53 Small Businesses To Start In Jersey City

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Jersey City 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 Jersey City.

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

Robert Morris from San Leandro, California, USA started TerrAvion over 7 years ago, a aerial imagery business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 30
  • Location: San Leandro, California, USA

I have always had a great interest in robotics. As a former U.S. Army officer, I led the first RQ-7B "Shadow" drone platoon in Afghanistan. After the Army, I consulted for Deloitte Consulting, where I organized the U.S. Navy's first Unmanned Surface Vehicle Community of Interest. One day I was talking to a friend who mentioned that agriculture could not see what was going on in the field as the only vision came from satellite data.

We even out-executed a competitor that Steve Blank was personally advising, by actually following his advice.

Satellite data has vast limitations amongst others due to the lack of data resolution and timeliness. Based on my experience, I realized that drones were not the solution either, so I looked into fixed-wing aircraft as a possibility to capture image data and making the field visible for farmers.

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

2. Start a dermatology business ($8.4M/year)

Scott R. Melamed from Penfield, New York, USA started ProMD Health about 2 years ago, a dermatology business.

  • Revenue: $700,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 24
  • Location: Penfield, New York, USA

The concept for ProMD Health was initially created by my partner Dr. George Gavrila. Believe it or not, he began by treating toenail fungus using a single laser in a 1 room medical office. He was our first receptionist, medical assistant, and physician. He saved every penny he could from that to get trained in Botox and thus ProMD Health was born. We are now one of if not the largest purchasers of Botox and Dermal fillers in the Mid-Atlantic and one of the top practice groups in the country.

From day one he had the dream of building a company that brought the flourishing industry of Aesthetic Dermatology to more than just the elite while also finding a way to bring the power back to the physician so that they could own their own practice and share in his dream in light of heavy pressure to join ever growing HMOs or multi-physician owned large practice groups.

But he couldn’t do it alone, he recognized the need for a partner.

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Scott R. Melamed, on starting ProMD Health ($700,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Start a women's clothing line ($6M/year)

Brigitte Shamy from Highland started SexyModest.com almost 12 years ago, a women's clothing line.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Highland

Brig went to school for fashion design and had no previous experience in sewing or ecom. She did work in retail for a few years as a teenager which taught her the importance of 5-star customer service.

We know there are a million clothing options for women out there, but we are sure none of them will love you as we will. We want you to be stunning, be modest, be comfy, be YOU!

My wife has always been very stylish. She LOVES fashion. In 2003 she moved to Utah and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints she found herself facing a standard of modesty she hadn’t known previously… as she went shopping she could find clothing that modest, but not cute or cute but certainly not modest. Frustrated, she went to work designing clothing she thought would be both modest and cute and maybe most importantly comfortable. (She is a self-proclaimed fabric snob)

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Brigitte Shamy, on starting SexyModest.com ($500,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a liquor company ($6M/year)

Justin Fenchel from Austin, Texas, USA started BeatBox Beverages almost 3 years ago, a liquor company.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 5
  • Employees: 18
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

I had the idea with a lifelong friend of mine (co-founder Brad Schultz) to make a party version of boxed wine.

We saw how popular boxed wine, typically Franzia was in college, at tailgates, kickball games, beach trips, etc. But no one was buying it because they loved the taste of the wine. They loved the affordability, convenience and taking the bag out of the box to slap the bag! We also saw the explosion of flavored malt beverages like Four Loko, Lime-a-Rita and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. So we asked ourselves why had no one made a fun flavored version of boxed wine for the millennial consumer?

Don’t just assume your idea is great. Even if your family and friends say so. Get a prototype out into the market. Get people outside of your network to tell you it’s a good idea.

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Justin Fenchel, on starting BeatBox Beverages ($500,000/month) full story ➜

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

Dan Watkins from Tallahassee, Florida, USA started GloFX over 8 years ago, a rave clothing store.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Although I never set out to start my own business, I think I’ve always been an entrepreneur by nature. At one point when I was working 40 hours a week with a different employer, I realized that all my hard work was paying off for someone else’s idea of success.

I started GloFX with $400 in capital, and within 30 months, I watched that $400 snowball into $1,000,000.

GloFX was originally a side project I started in my garage when I wasn’t at work, and I was just selling basic glow products to local clubs. I was putting the money I earned back into the business, and before I knew it, I was making 80% of my income by only putting 20% of my time into its creation. And that’s saying a lot when you also have a 40-hour week job!

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

7. Start a social media automation business ($2.4M/year)

Laura Roeder from started MeetEdgar over 6 years ago, a social media automation business.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 11
  • Location:

I had been teaching social media marketing to entrepreneurs and I had an online course business called LKR Social Media that I had been running for about 5 years and I had created a training course called Social Brilliant that you can currently access if you’re an Edgar customer through Edgar University. The course is teaching people how to repost their social media and how to make sure that they can easily fill up all of their accounts across all the different platforms. A lot of our customers for the training courses were solopreneurs managing their own social media and I saw what a huge time burden it was to create content and write new social updates across multiple platforms every day.

The AHA moment that I had was noticing that your reach on any given platform is very small. You’re only reaching a small percentage of people that follow you on any platform. It’s actually really smart to make sure you’re repeating and repurposing your content. Entrepreneurs think that it seems like they are repeating the same stuff over and over again but that’s only because they are the ones seeing their own status updates, but nobody else does. It’s really smart to repurpose, upcycle, recycle and social brilliant taught people how to do that in an organized way. You would create a sheet with all of your social media updates with categories, all colour coded, so you’d know which ones you’ve sent, which ones need to be changed. SO, in 2014 when I launched MeetEdgar I wondered why I was keeping this spreadsheet and paying for a social media tool at the same time.

Social media tools did exist at that time and they do what they did then which is send an update for you but nothing more. Why isn’t the tool doing all the work that I’m doing on the spreadsheet -- that’s what MeetEdgar was created to do. To handle all that grunt work for Social media, to do more than just send out an update.

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Laura Roeder, on starting MeetEdgar ($200,000/month) full story ➜

Adam Vieira from Montreal, Quebec, Canada started Station 16 over 7 years ago, a art gallery.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I met Carlo De Luca (my partner and current president of Station 16) in 2010. I was very active in the Montreal street art scene and had many artist connections because of it. Coincidentally, he was also looking to diversify his textile silkscreen shop into paper printing, which I had been doing a lot of.

In 2011, we started working with local Montreal artists to create quality silkscreen prints - a type of printing made famous with Andy Warhol's work. We began showcasing these prints online and in art fairs. That’s when Emily Robertson (3rd founder, and Art Historian) came on board. She had taken an interest in our project and suggested we open an art gallery showcasing the prints and street art talent we were really interested in.

Shortly after that, a few other friends that we were in contact with were building on the idea of a Mural festival for Montreal. They asked if we would be interested in supporting it. So in June of 2013, we debuted at both the Gallery and the Montreal MURAL festival on St. Laurent. It initially opened as a pop-up, and we haven’t closed our doors since.

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Adam Vieira, on starting Station 16 ($150,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a photography business ($1.32M/year)

Kyle Nelson from Chico, California, USA started Results Imagery over 3 years ago, a photography business.

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Chico, California, USA

We both had previous experience in another start-up called Soul id which was a social media platform for action sports. We ran the marketing and media at that company which was a blast. After we left that company, we split directions. Eli got involved in the eCommerce industry by starting a brand called Winterial which he grew to hundreds of SKUs. Kyle headed in the media direction and started a commercial photography company where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

At this time Kyle wanted to be able to get back in the start-up world, grow a large brand and a team of like-minded creatives and innovators. So like any entrepreneur, he jumped on Google and started to search for media companies that were also technology-based companies as well. That is where the inspiration of starting a digital agency that solely focused on the media portion for brands and product companies came to life.

Culture is the centerpiece of a successful company. Creating a place for employees to come to work and enjoy what they do, the environment and who they work with will pay long term dividends.

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Kyle Nelson, on starting Results Imagery ($110,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a green business ($1.32M/year)

Borja Eraso from Pamplona, Navarre, Spain started tutiendaenergetica.es almost 11 years ago, a green business.

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Pamplona, Navarre, Spain

As with many things in life, the start of tutiendaenergetica.es was a consequence of a number of circumstances. Back in 2010, I was living in the UK working as a Revenue Manager for a local hotel chain - I studied International Hospitality Management in university, by the way. I had a good progression in the hotel business since leaving college, working my way up in the London hotel scene. I worked for world-renowned companies such as Jumeirah and InterContinental (IHG group) and by the age of 27 I was making $43,000 + incentives per year (which was an acceptable wage for someone my age within the hotel business at the time), taking care of the Revenue Management strategy of 2 hotels totaling +700 rooms.

However, in my last position, I was very miserable and soon grew quite apathetic about the job itself. In the beginning, I blamed the working environment, which I disliked, but with time I realized that I had pursued a professional path that I wasn’t cut out for in the long-term. That was a tough moment of clarity for me. I was well aware that any career move to different disciplines would mean a sudden drop in income and a few years of waiting to regain a certain seniority level at the new job.

Back home in Spain, my dad had resigned from his job in banking around 2006 and had founded a company (fotona) specializes in designing and installing Solar PV projects. Given my background, I knew nothing about solar at the time (neither did he!), but I did accompany him to his first business trips to trade fairs in China or Germany as an interpreter during my holidays, and helped him exchanging emails with suppliers and investors on his behalf at nights.

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Borja Eraso, on starting tutiendaenergetica.es ($110,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a guitar company ($1.2M/year)

Adam Klosowiak from Provo, Utah, USA started KLOS Guitars over 5 years ago, a guitar company.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 13
  • Location: Provo, Utah, USA

KLOS Guitars is the first company that I started. And how I got here is quite the unconventional path.

I’m from the suburbs of Chicago originally. After graduating high school I went to Princeton University to study electrical engineering with an emphasis on semiconductor physics, which was fueled by my passion for science and a curiosity of how things work.

I first dipped my toes into entrepreneurship my junior year when I entered into a Hackathon with two of my peers. The three of us felt that our curriculum was too theoretical and we wanted to test our hands on skills by building something practical. We came up with Dorm Control, which was a bluetooth controlled power strip that you could control via your phone.

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Adam Klosowiak, on starting KLOS Guitars ($100,000/month) full story ➜

12. Become a freelance writer ($960K/year)

David Tile from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Article-Writing Co over 9 years ago, a freelance writer.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 12
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In 2011, coming out of college, I miserably tried to start a penny auction website. I studied Political Science at University, which had absolutely no bearing on this idea. I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and was consumed by this auction model. I had my own specific mechanics that I thought would make the game a lot more fair for the average consumer. But alas, 6-8 months later, after burning through thousands of dollars trying to get the technology right, I was absolutely nowhere.

I was resigned to not give up, but the mechanics of the auction are critical to the smooth operation of the website and if you can’t get it right you don’t have a business. So I decided to start taking on some freelance writing work, just to get some cash in.

One thing led to another and I started getting some bigger clients with bigger asks. Eventually, I snowballed hiring some writers and copy editors. Turning this thing into a full-time business operation.

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David Tile, on starting Article-Writing Co ($80,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a shoe brand ($960K/year)

Kartik Gurmule from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India started KASA almost 2 years ago, a shoe brand.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

I started KASA as my first company as a 16 years teenager in the summer before high school, although it was not my first business. Since I was 12 years old, I did small projects like making websites and running marketing for clients.

When secondary school ended, I came to know about FlightClub, StockX, and Sneakerdon and got introduced to the sneaker culture around the world. With my connections made in the previous venture, I was able to get inside contacts in big sneaker brands who could supply me with the shoes skipping the waiting line.

But, due to strict Indian customs and taxations, this business failed in the first month itself. I was able to import the shoes at my home but was unable to sell for a good profit because it charged high custom fees and high international courier charges as potential customers were in the USA.

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

14. Start a home equipment business ($780K/year)

Zachary Brown from Newington, New Hampshire, USA started Moki Doorstep about 3 years ago, a home equipment business.

  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Newington, New Hampshire, USA

My wife and I have always been travelers and the adventurous type. One thing always held my wife up from getting after the powder on a bluebird day on her own. Because of her height, she struggles to use car top racks. Come to find out, she wasn't alone.

Knowing when to launch and other key factors will help you not only reach your goal faster, you'll end up on the front pages of Kickstarter as well as crowdfunding tracker sites.

Depending on the vehicle and type of rack, I often struggle as well. Using my background as a firefighter I knew the anatomy of vehicles. This helped me formulate the design and placement of the Moki Doorstep.

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

15. 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 ➜

16. 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 ➜

17. Start a volunteer solutions business ($540K/year)

Ben Sampson from San Francisco, California, USA started WeHero almost 2 years ago, a volunteer solutions business.

  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA

I grew up in Mt. Shasta California raising cattle. Often, I like to say I grew up with 4,000 hippies in the woods to keep it simple. My parents owned a veterinary hospital. They worked hard and took immense pride in their hard work. Reflecting back to when I was a kid, I noticed that my parents were working for themselves. They woke up every day chasing their dream, working for themselves and not working to sustain someone else's lifestyle. I watched the struggles, the risks, and the wins as we grew up. That stuck with me along with the work ethic that was embedded into me and my two siblings.

At 18, I started my first small company selling organic athletic apparel such as bamboo shirts. I fell in love with the business and it felt good to have a social enterprise that made a difference.

In college, I then moved on to starting my second venture called Soul id which was a social network dedicated to action and adventure sports. It was investor-backed with a 15+ person team. This was my real immersion into the startup world. Post Soul id, I went on to run a product at market research and consulting company for four years. It was during this time that the idea for WeHero surfaced.

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Ben Sampson, on starting WeHero ($45,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a fulfillment by amazon business ($480K/year)

Danny Carlson from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started Kenji ROI almost 4 years ago, a fulfillment by amazon business.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I’ve always been a thrill-seeker/adrenaline junky, so online business to me was the perfect outlet for that energy.

When I was younger I struggled with paying attention in school, I thought it was pointless. I was really smart, but only when I was interested in something. I barely managed to graduate high school due to skipping class and partying too much.

The thought of going to University sounded terrible to me, and I got depressed after resigning to a future of working a job I hated. I just didn’t see a compelling future.

This led me to work as a carpenter for 6 years in the pouring Vancouver rain, and I hated it. It wasn’t until 2015 I stumbled upon The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris and my mind expanded to the possibilities of the online business world (and how it would be my escape from construction)!

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Danny Carlson, on starting Kenji ROI ($40,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20. Start a watch brand ($300K/year)

Ronnie Teja from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started Branzio almost 3 years ago, a watch brand.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

My family moved to Canada in May 2007 which makes me a first generation immigrant. I was 21 around the time, and I came from Mumbai, India where I already had a job in advertising.

I continued to experiment with drop shipping and other small ecommerce niches, till it hit me - I needed to build a brand, which was focused on longevity, I wanted to start a purpose-driven brand, not just any watch store.

In those days, Vancouver was still a small market and the opportunities in advertising and other related industry were very limited, so I got a job selling Indian (Punjabi) radio and for my first year in Vancouver, Canada. I took public transit to do sales at mom and pop Indian stores door to door to sell radio advertising.

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Ronnie Teja, on starting Branzio ($25,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a flip flops brand ($300K/year)

Brad Munro from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia started Boomerangz Footwear almost 7 years ago, a flip flops brand.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Way back before we started the business, I was travelling around Europe in 2006, while the Soccer World Cup was on. My friends and I had been dying to go to one of the beer halls in Germany only to suffer from “the dreaded thong blow-out” (when the plug snaps off the strap) within metres from the front entrance where I wasn’t allowed in because wearing only one thong (or flip flop, as they are also known) wasn’t considered appropriate footwear!

My friend and I sat out the front for a while trying some MacGyver-like solutions to my problem including trying to put the strap back together with a paperclip, we borrowed a cigarette lighter and tried melting the rubber together… all to no avail… My friend ended up going in and borrowed one of our other friend’s thongs to smuggle out so I could wear them in!

A year or so later, I met my soon-to-be business partner who was telling me of a similar experience he had wherein the space of two steps, BOTH of his thongs had blown out, making him trip over and leaving him stranded barefoot and needing to buy a new pair.

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Brad Munro, on starting Boomerangz Footwear ($25,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a sunglasses business ($300K/year)

Jeff Phillips from Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia started Grown Eyewear over 9 years ago, a sunglasses business.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

I was a teacher and would find my mind wandering to product ideas in class. I would say I was a good teacher and liked doing it, but it was clear that it wasn’t quite enough. In 2009 I had launched a headwear brand (Beardo®) and it was going quite well, but I had an urge to do something that would do good. So odd as it seems, the idea to create a company that ‘did only good’ came long before the actual product idea.

Be stubborn in your pursuits, but not so stubborn that you won’t humor the idea of changing paths if something isn’t likely to work.

I didn’t know what I was going to sell, only that the profits would go to help others. I was first inspired by a documentary I saw on TV in Australia about an eye doctor named Fred Hollows.

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Jeff Phillips, on starting Grown Eyewear ($25,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start an earring collection ($264K/year)

Jackie Burke from New York, New York, USA started Tini Lux almost 3 years ago, a earring collection.

  • Revenue: $22,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

In college, I stopped wearing earrings because every pair I tried, even the ones labeled “hypoallergenic,” gave me extremely painful reactions and even caused my piercings to bleed. I researched online and asked around and so many people had the same problem. The solutions online said to try things like putting clear nail polish on your earrings or putting vaseline on your piercings. None of those “hacks” worked. At that point I just resigned myself to not wearing earrings again.

A few years later, when fashion influencers became really popular on Instagram, I started buying everything my favorite bloggers posted. Unfortunately, they always wore the cutest earrings and I could never buy any of them. So one day I decided to do some serious Google-ing because I knew there had to be someone that had created skin-friendly earrings by then.

Deep within the pages of Google, I found a woman who was selling very basic titanium studs. They were made of pure titanium and manufactured by a medical implant manufacturer. She explained how titanium is an inert metal that does not react with the human body, which is why it is used in medical implants. Because of that, it is perfect for earrings. I ordered a pair right away. They completely healed my piercings and I wore them for weeks with absolutely no issues. The only problem was that I wanted fun statement earrings and hoop earrings that looked high end and I couldn’t find any that were made with titanium.

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Jackie Burke, on starting Tini Lux ($22,000/month) full story ➜

24. Become a financial advisor ($240K/year)

Denzel Rodriguez from Pompano Beach, Florida, USA started Builder To Contributor LLC almost 2 years ago, a financial advisor.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Pompano Beach, Florida, USA

My journey started after high school, in 2014 started in sales. Selling anything I could get my hands on for profit. I learned how to communicate, provide value to the marketplace, and achieve small wins. I had my ups and downs throughout the process which was tough and time-consuming. I then discovered the Kingdom and all it had to provide for me and those who believe and take action.

I began to study and slowly was changing my philosophy about life and meaning. I then go to know Jesus Christ and built a relationship in a short period of time and I was all uphill from there for me. I give all my credit to God because he gave me the idea to start documenting my experiences and applying these financial concepts to improve my financial situation and others. I had no background or expertise or any experience for that matter.

I have learned that starting a business in the 21st century the fastest way to gain authority over a specific topic or skill is to simply document your experience through video.

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Denzel Rodriguez, on starting Builder To Contributor LLC ($20,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start an api ($180K/year)

Ervin Ruci from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada started Geocode.xyz almost 4 years ago, a API.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I have a background in CS and Math (My master CS thesis was on a class of 3SUM hard problems in Computational Geometry)

I’ve been building independent bootstrapped startups since 2005, when I quit my last day job. One of those is geocoder.ca, a geocoding API for Canada and the US I started in 2005 (and is still going strong). It also served as the starting point to go global with geocode.xyz in 2016.

Identify your strengths and do what you like to do. Having a sense of purpose is important, especially when that purpose is to solve a problem you can muster the ability to solve.

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

26. Start a protein bar company ($180K/year)

Raivis from Vidzeme, Latvia started Coffee Pixels almost 11 years ago, a protein bar company.

  • Revenue: $15,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Vidzeme, Latvia

My journey up to this point has been going through fields of hospitality, IT, corporate sales and back to hospitality, this time running a coffee shop - the place I really fell in love with coffee.

Make sure that someone isn't already solving the problem that you're about to tackle, or, more importantly, if there even is a problem at all.

Back in 2010, with the same team, we started coffee pixels, we launched a healthy lifestyle coffee shop in Riga, Latvia. We served vegetarian snacks, food & hi-quality coffee, known as specialty or 3rd wave coffee. There I found about the true story of coffee & how it can taste if done properly.

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Raivis, on starting Coffee Pixels ($15,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start a niche online store ($180K/year)

Tripp Phillips from Dalton, Georgia, USA started LeGlue LLC over 5 years ago, a niche online store.

  • Revenue: $14,998/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Dalton, Georgia, USA

Here is exactly how it started...

My 3rd-grade teacher, Mrs. Martha Thomason, challenged me to write a paper or come up with an invention, so I got motivated to show some creativity. As I told the Sharks, “I did what any logical 9-year-old boy would do, I chose to avoid the writing”.

I came home and said Dad, “I need to make an invention. How in the world do I make one”? Dad told me what now has become our core belief: “ Tripp, you have to Identify a problem and then come up with a solution to fix it.

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Tripp Phillips, on starting LeGlue LLC ($14,998/month) full story ➜

28. Start a dropshipping business ($144K/year)

Amanda Austin from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA started Little Shop of Miniatures over 3 years ago, a dropshipping business.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

I was unhappily working in marketing for a Fortune 500 insurance company when I started looking at ways to create a new income stream. I became interested in ecommerce and invested in a course to learn more. I compiled a list of keywords for products that had decent search volume and not terribly competitive to rank for in organic search. I used Long Tail Pro to get ideas--I had so many when I first started!

My business is a small, mostly passive income stream and I’m okay with that. There is so much more I could be doing with my store, but right now I am loving the extra income stream that allows me to work part-time at my day job and spend more time with my infant daughter.

A bunch of keywords in the dollhouse miniatures space fit the bill. I used Long Tail Pro and looked for keywords that were competitive--which on there is a score in the twenties or low thirties. I also wanted them to have at least 2,000 searches per month. This is not a ton, but five keywords with that search volume that are not that competitive can lead to a decent number of organic traffic if you build your site the right way. My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to find a niche with a nice handful of keywords you can rank for with quality content and a nice backlinking strategy. Don’t try to be number one for some saturated keyword that has a million searches a month. Go for keywords where you stand a chance of ranking--this is usually so-called long tail keywords that are really phrases--for example, “wooden dollhouse furniture” instead of just “dollhouse.”

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

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

Gary Amstutz from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa started StickerandLabelSA.co.za almost 2 years ago, a sticker business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 11
  • Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Like pretty much everyone else in this space, I had a pretty windy road leading up to a career in the eCommerce space. When I was at school, this space didn’t even exist and eventually when I started gathering an interest in eCommerce, the first Dot Com Bubble was still painfully fresh in everyone's minds!

Early days

I was born in Cape Town (South Africa) but then ended up spending a lot of my childhood living all over the world. My Dad was a civil engineer, who moved to South Africa from Switzerland for a work. South Africa, at the time, was a pretty sheltered environment and the experience and exposure of traveling and living in many different places around the world had a big influence on me and ultimately played an integral part in nurturing my adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31. Start a sporting goods store ($101K/year)

Kyler Russell from Midwest, Wyoming, USA started Comfy Cup LLC about 4 years ago, a sporting goods store.

  • Revenue: $8,400/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Midwest, Wyoming, USA

I loved playing baseball, but felt that the hard athletic cup I was required to wear was, well, a pain in the crotch. I tried almost every youth athletic cup on the market and nothing felt comfortable.

Starting a business seems like a really hard thing to do, but it is really just lots and lots of tiny steps in the direction you need to go.

Honestly, I threw a fit about wearing it before every practice and game, but I had to wear it. During one of my pre-game frustrations, my mom said, "If you don't like something. Quit whining about it and come up with a solution!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

33. Start a woodworking business ($72K/year)

Sasha Weekes from Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada started Timber Grove Studios over 3 years ago, a woodworking business.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada

I was always the art kid growing up, so I naturally began my post secondary education by pursuing a degree in Fine Arts. I spent my summers refinishing furniture and doing photography and that’s how I got my feet wet with business, so by my second year, I was also pursuing a minor in Commerce.

I had never really done much woodworking at all but became a lot more interested in design and home decor during those years. After finishing my third year, I was itching to do something more practical than becoming a gallery artist, so I set my sights on furniture design and enrolled in a college cabinetmaking course instead. It really wasn’t where I had ever expected to end up, but it was sort of a natural progression and I’m so glad I did it!

I started making mountain shelves in the morning before class to sell on Facebook and Kijiji. It was intended to be a fun side project but they were so popular that I started my business shortly after graduating with the mountains as my first product.

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Sasha Weekes, on starting Timber Grove Studios ($6,000/month) full story ➜

34. Start a branding agency ($60K/year)

Elva Li from Victoria, Australia started Elva Li over 4 years ago, a branding agency.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Victoria, Australia

There’s a song on repeat in my world and whenever I play it, it reminds me of the time I started my own business and finally left my corporate job.

“I spend too much time thinking about who I'm supposed to be I play by everybody's rules that don't seem right to me

Should I even care? They're all sitting there and everyone's staring at me If I step out in the spotlight maybe I'll be set free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

36. Start an it company ($60K/year)

Maanda Mulaudzi from Remote started Common Sense Holdings over 1 year ago, a IT company.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Remote

I would have to say I have always wanted to start my own business even from high school. I started a business with a high school friend and we would sell custom basketball shoes. Then my second business was making school sports gear throughout the university. During this period from high school until now, I have been a professional skateboarder, which has helped me travel all over the world. This was also a way I made money through hosting and organizing events.

When you think you have all the answers that will lead you to make more mistakes if you don't know something just ask someone who has that knowledge. This will help you reduce mistakes, swallow your pride, this is business.

I graduated from university as an industrial engineer and also have a diploma in financial management and have worked in various industries such as automotive, media and broadcasting, education, and manufacturing. After five years in the corporate world, I decided to travel and explore more of the world.

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

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

Jeff Olson from Denver, Colorado, USA started LEVDisplay about 3 years ago, a electronics store.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

I moved to Denver in 2011 after graduating from college and started working in software sales.

My goal was to pay off my student loans as quickly as possible and then start my own business. Entrepreneurship was always the end game, but I wasn’t sure about what business I wanted to start yet.

By 2014 I had paid off my $30K student debt and was feeling pretty burned out. I quit my job (I was working for a company called Autodesk at the time) and got a part-time bartending gig. I had worked in restaurants through college and knew that bartending was the easiest way to earn cash while figuring out what kind of business I wanted to build.

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

38. Start a fashion business ($43.2K/year)

Garret "Buddy" Lamp from Holstein, Iowa, USA started Knee Deep Limited LLC ago, a fashion business.

  • Revenue: $3,600/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Holstein, Iowa, USA

We are both from the amazing small town of Holstein, Iowa. Earl is a full-time electrician at Holstein Electric and I just finished my senior year at Iowa State University.

Earl came up with the idea for Muff Waders back in 2017 when he woke up next to a drawing he made while out at the bar the night before. He began showing some friends as a joke but began to realize the potential in it.


Original drawing

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Garret "Buddy" Lamp, on starting Knee Deep Limited LLC ($3,600/month) full story ➜

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

Burly Vinson from Houston, Texas, USA started Snappies almost 4 years ago, a hat business.

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

My personal background is in marketing. My experiences working in a marketing department taught me a lot of helpful skills that I was able to transition over to my side business. Because my day job was building websites, creating graphics and working on PPC campaigns, I think it was a natural progression that I’d use these skills to start my own side venture. It started with me playing with hat designs and working on patches I thought would look cool on a snapback.

As for the focus on hats, I enjoy wearing them - so coming out with my own hat brand doesn’t seem too surprising. I’ve never enjoyed how the plastic straps in the back of hats can dig into your head; it seemed like a cheap solution that most brands use.

Just start. Take the leap. One of the biggest mistakes is analysis paralysis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

41. Start a church

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42. Start a corsages business

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43. Start a golf advertising agency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

45. Become a costume designer

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46. Start an online golf gear store

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47. Start a souvenir shop

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48. Become a real estate broker

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49. Start a home decor business

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50. Start a construction cleanup business

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51. Start a tech company

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52. Become a mindfulness coach

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53. Start a makeup brand

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