55 Tourist Town Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

55 Tourist Town Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a tourist town business in 2022?

We put together 55 of the best tourist town businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other tourist town businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. ($120K/year)

Gia Paddock from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Boutique Rye over 5 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Case Study

My backstory has absolutely nothing to do with what I am doing now, but that is what makes us so unique. I went to college for education and became an elementary school teacher. I taught 4th grade for three years. However, I knew that was not meant to be my “forever” job.

Something I have always enjoyed was shopping. I mean what girl doesn’t have this as a hobby?! I had always thought it would be amazing to have my own boutique and get to wear new clothes almost every day.

I started thinking about this crazy idea when I got pregnant with my son, Riley. I knew I didn’t want to teach forever and this was my way out! During the summer I quit teaching, I got a job at a local boutique just working part-time, and it was here where the wheels starting turning for this idea. I saw how much I loved going into work every day and how much I enjoyed helping others pick out outfits for different occasions.

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

How Much Can You Make?
$60,000 — $300,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$12,500
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Jeremy Ong from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia started Vape Club almost 7 years ago, a online vape shop.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Case Study

I grew up in a traditional-minded middle class Asian family in Malaysia. I had tiger parents who always asked me to study hard, get good grades, get a good job and retire at 60. I’ve always been skeptical about this as my dad was not particularly happy and he was always worried about money.

That’s what I did anyways, I graduated as an Economics graduate and found a job as a brand marketer in an FMCG environment. I was working 9am - 9pm for a 600USD salary in Malaysia.

I had tiger parents who always asked me to study hard, get good grades, get a good job and retire at 60. I’ve always been skeptical about this as my dad was not particularly happy and he was always worried about money.

I thought that there must be more to life than this. I started reading and taking inspiration from books like Rich Dad Poor Dad, Millionaire Mindset, Millionaire Fastlane etc. I don’t have a lot of capital to start with so I’ve always experimented with online businesses as a way to build wealth. During my spell when I was working a full-time job, I built eCommerce stores on my downtime and made some money out of it. However, none of these really took off as I had a lack of focus.

One day, I decided slaving away on the desk isn’t the kind of life I wanted to leave. And I’ve saved up a runway burn fund of about 5,000 USD (so that I can continue eating). I enrolled in a programming bootcamp right after I quit my job because I thought that some coding knowledge would help me build a better online business.

To be honest, I did not know what I wanted to do after graduating from the bootcamp. I had been vaping for about 3 years (this was in 2015) and the vaping industry was just going through an explosive phase of growth. So I thought, why not?

I managed to validated the subscription box idea for about 50USD. All I did was build a two step landing page using a free tool like Unbounce that “sells” the subscription box product. When visitors click buy now, they get sent to an opt in page saying that we’ve “sold out” due to “overwhelming demand”. To get in front of the imaginary queue that I’ve created, they’d have to share the links with 5 friends. This campaign was a success as we’ve achieved more than 30% conversion rates. Here’s a screenshot of the 2-step landing page.

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3. Start a private escort firm ($2.4M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Marike van der Velden from Amsterdam, Nederland started Society Service over 16 years ago, a private escort firm.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Amsterdam, Nederland

Case Study

In primary school, I was asked what I wanted to become when I was older. My classmates came up with answers such as firemen for the boys and nurse for the girls. But not me. I wanted to become the first female prime minister of The Netherlands. I saw myself becoming the boss of an imperium, but could have never guessed that would turn out to be an imperium in the escort industry.

Some years later I started my studies in Business Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. But as time flew, I found it difficult to decide which Master I was going to do. I had this vague idea of becoming a consultant, but a consultant in what? To make the choice easier I decided to do two internships. And that did indeed make the choice much easier because I quickly learned I am not the type for a 9 to 5 lifestyle. Neither am I a very good employee. I should have been grateful to the boss of the French company where I was doing an internship. Great opportunity, he even paid for my housing. Instead, I pretty much called him an amateur bungler. I still feel ashamed, thinking back on it. Lesson learned; I need to be my boss. Luckily that year a new Master was introduced; Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing, which I decided to choose.

During my Masters at university, I met a young lady from the same university at a party. She was doing social studies and worked as a glamour model. She was often approached with requests to spend time with men for money, as were her other model girlfriends and this is how she got the idea to start an escortservice. However, she was lacking the business skills to do so and that’s where I came in.

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4. Start a museum tours business ($3M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Time To Revenue
540 days
Skills
Business model

Tasia Duske and Michael Alexis from New York, New York, USA started Museum Hack over 9 years ago, a museum tours business.

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 55
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

Case Study

On a starlit evening in 2013, Museum Hack’s founder, Nick Gray, went on a date to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That night Nick fell in love... with the museum. Over the next few weeks, Nick hosted renegade tours for his friends while working his day job at the family business--a company that sold electrical equipment for small airplanes.

Everything changed when a blog wrote about Nick’s tours. The next day more than 1,300 people emailed Nick wanting to join one of his tours.

The first real-time he started to charge was when he’d let people skip the waiting list. He’d say, “I’ve got like 1,500 people on the waiting list. If you want to skip it, you can pay and you can sign up for a couple of spots this weekend.”

However, on his first paid tour, he ended up giving everyone their money back. He said it felt wrong to have so much fun AND get paid.

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5. Start a language learning app ($224K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$18,635 — $13,500,000/month
Skills

Alex Chernikov from Berlin, Germany started Gikken ago, a language learning app.

  • Revenue: $18,635/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

Case Study

Gikken’s foundation was laid in 2011 or so. I don’t remember the exact year but I was in high school. I was amidst my most active English learning years. I was trying to read as many articles, blogs, essays, etc in English as possible. At some point, an idea that it’d be great to double click on words to get them translated right there struck me. It was the early days of Google Chrome that wasn’t the most popular browser yet. And, I think it already could translate pages entirely, but it was totally useless for me because when I can understand 80% of the text, why would I translate it entirely? It’s also terrible for mastering a language. Guessing the meanings of words from the context works better for memorizing new vocabulary. The more effort your brain takes, the stronger neural connections are.

So, physiology aside, I wanted a fast way to translate single words I didn’t understand or double-check sentences. The previous flow involved copying it, switching to a new tab with Google Translate opened there, translating it, and then switching back. Terribly inefficient and annoying when you have to do it 10 times per article, 100 times per day.

By the time I was obsessed with this idea, I could already easily implement anything I wanted on the web. I started coding at 13, so I had already at least 2 or so years of experience with copycatting news portals, trying to build my social network (who didn’t!), and reinventing a few popular JavaScript libraries. It was the early days of not only Google Chrome but also Chrome Web Store—the extension store. I made an extension that I needed for my own needs, called Instant Translate, and uploaded it to the Chrome Web Store. Uncunningly, the timing was perfect for organic growth through the store as Instant Translate happened to be one of the first extensions there. The 15-year-old me knew something only about building apps but absolutely nothing about turning them into a business. Thus, I relied on "organic growth". In other words, routinely checking analytics and praying that it grew. I did nothing more than that for the first few years.

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6. Start a travel agency ($24K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,100 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$16,390
Business model

Marissa Daniels from Charleston, SC, USA started Spread Your Wings Travel over 3 years ago, a travel agency.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Charleston, SC, USA

Case Study

I was blessed to grow up in a two-parent household with a loving and caring set of parents. My father was in the military and because of that, I was born in California in ‘94. I’m a Georgia Peach all the way, but I was born in California. Unfortunately, in September of 2018, my life shifted when my father passed from cancer. It was pretty quick. In July, he was diagnosed and in September, he took his last breath. I was a Daddy’s girl to the FULLEST, so you can imagine the pain I went through - and still going through.

Do research before starting. If you want to start a business - research before you pay anything.

Fortunately, he was there to see me graduate from Valdosta State University in 2016. I majored in Mass Media with a Speech Communication Minor. Growing up, I loved to be in front of the camera (my father was a photographer) and I would record the video announcements at my church, as young as 11 years old. I also recorded the announcements in elementary school. I just knew Broadcast Journalism was something I was interested in.

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7. Start a cleaning business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $708,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$161,159
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Neel Parekh from Los Angeles, CA, USA started MaidThis Franchise about 9 years ago, a cleaning business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 9
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Case Study

I originally started MaidThis as a side hustle while I was working at a private equity investment firm. Like many people working the corporate grind, I was fascinated by becoming my own boss.

With any first product or service launch, you’re almost guaranteed to get some aspect of it wrong. You might be priced too low, not be addressing the right target market, or have the package all wrong.

I finally stumbled upon The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, which turns out is basically the Bible for the digital nomad community, and decided I wanted to experience “location freedom”.

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8. Start a photo booth business ($4.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$350,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,000
Skills

Scott McInnes from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada started TapSnap over 10 years ago, a photo booth business.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 18
  • Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Case Study

My first business was a disaster!

It was a small restaurant that I opened in 1995 at 25 years old that shut down 2 years later. I was broke, jobless and in debt. I didn’t have a specific idea of what I wanted to do, but knew that I still wanted to be an entrepreneur. I spent a couple of years working, reading business books and magazines, and looking for another opportunity.

I didn’t have much money so I could really only consider opportunities that I could start for a small amount of money and build on. And, it was also important to me that I found something that I could do as a side business. Now I guess that would be called a side hustle.

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9. Start a restaurant

How Much Can You Make?
$83,400 — $61,650,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Examples of a successful restaurant:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a restaurant:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

Hi, I’m Andrei Calinescu and I am the Founder and CEO of One Life Meals.

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10. Start a destination wedding service business

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a destination wedding service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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11. Start a boat cleaning service

Examples of a successful boat cleaning service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a boat cleaning service:

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12. Start a shuttle service

Examples of a successful shuttle service:

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13. Start a private hostel business

Examples of a successful private hostel business:

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14. Start a tour guide business

How Much Can You Make?
$1,500 — $43,300,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful tour guide business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tour guide business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

In the late 1980s, Darrell and Geoff Manchester established Intrepid as a brand new way of exploring the world.

Intrepid Travel offers more than 1,150 trips on all seven continents that are sustainable and experience-rich.

They didn't set out to build the biggest purpose-led adventure travel brand in the world, but they have done so now, by generating $43 million in annual revenue.

They are the biggest adventure tour operator in the world, operating a network of 26 DMCs and a nonprofit foundation.

Since 2002, their nonprofit organization, The Intrepid Foundation, has raised over AUD 12 million for 135 charities worldwide.

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Read the full story on forbes.com ➜

15. Start a bike rental store

Examples of a successful bike rental store:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bike rental store:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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16. Start a surf brand

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Examples of a successful surf brand:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a surf brand:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

I'm Shenglong You, one of the co-founders of Thurso Surf. We make award-winning stand-up paddleboards packages with best-in-class accessories to make every step of your journey to the water easier than ever so you can focus on having fun out there.

Since 2018 when we launched thursosurf.com we have grown rapidly and earned a name as one of the best SUP brands in the highly competitive mid-range market. We've sold thousands of boards in dozens of countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, and the EU. We’ve been named one of the top blogs in the SUP sector and we've seen traffic increase 16X since our first year in operation with sales not far behind. We're still in rapid growth mode and don't plan on slowing down!

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17. Start a fitness center

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $39,875,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Skills

Examples of a successful fitness center:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fitness center:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

My name is John Zarbock. I am the CEO and Founder of BioFit. I started my business in November of 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. We build better humans by providing them with the most effective, efficient, and safe exercise on the planet. We do this through the High-Intensity Training (HIT) methodology mostly by leveraging the Adaptive Resistance Exercise (ARX) machines. They are designed to achieve exercise results in as little as 20 minutes a week by performing not only each rep and set near perfectly but also allowing for the maximum amount of intensity every moment of every session in the safest way possible while giving each client real-time feedback on progress and performance. We deploy a simple success formula: Work + Rest = Growth.

We currently have approximately 125 clients and our average monthly revenue is $20k. We have about an 80% closing ratio and our client retention is over 70%. The intricacies of the business have been very dynamic as I have served more than half of my time operating it while on Active Duty for the Army. I am currently deployed overseas in Kuwait so there have been challenges in growth and scale but we have grown year over year in both memberships and revenue despite having a skeleton crew of dedicated team members and partners in the last two years.

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18. Start a gift shop kiosk

Examples of a successful gift shop kiosk :

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19. Start a cruise ship travel agent business

Examples of a successful cruise ship travel agent business:

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20. Start a sea food restaurant

Examples of a successful sea food restaurant:

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21. Start an ice cream business ($1.3M/year)

Average Initial Investment
$25,000
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful ice cream business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ice cream business:

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22. Start a hotels business

Examples of a successful hotels business:

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23. Start an exotic fruits selling business

Examples of a successful exotic fruits selling business:

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24. Start an ethnic eatery business

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ethnic eatery business:

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25. Start a mini golf business

Examples of a successful mini golf business:

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26. Start a water park business

Examples of a successful water park business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a water park business:

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27. Start a waterslide center business

Examples of a successful waterslide center business:

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28. Start an apartment rental business

Average Initial Investment
$109,000
Skills

Examples of a successful apartment rental business:

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29. Start an outdoor yoga studio business

Examples of a successful outdoor yoga studio business:

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30. Start a steam bathing center business

Examples of a successful steam bathing center business:

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31. Start a fishing guide business

Examples of a successful fishing guide business:

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32. Start a craft business

How Much Can You Make?
$800 — $80,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,300
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Examples of a successful craft business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a craft business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a craft business ➜

Case Study

Hi, I’m Theresa the owner of the blog DIY Lifestyle. On my blog, I share dozens of gluten-free, vegan, paleo, raw vegan and healthy recipes, fun crafts & DIYs, helpful life hacks, and travel tips. I started my blog because I was looking for a place to write down useful information to share with people all around the world but it quickly turned into something more.

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33. Start a luggage delivery business

Examples of a successful luggage delivery business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a luggage delivery business:

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34. Start a coffee shop

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $52,500/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,650
Skills

Examples of a successful coffee shop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a coffee shop:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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35. Start an eco tours service business

Examples of a successful eco tours service business:

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36. Start a hotel booking platform

Average Initial Investment
$209,666
Skills

Examples of a successful hotel booking platform:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a hotel booking platform:

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37. Start a night club

Examples of a successful night club:

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38. Start a hookah bar

Examples of a successful hookah bar:

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39. Start a laundry business

How Much Can You Make?
$26,500 — $83,333/month
Skills

Examples of a successful laundry business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a laundry business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

Hello! My name is Nishant Tripathi, and I founded Dhobilite, a premium online dry cleaning, and laundry service. I started this company in 2011 with a vision to pioneer laundry service in India.

We started operations in the year 2011. Over the years, we experimented with and developed our business model and software. In 2015, we disrupted the laundry market and became India's first app-based, on-demand laundry service provider. We have expanded into more than 15 cities in the last two years and have around 20+ stores today. In addition, we have 30 plus franchises. We also have factories in Gurgaon, Noida, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Faridabad.

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40. Become a bed and breakfast owner

Examples of a successful bed and breakfast owner:

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41. Start a souvenir shop

Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful souvenir shop:

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42. Start a pizza store

Examples of a successful pizza store:

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43. Start a mobile hair salon

Examples of a successful mobile hair salon:

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44. Start a candy shop

Examples of a successful candy shop:

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45. Start a kayak rental business

Examples of a successful kayak rental business:

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46. Start an adventure clubs business

How Much Can You Make?
$500,000/month
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful adventure clubs business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a adventure clubs business:

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Case Study

Dan is co-founder at eola, a marketplace for activity centers. Through many marketing campaigns made on a tight budget, the startup has grown to £1M/mo.

47. Start a limousine service

Examples of a successful limousine service:

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48. Start an airport bus shuttle services

Examples of a successful airport bus shuttle services:

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49. Start a gas station

Examples of a successful gas station:

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50. Start a mobile pet grooming

Examples of a successful mobile pet grooming:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile pet grooming:

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51. Start a sports bar

Examples of a successful sports bar:

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52. Start a bakery

How Much Can You Make?
$3,750 — $25,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$3,642
Skills

Examples of a successful bakery:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bakery:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

Bonjour! My name is Anthony Rosemond. I'm a Parisian chef & founder of Pastreez, an online French bakery.

We’ve sold over 1 million macarons to this date, with only a team of two.

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53. Start a flower shop ($1.44M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$9,600 — $120,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$37,625
Skills

Examples of a successful flower shop:

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Case Study

My name is Carlos Franco, and I am the owner and creative director at Green Fresh Florals + Plants, San Diego's premier modern flower and plant shop located in Hillcrest.

I’ve been connected to Mother Earth my entire life and became a professional florist in my early 20’s. I opened Green in its current location in July 2009. Before that, I had a shop located in the East Village neighborhood in downtown San Diego.

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54. Start a grocery store

Examples of a successful grocery store:

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55. Become a massage therapist ($2.88M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $240,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$31,000
Skills

Examples of a successful massage therapist:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a massage therapist:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

Hi there! My name is Sam Varnerin and I created Snuggle with Sam, my independent professional cuddling practice, while I was still working full-time as a construction engineer.

Here’s all of the contributors on the panel at CuddleXpo in Chicago presenting how we came up with the Code of Ethics for Professional Cuddling. Back left to right: Maryelen Reid, Madelon Guinazzo, Samantha Varnerin (me!), Samantha Hess, Jean Franzbleau, Fei Wyatt, Janet Trevino. Front left to right: Keely Shoup, Lisa Meece. Photo credit Rellian Chen Merrin

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