57 Small Businesses To Start In Denver

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Denver 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 Denver.

1. Start a marketing agency ($7.04M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful marketing agency in Denver:

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

Check out all of our marketing agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give JB Kellogg's story on creating Madwire® a read:

Hi, I'm JB Kellogg and I'm the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Madwire®. I co-founded Madwire with my Dad when I was 28 years old and grew it from just the two of us, in a tiny little office, to over five hundred people and a hundred million dollars in annual revenue in under 10 years. I guess that's pretty rare to achieve, so they call companies like that "rocketship companies".

In between all the "madness" and spending precious time with my amazing wife and kids, I enjoy sharing tips and lessons I've learned over the years with regards to marketing, leadership, and more across my social media channels. Why do I do this? Because a lesson learned should be a lesson shared. If I can help just one person, I've increased my radius of impact while at the same time helping someone else increase theirs.

My wife and I at our annual company Orange party

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JB Kellogg, on starting Madwire® ($8,500,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a mattress brand ($16.7M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful mattress brand in Denver:

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

Check out all of our mattress brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Julien Sylvain's story on creating Tediber a read:

I am the founder of Tediber. Tediber is the leading Bed-in-box company in France. Tediber now sells mattresses, pillows, duvets, baby mattresses, and bed frames online in France, Italy, and Spain.

We started 3 years ago and in 2018 we have done a total of 15m€ revenues.

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Julien Sylvain, on starting Tediber ($1,390,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start an aerial imagery business ($12M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful aerial imagery business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our aerial imagery business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Robert Morris's story on creating TerrAvion a read:

My name is Robert Morris. I founded TerrAvion in 2013 together with Cornell Wright.

We view our job as abstracting away all the complexity and delivering maps that are ready to use so that growers can spend more time applying their expertise, more powerfully, and over a larger area. Below is a screenshot of our interface with fields shown in our vigor image data layers.

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Robert Morris, on starting TerrAvion ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful cycling tools business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our cycling tools business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Chris Parr's story on creating Pro Bike Tool a read:

Hey, we’re Chris and Nicole Parr, husband and wife and owners of PRO BIKE TOOL. PRO BIKE TOOL is a manufacturer, brand and online retailer of essential, affordable bike tools & accessories for riders of all disciplines and abilities. Our flagship products include a Mini Bike Pump with innovative in-line pressure gauge, a CO2 Inflator with a unique gas regulation lever, and a precision calibrated Torque Wrench Set.

Over four years, we’ve grown from selling one tool to selling 32 products across 10 marketplaces, with a turnover of $750K per month. It’s been quite a journey.

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

5. Start a solar energy business ($7.2M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful solar energy business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our solar energy business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give David Gomez's story on creating Clean Energy Solutions a read:

My name is David Gomez and I’m the founder and CEO of Clean Energy Solutions, based out of Los Angeles, California. We’re a solar energy provider that provides homeowners and businesses with low-cost solar power.

Our monthly revenue is around $600,000 with big plans to keep growing. A lot of our growth in the new year will be focused on our energy-efficient affordable housing division.

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David Gomez, on starting Clean Energy Solutions ($600,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

7. Start a supplements company ($3.42M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful supplements company in Denver:

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

Check out all of our supplements company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nick Bare's story on creating Bare Performance Nutrition a read:

My name is Nick Bare and I own Bare Performance Nutrition. We are a sports nutrition and health supplement company based out of central Texas, just about 20 minutes north of Austin.

I built the brand while working as an active duty Soldier, sleeping very little and working very much. Bare Performance Nutrition has always specialized in sports performance (pre-workout, pump enhancers, whey protein, BCAAs) but is now adding to the line of health supplements (greens superfoods, red superfoods, multi-vitamin, joint support) due to the increased demand and popularity from the current customers. The flight is our flagship product (pre-workout) which launched the brand in 2012 and has been one of our fastest moving products to date.

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Nick Bare, on starting Bare Performance Nutrition ($500,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start an online wine business ($4.8M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online wine business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our online wine business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Agent Red's story on creating The Wine Spies a read:

My name is Red. Agent Red.

At least that’s solely how most people in the wine trade know me, even after 13 years of working together.

I founded The Wine Spies in 2007, to showcase and sell incredible wines - from hidden gem wineries and big-name wineries alike. We sell a different wine every 24 hours at winespies.com, and we only sell wines that we absolutely love. We go ‘above & beyond’ with customer service, and our loyal fans (we call our customers our ‘Operatives’) around the country have stayed with us for much longer than most customers stay with other wine companies.

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Agent Red, on starting The Wine Spies ($400,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a rave clothing store ($4.8M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful rave clothing store in Denver:

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

Check out all of our rave clothing store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Dan Watkins's story on creating GloFX a read:

Hello! My name is Dan Watkins, and I am the founder and CEO of GloFX. Our brand develops innovative eyewear and LED flow props, ranging from glasses with kaleidoscope lenses to fiber optic flow toys. If it augments your vision or you can dance with it at a music festival, odds are we make it or are looking into making it.

To learn more about GloFX, here is a link to our About page.

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Dan Watkins, on starting GloFX ($400,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

11. Start an eBikes business ($3M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful eBikes business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our eBikes business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Stephan Aarstol 's story on creating Tower Electric Bikes a read:

Hello! My name is Stephan Aarstol. I'm the CEO of Tower Electric Bikes.

In October of 2019, Tower was named one of the "Top 20 Shark Tank Products of All Time" in USA Today. We've done over $36 million in sales since getting a $150,000 investment from Mark Cuban in 2012.

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Stephan Aarstol , on starting Tower Electric Bikes ($250,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a kitchen supplies store ($2.4M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful kitchen supplies store in Denver:

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

Check out all of our kitchen supplies store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell's story on creating Cave Tools a read:

My name is Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell and I’m the owner of Cave Tools and Grill Master University.

In 2017, we were ranked as the 3rd fastest growing company in Philadelphia and in 2018 we were ranked as the #453 fastest growing company on the Inc. 5000 list.

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Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell, on starting Cave Tools ($200,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a straw company ($2.4M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful straw company in Denver:

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

Check out all of our straw company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Emma Rose Cohen's story on creating Final Co. a read:

At this point, I realized I wanted to formalize my work experience. I earned a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability at Harvard. I also spent four years working in waste minimization at Los Alamos National Laboratory. But government work doesn’t suit a mermaid. So, I traded in the government credentials and began working on my passion project — FinalStraw.

In the last year, we’ve sold 300,000 straws, preventing approximately 27,000,000 single-use straws from entering the environment.

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Emma Rose Cohen, on starting Final Co. ($200,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a filter store ($2.4M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful filter store in Denver:

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

Check out all of our filter store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jay Vasantharajah's story on creating PureFilters a read:

My name is Jay Vasantharajah and I am the co-founder of PureFilters.

We are most proud about our obsession in building systems to maximize customer experience and as a result we have built quite the fan base among homeowners in Canada.

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Jay Vasantharajah, on starting PureFilters ($200,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a children footwear brand ($2.22M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful children footwear brand in Denver:

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

Check out all of our children footwear brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lisa Will's story on creating Stonz a read:

My name is Lisa Will and I am the founder of Stonz, a baby and children vegan footwear and accessories brand. I live in and love Vancouver, BC. I am called a Mompreneur but really I was a person always wanting my own business but having a child kickstarted my entrepreneurial journey for me. I’m good at just being an entrepreneur!.

My story is one that considers these three finite factors everyday and trying to be as successful as I could within them. My judgment for myself is my kids, my relationships, and my mental and physical health. So far I’m winning overall but it’s a long game. Play it knowing it’s a marathon.

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Lisa Will, on starting Stonz ($185,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a handmade goods business ($1.8M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful handmade goods business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our handmade goods business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Samuel Davidson's story on creating Batch Nashville, LLC a read:

I’m Sam Davidson, a four-time entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Batch. We are a regional gift and retail company specializing in offering Southern, handmade, small-batch gifts that are perfect for corporate events, meetings, weddings, and everyday use. We are based in Nashville, TN with our flagship retail store inside the historic Nashville Farmers Market.

To date, we have worked with over 300 small businesses to curate their products and sell to our customers in our store, online, and via our corporate gift program. We have shipped our gifts to all 50 states and a dozen countries, selling over 75,000 gift batches earning annual revenue now nearing $1,800,000.

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Samuel Davidson, on starting Batch Nashville, LLC ($150,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a DIY business ($1.62M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful DIY business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our DIY business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Mark Tyrol's story on creating Battic Door a read:

My name is Mark Tyrol and I am the founder of Battic Door Energy Conservation Products. Battic Door is an ecommerce business founded in 2003 with a single product, a pull down attic stair insulating cover that we call the Battic Door.

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

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

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

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 ➜

19. Start a clothing manufacturing business ($1.94M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful clothing manufacturing business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our clothing manufacturing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Donovan Mathews's story on creating Bryden Apparel a read:

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

I started Bryden back in 2015 with my partner and we are now a team of 8, with an average monthly revenue of $74,000 and serving customers in more than 20 countries from French Polynesia to USA.

Some of the designs we made for our clients at Bryden

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

20. Start a dog clothing line ($840K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful dog clothing line in Denver:

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

Check out all of our dog clothing line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Tyson Walters's story on creating Shed Defeder a read:

I’m Tyson Walters, the founder and CEO of Shed Defender. The company officially launched in October 2016, but I came up with the idea about 6 years ago and spent a few years testing out fabrics and designs so it’s been a long road to get to where we are today.

To date, we’ve sold over 30,000 units and generated over $1.7 million in sales. In 2019 were expected to continue growing and have some exciting new products in the works!

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Tyson Walters, on starting Shed Defeder ($70,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful network marketing software in Denver:

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

Check out all of our network marketing software case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Abdul Majeed's story on creating Infinite MLM Software a read:

Hi, this is Abdul Majeed, one of the directors of the software development firm - Infinite Open Source Solutions LLP. I am very much delighted to share our success story here on this platform-Starter Story. IOSS is bonded together with five directors and we commenced with our flagship product Infinite MLM Software in the global industry during 2009.

Check out the video of our company infrastructure:

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful online vape shop in Denver:

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

Check out all of our online vape shop case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jeremy Ong's story on creating Vape Club a read:

I’m Jeremy Ong, I am mostly based in Malaysia and Singapore right now. The business that I’ve built is Vape Club. It started off as an MVP for a vape subscription box business for consumers to discover e-liquids for cheap. Initially, our customers are primarily from Malaysia. Currently, Malaysia only accounts for 1% of our total revenue.

We do about USD60,000 in revenue per month right now - which is a hella lot of money for typical Malaysians. To put things into perspective, the median average household income in Malaysia is USD1,215. Not too bad for a single unmarried 28 year old chap eh?

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

23. Start a meal prep delivery business ($2.44M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful meal prep delivery business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our meal prep delivery business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give TJ Clark's story on creating Healthy Chew a read:

Hi, my name is TJ and I am the co-founder and CEO of Healthy Chew.

When we first started, we sold around 200 bowls each week. We currently sell around 10,000 bowls each month. Most companies like this start the same way, cooking from their primary residence for family and friends. We were no exception. But as we continued to grow, we spent time and money to work out of rentable commercial kitchens until we were able to afford our own.

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TJ Clark, on starting Healthy Chew ($60,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a phone case business ($1.05M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful phone case business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our phone case business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Andrew Moore's story on creating Felony Case a read:

Hi, I’m Andrew Moore, the founder, and designer at Felony Case, a Toronto based company designing unique iPhone cases. I founded Felony Case in 2012, and since then we’ve created several flagship iPhone case designs.

The first studded cases I was making by hand

Our Kaleidoscope Cases

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Andrew Moore, on starting Felony Case ($50,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful social media marketing service in Denver:

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

Check out all of our social media marketing service case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give David Schlais's story on creating Vital Traffic Labs a read:

My name is David Schlais and I am a co-founder of Vital Traffic Labs, a social media marketing agency with a core focus in paid social advertising as well as lead generation. We work with a variety of local businesses as well as eCommerce brands, tech start-ups, and more - helping them sustainably grow their businesses!

Today we have grown to between 50-60K in monthly recurring revenue, depending on any set-up fees, one-off services, etc. and it has been an amazing ride to get to this point in only 3 short years. I would attribute our success to putting clients and quality of work first so that we can focus on limiting churn while scaling to new clients and new opportunities.

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

26. Start a multi-tool brand ($852K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful multi-tool brand in Denver:

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

Check out all of our multi-tool brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Mike Scully's story on creating Lever Gear a read:

Hi guys. I’m Mike Scully, founder of Lever Gear. We design “everyday carry” tools and accessories that are easy to carry and help people get things done.

Since then, we’ve sold over 25,000 toolcards in over 80 countries. We just launched our next products, the BitVault and BitLight, which are currently on Indiegogo. We hope to begin selling the BitVault in November and the BitLight soon after.

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Mike Scully, on starting Lever Gear ($42,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful video game modding business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our video game modding business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kyle 's story on creating Hand Held Legend a read:

Hello, my name is Kyle Capel and I am the founder of Hand Held Legend, a DIY upgrade shop for vintage handheld consoles. If you are as old as I am, you’ll remember the day you opened up your first Nintendo console and impatiently waited for mom or dad to figure out how to hook it up. After the crisp sound of a cartridge inserting into its plastic slot, you were ready to be taken into another world. Whether it be a 90’s Christmas morning or a special birthday, each of us can be taken back to parts of our youth when hearing and playing the games we grew up on. There is nothing that can replace the nostalgia old gaming consoles and the controllers that come with them.

Most of our customers are males between the ages of 13 and 45. Nearly 40% of our sales are international. Revenue averages about $27,000/month and is growing. The first quarter of 2020 posted a 30% increase in revenue over the same period in 2019.

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

30. Start an online rug store ($264K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online rug store in Denver:

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

Check out all of our online rug store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Manuel Mas's story on creating Mundoalfombra.com a read:

I ́m Manuel Mas and I run with my family Mundoalfombra.com since the year 2001, where we sell rugs and carpets, most of them created in our town in Spain: Crevillent (near Alicante). My brother Antonio is our CEO.

We’ve been growing by 20% since the beginning of this decade thanks to SEO, Google Ads, and Facebook and Instagram ads, making around $23K/month revenue.

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Manuel Mas, on starting Mundoalfombra.com ($22,000/month) full story ➜

31. Start a digital agency ($2.08M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful digital agency in Denver:

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

Check out all of our digital agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Hailey Brooke McFadden 's story on creating Power Move Marketing a read:

I am Hailey Brooke McFadden and I was a 4 season starter on the volleyball team at Wake Forest University, captain, and libero my senior year. I was a 4x Academic All-ACC honoree and 3x Dean’s list honoree and graduated from Wake Forest in 3.5 years with a BA in communication with a minor in film studies.

I wanted to make a company that knew how to market to women and also cultivated a culture internally that respects women and give them a chance to thrive. Ironically, PMM now works with several companies whose target audience is male and we have still been able to crush it!

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

32. Start a niche web design business ($150K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful niche web design business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our niche web design business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Scott Bishop's story on creating Up And Social a read:

Hi, I'm Scott and I am the founder of Up And Social, a Boston web design and SEO company that specializes in helping small businesses.

Currently, we’re doing over $20,000 in sales each month and continue to grow at a comfortable pace.

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

33. Start a candle business ($1.57M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful candle business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our candle business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give DShawn Russell's story on creating Southern Elegance Candle Company a read:

Hello! My name is D’Shawn Russell and I am the founder and CEO of Southern Elegance Candle Company. I started the company 4 years ago as a side hustle to make some extra money on the weekends and to get me out of the house. But it quickly grew to much more than I expected.

You can check out our brand story video here: Southern Elegance: Candles Crafted In The South

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DShawn Russell, on starting Southern Elegance Candle Company ($20,000/month) full story ➜

34. Start a pet store ($7.32M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful pet store in Denver:

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

Check out all of our pet store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Mike Leon's story on creating Bike Tow Leash a read:

I am Mike Leon, mechanical engineer, an avid bike rider, service dog trainer and inventor of the 1-Running-Dog Bike Tow LeashⓇ for safe bike, trike, scooter, and wheelchair dog-rides.

I am the owner of LEON Engineering, Inc. We design, build and sell the 1-Running-Dog Bike Tow Leash® to dog owners, walkers, trainers, military and law enforcement, search and rescue and those with special needs. Having sold less than 200 BTLs prior, My on-the-side hobby turned into a true business in 2009 with the launch of our first website. We went from shipping hundreds/year to thousands/year. Now, our business allows me to work comfortably from home, making 6 figures, while caring for my wife and enriching the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and their humans.

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

35. Start an API ($180K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful API in Denver:

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

Check out all of our API case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ervin Ruci's story on creating Geocode.xyz a read:

I’m Ervin Ruci.

Launched in 2016, it has grown to thousands of daily users, over a hundred millions in monthly API calls and revenues of over $15k per month. That’s over 1,000% up from a year ago, and still growing fast - the current month is always higher than the previous one.

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

36. Become a digital product designer ($126K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful digital product designer in Denver:

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

Check out all of our digital product designer case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Abb-d Choudhury's story on creating Curate Labs a read:

Hey, I’m Abb-d Choudhury, cofounder of Curate Labs, The Annual Digest and Driftime®. We are a creative practice focused around ethical and sustainable design, an annual publication that champions good business, transparency, entrepreneurship and startup culture, and a travel platform that advocates conscious travel through editorial and interactive experiences.

We’re currently in the process of developing our experiences side and during the year, we’re aiming to shift our focus to be a culmination of service, experience, and editorial for travel, hospitality and lifestyle brands.

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Abb-d Choudhury, on starting Curate Labs ($10,500/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful online fabric store in Denver:

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

Check out all of our online fabric store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Alanna Banks's story on creating Fridays Off Fabric Shop a read:

Hi - my name is Alanna Banks and I’m the owner of Fridays Off Fabric Shop. Fridays Off is an online fabric store based in Toronto, Canada that supplies fabric enthusiasts, quilters and makers with beautifully curated modern fabrics.

In addition to that, we operate a monthly fabric subscription club where subscribers receive one-of-a-kind bundles of fabric every month.

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

38. Start a swimwear line ($122K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful swimwear line in Denver:

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

Check out all of our swimwear line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Steph Gabriel's story on creating OceanZen a read:

My name is Steph and I am the founder for OceanZen which is a sustainable swimwear brand that uses a fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets from the ocean.

I launched OceanZen in my final year of uni with $5,000, so I started small with only a couple of hundred pieces. Now we manufacture and produce thousands on sustainable bikinis and ship them globally!

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Steph Gabriel, on starting OceanZen ($10,000/month) full story ➜

39. Start a mental health startup ($120K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful mental health startup in Denver:

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

Check out all of our mental health startup case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Janine Halloran's story on creating Coping Skills for Kids a read:

I’m Janine Halloran, and I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working with children, teens and their families for almost 20 years. I run a business called Coping Skills for Kids that I started a little over 3 years ago.

The business started out quite small, and now between book sales and e-commerce revenue, our gross sales are about 10k a month, which is quite exciting.t

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Janine Halloran, on starting Coping Skills for Kids ($10,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful men's fashion blog in Denver:

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

Check out all of our men's fashion blog case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Barron Cuadro's story on creating Effortless Gent a read:

I’m Barron and I run Effortless Gent, a men’s style publication focused on helping guys feel confident and look sharp in the clothes they wear.

EG generates on average $8,000/mo through a combination of ad revenue (display ads, brand sponsorships), affiliate revenue, digital products (an eBook and self-guided style improvement program), and 1-on-1 online or in-person styling consultations.

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

41. Start a fitness program software ($84K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful fitness program software in Denver:

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

Check out all of our fitness program software case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Aimee Tawhai's story on creating ALTR Project a read:

👋 Hey! My name is Aimee Tawhai & I founded my first SaaS business (ALTR Project) at the age of 23.

I have been offered investment and funding numerous times, but I have yet to find the right partner or fit for the business. I have always believed that I need to go as far as I possibly could by myself. At this stage of the business, it’s not about the financial backing, but more about finding a strategic partner who has a high influence in the fitness industry and is backed with a wealth of knowledge in this space.

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Aimee Tawhai, on starting ALTR Project ($7,000/month) full story ➜

42. Start a mobile yoga business ($72K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful mobile yoga business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our mobile yoga business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give McKenna Rowe's story on creating Chakra 5 Yoga a read:

Hi, I’m McKenna Rowe, and manage Chakra5, a mobile wellness team that does yoga/meditation/pilates classes, vegan cooking classes and sound baths on demand. We’ve been working on location and by appointment with various businesses, schools and organizations throughout greater Los Angeles since 2012.

When I first started the business I had one or two monthly clients and was bringing in a few hundred dollars in revenue. As I began to work a lot more on our SEO and content marketing (especially told from our customers’ point of view), interest in our company began to grow. Now we bring in ~6K/month and get new weekly inquiries all the time. I’ve had to double the size of my team since we started.

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McKenna Rowe, on starting Chakra 5 Yoga ($6,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful retail store in Denver:

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

Check out all of our retail store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Liz Martin's story on creating Charleston Weekender a read:

I’m Liz Martin, a multi-hyphenate living in Charleston, SC. I run a lifestyle blog called The Charleston Weekender. In 2017 I co-founded a balloon & gift shop called Cannonborough Collective, which is now the only place where you can find my lifestyle brand.

Today my revenue is comprised of a combination of sponsorships with other brands, the sales from my shop, and 1:1 instagram growth workshops that I offer to other business owners who want to grow their social media presence. My growth isn’t monumental, but from 2017 to 2018 I doubled my revenue from about 35k to 70k.

Photo Credit: Kim Graham Photography

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

44. Start an IT company ($60K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful IT company in Denver:

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

Check out all of our IT company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Maanda Mulaudzi's story on creating Common Sense Holdings a read:

Hello, my name is Maanda Mulaudzi and I am the founder of Common Sense Holdings. We are a startup based in Johannesburg, South Africa and we have been in business for just over a year.

We currently turnover $5,000 a month but we are looking to have a 100% increase in monthly revenue from early next year with potential new clients.

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Maanda Mulaudzi, on starting Common Sense Holdings ($5,000/month) full story ➜

45. Start a jewelry making business ($4.9M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful jewelry making business in Denver:

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

Check out all of our jewelry making business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier's story on creating Ann + Joy a read:

Hello there! We are Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, two sisters from Miami who started Ann + Joy. We make handmade real flower and resin jewelry and sell online and in stores around the world. We take pride in being one of the first companies to make real flower jewelry. During our first year of business, we blossomed almost immediately into a very successful Etsy shop. Etsy was constantly featuring our products on its website and in promotional emails. We are proud to say that since starting in early 2017 we have had over 5,000 sales online.

For all the readers, we are providing a 20% off coupon to our Etsy shop. Use code: STARTERSTORY at checkout!

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Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, on starting Ann + Joy ($4,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful electronics store in Denver:

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

Check out all of our electronics store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jeff Olson's story on creating LEVDisplay a read:

Hi, my name is Jeff and I live in Denver, CO. I started LEVdisplay last year after becoming fascinated with levitating magnets.

I am currently selling 30 units/month with 50% margin and ramping up to sell 100/month during the holidays.

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

47. Start a hat business ($24K/year)

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

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

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 ➜

48. Start a camping brand ($24K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful camping brand in Denver:

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

Check out all of our camping brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Paul Schauer's story on creating Dry Camp a read:

Our names are Paul Schauer and Anthony Benacquisto, and we are the founders of Dry Camp - a casual camping brand that focuses on finding fun products for the outdoors and backing them with a great warranty.

The Double Hammock is a triple stitched, parachute material that, with each purchase, includes the extras that other brands make you acquire separately, such as the tree straps and carabiners. We are looking forward to carrying other products in the future, as we continue doing our research on what items we feel confidently represent our brand. As of right now, we are averaging $1,500 to $2,000 in monthly revenue through multiple sales channels.

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Paul Schauer, on starting Dry Camp ($2,000/month) full story ➜

49. Start a coffee subscription box ($162K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful coffee subscription box in Denver:

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

Check out all of our coffee subscription box case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Courtney Todd's story on creating Fernweh a read:

Hello, my name is Courtney and I’m the founder of Fernweh. I started around three years ago as a side hustle that I’m slowly trying to turn into full time.

When I first started this company I thought it was a good idea, however, it was a lot of work in the beginning with getting the roasters on board as it was a unique concept and then selling to the customers took work as it needed more explaining than I had originally thought. We now have our website and business in a place where it ticks over and runs smoothly. I’m thankful for the beginning as there were lots to learn.

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Courtney Todd, on starting Fernweh ($1,000/month) full story ➜

50. Start a lifestyle product brand ($606K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful lifestyle product brand in Denver:

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

Check out all of our lifestyle product brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jhumkee Iyengar's story on creating Ohrna a read:

My name is Jhumkee Iyengar and I launched Ohrna at age 57 with a fourfold objective:

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Jhumkee Iyengar, on starting Ohrna ($1,000/month) full story ➜

51. Start a streetwear brand ($2.48M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful streetwear brand in Denver:

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

Check out all of our streetwear brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lachlan Sonter's story on creating DEAL WITH DEVIL a read:

Hey, my name is Lachlan Sonter and I’m the owner, designer and everything guy for the Australian Lux Streetwear brand, Deal with Devil. This business started, in 2017, out of a necessity for my own well-being, and has been working creatively through the brand ever since.

Customers are always so grateful for the service we provide always trying to reach a luxurious standard whilst at an affordable price for many people. And people are always so connected to the story about dealing with our demons and what that impact is on all our lives. Having that feedback from customers is what makes me want to continue this story and push for more collections and reach more audiences, because we all have these negative moments in our lives, and we can all relate to them. I think that’s what makes the brand so special.

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Lachlan Sonter, on starting DEAL WITH DEVIL ($650/month) full story ➜

52. Start an user feedback app ($303K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful user feedback app in Denver:

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

Check out all of our user feedback app case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Mike Slaats's story on creating Upvoty a read:

Hey there! 👋 My name is Mike and I’m the founder of home improvement platform Vindy and user feedback tool Upvoty.

I launched Upvoty in February 2019 and we are already over 100 customers and over $500 MRR. I think my biggest benefit in launching this new startup is my experience of my other one, so I can apply some of my great lessons learned. This already helped me in developing and launching my startup and getting results quickly.

I’m a single founder and I don’t work with VC or any external money: I finance everything with the profits of my main startup Vindy which is doing around $1,000,000 a year. I don’t share a lot about the progress on Vindy since it’s only live in The Netherlands and Belgium. I focus on spreading the word on launching, building and scaling Upvoty for now since there are a lot of lessons to share.

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

53. Start a golf course

Here are some examples of a successful golf course in Denver:

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

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54. Start a tourist guide business

Here are some examples of a successful tourist guide business in Denver:

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55. Start a home decor business

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

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56. Start a job board

Here are some examples of a successful job board in Denver:

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

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57. Start an online car sale business

Here are some examples of a successful online car sale business in Denver:

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Starter Story,   Founder of Starter Story

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