59 Small Businesses To Start In Boston

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Boston 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 Boston.

1. Start a publishing business ($16.8M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful publishing business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our publishing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Adam Witty's story on creating Advantage Media Group a read:

Adam Witty is the Founder & CEO of Advantage|ForbesBooks and has built the company into one of the largest business book publishers in America, serving over 1,500 Authors in all 50 U.S. states and 63 countries.

Advantage|ForbesBooks specializes in Authority Marketing™ for entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professionals who want to grow their business. Utilizing the Forbes multi-platform media network, ForbesBooks offers a branding, visibility, and marketing platform to business authors that is absolutely unrivaled.

Advantage|ForbesBooks is the pioneer of pain-free book creation. Our famed Talk Your Book® and Ghostwriting programs have helped over 1,500 entrepreneurs, CEOs and professionals create a book in 10 to 24 hours of their time over the course of six months.

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Adam Witty, on starting Advantage Media Group ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a video production company ($2.71M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful video production company in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our video production company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Hope Horner's story on creating Lemonlight a read:

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

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

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Hope Horner, on starting Lemonlight ($500,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a healthy snack food business ($2.17M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful healthy snack food business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our healthy snack food business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ryan Chen's story on creating Neuro a read:

Hey there! My name is Ryan Chen and I am the co-founder of Neuro, a functional gum, and a mint company that delivers energy, clarity, and focus in a minty and refreshing way.

Back in October 2015, one of my best friends from college (Kent Yoshimura) and I began developing the idea for Neuro when we realized there was a lack of portable, healthy, or effective alternatives to energy drinks or supplements. Both Kent and I trained in athletics at a national level and to find products that would help us balance life and school was nearly impossible.

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Ryan Chen, on starting Neuro ($500,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a card game ($2.41M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful card game in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our card game case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Bart Kloosterhuis's story on creating Vertellis a read:

My name is Bart and I’m a co-founder of Vertellis. Vertellis means “tell me more” in Dutch and our mission is to bring people closer together. Vertellis is where connections grow and conversations begin, and we're striving to make a worldwide impact on the way people connect in our digital society.

We don’t invest in media, papers and podcasts come to us and then we decide if we follow up or not. We choose the 20/80 principles and The One Thing (book by Gary Keller) that we focus on Facebook Marketing. We believe we are the best authentic storytellers in our branch at this moment in time (and we like to keep that title!)

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

5. Start a 3d printing business ($2.94M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful 3d printing business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our 3d printing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Roy Kirchner's story on creating Ultimate 3D Printing Store a read:

My name is Roy Kirchner, an entrepreneur from Odessa, Florida. After years spent in the automobile and marketing and advertising industries, I decided in 2014 to form a new company solely focused on emerging new technology, 3D printing.

I started my company with an initial, out-of-pocket investment of $65,000, and today we are averaging monthly gross sales of $330,000.

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Roy Kirchner, on starting Ultimate 3D Printing Store ($330,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a staffing agency ($3.84M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful staffing agency in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our staffing agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sandra Lewis's story on creating Boldly a read:

I’m Sandra Lewis, and I’m the Founder and CEO of Boldly.

We’re growing quickly and have more than 100 employees working across two continents, hundreds of high-profile clients, and a great internal infrastructure that is helping us facilitate that fast rate of growth.

Our leadership team at a company retreat last Spring

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Sandra Lewis, on starting Boldly ($320,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a bicycle company ($2.03M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful bicycle company in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our bicycle company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Xavier Claveria Masip's story on creating Santafixie a read:

Hello, I’m Xavi Claveria and I’m the founder of Santafixie.com. Santafixie is an e-commerce focused on urban bicycles, and since 2018 we are a brand with our own products (Bicycles and components). Now we are a mix between marketplace and a Brand of bicycles and components.

Our monthly turnover is 200.000€. Our main markets are France, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and UK. And our brand represents around 20% of the turnover. The rest are third brands on our marketplace.

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

8. Start a bento box store ($2M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful bento box store in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our bento box store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Thomas Bertrand's story on creating Bento&co a read:

Hi, my name is Thomas Bertrand, I’m from France and I've been living in Japan since 2003. I started my online store Bento&Co in November of 2008.

In 2016, I also started a new business, a SaaS for online sellers in Japan to manage shipments, called Ship&Co.

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Thomas Bertrand, on starting Bento&co ($167,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a sleep products business ($1.56M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful sleep products business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our sleep products business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sandeep Prasad's story on creating Wink & Nod a read:

I am Sandeep Prasad, founder, and CEO of Wink & Nod. I started the company around two years back with a mission to provide a healthy and comfortable sleep to the Indian consumers.

While a lot of brands claim to be sleep focused, almost no one has the portfolio offerings to match the claim. Mattresses and pillows are central to sleep, but we've gone above and beyond to create multiple categories including bed linen and sleep enabling accessories to fulfill all sleep-related needs from one place. We're also ever-expanding our portfolio to bring cutting edge technologies to solve sleep problems. We're very excited about the next couple of months, with some really awesome products coming up. We're doing $130k/month in revenues, and have served more than 12,000 orders to date.

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Sandeep Prasad, on starting Wink & Nod ($129,969/month) full story ➜

10. Start a brewery ($1.44M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful brewery in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our brewery case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Diego Benitez's story on creating Progress Brewing a read:

My name is Diego Benitez and I run Progress Brewing (http://progress-brewing.com) Progress brews and sells craft beer in a wide variety of styles exclusively at its tasting room in the city of South El Monte, approximately 12 miles East of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Diego Benitez, on starting Progress Brewing ($120,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a board game ($1.52M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful board game in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our board game case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Will Roya's story on creating PlayingCardDecks.com a read:

I’m Will Roya and I own and operate PlayingCardDecks.com which launched in 2017.

I was able to scale the business to an annual revenue run rate of one million within 18 months with the help of a full time packing person and freelancers in areas of expertise I was lacking. Currently, we are averaging about 100k a month.

My daughter and I doing an early Facebook live video

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Will Roya, on starting PlayingCardDecks.com ($100,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a shoe brand ($4.7M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful shoe brand in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our shoe brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kartik Gurmule's story on creating KASA a read:

I am Kartik Gurmule, Founder at KASA, and Co-Founder at Dropshyp. KASA is an online luxury shoe and accessory boutique with over 270 luxury shoes in the collection.

We specialize in brogue designed footwear. All of our products are designed in the United Kingdom and made in Milan, Italy, by our partnered manufacturer. All of the KASA collection is hand-painted and handmade using Blake-stitching techniques. With insoles and outsoles entirely in leather, our shoes are ever long-lasting. Each shoe showcases the brand’s signature style and bears witness to the luxury lifestyle. We are actively marketing our products to our potential customers in the USA, the UK, Australia, and other parts of Europe using a variety of marketing techniques.

We launched our first collection in November 2018.

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Kartik Gurmule, on starting KASA ($80,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a wine club ($2.07M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful wine club in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our wine club case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Alessandro Pepe's story on creating Roscioli Wine Club a read:

Ciao! We are Alessandro Pepe (Italian) and Lindsay Gabbard (American), founders of the Roscoli Wine Club, and partners in every sense - love included. We, along with 2 other partners, manage Rimessa Roscioli, a wine-focused restaurant of the Roscioli group in the heart of Rome, which is arguably the best wine bar in Rome, if not the world (Lindsay moved here because of it, even if she says it was me).

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Alessandro Pepe, on starting Roscioli Wine Club ($75,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a natural health product business ($660K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful natural health product business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our natural health product business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kel STUART's story on creating Sanuku APM a read:

Hi there. My name is Kel Stuart. I established Sanuku APM Limited and my health brand products website, SANUSq, in early 2017, but the foundations for this business model had been laid out over many years prior. The company has a few different revenue streams, but currently, my passion lies with our two health product brands. I created ‘SANUSq’ in 2017 and followed up with ‘Bonne Sante Liposomal’ in 2018. Our flagship product is a proprietary blend liposomal vitamin C product (with a dash of glutathione.)

From a standing start, we are now aiming to hit the 1 million EUR mark this financial year. Our main customer base is in France. This was no small achievement given the fastidious nature of the market in France. We have shipped orders to more than 30 countries since we launched, and have sales sites in multiple languages – all translations have been done by hand as reliance on AI, as good as it has become over recent years, is a recipe for disaster.

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Kel STUART, on starting Sanuku APM ($75,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a home equipment business ($2.64M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful home equipment business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our home equipment business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Zachary Brown's story on creating Moki Doorstep a read:

Hi, My Name is Zach Brown and I am a full-time firefighter paramedic. But the real reason I'm being interviewed is because I am the founder and CEO of Moki Doorstep. I’m sure you're asking yourself what in the world is that? It’s a common question for us. Well, to put it simply its a vehicle rooftop assistance step. Our product, the Moki Doorstep helps its users easily access the roof of their vehicle.

Today we no longer manufacture the product. After taking a look at the bigger picture we realized that licensing was the way to go. Today we are partnered with the outdoor and rooftop accessory brand Rightline Gear out of North Carolina to bring you the Moki Doorstep.

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Zachary Brown, on starting Moki Doorstep ($65,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a private snorkel tour business ($720K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful private snorkel tour business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our private snorkel tour business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nok's story on creating Five Star Thailand Tours a read:

Hey there! I’m Nok, co-founder, and director of Five Star Thailand Tours. We've helped over 30,000 travellers in southern Thailand connect with local boat captains to experience incredible and authentic private snorkelling and boat tours.

We are proud to employ 100% local tour guides and boat captains, contributing money directly back into the local economy, and providing a sustainable income for those who need it the most. Throughout our time in business, we have ensured our prices remain fair and competitive to our customers; while prioritizing a fair and sustainable income for our hard-working team.

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Nok, on starting Five Star Thailand Tours ($60,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a clothing line ($339K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful clothing line in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our clothing line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ray Li's story on creating Sene a read:

My name is Ray Li and I’m the founder of Sene. We combine classic styles with radical comfort, and custom-make each piece to fit. Every order is covered by our 60 Day Guarantee - free alterations, remakes, exchanges and returns.

Our collection for men and women currently spans custom shirts, custom pants and bottoms, custom outerwear, custom suits.

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

18. Start a lighting store ($420K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful lighting store in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our lighting store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nick Griffiths's story on creating Any Old Lights a read:

I’m Nick Griffiths. For 25 years I was a freelance journalist in London; now I run Any Old Lights, selling vintage nautical and industrial lighting, online and from a shop by the sea in Cornwall, UK. You never quite know where life will take you!

Any Old Lights has won awards along the way and keeps growing in popularity, selling worldwide to anyone from high-street giants and celebrity bars to Middle Eastern hotel groups, turning over last year £250,000.

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Nick Griffiths, on starting Any Old Lights ($35,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start an online baby boutique ($312K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online baby boutique in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our online baby boutique case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Emma Lovell's story on creating Fly Babee a read:

Hi, I’m Emma Lovell mum of two small children and founder of CoziGo - Sleep on the Go. I’m originally from England and live in Sydney Australia.

Since launching, we have sold thousands of CoziGo’s all over the world and have won many awards and accolades in areas such as innovation, best buy for baby, start-up, and wholesaler of the year.

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Emma Lovell, on starting Fly Babee ($26,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start an online advertising agency ($5.24M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online advertising agency in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our online advertising agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Luis Camacho's story on creating Fantôm Agency a read:

Hello, my name is Luis Camacho and I am the founder of Fantôm Agency and also the host of the SaaS AdLab podcast, which is a podcast where I interview SaaS founders to learn more about their story. Fantôm is a digital advertising agency which focuses on helping mid-to-late stage SaaS (software as a service) companies scale through paid advertising channels such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Fantôm focuses entirely on paid advertising, I guess you could say that’s the bread and butter, it’s what I’m great at but it’s also what I’m most passionate about. There were attempts to enter different service offerings but did not have as much fun doing so. Now when clients have the need for other types of marketing, say, email marketing, I point them to one of my trusted partners who are able to execute and over-deliver on such service for them. Currently, Fantôm is making roughly $8,600 per month overhead is only a couple of hundred dollars per month, about $300, which go towards tools and software needed in order to provide the best possible results for clients.

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

21. Start a SEO agency ($1.41M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful SEO agency in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our SEO agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Alan Silvestri's story on creating Growth Gorilla a read:

Hey there! My name is Alan Silvestri and I’m the founder of Growth Gorilla, a link building service for SaaS companies (Software as a Service). I started the company end of summer 2018 so it’s been going for a little less than a year.

The company has grown from zero to 10k in monthly recurring revenue mostly in the last 7 months and most of our clients have stayed with us for a minimum of 4 months, so we’re pretty happy with how things are going and excited for the future!

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Alan Silvestri, on starting Growth Gorilla ($20,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful yarn store in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our yarn store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sue Blacker's story on creating Blacker Yarns a read:

I am Sue Blacker, Managing Director of Blacker Sheep Limited.

We sell Blacker Yarns mainly direct through our online shop and also through selected stockists across the world. Over half of our Blacker Yarn sales are to countries outside the UK and half of those are into the USA so we are very much an international business.

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

23. Start a software integration plugin ($144K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful software integration plugin in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our software integration plugin case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jae Jun's story on creating GORILLA ROI a read:

My name is Jae and I’m a spreadsheet nerd. 👊

Thus, we are currently focusing on stability and scalability before we start any heavy push towards outbound marketing.

Our gross profit at the moment sits at 45%, which is bad for a software company. But not bad considering we continue to reinvest. Plus, I’m not a programmer and talented programmers are not cheap. I’ve also been reinvesting more into servers and technology which put us at break even.

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Jae Jun, on starting GORILLA ROI ($12,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a clothing boutique ($557K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful clothing boutique in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our clothing boutique case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Gia Paddock's story on creating Boutique Rye a read:

Hi everyone, my name is Gia, and I am the owner of Boutique Rye. We are a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that is all online!

We have anywhere from clothes that are appropriate for work or clothes that will make you turn heads on a night out on the town. I try and buy clothes with many different styles in mind. I'd like to think that we are a one-stop shop for a diverse group of women!

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Gia Paddock, on starting Boutique Rye ($10,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a sticker business ($120K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful sticker business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our sticker business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Gary Amstutz's story on creating StickerandLabelSA.co.za a read:

Hello everyone - from a warm and sunny South Africa. My name is Gary Amstutz and I have been involved in eCommerce for almost 15 years now. StickerandLabelSA.co.za is actually one of our newest sites but has had the fastest growth curve to date.

We have grown from Zero (orders/sales) a year ago, to an average of about 10 orders a day and sales of about $10,000 per month.

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Gary Amstutz, on starting StickerandLabelSA.co.za ($10,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start a fitness clothing line ($54.2K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful fitness clothing line in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our fitness clothing line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Elgin E. Mones, Esq.'s story on creating Infinite Elgintensity Gym Apparel a read:

I’m Elgin Mones, a.k.a. Infinite Elgintensity, an attorney by day, and a YouTube roaster by night. In 2014, several of my fitness comedy videos went viral, which caused my subscriber count to skyrocket. That same year, I branched out from making YouTube videos to selling gym apparel with designs and slogans based on my dark sense of humor and love of video games.

I’m best known for my “Arm Day” design, which multiple social media influencers have tried to profit from without my permission over the years; in 2018, I sent multiple DMCA takedowns and even sued someone over it. I make enough money to quit my job as a lawyer, but I prefer to keep YouTube and related ventures as a side gig. I don’t like depending on speech-suppressing video streaming platforms and social media sites for my income, and being funny on a schedule sounds like torture.

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful campervan transformation service in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our campervan transformation service case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Bryan and Jen Danger's story on creating ZENVANZ a read:

We are Bryan+Jen Danger, a couple who broke away from the 9-5 years ago to live a life focused on happiness and simple/nomadic living. We traveled extensively by van as we sought out wilderness/adventure and returned to urban environments to be around friends and family.

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

28. Start a lingerie business ($62.9K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful lingerie business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our lingerie business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jessica Ding's story on creating LoveLornLingerie a read:

Hello there! My name is Jessica Ding and I started Love Lorn Lingerie.

At the moment, this business is still a side hustle. Between my online store and the in person events I do, revenue averages to about 1.9k per month. Not bad for something that was started on a whim!

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Jessica Ding, on starting LoveLornLingerie ($5,245/month) full story ➜

29. Start a film production company ($60K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful film production company in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our film production company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Latham Ford's story on creating No Idea Films, LLC a read:

Hello! I’m Latham Ford and I started a Film, TV & Media Production Company in 2016. I built the company on intellectual property: scripts, ideas, and pitches. Whether they are ideas or scripts that I created and wrote or collaboration. Underneath that is the actual content creation and production. I have produced and written a few short films and pitch ideas. In 2018, I won the best film, $10,000 for a short film I wrote called Daddy’s Big Girl, at the Gentlemens Jack Daniels & Code Black Lionsgate Film Contest, held in Miami, FL.

Since then, life has been moving fast. I’ve been pitching my scripts to studios, sold a few ideas to production companies and produced some really cool digital content for brands. Then I acquired some amazing partners which propelled us to the next level. Check out our production reel.

On Set BTS for Film: “Don’t Try This Alone”

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Latham Ford, on starting No Idea Films, LLC ($5,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a branding agency ($270K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful branding agency in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our branding agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Elva Li's story on creating Elva Li a read:

I am a brand stylist, designer and speaker, and founder of ELVA LI Brand.Style.Design, a boutique branding house helping lady bosses feel confident online and land high-end clients through luxury branding and website design.

With a background in Business and Finance for 10 years, I have combined my creative flair with my business savviness to help female entrepreneurs bring their visions to life and turn their ideas to a premium brand. Everything I do exudes style, elegance and timelessness, because these are a necessity, not a luxury. I have been featured on LadyBoss Asia, This Women Can and have been seen on ABC, CBS, Fox, etc.

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Elva Li, on starting Elva Li ($5,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful backyard plant nursery in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our backyard plant nursery case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Debbie Odom's story on creating CamelliaShop a read:

My name is Debbie Odom and I am a horticulturist and the co-founder of Camelliashop.com.

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

32. Start a wireframing software business ($3.33M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful wireframing software business in Boston:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Brian Nyagol's story on creating Brainverse Technologies Ltd a read:

Hello, my name is Brian Nyagol. Thank you for stopping by to read my story. I’m the founder and CEO of Brainverse Technologies, a software and branding company based in Kenya, Africa, and focusing on helping small and medium-sized enterprises digitize their business, digitalize their processes and build effective digital footprints. We believe a strong brand is one that exudes irresistible attraction that sticks in the minds of people, in whichever form they get in touch with it. That is our definition of a perfect brand.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has inspired us to start building a consulting & training business in *Remote Teams Management (for Entrepreneurs & Managers), out of our 4 years experience working remotely. We are already consulting for 4 companies in Kenya, and 1 in Canada.

On average, we turn in monthly revenue of $4,500, 64% of which come from new large project engagements, and the rest from upgrades, maintenance, and short term projects. We get 80% of our projects through referrals from previous customers and 20% from our offline and digital direct marketing efforts.

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Brian Nyagol, on starting Brainverse Technologies Ltd ($4,500/month) full story ➜

33. Start an art business ($71.4K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful art business in Boston:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Sarah Hickey 's story on creating Innerglow Art a read:

I’m Sarah, an artist from Plano Texas and living out my life long dream of being an artist. I am a stay at home mom to two; my oldest Elijah is 17 months and youngest Skyla is 4 months old. My husband is also an entrepreneur, so our schedules are pretty flexible and our children get to grow up seeing us both pursue our passions.

I am most proud of how my art allows for a connection with the buyer. To me, it’s more meaningful to know the artist and their process than purchasing a piece of art in a retail store or gallery.

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

34. Start a food startup ($96K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful food startup in Boston:

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Check out all of our food startup case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Andrea Slinde's story on creating Golden Root a read:

Hi all! My name is Andrea and I’m the founder of Golden Root. I manufacture and sell a caffeine-free Turmeric Latte Mix in Denver, CO.

Currently, I sell Golden Root online from my e-commerce site and to over 50 coffee shops nationwide. After a very eventful and strong finish to 2018, Golden Root is making an average of $4k/mo.

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

35. Become a dating coach ($24K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful dating coach in Boston:

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Check out all of our dating coach case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ta'Veca Collins's story on creating Romance On The Go, Concierge Services a read:

Hello! I'm Ta'Veca Collins, MSW, Registered Clinical Social Worker (Florida) Owner and operator of Romance On The Go, Concierge Services (ROTGO-Est. 2012), a small business that promotes romance and intimacy.

Prior to becoming a preferred vendor at The W and other local hotels, we were only being hired once or twice a month. Since April 2019, we are steadily booked and executing services every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and at least twice throughout the week. I’m always telling potential “Romantics” during a consultation, that any day of the week is a day to be romantic! We are grossing approximately $3,200.00 monthly. One of the most amazing aspects that we value is that we are constantly generating business for our local preferred vendor network (local small businesses) (Private Chef, Massage Therapist, Treat Maker, Florist, Gondola, and Transportation). Not only are we spreading romance, but we are also spreading wealth too!

“Meet The Tolberts” - They spent their Honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale, FL. and we executed this sunrise picnic with a mini photoshoot.

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

36. Start a travel blog ($40.8K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful travel blog in Boston:

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Check out all of our travel blog case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Andrew Norton's story on creating SkyAlliance a read:

Hello. My name is Andrew Norton and I am the CEO & Founder of SkyAlliance Limited®. SkyAlliance is a travel search engine which allows you to find cheap flights, hotels, holiday packages and car hire all over the world.

5 years ago I knew nothing about web design, coding and software development, and today, I own a company that sends people away to various destinations and supplies them with another means of travel, all based on the 3 elements I knew nothing about.

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Andrew Norton, on starting SkyAlliance ($2,800/month) full story ➜

37. Start a hat business ($102K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful hat business in Boston:

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Check out all of our hat business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Burly Vinson's story on creating Snappies a read:

Hey! My name is Burly Vinson and I’m the founder of Snappies, a hat brand that creates a unique kind of snapback hat. I got tired of the cheap plastic straps found on traditional snapbacks, so I created a hat that uses leather and brass instead of the usual plastic straps.

A large part of the Snappies brand is geared towards living different and exploring the outdoors. We’ve partnered with nonprofits so proceeds from each hat go towards planting trees and fighting deforestation. In our first year, we’ve been able to help plant thousands of trees. It’s exciting to have customers love your product, but it’s great knowing that each new customer is helping Snappies make an environmental difference.

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Burly Vinson, on starting Snappies ($2,000/month) full story ➜

38. Start a skin care product line ($1.36M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful skin care product line in Boston:

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Check out all of our skin care product line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Meredith Moseley-Bennett & Yolanda Grbic's story on creating Oh My Balm a read:

Oh My Balm was founded two years ago and we make kitchen-crafted all-natural body products. Our tagline is “Two Mom’s Making it Real.”

We promote them through our marketing, as they work on several different projects that create a life of prosperity for African women and their families. You can find more about them here. The other charity that is close to our hearts is Behind The Scenes, which provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals if they, or their immediate dependent family, are seriously ill or injured. We make a body butter, “Crew,” and we give a portion of the proceeds of every tin sold to BTS. This got us mention in several entertainment industry magazines.

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

39. Start a leather business ($314K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful leather business in Boston:

Want to get started? Here are a few great resources:

Check out all of our leather business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jacques Flynn's story on creating JAQET a read:

Hello! My name is Jacques Flynn.I am the founder and owner of the leather goods company JAQET.

We now consist of a small team based in Long Beach, California where all our products are hand made under one roof. We currently sell our products in boutiques across the globe as well as through our website.

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Jacques Flynn, on starting JAQET ($1,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start an email newsletter business ($6.6K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful email newsletter business in Boston:

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Check out all of our email newsletter business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Qin Xie's story on creating Money Talk a read:

Hi, I’m Qin Xie, a journalist, and editor based in London. I recently launched Money Talk, a reader-funded newsletter on personal finance.

It’s early days still - Money Talk went live at the end of May - but I made £100 in the first month and a couple of people even signed up for a whole year.

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Qin Xie, on starting Money Talk ($100/month) full story ➜

41. Start a painting business

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42. Start a juice bar ($240K/year)

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43. Become a public speaker

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44. Start a bathtub reglazing business

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45. Start a baby photography business

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46. Start a diesel supplier

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47. Start a home decor business

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48. Start a craft business

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49. Become a personal chef

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50. Start a golf advertising agency

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51. Start a flower arrangements business

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52. Start a church

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53. Start a waste management business

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54. Start a coffee shop ($22.8K/year)

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55. Start an online golf lessons business

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56. Start a children's clothing business ($1.68M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful children's clothing business in Boston:

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Check out all of our children's clothing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Cameron Olthuis's story on creating Sawyer a read:

Hi there, I’m Cameron Olthuis, owner and operator of Sawyer. Sawyer is a high-quality kids clothing brand that makes soft, durable products with timeless designs that inspire them to get outside and explore the natural world.

We operate a direct-to-consumer business model that’s completely bootstrapped and our fulfillment is done entirely in house. This allows our brand to be in control of all customer touch points, something we feel is extremely important when building a brand.

Our products to date have largely consisted of graphic tees, hats & beanies, and hoodies. We’re now moving into custom cut & sew apparel products. Our long-term vision includes technical outerwear and other functional outdoor products exclusively for kids.

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

57. Start a job board

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58. Start a travel company

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59. Start a museum

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