 5 years I moved my way up the food chain starting as a Membership Consultant (salesman) to the General Manager of the largest Health Club in the area with over 8,000 Members. Through this experience, I quickly realized the disconnect between our Club and Members on a personal level was not what I wanted for my career. I belonged to a CrossFit Box for years and even competed at a high level in my free time. I loved the community in the smaller facility and the results it got their Members. But I saw a need for a strength and conditioning based program that was geared to everyone. So many people are intimidated by the physical judgement of CrossFit and it keeps them from stepping into a box.

I saw the need for a Strength and Conditioning based program that catered to ALL! But combining this results driven class with the traditional 24 hour access for Members to do their own thing really put us in our own lane. This led to Hexbox® and HXBX®. Paul and I met at the Health Club I was working at before leaving to pursue my own Facility. When we quickly realized our goals and ambitions were well-aligned, we teamed up. The birth of HXBX® came very naturally and quickly after first discussing what we wanted to do.

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Paul Dickey and Alec Abend, on starting Hexbox Fitness ($20,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start an iot startup ($180K/year)

Craig Rabin from Seattle, Washington, USA started The Airhook almost 6 years ago, a IoT startup.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

The idea for The Airhook came from a flight I was taking, and I was wearing a sport coat for a meeting I was to attend after landing.

I asked the flight attendant if they had a place to hang it… it was full. I thought about putting my coat in the overhead bin but didn’t want it to get wrinkled. So, I wore my coat and was incredibly uncomfortable the entire flight. At some point as I was staring forward, I began to think I could create a hook for the tray table to hang my coat on. Nothing special, just a simple hook that worked with the tray table closed.

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Craig Rabin, on starting The Airhook ($15,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start an api ($180K/year)

Ervin Ruci from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada started Geocode.xyz almost 4 years ago, a API.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I have a background in CS and Math (My master CS thesis was on a class of 3SUM hard problems in Computational Geometry)

I’ve been building independent bootstrapped startups since 2005, when I quit my last day job. One of those is geocoder.ca, a geocoding API for Canada and the US I started in 2005 (and is still going strong). It also served as the starting point to go global with geocode.xyz in 2016.

Identify your strengths and do what you like to do. Having a sense of purpose is important, especially when that purpose is to solve a problem you can muster the ability to solve.

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Ervin Ruci, on starting Geocode.xyz ($15,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start an aftermarket car parts business ($144K/year)

Mitchel Matthews from St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada started Adrenaline Offroad almost 3 years ago, a aftermarket car parts business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada

My passion for trucks started way before I could even drive. I always wanted to have a huge lifted truck and I loved the idea of driving a vehicle that could make it through conditions that most vehicles couldn’t such as a deep ditch full of water or 3 feet of snow! My grandfather willed me one of his trucks so when I was 16 years old I was blessed to now have his old truck as my own! It was completely bone stock with not a single modification done to it….YET! Over the years I saved pretty much every penny I made at my minimum wage jobs and invested it all into building my truck up to be the beast that it is today!

These before and after pictures below are almost 6 years apart!

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Mitchel Matthews, on starting Adrenaline Offroad ($12,000/month) full story ➜

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

Amanda Austin from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA started Little Shop of Miniatures over 3 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 ➜

32. Start an online fitness business ($120K/year)

Haley Perry from Naples started Endorphitness about 2003 years ago, a online fitness business.

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

I knew in college that I wanted to do something within the fitness space, but never had any interest in being an entrepreneur.

I started my career in the personal training space, only to recognize that the number of hours I put into training was a direct correlation of how much money I could make.

I started my career in the personal training space, only to recognize that the number of hours I put into training was a direct correlation of how much money I could make. This meant to make money I had to continue working at 6:00 am and 9:00 pm until...Did I switch careers? This was a no-go for me, so I started to brainstorm ways around it.

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Haley Perry, on starting Endorphitness ($10,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start a dirt bike business ($102K/year)

Stephen Wright from England, United Kingdom started Micro Bikes UK over 3 years ago, a dirt bike business.

  • Revenue: $8,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: England, United Kingdom

I discovered mini bikes by chance really. I didn’t know they existed until we began selling them in 2014. It was 2 years later that we founded Micro Bikes.

We were not ready for the product to be a success at the time. My initial product research brought me to Ride on Cars, so my focus was on them. However, our suppliers also sold mini bikes, so I added a couple to our eBay store (back then) and they flew off the shelves.

I sold them for one year before realizing that I hadn’t planned for their success. Instead of pivoting straight away, I took some time away and came up with a business plan centered around mini bikes, got some seed investment and Micro Bikes was born.

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Stephen Wright, on starting Micro Bikes UK ($8,500/month) full story ➜

34. Start a sporting goods store ($101K/year)

Kyler Russell from Midwest, Wyoming, USA started Comfy Cup LLC about 4 years ago, a sporting goods store.

  • Revenue: $8,400/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Midwest, Wyoming, USA

I loved playing baseball, but felt that the hard athletic cup I was required to wear was, well, a pain in the crotch. I tried almost every youth athletic cup on the market and nothing felt comfortable.

Starting a business seems like a really hard thing to do, but it is really just lots and lots of tiny steps in the direction you need to go.

Honestly, I threw a fit about wearing it before every practice and game, but I had to wear it. During one of my pre-game frustrations, my mom said, "If you don't like something. Quit whining about it and come up with a solution!"

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Kyler Russell, on starting Comfy Cup LLC ($8,400/month) full story ➜

35. Start a fitness clothing line ($101K/year)

Elgin E. Mones, Esq. from Silver Spring, Maryland, USA started Infinite Elgintensity Gym Apparel over 6 years ago, a fitness clothing line.

  • Revenue: $8,378/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

I decided to capitalize on my newfound YouTube popularity by selling workout clothes to my fanbase of lifters and other fitness enthusiasts. I was working full-time as an attorney, so I needed someone to print apparel and fulfill the orders for me. Law school barely prepares lawyers for law practice, let alone the clothing business, so I asked a fellow Youtuber how he got started. He got me in touch with the owner of an established fitness apparel brand for production and fulfillment, and they both taught me how to run the business, from setting up my Shopify store to streamlining order fulfillment.

If your competitors beat you to an idea, think of a complementary one that won’t get you into legal trouble.

Most of my apparel designs complement my YouTube content. For example, my “ZERO” design is based on a 2012 video in which I chanted “ZERO" to mock a crossfitter for cheating his reps during a pull-up record attempt. I’m a well-known opponent of the fat acceptance movement, so I made the “Plus-Size Model” to suggest that chubby dogs like pugs are the only ones deserving of that title. By basing shirt logos on my own content, I make money on that content twice: first from ad revenue, and again from apparel sales.

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Elgin E. Mones, Esq., on starting Infinite Elgintensity Gym Apparel ($8,378/month) full story ➜

36. Start a campervan transformation service ($96K/year)

Bryan and Jen Danger from Portland, Oregon, USA started ZENVANZ over 1 year ago, a campervan transformation service.

  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

As a part of our nomadic lifestyle, we built out a campervan simply to facilitate our own travels, whether it be a summer spent on the coast of Baja or chasing snow from mountain to mountain in the Canadian Rockies.

We really never had the intention of starting a business… In fact, we said no for a couple of years to those asking us to either buy our campervan or for us to build one for them. We loved the process and loved the idea of helping others to get out and enjoy more nature/adventure the way we had, but the idea of giving up some of our own freedom to go back to working in the shop simply wasn’t attractive.

Eventually, friends came to us and convinced us to start the business. To simply show them how to do what we had learned and for us to simply continue “marketing” the business as we already had been (by camping and attending events and simply talking to others who saw the van when we opened the doors). Those friends were also looking to make a transition in life as they wanted out of their 9-5s, and we saw it as an opportunity we couldn’t refuse- both to help them and to help others we had talked to about van builds over the years.

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Bryan and Jen Danger, on starting ZENVANZ ($8,000/month) full story ➜

37. Start a retail store ($69K/year)

Liz Martin from Charleston, South Carolina, USA started Charleston Weekender about 5 years ago, a retail store.

  • Revenue: $5,750/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA

In 2015, I started making a gradual exit from my full time job as a speech-language pathologist. Like many other entrepreneurs I know, I was seeking to fill a creative void and just knew I couldn’t thrive long term in a setting where I worked for someone else.

I began pursuing my options, and landed on interior decorating since it had always been an interest of mine and didn’t require further schooling. I took on decorating work for friends and word of mouth clients. When I launched my website that fall, I decided to offer some home decor and hostess gift type products- my first one being Turkish towels, the perfect weekend companion. I wasn’t able to just quit my job and go for it, so I reduced my hours and days as a speech therapist as my side hustle kept growing. I worked my way down to 2 days a week and then eventually justified a full exit from that job (based mostly on my Interior decorating clients & product sales at the time).

I had a knack for taking pictures, so I began marketing my products and services largely through Instagram. I started to focus my efforts on creating content featuring my products through fun and colorful lifestyle photography. Instead of posting a picture of said Turkish towel, I would create a picnic setting and photograph that.

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Liz Martin, on starting Charleston Weekender ($5,750/month) full story ➜

38. Start a backyard plant nursery ($60K/year)

Debbie Odom from Georgia started CamelliaShop over 13 years ago, a backyard plant nursery.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Georgia

In 1991, I had the life-changing opportunity to become a part of Gene’s Nursery, one of the oldest nurseries in Savannah Georgia.

When I had the opportunity to leave my office job and get my hands into soil, I was happy and I was hooked.

Gene’s Nursery has its roots firmly planted in our quaint historic coastal city and it’s passion was the Camellia. Camellias are ornamental shrubs that produce brilliant blossoms during the fall and winter. They are the most unique flowering shrub species found today and are considered the Queen of Ornamental shrubs.

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Debbie Odom, on starting CamelliaShop ($5,000/month) full story ➜

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

Jeff Olson from Denver, Colorado, USA started LEVDisplay about 3 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 ➜

40. Start a food startup ($48K/year)

Andrea Slinde from Selva di Cadore, Veneto, Italy started Golden Root over 3 years ago, a food startup.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Selva di Cadore, Veneto, Italy

I became increasingly passionate about food and nutrition after spending 3ish years working in traditional healthcare both during and after college.

The process of launching the business was a lot like putting together a puzzle with a couple pieces always missing. It may feel like you need more of the details ironed out before you can start, but I assure you that starting is the most crucial step in learning more concrete details about your concept.

I took a major left turn in life when I quit my job as a Phlebotomist at a Veterans Affairs Hospital in order to work on a small organic CSA farm in Madison, WI. After spending a season getting more intimately involved with my food and gaining a better understanding of my local food supply chain, I moved to Denver, CO where I founded or worked for a number of natural food startups. My experience on the farm lit a fire in my belly and inspired me to create and provide more healthful and healing foods to people.

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Andrea Slinde, on starting Golden Root ($4,000/month) full story ➜

41. Become a dating coach ($42K/year)

Ta'Veca Collins from Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA started Romance On The Go, Concierge Services over 8 years ago, a dating coach.

  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Before I officially started ROTGO, I was planning and designing romantic rendezvous for my husband, family, and friends, for FREE!

I would get calls asking if I could set-up a room for this birthday, that anniversary, or help me get out the dog house!

I would get calls asking if I could set-up a room for this birthday, that anniversary, or help me get out the dog house! The defining moment that allowed for Romance On The Go to be born was in October 2010, when my bridesmaids and close friends surprised me on my wedding night. My bridesmaids and close friends very strategically sneaked off and decorated our Honeymoon Suite with candles and rose petals throughout the suite. Hear me when I say “strategically”, I mean I never noticed that they were missing from the reception.

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Ta'Veca Collins, on starting Romance On The Go, Concierge Services ($3,500/month) full story ➜

42. Start a wallet brand ($30K/year)

Kan Yamamoto from Kochi started Kamino Wallet over 2 years ago, a wallet brand.

  • Revenue: $2,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Kochi

I am a self-employed graphic designer who also works as a woodworker/lumberjack. I was born and grew up in Kochi, Japan but moved to Europe and have spent my twenties in Switzerland and Berlin, where I practiced graphic design and the fine arts. After I graduated from the University of Art Berlin in 2011, I returned to Japan to dig deep into my cultural roots and to contribute to the local community.

I thought the best thing would be to learn how to create small businesses myself. And by doing it, I could be an example for the younger generation to show that it doesn't matter where you live. You could build a global business, however small it is.

Now I am living in a mountainous village in a suburban area of the city of Kochi. I love living near to nature, and the quality of life here is irreplaceable, but one of the biggest problems in rural areas is that there are no jobs. So I thought the best thing would be to learn how to create small businesses myself. And by doing it, I could be an example for the younger generation to show that it doesn't matter where you live. You could build a global business, however small it is.

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Kan Yamamoto, on starting Kamino Wallet ($2,500/month) full story ➜

43. Start a skin care product line ($24K/year)

Meredith Moseley-Bennett & Yolanda Grbic from Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA started Oh My Balm almost 4 years ago, a skin care product line.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA

We are neighbors with one house between us, which makes all of this possible.

In 2016, we were brainstorming about Christmas gifts and decided to make body butter and lip balm for friends and family and split the costs.

We looked up a recipe and gave it a try. We used rosemary and peppermint essential oils and people loved the smell. To be honest, looking at it now, our first attempt was pretty horrid.

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Meredith Moseley-Bennett & Yolanda Grbic, on starting Oh My Balm ($2,000/month) full story ➜

44. Start a home decor business

Here are some examples of a successful home decor business in Algeria:

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45. Start a makeup brand

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46. Start a painting business

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47. Start a children's clothing business ($0/year)

Cameron Olthuis from Park City, Utah, USA started Sawyer about 3 years ago, a children's clothing business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Park City, Utah, USA

My online entrepreneurial journey started when I was 21 and my then girlfriend was pregnant with our first child. That was almost 17 years ago. I was working a minimum wage customer service job, had no post high school education, and knew that I needed to make big changes in order to provide a better life for my family. It’s been a long journey that’s seen its share of ups & downs, with times where I literally wasn’t sure how I would be able to feed my family the next day. Somehow, it worked out, and I always knew the sacrifices would pay off if I stuck with it.

Most recently, my role was VP, Audience Development at CBS Interactive. During my 6 1/2 years at CBS, we grew from the #13 Comscore property to #6. That’s an elite group: Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, Microsoft and then CBSi. Prior to my role at CBSi, I ran audience growth at a startup called Clicker, which was acquired by CBS for a nine-figure sum. That was quite a learning experience.

The entrepreneurial spirit in me was calling the entire time I was at CBS Interactive. I never expected to be there for as long as I was, but incentives in the form of stock options that hadn’t vested and a big paycheck helped keep me around. That and I also enjoyed the learning experience, challenges of working on the biggest internet properties, and working for the CEO, who’s been a great mentor to me. But, my time had come. CBSi was running like a well-oiled machine and the excitement was no longer there for me. I needed to work on something that was meaningful to me again. I was also a partner in a content arbitrage business at that time with yearly revenues of around $7.5 million at its peak. That helped make the decision to leave easier. This was, of course, non-conflicting to my work at CBS.

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Cameron Olthuis, on starting Sawyer ($0/month) full story ➜

48. Start a grocery delivery service

Here are some examples of a successful grocery delivery service in Algeria:

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49. Start a tourist guide business

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50. Become a real estate broker

Here are some examples of a successful real estate broker in Algeria:

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