The subscription box economy is booming - there are reportedly 7,000 subscription box companies in the United States.
From wine subscriptions to coffee subscriptions, basically any traditional product or e-commerce product can be turned into a subscription model.
We went through our database of successful subscription box business stories and found a couple dozen great ideas that can inspire your own business.
Here they are:
1. Start a subscription box for brides
I’m Lindsay Scholz, and I’m the founder of Vowed Box Co. – a line of curated, quirky gift boxes with non-traditional brides in mind.
Since the brand is still in its infancy and we’re still working through wholesale costs, my monthly income is roughly $600. For being a side business, I look at any profit as a win, but of course, the goal is to see this grow in 2019!
Here is a great example:
2. Start a cigar subscription box
I’m Michael Arciola III and the founder of Southern Cigar Co. At the time of founding, I was a student at Florida State University studying computer science and business. I started the company 4 years ago out of my apartment and couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made thus far.
Me packing boxes outside out apartment on the deck. I would do them in batches, this being one of them.
Some ideas for cigar subscription box:
3. Start a baby subscription box
Hello, I am Charles Carette, CEO & Co-founder of Bambox. We developed the first monthly subscription-based ecommerce for baby essentials combined with a virtual assistant to guide new parents throughout their baby’s first 3 years. We operate in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Some baby subscription box ideas:
4. Start a cannabis subscription box
Hi! My name is Michael Berk, and I am the founder of Cannabox, a monthly themed subscription box for essential cannabis accessories. A box includes a glass piece, rolling papers, wraps, gear, snacks, and other accessories an everyday cannabis user needs. We also retail products online as well including our own brand and other popular brands.
Cannabox is currently at an MRR of $350,000 and we have 11,000 subscribers to our box.
Example of cannabis subcription box:
5. Start a subscription box for kids
Hi, my name is Nelli Jeloudar and I am the founder of Bundleboon - a curated shopping service specialized in kidswear. We take away the hassle of shopping for your child and instead, we turn it into a fun and memorable shopping experience for the entire family.
I decided to attend the annual Amsterdam startup weekend and met my two future cofounders with expertise in digital marketing, innovation, ecommerce and portfolio management. The party of 3 soon became a party of 2 (stay tuned for the whole story).
6. Start a food subscription box
Hello there! My name is Nicholas Figoli and I co-founded EatTiamo (us.eattiamo.com) alongside with my business partner and high-school friend Francesco Pelosi.
Over the three years of activity, our Boxes have arrived to the table of three hundred American families and we are happy to continue growing.
7. Start a book subscription box
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.
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.
8. Start a candy subscription box
My name is Bemmu Sepponen (@bemmu) and I run a service called Candy Japan that sends surprise boxes of Japanese candy to people all around the world, on a twice-monthly basis.
The site has paid my living expenses in Japan for 7 years now, and over that time I’ve shipped over $1M worth of candy in total.
9. Start a comics subscription box
Hi! We’re Pam and Gene Farley, and we own Comic Crate, a subscription box that sparks a love of reading through comic books.
We are a $100 Startup and within the space of 18 months have grown the business to an average of $1,000 in revenue per month.
10. Start an activity box
My name is Christina, and I am one of three momtrepreneurs who founded Lit League. We create book-themed activity boxes for kids ages 3-12, and we have developed three book box lines: picture book, early chapter book, and chapter book.
We are delighted to now be approved materials providers for eleven different charter schools in two states and have subscribers receiving Lit League boxes across the nation.
11. Start a gift box
I’m Sam Davidson, a four-time entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Batch. We are a regional gift and retail company specializing in offering Southern, handmade, small-batch gifts that are perfect for corporate events, meetings, weddings, and everyday use. We are based in Nashville, TN with our flagship retail store inside the historic Nashville Farmers Market.
To date, we have worked with over 300 small businesses to curate their products and sell to our customers in our store, online, and via our corporate gift program. We have shipped our gifts to all 50 states and a dozen countries, selling over 75,000 gift batches earning annual revenue now nearing $1,800,000.
12. Start a coffee subscription box ($34K/month)
My name is Jon Butt and, with my son, Harvey, we own Blue Coffee Box in the UK.
Right now, we generate around $14,000 a month and it increases month on month, no matter what marketing we do.
Check some coffee subscription box ideas:
13. Start a CBD subscription box
We’re Ryan and Lowell- the Founders of Hemp Crate Co. Hemp Crate Co. is the leading CBD Subscription Box. Each month we partner with 5-7 different brands to put the best and brightest of the CBD world into a box that gets sent out to our 1000+ subscribers. We believe that everyone deserves relief and that relief should be affordable and not regulated by Big Pharma.
We’re currently doing ~$50,000/month in revenue between our online store and our subscription boxes.
Here is an inspiration for CBD subscription box:
14. Start a hot sauce subscription box
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.
Here is an example of such hot sauce subscription box:
15. Start a subscription box for sports fans
Drew Laine here, I'm an entrepreneur and philanthropist. I’m the Founder and CEO of PenaltyBox Sports, an e-commerce and sporting goods manufacturer located just north of Boston, Massachusetts.
We now work with small to mid-sized manufacturers and brands to take their products directly to our Community in this Group, always at a discounted price to ensure our Consumers are seeing value. Additionally, we launched our manufacturing program for training gear and apparel and a third party logistics warehousing company to service not only PenaltyBox, but many of our partners.
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