53 Small Businesses To Start In Australia

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Australia 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 Australia.

1. Start a supplements company ($24M/year)

Nick Bare from Austin, Texas, USA started Bare Performance Nutrition almost 9 years ago, a supplements company.

  • Revenue: $2,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 16
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

In 2012 I was a junior in college studying Nutrition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I was also in the ROTC program there so I knew that upon graduating college I would be commissioning into the US Army as an officer.

My friends and I were your typical broke college students and we loved weight training. Because we couldn’t continue to buy our own pre-workout supplements due to personal funds, or lack thereof, we decided to all go in together and purchase bulk ingredients to make our own pre-workout supplements.

Many of these college students, and friends of mine, took out this $25K loan to buy new cars, take vacations, get engaged and married, but I decided that this would be my funding to launch my company.


Nick Bare, on starting Bare Performance Nutrition ($2,000,000/month) full story ➜

2. 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.


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

3. Start a cycling tools business ($9M/year)

Chris Parr from Marlow Bottom, England, United Kingdom started Pro Bike Tool over 5 years ago, a cycling tools business.

  • Revenue: $750,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Marlow Bottom, England, United Kingdom

We both built our careers in commercial roles, with Chris working in sales, marketing and eCommerce across a range of multinational brands such as the BBC, Royal Mail, and The Post Office, while Nicole’s background is in sales and commercial relationship management in the airline industry.

PRO BIKE TOOL was born when Chris decided he’d reached the stage where he wanted to try something new in a field, he felt passionate about. Being an active runner and cyclist, Chris saw his future in the sports industry. As a bike rider, he’s always thought that bike tools sold through traditional retailers were expensive and sometimes over-engineered, while online brands lacked quality.

The single most important thing in the early years, and maybe the hardest thing to develop initially, is the right mindset. Resilience is key.


Chris Parr, on starting Pro Bike Tool ($750,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a bathroom appliance business ($6M/year)

Howard Law from Erlanger, KY, USA started Magnus Home Products about 3 years ago, a bathroom appliance business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Erlanger, KY, USA

My partner and I worked for a family-owned company for many years and helped to grow it to become a very large player in the industry. As often happens the owners eventually decided to sell the company to a huge corporation. My partner and I decided that working for a huge corporation was not going to be a good fit for ourselves and decided to go out on our own.

My partner has a background in IT and I have a background in sourcing, marketing, and purchasing. With both of us having over 20 years’ experience in our fields and the addition of a few key players we felt we had all of the pieces needed to be successful. The two of us along with a financial partner started Magnus in August of 2017.

We had the knowledge of what products would be successful, where to source them, and how to build a website. Our challenges were putting together a team to build the site and be able to offer superior customer service once we went live. Once we built the site we needed a marketing partner to generate the sales for the site. Little did we know that this piece of the puzzle would be the most difficult.


Howard Law, on starting Magnus Home Products ($500,000/month) full story ➜

5. Become a real estate agent ($4.2M/year)

Grigory Pekarsky from Chicago, Illinois, USA started Vesta Preferred Realty about 11 years ago, a real estate agent.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

I stumbled into real estate. There is no personal history with real estate in my family or in anything I got into as a young kid trying to find my way.

I realized my real competitive edge was that I always picked up the phone, showed up every day and just did the work. Everyone always thinks there is some secret the most successful real estate agents keep to themselves.

My studies were actually centered in Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (Go Green!). By Junior year it became apparent to me that I love animals but not so much the idea of being a Vet. So I did a 180 degree turn and finished with a Finance Major.


Grigory Pekarsky, on starting Vesta Preferred Realty ($350,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a kitchen supplies store ($4M/year)

Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA started Cave Tools over 7 years ago, a kitchen supplies store.

  • Revenue: $333,333/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The true start of my journey goes back to college when I took an unpaid internship with a serial entrepreneur. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but I never knew anybody that was actually running a successful business. It made me realize that I could play things safe and get stuck in the rat race of a regular job or I could take responsibility for my own destiny and build a business that would help create the freedom I desired in life. Just 6 months after graduating from Penn State, I took the leap and started my own marketing agency.

That experience exposed me to the world entrepreneurship and gave me the confidence to start my own marketing agency just 6 months after graduating from Penn State.

When I started, there was no grand design to build out this giant brand.


Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell, on starting Cave Tools ($333,333/month) full story ➜

7. Start a luxury brand ($3.6M/year)

William Forshaw from York, England, United Kingdom started Maxwell Scott Bags Ltd almost 19 years ago, a luxury brand.

  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 14
  • Location: York, England, United Kingdom

After university, I attempted different jobs but nothing seemed to suit me and I saw no career potential. After I had been made redundant from the advertising industry after only 12 months, I knew that I needed to refocus and find a path that I felt truly passionate about.

It was on a holiday to Italy that I realized that those plastic carrier bags and poor-quality briefcases, that I had seen my corporate colleagues carrying, were an opportunity to offer a better option.

The hardest part of designing any product is working out exactly what the customer wants and needs. You can design a product which you think is amazing and yet, your audience is not as receptive as you thought.


William Forshaw, on starting Maxwell Scott Bags Ltd ($300,000/month) full story ➜

8. 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.


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

9. Start a naming and branding service ($3M/year)

Darpan Munjal from Illinois, USA started Squadhelp ago, a naming and branding service.

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Illinois, USA

Originally from New Delhi, my fascination with computers began at a young age. With only one available in my school, my fascination and curiosity for computers only grew stronger and followed me well into my college and adulthood; I was successfully accepted into an engineering college and soon after graduation received a computer consulting job from Tata Group. In addition to Tata Group, I applied for a job in Chicago at Xpedior, a startup company, where I was a consultant for numerous e-commerce and dotcom companies.

As silly as it sounds, failing is the only way to understand how to grow individually and professionally.

I launched Squadhelp as an experiment in 2011 when I was personally struggling to come up with a great name for another venture. In the beginning, I never assumed Squadhelp would grow to become a large business opportunity - the initial intention was for the platform to be used as a resource by other startups who were in similar situations. However, as the platform and creative community grew organically, Squadhelp began receiving of customers through word of mouth.


Darpan Munjal , on starting Squadhelp ($250,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start an online t-shirt business ($1.8M/year)

Matt Snow & Meredith Erin from Los Angeles, CA, USA started Boredwalk over 6 years ago, a online t-shirt business.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Matt grew up in the DC area and always loved drawing and illustration, but it took a back seat to more “grown-up” pursuits when he first went to college (only to then drop out and join the workforce). Meredith went to school in DC, and after running into each other at various concerts and DJ sets eventually started dating. It was around this time that Meredith found some old illustrations Matt had done and encouraged him to go back to school and get his graphic design degree. She was already well-established as a software engineer, but Matt was still trying to figure out what he wanted to do professionally.

Three years later, after a move up to Baltimore and armed with a hard-earned degree, Matt started working for other people as a designer...and hated it. Around this time the two started their first brand, Ex-Boyfriend, as a weekend hobby, making trinkets like duct tape wallets and wrist cuffs out of recycled beer cans and selling them on Etsy. This eventually grew into a small collection of graphic tees. While Matt is an excellent technician who can execute design concepts well, Meredith is the art director and ideas person who comes up with 99% of the concepts that eventually become our designs.

As our order volume started to grow, we pivoted to focus more on the apparel, since we could outsource the printing and fulfillment of those, whereas the other items we were selling at the time were very high-touch and labor-intensive.


Matt Snow & Meredith Erin, on starting Boredwalk ($150,000/month) full story ➜

11. 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.


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

12. Start a deoderant brand ($1.23M/year)

Stacia Guzzo from Tehachapi, California, USA started SmartyPits almost 7 years ago, a deoderant brand.

  • Revenue: $102,500/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 9
  • Location: Tehachapi, California, USA

SmartyPits itself was inspired by my mom’s experience as a breast cancer survivor. When she discovered the lump, it was directly underneath her armpit.

It was an incredibly aggressive cancer. We had no family history of breast cancer--no genetic predisposition, no family history at all. In fact, her doctors at the time told her it was likely it was environmentally influenced.

I think one of my biggest lessons learned is that fast is not always better. When I first started, I thought scaling meant simply doing what I was already doing, but doing it more.


Stacia Guzzo, on starting SmartyPits ($102,500/month) full story ➜

13. Start a gym management software ($1.2M/year)

Dan Uyemura from El Segundo, California, USA started PushPress almost 8 years ago, a gym management software.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: El Segundo, California, USA

The story of PushPress actually predates my involvement in fitness in any way. I was a coder, working for startups in the early 2000s. “Startup Culture” back then was unlimited free sodas and nightly catered dinners. Both of which lead me to be about 30 pounds overweight by 2008.

In late 2008, I joined a CrossFit gym looking to shed some weight as fast as possible. While there, I was exposed to their gym management platform which was an absolute nightmare to use. This platform was the 800-pound gorilla in the space, they were operating on antiquated technology, seemed too big to move quickly, and their customer experience ended up making gyms look terrible.

Doing a deeper competitive analysis, I realized that every other solution in the market was basically replicating what the market leader was doing. There was very little innovation in the space.


Dan Uyemura, on starting PushPress ($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.


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

15. Start a fashion supply business ($960K/year)

Apaar Gupta from New Delhi, Delhi, India started The Design Cart almost 3 years ago, a fashion supply business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Post my MBA, I worked at 2 large startups for 4 years in a mid-senior management role. During this period, I had built 2 business units from scratch - right from hiring & managing the team, to managing the tech side, managing the client, and eventually driving revenue. The initial 4 years gave me a great sense of what it will be like to run my own venture. I sensed that I loved solving problems, executing solutions, and the feeling of driving great results from them. I had been harboring an entrepreneurial bug for a long time, but, never in my adult life had taken any action on it.

Building a two-sided marketplace was always going to be a treacherous journey and a typical chicken and egg story. The supply won’t come unless you have enough demand and the demand won't look at your platform till you have enough supply.

My family business has been closely associated with the fashion industry for the past 30 years, and The Design Cart was started by me as a weekend gig just to help them get an online presence and have supplementary revenue.


Apaar Gupta, on starting The Design Cart ($80,000/month) full story ➜

16. 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.


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

17. Start a network marketing software ($780K/year)

Abdul Majeed from Kozhikode, Kerala, India started Infinite MLM Software almost 12 years ago, a network marketing software.

  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Founders: 5
  • Employees: 100
  • Location: Kozhikode, Kerala, India

Yes! It was the struggling period for us to cross all the hurdles to success. There is a saying that success will not come to you, instead, you need to keep on trying to get success in all the aspects of your life.

We, five members, we're working in an IT company and our ideas were merged to form a unity in establishing IOSS. Our idea to start up with product marketing came up with our plan about dreaming and enduring the future. We submitted our idea to TBI Manager (Technical Business Incubation) and they approved it and we received some funds from the investors to start our first business venture, the development of school tracking software and it was a great success but we could not support a similar type of product marketing.

So we started with an affiliate marketing tool, where we researched more into the MLM field and its business operations. We found many people into multi-level marketing and earning as a part-time or full-time business and that manual work could be done through the software to make their business tracking in an easy way. This gave us an opportunity to support an MLM business owner and we got our first client from Bangladesh to build MLM software for his MLM business. This paved the way for our flagship product.


Abdul Majeed, on starting Infinite MLM Software ($65,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a greeting card business ($600K/year)

Travis Peterson from Irvine, California, USA started Joker Greeting over 5 years ago, a greeting card business.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Irvine, California, USA

My background is in finance. I worked in investment banking for six years in New York. I loved the job, the people, and the hours. But as a service job I wanted to be making things not just helping others make things. This desire has led me to where I am today.

My brother and I have always loved to make fun of everything. Around 2014, we visited my mom’s house and she had this musical greeting card. We thought it was annoying. We asked each other, "Who wants to listen to this!?" Then Nick asked, “What if it didn’t stop?”

That was it. Nothing more. No market research.


Travis Peterson, on starting Joker Greeting ($50,000/month) full story ➜

19. 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.


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

20. Become an online fitness coach ($576K/year)

Ryan Milton from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA started TeamFFLEX over 6 years ago, a online fitness coach.

  • Revenue: $48,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

I came up with TeamFFLEX seeing the massive trend of everything turning online and want to help as many people as possible achieve results. In a traditional gym format trainers job, there are only so many hours you can work in a day and a limit on clients you can actually work with. For example, if a client does a 60-minute session and you work an 8 hour day you can see 8 clients within that day. There are also of course training teams, and classes as well as small groups but still even if I could have worked with 100 people a day in a gym it would not have been enough.

I wanted to find a way to help people all around the world. The people that couldn’t get to the gym or didn’t have the money to hire an expensive trainer. I wanted to make sure that no matter where people were at the gym or at home they had the ability to take action on their health and fitness and get results.

Seeing in today's world how basically kids are born with an iPhone in hand it all just made perfect sense. Take personal training online and help people all around the world. The thing about today's society is that we want it now. We don't want to wait. We don't want to go into a building, meet with some trainer, get sold on all the different expensive packages and then pay basically to have a really expensive cheerleader. I honestly believe that within the next 10 years we won’t see trainers in gyms anymore. The quality of training in gyms continues to drop due to the fact that not enough people get training and also that trainers can’t even make enough money to sustain a living. I knew that if I could go online with everything not only would I be able to impact people to a much larger degree, I would also be able to live a life on my terms.


Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($48,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a clothing line ($480K/year)

Ray Li from Los Angeles, California, USA started Sene almost 4 years ago, a clothing line.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

After graduating from Cornell, I was in management consulting at Deloitte doing global process transformations.

It is not about how smart you are, it’s about the grit to stick it through the darkest and loneliest times.

Then I wanted to experience the other side of the coin, and went to Interbrand and helped companies define their global brand strategy. During my time there, I won a Rebrand100 award for the strategy work for turning around what used to be The Yellow Pages.


Ray Li, on starting Sene ($40,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a furniture business ($444K/year)

John Humphreys from Austin, Texas, USA started Humphreys almost 4 years ago, a furniture business.

  • Revenue: $37,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Since I was a kid I have always had a sense of wonder about the world and the mechanisms behind it. Whether it be a jet engine or a windshield wiper-I have thought about the creative process behind these things since I was 10 years old.

I drew houses as a kid. My dad grew up in a home designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, it was a solar home and it had an odd features. One example is, the entire back wall that was about 100 feet long and 15 feet high comprised of windows that all opened. In front, there were functioning levers that had fans which would draw airflow in and out.

Growing up I thought I wanted to be a pilot. I was described in high school by a classmate as “poetic” which I found offensive. I tried a hand in many things; managing a farm and pre-school, which were two businesses I inherited. This type of work wasn’t for me.


John Humphreys, on starting Humphreys ($37,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a poetry business ($420K/year)

Daniel Zaltsman and Erick Szentmiklosy from Remote started The Haiku Guys & Gals ago, a poetry business.

  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Remote

People always ask us if we’re poets or writers. The short answer is yes, but it wasn’t always that way. In our adolescent years, we both wrote poetry here and there but individually decided we were pretty bad at it. Erick even failed poetry class in high school. Erick comes from Hungarian and Colombian parents, grew up skateboarding, listening to rock, and reading Henry Miller in Dover, NJ. Daniel was born in Saint Petersburg, emigrated to the US and grew up in Cliffside Park, NJ performing in Russian plays, ballroom dancing, and playing counter strike.

Both of us grew up in lower-middle-class households and our journeys crossed at freshman orientation of Montclair State University. We spent most of our time studying at the library and going on vision quests. Our studies, like our interests, intersected - Daniel’s Marketing and Sociology and Erick’s Mathematics and Philosophy. Later these would serve as foundations for running our business.

During senior year, we wanted to start a business but had no idea what business to start or how to go about it. Inspired by a late-night dazed encounter with a stop sign, we developed a logo that replaced STOP with START. Shortly thereafter, our friend Zach came back from a keynote by Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes, and was reeling about how inspired he was by the story. A lightbulb went off: we should interview entrepreneurs and share their stories on the internet as inspiration for other people to START going after their dreams. But how would we find these entrepreneurs?


Daniel Zaltsman and Erick Szentmiklosy, on starting The Haiku Guys & Gals ($35,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a boutique ($396K/year)

Kara Brook Brown from Maryland, USA started Waxing Kara almost 8 years ago, a boutique.

  • Revenue: $33,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Maryland, USA

Waxing Kara grew organically from my work as an artist. I paint with encaustic, a paint made with beeswax, and in 2010, I started beekeeping on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to harvest wax for my encaustic paintings.

I became captivated by honey production and the plight of honey bees in this country. I learned about the importance of bees to the sustainability of our food supply, and the preciousness of honey, especially its nurturing and healing properties. Before launching Waxing Kara, I became a honey bee advocate and began raising bees on a small scale and have increased each year until 2020 when I will manage 18 hives on our 102-acre farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. For the bees, I began planting food sources such as sunflower, bergamot, and lavender. The goal was to cultivate a complex, organic environment that provides bees essential nutrients through nature. We have planted at least 40 acres of wildflowers, fruit trees, and berry bushes, an incredible habitat all for bees (and other winged creatures) with consistent blooms from May through October.

There isn’t one single life experience or educational achievement that has put me where I am today. Instead, it’s been a series of inspirations along the way. There was no master plan. In hindsight, everything that happened has flowed like honey to lead me down this path.


Kara Brook Brown, on starting Waxing Kara ($33,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a standing desk company ($360K/year)

Ashley ‘JP’ Lockwood from London, England, United Kingdom started Deskmate almost 4 years ago, a standing desk company.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

We were working from a coworking space and wanted standing desks. We asked the community managers if they’d considered them. Answers ranged from, ‘too expensive’, ‘space doesn’t allow them’, ‘why do you need one?’, I guess that was the lightbulb moment.

I’d recommend anyone launching a business in an area they don’t understand to research but not to overthink it. Learn on the job.

The idea behind Deskmate was quite simple really, there was no affordable standing solution in the UK. We did the typical google search, amazon check and there was nothing there. We saw the gap and went for it.


Ashley ‘JP’ Lockwood, on starting Deskmate ($30,000/month) full story ➜

26. 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.


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

27. Start a food delivery business ($300K/year)

Marcia Wiggins from South Portland, Maine, USA started Cape Whoopies almost 8 years ago, a food delivery business.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: South Portland, Maine, USA

Before Cape Whoopies was conceived, I was enjoying being the mom of two kids in high school, the wife to an airline pilot, and an aerobics teacher at my local gym.

When my kids had gone off to college and my husband was in the air, I had much time on my hands. There was only so much time you could spend at the gym, so with the newfound extra time I splurged in one of the things I always loved doing: making delicious baked things for friends.

My husband and I spend time a local restaurant as a hangout when he was home, so we would go to DiMillos and take our server friends whoopie pies. Why whoopie pies? I had tasted the Maine creation and thought, "good idea, not great execution".


Marcia Wiggins, on starting Cape Whoopies ($25,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a custom prints business ($300K/year)

Zach Katz from New York, New York, USA started Framed Tweets over 3 years ago, a custom prints business.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I dreamed up the idea for Framed Tweets a year prior to starting it.

It was December 2015, and I was holed up in my room, avoiding the New Year’s party my parents were hosting downstairs. I was scrolling through Twitter, when suddenly, I thought, “what if you could frame a tweet?” (Honestly, that’s how most ideas come about, at least for me. They just randomly happen.)

That night, I tweeted the link to some random people who I found by searching Twitter. The next morning, I woke up to find Framed Tweets featured on Product Hunt, Mashable, Uncrate, and a few other websites.


Zach Katz, on starting Framed Tweets ($25,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start a pet store ($240K/year)

Mike Leon from Orlando, Florida, USA started Bike Tow Leash over 17 years ago, a pet store.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Orlando, Florida, USA

I am a mechanical engineer graduate from Georgia Tech. My wife Betsy, GA Tech EE graduate, and I met her first day at school. We married after graduation. We have two daughters Jessica and Sam. After GA Tech I developed airline products up until when the 9-11 terrorist attacks occurred.

After the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Betsy and the girls, then 5 and 8, met Cindy at Publix getting groceries. She had a black Lab puppy in a light blue cape with her. From that encounter, my family and I volunteered raising service dog puppies for individuals with disabilities as a way of giving back to our community and country. In honor of those lost, we named our first puppy Tribute.

Raising service dog puppies is a wonderful volunteer opportunity, which ultimately provides companion animals to individuals who suffer from seizures, or who have mobility, vision or hearing impairments.


Mike Leon, on starting Bike Tow Leash ($20,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a men's clothing line ($180K/year)

Paul Chittenden from Houston, Texas, USA started Bad Ass Work Gear about 8 years ago, a men's clothing line.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Houston, Texas, USA

I was born in Houma, Louisiana - a small town about an hour Southwest of New Orleans. I grew up wrestling alligators, fishing and hunting, drinking beer in sugarcane fields, and of course speaking with a funny Cajun accent.

“I didn’t have any clue what I wanted to be when I grew up after graduation. However, I did know I wanted to be an entrepreneur. That was clear.”

Houma is the hub of offshore oil and gas, the key to the Gulf of Mexico with its ports and access to the coast. Because of this, oilfield service companies and related businesses define this Louisiana community. Both my mom and dad worked in the oilfield.


Paul Chittenden, on starting Bad Ass Work Gear ($15,000/month) full story ➜

31. 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.


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

32. Start a yarn store ($156K/year)

Sue Blacker from England, United Kingdom started Blacker Yarns about 15 years ago, a yarn store.

  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 16
  • Location: England, United Kingdom

I originally was a customer of our Natural Fibre Company spinning service, where I had the fleeces from my pedigree Gotland sheep flock spun into yarns.

There is only one piece of advice really: keep at it and don’t be discouraged! But always listen because you are never the only person with good ideas.

Before the sheep I had been in business and finance in the City, returning to my Cornish roots to get jobs in community, economic and environmental development. Then we ran holiday cottages, with the sheep to keep the grass down, and I had always knitted since childhood.


Sue Blacker, on starting Blacker Yarns ($13,000/month) full story ➜

33. 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.”


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

34. Start a planner business ($139K/year)

Jess Yasuda from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia started Chasing Planner Peace over 5 years ago, a planner business.

  • Revenue: $11,613/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

When I started Chasing Planner Peace I was a mum of two very small children, working part-time in a job for the government. I found my job extremely unrewarding and boring and had a little avenue for creativity. I never dreamed that starting an Etsy store would lead to growing a company that could become a full-time career. I had always had it drummed into me to find a secure job and stick with it - don’t take risks!

After my second child was born I became interested in using a paper planner as a hobby. There’s actually quite a big community of people (mostly women) who combine organization and creativity and love using their planners as a memory-keeping, scrapbooking tool using stickers and washi tape to decorate.

I loved the idea of using Filofax type planners where you could really customize your planner by adding in what “inserts” (refill pages) you wanted. I would download printable inserts off Etsy for calendar pages, meal planning, etc. but I could never find a layout that really worked for me. I would also waste huge amounts of time, money and printer ink trying to print out the printable inserts - as every file was a different format.


Jess Yasuda, on starting Chasing Planner Peace ($11,613/month) full story ➜

35. Start an online fabric store ($120K/year)

Alanna Banks from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Fridays Off Fabric Shop over 7 years ago, a online fabric store.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Before starting Fridays Off I was an Account Director at a public relations agency where I ran PR campaigns for consumer product brands.

After returning from a year long maternity leave I found it difficult to juggle my new life as a mom working in the confines of a 9-5, I also came to the realization that the corporate life just wasn’t for me and became very unhappy. I was tired of faking it and really just wanted to follow my forever dream of doing my own thing and being my own boss. So, I did what anyone would do in that situation and got pregnant again ;)

I bootstrapped the whole operation, using whatever I had in my bank account to buy my starting inventory of about 20 bolts of fabric.


Alanna Banks, on starting Fridays Off Fabric Shop ($10,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a tech support business ($120K/year)

Daniele Besana from Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands started WP OK over 5 years ago, a tech support business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands

I've always worked in IT, solving technical problems for small and big companies.

During my 15 years career in network security, I was lucky to help a lot of different types of customers: from small family-owned businesses to multinationals corporations.

It’s all about people. Don't focus on the number of subscribers, followers, opt-in, conversions… when you start is all about building relationships with people.


Daniele Besana, on starting WP OK ($10,000/month) full story ➜

37. Start a men's fashion blog ($102K/year)

Barron Cuadro from New York, New York, USA started Effortless Gent almost 11 years ago, a men's fashion blog.

  • Revenue: $8,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

Growing up, I’ve always been interested in my own personal style.

I loved being experimental and trying new trends. I learned through experimentation that how you dress can change the way you feel about yourself, as well as how other people perceive you.

I’d advise to start small and be consistent. So if you’re going to be a content creator, focus on producing content regularly, whether that’s 1x a week or 1x a day.


Barron Cuadro, on starting Effortless Gent ($8,500/month) full story ➜

38. 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!"


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

39. Start a tax service business ($90K/year)

Yvette Sadovoy from New York, New York, USA started Savvy and Suite Ltd almost 3 years ago, a tax service business.

  • Revenue: $7,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

Unknowingly, Savvy and Suite has been brewing for the last 15 years. I began working in my father’s accounting firm when I was 12 doing basic data entry of the tax forms. Every year I learned more and more until 18 when I was able to complete a full tax return on my own. Since then I have dedicated myself to developing my skills and really crafted my own approach to tax preparation.

Stay true to yourself and committed even during the low times, your success will come.

Over the years I have worked with companies from so many different industries and I learned that every company, even in the same industry, operates differently. Every entrepreneur has their own method of growing their business and respectively, spend their money that way. By getting to know each and every one of my clients to the smallest detail of their habits, I am able to create a tax return that reflects their true expenses. In this way, I am ensuring that no deduction is overlooked and the tax savings are optimized. The cookie-cutter approach just doesn’t cut it for anyone. No pun intended!


Yvette Sadovoy, on starting Savvy and Suite Ltd ($7,500/month) full story ➜

40. 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.


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

41. Start a food blog ($64.8K/year)

Brett Lindenberg from California, USA started Food Truck Empire almost 7 years ago, a food blog.

  • Revenue: $5,400/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: California, USA

Back in 2014, I had an idea to start a food truck business. The business model seemed like a winner because I could operate part-time on weekends while maintaining my corporate online marketing job during the week.

I viewed this as a low-risk business opportunity since I wouldn’t need to rely on the food truck profits to pay bills. Any income generated would be “extra money” after the expenses of running a truck. Operating at a profit didn’t seem like a difficult task to assuming I would be willing to run the business myself and selected a high-margin menu for the truck.

Starting a business is time consuming and insanely difficult even if you’re doing it full time. Take the hours you have left after work and focus them toward one thing.


Brett Lindenberg, on starting Food Truck Empire ($5,400/month) full story ➜

42. Start a jewelry product ($60K/year)

Lizzy Klein from NEW YORK started mazi + zo almost 2 years ago, a jewelry product.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: NEW YORK

I’ve always loved fashion and design. I started my career as a PR intern for Marc Jacobs, and I moved to merchandise at Guess Jeans back when Guess Jeans were the height of casual cool. The fashion biz, however, was a lot less business-like back then. My desire for a different kind of challenge led me to a (way too) early-stage e-commerce venture at Time Warner where I learned a ton, most of all that I like getting in at the start and seeing the direct results of my efforts.

I’ve worked in startups ever since. I have 25+ years of experience as a team member, founder, investor, and advisor. I’ve steered mostly clear of the fashion industry, but I’ve maintained a serious side habit all along and I’ve had tons of unrealized business ideas drawn from my love for fashion and styling. I think it’s because both make me feel like my best self. That’s the vibe I hope to share with my customers.

In 2018, as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Brand New Matter considering “what’s next?”, I knew I wanted back in on fashion in some way or another. With a design partner, I developed a perfect, premium white tee for busty women (motivation: personal pain point!) The challenges of today’s apparel business were a turnoff, though: carbon footprint, fast fashion, body image. So I switched gears (though I’ve got some great designs and branding if anyone else wants to take it on!)


Lizzy Klein, on starting mazi + zo ($5,000/month) full story ➜

43. Start a game store ($50.4K/year)

OLIVER JENKS from Canterbury, England, United Kingdom started Speedcube New Zealand ago, a game store.

  • Revenue: $4,200/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Canterbury, England, United Kingdom

After I graduated high school in Melbourne, Australia in 2015, I didn’t really have any idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had been pulled into a million different directions, Physics, Music, Air traffic control, to name but a few.

If you don’t continuously work on the little things, it’ll come across as messy and present an unprofessional image to your customers.

I was well into solving puzzles at this point, and had attended my first speedcubing competitions, but hadn’t really considered it to be anything more than a hobby at this point.


OLIVER JENKS, on starting Speedcube New Zealand ($4,200/month) full story ➜

44. 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.


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

45. Start a maps business ($42K/year)

Love Regefalk from Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden started Mapsery almost 3 years ago, a maps business.

  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden

My backstory is that I, during my 2nd year at university, got particularly bored during an exam period and toyed with the idea of starting my own business. In short, I wanted to put the theory from university into practice. Said and done, one month later I had put together a website where I planned to sell beer pong related products that I would import from China. The setup, however, was far from ideal. I kept the stock in my dorm room and I would personally run home from school in the middle of a lecture to hand the orders to the DHL guy every day.

Eventually, I got enough orders to make the move to outsource the logistics to a third-party logistics (3PL) partner. Finally, I didn’t have to handle the orders manually.

Great success!


Love Regefalk, on starting Mapsery ($3,500/month) full story ➜

46. Start an education products business ($12K/year)

Alex Bricker from Fort Collins, Colorado, USA started ESL With Purpose about 3 years ago, a education products business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

I started teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) during my undergraduate studies on a volunteer level. Over time, I acquired a TEFL certification and more experience while working other full-time jobs and growing my skills in other interests. My heart, however, was always drawn to hanging out with international friends and helping them improve their English.

Don’t give up. If I would have quit when I lost $17,000, I wouldn’t have learned anything. It was a good educational moment. Failure does not define your business. How you respond to situations does define it.

Phrase It grew out of need to enhance student learning in a fun and dynamic way. Specifically, I developed a dice game to help English language learners through the use of phrasal verbs. Then it turned into a card game.


Alex Bricker, on starting ESL With Purpose ($1,000/month) full story ➜

47. Start a skills training business ($9.07K/year)

Andrew Kamphey from Remote started Better Sheets 7 months ago, a skills training business.

  • Revenue: $756/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Remote

It began as a side project while building a web app. I had wanted to launch something helpful to a broad set of people. And I wanted to launch something that could run without my interference.

In the company that I co-founded, to do ad sales we were constantly building biz models and outreach in Google Sheets. My co-founder earlier this year mentioned that all my Google Sheets look great. And are way above anything else he had seen.

I didn’t have to validate it, necessarily, before creating it. I just launched the damn thing on a Friday. Landing page, 4 free videos, and 4 paid videos. I set a price and moved on with my life. Come Monday I had a sale, and everything blasted off from there.


Andrew Kamphey, on starting Better Sheets ($756/month) full story ➜

48. Start a makeup brand

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49. Start a holiday decorating service

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50. Start a home theater business

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51. Start a financial product business ($0/year)

Kwok Zhong Li from Singapore, Singapore started Finty over 3 years ago, a financial product business.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Singapore, Singapore

Prior to Finty, I was the Vice President of Ebusiness at OCBC Bank. I worked on different financial products and my job was to push their take ups through digital channels. I saw a growing trend in consumer behavior change towards the application of financial products. Similar to eCommerce, people want to do it fast, convenient, any time of the day.

Together with two other close friends, Jeremy and Lucius, we started Finty. We believe there is a need to easily let consumers compare and apply. In summary, simplifying financial decision making. There were a few competitors when we first started, and in order to catch up, we focused on our operating model. We maintained a lean internal structure and enhanced the process through automation. With this, it allowed us to give value back to customers through Finty rewards as a differentiate among other players in the market.

Left to right: Kwok Zhong Li, Jeremy Lim, Lucius Young


Kwok Zhong Li, on starting Finty ($0/month) full story ➜

52. Start a curtains business

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53. Start an amazon business

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