The 72 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In The U.K. [2021]

The 72 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In The U.K. [2021]

Interested in starting a business in United Kingdom in 2021?

We put together 72 of the best businesses you can start in United Kingdom today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of how you can start your profitable, home-based small business in United Kingdom.

Here's the full list:

1. Start an online jewelry store ($4.62M/year)

Nikolay Piriankov from United Kingdom started Taylor & Hart over 7 years ago, an online jewelry store.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $385,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 27

I am Nikolay Piriankov, the Founder and CEO of Taylor & Hart. We are an award-winning, disruptive e-tailer of custom-designed, ethical engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewellery, that capture your story. Our online platform, processes, and brand democratises bespoke jewellery, allowing us to offer this service at scale. Taylor & Hart's vision is to reconnect customers with the original purpose of jewellery - a personalised product that tells a unique story.

We design one-of-a-kind pieces for our customers at a speed and price point that is unrivalled. At a time when 45% of all couples are getting engaged with a customised ring, we see this trend as the most relevant one for our industry.

As a tech company, we are able to offer this service globally, making custom-design accessible and affordable to more people than it was before. We offer a bespoke design service through specifically developed technology online and instore, a clicks and bricks business model. Today, we’re 28 strong with colleagues in London, Sofia, New York, and Mumbai, all embodying one of our core values, “teamwork makes the dream work”.

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Nikolay Piriankov, on starting Taylor & Hart ($385,000/month) full story ➜

2. Become a business coach ($1.2M/year)

Kamil Sattar from United Kingdom started E-commerce Mentoring about 4 years ago, a business coach.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6

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

I have drop shipped products in many markets. I have sold high-fashion items, beauty products, gadgets, pet products, baby products, outdoor products, etc. There are just too many to name here but that’s the beauty of drop shipping. The opportunities are endless.

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

3. Start a book club ($156K/year)

Ben Keene from United Kingdom started Rebel Book Club about 6 years ago, a book club.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $100
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Hello. We’re Ben Keene and Ben Saul-Garner.

We met on a startup programme that one of us was leading in Bali in 2015. Discovering we both had a lot of similar non-fiction titles on our kindles, often no further than 20% read, we decided to do something about it. This was the beginning of Rebel Book Club.

51 books, 570 subscribing members and £10,000 in MRR later and we’ve not only solved our own bad reading habits but helped a lot more people dive into different topics and share their thoughts with each other.

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Ben Keene, on starting Rebel Book Club ($13,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a kids suitcase business ($12M/year)

Rob Law from United Kingdom started Trunki about 15 years ago, a kids suitcase business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $15,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 80

Rob Law MBE CEO and Founder of Trunki - although the official title is Trunki Daddy

I started trading 14 years ago in 2006 with the launch of the first-ever ride-on suitcase for kids, the business has now grown to become a global brand and we’ve sold over 4 million suitcases in over 100 countries.

I’m passionate about inspiring future business leaders and designers and have received 2 honorary doctorates and an MBE from the queen for service to a business.

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Rob Law, on starting Trunki ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a hygiene product company ($6.25M/year)

Jonathan Bradford from United Kingdom started The Hygiene Company over 29 years ago, a hygiene product company.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $521,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $65,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 6

My name is Jonathan Bradford and I grew up in a household with a father who built his own successful engineering business (my mother would have always said it was in fact always on the verge of bankruptcy fighting off the bailiffs).

In 1992, with the demise of our family business importing and distributing Windsurfing & Snow Skiing equipment, I was at a loss as to what to do.

Having always been keen to participate in a sport I joined a local Health & Fitness Club (Club Kingswood) played regular squash/racketball followed by a workout in the gym

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Jonathan Bradford, on starting The Hygiene Company ($521,000/month) full story ➜

6. Launch an online tuition platform ($9.96M/year)

Tom Hooper from United Kingdom started Third Space Learning almost 8 years ago, an online tuition platform.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $830,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $100,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 80

Hello, my name is Tom Hooper and I founded Third Space Learning in 2013. We have developed an online learning platform that recruits STEM graduates in emerging markets, such as India and Sri Lanka, to provide scalable, high-quality, and low-cost online tuition for maths.

Since launching the business, our particular focus has been on establishing this model to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in UK state schools.

We started by just focusing on primary school tuition and providing maths intervention programs for children aged 6-12 but are now expanding the business to include secondary schools, particularly in preparation for the end of year national exams for 16-year-olds in England and Wales. Our new GCSE maths revision program launches in January and tutors are undergoing their training in teaching it now.

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Tom Hooper, on starting Third Space Learning ($830,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a seo agency ($240K/year)

Alan Silvestri from United Kingdom started Growth Gorilla about 3 years ago, a SEO agency.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4

Hey there! My name is Alan Silvestri and I’m the founder of Growth Gorilla, a link building service for SaaS companies (Software as a Service). I started the company end of summer 2018 so it’s been going for a little less than a year.

We are different from most other link building companies because we do genuine, manual and quality outreach link building to acquire backlinks to our clients’ sites. What we do is more “PR link building” than just SEO link building to increase rankings and traffic. Our clients are, for the most part, profitable software companies and startups that are publishing great quality content consistently but that don’t have the time or resources to promote that content and build backlinks to it.

The company has grown from zero to 10k in monthly recurring revenue mostly in the last 7 months and most of our clients have stayed with us for a minimum of 4 months, so we’re pretty happy with how things are going and excited for the future!

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Alan Silvestri, on starting Growth Gorilla ($20,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start an artificial plants business ($600K/year)

Sharon Demmery from United Kingdom started Demmerys LTD over 3 years ago, an artificial plants business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $300
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

Hello! I’m Sharon Demmery, the owner and founder of Demmerys, based in Birmingham, UK. I handcraft luxurious and bespoke artificial flower arrangements using the finest fabrics from around the world and applying meticulous attention to detail throughout.

Often, my displays are designed and built to suit my clients’ individual requirements as part of my bespoke service. I listen carefully to my customers, maintaining regular dialogue to truly understand their décor requirements, and creating the luxurious end of the market has always been my focus. Primarily, this is because it allows me to be more creative without the fear of having to stop half-way through after hitting budget (as designers, we’ve all been there).

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Sharon Demmery, on starting Demmerys LTD ($50,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start an online t-shirt business ($108K/year)

Dominic Jackson from United Kingdom started dogecore over 3 years ago, an online t-shirt business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $9,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $69
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees:

Hello! My name is Dominic and I run a successful meme empire and brand known as Dogecore with my Polish business partner Aleksander. Initially, we started around 8 years ago as just a fun page to post funny pictures of dogs on Facebook but this expanded out to be multiple pages about many ranges of animals and finally a multimedia brand that primarily deals in T-shirts.

Our main sales demographic is depressed teenagers and young adults who have no hope in life and want to die. We fulfill their last dying wishes of looking cool wearing a t-shirt I designed whilst drunk. Currently, we have a monthly turnover of around £6,942.00 British queens pounds.

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Dominic Jackson, on starting dogecore ($9,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a fashion consulting business ($42K/year)

Susannah Davda from United Kingdom started The Shoe Consultant Ltd about 6 years ago, a fashion consulting business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Starting Costs: $700
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I’m Susannah Davda and I launched my business The Shoe Consultant in 2015. I help people to start shoe brands that delight their customers.

Footwear entrepreneurs around the world receive my support from concept to launch and beyond. Shoe start-ups can access my 22 years of footwear industry knowledge and experience in several ways:

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Susannah Davda, on starting The Shoe Consultant Ltd ($3,500/month) full story ➜

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

Nick Griffiths from United Kingdom started Any Old Lights about 7 years ago, a lighting store.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

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!

We’re always on the hunt for quality lighting that’s a little different from the norm. Much of the good stuff is up to 70 years old and supplies are inevitably going to dry up. So we also created our own Revivals brand of lighting. When a light looks like it’s disappearing from circulation, we create our own version, with little twists.

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

12. Start an educational blog ($13.2K/year)

Pete Codes from United Kingdom started No CS Degree ago, an educational blog.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $1,100/ month
  • Starting Costs: $40
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hey! I’m Pete, I live in Scotland and I started No CS Degree. It’s a website a lot like Starter Story where I interview self-taught web developers that don’t have a Computer Science degree but have still made successful startups or found well-paying jobs. I was working in bookies before but someone threatened to stab my boss, so I thought I better quit and make a website instead!

The main ways I monetize the website are by getting coding boot camps to sponsor articles featuring their successful students and by having developers with tech products to sponsor my newsletter. I’ve gone from lows of a few hundred dollars to earning over $2,500 in one month. Overall the average monthly revenue is $1,100. I also have a job board for self-taught web developers and a boot camp directory where you can find the best coding boot camps. I’m working on combining those two with the main No CS Degree website.

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Pete Codes, on starting No CS Degree ($1,100/month) full story ➜

13. Start a parcel tracking software ($72K/year)

Arthur from United Kingdom started Parcel Tracker almost 5 years ago, a parcel tracking software.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,000
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 1

Hi There! I'm Arthur Co-founder of Deepfinity, a proptech/logistics company. We've built an internal parcel tracking software tool to help large buildings' mailrooms and receptions deal with the influx of online shopping. I started the business four years ago with two friends while we were at university as a side project and now work full time on the business.

It took a while for us to get our first client, but we managed to make our first revenue 1.5 years ago and since have been growing 20% Month on Month. We are currently making $6K/Month.

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Arthur, on starting Parcel Tracker ($6,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a diy and crafts blog ($14.4K/year)

Mike Aspinall from United Kingdom started The Crafty Gentleman over 7 years ago, a DIY and crafts blog.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $1,200/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hi there! I’m Mike – also known as The Crafty Gentleman. I run a DIY and craft blog from my home in the UK. Through my blog, I share simple craft tutorials you can make yourself at home – ranging from sewing to woodwork, and everything in between! My simple goal is to make crafting accessible to everyone.

My main revenue stream is sponsored brand partnerships, whereby a company pays me a fee to feature their product within one of my blog posts. Over the years, I’ve worked with some really cool brands – Etsy, Hobbycraft, Cricut, Pinterest, Gorilla Glue, Singer, Janome, Brother, Bosch, and lots more.

I also recently launched an online shop, selling craft accessories and gifts for the modern maker. All items are designed, handmade, and packaged by me from my home studio.

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Mike Aspinall, on starting The Crafty Gentleman ($1,200/month) full story ➜

15. ($24K/year)

George from United Kingdom started Innovations and More Ltd about 3 years ago, .

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I am George the founder of Innovations and More. We design and manufacture innovative products that help solve common problems. Our objective is to create “Essentials you never knew you needed”. Our flagship products are the UStop Pee Stopper (Patent pending) and the Cell Phone Holder (Patent pending) that fits anywhere.

As we create innovative original products, we needed to get the word out as people would not be aware of the existence of these products. To help explain our first product the UStop Pee Stopper, we got a short animation video made and we made our website which shows our products and a host of services.

We started the company in 2018, but our growth has been exponential since August/September 2019 which only dimmed briefly earlier this year but has taken off again since March 2020 with up to 50 percent increase in sales each month.

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George , on starting Innovations and More Ltd ($2,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a ppc consulting agency ($36K/year)

Paul Franklin from United Kingdom started SideGains almost 2 years ago, a PPC consulting agency.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $300
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Paul Franklin and I run SideGains, through which I offer a range of different services aimed at businesses and individuals who want to start a blog or grow their online presence.

I’m a language graduate (Spanish), with a strong IT leaning and this is how I ended working in the online space.

I’ve been involved in many different areas of “Internetwork” for almost 20 years from frontend and backend development to SEO and PPC. In my last employed role, I was the Director of Search Marketing for one of Europe’s largest dancewear companies.

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Paul Franklin, on starting SideGains ($3,000/month) full story ➜

17. Develop a facebook app ($18K/year)

Alexandru Rosianu from United Kingdom started Messenger for Desktop ago, a facebook app.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $1,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey! I'm Alexandru and I built Messenger for Desktop, a simple app that lets you use Facebook Messenger from your Mac or Windows computer.

It began as a side-project 5 years ago, after which I was lucky to be able to turn it into a small business. Since then, Messenger for Desktop has had over 10 million downloads and currently, there are 100,000+ monthly active users.

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Alexandru Rosianu, on starting Messenger for Desktop ($1,500/month) full story ➜

18. Start a men's clothing line ($1.8K/year)

Anastasia Osindero from United Kingdom started Boystrous 11 months ago, a men's clothing line.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $150/ month
  • Starting Costs: $126
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Anastasia Osindero, and I’m a designer! I launched my menswear brand, Boystrous, in August 2020 during lockdown with a collection of graphic t-shirts sporting graphics I made and printed myself at home.

The most popular t-shirt has been the All Love t-shirt - quickly followed by the slogan t-shirts. The t-shirts drew the attention of men and women and even captured the interest of influencers such as Josh Denzel whom I have had the honor of gifting a t-shirt to.

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Anastasia Osindero, on starting Boystrous ($150/month) full story ➜

19. ($186K/year)

Ebs Turner from United Kingdom started Prop Media over 5 years ago, .

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $15,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

My name is Ebs Turner, I’m a 25-year-old entrepreneur and proud founder of Prop Media, a property specialist marketing agency based in London, UK and Prop Sessions, a property podcast.

Currently, our main service is our partner program, which is done for your lead generation system. Currently, we’re doing around $18,000/month.

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Ebs Turner , on starting Prop Media ($15,500/month) full story ➜

20. Start a yarn store ($156K/year)

Blacker Yarns from United Kingdom started Blacker Yarns almost 16 years ago, a yarn store.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 16

I am Sue Blacker, Managing Director of Blacker Sheep Limited.

Our business spins the wool from sheep, goats and alpacas to make yarns for people who produce the fibre themselves and take it back to make and market yarn-based goods through The Natural Fibre Company and we also have also our own branded Blacker Yarns knitting and crochet yarns.

We sell Blacker Yarns mainly direct through our online shop and also through selected stockists across the world. Over half of our Blacker Yarn sales are to countries outside the UK and half of those are into the USA so we are very much an international business.

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Blacker Yarns , on starting Blacker Yarns ($13,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a weighted blankets brand ($600K/year)

Abeer Iqbal from United Kingdom started Remy Sleep over 2 years ago, a weighted blankets brand.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 4

Hi, my name is Abeer and I’m the co-founder of Remy Sleep. We are an asleep company focused on bringing better health and wellness through sleep and rest.

Our main and sole product is a weighted blanket. It comes in a variety of options - summer, winter, kids, and king size. We’re bringing more variations to our customers soon!

When we started the business, we designed and ordered just 100 units with the goal of selling out in three months. We decided if we sold all the units in 3 months we have a viable business and it’s worth continuing. If it took longer we’d go back to the drawing board to see if this is worth our investment and time. After 20 days we were completely sold out - there was a market for it!

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Abeer Iqbal, on starting Remy Sleep ($50,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a wordpress maintenance services ($72K/year)

Jason Correia from United Kingdom started WP Manager almost 4 years ago, a wordpress maintenance services.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $12
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi, I’m Jason Correia. Founder of WP Manager, a WordPress Maintenance Subscription Service based in the UK.

WP Manager provides site care plans for a diverse range of clients, everything from small blog websites, to e-commerce stores, and to complex LMS systems. Our site care plans form part of our core service offering.

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Jason Correia, on starting WP Manager ($6,000/month) full story ➜

23. Start a coffee subscription box ($780K/year)

Jon Butt from United Kingdom started Blue Coffee Box almost 4 years ago, a coffee subscription box.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

My name is Jon Butt and, with my son, Harvey, we own Blue Coffee Box in the UK.

It’s a specialty coffee subscription that creates a voyage of discovery of specialty coffee for our members.

Our customers range from coffee lovers who want to see which flavours and roaster they love rather than diving right in with a single roaster to those that just want to experience truly great coffee. There’s also the gift buyer who want to give the gift that keeps giving. After all, who doesn’t love gourmet coffee?

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Jon Butt, on starting Blue Coffee Box ($65,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a personalized gift business ($780K/year)

Elliot Bishton from United Kingdom started Engravers Guild almost 5 years ago, a personalized gift business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $50,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3

I’m Elliot Bishton, the founder of Engravers Guild of London, an online personalised gift retailer. We describe ourselves as curators and finishers of beautiful gifts, such as engraved hip flasks, silver cufflinks, jewellery and fragrances.

We started just over a year ago with a collection of only seven pairs of cufflinks, and now have more than 200 lines with a view to expand further. From turning over about $3,000 per month 18 months ago, we’ve now been clearing the $30,000 per month mark.

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Elliot Bishton, on starting Engravers Guild ($65,000/month) full story ➜

25. ($14.4K/year)

Sara Davies from United Kingdom started Prooftheword ago, .

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $1,200/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I’m Sara Davies, founder of Prooftheword, a complete editing and proofreading site that gives customers the ultimate editing service for any document. I’m a sole trader, so I work alone. All the editing and proofreading is done by me, along with everything else. I sort out my invoices, do my own accounts, file my own tax returns – everything.

My editing skills are excellent, which is my main selling point. People come to me because they know I will do a great job! I have a wide range of customers, from students to book writers and regular magazines. My work has grown over the years and, while I’m not making millions, I regularly take home around £1,200 a month.

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Sara Davies, on starting Prooftheword ($1,200/month) full story ➜

26. Start a zapier consulting agency ($66K/year)

Andrew Davison from United Kingdom started Luhhu over 2 years ago, a zapier consulting agency.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $5,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Andrew Davison and I’m the founder of Luhhu, an agency I built as a result of accidentally stumbling into a freelance career as a Zapier expert. We help businesses of all types and sizes automate their processes using Zapier.

A job well done for us is a client that ends up saving a significant chunk of time each day on the boring stuff that comes with running a business.

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Andrew Davison, on starting Luhhu ($5,500/month) full story ➜

27. Start an online vape shop ($3.6M/year)

David Mason from United Kingdom started Vape and Juice over 7 years ago, an online vape shop.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $5,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 20

I’m the founder of Vape and Juice, an online and offline vaping store, based in the UK. We have a delivery service in Ibiza and do a little international trade, but our primary vape market is in Britain. We started in hindsight, as a terribly put together website in 2013 and sort of fell into the bricks and mortar element of the industry. 7 years later, we are a slightly less bad website, with a chain of franchises.

When we started the company it was simply because I had quitted smoking with electronic cigarettes, we had very little money, to begin with, and not having the best CV meant it was this or back to the dole queue. It sounds dramatic but I was in a tough spot in my life. I’d made mistakes in my younger years that meant I had a conviction, getting past the recruitment processes when you are an ex-con isn’t a task for the faint of heart.

Doing my own thing, therefore, seemed the only solution. I knew to vape was not about to be uninvented and if you could take someone’s addiction, make it less harmful for them, and 90% cheaper, the industry would flourish. There wasn’t much of anything in the UK, I took a chance and Vape and Juice happened.

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David Mason, on starting Vape and Juice ($300,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a life coaching business ($1.44M/year)

Iman Gadzhi from United Kingdom started Grow Your Agency about 4 years ago, a life coaching business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

Hey everyone, my name is Iman Gadzhi! I am the founder of two core businesses: IAG Media and Grow Your Agency. The former is my B2B social media marketing agency (SMMA) where I deploy strategic marketing campaigns for global clients. The latter is my education company where I teach entrepreneurs how to start and scale a profitable SMMA with the course Agency Incubator.

My primary product is my online course. It’s an industry-leading and comprehensive course on how to create an SMMA business from scratch. So far, it has been my life’s work because so much has gone into it. I have a team that helps me do this, and I really enjoy helping my students become financially independent. My typical customers are self-starters fed up with the college route. They want to experiment with a proven online business model. In only two years, I’ve made over $1.2M in profit. Over 45 of my students make over six figures with their SMMA, and over 300 students have quit their regular jobs.

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Iman Gadzhi, on starting Grow Your Agency ($120,000/month) full story ➜

29. Start a publishing business ($12M/year)

Ricardo Fayet from United Kingdom started Reedsy about 7 years ago, a publishing business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $40,000
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 17

Hello! I’m Ricardo Fayet, one of the four founders and the Chief Marketing Officer of Reedsy. First and foremost, Reedsy is a marketplace connecting authors (or anyone looking to publish a book) with all the people they’ll need to prepare, publish, and market that book successfully — think editors, proofreaders, cover designers, illustrators, ghostwriters, book marketers, and even literary translators.

Since starting in 2014, the marketplace has become home to over 1,500 vetted freelance professionals and close to a million authors, driving 1,000+ projects every month with a GMV of over $1m.

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Ricardo Fayet, on starting Reedsy ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

30. ($105K/year)

MR ANDREW P GRIFFITHS from United Kingdom started Expert PT LTD about 6 years ago, .

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $8,790/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Andy Griffiths, I am the founder of Expert PT; an Online Personal Training service that specializes in fast-tracking body transformations.

The service is a unique one to one online coaching service where I personally help individuals achieve their desired physiques using bespoke training and nutrition plans as well as weekly personalized video feedback.

My clients are wide-ranging in terms of age, culture, background, and demographic, I have consciously set out to achieve this via a persona and tone that does not alienate any one group. I have created a lucrative business model that has minimal static overheads which allows me to work from anywhere and with a global client base.

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MR ANDREW P GRIFFITHS, on starting Expert PT LTD ($8,790/month) full story ➜

31. Become a digital product designer ($126K/year)

Abb-d Choudhury from United Kingdom started Driftime® Media about 5 years ago, a digital product designer.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $10,500/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

Hey, I’m Abb-d Choudhury, cofounder of Curate Labs, The Annual Digest and Driftime®. We are a creative practice focused around ethical and sustainable design, an annual publication that champions good business, transparency, entrepreneurship and startup culture, and a travel platform that advocates conscious travel through editorial and interactive experiences.

I started the business back in 2016 with my partner Sara, and we’ve been going strength to strength for nearly 4 years. Since the beginning, we’ve been entirely bootstrapped, and have funded all our ventures with the support of client work over the years. Currently, the studio is the foreground of the business, with editorial being the supportive element.

We’re currently in the process of developing our experiences side and during the year, we’re aiming to shift our focus to be a culmination of service, experience, and editorial for travel, hospitality and lifestyle brands.

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Abb-d Choudhury, on starting Driftime® Media ($10,500/month) full story ➜

32. Start an online food business ($24M/year)

Alex Moore from United Kingdom started Rosa's Thai Cafe about 15 years ago, an online food business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $2,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 373

My name is Alexander Moore and I’m the co-founder and Director of Rosa’s Thai Cafe. Rosa’s is a Thai food restaurant business I set up with my wife, Saiphin in 2006. We now have 18 sites spread out across the UK and sell authentic modern Thai food, to the beautiful people of all shapes and sizes of the United Kingdom!

Our dishes combine homely authentic Thai food with local ingredients in a casual cafe environment. We built this business from a humble weekend market stall in the East End of London in 2006 and our current run rate revenues are now in excess of $25mil per year and growing.

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Alex Moore, on starting Rosa's Thai Cafe ($2,000,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start an eco-friendly retail business ($1.32M/year)

Jamie Skinner from United Kingdom started Jungle Culture over 3 years ago, an eco-friendly retail business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,200
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

Hi Starter Story!

My name is Jamie Skinner and I am one of the co-founders of Jungle Culture. We are an e-commerce brand that sources eco-friendly products directly from farms, small craft workshops, and ethical factories and sells them online worldwide.

My business partner Chris and I started Jungle Culture in 2018 with one product, bamboo straws. Back then our brand name was Jungle Straws and our goal was to create a business that would fund our traveler lifestyles and also create positive change in the world.

After less than a year Jungle Straws became one of the world’s biggest bamboo straw companies and our clients included National Geographic, the US parks department, and TOMS.

Propelled by our success and the desire to create more change, we switched our focus to eco-friendly products as a whole and created Jungle Culture, which this year turned over just over $1,000,000.

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Jamie Skinner, on starting Jungle Culture ($110,000/month) full story ➜

34. Start an online video editing business ($72K/year)

Sabba Keynejad from United Kingdom started VEED almost 3 years ago, an online video editing business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1

Hey, I am Sabba and I am the co-founder of VEED.IO along with my partner in crime Tim. We are a London-based bootstrapped startup. Our web app, VEED, is a simple online video editing platform that allows users to do a bunch of cool stuff like auto subtitle videos, add video effects, add music, trim, rotate videos and much more all in the browser.

We launched just over a year ago, started charging 4 months ago and as of this interview, we are at $5,300 MRR and are just about profitable (Ramen profitable).

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Sabba Keynejad, on starting VEED ($6,000/month) full story ➜

35. Start an online jewelry store ($4.8M/year)

Arnaud de Montille from United Kingdom started Merci Maman over 13 years ago, an online jewelry store.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $7,500
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 42

Hello, my name is Arnaud de Montille and, with my wife Béatrice, we founded Merci Maman in 2007, a brand of personalized jewels, hand-engraved in our London & Paris ateliers, and sold online. The name Merci Maman, which means 'Thanks Mom' draws inspiration from the bond between mother and child, as well as our French roots.

Our company was founded on the bond between loved ones, and celebrating beautiful moments, through our personalized pieces. Our main target market is women, aged 25-45, but Merci Maman is for anyone really.

Our flagship products are our necklaces but in particular our ‘Duchess Necklace’ which was worn by Kate Middleton in 2014, and is still a best-seller. Today, we ship 75,000 orders a year all over the world and generate over $5m of sales.

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Arnaud de Montille, on starting Merci Maman ($400,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a referral marketing platform ($216K/year)

Manuel Frigerio from United Kingdom started ReferralHero over 5 years ago, a referral marketing platform.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $18,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello, I’m Manuel Frigerio and I’m the founder of ReferralHero, a referral marketing platform used by over 6,000 companies all around the world, from startups to large companies such as Curve, Transferwise and HolidayPirates.

ReferralHero helps companies design and launch referral programs, from pre-launch waiting lists to giveaways and ambassador programs. Traditionally, launching a referral program requires a team of developers and a couple of weeks. ReferralHero was one of the first companies in the world to offer a widget that companies install on their website, with no need for a developer, and launch a referral program in hours instead of weeks.

We are now launching a new product that allows people to add an ambassador program to their newsletter (like TheHustle’s or The Morning Brew’s) in two clicks (ok, three clicks but who’s counting anyway?).

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Manuel Frigerio, on starting ReferralHero ($18,000/month) full story ➜

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

Qin Xie from United Kingdom started Money Talk about 1 year ago, an email newsletter business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

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 designed to be like a weekly personal finance gym session - to help you save money, manage your wealth (or lack of) and grow your savings. Every week, there are actionable tips based on what’s happening in the world and once a month there’s a deep dive on a specific skill.

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 ➜

38. Start a cycling tools business ($9M/year)

Chris Parr from United Kingdom started Pro Bike Tool about 6 years ago, a cycling tools business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $750,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

Hey, we’re Chris and Nicole Parr, husband and wife and owners of PRO BIKE TOOL. PRO BIKE TOOL is a manufacturer, brand and online retailer of essential, affordable bike tools & accessories for riders of all disciplines and abilities. Our flagship products include a Mini Bike Pump with innovative in-line pressure gauge, a CO2 Inflator with a unique gas regulation lever, and a precision calibrated Torque Wrench Set.

Here is a short video of the pump in action:

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Chris Parr, on starting Pro Bike Tool ($750,000/month) full story ➜

39. Start a calendar sync tool ($2.12M/year)

Andrew Rogoff from United Kingdom started Resource Guru about 10 years ago, a calendar sync tool.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $177,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 12

Hi, I’m Andrew Rogoff, one of the founders of Resource Guru, an online team calendar. Our software is used by around 20,000 people in 88 countries around the world to help them manage their team’s time.

Our customers include Apple, NASA, Uber, Saatchi & Saatchi, Cisco and AT&T (as well as a whole load of smaller ones). They use Resource Guru to keep track of who’s working on what and how busy their employees are. This means they can manage workloads efficiently and ensure that no-one is either overworked or getting bored because they don’t have enough to do.

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Andrew Rogoff, on starting Resource Guru ($177,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start a subscription box business ($120K/year)

David Dewane from United Kingdom started Mouse Book Club about 4 years ago, a subscription box business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 0

My name is David Dewane and I’m the co-founder and president of the Mouse Book Club. We make phone-sized physical books you carry around with you so that you have a decent alternative to reading your phone.

I’m an architect, professor, journalist, hustler, and the lowest form of tech junkie. I’m the kind of creep you’d see checking their phone at the dinner table when the baby is crying. That’s one of the reasons I started Mouse and am aligning our company with the movement towards digital minimalism, that is, a more limited and thoughtful integration of technology into our lives.

So far, we have mailed over 40,000 books to 60+ countries and all 50 states. We’ve done about $170,000 in sales in the first two years.

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David Dewane, on starting Mouse Book Club ($10,000/month) full story ➜

41. Become a business law consultant ($4.5M/year)

Anthony Rose from United Kingdom started SeedLegals almost 5 years ago, a business law consultant.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $375,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 40

Hi, I’m Anthony Rose, founder, and CEO of SeedLegals.

SeedLegals is the new way to close your UK funding round. No lawyers, no accountants, everything done on your terms. Our always-on platform, supported by a team of experts lets you raise funding dramatically more efficiently and cost-effectively.

SeedLegals is the largest, fastest and most reliable way to close a funding round in the UK.

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Anthony Rose, on starting SeedLegals ($375,000/month) full story ➜

42. Start a hot sauce business ($156K/year)

James Bryson from United Kingdom started Flaming Licks almost 6 years ago, a hot sauce business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

Hello! We are James and Erika and we run Flaming Licks. Flaming Licks is a hot sauce subscription club and chili shop based in Dorset in the UK. We send out monthly boxes containing curated hot sauces and spicy products to chili lovers around the world. Most of our members are people who love to add a spicy kick to their meals. They range from those who use hot sauce sometimes to the full-blown chili addicts.

We have finished 2019 with around 500 active members and plan to grow to 1000 members by the end of next year.

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James Bryson, on starting Flaming Licks ($13,000/month) full story ➜

43. Start a standing desk company ($360K/year)

Ashley ‘JP’ Lockwood from United Kingdom started Deskmate over 4 years ago, a standing desk company.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

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.

I met my now business partner, Arthur at the back end of 2016 during an incubator called Escape The City. Both working on separate projects and set up Deskmate as a side hustle to earn some extra money whilst we were living and working in London.

We have two products, Deskmate, for large setups, desktops, keyboards, and Minimate, which is specifically for laptop only users. All of our products are environmentally friendly (cardboard) and take less than 10 seconds to pop up.

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Ashley ‘JP’ Lockwood, on starting Deskmate ($30,000/month) full story ➜

44. Start a skills training business ($4.2M/year)

Stephen Somers from United Kingdom started Marketplace SuperHeroes ago, a skills training business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Hey! My name is Stephen Somers & I’m the co-founder of a company called Marketplace SuperHeroes, an online education company that helps people from all over the world learn how to sell their own products globally on Amazon, from complete scratch.

Together with my business partner, Robert, we've sold over $12m of products on Amazon and helped over 5,000 people learn to do the same. We’ve built an 8-figure coaching and services business, along with a consolidated freight company (SuperHero Freight) over the last number of years.

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Stephen Somers, on starting Marketplace SuperHeroes ($350,000/month) full story ➜

45. Start a journal business ($1.8M/year)

Ollie Aplin from United Kingdom started MindJournal over 5 years ago, a journal business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $5,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

Hey! My name is Ollie and I’m the co-founder of MindJournal – a journaling brand for guys.

MindJournal is a groundbreaking journal to help you navigate the challenges of everyday life. It’s more than just a book — it’s your secret tool to help build a more resilient you. Using 30 powerful questions, based on scientific research — MindJournal will help you feel calmer and more motivated than ever to handle anything that life throws at you.

At the moment I’m working on designing the 3rd edition of our core journal that’s helped over 3,000 guys from all over the world. We’ve helped guys at rock bottom, to entrepreneurs at the top of their game all achieve one thing — feel more in control of their emotions and significantly improve their life satisfaction and self-worth.

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Ollie Aplin, on starting MindJournal ($150,000/month) full story ➜

46. Start a natural health product business ($900K/year)

Kel STUART from United Kingdom started Sanuku APM over 4 years ago, a natural health product business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $75,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

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

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

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

47. Start a freelance writing business ($33.6K/year)

Adam Crookes from United Kingdom started Freshly Squeezed over 1 year ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $2,800/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Adam Crookes and I am the Founder and Lead Content Writer at Freshly Squeezed. We deliver on-demand content writing for SEO growth to small businesses and startups.

Freshly Squeezed is currently generating $3K MRR.

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Adam Crookes, on starting Freshly Squeezed ($2,800/month) full story ➜

48. Start a travel booking app ($33.6K/year)

Andrew Norton from United Kingdom started SkyAlliance over 2 years ago, a travel booking app.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $2,800/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

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

The company was founded back in March of this year and has excelled beyond my or anyone's expectations. SkyAlliance welcomes new and unique customers each month looking to book their holidays, business trips and/or trips back home.

Based on our data, last month (June 2019) https://skyalliance.co.uk welcomed over 3,504 unique web visitors. Today the company generates an average income of £2.300/month. I started from earning nothing to earning a basic living wage from pursuing a goal I once thought not possible.

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

49. ($1.2M/year)

Peter Szyszko from United Kingdom started White Bullet over 8 years ago, .

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 16

I'm Peter Szyszko, the CEO and founder of White Bullet, and we identify IP-infringing websites and apps and track the advertising that is funding them. Our core product is our IP Infringement (IPI) Analytics Platform, which analyses websites and apps that infringe the third-party intellectual property, such as movies, games, software, and so on, and the advertising that is placed next to (and monetizes) this content.

Our main customers are in three groups: IP owners that want to improve enforcement targeting against pirate publishers that are illegally distributing their content; brands that want to track where their advertising is going, and want to stop it funding these high-risk publishers; and ad companies that need to filter these publishers to keep brands and advertising transparent and safe.

We fall into the cyber-technology/AI space because most of what we do is driven through AI. We have been around for six years now, and the best measure of our success is probably our growth: we are taking on new clients monthly because companies see the value in what we do.

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Peter Szyszko, on starting White Bullet ($100,000/month) full story ➜

50. Start a niche blog ($120K/year)

Thomas Oppong from United Kingdom started Content Intelligence Media about 3 years ago, a niche blog.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

I’m Thomas Oppong, an entrepreneur, and a full-time blogger. I am the Founding Editor at Alltopstartups.com where I share resources for starting and growing a startup. I am the Curator at Postanly.com, a weekly digest of the best resources on wealth, health, and happiness. I have also created and maintained two courses: Thinking in Models and Kaizen Habits.

I also maintain an active Medium account where I write about life lessons, personal development, and launching meaningful projects you deeply care about. I have been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, The New York Observer, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur. I earn about $10K/month from all ongoing writing projects at the moment.

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Thomas Oppong, on starting Content Intelligence Media ($10,000/month) full story ➜

51. Become an online fitness coach ($24K/year)

Oliver Anwar from United Kingdom started Ro Anwar Fitness over 3 years ago, an online fitness coach.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Oliver Anwar, the owner of www.roanwarfitness.com. I am an online personal trainer that provides bespoke training, nutrition and lifestyle coaching to busy professionals, entrepreneurs and founders trying to lose fat, build muscle and improve their confidence.

My flagship product is my VIP Coaching Program which is a 1-2-1 coaching program that helps busy people fit fitness around their lifestyle.

My customers are professionals, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to build a great body and mind so they can perform better at work and become more confident.

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Oliver Anwar, on starting Ro Anwar Fitness ($2,000/month) full story ➜

52. Start a design inspiration blog ($53.8K/year)

Ramy Khuffash from United Kingdom started Page Flows over 3 years ago, a design inspiration blog.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $4,487/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Ramy Khuffash and I run a small business called Page Flows, which is a library of inspiration videos for digital product designers. Customers pay a subscription for access.

I’ve been running the business for a couple of years and it makes about $4,500 per month in revenue.

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Ramy Khuffash, on starting Page Flows ($4,487/month) full story ➜

53. Start a seo business ($33.6K/year)

Nick Swan from United Kingdom started SanityCheck almost 4 years ago, a SEO business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $2,800/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi, my name is Nick Swan and I am the founder and single person bootstrapper behind www.sanitycheck.io. It’s a SaaS tool that helps you rank your website higher in Google.

It takes the data in Google Search Console and presents it in more meaningful ways so you know what to do to get more organic traffic from Google. If you are an agency working on multiple sites it also helps save you a huge amount of time.

Customers include marketing and seo agencies, big ecommerce sites, and other software businesses.

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Nick Swan, on starting SanityCheck ($2,800/month) full story ➜

54. Start a shopify ecommerce agency ($2.1M/year)

Dan Sheard from United Kingdom started Velstar about 5 years ago, a shopify ecommerce agency.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $175,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 21

Hello, I’m Dan Sheard and I’m the Managing Director of Velstar, a Shopify Plus partner agency based in the UK.

We help direct-to-consumer brands make more money online. We do this using the Shopify platform, building engaging and conversion focussed eCommerce websites mixed with highly effective growth marketing. Since starting Velstar we have seen huge revenue growth year on year of at least 100% every year! We have a team of 15 people and we’re looking to double that within 18 months, eCommerce and our business show no signs of slowing down and we’re going to maximize this opportunity.

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Dan Sheard, on starting Velstar ($175,000/month) full story ➜

55. Start a fitness clothing line ($7.8K/year)

Anthony Mellor from United Kingdom started Absolute Fitness Apparel over 4 years ago, a fitness clothing line.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $650/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Anthony Mellor, I’m the Founder & Director of Absolute Fitness Apparel. I started AFA at the age of 18, with no business experience, or any degrees/ qualifications in anything business related.

We are an online based fitness-fashion brand that operates out of London, United Kingdom. We’ve successfully launched 5 lines, ranging from cut off tees, all the way to tech jackets.

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Anthony Mellor, on starting Absolute Fitness Apparel ($650/month) full story ➜

56. Start a fashion supply business ($72K/year)

Anthony Mellor from United Kingdom started White2Label Manufacturing ago, a fashion supply business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Anthony Mellor and if it sounds familiar, it’s because this is my second time on Starter Story. The first story I featured in was about my previous business - Absolute Fitness Apparel. Now, a little over a year later I decided to move away from that business after spotting a gap in the sportswear manufacturing market.

White labeling is apparent in every industry and it was ever-growing in the supplement industry too. That being said, I couldn’t understand why no one had implemented this service into the sportswear sector. Sure, it takes a significant financial investment and planning but it can’t be that hard to implement, right? Well, little did I know that it is, but the only reason I was able to see this gap was that I had the experience, the knowledge and market statistics to build this platform after building an independent label.

So, what is White2Label Manufacturing? It is a sportswear manufacturing wholesaler who uses both white label and bespoke services to provide clients with the products they need for their brand. We have essentially created a fluid, easy-to-use service that alleviates the common issues with modern manufacturing for sportswear brands; lowering MOQ’s (minimum order quantities), decreasing lead times and creating a more accessible service for all.

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Anthony Mellor, on starting White2Label Manufacturing ($6,000/month) full story ➜

57. Start a tongue cleanser business ($60K/year)

Mano Manoharan from United Kingdom started AMANO Tongue Cleanser about 5 years ago, a tongue cleanser business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 6
  • Employees: 1

Hi, my name is Mano, I live in London (England) and my Entrepreneurial mission has been 2-fold:

1) To help establish and grow the market for tongue cleaning in Europe and North America, based on extensive peer-reviewed medical and dental research detailing the benefits of a clean tongue.

A little science background first: Our tongue is one-third of the surface area of our mouth and can be an excellent trap for food and bacterial debris which, if ignored, will lead to bad breath, plaque buildup, dental decay - and much worse.

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Mano Manoharan, on starting AMANO Tongue Cleanser ($5,000/month) full story ➜

58. Start an app for music producers ($2.4K/year)

Karan Beghi from United Kingdom started Musicspace over 1 year ago, an app for music producers.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $200/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hey! My name is Karan Beghi, and I’m the founder of Musicspace.io - A simple music catalog management platform for music artists and producers that I launched about two months ago!

Our flagship service is music catalog management. Essentially, a simple way for music artists and producers to easily store, track and manage every aspect of their music catalog. Artists are able to store in-depth metadata information all within their own dashboard, including:

  • Track files (WAV & MP3’s)
  • Song Titles
  • Album Cover Art’s
  • Lyrics
  • Collaborator Information
  • Music Publishing Numbers and Song ownership information
  • Genres & Moods
  • BPM’s
  • Liner Notes
  • Milestones (to track meaningful moments throughout their careers)
  • ISRC codes
  • And Quick links to various digital platforms.

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Karan Beghi, on starting Musicspace ($200/month) full story ➜

59. Start a marketing agency ($120K/year)

Sam Wilcox from United Kingdom started Tribecto Automations almost 3 years ago, a marketing agency.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hey! I’m Sam Wilcox and my startup is called Tribecto Automations. Our core services are email marketing automation, custom CRM setup and custom integrations build for service-based businesses. We focus mainly on the sales and marketing side of things to help our clients nurture leads, book more meetings and make more sales.

Re-designing and re-building the entire front end sales process for businesses is our bag. We have a built set process for doing these projects but each project is unique and every client has different needs which make things super interesting.

We’re working with a lot of B2B businesses and, on average, we’re probably helping around 8-10 clients at any given time.

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Sam Wilcox, on starting Tribecto Automations ($10,000/month) full story ➜

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

William Forshaw from United Kingdom started Maxwell Scott Bags Ltd over 19 years ago, a luxury brand.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 14

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.

As such, we handcraft our products from the finest vegetable-tanned full grain leather in Tuscany. This antidote to fast fashion with a focus on workmanship and only the finest materials began when I noticed that some of the professionals that I was working with would carry a plastic bag to work every day. It was then that I noticed a gap in the market to supply corporate London clients with high-quality, functional briefcases. So, in 2002 I launched Maxwell-Scott.

Unsurprisingly our flagship product was the Paolo3 - a classic 3-section leather briefcase with an Alce cast alloy lock and detachable/adjustable shoulder strap. It remains one of our best-selling briefcases, and though it has been revamped several times, the functional design and timeless aesthetic prevail. For me, it is an example of where I started the brand and how far it has come, consistently being refined and improved.

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

61. Start a furniture business ($840K/year)

Carl Benson from United Kingdom started Suffolk Latch Company over 14 years ago, a furniture business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $70,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5

I’m Carl Benson, the founder of Suffolk Latch Company. We are an online store specialising in traditional and hand forged ironmongery.

Our key item and company namesake, the Suffolk Latch, is part of our hand forged range. We have grown the range around that. Our other very popular item is the Beehive Wooden Door Knob.

We are on an upward growth curve and, despite a turbulent economic climate, we are experiencing 20% increase on turnover compared to last year.

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Carl Benson, on starting Suffolk Latch Company ($70,000/month) full story ➜

62. Start a dating coaching business ($18K/year)

Rowena Cumner from United Kingdom started Agent Engagement over 6 years ago, a dating coaching business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $1,500/ month
  • Starting Costs: $20
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hello, I’m Rowena, aka Agent Engagement!

Agent Engagement is a free, trusted and secret advice service to help people save time, money and hassle when trying to buy or make an engagement ring.

The diamond and jewellery retail industry can be very confusing so I connect my clients quickly to the very best jewelers and makers according to their requirements, style, ethics, and budget - anywhere in the world.

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Rowena Cumner, on starting Agent Engagement ($1,500/month) full story ➜

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

Jack Bramhall from United Kingdom started Mugpods over 5 years ago, a coffee capsule business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $21,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

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

Mugpods began back in September 2015 to bring the World’s First hot chocolate pods and coffee range for use in Nespresso machines to the UK market.

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 ➜

64. Start a stationery business ($180K/year)

Dominic Irons from United Kingdom started Ferrotype Ltd over 2 years ago, a stationery business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $14,997/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

I’m Dominic Irons and I jointly run Ferrotype with my sister Jo. We provide branded stationery to corporate clients - that’s notebooks, diaries, pens and pencils. The core of the business is branded notebooks though. Our focus is on premium stationery, and many people are familiar with the Moleskine brand which is the market leader in this field. However there are a lot of alternatives to Moleskine out there, and part of our aim is to be constantly seeking and showcasing new stationery. For us, we need to be seen to be innovative and exciting, and this is something we are working hard at.

We have recently just started adding some more unusual corporate gifts to the range, including some quite amazing printed chocolates (printing your logo or design in white chocolate on a piece of dark chocolate!).

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Dominic Irons, on starting Ferrotype Ltd ($14,997/month) full story ➜

65. Start a tents product ($600K/year)

Alex Shirley-Smith from United Kingdom started Tentsile over 9 years ago, a tents product.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 16

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 started out in 2013 with our flagship model Tree Tent, the Tentsile Stingray. A 3 Person, 4 Season, suspended tent that can be put up anywhere, by anyone. The tensioned structure can hold up to 880lbs / 400kg, but weighs just 21lbs / 9.5kg in the bag.

Our products offer a new way to experience the outdoors, in pure comfort and zero environmental footprint. There is no better way to hang out with your friends.

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

66. Start a fashion business ($13.7K/year)

Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma from United Kingdom started Cotilda's Fashion Limited almost 6 years ago, a fashion business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $1,144/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

August of 2015. A year in which I, Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma the designer was concluding a Master’s degree in Future Design and began a 2-year program of business enterprise at Teesside University. Through this program known as FUEL, business mentoring, workshops and funding were made possible in supporting COTILDA a recent graduate to kick start an online clothing business.

Registered as COTILDA’S FASHION LIMITED but trading as COTILDA.COM, focusing on ‘African Inspired Fashion for Urban Taste.’ Aimed at 21-35 urban young males and centered on embracing one’s culture through clothing; whilst being mindful of environmental impacts by purchasing clothing only when there is a need through bespoke and limited edition offers.

Being a new clothing brand that was transitioning from a bespoke line into ready-to-wear limited items a year under half into the business, we were looking for an experienced manufacturer that could produce small quantities, achieve technical finishing whilst producing high-quality products at affordable prices. Which is how we came across Bryan, a manufacturer based in Singapore that allowed us to produce shirts, hoodies, and caps to which we are currently retailing on our online website.

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Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma , on starting Cotilda's Fashion Limited ($1,144/month) full story ➜

67. Start a fitness equipment company ($144K/year)

Joel St John from United Kingdom started Thor Fitness Europe over 1 year ago, a fitness equipment company.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Yo! My name is Joel St John and I am the founder of Thor Fitness.

Thor is a Crossfit and lifestyle brand. We are sustainability conscious, believe in helping others, sending out good vibes and having fun. I wanted the brand to come up with head-turning and desirable products and in our short term to date have managed to do just that.

We sell mainly to the CrossFit community online and at events in the UK, but since the founding of the company, we have seen a steady flow of orders coming in from the USA, Romania, Austria, Germany, France, Sweden and others.

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Joel St John , on starting Thor Fitness Europe ($12,000/month) full story ➜

68. Start a bibliography and citation app ($6K/year)

Cenk Dominic Özbakir from United Kingdom started Citationsy almost 4 years ago, a bibliography and citation app.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hello! My name is Cenk Özbakır, and I’m the founder of Citationsy — in an online referencing generator for people who value simplicity, privacy, and speed. I founded Citationsy in 2017 after the reference manager I was using at the time, RefMe, was shut down.

With Citationsy you can create bibliographies, references, and footnotes for your essays, papers, or dissertations. Just paste the link or search for the book/paper you want to cite, and Citationsy does the rest. We have over eight thousand referencing styles (like APA, MLA, DIN, Harvard, etc.) built-in. Citationsy grew from nothing in late 2017 to over 200,000 users as of February 2020, all through word-of-mouth and SEO.

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Cenk Dominic Özbakir, on starting Citationsy ($500/month) full story ➜

69. Start a social media analytics business ($1.44M/year)

Gilbert Corrales from United Kingdom started Leaf Grow over 2 years ago, a social media analytics business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 5
  • Employees: 25

Hi team, my name is Gilbert and I’m the CEO at Leaf Grow, a simple, powerful automation and insights platform for Facebook Ads Network. We are driven by the promise to make paid-social seamless and effective at scale, empowering brands of all sizes to grow and make the most of their potential.

We have learned that paid social is a difficult beast to handle, but when done right, paid social can deliver amazing results to brands and companies regardless of their size. We got started in the music industry and found that the same basic principles that apply to promote and build audiences for musicians apply to brands and commerce alike; in the end, we are all competing in the same space for attention from the right people, at the right time.

Since we got started we have been growing double digits month on month, delivering material performance gains to businesses all around the world, helping not only increase their revenue but helping them approach growth in a more systematic and integrated form. Maybe we can say that in less than a year we are 20% short of breakeven? with a team of 15.

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Gilbert Corrales, on starting Leaf Grow ($120,000/month) full story ➜

70. Start an air freshener business ($33.6K/year)

Stacy Marking from United Kingdom started Lemongrass Trading Company about 7 years ago, an air freshener business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $2,800/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10

Hello, it’s lovely to have a chance to talk with other people in the same start up mode as myself.

The Lemongrass Trading Company is in the business of making chemical-free and effective natural insecticides & fresheners that are safe, green and eco-friendly.

You might think that "safe to breathe" was a basic necessity of sprays & fragrances but -amazingly- many household and insect products are actually toxic. We use only pure, natural Lemongrass, plus other plant extracts – incidentally, Lemongrass happens to smell wonderful too, so people love our Car, Bathroom and Air Fresheners! We target Clothes Moths, Mosquitoes, Midges, Wasps and for a safer horticulture, we make an Aphid spray. All these are made without a single added chemical, artificial fragrance or synthetic ingredient. For the Food & Drink market we make a Fly Spray out of edible ingredients, which no one seems to have thought of before. I now have best friends in pubs all over the country!

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Stacy Marking, on starting Lemongrass Trading Company ($2,800/month) full story ➜

71. Start a ppc consulting agency ($480K/year)

Daryl Mander from United Kingdom started Big Flare over 7 years ago, a PPC consulting agency.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3

Hi, I’m Daryl and I started an online advertising agency, Big Flare, in 2013. We specialize in Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising for Small to Mid Sized eCommerce companies. Our flagship offering is our fully managed Google Ads service, where we build and optimize profitable ad campaigns on Paid Search, Google Shopping, Retargeting, Google Display Network, and YouTube.

Currently, we’re on track this year to do half a million $ in revenue and we manage around $10M per year in ad spend on Google.

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Daryl Mander, on starting Big Flare ($40,000/month) full story ➜

72. Start a ticketing platform business ($1.8M/year)

Jonny White from United Kingdom started Ticket Tailor over 10 years ago, a ticketing platform business.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8

Hey, I’m Jonny, the founder, and CEO of Ticket Tailor. We make it easy and affordable for event creators to sell tickets online. We’ve been growing steadily for ten years and today our platform issues more than 5 million tickets a year for events worldwide. We have a great team of twelve people and are based in London, UK.

Ticket Tailor Christmas Party 2020

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Jonny White, on starting Ticket Tailor ($150,000/month) full story ➜

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