45 Unique & Unusual Business Ideas That Will Make You Money

45 Unique & Unusual Business Ideas That Will Make You Money

Seeking to start a unique & unusual business but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative and unique product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own unique & unusual business, there are amazing and well-established options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable unique & unusual business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start an axe throwing business ($720K/year)

James Anderson from Whistler Resort Municipality, British Columbia, Canada started Forged Axe Throwing about 4 years ago, a axe throwing business.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Whistler Resort Municipality, British Columbia, Canada

I’ve always wanted to run my own business. I think I have a general problem with authority.

The first job I ever had was teaching windsurfing in the summer for a summer camp, then in the winter I would teach snowboarding for a small hill in Ontario. This was my first exposure to the tourism industry.

We had a lineup out the door for ages and introduced hundreds of people to our venue. We even ran out of waivers because we couldn’t anticipate how busy we were going to be.

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James Anderson, on starting Forged Axe Throwing ($60,000/month) full story ➜

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

Beth Kovalcik from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA started Bingo Card Creator about 6 years ago, a board game business.

  • Revenue: $1,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Once upon a time, I was an elementary school teacher with a growing family. During this time, my husband and I were considering ways that one of us could be at home to meet the increasing demands that a family of four growing children needs. I loved my job as a teacher but the inflexible work schedule was becoming unmanageable. As fate would have it while on maternity leave, I started looking at a couple of services that were referred to me by a friend that also owns an online business: FE International and BizBuySell. I signed up to receive emails from both. After personally corresponding with one of the brokers at FE International explaining that I was looking for something education-related, I was given early notification of BingoCardCreator.com. I relate this process very much to knowing you want to move to a new area, calling a real estate agent in that area, and then the agent gives you the heads up as soon as something pops up that they believe will be of interest to you.

When I first got wind of BingoCardCreator.com, I was actually quite surprised because up to this point of about six months of actively searching, I had seen nothing in my education niche. So when I received word from the agent at FE International that the education-focused site, BingoCardCreator.com was for sale- I actually had a subscription to BingoCardCreator.com as a teacher- I was really excited. My first offer was originally rejected leaving time for another offer to come in. Not wanting the opportunity to slip away and considering the fact that the asking price was still in the threshold of what we were willing to spend, we decided to come in at a full price. Once the seller accepted my offer, FE International took over the process making the sale and transfer easy.

It has been quite a journey ever since. Never having any business experience, I had to learn everything: The world of digital marketing, business finances, not to mention understanding the technical aspects of the service we offer. To do this, I read as much as I could from experts like the folks at Digital Marketer or from Perry Marshall. As I quickly learned, however, most things business-related require a lot of money and take up a lot of time which are two things I did not have much of. So I took the approach of just taking it one day at a time, and letting my small successes like adding a new blog post, bingo cards, or making contact with a developer on Upwork, to keep me moving forward. Given my lack of money for proper training, I would use any free resources I could find on YouTube or blogs, to help me figure out what my next step would be. Often, I find that by just starting with a simple question like, “What was my organic traffic the past three months?” leads me to figure out what I need to do or learn, next. I have made a lot of mistakes and at times I was completely overwhelmed by what I did NOT know, but by plugging away at the day to day, ultimately I find that the answers come and I believe the journey has been worth the risk. Although the income is modest, it has allowed me to contribute to my family’s finances with complete flexibility. I work when and where I choose. Not only that, I have a whole new skill set from which to draw from that gives me the potential for future endeavors.

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Beth Kovalcik, on starting Bingo Card Creator ($1,500/month) full story ➜

3. Start a hangover cure product ($2.4M/year)

Eddie Huai from New York, New York, USA started Flyby about 4 years ago, a hangover cure product.

  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

In my opinion, traveling is one of the best ways to spark your imagination.

In March of 2015, while I was still a senior at NYU, I traveled to to Japan. Japanese people are the embodiment of work hard, play hard. Heavy drinking is an ingrained aspect of society and business culture there, spawning a $178 million hangover cure industry.

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Eddie Huai, on starting Flyby ($200,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a maps business ($42K/year)

Love Regefalk from Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden started Mapsery over 3 years ago, a maps business.

  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden

My backstory is that I, during my 2nd year at university, got particularly bored during an exam period and toyed with the idea of starting my own business. In short, I wanted to put the theory from university into practice. Said and done, one month later I had put together a website where I planned to sell beer pong related products that I would import from China. The setup, however, was far from ideal. I kept the stock in my dorm room and I would personally run home from school in the middle of a lecture to hand the orders to the DHL guy every day.

Eventually, I got enough orders to make the move to outsource the logistics to a third-party logistics (3PL) partner. Finally, I didn’t have to handle the orders manually.

Great success!

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Love Regefalk, on starting Mapsery ($3,500/month) full story ➜

5. Become a professional cuddler ($50.4K/year)

Samantha Varnerin from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Snuggle with Sam over 4 years ago, a professional cuddler.

  • Revenue: $4,200/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I stumbled upon professional cuddling by sheer accident while looking at a newsletter from Jason Zook (during my work hours in my freezing office at my day job) where he mentioned it in passing but made a point to say professional cuddlers was a real job that people get paid for.

About 300 people filled out the application form within a week of the article going live, and that was the starting point of what is now Snuggle with Sam, which about four months after the article went live I began to pursue full-time.

I remember thinking, “No it’s not. I’m gonna Google this right now and it’s not going to exist because if it does I’d be so good at it.” I was living paycheck to paycheck and getting burried in student loan debt, and since I found an agency that would have me charge $80/hour, I signed up with the first agency I saw on Google and applied, asking if I can do this around my full-time job (note: I do not recommend you do what I did).

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Samantha Varnerin, on starting Snuggle with Sam ($4,200/month) full story ➜

6. Start a custom treehouse business ($762K/year)

Examples of a successful custom treehouse business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Dustin Feider's story on creating O2 Treehouse a read:

Hello, I am Dustin Feider the founder, lead designer, and CEO of O2 Treehouse Commercial Inc (O2 Treehouse or O2T) and Treewalkers! O2 Treehouse is a company of nature-lovers, builders, designers, and engineers dedicated to creating innovative architectural structures in trees all over the world. Combining modern engineering with old-school craftsmanship, we’ve built over 85 structures in the past 17 years. In that time, we have developed a proprietary building technology called the Tetratruss, which has radically transformed the way treehouses are built, while also creating the O2 Treehouse signature style.

Today, O2 Treehouse is so well known, that we have a two-year backlog of projects waiting to be brought to life and have been featured in over 85 publications!

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Dustin Feider, on starting O2 Treehouse ($63,500/month) full story ➜

7. Start a cat cafe business

Examples of a successful cat cafe business:

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8. Start a pet hotel business

Examples of a successful pet hotel business:

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9. Start a hair lice removal business

Examples of a successful hair lice removal business:

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10. Start a glamping business

Examples of a successful glamping business:

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11. Start a reiki business

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12. Start an aromatherapy business

Examples of a successful aromatherapy business:

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13. Start a goat rental business

Examples of a successful goat rental business:

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14. Start a hot tub garden business

Examples of a successful hot tub garden business:

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15. Start a sensory deprivation tank business

Examples of a successful sensory deprivation tank business:

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16. Start a chicken rental business

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17. Start a tiny house building business

Examples of a successful tiny house building business:

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18. Start a custom doll business

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19. Start a chicken diaper business

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20. Start a wind chime business

Examples of a successful wind chime business:

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21. Start a toys store business

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22. Start a christmas cookie delivery business

Examples of a successful christmas cookie delivery business:

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23. Start a stained glass business

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24. Start a dried flowers business

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25. Start a bonsai tree business

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26. Start a dart store business

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27. Start a party bus business

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28. Start a professional mermaid business

Examples of a successful professional mermaid business:

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29. Start a ninja warrior gym business

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30. Start a nerf arena business

Examples of a successful nerf arena business:

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31. Start a pageant sashes business

Examples of a successful pageant sashes business:

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32. Start a whirlyball arena business

Examples of a successful whirlyball arena business:

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33. Start a game truck business

Examples of a successful game truck business:

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34. Start a football bowling business

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35. Start an indoor trampoline park business

Examples of a successful indoor trampoline park business:

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36. Start a sea salt business

Examples of a successful sea salt business:

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37. Start a gourmet popcorn shop business

Examples of a successful gourmet popcorn shop business:

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38. Start a cookie dough cafe business

Examples of a successful cookie dough cafe business:

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39. Start a pet bakery business

Examples of a successful pet bakery business:

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40. Start a cow renting business

Examples of a successful cow renting business:

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41. Start a vegan meats and dairy business

Examples of a successful vegan meats and dairy business:

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42. Start a bed bug barrier business

Examples of a successful bed bug barrier business:

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43. Start a pet loo business

Examples of a successful pet loo business:

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44. Start a broken doll hospital business

Examples of a successful broken doll hospital business:

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45. Start an olive oil store business

Examples of a successful olive oil store business:

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