54 Small Businesses To Start In Chula Vista

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Chula Vista 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 Chula Vista.

1. Start a hemp products business ($12M/year)

Paul Benhaim from Sydney started Elixinol Global almost 3 years ago, a hemp products business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 50
  • Location: Sydney

When I was traveling as a backpacker, living on a few dollars a day in North-East Thailand, I learned that indigenous people, although ‘financially poor’, were extremely radiant, happy and seemingly healthy, despite their lack of what we in the West would consider clean living conditions.

I observed them closely and discovered their natural eating habits - living close to nature allowed them to gain the most nutritional benefits from the foods they were eating. On studying this further, I realized that the essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6) compounds found in their diet, were missing in most western diets due to the processing of foods for commercial supermarket shelf-life.

Later on, whilst traveling (still as a backpacker) in Canada, I met Dylan who shared with me the many uses of hemp - including the hemp seed which contained a perfect balance of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.

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Paul Benhaim, on starting Elixinol Global ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a computer accessory business ($12M/year)

Jack Yao from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Mobile Pixels ago, a computer accessory business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I have used multiple screens my entire life as a professional and as a student. When I was forced to work on a small laptop screen at Amazon, I could not help but think about how much productivity was being lost across from the organization. That was the light bulb moment for me.

It is important to know your market and market size and then crafts your service or product specifically for that market.

I was discussing this problem over lunch with a colleague, and the idea of sliding a second monitor out from behind the first just came naturally. It was an idea that I could not shake.

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Jack Yao, on starting Mobile Pixels ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a hotel ($6M/year)

Tom Boyd from Knoxville, TN, USA started Ancient Lore Village over 1 year ago, a hotel.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Knoxville, TN, USA

I was in the process of writing a book about the rise and fall of democracy in the United States. At that time, my son entered the gubernatorial race in Tennessee and I spent 18 months on the campaign trail in small towns and cities all over the state. In talking to all types of people, I found so much intolerance and hatred and lack of understanding for other people. I knew that I needed to change the direction of the book.

I decided to write a book about a person who took a journey and discovered all different types of people and saw that they could all live together in a place of peace, joy, and happiness where only good existed. That place is Ancient Lore Village. To test the theory of my book, I felt that building a Village in its image would be the best way to test this theory.

Having built 17 successful businesses, I had learned from experience that first, you must build a team. First, I found a very creative architect that shared the same vision. Then I set out to find a team of experts in the hospitality industry, with experience in service, lodging, and culinary. I found Melissa Blettner, former Senior Vice President for Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.

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Tom Boyd, on starting Ancient Lore Village ($500,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Start a towels business ($5.4M/year)

Andy Jefferies from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia started Dock and Bay about 5 years ago, a towels business.

  • Revenue: $450,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 12
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Personally, I always knew I would have my own business. I watched my dad run his own recruitment agency from a young age and I loved the freedom that came with being your own boss. Even though I studied Business Management at Leeds University in England, I didn’t start my own business straight away as I needed to find something I was passionate about first.

Don’t be put off by the big picture, doing all the small steps first allows you to get started. Things like deciding on a company name, registering your company, purchasing your domain, designing a logo... All of these small steps can get you inspired and help you move forward with your goals.

Ben and I came up with the idea after we had been traveling a few years ago. We hated using soggy, bulky towels that took up your suitcase space and had a weird odour after a few washes. We wanted to create a towel that didn’t hold you back from exploring, and all of the other quick dry towels we found were small or had dull colours. We didn’t have any expertise in this space and we both worked in finance at the time, so we took a huge risk, packed in our jobs and started researching manufacturers to make our dream towel.

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Andy Jefferies, on starting Dock and Bay ($450,000/month) full story ➜

6. 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.

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

7. Start a respirator mask business ($1.08M/year)

Michael Vahey from Virginia, USA started Breathe Healthy about 11 years ago, a respirator mask business.

  • Revenue: $90,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Virginia, USA

After leaving the military, I met someone who had developed a mask that was comfortable, re-usable, and worked very well for allergies and other general purpose uses.

The masks had gained a small following among some cancer warriors and people with COPD. COPD is a disease that causes difficulty in breathing and can be helped by the appropriate mask that allows room for oxygen tubes.

Don’t let the naysayers bother you: they are probably just jealous anyway.

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Michael Vahey, on starting Breathe Healthy ($90,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a surfboard business ($960K/year)

Angela Watts from San Clemente, California, USA started Slyde Handboards about 10 years ago, a surfboard business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: San Clemente, California, USA

The Idea of Slyde Handboards started back on the beaches of Cape Town South Africa where I grew up. My Mother would take me and my brother down to the beach a lot to get us out the house. We spent most of the time bodyboarding or bodysurfing. We used to find all sorts of objects that we would use as a planning device to get us a little more speed and lift on the wave from frisbees to flip flops, some worked well others not so much. It wasn't until my teens that I decided to break open an old surfboard and re-use the foam to shape into a mini handheld board that would later become the very first prototypes for Slyde.

I figured we were the only ones doing this, but It wasn't until I went travel surfing around the world and met other surfers and water men and women and heard their stories of growing up using all sorts of found objects like lunch trays or even making boards themselves. It was then I realized there was a possible opportunity to create a brand around this awesome growing watersport movement, as no other company was doing this.

There is definitely a defined problem that we solve, in that a handboard is easy to learn, hassle free and fun to take to the beach. The idea was really born from simple enjoyment that I was having using one. It felt almost selfish to not share it with the world. It turns out I wasn't wrong, because almost immediately we started to form a community and movement as more and more people started to find out about us either online or through friends.

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Angela Watts, on starting Slyde Handboards ($80,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a hair loss treatment product ($912K/year)

Zee Schwab from New York, New York, USA started Sayar Care about 3 years ago, a hair loss treatment product.

  • Revenue: $76,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I created Sayar because I needed something better.

I dealt with hair loss, and wanted a safe way to stop it. In medicine, the ideal approach in treatment is to treat the actual causes. Treating underlying conditions is comprehensive and highly effective.

If your “entrepreneurship” is due to a desire for something you need to see in this world, the journey can bring you the highest point of satisfaction a human can find.

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Zee Schwab, on starting Sayar Care ($76,000/month) full story ➜

10. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. Start an outdoor store ($600K/year)

Alex Shirley-Smith from London, England, United Kingdom started Tentsile over 8 years ago, a outdoor store.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 16
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

I am a qualified architect that specialized in treehouses for the most recent part of my career.

This was a childhood dream realized, as my love for treehouses was born when I was 6 years old and saw the first glimpse of the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. I knew from that early age that putting people in trees, could be the only long term solution to saving the world’s forests.

From treehouses, I moved into tensile structures made from fabric materials, trying to create the biggest amount of usable space, using the least amount of materials. By combining the engineering practices of suspension bridges, with the biomimicry of a spider’s web, I was able to create space, made from pure tension, that created a 3D structure that could hold the load of a human.

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Alex Shirley-Smith, on starting Tentsile ($50,000/month) full story ➜

13. Become a college counselor ($600K/year)

Pradeep Gaddam from San Jose, California, USA started ConnecPath about 3 years ago, a college counselor.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: San Jose, California, USA

I started my career as a researcher at NASA where I helped scientists visualize data. It did not take long before I realized that research is not a place for me. I thought to join a big company would make it exciting for me, I then joined Intel Corporation only to realize that's not a place for me. It took me 10 years to realize that being an entrepreneur is where I felt more fit and excited. I always knew, If I had the right mentor I would not have wasted 10 precious years.

All this made sense to me, when I met my co-founder over a beer, he mentioned an interesting data point to me. The ratio between a high school counselor and students is 1:500, which means the amount of time, a student gets over their entire high school is 38 minutes. That clearly is a huge problem and interestingly of all the high school students that get into colleges, 40% of them either end up changing majors, colleges, not graduating on time or not graduating at all.

I think that's a very serious problem. I instantly connected with that problem and we decided that we will certainly fix it. That’s how we started on this journey.

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Pradeep Gaddam, on starting ConnecPath ($50,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a bbq tools business ($480K/year)

Nicolas Vallée from Montreal, Quebec, Canada started BBQ Croc almost 4 years ago, a BBQ tools business.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I was in the food publishing business for over 20 years. My job was to create and test recipes and coordinate picture sessions.

We always had a lot of grilling themes and I could not find a simple barbecue tool that was long, light and could flip and turn at the same time. They were all either too heavy, too flimsy, too short (the hairs on my hands and arms would always burn!) or just plain cheap and ridiculous. I also had to switch tools all the time and that drove me nuts!

The more you interact with others (retailers, consumers, etc.) the more things can happen. Never slow down or stop or give up. If the product is good and you fight, many things can happen when you least expect it.

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Nicolas Vallée, on starting BBQ Croc ($40,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a headwear brand ($360K/year)

Jeff Phillips from Whistler Resort Municipality, British Columbia, Canada started Beardo almost 15 years ago, a headwear brand.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Whistler Resort Municipality, British Columbia, Canada

I suppose I get my creativity from my Dad and Grandpa. They both were always looking for ways to improve things and generally just liked working with their hands. I’ll never forget the day my dad designed a ‘can crusher’ so that our recycling didn’t take up so much space. He never wanted to put it to market or anything like that, but just wanted it for himself. When he saw that someone had released one a few months later and was probably making millions on it, he was pretty annoyed!

Like Dad and Grandpa, I am constantly thinking of crazy inventions and edits around the house to make life simpler. It’s not something I can turn off, so I started writing my ideas down in a journal. I guess it was just a matter of time until one of us went into mass production with a crazy invention!

The Beardo came about organically and out of sheer necessity.

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Jeff Phillips, on starting Beardo ($30,000/month) full story ➜

16. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18. Start a surprise travel agency ($180K/year)

Charlotte Curry McGhee from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA started Whisked Away Surprise Travel over 3 years ago, a surprise travel agency.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

I’ve been planning trips for myself and others for about 20 years. Before I took Whisked Away full time, I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in the public school system for seven years, and I was really struggling with policy changes and how they were affecting my students.

Planning travel was a bright spot for me. I could envision the people I love having the time of their lives on the trips that I had planned for them, and it took my mind away from the issues at school.

My husband and I were on a weekend trip in Savannah, GA and, of course, I had planned the whole thing. We were having drinks at this cool rooftop bar, watching the boats come in and the sunset and he asked if I would ever consider planning trips for others, as a business.

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Charlotte Curry McGhee, on starting Whisked Away Surprise Travel ($15,000/month) full story ➜

19. Become a corporate trainer ($150K/year)

Andrew Tarvin from New York, New York, USA started Humor That Works almost 12 years ago, a corporate trainer.

  • Revenue: $12,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I am an engineer and have always been obsessed with efficiency (I think the word efficient should be one syllable).

I went to The Ohio State University, got a degree in Computer Science & Engineering, and started working at Procter & Gamble after I graduated. At P&G, I realized that you can’t be efficient with humans--they have “emotions” and “feelings”--but rather you had to be effective.

Photo Caption: College Graduation. Proof I was (and still am) a nerd.

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Andrew Tarvin, on starting Humor That Works ($12,500/month) full story ➜

20. Start an onboarding tools business ($113K/year)

Osman Koc from Istanbul, Turkey started Userguiding almost 4 years ago, a onboarding tools business.

  • Revenue: $9,400/ month
  • Founders: 5
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Muhammet and I are close friends who studied in the same class at both high school and university. UserGuiding is the second company we founded together. We had a startup studio named "YNOT Partners" derived from "Why Not?". We helped entrepreneurs to build their business from ideation to investment. We made a good amount of money by working hard and smart for a year. And then we went to San Francisco with our savings to build our product without any idea!

Why do you work on your own when you get the solution right away?

In the early weeks of San Francisco, we were stressed out. We were staying at a friend’s house, Deniz, founder of Voscreen. We were in Silicon Valley, we had everything such as time, money and skill set, except an idea to start a one-billion-dollar company :) And, we’re sure we would find a great idea soon; because ideas are free, the significant part of doing business is execution. We’ve heard that a thousand times at least.

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Osman Koc, on starting Userguiding ($9,400/month) full story ➜

21. Become a nutritionist ($24K/year)

Haley Hughes from Greeley, Colorado, USA started RDRx Nutrition almost 7 years ago, a nutritionist.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Greeley, Colorado, USA

I have always been a strong-willed, hard-working, and sometimes stubborn person.

I’m definitely “The Achiever” on the enneagram test, so working for myself has been a great change for the most part. I stand up for what I believe in, especially when it comes to patient care.

After graduating with a Master’s degree in dietetics, completing a 2-year-long internship process and taking a huge exam I was so excited to start my career. My dream job (so I thought) was to be an intensive care unit dietitian, because I felt it would be challenging and rewarding.

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Haley Hughes, on starting RDRx Nutrition ($2,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start an user feedback app ($6K/year)

Mike Slaats from Eindhoven, North Brabant, The Netherlands started Upvoty over 1 year ago, a user feedback app.

  • Revenue: $500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Eindhoven, North Brabant, The Netherlands

I dropped out of college when I was 18 years old and was highly interested in “the internet”.

So I started my first online business: an online print webshop where you could order nice looking t-shirts with mostly self-designed animations.

Soon I was able to sell throughout the whole Netherlands and people started to ask me if I could help them with their online marketing too. This was very interesting to me because this way I could help out others and make more money.

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Mike Slaats, on starting Upvoty ($500/month) full story ➜

23. Start an email newsletter business ($1.2K/year)

Qin Xie from London, England, United Kingdom started Money Talk 5 months ago, a email newsletter business.

  • Revenue: $100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

My day job is a travel editor for a national newspaper in the UK, which I absolutely love. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, I was put on furlough at the beginning of May.

The great thing about launching a newsletter as a subscription product is that the overheads are low - or in my case, zero. The only thing I had to give up was my time, and I had plenty of it.

That month coincided with lots of journalists around the world getting laid off. Needless to say, I was seriously worried about whether or not I’d have a job by the end of the furlough period and how I’d make up the difference in income.

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

24. Start a car tracker installation business

Here are some examples of a successful car tracker installation business in Chula Vista:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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