52 Small Businesses To Start In Tucson

Itching to start a business or work for yourself?

Tucson 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 Tucson.

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

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

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. Become a vehicle exporter ($27.6M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful vehicle exporter in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our vehicle exporter case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nathan Huskins's story on creating Marshal Group LLC a read:

I am the founder and President of Marshal Group LLC, a licensed Illinois dealer specializing in exporting vehicles from the U.S. and Canada to destinations abroad.

Our first full year, 2008, we had $26MM in gross sales, working from the bedroom of my house with myself and my mom as the only two employees. Sales slowed in 2009 with the recession but from 2010 to 2015 we grew each year peaking at $50MM in sales and 650 vehicles sold.

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Nathan Huskins, on starting Marshal Group LLC ($2,300,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 an aerial imagery business ($12M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful aerial imagery business in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our aerial imagery business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Robert Morris's story on creating TerrAvion a read:

My name is Robert Morris. I founded TerrAvion in 2013 together with Cornell Wright.

We view our job as abstracting away all the complexity and delivering maps that are ready to use so that growers can spend more time applying their expertise, more powerfully, and over a larger area. Below is a screenshot of our interface with fields shown in our vigor image data layers.

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

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

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

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 ➜

6. Start a speaker store ($12M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful speaker store in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our speaker store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Johnathan Price's story on creating Down4SoundShop.Com a read:

My name is Johnathan Price, Owner of Down4soundshop.com, we distribute car audio products worldwide to fellow car audio fanatics. Mostly which consists of doing it yourself people that enjoy building their own systems with their friends.

This is my 4th year in business doing this full time and we are projecting to break 10 million dollars in sales.

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Johnathan Price, on starting Down4SoundShop.Com ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a women's clothing line ($2M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful women's clothing line in Tucson:

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

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

And for some real world inspiration, give Brigitte Shamy's story on creating SexyModest.com a read:

My name is Jason and I am the co-owner of SexyModest.com. My wife and I design and manufacture modest women’s clothing that is available online and in Costco.

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

8. Start a gardening tools company ($14.1M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful gardening tools company in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our gardening tools company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Parker Garlitz's story on creating True Leaf Market a read:

I’m Parker Garlitz, one of the Co-Founders of True Leaf Market. We are an independent seed company offering heirloom, non-GMO and organic seeds. We also offer growing supplies and starter kits. We sell to home gardeners up to professional growers. We offer traditional vegetable garden, flower and herb seeds as well as specialty seeds like microgreens, sprouts, and wheatgrass. The other Co-Founders are Lance Heaton, Kaitlin Jones & Robb Baumann.

I’m Parker Garlitz, one of the Co-Founders of True Leaf Market. We are an independent seed company offering heirloom, non-GMO and organic seeds. We also offer growing supplies and starter kits. We sell to home gardeners up to professional growers. We offer traditional vegetable garden, flower and herb seeds as well as specialty seeds like microgreens, sprouts, and wheatgrass. The other Co-Founders are Lance Heaton, Kaitlin Jones & Robb Baumann.

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

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

Here are some examples of a successful skateboard company in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our skateboard company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Zack Fleishman's story on creating Shark Wheel a read:

My name is Zack Fleishman. My company is Shark Wheel, where we literally reinvented the wheel.

We started in the skateboarding industry because of the low barrier to entry and the fact that it is a replacement wheel market. The future of the company is in industrial applications and we are now sell roller skates, casters, luggage and pallet jack/forklift wheels.

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

10. Start a 3d printing business ($2.94M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful 3d printing business in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our 3d printing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Roy Kirchner's story on creating Ultimate 3D Printing Store a read:

My name is Roy Kirchner, an entrepreneur from Odessa, Florida. After years spent in the automobile and marketing and advertising industries, I decided in 2014 to form a new company solely focused on emerging new technology, 3D printing.

I started my company with an initial, out-of-pocket investment of $65,000, and today we are averaging monthly gross sales of $330,000.

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

11. Start a bedding company ($2.04M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful bedding company in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our bedding company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Colin McIntosh's story on creating Sheets & Giggles a read:

I’m Colin McIntosh, Founder & CEO of Sheets & Giggles, a pun-based, eco-friendly bedding brand that launched in May 2018 on Indiegogo with our first product: lyocell bed sheets made from eucalyptus trees.

In our first 6 months in business, we received over 6,000 orders and nearly half a million dollars in revenue, and in September we won first place at Denver Startup Week 2018. In October, we began shipping preorders and got about 4,500 out the door, and we’re still catching up with demand! Nearly ⅘ of our customers are women, and more than half are in their 20s and 30s.

That’s me in the middle after winning Denver Startup Week back in September.

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Colin McIntosh, on starting Sheets & Giggles ($200,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a children footwear brand ($1.5M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful children footwear brand in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our children footwear brand case studies ➜

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

My name is Lisa Will and I am the founder of Stonz, a baby and children vegan footwear and accessories brand. I live in and love Vancouver, BC. I am called a Mompreneur but really I was a person always wanting my own business but having a child kickstarted my entrepreneurial journey for me. I’m good at just being an entrepreneur!.

My story is one that considers these three finite factors everyday and trying to be as successful as I could within them. My judgment for myself is my kids, my relationships, and my mental and physical health. So far I’m winning overall but it’s a long game. Play it knowing it’s a marathon.

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Lisa Will, on starting Stonz ($185,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a dessert boxes business ($1.8M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful dessert boxes business in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our dessert boxes business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Samantha Khater's story on creating Dessert Boxes a read:

Hey, I’m Samantha, one of the three founders of DessertBoxes.com.au - an online Dessert Gift Giving store which is here to innovate and disrupt the gift giving industry! We ship these gift boxes all around Sydney & Melbourne. Everything is made fresh every morning and delivered to the recipient by 3pm that day.

The story starts where three siblings came together to create Dessert boxes and Donut Bouquets as our way of waging a war against boring gifts!

We launched just last Valentines Day, and in our first year, have turned over more than one million in sales and now have a presence in Sydney & Melbourne.

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Samantha Khater, on starting Dessert Boxes ($150,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 a men's grooming company ($814K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful men's grooming company in Tucson:

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

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

And for some real world inspiration, give Eric Bandholz's story on creating Beardbrand a read:

I’m Eric Bandholz, the founder of Beardbrand. Beardbrand is a men’s grooming company that makes products for your beard, hair, and body. In addition to that, we also create a significant amount of content on our YouTube channel.

We’ve bootstrapped the business from a $30 investment to seven figures in a short period of time. We’ve been expanding our product offerings with the goal of getting towards that 8 figure mark.

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Eric Bandholz, on starting Beardbrand ($100,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

18. Start a board game ($780K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful board game in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our board game case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Will Roya's story on creating PlayingCardDecks.com a read:

I’m Will Roya and I own and operate PlayingCardDecks.com which launched in 2017.

I was able to scale the business to an annual revenue run rate of one million within 18 months with the help of a full time packing person and freelancers in areas of expertise I was lacking. Currently, we are averaging about 100k a month.

My daughter and I doing an early Facebook live video

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Will Roya, on starting PlayingCardDecks.com ($100,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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 ➜

20. Become a freelance writer ($359K/year)

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

23. Become an app developer ($607K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful app developer in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our app developer case studies ➜

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

Hi, I’m Andrew 👋I like to joke that I’m a jack of all trades and master of pun…

  • An attorney take her legal tech startup from $0 to $1M in Annual Run Rate.
  • A 71-year-old financial consultant build his first tech company and close customers like Yale, Brown, NYU, and Dartmouth.
  • A doctor in Texas launch the first HIPAA compliant text messaging service.
  • A photo booth startup build tools that are used by Amazon, Uber, Red Bull, NBC, the NFL and more.

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Andrew Askins, on starting Krit ($69,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a jewelry product ($780K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful jewelry product in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our jewelry product case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Chrissie Lam's story on creating Love Is Project a read:

Hi! I’m Chrissie Lam, the founder of Love is Project.

We've also been featured on the cover of Glamour (on Anne Hathaway’s wrist), in Refinery29 and Elle, and on an episode of Good Morning America in November 2018. We are featured as one of Oprah’s favorite Valentine’s Day gifts in the February 2019 issue.

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Chrissie Lam, on starting Love Is Project ($65,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start an online vape shop ($720K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful online vape shop in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our online vape shop case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jeremy Ong's story on creating Vape Club a read:

I’m Jeremy Ong, I am mostly based in Malaysia and Singapore right now. The business that I’ve built is Vape Club. It started off as an MVP for a vape subscription box business for consumers to discover e-liquids for cheap. Initially, our customers are primarily from Malaysia. Currently, Malaysia only accounts for 1% of our total revenue.

We do about USD60,000 in revenue per month right now - which is a hella lot of money for typical Malaysians. To put things into perspective, the median average household income in Malaysia is USD1,215. Not too bad for a single unmarried 28 year old chap eh?

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Jeremy Ong, on starting Vape Club ($60,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start a golf simulators business ($600K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful golf simulators business in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our golf simulators business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Igor Vainshtien's story on creating 24/7 Golf a read:

My name is Igor, and I am the founder and owner of 24/7 Golf - an Australian startup in the virtual golf industry. I sell golf simulators for personal and commercial use and am the distributor for SkyTrak Golf in the region (Australia, New Zealand and surrounds).

Working for someone did not last long - after 3 years, and working in Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia and Japan, I started my own SAP consulting firm and from a humble $280,000 in 1st year revenue went to over $4,000,000 annualised after 4 years. But I also burnt out! After a small career break, I went back into consulting and also got addicted to golf.

That led me to investing into a virtual golf centre, then building a brand of unmanned virtual golf centres called 24/7 Golf! Having sold over 1.1m of golf simulators in the first iteration of the business called GolfTec Australia, I partnered with SkyTrak Golf from USA to use at my venues and also to resell. After 18 months of growth in sales I decided to switch to a fully online only e-commerce store … with Shopify! Once I did that, the online store grew and grew and keeps growing!

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Igor Vainshtien, on starting 24/7 Golf ($50,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start an event management company ($480K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful event management company in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our event management company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Celeste Durve's story on creating VIPER by KCH a read:

We are Celeste Durve and Kelsi Kitchener and we started VIPER (VIP Event Relations) in 2016 under our parent company The KCH Group. KCH is a branded house for our future ventures, meaning its the parent company behind our other ventures. Each company is selling something slightly different but they share clients and have similar market positions.

Now, 3 years later we have hundreds of clients, a team of 26 and we’re about to close our first round of funding.

Us and some of our VIPER Girls for the Treats Magazine Halloween Party.

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Celeste Durve, on starting VIPER by KCH ($40,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a clothing line ($339K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful clothing line in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our clothing line case studies ➜

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

My name is Ray Li and I’m the founder of Sene. We combine classic styles with radical comfort, and custom-make each piece to fit. Every order is covered by our 60 Day Guarantee - free alterations, remakes, exchanges and returns.

Our collection for men and women currently spans custom shirts, custom pants and bottoms, custom outerwear, custom suits.

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

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

31. Start a backpack line ($1.17M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful backpack line in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our backpack line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Chez Brungraber's story on creating Gobi Gear a read:

Hi guys! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Chez, the founder of Gobi Gear. I started Gobi Gear about 4 years ago to make organization easier and more fun, specifically focusing on the outdoor adventure and travel markets. Rummage less, explore more!

The best measure of success for isn’t just the bottom line, but rather walking through an airport and seeing a stranger with a Gobi Gear backpack on. Or learning that the owner of other, big brand name outdoor gear companies have heard of you. The idea of outfitting all kinds of people with our gear, all across the world, and putting smiles on their faces - that is what success is to us!

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

32. Start a fitness facility ($240K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful fitness facility in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our fitness facility case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Paul Dickey and Alec Abend's story on creating Hexbox Fitness a read:

Hello! Our names are Alec Abend and Paul Dickey, Co-Founders of Hexbox Fitness. We are a state of the art, upscale Fitness Facility. The combination of our own branded class and 24 hour Member access has created our own unique model carving out our own lane within the ever growing Fitness Industry.

On top of being a community driven facility, our members get the convenience of 24 hour access to come in and use the equipment any time, any day. We currently have 1 location in the Monterey, CA area, and are working on locking in a few franchise and licensing deals to expand.

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Paul Dickey and Alec Abend, on starting Hexbox Fitness ($20,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start an aftermarket car parts business ($1.14M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful aftermarket car parts business in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our aftermarket car parts business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Mitchel Matthews's story on creating Adrenaline Offroad a read:

Hey everyone! My name is Mitchel Matthews and I am a 22-year-old entrepreneur. I am the owner/founder of Adrenaline Offroad which is an eCommerce store for aftermarket vehicle accessories! We mainly focus our expertise in the realm of automotive LED lighting accessories. Our products are built for a person who will endure hardcore offroading situations with their vehicle all the way to people who attend multiple shows per month in their show trucks! Some of our most popular products being our RGB+W underglow/rock light & LED wheel ring lights. In just over a year of quitting my job to pursue my passion for truck mods full time, I am so beyond proud & excited to be making 5x the amount of money that I used to make per month!

Hey everyone! My name is Mitchel Matthews and I am a 22-year-old entrepreneur. I am the owner/founder of Adrenaline Offroad which is an eCommerce store for aftermarket vehicle accessories! We mainly focus our expertise in the realm of automotive LED lighting accessories. Our products are built for a person who will endure hardcore offroading situations with their vehicle all the way to people who attend multiple shows per month in their show trucks! Some of our most popular products being our RGB+W underglow/rock light & LED wheel ring lights. In just over a year of quitting my job to pursue my passion for truck mods full time, I am so beyond proud & excited to be making 5x the amount of money that I used to make per month!

Pictured above is our most popular bundle kit called “The UFO GLOW Bundle Kit”

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

34. Start an explainer video business ($120K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful explainer video business in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our explainer video business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Marco Gatti's story on creating Mediatopsolution OU a read:

Hello! My name is Marco Gatti, an entrepreneur from Milan (Italy) and the founder of Whiteboard.ee. The company deals with video marketing and, in particular, doodle whiteboard animation: that's why I chose the name for this digital project. We are in fact specialized in personalized animated videos that develop one after the other, just as if a hand made the drawings live on a whiteboard.

I officially started the company in February 2018, and currently invoices about $10,000 per month. We started from the Italian market, where we managed to carve out our share of the market and win the trust of many entrepreneurs and professionals. Now we are expanding internationally, already reaping the first results.

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Marco Gatti, on starting Mediatopsolution OU ($10,000/month) full story ➜

35. Become an author ($90.6K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful author in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our author case studies ➜

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

My name is Nick Thacker, and I’m a full-time author of thriller and action-adventure novels. I write in the same genres as Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Lee Child, and my main series is about a Yellowstone park ranger named Harvey Bennett. Most of my readers are 45 years old and up, about 50/50 men/women, and the vast majority of my sales come from Amazon (either directly or through Kindle Unlimited, where I’m paid based on pages read).

I started writing back in 2011, but it was never something I thought I could do full-time. I was working a 9-5 job and I eventually realized I was making more by writing than I was at the day job, so I quit. Today, I’m pulling in about $10,000 a month on the low-end, and up to $20,000 during a heavy promotion or launch period.

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

36. Start a standing desk company ($120K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful standing desk company in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our standing desk company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ashley ‘JP’ Lockwood's story on creating Deskmate a read:

My name is Ashley ‘JP’ Lockwood. I am the co-founder of Deskmate. We are a standing desk startup on a mission to make the world work better.

Cool fact: Deskmate started on £300 and we launched in 3 weeks.

Our first homepage

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Ashley ‘JP’ Lockwood, on starting Deskmate ($10,000/month) full story ➜

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

Here are some examples of a successful men's fashion blog in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our men's fashion blog case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Barron Cuadro's story on creating Effortless Gent a read:

I’m Barron and I run Effortless Gent, a men’s style publication focused on helping guys feel confident and look sharp in the clothes they wear.

EG generates on average $8,000/mo through a combination of ad revenue (display ads, brand sponsorships), affiliate revenue, digital products (an eBook and self-guided style improvement program), and 1-on-1 online or in-person styling consultations.

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

38. Start a woodworking business ($45K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful woodworking business in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our woodworking business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Sasha Weekes's story on creating Timber Grove Studios a read:

My name is Sasha Weekes and I’m the 25 years old owner of Timber Grove Studios. Our home-based woodshop is nestled in the hills of PEI’s countryside, and we specialize in decorative shelving and home decor with a focus on minimalist design and simplicity. Each piece is made to order with 20+ color options, meaning it will be the perfect fit for each customer's space. We ship Canada and U.S. wide.

Etsy has been the main platform since starting up, although I finally have a standalone website up and running as well which I hope to grow in order to diversify sales channels. I have no current employees, although I have a wonderful subcontractor who works from home to cut and stain wood for me. She’s paid by the piece so it’s a great system for both of us. My partner Mario works full time but has recently joined me on the side and we’ve released a new line of steel table bases together which has been a ton of fun - he is an awesome welder.

After launching in 2017 and being skeptical about making sales of large items online, I was absolutely proved wrong! The business outgrew our small condo basement within 7 months and outgrew the garage/basement of our next rental home in 7 months as well. We’re now happily settled with a detached shop and garage, meaning there’s some room to grow (for now!) and space to begin stocking up on items for the Christmas rush before summer ends.

Moving twice in two years has definitely caused organizational, financial and opportunity hiccups, but the business has grown steadily regardless so we’re very excited about where 2020 will take us. We’ve learned what to focus on during which months, as revenue can range anywhere from $2000 during slow months to $10,000 during high months. Net profit has run anywhere between 20-50% throughout the life of the business and varies month to month. It’s closer to 20% right now as we’ve been spending all we can on new tools and materials for our new larger products and our Christmas stock.

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

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

42. Start a food product ($3.67M/year)

Here are some examples of a successful food product in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our food product case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Katie Young's story on creating Klondike Kettle Corn a read:

Hi! My name is Katie Young and I am the owner and operator of Klondike Kettle Corn. We are a company that sells a ready-made gourmet popcorn throughout the Yukon Territory and now online across Canada.

Now that our company has grown we have been able to give back to our community through sponsorships and donations. You will often see our kettle corn being served at various sporting events across town, including the Yukon Quest and a number of Mountain Bike races, as well as film festivals and other school events.

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

43. Start a beverage company ($87K/year)

Here are some examples of a successful beverage company in Tucson:

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

Check out all of our beverage company case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Aaron Weast's story on creating Drink Shrub a read:

Hello! My name is Aaron Weast and I started Drink Shrub, a company dedicated to offering a sophisticated zero-proof solution to an age old problem: what to drink when you’re not drinking.

After selling the product at farmer’s markets, local retail outlets, food shows, etc. we aggregated the feedback from our customers and revised the recipe and branding in May of 2018. This new revision became what is known today as Small Barrel Shrub. Armed with this new branding and recipe we’ve tripled the number of doors in which we’re sold!

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

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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

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 ➜

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

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

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 ➜

47. Start a bakery business

Here are some examples of a successful bakery business in Tucson:

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48. Start a flower arrangements business

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

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49. Start a home decor business

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

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50. Start a shipping company

Here are some examples of a successful shipping company in Tucson:

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51. Start a car advertising business

Here are some examples of a successful car advertising business in Tucson:

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52. Start an airline

Here are some examples of a successful airline in Tucson:

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