54 Small Businesses To Start In Oakland

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Oakland 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 Oakland.

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

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

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

Check out all of our mattress brand case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful hotel in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our hotel case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Tom Boyd's story on creating Ancient Lore Village a read:

I am Tom Boyd, Founder, and President of Boyd Hollow Resorts. I have launched 17 businesses in my lifetime. I am presently 82 years old. I have written 3 books, one on the business life of my son who built a billion-dollar company, ran for governor of the state of Tennessee, and now is the President of the University of Tennessee.

This Village, which is unique in every detail, is envisioned to be a 5-star boutique resort and event center specializing in executive retreats, group celebrations, and high-end weddings. This property will be the first of many Villages built around the World based on the high demand that we have seen before opening. Each Village will be designed featuring a character from the book, Bokee’s Trek.

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

3. Start a liquor company ($3.6M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful liquor company in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our liquor company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Justin Fenchel's story on creating BeatBox Beverages a read:

Hey! My name is Justin Fenchel, and I am a co-founder and CEO at BeatBox Beverages out of Austin, TX.

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

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

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

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 rave clothing store ($4.8M/year)

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

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

Check out all of our rave clothing store case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

6. Start a money lending company ($1.95M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful money lending company in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our money lending company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Michael Mikhail's story on creating Stratton Equities a read:

My name is Michael Mikhail and I’m the Founder and CEO of Stratton Equities, the nation’s leading hard money and NON-QM (non-qualified mortgage) lender to national real estate investors, with the largest variety of mortgage loans and programs nationwide. We specialize in unique private money loan programs with the lowest rates in the industry and work directly with Real Estate Investors, Mortgage Brokers, and Realtors.

In 2017, I noticed how the mortgage industry had transformed after the regulations presented from 2008-2012, and knew it was time to set out something on my own - I literally started Stratton Equities with the last $1000 that I had and within the first six months, we grew to $1M. To date, we have grossed over $3M.

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

7. Start a recruiting agency ($3.48M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful recruiting agency in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our recruiting agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sharon Koifman's story on creating Distant Job a read:

My name is Sharon Koifman, and I am the president of DistantJob. DistantJob is a unique recruitment agency that specializes in finding remote employees. That means we go all over the world to find outstanding talent who works remotely for our clients.

Our unique approach and model, combined with a commitment to great customer support, has done well for us: we have 3 million dollars in revenue.

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Sharon Koifman, on starting Distant Job ($290,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a bicycle company ($2.03M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful bicycle company in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our bicycle company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Xavier Claveria Masip's story on creating Santafixie a read:

Hello, I’m Xavi Claveria and I’m the founder of Santafixie.com. Santafixie is an e-commerce focused on urban bicycles, and since 2018 we are a brand with our own products (Bicycles and components). Now we are a mix between marketplace and a Brand of bicycles and components.

Our monthly turnover is 200.000€. Our main markets are France, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and UK. And our brand represents around 20% of the turnover. The rest are third brands on our marketplace.

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

9. Start a naming and branding service ($3M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful naming and branding service in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our naming and branding service case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Darpan Munjal 's story on creating Squadhelp a read:

With more than 20 years of business experience in the Digital & Tech industry, I have proudly been described as a passionate CEO focused on disruptive, internet-focused businesses and am no stranger to innovative ideas. Ranging from bootstrapped startups to multi-billion-dollar Fortune 100 Companies.

Our primary customers are startups across the globe. However, as the platform grows, we are now getting a plethora of customers who run local businesses and large companies who are launching a new product or service. Our platform is truly global, and we are finding that it works as a great resource for anyone looking to come up with a name for their company, brand, product or service.

Currently, Squadhelp is a 3 million dollar per year business that’s growing rapidly each day. We are dedicated to creating a smooth transition for businesses and individuals for any logo/tagline/name project they are seeking. We’ve proudly helped 25,000+ businesses with their specific logo/tagline/naming needs

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Darpan Munjal , on starting Squadhelp ($250,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a social media automation business ($2.7M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful social media automation business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our social media automation business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Laura Roeder's story on creating MeetEdgar a read:

Hi, I’m Laura Roeder, the CEO and founder of MeetEdgar, a social media automation tool.

Here’s a recent team photo at one of our biannual company retreats. This was taken in Phoenix, Arizona.

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

Here are some examples of a successful art gallery in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our art gallery case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Adam Vieira's story on creating Station 16 a read:

Hi, my name is Adam Vieira, and I’m the creative director for Station 16 Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Montreal heavily influenced by graffiti and street art.

We showcase original art, sculptures, and works on paper, which changes every month, sometimes every week. We also launch a new limited edition silkscreen print every month with international artists.

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

12. Start a green business ($1.46M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful green business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our green business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Borja Eraso's story on creating tutiendaenergetica.es a read:

My name is Borja. I am a 36-year-old father-of-three from Spain that runs a retail business called tutiendaenergetica.es (it translates as “yourenergyshop” in Spanish). We have a shop in Pamplona - yes, that’s where the Running of the Bulls happens! - and an ecommerce site aimed at the Spanish market. We sell - mainly to end users - 2 types of “green tech” products, as I call them:

Since we started using our sales/invoicing program in late 2015 we have built a database of +7000 clients - unfortunately, we didn’t keep a proper record of our clients for the first few years. Year to date (Jan-Aug) we have already made as much revenue as in 2018 Full Year. We are pushing to achieve 900k USD this year but, if we manage to capitalize on the Xmas period (which we have never been too good at) and some new e-mobility formats we’ll present in the next we next few days, I think we have a fair chance to reach 1M USD in 2019. That would be an awesome milestone to celebrate!

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful auction platform in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our auction platform case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Aaron Varsha's story on creating Auction King a read:

My name is Aaron Varsha, and I built Auction King, a live auction website. At Auction King, we auction unique and hard to find items such as custom jewelry and art.

Today, we are doing about six live auctions a week, and each ranging 5-8 hours long. At the peak of an auction, we might have over 100 users simultaneously viewing and bidding on items.

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

14. Start an ecommerce platform ($2.41M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful ecommerce platform in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our ecommerce platform case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nick and Angelica's story on creating Romans Tide a read:

My name is Nick and I am the founder of Romans Tide. My business started out selling on eBay in early 2015, by November we moved to Amazon. Our method of selling was 100% arbitrage back then.

By 2017 we did over $1,000,000 in revenue on the Amazon platform. I had no idea what I had gotten into. I had no business experience and had no idea how to manage all this money flowing through the business.

Now we have our own Private Label Products, a couple of wholesale accounts (pursuing more), and a full-scale countrywide Retail Arbitrage operation that generates six figures a month in revenue with 20-25% profit margins.

A lot of people say “you can’t scale Retail Arbitrage”. We prove them wrong on a daily basis.

Nowadays, Romans Tide is becoming more of a distributor for my other product creations and brands. My journey in E-Commerce has had me sell everything from toys and clothes to trampolines and patio sets. We sell to all types of customers so that led me to develop my own brands.

Right now we have:

Java Advisor - Sells coffee, tea, and related products @JavaAdvisor

Mind Your Grind - Started out as my personal blog but is being turned into a sales channel for customers focused on health, fitness, and mindset. @Mind_Your_Grind

RTX (in development) - This is my Sports and Outdoor Brand focused on serving the customers involved in extreme sports. My love for riding waves is what fuels this project

My name is Nick and I am the founder of Romans Tide. My business started out selling on eBay in early 2015, by November we moved to Amazon. Our method of selling was 100% arbitrage back then.

By 2017 we did over $1,000,000 in revenue on the Amazon platform. I had no idea what I had gotten into. I had no business experience and had no idea how to manage all this money flowing through the business.

Now we have our own Private Label Products, a couple of wholesale accounts (pursuing more), and a full-scale countrywide Retail Arbitrage operation that generates six figures a month in revenue with 20-25% profit margins.

A lot of people say “you can’t scale Retail Arbitrage”. We prove them wrong on a daily basis.

Nowadays, Romans Tide is becoming more of a distributor for my other product creations and brands. My journey in E-Commerce has had me sell everything from toys and clothes to trampolines and patio sets. We sell to all types of customers so that led me to develop my own brands.

Right now we have:

Java Advisor - Sells coffee, tea, and related products @JavaAdvisor

Mind Your Grind - Started out as my personal blog but is being turned into a sales channel for customers focused on health, fitness, and mindset. @Mind_Your_Grind

RTX (in development) - This is my Sports and Outdoor Brand focused on serving the customers involved in extreme sports. My love for riding waves is what fuels this project

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Nick and Angelica, on starting Romans Tide ($100,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

16. Start a women's shoe line ($900K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful women's shoe line in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our women's shoe line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Tanya Heath's story on creating Tanya Heath a read:

My name, as the brand would suggest, is Tanya Heath. I’m something you almost never hear about; a generation X entrepreneur who left a classic career path to follow a dream. My company, TANYA HEATH Paris created the world’s first multi-height shoe with removable heels for professional women who don’t want to be held back by their footwear.

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Tanya Heath, on starting Tanya Heath ($75,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

Check out all of our network marketing software case studies ➜

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

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

Check out the video of our company infrastructure:

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

18. Start a luggage storage business ($402K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful luggage storage business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our luggage storage business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Eugene Veeden's story on creating BagsAway Luggage Storage a read:

BagsAway Luggage Storage is a marketplace that connects travelers and city locals with convenient, secure, on-demand bag storage locations across key cities. Utilizing the principles of the sharing economy we partner with local shops and businesses that monetize existing free-space by offering hourly/daily storage on location. We keep about 60% of all revenues while the storage partners keep the rest. With BagsAway locations in place, travelers and locals can now win precious hours back by conveniently dropping their bags at a location of their choice around the city, freeing their hands and their time to explore, experience, and sightsee without their bags in the way. Our overarching vision is to change people's relationship with things that weigh them down during travel and on the go.

We have stored over 150,000 bags for travelers thus far and have expanded to over 50+ cities and going strong! Our plan this year is to expand worldwide, with new funding and new members joining our company.

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Eugene Veeden, on starting BagsAway Luggage Storage ($65,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

20. Become an online fitness coach ($300K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online fitness coach in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our online fitness coach case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ryan Milton's story on creating TeamFFLEX a read:

I was once just an out of shape, overweight guy with a goal to make a change. I started my health and fitness journey by losing 90lbs. The discipline and drive it took to go from never exercising at all to achieving such significant weight loss taught me a lot about goals and how to attain them.

TeamFFLEX is my online personal training platform that coaches athletes, Hollywood actors, professional musicians and everyday people all around the world. Starting with literally 0 dollars and a hell of a lot of drive I successfully built my business into the 6 figures in less than a year. Today, TeamFFLEX LLC does $48,000 a month and is growing continually month after month.

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Ryan Milton, on starting TeamFFLEX ($48,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a furniture business ($849K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful furniture business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our furniture business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give John Humphreys's story on creating Humphreys a read:

My name is John Humphreys and I started Texas Rover Company which has recently been rebranded as Humphreys. Humphreys is a lifestyle industrial design brand, which creates classically inspired leather, wood, and metal products. Another arm of the brand is Humphreys Build, which focuses on architecture and design projects.

Company sales grew and the brand has been realized. Now, in addition to these products. the company is focusing on design, build and custom furniture.

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

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

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

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

Check out all of our lighting store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nick Griffiths's story on creating Any Old Lights a read:

I’m Nick Griffiths. For 25 years I was a freelance journalist in London; now I run Any Old Lights, selling vintage nautical and industrial lighting, online and from a shop by the sea in Cornwall, UK. You never quite know where life will take you!

Any Old Lights has won awards along the way and keeps growing in popularity, selling worldwide to anyone from high-street giants and celebrity bars to Middle Eastern hotel groups, turning over last year £250,000.

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Nick Griffiths, on starting Any Old Lights ($35,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a cryptocurrency business ($668K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful cryptocurrency business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our cryptocurrency business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Auston Bunsen's story on creating CBlocks.io a read:

My name is Auston Bunsen, I am one of the founders of CBlocks.io! CBlocks is the easiest way to acquire and learn about cryptocurrency.

We launched in mid-January and made about $32,000 in our first 30 days. I co-founded CBlocks with PK Banks & Mario Aguayo, two of my former coworkers.

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

24. Start an online baby boutique ($312K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online baby boutique in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our online baby boutique case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Emma Lovell's story on creating Fly Babee a read:

Hi, I’m Emma Lovell mum of two small children and founder of CoziGo - Sleep on the Go. I’m originally from England and live in Sydney Australia.

Since launching, we have sold thousands of CoziGo’s all over the world and have won many awards and accolades in areas such as innovation, best buy for baby, start-up, and wholesaler of the year.

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Emma Lovell, on starting Fly Babee ($26,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a custom prints business ($12.1M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful custom prints business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our custom prints business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Zach Katz's story on creating Framed Tweets a read:

Hi! I’m Zach Katz, and I started Framed Tweets to give people a simple way to beautifully frame their favorite tweets as art, to remember and enjoy forever.

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

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

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

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

Check out all of our digital agency case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful API in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our API case studies ➜

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

I’m Ervin Ruci.

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

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

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

30. Start a clothing boutique ($557K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful clothing boutique in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our clothing boutique case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Gia Paddock's story on creating Boutique Rye a read:

Hi everyone, my name is Gia, and I am the owner of Boutique Rye. We are a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that is all online!

We have anywhere from clothes that are appropriate for work or clothes that will make you turn heads on a night out on the town. I try and buy clothes with many different styles in mind. I'd like to think that we are a one-stop shop for a diverse group of women!

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

31. Start an online fitness business ($112K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online fitness business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our online fitness business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Haley Perry's story on creating Endorphitness a read:

Hey! My name is Haley Perry and I am the founder and CEO of Endorphitness, an online platform for health and fitness programs. We are an online platform for women looking to lose weight at home, specifically without a gym or fitness center near them.

With the adjustments over the years, we are now opening enrollment for programs several times per year, and still learning with every launch. With the addition of the Collective membership, we have now been able to get workout videos on the screens of hundreds of women around the country.

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Haley Perry, on starting Endorphitness ($10,000/month) full story ➜

32. Start a backyard plant nursery ($60K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful backyard plant nursery in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our backyard plant nursery case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Debbie Odom's story on creating CamelliaShop a read:

My name is Debbie Odom and I am a horticulturist and the co-founder of Camelliashop.com.

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Debbie Odom, on starting CamelliaShop ($5,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start a wedding rental business ($1.02M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful wedding rental business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our wedding rental business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Brittany Finkle's story on creating Happily Ever Borrowed a read:

My name is Brittany Finkle and I am the founder of Happily Ever Borrowed.

We understand that accessorizing your bridal day look can be an added & unexpected cost. For example, a veil that might only be worn for 30 minutes of your wedding day can be an added expense of $2000! But that doesn’t mean you want a cheaper, poor quality item. We let brides borrow our high-end designer accessories for about 80-90% off the retail price; allowing them to have a luxury item for a fraction of the cost.

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Brittany Finkle, on starting Happily Ever Borrowed ($5,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

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 ➜

35. Start a cork maps business ($48K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful cork maps business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our cork maps business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nick Fortosis's story on creating GEO 101 Design a read:

My name is Nick Fortosis and I am the founder of GEO 101 Design, a company that specializes in creating one of a kind cork maps with modern minimalist aesthetics. Our goal is to turn your love of travel into your own personalized home décor.

Founded in late 2017, I run the business by myself and manufacture everything in my garage workshop in West Michigan. We have been steadily growing and are currently doing roughly $2000 a month in sales through our website and our Etsy shop.

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Nick Fortosis, on starting GEO 101 Design ($4,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a men's grooming product ($2.62M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful men's grooming product in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our men's grooming product case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ray Moyers's story on creating HUSKYBEARD a read:

Hi I’m Paul, a 22 year old Korean American entrepreneur and founder of HUSKYBEARD, a 6-figure beard grooming brand. This was my first ever business and I’ve since sold it. I am now operating another Shopify store with a partner, on set to produce $1M by next year. I also consult and mentor eCommerce store owners on ecomswift.com.

I’ve scaled using Facebook Ads primarily, with some SEO, Amazon, Reddit, and Email Marketing on the side. I’m proud to have accomplished a 30% customer retention rate with this passionate community.

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Ray Moyers, on starting HUSKYBEARD ($3,500/month) full story ➜

37. Start a skills training business ($1.96M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful skills training business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our skills training business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Andrew Kamphey's story on creating Better Sheets a read:

Hi, I’m Andrew Kamphey and I run Better Sheets.

In April I had 13 sales and made $390. As of now, in the month of May I’ve made 134 sales with revenue of $2,291.

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Andrew Kamphey, on starting Better Sheets ($756/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

Check out all of our user feedback app case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

39. Start a subscription box business ($1.19M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful subscription box business in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our subscription box business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lindsay Scholz's story on creating Vowed Box Co. a read:

I’m Lindsay Scholz, and I’m the founder of Vowed Box Co. – a line of curated, quirky gift boxes with non-traditional brides in mind.

Since the brand is still in its infancy and we’re still working through wholesale costs, my monthly income is roughly $600. For being a side business, I look at any profit as a win, but of course, the goal is to see this grow in 2019!

Photo credit: Brooke Michelle Photography

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Lindsay Scholz, on starting Vowed Box Co. ($400/month) full story ➜

40. Start a coffee shop ($22.8K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful coffee shop in Oakland:

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

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41. Start a hair relaxers company

Here are some examples of a successful hair relaxers company in Oakland:

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

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42. Start a delivery service

Here are some examples of a successful delivery service in Oakland:

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

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43. Start a home decor business

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

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

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44. Start a tech company

Here are some examples of a successful tech company in Oakland:

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

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45. Start a mobile car wash

Here are some examples of a successful mobile car wash in Oakland:

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

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46. Start a travel company

Here are some examples of a successful travel company in Oakland:

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

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47. Start a restaurant discovery platform

Here are some examples of a successful restaurant discovery platform in Oakland:

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

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48. Start an online golf gear store

Here are some examples of a successful online golf gear store in Oakland:

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

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49. Start a grocery store

Here are some examples of a successful grocery store in Oakland:

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

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50. Start a digital magazine

Here are some examples of a successful digital magazine in Oakland:

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

Check out all of our digital magazine case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Drew Williams's story on creating SWAGGER Magazine a read:

My name is Drew Williams and I run and operate a digital lifestyle magazine for men called SWAGGER Magazine. SWAGGER Magazine is one of the first products created under our parent company, Swagger Publications Inc.

SWAGGER Magazine currently pulls in about 1-2k per month and is growing rapidly. Our primary source of revenue is sponsored posts, and celebrity features which we call "Kings of Swag". We currently own the trademark for “Swagger” in Canada and share that mark with Proctor & Gamble after a $100,000 trademark war.

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

51. Start a makeup brand

Here are some examples of a successful makeup brand in Oakland:

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

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52. Start a courier service business

Here are some examples of a successful courier service business in Oakland:

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

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53. Start a golf YouTube channel

Here are some examples of a successful golf YouTube channel in Oakland:

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

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54. Start a garden arbors business

Here are some examples of a successful garden arbors business in Oakland:

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

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Starter Story,   Founder of Starter Story

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