56 Small Businesses To Start In Seattle

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Seattle 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 Seattle.

1. Start a business communications software ($120M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful business communications software in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our business communications software case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Yaniv Masjedi's story on creating Nextiva a read:

Hi, Everyone! My name is Yaniv Masjedi and I’m the CMO of Nextiva, a leading business communications company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. I’ve been with the company since the very beginning (spring 2008) when we signed our first customer.

It’s been a really fun ride. We’ve actually evolved within the last year from a business providing primarily business phone services to one that solves all communication challenges for companies. Now we combine CRM tools, team collaboration tools and business communication tools all on one platform called NextOS.

We’ve also grown exponentially since those early days in 2008. While we started with a few people in a windowless conference room, we now have more than 1,000 team members spread out across offices across the world.

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Yaniv Masjedi, on starting Nextiva ($10,000,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a photo printing business ($7.14M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful photo printing business in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our photo printing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jainam Shah's story on creating CanvasChamp a read:

Hello, my name is Jainam Shah, and I am one of the founders of CanvasChamp. We make a variety of custom photo products for home decor and gifting purposes, most notably canvas prints, acrylic and metal prints. We have a lot many other products already launched and soon will introduce even more.

We started in March 2012, with just custom canvas prints and now have more than 60+ personalized photo gifts products with revenue of 1.5m$+/mo. We still have a long way to go with the potential of scalability and growth.

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Jainam Shah, on starting CanvasChamp ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

4. Start a quilt business ($9.6M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful quilt business in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our quilt business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ross Lohr's story on creating Project Repat a read:

My name is Ross Lohr, and I’m a co-founder of Project Repat. We make it easy and affordable for customers to turn their memorable t-shirts into a one of a kind, custom t-shirt quilt backed with cozy fleece.

We currently make 2,000 custom t-shirt quilts per week at 2 production facilities in the United States. In 2018, we will make 90,000 t-shirt quilts and do $10MM in sales per year.

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Ross Lohr, on starting Project Repat ($800,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a cleaning service ($7.2M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful cleaning service in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our cleaning service case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ron Holt's story on creating Two Maids & A Mop a read:

Hello dreamweavers, empire builders and world changers. My name is Ron Holt, CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop.

Today, we serve 82 markets across the country and generate more than $25M in annual revenues. The Two Maids & A Mop network employs more than 500 hard-working employees everyday and here’s an amazing and boastful stat:: my little cleaning business that only cleaned two homes on its first day cleaned nearly 400,000 homes last year! It’s been a crazy ride built on a ridiculous dream from a small-town country boy who believed his 250 square foot office space was just a temporary home that would one day grow into one of America’s most successful residential cleaning brands.

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Ron Holt, on starting Two Maids & A Mop ($600,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a mobile veterinary service ($6.96M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful mobile veterinary service in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our mobile veterinary service case studies ➜

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

HousePaws started 10 years ago this April. I had become disenchanted with practicing in a “normal” veterinary environment: appointments every 10-15 min, stressed owners/ pets/ workers, etc. I was starting work and it was dark outside and leaving work and it was dark outside. Clients, despite liking me as a vet, did not perceive the value of the visit was worth what they were paying, and the hospital I worked out was corporate-minded. The practice had one size fits all plans which were not consistent with how I like to practice. I consider every patient as an individual. Each pet, even those living in the same house, have different lifestyles sometimes.

At the end of 2010, I was working alone, 80 hours a week, and making $60,000 in revenue. Today we have over 100 employees and are making more than 7 million in revenue and thankfully I am not working 80 hours a week anymore!

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Lisa Aumiller, on starting housepaws ($580,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

8. Start a towels business ($2.77M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful towels business in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our towels business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Andy Jefferies's story on creating Dock and Bay a read:

I’m Andy, co-founder of Dock & Bay which is an awesome new lifestyle brand selling travel apparel, fitness, and beach accessories for those who love exploring this awesome world.

In our first full year of business, we had a turnover of $92K and this year we’ll be turning over $5.4m.

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Andy Jefferies, on starting Dock and Bay ($450,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a staffing agency ($3.84M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful staffing agency in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our staffing agency case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sandra Lewis's story on creating Boldly a read:

I’m Sandra Lewis, and I’m the Founder and CEO of Boldly.

We’re growing quickly and have more than 100 employees working across two continents, hundreds of high-profile clients, and a great internal infrastructure that is helping us facilitate that fast rate of growth.

Our leadership team at a company retreat last Spring

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Sandra Lewis, on starting Boldly ($320,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a luxury brand ($3.6M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful luxury brand in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our luxury brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give William Forshaw's story on creating Maxwell Scott Bags Ltd a read:

I’m William Scott Forshaw and I am the founder and CEO of Maxwell-Scott. Maxwell-Scott is a British-born luxury leather goods company for the refined professional seeking timeless design and high-quality craftsmanship. As a brand, our ethos is to support slow fashion by creating impeccably-made leather pieces for our customers to cherish and pass on through the generations.

Plus, last year we were nominated for Drapers’ Accessory Brand Of The Year which was a true reason to celebrate. I am so immensely proud of the progress that the team and I have made and know that there is so much more potential for growth.

Saracens Players With Maxwell-Scott X Saracens Giovane Canvas Holdall

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William Forshaw, on starting Maxwell Scott Bags Ltd ($300,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

13. Start a bento box store ($2M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful bento box store in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our bento box store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Thomas Bertrand's story on creating Bento&co a read:

Hi, my name is Thomas Bertrand, I’m from France and I've been living in Japan since 2003. I started my online store Bento&Co in November of 2008.

In 2016, I also started a new business, a SaaS for online sellers in Japan to manage shipments, called Ship&Co.

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Thomas Bertrand, on starting Bento&co ($167,000/month) full story ➜

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

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 ➜

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

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

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

Check out all of our DIY business case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 an outdoor store ($510K/year)

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

21. Start an online masquerade masks store ($300K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online masquerade masks store in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our online masquerade masks store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Josh Bluman's story on creating VIVO Masks a read:

Hi, I’m Josh Bluman and I’m a marketing professional turned ecommerce business owner. I started VIVO Masks with my business partner, Jackson Cunningham, over 6 years ago. We started dropshipping masquerade masks from Italy to people looking for unique and high end masquerade masks to wear to their masquerade parties, balls or fundraisers.

We sell everything from simple party masks to exquisite high-end masquerade masks that often win ‘best of the ball’. In just our third month in business, we did 30K in monthly revenue, and now we have set up established processes and systems to continue operating the business while we explore new products and ventures.

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Josh Bluman, on starting VIVO Masks ($25,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

23. Start a sunglasses business ($1.65M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful sunglasses business in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our sunglasses business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jeff Phillips's story on creating Grown Eyewear a read:

Hi everyone, my name is Jeff Phillips and I am the founder of GROWN® Eyewear. We focus on designing, manufacturing and selling handcrafted & sustainable wood and bamboo sunglasses.

Our average monthly revenue is $25,000.

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful earring collection in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our earring collection case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jackie Burke's story on creating Tini Lux a read:

My name is Jackie Burke and I am the founder of Tini Lux. Tini Lux is the first line of fashion earrings made specifically for people with metal allergies and sensitive ears.

This month, Susan Kelechi Watson, a star of the NBC show This Is Us is was on the COVER of Good Housekeeping magazine wearing a pair of Tini Lux earrings. Seeing that cover photo was a serious pinch-me moment.

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful coffee capsule business in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our coffee capsule business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jack Bramhall's story on creating Mugpods a read:

Hello there, my name is Jack Bramhall and I am the co-founder of Mugpods - Nespresso compatible pods.

Initially starting with $6500 capital, we sold out in a matter of weeks following launch, fast forward to today we now average around $21,000 USD per month in revenue with millions of pods sold.

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

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

28. Become a motherhood blogger ($78K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful motherhood blogger in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our motherhood blogger case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Carly Campbell's story on creating Mommy On Purpose a read:

I’m Carly, a full time stay at home mom, full-time blogger. I run two semi-related businesses - Mommy on Purpose, a mom lifestyle blog focusing on new motherhood and home life (monetized only through traffic), and Blogging Like You Mean It, which supports new bloggers in their journey to monetize their blogs (monetized only through product sales and email marketing).

But more important to me than any of that, I will never have to leave my kids in daycare to go out and work - my mom blog alone makes 8-10,000 Canadian dollars per month, both when I work hard on it AND when I take a month off.

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Carly Campbell, on starting Mommy On Purpose ($10,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start a campervan transformation service ($96K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful campervan transformation service in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our campervan transformation service case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Bryan and Jen Danger's story on creating ZENVANZ a read:

We are Bryan+Jen Danger, a couple who broke away from the 9-5 years ago to live a life focused on happiness and simple/nomadic living. We traveled extensively by van as we sought out wilderness/adventure and returned to urban environments to be around friends and family.

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Bryan and Jen Danger, on starting ZENVANZ ($8,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a pool installation service ($96K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful pool installation service in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our pool installation service case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Dan Stewart's story on creating Dundas Valley Pools a read:

I’m Dan Stewart and I’m the founder of Dundas Valley Pools. We help homeowners with swimming pools in Southern Ontario, Canada maximize the summers in their backyard. We do this by providing personalized, on-site services such as pool openings/ closings, pool maintenance, equipment installations, pool renovations, and new pool installations. Since our humble beginnings in May of 2016 we have serviced 350+ pools, opened and closed 200+ pools, and have installed tons of high-quality pool equipment, pool liners, and winter safety covers for happy customers throughout Southern Ontario.

Dundas Valley Pools has grown from a company producing very little revenue in 2016 to a company that is earning an average of $8000/ month net revenue during the on-season. This year we hope to actually double that number. This is due to our expansion into more technical services as well as taking on larger jobs-- namely, new pool installations.

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Dan Stewart, on starting Dundas Valley Pools ($8,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

Check out all of our IT company case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ➜

33. Start a natural beauty product business ($270K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful natural beauty product business in Seattle:

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

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

And for some real world inspiration, give Mel young 's story on creating Flowerdale Valley a read:

Hello, my name is Mel. I run a skincare business called Flowerdale Valley. I named the business Flowerdale valley because that's where I live, in a small town called Flowerdale in country Victoria, Australia.

Now, my business provides my income for me and my kids.

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Mel young , on starting Flowerdale Valley ($5,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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

Check out all of our electronics store case studies ➜

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

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

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

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

35. Start a travel products business ($12K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful travel products business in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our travel products business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Regina Ye's story on creating Zirui a read:

My name is Regina Ye, and I am the founder of ZIRUI.

Our flagship product is a modular magnetic travel toiletry case that is secure, sleek, and simple. ZIRUI is the best way to travel with liquids.

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Regina Ye, on starting Zirui ($1,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start an email newsletter ($6.6K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful email newsletter in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our email newsletter case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Qin Xie's story on creating Money Talk a read:

Hi, I’m Qin Xie, a journalist, and editor based in London. I recently launched Money Talk, a reader-funded newsletter on personal finance.

It’s early days still - Money Talk went live at the end of May - but I made £100 in the first month and a couple of people even signed up for a whole year.

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

37. Start a craft business

Here are some examples of a successful craft business in Seattle:

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

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38. Become a florist

Here are some examples of a successful florist in Seattle:

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

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39. Start a flower arrangements education business

Here are some examples of a successful flower arrangements education business in Seattle:

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

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40. Become a property manager

Here are some examples of a successful property manager in Seattle:

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

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41. Start a speed boat rental business

Here are some examples of a successful speed boat rental business in Seattle:

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

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42. Start a freight forwarding business

Here are some examples of a successful freight forwarding business in Seattle:

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

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43. Start a souvenir shop

Here are some examples of a successful souvenir shop in Seattle:

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

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44. Start a restaurant

Here are some examples of a successful restaurant in Seattle:

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

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45. Start a cosmetology school

Here are some examples of a successful cosmetology school in Seattle:

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

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46. Start a museum

Here are some examples of a successful museum in Seattle:

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

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47. Start a metal sign business

Here are some examples of a successful metal sign business in Seattle:

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

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48. Start a job board

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

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

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49. Start a pet accessories business

Here are some examples of a successful pet accessories business in Seattle:

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

Check out all of our pet accessories business case studies ➜

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

My name is Yuri Sinitsa and I’m the founder and CEO of COLLAR LLC - the pet products manufacturer. The main mission of the company is making pets and people happy. Our customers are pet parents all over the world who are fond of innovative solutions for their four-legged loved ones.

For now, COLLAR LLC is a constant member of APPA and a constant visitor of GPE. Its presence in the USA is constantly growing, now there are 77 companies that are good and faithful partners of COLLAR, 5 of them are wholesale retailers.

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Yuri, on starting COLLAR ($0/month) full story ➜

50. Start a church

Here are some examples of a successful church in Seattle:

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51. Start an online golf gear store

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

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

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52. Start a gift baskets business

Here are some examples of a successful gift baskets business in Seattle:

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

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53. Start a garage organizer business

Here are some examples of a successful garage organizer business in Seattle:

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

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54. Start a digital magazine

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

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 ➜

55. Start a tech company

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

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

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56. Start an auto repair business

Here are some examples of a successful auto repair business in Seattle:

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

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Starter Story,   Founder of Starter Story

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