53 Small Businesses To Start In Honolulu

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Honolulu 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 Honolulu.

1. Start a drinkware brand ($144M/year)

Dylan Jacob from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA started BrüMate almost 4 years ago, a drinkware brand.

  • Revenue: $12,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

BruMate is my 3rd company but the first where I was actually doing any real product development or design. My first company I started in high-school was a part supply company for repair shops / tech centers (batteries, LCD screens, flex cables, etc).

I went on to sell that company to a franchise customer of ours in 2014 after I dropped out of engineering school and decided to pursue entrepreneurship full time.

I thought the idea of creating a product people actually needed and being able to walk around and see people using my creation was the absolute coolest concept.

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Dylan Jacob, on starting BrüMate ($12,000,000/month) full story ➜

2. Become a facebook ads consultant ($36M/year)

Kean Graham from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started MonetizeMore almost 11 years ago, a Facebook ads consultant.

  • Revenue: $3,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 160
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I originally fell in love with the online industry when working for a large online classified network. The job was an immense learning experience but once the recession hit, the company decided to lay off the marketing department. I lost the best job I ever had but I was determined to turn the bad into something great.

With the devotion to improve a little bit every single day, one can accumulate incredible improvement and success.

Five days later, I'm on a plane to South America to go on a life changing trip. Four months into my backpacking trip I was on a four-day trek through the incredible Inca trail towards Machu Picchu. By the end of it, I was sitting on top of Wayna Picchu reflecting on my experiences throughout my trip. I have had the most fulfilling time of my life and it finally clicked:

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Kean Graham, on starting MonetizeMore ($3,000,000/month) full story ➜

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

Julien Sylvain from Paris, Ile-de-France, France started Tediber over 5 years ago, a mattress brand.

  • Revenue: $1,390,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Juan Pablo and Jean-Christophe (2 of my now 3 co-founders) started our first company right after graduation.

They were industrial designers and I was a business student - we met during entrepreneurship class and we started to work on a cardboard furniture project as a school project. Quickly, the projected moved to a passionate humanitarian project: cardboard furniture for natural disasters relief that are manufactured locally, close to the need and thus delivered very quickly.

I learned that selling a cheap product or an expensive product requires almost the same efforts!

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

4. Start an online reputation management business ($6.6M/year)

Bant Breen from New York, New York, USA started Qnary almost 9 years ago, a online reputation management business.

  • Revenue: $550,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I was the CEO of an international paid search and social media agency that was part of a much larger advertising holding company. My agency had Fortune 500 clients and utilized the leading tech tools available in the market to optimize and manage their brands. I saw an opportunity in that pretty much all the tools being offered to optimize online presence was designed for brands. There really wasn’t anything out there to help individuals accomplish the same thing. So, I set out to build a platform focused specifically on assisting individual executives with online search and social media optimization.

I left my agency job and spent several months writing my initial business plan. During the drafting process, I sat with several friends that were experts in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and PII (Personally Identifiable Information) to challenge my hypothesis and blueprint. The business plan editing was brutal and I will be forever grateful that my friends did not go easy on me. I came up with the name Qnary based on the bird. I saw the Company as providing a canary in the coal mine-type service where we would identify issues and help executives address them proactively.

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Bant Breen, on starting Qnary ($550,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a real estate business ($6M/year)

T. Cory Lewis from North Carolina, USA started T. C. Lewis & Co. Real Estate almost 15 years ago, a real estate business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 33
  • Location: North Carolina, USA

I’m from a very small town in the Appalachians called Sylva, North Carolina. If you’re not familiar with that region, it’s a very diverse area. Sylva is in the north end of Jackson County, and Cashiers (and neighboring Highlands) are in the south end. Sylva is blue-collar, and a factory-type (now tourist) town and Cashiers/Highlands is a spot where some of the wealthiest people in the world have vacation homes and are all members of one of the ultra-exclusive private clubs.

Growing up, I worked at my family’s convenience store. I saw a lot of the folks headed through to Cashiers and Highlands up from Atlanta for the weekend, and a big portion of them seemed to be making their money in real estate. Some were making money buying the mountain land around my town at a low price from local farmers who had no use for the steep mountains, developing a portion of the top, and then selling it off for astronomical amounts of money to other rich people. I was amazed by that. And I couldn’t understand why no one locally had tried this himself.

I come from a fairly long line of entrepreneurs on both sides of my parent’s families. My great-grandfather on my dad’s side quit school after the fifth grade, and then he went on and started a convenience store business that I still help operate 85 years later as it has passed down to my grandfather, my dad, and now myself and my brother. And my grandfather on my mom’s side owned a heavy civil construction company building large-scale projects like interstates throughout the mid-1900s. My uncles and cousins still operate a part of that business, too.

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T. Cory Lewis, on starting T. C. Lewis & Co. Real Estate ($500,000/month) full story ➜

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

Agent Red from Santa Rosa, Guatemala started The Wine Spies almost 14 years ago, a online wine business.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Santa Rosa, Guatemala

I had spent most of my professional career in high-tech and with the advent of the Internet, I dove headlong into eCommerce. I had worked on successful projects with the likes of Philips, Sony, KMPG, Urban Decay, and others, helping them early on to define and launch their Internet presence and eCommerce strategy.

On one thrilling project for the San Francisco Newspaper Agency, the company that I was running hired a skilled developer. At the conclusion of that project, I became friends with their lead on the project. We stayed friends and had many discussions about one day starting a business together. I made a life change and moved up to Sonoma County where I started a joint venture company with a Swiss toy manufacturer. They had a great guy named Alex join our California team, helping to liaise between California and Switzerland. Alex loved wine and he felt like a kid in a candy store in Sonoma Wine Country. He would take us along on outings to wineries and I work up to just how big the industry was - and how badly it needed a trusted online source for fine wines. We wrapped up our joint venture a year later, and I set about to figure out what my next startup would be.

I literally went door to door, visiting with hundreds of wineries and trying to describe to them this new-fangled ‘flash sale’ business model.

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

7. Start a gardening tools company ($4.8M/year)

Parker Garlitz from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA started True Leaf Market over 46 years ago, a gardening tools company.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 55
  • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Our history is a little complicated because True Leaf Market as a business is the culmination of several businesses that all came together. There are various threads that weave together. I’ll start with my thread first.

In 2000, my sister Kaitlin had graduated from High School and was preparing for college. At the time I ran a small business repairing laser printers and selling printer supplies. I had started that business in 1990 serving my local area but soon discovered the Internet as a way to reach a wider market. I listed a refurbished NeXT Laser Printer on the UseNet in 1995 and ended up selling it to someone in Portugal. In 1995, that was just completely crazy to me. I was hooked and got obsessed with marketing online and by 2000 was doing much more revenue online than I was doing with the original local business. Bottom line is, I spent years in front of a computer learning how to market online by simple trial and error.

Kaitlin approached me about helping her start an online business in order to pay her way through college. We brainstormed and decided to focus on something she was passionate about. Kaitlin is a vegan and was getting into growing and juicing wheatgrass. We decided to partner up and sell wheatgrass growing kits and juicers online. We started in my garage. She would run the business day-to-day, and I would handle the online presence and marketing. We founded Living Whole Foods, Inc., and launched our first website.

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Parker Garlitz, on starting True Leaf Market ($400,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Start a skateboard company ($4.2M/year)

Zack Fleishman from Lake Forest, Illinois, USA started Shark Wheel almost 8 years ago, a skateboard company.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Lake Forest, Illinois, USA

David Patrick is Shark Wheel’s inventor and CTO. His scientific discovery will turn the world upside-down when it launches.

David’s father was the lead engineer on the International Space Station and the Patriot missile. David comes from a scholarly family, although he never graduated college. He prefers to build all day and create innovative products in the warehouse, seldom coming into the main offices to discuss detailed business objectives.

Form a team. No matter how hard you work or how talented you are, you will need a talented team to help you.

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Zack Fleishman, on starting Shark Wheel ($350,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a 3d printing business ($3.96M/year)

Roy Kirchner from Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine started Ultimate 3D Printing Store over 5 years ago, a 3d printing business.

  • Revenue: $330,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Odesa, Odesa Oblast, Ukraine

In 2014, I was one-half of a partnership working primarily in advertising and marketing. At that time, my partner and I were successful and wanted to explore other verticals. We began working with a client who had a product that we believed was singular and unique throughout the world, and we put forward a significant amount of capital out of our own pockets to try and develop that product, only to reach a point where the deal went south and litigation ensued.

Make plans to do things as a family, and do your best not to let work interfere with those moments, but know that there are going to be times when you will have to sacrifice an outing, a dinner date, a holiday weekend.

In trying to think outside the box and figure out a way to create a similar product, I found myself for the first time in an innovation lab in Tampa, Florida, where I saw a 3D printer in operation for the first time. I couldn’t look away. I realized immediately that 3D printing had the potential to change the world as it became more integrated into daily business activities such as manufacturing. That’s when I decided to leap of faith.

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

11. Start a money lending company ($3.6M/year)

Michael Mikhail from Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA started Stratton Equities almost 3 years ago, a money lending company.

  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 14
  • Location: Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA

I've been a fluctuating entrepreneur my whole life, but I’ve always come back to the mortgage industry, purchasing my first investment property at 19 utilizing a hard money loan program.

You're only as strong as your team and as an entrepreneur you need to understand the pain points in every area - and understand how to alleviate them.

Even before I started Stratton Equities, I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and had previously worked in the mortgage industry as well as developed several small businesses throughout my career. Prior to launching my mortgage business; I had been a successful personal trainer while living in Dubai, I had created a hand car wash and detail shop while living in Florida, and even designed a high-end vitamin supplement company in New Jersey while launching Stratton Equities.

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Michael Mikhail, on starting Stratton Equities ($300,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a fragrance store ($3M/year)

Gary A. from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Fragrancebuy Canada almost 7 years ago, a fragrance store.

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Having a background in Business and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, I’ve always had a passion for identifying opportunities and filling voids. Whether it was problem solving, negotiating a contract or simply brainstorming new ideas for upcoming programs and initiatives, I always have viewed life as a series of opportunities waiting to be taken. When I graduated, a saw a huge burst in the concept of warehouse sales and an equivalent explosion in online shopping. That got me thinking of ways to capture an untapped market ...

Customers love low prices online, but what if we coupled low prices with an online shopping experience that was satisfying, memorable and praiseworthy? We started what is now the most trusted online fragrance store in Canada with an aim to answer this fundamental question.

We began with the basic Five P marketing analysis, which in business terms we refer to as product, price, people, place and promotion. We had the product since fragrance wholesale was the crux of our business, and we had great prices due to the extensive network of partners we had developed over 18 years in the industry. We then proceeded with an action plan of adding value at every stage in a customer’s purchasing experience. Promoting our products through several fun social media initiatives and offering an unparalleled customer service experience are all value-added measures that now form the crux of our company’s success in the online ecommerce world.

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Gary A., on starting Fragrancebuy Canada ($250,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Start an auction platform ($1.2M/year)

Aaron Varsha from Los Angeles, California, USA started Auction King over 5 years ago, a auction platform.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

My family has been in the auction business for four generations, so I was naturally exposed.

But the story here starts about 7 years ago when my dad asked me if I could help him run his auction on LiveAuctioneers.com – a new, exciting website that was changing the auction industry. I was in college at the time, but I happily helped out.

Running the auctions was fun, and I was making some good money on the side. Before I knew it I was doing an auction every weekend. I graduated college a year later and decided to go full time.

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Aaron Varsha, on starting Auction King ($100,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a tea business ($900K/year)

Andy Hayes from Portland, Oregon, USA started Plum Deluxe Tea over 8 years ago, a tea business.

  • Revenue: $75,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

I started off with just a blog, I was living in Europe and writing about my adventures and experiences. My focus was really on enjoying a slower pace and appreciating the little things in life. I was working in enterprise software - my day job not all that interesting, but I did enjoy it.

You can read all the books you want about the different cycles and phases of businesses, but I’ve found that nothing replaces lived experience! Just focus on where you are and always be asking yourself, what is the NEXT RIGHT step. That’s it.

Eventually, I left my corporate job looking for something more fulfilling - I did consulting on the side related to my previous job, but started rolling out some advertising display ads and affiliate relationships to try to generate some revenue from my efforts. Back then generating traffic (at a low cost) was pretty easy, but I wasn’t able to generate a lot of revenue.

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Andy Hayes, on starting Plum Deluxe Tea ($75,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a meal prep delivery business ($720K/year)

TJ Clark from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA started Healthy Chew over 4 years ago, a meal prep delivery business.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

My name is TJ. I am currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and 50% owner. I was originally hired to help my business partner Peter wash dishes and make breakfast. Peter had been meal prepping for about 1 year before he brought me on board. When I was hired, I saw that he was a fantastic chef, handled sales, and was able to grow without efficiency.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That one Facebook video doubled our client base overnight.

I filled in the gaps and taught him how to properly scale the company, hire more employees, and both structure and organize it into a self-sustaining business. I lacked the sales and cooking experience he had. So we were very yin and yang.

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

17. 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 ➜

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

David Schlais from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA started Vital Traffic Labs almost 4 years ago, a social media marketing service.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

My personal background is in B2B enterprise sales, and at my previous employer, things were going great for the first 2.5 years that I was an employee there. I moved up quickly, was promoted twice, and actually had the opportunity to build out a team. Unfortunately, one day that all changed and I realized that I was deeply unhappy, and after years of trying and failing to start businesses online I thought that maybe it was time for one more go.

Your pot of gold and freedom is out there somewhere, but you will never find it until you start looking for it.

The company I was working for announced that it was being acquired, so I decided to give my old friend Derek a call. Initially, I pitched him on starting a recruitment agency together (both of us had started our careers at an executive search office together). He said that he would think about it, and actually came to me with the idea for an SMMA (Social Media Marketing Agency).

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

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

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

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

Honestly, the idea started as a hobby.

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

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

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

20. Start a litter removal business ($480K/year)

Brian Winch from Alberta, Canada started CleanLots.com about 39 years ago, a litter removal business.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Alberta, Canada

I was working a full-time job at a sporting goods store when I realized that I couldn’t see myself doing this for the rest of my life. I didn’t really mind the work but didn’t enjoy working within the same four walls every day, making the same income regardless of how hard I worked and having to put in my time before being able to go home.

The great thing about starting your business as a side hustle is being able to learn and grow and eventually be in a great position to decide for yourself if you want to quit your job or have the best of both worlds.

I started thinking about the possibility of working for myself rather than someone else. But what kind of business? I didn’t have much going for me as previously noted. So I started to evaluate opportunities to match my interests and resources. Keep in mind there was no internet in 1981. I bought a number of business opportunity magazines from the news-stands and started the process of elimination.

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Brian Winch, on starting CleanLots.com ($40,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22. Start an airbnb management company ($420K/year)

Gary Fox from Dublin, Ireland started Host Butlers about 5 years ago, a airbnb management company.

  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland

I’ve been starting businesses since I was 15. During school, I worked part-time in a mobile phone store and learned how to fix phones. During the weekends, I started my own market stall and advertised online to fix phones, replace screens, and started to earn cash that way. During college, I scaled up this business to a physical location at the University I was attending here in Ireland. I approached the college and rented an office space from them and opened my first store!

I was terrified of running out of money and for the first 18 months, I ran the company entirely on my own. I remember one particular day where I met 18 different guests at 18 different locations across the city.

Between classes, I would work in the store and when I was in class, I hired classmates and friends to work for me. Looking back now, it was an incredibly fun time but I wish I hadn’t reinvested so much money in the college bar!

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Gary Fox, on starting Host Butlers ($35,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a cryptocurrency business ($384K/year)

Auston Bunsen from Miami, Florida, USA started CBlocks.io almost 3 years ago, a cryptocurrency business.

  • Revenue: $32,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA

I’ve been a web developer for like 12 years, I’ve learned about all sorts of cool technologies over the years.

In 2011, I went to a meetup called Hack&Tell and heard about Bitcoin from another developer named Michael Greenberg. A couple years later, in 2013, I started to mess around with the technology in my free time. In the middle of last year, I started getting into Ethereum and began to evangelize the technology. I believe it’s an awesome platform to build on. I convinced almost every single person I worked with to buy Ethereum and always got feedback that it was “so hard to get started with”.

So, my co-founder Mario and I were all hanging out on Mario’s last day at Wyncode (where we all worked together), and Mario was saying he wanted to get into crypto.

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Auston Bunsen, on starting CBlocks.io ($32,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26. Start a coffee capsule business ($252K/year)

Jack Bramhall from Manchester, England, United Kingdom started Mugpods about 5 years ago, a coffee capsule business.

  • Revenue: $21,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Throughout my teenage years I had a few small ecommerce businesses and loved the idea of being an entrepreneur.

I am a self-taught web designer, and have quite a lot of experience with digital marketing and search engine optimisation. That being said, my previous websites/businesses never really succeeded due to lack of funds and/or operating in highly saturated markets.

The samples arrived and Mike and I (very excitedly) spent an evening trying each and every flavour, they tasted fantastic and worked perfectly across multiple machine models. We then invited friends and family to give them a try and had 100% positive feedback.

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Jack Bramhall, on starting Mugpods ($21,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start a backpack line ($240K/year)

Chez Brungraber from Bend, Oregon, USA started Gobi Gear about 6 years ago, a backpack line.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Bend, Oregon, USA

I started Gobi Gear just before my big trip through Asia. My husband and I had a 3 month trip planned - also known as “travel until the money runs out”, and we were starting out with a 100-mile trek in the Nepali Himalaya. We had already decided we wouldn’t use porters and instead carry our own gear.

The best measure of success for isn’t just the bottom line, but rather walking through an airport and seeing a stranger with a Gobi Gear backpack on.

I had also committed to collecting botanical specimens, as part of my volunteering for the local University in Kathmandu. Never collected plants before? It’s waaaay slow. Ever the impatient hiker, I had to come up with an idea to still be able to cover a lot of ground even while collecting. I realized that the slowest part of the day would be packing/unpacking every morning/evening, and looked for a solution to make this go faster.

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Chez Brungraber, on starting Gobi Gear ($20,000/month) full story ➜

28. 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 ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

30. Start a lifestyle blog ($180K/year)

Brock McGoff from Raleigh, North Carolina, USA started The Modest Man over 8 years ago, a lifestyle blog.

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

I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after college. My dad was an entrepreneur, and I had the spirit, but with no direction. I got a job in marketing/communications and ran a music production side hustle for a while.

I tried my hand at music full time and basically broke even after a year. I read The 4-Hour Work Week and started learning about online business, passive income, WordPress and SEO.

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Brock McGoff, on starting The Modest Man ($15,000/month) full story ➜

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

Sarah Gross Feoli from New York, USA started Rescue Chocolate almost 11 years ago, a chocolate making business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, USA

I’ve always been interested in animal welfare, and grew up with at least one or two dogs in the house at all times. During middle school and high school, I volunteered at my local animal shelter in Shreveport, Louisiana. I also became a vegetarian and then a vegan during those years. (I chose the vegan lifestyle primarily out of compassion for animals. Later I learned that it is also beneficial to the environment and one’s health as well.)

My love for chocolate didn’t happen until my mid 20s, after I had moved to New York. I enjoyed visiting the artisan chocolatiers in the city and sampling exotic varieties. For a short time, I worked at a raw vegan chocolate factory in Queens where I developed a best-selling flavor.

Then I adopted a homeless pit bull.

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Sarah Gross Feoli, on starting Rescue Chocolate ($12,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

33. Start a clothing boutique ($120K/year)

Gia Paddock from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Boutique Rye over 3 years ago, a clothing boutique.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

My backstory has absolutely nothing to do with what I am doing now, but that is what makes us so unique. I went to college for education and became an elementary school teacher. I taught 4th grade for three years. However, I knew that was not meant to be my “forever” job.

Something I have always enjoyed was shopping. I mean what girl doesn’t have this as a hobby?! I had always thought it would be amazing to have my own boutique and get to wear new clothes almost every day.

I started thinking about this crazy idea when I got pregnant with my son, Riley. I knew I didn’t want to teach forever and this was my way out! During the summer I quit teaching, I got a job at a local boutique just working part-time, and it was here where the wheels starting turning for this idea. I saw how much I loved going into work every day and how much I enjoyed helping others pick out outfits for different occasions.

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

34. Start a swimwear line ($120K/year)

Steph Gabriel from Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia started OceanZen almost 7 years ago, a swimwear line.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

In 2009 I packed up and went travelling on a one way ticket overseas. I had no idea how long I was going to be away for or really where I would end up, all I knew is I had to go. I ended up being away from home for 3 years!

From hanging out with elephants on safari in South Africa, to snowboarding mountain peaks in Canada and cruising South America in an old Volkswagen, I eventually ended up on a tiny little island in the Caribbean, The Cayman Islands.

Start NOW! Follow your passion and not a trend, because when times get tough you will want to give up if your not living and working your truth!

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

35. Become an author ($120K/year)

Nick Thacker from Colorado, USA started Nick Thacker almost 4 years ago, a author.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Colorado, USA

I’ve always been a fanatic reader, specifically in the thriller genre. I discovered Dan Brown as a kid, then James Rollins, and I’ve always love action movies that combine adrenaline and history (think National Treasure, Indiana Jones, etc.).

I decided to write a book (my first was called The Golden Crystal, and it has been re-launched as The Atlantis Stone) when my grandfather passed away. He had always been a strong positive influence in my life, and he, my dad, and I often swapped paperbacks we liked. That first book was intended as a gift for my dad for Christmas, and it was going to be the only one I ever wrote -- just to see if I could do it.

I had no idea what I was doing (arguably, I still don’t…). I just thought it would be fun to combine technology with the discovery of Atlantis… in some way. When I got started, I was naive enough to think that books simply happen, but the book very quickly got the best of me. I took a six-month break and consumed as much as I could on the subject of the craft of writing fiction. I’d never really written anything before, so it was an eye-opening experience to learn about structure, plot tropes, character development, and everything else that goes into a good, cohesive story.

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Nick Thacker, on starting Nick Thacker ($10,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

39. Start a coffee roasting business ($60K/year)

Michael Russo from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada started Firebean Coffee Roasters almost 6 years ago, a coffee roasting business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

I’m a life-long learner.

I believe in play, and I love to create stuff. I’m a teacher by trade, turned to stay at home dad. The joke has been if you leave a guy at home long enough, he will find hobbies...and they sometimes involve fire.

Talk to a small group of peeps that are not being served in a certain way and provide that small group a really awesome experience.

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Michael Russo, on starting Firebean Coffee Roasters ($5,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start a sports coaching business ($57.1K/year)

Sarah Wolfer from Mariánské Lázně, Northwest, Czech Republic started Girl Boss Sports almost 2 years ago, a sports coaching business.

  • Revenue: $4,759/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Mariánské Lázně, Northwest, Czech Republic

As an athlete and coach myself, I have experienced many situations that left me feeling dismayed at the state of affairs for women and girls involved in sports. I recall one such instance where I was playing at a very competitive level and the head coach screamed at me from 2 inches away with every expletive he could think of in front of our entire team because I asked him a question about the drill that was being done. I still vividly remember the spittle flying out of his mouth and hitting me in the face and not knowing what to do. The powerlessness I felt at that moment, coupled with the lack of appropriate response by the system when I reported him left me feeling hopeless for my future in sports. I ended up quitting soccer and refused to touch a ball for an entire year.

On the coaching side - as someone with 16 years of experience now, there are still instances in which I am treated differently than my male counterparts. One such example was when I was on the sideline waiting for the referee to come over and check my team prior to the start of the game. I was dressed in my coaching attire, had the whistle around my neck, the clipboard in my hand, and the player cards ready to be presented when the referee walked over to our sideline. He made eye contact with me and then proceeded to walk over the dad who happened to be on our side tying his daughter’s shoe and assumed that he was the coach.

Take time for yourself! Being an entrepreneur is hard work and you can’t do it to the best of your ability if you haven’t taken time for yourself to rest and rejuvenate. Self-care is integral to success.

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Sarah Wolfer, on starting Girl Boss Sports ($4,759/month) full story ➜

41. Start a food product ($54K/year)

Katie Young from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada started Klondike Kettle Corn almost 6 years ago, a food product.

  • Revenue: $4,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

It was actually a close friend’s idea to set up a kettle corn business in the Yukon. He had seen one set up down south (Vancouver) and thought it would take off in Carcross, a small community just outside of Whitehorse, that was starting to cater to tourists coming off the cruise ships from Skagway, AK.

When other work commitments did not allow him to follow through with his business idea, I stepped in to help. Eventually, I bought the kettle corn business from him and started to attend the Fireweed Community Market in Whitehorse.

Be open to new ideas and always be searching for creative ways to keep your product interesting.

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Katie Young, on starting Klondike Kettle Corn ($4,500/month) full story ➜

42. Start a beverage company ($54K/year)

Aaron Weast from Portland, Oregon, USA started Drink Shrub almost 4 years ago, a beverage company.

  • Revenue: $4,500/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

In February of 2015 I made one of the most difficult decisions of my life. That was to enter a treatment program for alcohol addiction. I’d been struggling to contain and control my habit for a while, and everything I’d tried had failed. With an incredible amount of support from my family, I entered a treatment facility where I could focus on solving the problem once and for all.

When one’s focus is on a substance and how to get the next drink you put all of your life dreams on hold. Now that I had clarity of mind and energy to put toward living out my dreams it was time to get started. The first of my life dreams to tackle: entrepreneurship.

It is common for folks to have cathartic moments while going through such a significant life change. In my case, two things became acutely clear. First, I wanted to be a better person. In the recent past I’d been selfish and hurt a lot of people. I wanted not only to right the wrongs as much as possible but also pay forward what my support network had given me. So whatever I did, a portion of the proceeds would go toward an organization that helps folks in need - particularly those that don’t have the robust support network I do. I’m proud to say that since day one, Drink Shrub has donated a percentage of revenue to LifeWorksNW.

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Aaron Weast, on starting Drink Shrub ($4,500/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

45. Start a streetwear brand ($7.8K/year)

Lachlan Sonter from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia started DEAL WITH DEVIL almost 3 years ago, a streetwear brand.

  • Revenue: $650/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

After I had finished High-School in 2016 I found myself applying for university (The University of Queensland) and getting accepted into an ‘Information Technology’ course in 2017, where I learned within the first year how to design and construct a website through basic HTML/CSS/JS scripting languages.

I believe there is a direct correlation between the effort you put into getting the product out there and the number of sales made.

The commute was less than ideal having to commit 3 hours every day to travel and the workload was piling up because I wasn’t passionate about the course anymore. This brought me to the end of 2017 where I transferred to a closer university and started a part-time study of Business. By the end of 2017, I had decided after feeling extremely lost and after having gone through problems with relationships with others and an ex-girlfriend I needed to find some sort of outlet to let the suffering mental state and residual emotion release.

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

46. Start a hammock line ($2.88K/year)

Ben Hancock from Remote started Maca over 3 years ago, a hammock line.

  • Revenue: $240/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Remote

Growing up in the wave of awesome companies like Airbnb, Instagram, Doordash, Facebook, Uber, etc. (too many to name), it was hard for me not to pay attention. I loved watching and reading about how big ideas turned into big companies and how these companies impact society and change the way we live and behave.

Being a solo founder is hard enough as it is, surround yourself with supportive, honest and like-minded people. It takes extreme discipline to keep up with a side project when you're the only one held accountable.

Maybe it was just watching “The Social Network” one to many times, but building something from scratch and paving my own way has always been an attractive pursuit to me. I might just be another person on the “entrepreneurship” bandwagon but it doesn’t take away the fact that I’m extremely passionate and pour my heart into Maca.

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Ben Hancock, on starting Maca ($240/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

48. Start a makeup brand

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49. Start an organic food store

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50. Start a farmers market

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51. Start a drug testing business

Here are some examples of a successful drug testing business in Honolulu:

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

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52. Start a tourist guide business

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

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

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53. Start an airline

Here are some examples of a successful airline in Honolulu:

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

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