The 38 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In Utah [2021]

The 38 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In Utah [2021]

Interested in starting a business in Utah in 2021?

We put together 38 of the best businesses you can start in Utah today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a children's clothing business

Cameron Olthuis from Park City, Utah, USA started Sawyer about 4 years ago, a children's clothing business.

  • Location: Park City, Utah, USA
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

Hi there, I’m Cameron Olthuis, owner and operator of Sawyer. Sawyer is a high-quality kids clothing brand that makes soft, durable products with timeless designs that inspire them to get outside and explore the natural world.

We discovered a striking statistic:

Kids today spend less time outside than maximum security prisoners.


Cameron Olthuis, on starting Sawyer ($0/month) full story ➜

2. Start a mom blog ($36K/year)

Audrey Marshall from Utah, USA started Mommy Enlightened over 3 years ago, a mom blog.

  • Location: Utah, USA
  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

My name is Audrey and I am a blogger at Mommy Enlightened. This site is focused on giving new mothers advice on pregnancy, babies, toddlerhood, and motherhood in general. I started Mommy Enlightened with the intention of making money, but I genuinely wanted to give moms like me a place to find good information. A year after I started it, I realized the mother’s I wanted to reach were the ones who were struggling with their self-confidence, so this is who I write to now (when I write - I have a writer who I pay to write most of the content).

I sell a small pregnancy journal. Graphic design is another passion of mine (and I actually have another blog that I share with my husband on it) so I made it for fun and now I sell it. It does fairly well, but I do plan to create a toddler product this month because that is where my most engaged audience is. My target reader is a toddler mom who wants to discipline her child in a loving way but isn’t really sure how to do it without being a pushover. She is overwhelmed by motherhood and life in general, and my hope is to ease that overwhelm and help her build up confidence.

My current flagship product is actually on my graphic design site, and it’s a complete graphic design course focused on Pinterest pin creation for bloggers and other online business owners. My partner and I started doing virtual assistant work at the same time I started my blog, and I ended up working with some big names in the blogging world. Because of that, I have others sell my graphic design course. I do not have an audience of my own (yet), but I’ve still profited greatly from the sales of the course because of my affiliates.


Audrey Marshall, on starting Mommy Enlightened ($3,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start an online courses business ($1.5M/year)

Gabriel Kramer from Eagle Mountain, UT, USA started SI Certs over 10 years ago, an online courses business.

  • Location: Eagle Mountain, UT, USA
  • Revenue: $125,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $2,500
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 1

Hello, I’m Gabriel Kramer, a co-founder and the CEO of SI Certs. We sell online test prep courses to construction inspectors who want to pass important certification exams. Our courses include custom tutoring support through Intercom chat.

Currently, we help people pass the Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) exam by the American Welding Society (AWS) and the Special Inspection exams by the International Code Council (ICC). We’re also in the process of creating courses for other exams including the Commercial Building Inspector exam.

We made around $45,000/month in revenue last year. Based on first quarter revenue, we’re probably going to make around or more than $60,000/month this year.


Gabriel Kramer, on starting SI Certs ($125,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a guitar company ($1.2M/year)

Adam Klosowiak from Provo, Utah, USA started KLOS Guitars over 6 years ago, a guitar company.

  • Location: Provo, Utah, USA
  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 13

My name is Adam Klosowiak and I’m the cofounder and CEO of KLOS Guitars, a company that builds durable, portable, and great sounding sleek carbon fiber guitars and ukuleles.

KLOS Guitars flagship product is our travel guitar, which launched in 2015. The travel guitar is a mini-dreadnought shape and features a carbon fiber body and soundboard with a mahogany neck. The guitar can be folded in half by removing the neck, and our portable gig bag can also be folded to be converted into a backpack. Since the launch of the travel guitar, we have also come out with a slightly smaller than dreadnought guitar and a ukulele.

KLOS Guitars launched on Kickstarter in June of 2015 and did $33k in sales that year. Now, four years later, we’ve shipped to over 70 countries and all 50 states and we’re doing over $100k per month in sales mostly on Shopify.


Adam Klosowiak, on starting KLOS Guitars ($100,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a fire safety business ($3.65M/year)

Peter Thorpe from Utah, USA started FireAvert over 9 years ago, a fire safety business.

  • Location: Utah, USA
  • Revenue: $304,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 7

My name is Peter Thorpe and I started FireAvert. We sell a few different products that prevent fires, but our main product is one that plugs into your oven and prevents the #1 cause of fires, unattended cooking.

FireAvert technology syncs to the sound of the smoke detector and will automatically cut power to the stove and range if the smoke alarm goes off.

We mostly sell to multi-family property owners and senior living properties. We do have an e-commerce presence, but the B2B side is where we do 95% of our business. We did over $2 million in revenue in 2018 and should double that in 2019.


Peter Thorpe, on starting FireAvert ($304,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a seeds business ($4.8M/year)

Parker Garlitz from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA started True Leaf Market over 47 years ago, a seeds business.

  • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 95

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


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

7. Start a finance blog ($90K/year)

Alexis Schroeder from Colorado, USA started FITnancials over 8 years ago, a finance blog.

  • Location: Colorado, USA
  • Revenue: $7,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hey! My name’s Alexis and I run a personal finance blog called Fitnancials. I teach millennial women how to manage their money, save & invest more, and earn extra money with side hustles.

I actually started my business back in 2013 as a fun hobby. Fitnancials was originally a health and fitness blog (as well as personal finance), but I ended up ditching the health portion altogether because it no longer resonated with me anymore. I wanted to be hyper-focused on finances.

I had zero intention of creating any income from Fitnancials. It was purely a passion project where I shared tips and tricks with my friends and family (because people were always asking me for weight loss tips since I had lost 60 pounds).


Alexis Schroeder, on starting FITnancials ($7,500/month) full story ➜

8. Start a moving company ($720K/year)

Max Maher from Chandler, Arizona, USA started Skinny Wimp Moving almost 6 years ago, a moving company.

  • Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 12

My name is Max Maher I am a serial entrepreneur, lifelong learner, and a founder of Skinny Wimp Moving!

Starting out, I formed a small landscaping company at 13, a sports supplement company at 16, then a pool service company, called PoolsMax at 18. The amalgamation of these businesses along with ruthlessly saving enabled me to purchase existing moving trucks and warehouse space of an unprofitable moving company which became the first Skinny Wimp Moving Co franchise when I was 19.

Skinny Wimp Moving provides household and commercial moving services based out of Phoenix, Arizona with an emphasis on customer comfort, simple pricing, and friendly faces.


Max Maher, on starting Skinny Wimp Moving ($60,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a backpack line ($198K/year)

Kelly Belknap from Denver, Colorado, USA started Adventurist Backpack Co. about 4 years ago, a backpack line.

  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Revenue: $16,500/ month
  • Starting Costs: $7,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

My name is Kelly Belknap, and I co-founded Adventurist Backpack Co. along with my wife Matilda Sandstrom.

We design minimalist backpacks for travel, and for every backpack purchased, 25 meals are provided to families in need across the U.S. (We do this through our partner Feeding America, providing meals to over 200 food banks across the country.)

Our flagship product is our Adventurist Classic backpack, which is made as a daypack for travelers, hikers, students, and everyday use. It’s padded front/back for electronics and completely weather-resistant for any adventure - and also fits perfectly underneath the seat of an airplane. We have the Adventurist Classic available in 6 colors, and have 2 new designs on the way which will be available on our website starting at the end of August.


Kelly Belknap, on starting Adventurist Backpack Co. ($16,500/month) full story ➜

10. Start a surfboard business ($960K/year)

Angela Watts from San Clemente, California, USA started Slyde Handboards almost 11 years ago, a surfboard business.

  • Location: San Clemente, California, USA
  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

My name is Steve Watts, I am the founder and co-owner of Slyde Handboards with my wife Angela. Slyde is based of out of San Clemente, California. Handboards are little surfboards that strap to your hand that give you more lift, speed and control when bodysurfing.

Handboards have been around for centuries, nobody is quite sure where or when they started, but there is evidence of the ancient polynesians using palm fronds or drift wood placed on their hands to get more speed, distance and lift when bodysurfing. A handboard is the perfect ocean toy, which allows anybody no matter their age or skill level the ability to ride a wave like a pro. Handboards are the most portable and lightweight wave riding equipment, which means you don't have to be the local pack mule when going down to the beach It is a sport that is super easy to learn and safe for kids to get comfortable in the ocean, without having the worry of a big board. As with any awesome sport it’s fun to master, plus it’s perfect for getting barreled. Our handboards allow you to take your ocean fun to the next level. We also have pro-models that are ridden by the very best bodysurfers in the world at some of the best surf breaks, like Pipeline and Waimea in Hawaii to Australia, Brazil, and beyond.


Angela Watts, on starting Slyde Handboards ($80,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a shoelace brand ($168K/year)

Jason Flores from California, USA started Laceez, Inc. over 6 years ago, a shoelace brand.

  • Location: California, USA
  • Revenue: $14,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

My name is Jason Flores; my wife Sarah and I run The Laceez Company. We make no tie shoelaces for kids, adults, and seniors. We launched Laceez in 2015 as a solution for our daughter to get her shoes on easier and with less hassle.

We sell Laceez to anyone who wears shoes and who doesn’t enjoy tying, knots or bows. We started with $14,000 we had saved and have since generated over $1,000,000 in sales. As of today, Laceez is available at Nordstrom, Staples, Big 5, Target, and Dennis Uniform.

We’re looking to expand our distribution into more US and international chain stores starting in 2021 and increase our online direct to consumer presence.


Jason Flores, on starting Laceez, Inc. ($14,000/month) full story ➜

12. Become an it consultant ($25.2K/year)

Dan Khadem from Denver, Colorado, USA started Access Database Support over 9 years ago, an IT consultant.

  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Revenue: $2,100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My everyone. My name is Dan Khadem. I’m from Denver, Colorado and have a wife and 2 kids. I might have the most interesting or unique story because I have two very opposite things going on in my life. For my first business, I started a database consulting service for small and medium-sized organizations. This is using my technical skills and is very much using the Type A side of my personality. On the other end of the spectrum I do commercial acting and modeling. This is essentially for advertising in the form of print ads and commercials.

I’ll start with my database consulting business since that’s what I started with and what I’ve been doing longer. I essentially help organizations manage and declutter their data. My full-time day job is a database programmer in medical research so I’ve taken this skillset and applied it towards helping small and medium-sized businesses and organizations tackle a data problem that is holding their business back.

Typically it’s an organization that is struggling with managing their data and need some help moving from disorganized spreadsheets to a clean and efficient database program. Other times it’s a business that needs a custom program to automate or support a task like managing their human resources, their clients or some sort of maintenance schedule that they need to run their business.


Dan Khadem, on starting Access Database Support ($2,100/month) full story ➜

13. Start a cloud management software ($3.96M/year)

Savitra Sharma from San Francisco, CA started Third Wave Analytics over 7 years ago, a cloud management software.

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Revenue: $330,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $200
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7

My name is Savitra Sharma, and I founded Third Wave Analytics in 2014. We are a cloud computing company specializing in “SaaS for science” - a platform for managing your entire laboratory in one place. We created Lockbox LIMS, the world's first cloud-based, end-to-end laboratory information management system (LIMS) built on the Salesforce platform. It provides laboratory staff with the world’s most customizable laboratory management system including sample management, protocol/procedure execution, freezer/storage management, inventory, and instrument management.

Lockbox is used internationally in a wide variety of organizations including R&D, quality control testing, life science research, and industrial laboratories to streamline operations and reduce the time needed to see results.

Sample product screenshot


Savitra Sharma , on starting Third Wave Analytics ($330,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a training software ($5.4M/year)

Chris Ronzio from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started Trainual over 4 years ago, a training software.

  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $450,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 59

I’m Chris Ronzio and I’m the founder and CEO of Trainual, the leading playbook builder for businesses.

Trainual is a one-stop-shop for documenting your SOPs and training and onboarding your team. The app provides an easy way to capture every process, role, and responsibility, creating a consistent, teachable, and scalable knowledge base, centralized in one place.

At the heart of this work is a desire to help business leaders find the time to do more of what they love by providing a way to document and delegate what they do. Our mission is for every business to have a playbook.


Chris Ronzio, on starting Trainual ($450,000/month) full story ➜

15. Become an author ($168K/year)

Nick Thacker from Colorado, USA started Nick Thacker over 4 years ago, an author.

  • Location: Colorado, USA
  • Revenue: $14,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Nick Thacker, and I’m a full-time thriller writer. I write action-adventure fiction for armchair adventurers, and my books have been insultingly referred to as “airport books,” a descriptor I absolutely adore and use as often as possible.

I started like any author — making no money, and begging for people to read my stuff. Now I generate about $10-14k/month in revenue, between writing, business, and related projects.


Nick Thacker, on starting Nick Thacker ($14,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a swimwear line ($60K/year)

Amanda Freick from Tucson, Arizona, USA started Amanda Louise ago, a swimwear line.

  • Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Well hello again! Amanda Freick here - the owner of AmandaLouise. We’re a Luxury Beach and Fitness Competition swimwear company completely dedicated to the women in our community. Although I LOVE bikinis, my real purpose is supporting the physical, mental, and spiritual health of my girls. I like to say that the swimwear is the physical embodiment of that because you look great, you feel great.

Our business is in two parts. 1) Luxury Beachwear and 2) Fitness Competition Suits.

1) I freaking love bikinis. I live in Arizona where it’s pool weather 6months (or more) out of the year. I have a pretty specific style when it comes to my swim wardrobe, simple yet sexy. I knew what I wanted, but couldn’t find it on the shelves. Now I create made-to-order, high-quality suits for women like me who just want to be simple, sexy, and show off their curves. Our 2020 collection is called Crystal Vibes and includes a genuine crystal with your swimwear. This came about because I’ve stepped into my spirituality practice over the last couple of years, and knew I wanted to blend it somehow into my swim line (beyond just talking about it on my podcast - Confessions of a Fit Chick.)


Amanda Freick, on starting Amanda Louise ($5,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a women's clothing line ($84K/year)

Susie Q Aranda from Tehachapi, California, USA started Garage Gym Barbell Apparel almost 4 years ago, a women's clothing line.

  • Location: Tehachapi, California, USA
  • Revenue: $7,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

Hi there, My name is Susie Q Aranda and I’m the owner of Garage Gym Barbell Apparel. I design pretty things for strong women right in my garage. Providing tees, leggings and more for women of all sizes including our stronger plus size lifters. In addition, I also offer free garage gym workouts to follow at home and if you’re local; in person only women strength classes.

I believe that anyone, anywhere, at any level is capable of starting or continuing their fitness journey…even in their home garage! That's where Garage Gym Barbell began and has continued to grow.


Susie Q Aranda, on starting Garage Gym Barbell Apparel ($7,000/month) full story ➜

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

Celeste Durve from Los Angeles, California, USA started VIPER by KCH over 4 years ago, an event management company.

  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

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

VIPER is an all-female team that operates guest experience + compiles data for events and venues. At the intersection of pop culture, hospitality and analytics, we can be seen at the doors of a wide range of popular events like Travis Scott's Astroworld, Kanye West’s listening parties, to Homeland security conferences and politicians' private events.

We are the only “front of house” operations team that exists and we’ve redefined a portion of the Los Angeles nightlife industry as an all women team. Running front of house means we operate guest experience and guest check-in for events and manage all logistics related to the portion of events dealing with the public - as opposed to anything backstage, in the kitchen, etc!


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

19. Start a management consulting business

Neil Sahota from Irvine, CA, USA started Ackius Advisory about 3 years ago, a management consulting business.

  • Location: Irvine, CA, USA
  • Founders: 0
  • Employees: 1

I believe the best way for anyone to predict the future is to create it. It’s very similar to “The Secret” or simply putting the right energy out into the universe, and believing in yourself. No idea is a bad idea, and all business ideas have endless possibilities. This idea has been ingrained in me and is what helped me to start my own company, as well as becoming involved with the United Nations, which has been an honor. Today, I wear a lot of hats, and credit a lot of my success to the fact that 𝗜 have always 𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲d 𝘁𝗵𝗲 “𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲” 𝗮𝗻𝗱 have 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 “𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲” by:

► Becoming an integral part of the United Nations to create and launch their AI for Global Good ecosystem

► Pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) in the early days of IBM Watson®


Neil Sahota, on starting Ackius Advisory (/month) full story ➜

20. Start a podcast ($420K/year)

Dave Bryant from San Diego, California, USA started Ecom Crew Podcast about 6 years ago, a podcast.

  • Location: San Diego, California, USA
  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3

EcomCrew is an ecommerce blog and a podcast where myself and Michael Jackness take off our ecommece hats and pretend to be journalists and investigative reporters.

We interview guests about all topics ecommerce through the podcast and do some investigative journalism on ecommerce topics on everything from getting jobs at FBA warehouses to investigating dirty Amazon selling tactics in China.

We started EcomCrew around 2014. For the first 3 years we never monetized EcomCrew. This year we finally began to sell a membership to our private ecommerce group that includes exclusive access to ecommerce courses, webinars, events, etc.. Currently we do around $35,000 a month in revenue.


Dave Bryant, on starting Ecom Crew Podcast ($35,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a furniture business

Michael Hillel from Los Angeles, California, USA started SunHaven almost 5 years ago, a furniture business.

  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7

My name is Michael Hillel. I am 27 years old and was born and raised in Encino, CA where I still live and run my business.

I am the founder and CEO of SunHaven; a home goods manufacturing and wholesale company, currently focused primarily on outdoor furniture. At SunHaven, we:

  • Design all of our own products.
  • Oversee production with our suppliers abroad.
  • Create all marketing content that our retail partners use to sell our products (i.e., product photos, descriptions, instruction manuals, etc).
  • Make sure that each order placed arrives to its customer’s home safe and sound.


Michael Hillel, on starting SunHaven ($0/month) full story ➜

22. Start a mens grooming product ($42K/year)

Ray Moyers from Queen Creek, Arizona, USA started HUSKYBEARD almost 5 years ago, a mens grooming product.

  • Location: Queen Creek, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

My name is Ray Moyers and I purchased Huskybeard 1 year ago, on June 15, 2018. Huskybeard manufactures all natural beard care products using only the highest quality ingredients sourced in the USA. All of our products are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality and longest shelf life.

We mainly sell beard oils, beard balms, beard combs and beard brushes to bearded men. We have also found some success selling to women that want to introduce the bearded man in their life to the benefits of maintaining a healthy beard. We’ve had many women tell us that our products are the first beard products they’ve found that they like the smell of.

I have had men that have used dozens of other products, and men that have used one product forever and refuse to use anything else, switch to Huskybeard because my products are “the best they’ve ever used.”


Ray Moyers, on starting HUSKYBEARD ($3,500/month) full story ➜

23. Start an ebikes business ($3M/year)

Stephan Aarstol from San Diego, California, USA started Tower Electric Bikes over 11 years ago, an eBikes business.

  • Location: San Diego, California, USA
  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4

Hello! My name is Stephan Aarstol. I'm the CEO of Tower Electric Bikes.

Tower Electric Bikes is direct to consumer eBike brand I co-founded with Mark Cuban. We make electric bikes we love, and are proud to recommend to our friends and family. Electric bikes so beautiful they exude heart and soul. We believe eBikes will change the way people get around, and we believe we can accelerate this shift by selling beautifully crafted ones direct to consumers for half what they cost in retail.

Tower began as a paddleboard company in 2010 and has since evolved into a holistic direct to consumer beach lifestyle company. We produce and sell everything from paddleboards to beach cruisers, to sunglasses, to surfboards, to skateboards, to inflatable docks, to electric bikes. The primary focus of our future growth is in eBikes so that's what I'll speak to in this article. It's a story about the evolution of a brand.


Stephan Aarstol , on starting Tower Electric Bikes ($250,000/month) full story ➜

24. Develop a seo software ($2.64M/year)

Todd Hooper from Boulder, CO, USA started almost 8 years ago, a seo software.

  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA
  • Revenue: $220,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4

My name is Todd Hooper, and I’m a software engineer. I founded in 2014. allows search engines to crawl SEO-friendly versions of React, Angular, and Javascript websites.

As a solo founder and employee, I bootstrapped from zero to $2.5 million in ARR over 5 years!


Todd Hooper, on starting ($220,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a gift store ($96K/year)

Tiffany Reimer from Fresno, California, USA started Passport 4 Change over 7 years ago, a gift store.

  • Location: Fresno, California, USA
  • Revenue: $8,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2

I'm known as the Traveling Tooth Fairy because I’m a flight attendant and my husband is a pilot. We have traveled to more than 60 countries. I started collecting (tooth fairy) coins from around the world as I traveled.

One day, I asked my 5-year-old niece where she would go if she could go anywhere in the world. Her reply, “Target!”

Wanting to make her world bigger I created a traveling tooth fairy adventure named Passport 4 Change. My educational tooth fairy kits include 20 real foreign coins, a colorful world map, a passport book to store the coins and an optional tooth fairy pillow. I gave the first kit to my sister and a few weeks later my niece called to tell me that the tooth fairy had just been in England having tea with the Queen and she left her some British pounds.


Tiffany Reimer, on starting Passport 4 Change ($8,000/month) full story ➜

26. Start a transcription service business ($1.2M/year)

Ben Walker from Denver, CO, USA started Transcription Outsourcing about 11 years ago, a transcription service business.

  • Location: Denver, CO, USA
  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $150,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4

My name is Ben Walker and I am the CEO and Founder of Transcription Outsourcing, LLC in Denver, Colorado.

We provide guaranteed transcription services to the medical, legal, law enforcement, financial, academic, and general business industries. This means we work with doctors, lawyers, law enforcement agencies, wealth management companies, universities, authors, podcasts, and even insurance companies to help them run their offices better.

Transcription Outsourcing was awarded the NASPO ValuePoint ($16 billion in annual sales from 65 contracts) transcription services contract three years ago, over 26 other companies, and haven’t looked back since.


Ben Walker, on starting Transcription Outsourcing ($100,000/month) full story ➜

27. Start a 3d printing business ($1.8M/year)

Braydon Moreno from San Diego, California, USA started Robo 3D over 4 years ago, a 3d printing business.

  • Location: San Diego, California, USA
  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 30

Hi! My name is Braydon Moreno, I am a Co-Founder of Robo 3D.

Five years ago, we designed our own 3D printer on a dining room table of our apartment, launched a kickstarter which raised $650,000, and now have three different machines, and an ecosystem around 3D printing that we have sold to over 4,505 cities across 101 countries around the world. Our mission is to inspire the passion within bring out people’s creativity with 3D printing technology.

Our inspiration to start this business spawned from my business partner designing a prosthetic leg using 3D printing. It was not only an immense cost saving, but it also had the ability to be fully customized.


Braydon Moreno, on starting Robo 3D ($150,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a sporting goods store ($90K/year)

Kyler Russell from Midwest, Kansas, USA started Comfy Cup LLC about 5 years ago, a sporting goods store.

  • Location: Midwest, Kansas, USA
  • Revenue: $7,500/ month
  • Starting Costs: $25,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

My name is Kyler, I am the inventor and co-founder of the Comfy Cup. I am currently 12-years old, but I was 8-years old when I came up with the idea to create a more comfortable athletic cup for boys.

I was frustrated by the protective athletic cup my baseball coach required boys on my team to wear. It was hard and uncomfortable. I would fidget with it in the batter’s box, on the field, and in the dugout. It was a constant interference from focusing on the game. I tried a variety of athletic cups available in sporting goods stores and online, but couldn’t find a better solution.

Instead of whining about it, my parents challenged me to come up with a solution. And now, I hit a homerun! Comfy Cup is changing the game for youth boy athletes. My simple invention has grown into a successful business venture for me and my family. Comfy Cup is now available on Amazon and The Grommet and in my local Scheels sporting goods store.


Kyler Russell, on starting Comfy Cup LLC ($7,500/month) full story ➜

29. Start a moringa product business

Lisa Curtis from Oakland started Kuli Kuli over 7 years ago, a moringa product business.

  • Location: Oakland
  • Starting Costs: $2,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 14

I’ve always been interested in how developing economies can achieve a high quality of life for their citizens without wrecking the environment in the way that the US and Europe developed. I spent my early career as an environmental activist and even had the opportunity to represent the voices of North American youth at international sustainable development conferences. When I graduated college, I decided that I wanted to understand sustainable development firsthand and so joined the Peace Corps as a Volunteer in Niger, West Africa.

I truly believe that anyone can start anything if they have enough passion and grit to make it happen.

I’m a vegetarian, and while in Niger found myself feeling weak and tired off a diet of mostly rice. A few friends in my village recommended that I try a local plant called moringa. They pulled small, green leaves off a tree and mixed them into a popular peanut snack called Kuli Kuli. I started eating this Kuli Kuli moringa snack every day and felt my strength and energy return.


Lisa Curtis, on starting Kuli Kuli (/month) full story ➜

30. Start a marketing agency ($1.2M/year)

Travis Richardson from Denver, Colorado, USA started Impressions Agency over 8 years ago, a marketing agency.

  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 20

From Honeymoon to Prosperous Company

I’m Travis Richardson. My wife Charisa and I started our company Impressions Agency in 2013--an online digital marketing agency. At that time we were living in Costa Rica on the beach. Our end goal then was to pay our bills of $800 per month (dreaming big :)) while living the Pura Vida lifestyle. My hidden motive was to turn our Costarican experience into an indefinite honeymoon. At that time we had been married for 6 months.


Travis Richardson, on starting Impressions Agency ($100,000/month) full story ➜

31. Start a hygiene product company ($60M/year)

Josh Elizetxe from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started SNOW over 4 years ago, a hygiene product company.

  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $5,000,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $150,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25

Bootstrapping A Household Brand Beyond $100M at 28 years old

My name is Josh Elizetxe, commonly known as “Josh Snow”. I have been building and scaling businesses for 10+ years. Most recently, our brand of premium oral care products, SNOW, has garnered over 10,000 reviews and is considered a fan favorite.

The flagship product focuses on the cosmetic benefit of oral care with a teeth whitening system for professional whitening at-home.


Josh Elizetxe, on starting SNOW ($5,000,000/month) full story ➜

32. Start a towels business ($144K/year)

Grace Druecke from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA started The Bali Market over 5 years ago, a towels business.

  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Slim margins, out of stock inventory and a shaky foundation. That’s how The Bali Market functioned in its first year of business.

I’m Grace and I own The Bali Market, a Turkish beach and bath towel company. The business was launched on Amazon in 2016. I didn’t have a clear understanding of how I was going to run the business. I mean, I didn’t even know who I was selling to or why they would actually want my towels. Regardless of my muddled business plan, I crawled my way to the first page of Amazon. My towels sold out quickly and were getting five-star reviews.

That all sounds great but my margins were tiny (thanks to Amazon's hefty fees). And selling out meant I lost my first-page ranking. Even once I had more products in stock I was unable to get back to the first-page status.


Grace Druecke, on starting The Bali Market ($12,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start a balloon decor business ($240K/year)

Rilee Acrey from Los Angeles, CA, USA started BalloonWorks over 2 years ago, a balloon decor business.

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

I’m Rilee Acrey! Founder and CEO of BalloonWorks. BalloonWorks is a leading balloon stylist company specializing in one-of-a-kind, dynamic installations thoughtfully designed to add style, creativity, and personalization to all of the amazing moments in life. BalloonWorks installations are a unique way to take any event to the next level – from birthday parties and weddings to corporate events and grand openings.

Our client roster is made up of both brands and celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Kyle Richards, and Maybelline Cosmetics. In 2019, we’ve quadrupled revenue and doubled our team without any outside funding.

Maybelline Cosmetics & Walmart Collab, August 2019


Rilee Acrey, on starting BalloonWorks ($20,000/month) full story ➜

34. Start a vacation rental amenity kits business ($24K/year)

Vivian Chen from Los Angeles, CA, USA started Modern Innkeeper LLC over 6 years ago, a vacation rental amenity kits business.

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

Hello, my name is Vivian Chen and I am the owner of Modern Innkeeper. We design toiletries and guest amenity kits for short-term rental properties. Our mission is to empower rental hosts with unique supplies & resources and to improve the vacation rental guest experience – one guest, one product, one vacation at a time.

Our main products are the guest toiletry kits. Each kit includes all the essential travel size toiletries one or two people need for a getaway. Modern Innkeeper is an online resource for design-conscious hosts to offer their guests the same details as a larger hotel.

We primarily serve the needs of small hospitality owners, such as owners of vacation rentals, Airbnb, farm stays, campgrounds, cabins, cottages, small inns, and bed & breakfast.


Vivian Chen, on starting Modern Innkeeper LLC ($2,000/month) full story ➜

35. Start a catering business ($240K/year)

Nestor Nidome from Crestmore, California, USA started Elegante Catering ago, a catering business.

  • Location: Crestmore, California, USA
  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $500
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10

Hi, my name is Nestor Nidome and I am the founder and owner of Elegante Catering. Serving the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside county) and now have expanded to serve all of Southern California. Our customers, mostly higher middle class, have enjoyed our delicious menu ranging from full service plated meals, made to order pasta bars to buffet-style menus such as Mexican fajitas bar and tacos.

As for the style of events, we cater, well, we do all types. But our favorites and the ones we focus most on these days, are Weddings during the weekends and Corporate catering during the week.

Weddings because there is no higher compliment than to have the bride and groom come up to us complimenting us and letting us know how all their guests are raving about the food. As for corporate caterings we like to make it as simple as possible for them. We have 12 different menus they can choose from so that every month their employees enjoy a different menu. Plus once we have their information all they have to do is text us the Date, Menu, and Time they want. We understand that they have better, more important things to do than order food. This has allowed us to grow our monthly sales to $20,000.


Nestor Nidome, on starting Elegante Catering ($20,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a clothing boutique ($120K/year)

Gia Paddock from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Boutique Rye about 4 years ago, a clothing boutique.

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

Hi everyone, my name is Gia, and I am the owner of Boutique Rye. We are a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that is all online!

We have anywhere from clothes that are appropriate for work or clothes that will make you turn heads on a night out on the town. I try and buy clothes with many different styles in mind. I'd like to think that we are a one-stop shop for a diverse group of women!


Gia Paddock, on starting Boutique Rye ($10,000/month) full story ➜

37. Start a crime scene cleanup business

Nick-Anthony Zamucen from Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA started Bio-One over 13 years ago, a crime scene cleanup business.

  • Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7

Hello readers, this is Nick-Anthony Zamucen again. I have created four franchised organizations, working on the fifth as I type this. I have sold two of those organizations to private equity companies for an 8x multiple and frankly, after the second sale, I don’t have to work another day in my life, but how boring would that be?

The reason for living is giving and creation and I love to do both. Plus, I enjoy showing aspiring Entrepreneurs actually how to be successful and not become Wantrepreneurs. Success breeds success.


Nick-Anthony Zamucen, on starting Bio-One (/month) full story ➜

38. Start a solar energy business ($7.2M/year)

David Gomez from California, USA started Clean Energy Solutions over 7 years ago, a solar energy business.

  • Location: California, USA
  • Revenue: $600,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 20

My name is David Gomez and I’m the founder and CEO of Clean Energy Solutions, based out of Los Angeles, California. We’re a solar energy provider that provides homeowners and businesses with low-cost solar power.

From 2014 to 2019 we have grown over 6700%. Our unique solar program allows clients to save money using solar energy, but without having to actually purchase a solar system. We provide the client with a solar system at no upfront cost, and the client only pays for the energy that the system produces, but at a lower price than their utility would charge them.

Our monthly revenue is around $600,000 with big plans to keep growing. A lot of our growth in the new year will be focused on our energy-efficient affordable housing division.


David Gomez, on starting Clean Energy Solutions ($600,000/month) full story ➜

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