55 Small Businesses To Start In Memphis

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Memphis 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 Memphis.

1. Start a niche software business ($8.32M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful niche software business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our niche software business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Tyler Robertson's story on creating Diesel Laptops a read:

My name is Tyler Robertson, and I’m the founder and CEO of Diesel Laptops.

In three short years, it went from me in my dining room table and garage to a 21,000 square foot facility with over 90 employees.

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Tyler Robertson, on starting Diesel Laptops ($3,500,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a socks business ($4.47M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful socks business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our socks business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Dane Jensen's story on creating Sock Club a read:

Hi, Dane Jensen here, my business partner Noah and I run Sock Club. Our flagship product is socks of course. We started Sock Club as a monthly subscription where we would deliver a pair of unique socks to our customers every month. As we’ve grown we’ve developed a manufacturing supply chain here in the United States. Having the ability to make our own socks made it possible to enter the new market of custom socks. Now making custom socks is 90% of our business and the subscription 10%. Last year we did $12M+ in revenue and we plan to do more than that this year.

Hi, Dane Jensen here, my business partner Noah and I run Sock Club. Our flagship product is socks of course. We started Sock Club as a monthly subscription where we would deliver a pair of unique socks to our customers every month. As we’ve grown we’ve developed a manufacturing supply chain here in the United States. Having the ability to make our own socks made it possible to enter the new market of custom socks. Now making custom socks is 90% of our business and the subscription 10%. Last year we did $12M+ in revenue and we plan to do more than that this year.

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Dane Jensen, on starting Sock Club ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a smart home camera business ($12M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful smart home camera business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our smart home camera business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Yun Zhang's story on creating Wyze Cam a read:

My name is Yun Zhang and I am the CEO of Wyze Labs, as well as one of the founding members. We founded WYZE Labs in July 2017 and launched our first product, a smart home camera – the Wyze Cam – in October of the same year.

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Yun Zhang, on starting Wyze Cam ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start an iPhone app ($1.01M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful iPhone app in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our iPhone app case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jared Brown's story on creating Hubstaff a read:

Hi, my name is Jared Brown and I am a co-founder of Hubstaff. We started the company eight years ago to build a time tracking tool that included “proof of work”. The initial goal was to solve the issue of non-developer owners and managers not knowing how long development tasks should take and feeling helpless when they suspected the freelancers they hired were billing them for more hours than they were actually working.

We started charging for our product in August of 2013 and we were recently named one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. for the second year in a row. We are about to hit 10,000 paying customers and $6,000,000 in annual recurring revenue.

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Jared Brown, on starting Hubstaff ($490,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

Check out all of our card game case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful fragrance store in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our fragrance store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Gary A.'s story on creating Fragrancebuy Canada a read:

Fragrancebuy is Canada’s largest online fragrance retailer. We give fragrance enthusiasts access to a variety of discounted designer & niche fragrances through an impeccable online shopping experience.

It may come as a surprise to most, but we’re just a team of three dedicated and passionate individuals managing a multi-million dollar operation. Our secret lies below :)

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

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

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

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

Check out all of our eBikes business case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out all of our straw company case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

9. Start a volleyball net product ($2.28M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful volleyball net product in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our volleyball net product case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Chris Meade's story on creating CROSSNET a read:

Hello, my name is Chris Meade, and I’m the co-founder of CROSSNET, the world’s first four-way volleyball game. We have created a revolutionary four-way volleyball net where four players compete in a hybrid version of foursquare and volleyball in a competitive game to 11, win by 2.

We began working on our first prototype of CROSSNET during the summer of 2017 when I and our co-founders Greg Meade and Mike Delpapa moved to Miami to start our business. In 2018 we did $74,000 in revenue and just one year later we 30x’d our business in 2019 to $2,250,000 in sales.

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Chris Meade, on starting CROSSNET ($190,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a cannabis business ($1.98M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful cannabis business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our cannabis business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Bjorn Dawson's story on creating Grobo a read:

Hey! My name’s Bjorn Dawson and I’m a Co-Founder at Grobo. We make smart hydroponic growing systems that enable anyone to easily grow food and cannabis at home.

Today, we’re making $165K per month and increasing quickly. After 18 months of fulfilling backorders, we finally caught up with the initial demand and have been able to build an inventory. This is now enabling us to bring on more sales channels each week to boost our sales. In addition, our systems require Grobo Nutrients to function. With more and more units coming online every day, we’re seeing our consumables revenue crossing the $10,000 per month mark and growing steadily.

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Bjorn Dawson, on starting Grobo ($165,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a career coaching business ($514K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful career coaching business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our career coaching business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Patrick Curtis's story on creating Wall Street Oasis a read:

Hi, I’m Patrick Curtis and I’m the CEO and Founder of Wall Street Oasis, the largest online community focused on careers in finance.

The community has now reached over 100 million visitors over its 14-year history and is currently getting over 2 million visits per month.

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Patrick Curtis, on starting Wall Street Oasis ($140,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start an activewear brand ($1.26M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful activewear brand in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our activewear brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Julie New's story on creating Be Activewear a read:

Hi my name is Julie New and I am the founder of Be Activewear. An online retail store stocking over 60 amazing Activewear and swimwear brands.

I launched the store in October 2014 (spending only $150) and we now do over $1.5 million a year in sales.

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Julie New, on starting Be Activewear ($105,000/month) full story ➜

13. Become a business coach ($343K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful business coach in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our business coach case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kamil Sattar 's story on creating E-commerce Mentoring a read:

Hello, my name is Kamil Sattar. I am an entrepreneur who’s developed many six-figure drop shipping businesses. I’ve also created systems to maximize opportunities in different markets and I’ve started companies in many industries. One of those companies specializes in helping people who are seeking to create drop ship companies of their own.

That’s the best part of it. The techniques that I have learned are replicable. You can rinse and repeat and create new drop shipping stores.

Of course, with every store that I open, I am able to learn new things. With every new thing that I learn, it helps me improve my system that I use to create these six and seven-figure stores and it helps me improve my process for helping others generate their stores.

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Kamil Sattar , on starting E-commerce Mentoring ($100,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a skin care line ($1.1M/year)

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

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

Check out all of our skin care line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kismet Andrews's story on creating LoLo Body Care a read:

Hello! I’m Kismet Andrews, Founder/Formulator of LoLo Body Care. LoLo Body Care makes all types of head-to-toe eco luscious moisturizers.

Sales last month reached $96,000 and our goal is to increase sales this year by 50%.

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Kismet Andrews, on starting LoLo Body Care ($92,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful respirator mask business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our respirator mask business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Michael Vahey's story on creating Breathe Healthy a read:

My name is Michael, and I’m the owner of Breathe Healthy.

Breathe Healthy is the name of the company that I started. We produce comfortable, wearable respiratory protection that also looks good. We have been in business since 2009, and our sales surpassed 1 million in 2017. We continue to grow and disrupt the “traditional” paper/disposable mask market.

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

16. Start a screen printing business ($528K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful screen printing business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our screen printing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Adam Tanaka's story on creating Life and Limb Printing a read:

Hello! My name is Adam Tanaka and I own a company called Life and Limb Printing. We are a screen printing and full-service merch company that specializes in merch production for breweries, outdoor clothing companies, and restaurants with a little bit of everything else sprinkled in.

Since officially launching the business in 2010, we had our best month last year in October 2018 at $80,000 and now we are set to hit 1M by the end of 2019.

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Adam Tanaka, on starting Life and Limb Printing ($80,000/month) full story ➜

17. Become a freelance writer ($320K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful freelance writer in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our freelance writer case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give David Tile's story on creating Article-Writing Co a read:

My name is David Tile. I own and operate a Content Writing Service, under the banner Article-Writing.co.

We don’t consider ourselves a content marketing firm. But a firm dedicated to the business of writing. Project management offers most often attached to marketing agencies. We work against marketing briefs delivering content on time and under budget.

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

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

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

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

Check out all of our shoe brand case studies ➜

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

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

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

We launched our first collection in November 2018.

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

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

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

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

Check out all of our wine club case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out all of our dog clothing line case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

22. Start a mlm software company ($840K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful mlm software company in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our mlm software company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sajin Rajan's story on creating Epixel Solutions a read:

Hi, this is Sajin Rajan, co-founder of Epixel Solutions, LLC. With at most satisfaction, I’m happy to share my story with you. When I launched our flagship product, Epixel MLM Software in the global market back in 2015, our motto was to create a revolution.

After a year of Epixel’s establishment, we managed to make an annual income of $10,000. At present, we’re making a monthly revenue of about $70,000, this value remarks our growth. Our effort never went vein and we’re proud to excel in our business.

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Sajin Rajan, on starting Epixel Solutions ($70,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

Check out all of our home equipment business case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

24. Start an outdoor store ($510K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful outdoor store in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our outdoor store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Alex Shirley-Smith's story on creating Tentsile a read:

My name is Alex Shirley-Smith and I am the founder and inventor of Tentsile Tree Tents, the world’s first range of portable treehouses. This new category of product blurs the boundaries between play and adventure and combines the versatility of a hammock, with the comfort, security and multi-person occupancy of a tent.

We were lucky enough to be able to start and grow this company with no capital investment. We made 2 Tentsile Stingrays in the beginning, we sold 2 and with that money, we made 5, then we sold 5 and made 10 and so on. In the first year we sold 50, the next year we sold 500, in the next year we sold 5000 units and they year after that we sold 17,000 Tree Tents!!

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

25. Start a technology consulting business ($480K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful technology consulting business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our technology consulting business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give David Bishop's story on creating Agile Worx a read:

My name is David Bishop, and I started Agile Worx, an organization that provides tools, training, and consulting services to technology companies. Our main product is “Metagility” a new, patented framework that leverages agile principles to help technology companies become #1 in their market.

Although there are other “agile frameworks” on the market, “Metagility” is the only framework that has received a US patent and proven by scientific peer-reviewed research to accomplish what we say it does.

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David Bishop, on starting Agile Worx ($40,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start a PPC agency ($480K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful PPC agency in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our PPC agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Gabriele Contilli's story on creating Rocket PPC a read:

Hi everybody, my name is Gabriele Contilli and I am the co-founder of Rocket PPC - a Pay per Click agency based in Italy with a highly-experienced team of specialists.

Our main KPI, however, was the churn rate of our clients: we were willing to keep it as low as possible, in order to keep growing on solid basis year over year. After the first 12 months, we only lost 10% of our clients due to internal changes and not to our errors or fault. I this way we were able to plan a second year with a +50% in revenues that drove us in the 30k/monthly revenue range.

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Gabriele Contilli, on starting Rocket PPC ($40,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start a bridal store ($150K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful bridal store in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our bridal store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Vivian Chan's story on creating East Meets Dress a read:

Hello! My name is Vivian and I’m one of the co-founders of East Meets Dress. We’re the first modern fashion company to bring Asian-American representation and inclusion to the traditional wedding industry by combining contemporary cultural designs, quality craftsmanship, and a dedicated customer experience.

East Meets Dress has been entirely bootstrapped from Day 1 (we got started with less than $100 over a weekend). Neither my co-founder nor I had any prior experience in fashion or entrepreneurship, but through a lot of hard work, hustle, and trial and error, we've been able to grow our team and company to a 6-figure annual recurring revenue ($25k/month) in one year and help hundreds of brides across the world celebrate their heritage in style.

Our wedding cheongsams

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Vivian Chan, on starting East Meets Dress ($25,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a flight tours business ($216K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful flight tours business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our flight tours business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Corey Rust's story on creating Envi Adventures a read:

If you have ever met me (which is pretty unlikely), then you probably learned relatively quickly that I’m really into airplanes. And by ‘really’ I mean borderline obsessed. My name is Corey Rust, and I own the Troutdale, Oregon based air tour business Envi Adventures.

Now, our best month was over $30,000 in revenue, and that is only in our second year. For a dumb guy like me, it makes me happy to know that I’m providing a service that people from all over the world are interested in. Not only that, but we have been able to generate a brand that people are beginning to recognize and connect with on a different level. Personally, I think that’s the most exciting part.

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Corey Rust, on starting Envi Adventures ($18,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful lifestyle blog in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our lifestyle blog case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Brock McGoff's story on creating The Modest Man a read:

My name is Brock McGoff, and I run The Modest Man (TMM), a digital media brand dedicated to helping guys dress better and feel more confident, with an emphasis on the man of modest height.

In a given month, TMM generates $10-15k revenue from advertising brand partnerships, digital products (an e-book) and affiliate programs. Since there isn’t any inventory or “cost of goods” profit margins are very high.

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

30. Start a niche online store ($625K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful niche online store in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our niche online store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Tripp Phillips's story on creating LeGlue LLC a read:

I am just an average 13-year-old kid with a small business poised to eclipse half a million in sales in 2019.

Since our appearance on Shark Tank, we have averaged over $35,000 per month in sales. And once Mr. Wonderful kicks in his help, we hope to quadruple those sells this year.

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

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

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

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

Check out all of our software integration plugin case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful dropshipping business in Memphis:

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

Check out all of our dropshipping business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Amanda Austin's story on creating Little Shop of Miniatures a read:

My name is Amanda Austin, and I’m the founder of Little Shop of Miniatures.

I run a dropship store, which means I pay a supplier to pick, pack, and ship the order to my customer. I have two wholesalers who dropship for me and they are both great. My main drop shipper has about 20,000 different dollhouse miniatures and dollhouse building supplies in stock!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34. Start a tax service business ($153K/year)

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And for some real world inspiration, give Yvette Sadovoy's story on creating Savvy and Suite Ltd a read:

Yvette Sadovoy here, founder of Savvy and Suite, a bespoke tax and accounting firm. In reality, though, it’s so much more. Savvy and Suite is a honeypot for successful and money-minded individuals.

This lifestyle is possible through intelligent and diligent accounting and it is our main mission to help you live it.

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

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

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

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Check out all of our mobile yoga business case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful sports coaching business in Memphis:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Sarah Wolfer's story on creating Girl Boss Sports a read:

My name is Sarah Wolfer and I am the CEO and Founder of Girl Boss Sports. I have been playing soccer since I was 4 years old and coaching soccer since I was 14. I played collegiately and semi-professionally and have coached at all levels from ages 2-22 including at the collegiate level. Most recently I switched sports and have begun playing professional tackle football with the Oregon Ravens who are part of the Women’s National Football Conference. I am also a licensed mental health therapist part-time as I build up my business.

Since starting Girl Boss Sports, I have hired over 20 women to become soccer coaches in the Greater Seattle area - this clearly shows that the common myth that “there are no women interested in or qualified to coach” is in fact false. In addition, we have brought in an average of $4700 of revenue per month over the last 6 months, partnered with over 10 other companies or organizations to work toward the same 2 goals mentioned above, and have worked with hundreds of athletes and teams in the Greater Seattle area.

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful game store in Memphis:

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Check out all of our game store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give OLIVER JENKS's story on creating Speedcube New Zealand a read:

My name is Oliver Jenks, 21 years of age. Managing Director of speedcube.co.nz, an ecommerce store selling speciality Rubik’s cube type “speedcube” puzzles.

This business currently represents a substantial portion of my income and allows me a degree of financial flexibility whilst I complete my bachelor's degree. On average I spend around an hour a day working on the business. With an annual 5 figure profit and over 3,000 loyal customers, It is a damn good side hustle.

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

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

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

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Check out all of our travel blog case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

39. Start a sex toys business ($28.8K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful sex toys business in Memphis:

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Check out all of our sex toys business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Liam Valentine's story on creating Sex Toys For Men Co. a read:

My name is Liam Valentine.

As of now, we gross around $2,000-$3,000/month in revenue, so it isn’t something to write home about necessarily, however, this journey has been very rewarding.

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Liam Valentine, on starting Sex Toys For Men Co. ($2,400/month) full story ➜

40. Start a hot sauce business ($87K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful hot sauce business in Memphis:

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Check out all of our hot sauce business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Mustafa's story on creating Findlay Food Group a read:

Hello! My name is Mustafa Mannan, co-founder and co-owner of Trini Pepper Sauce by Findlay Food Group llc. Undergrad friends and I started producing two varieties of sauce, mild [also known as “Original”] and hot, five years ago.

Today, the sauce is sold in specialty stores in Raleigh and Washington DC, with the majority of sales coming from our online store front. All in all we are averaging $3000/month in revenue.

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Mustafa, on starting Findlay Food Group ($2,250/month) full story ➜

41. Start a cocktail ingredient business ($24K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful cocktail ingredient business in Memphis:

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Check out all of our cocktail ingredient business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Belinda Kelly and Venise Cunningham's story on creating Simple Goodness Sisters a read:

Hi! We are the Simple Goodness Sisters, real-life sisters Belinda Kelly (4 years younger, the bartender) and Venise Cunningham (the older sister and the farmer.) We are a lifestyle beverage brand focused on bringing the world a Happier Hour, from garden to glass.

The first product we launched were our simple syrups. The syrups launched in three flavors in Fall 2018 (Rhubarb Vanilla Bean, Marionberry Mint, and Huckleberry Spruce Tip), followed by 3 additional flavors in Spring 2019 (Lemon Herb, Berry Sage, and Blueberry Lavender), and edible flower salts and sugars for rimming in Fall 2019. During that time we pushed our ability to grow, harvest, and package in a major way, growing at a rate of 4 times our original production, with quite a learning experience along the way. We both come from a technical background in corporate Seattle, so organic farming, food production, and entrepreneurship are all areas we’re learning by doing, and Google!

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Belinda Kelly and Venise Cunningham, on starting Simple Goodness Sisters ($2,000/month) full story ➜

42. Start a sustainable mug brand ($7.8K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful sustainable mug brand in Memphis:

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Check out all of our sustainable mug brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Melanie Goel's story on creating alpengraphics - the zero-plastic outdoor company a read:

Hi, my name is Melanie. I’m an outdoor soul from Germany (grew upright in the middle of the German Alps) and business owner of alpengraphics - a zero plastic startup for minimalistic & durable campfire mugs. The company was founded in April 2019 and makes approximately 500 - 3.000€ a month, depending on the season.

Source: @alpengraphics; Vanlife mug

I’ve also worked with various Instagram influencers. It was (still is!) really touching that all of them were willing to support my business without getting paid. They believed in the product, in the vision, in the sustainable approach, and were willing to go out of their way to create beautiful content with nothing but a mug in return and a lot of them still do. I’m still super grateful to all of these incredible people.

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Melanie Goel, on starting alpengraphics - the zero-plastic outdoor company ($650/month) full story ➜

43. Start an online retail business ($6K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online retail business in Memphis:

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Check out all of our online retail business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Corey Rust's story on creating 37413 Gear a read:

Sometimes in our short existence on this planet, we come across remarkable people that make a huge impact on our lives making it kind of hard to summarize what it all means and why they mean a lot to us. We all have those kinds of people, and we treasure them. So my story about my brand new business, 37413 Gear, is because of one of those people.

37413 Gear is a very new venture for me having started less than a week before me writing this sentence, and within that week, we haven’t broken any sales records, but we have gotten sales, and that’s very humbling. It’s humbling not only because people are purchasing products, but because they’re purchasing products to support something that means a lot to me, and THAT is more meaningful in so many ways than making gobs of money. (Although that doesn’t hurt either)

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Corey Rust, on starting 37413 Gear ($500/month) full story ➜

44. Start a hair accessories company

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45. Start a church

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46. Start a baby photography business

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47. Start a surf company

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48. Start a cannabis restaurant

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49. Start a wig store

Here are some examples of a successful wig store in Memphis:

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50. Start a costume business

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51. Start a golf advertising agency

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52. Start a souvenir shop

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53. Start a job board

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54. Start an airline

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55. Start a drug testing business

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