25+ Creative Vegan Business Ideas (2020)

Looking to start a vegan 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 product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own vegan business, there are several low-capital options you can choose from (and not just in the food industry)!

We put a list together below of the most profitable vegan business ideas you can start today.

Here they are:

1. Start a vegan restaurant

Examples of a successful vegan restaurant:

2. Start a vegan bakery

Examples of a successful vegan bakery:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

3. Start a food truck ($18M/year)

Examples of a successful food truck:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our food truck case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jeffrey Mora's story on creating Food Fleet a read:

I started my career at the world-famous Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles Apprenticing under Certified Master Chef Raimund Hofmeister.

We also provide design and build services as well as food manufacturing and consulting for a number of large scale companies.

Food Fleet’s growth Year after year has been at an at over 30 %. From 2017-2018 we had an unprecedented 160% growth spurt. With a team of 6, including my partner and I, we managed over 20 million in sales for our clients. As an example. We took over a convention center 3 years ago managing their food truck business. For their largest event of the year, we were up 53% over the previous year. I honestly would have to equate some of that success to the under-reporting of sales by the previous operator. But the following year we were up 19% from that figure and again close to that this year. That is due in large part to our understanding of transaction times, menu mix, the equipment in each truck or pop up and other factors.

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Jeffrey Mora, on starting Food Fleet ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a catering business ($1.62M/year)

Examples of a successful catering business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our catering business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Nestor Nidome's story on creating Elegante Catering a read:

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.

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.

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

5. Start a healthy snack food business ($2.17M/year)

Examples of a successful healthy snack food business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a healthy snack food business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our healthy snack food business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ryan Chen's story on creating Neuro a read:

Hey there! My name is Ryan Chen and I am the co-founder of Neuro, a functional gum, and a mint company that delivers energy, clarity, and focus in a minty and refreshing way.

Back in October 2015, one of my best friends from college (Kent Yoshimura) and I began developing the idea for Neuro when we realized there was a lack of portable, healthy, or effective alternatives to energy drinks or supplements. Both Kent and I trained in athletics at a national level and to find products that would help us balance life and school was nearly impossible.

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Ryan Chen, on starting Neuro ($500,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a vegan ice cream business

Examples of a successful vegan ice cream business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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7. Start a farmers market

Examples of a successful farmers market:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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8. Start a clothing boutique ($557K/year)

Examples of a successful clothing boutique:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our clothing boutique case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Gia Paddock's story on creating Boutique Rye a read:

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!

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

9. Start a meat alternatives product

Examples of a successful meat alternatives product:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a meat alternatives product:

For further info, check out these books and products:

10. Start a vegan baby food business

Examples of a successful vegan baby food business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan baby food business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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11. Start a vegan pet food business

Examples of a successful vegan pet food business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan pet food business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

12. Start a vegan beauty product business

Examples of a successful vegan beauty product business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan beauty product business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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13. Start a vegan gift basket

Examples of a successful vegan gift basket:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan gift basket:

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14. Start a vegan vending machine

Examples of a successful vegan vending machine:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan vending machine:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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15. Start a lifestyle blog ($180K/year)

Examples of a successful lifestyle blog:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our lifestyle blog case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Brock McGoff's story on creating The Modest Man a read:

My name is Brock McGoff, and I run The Modest Man (TMM), a digital media brand dedicated to helping guys dress better and feel more confident, with an emphasis on the man of modest height.

In a given month, TMM generates $10-15k revenue from advertising brand partnerships, digital products (an e-book) and affiliate programs. Since there isn’t any inventory or “cost of goods” profit margins are very high.

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Brock McGoff, on starting The Modest Man ($15,000/month) full story ➜

16. Become a vegan cookbook author

Examples of a successful vegan cookbook author:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan cookbook author:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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17. Start a cooking class business ($1.2M/year)

Examples of a successful cooking class business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our cooking class business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Monika Reti's story on creating Hipcooks a read:

Hi, I’m Monika Reti, owner, and founder of Hipcooks! Hipcooks Cooking Schools are known for measurement-free cooking, delighting in the process, and inventing along the way. Every class ends a dinner party with new friends.

Hipcooks is proud to be counted among the top 25 Cooking schools in America, and the only other beside Sur La Table with more than one location.

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Monika Reti, on starting Hipcooks ($100,000/month) full story ➜

18. Become a personal chef

Examples of a successful personal chef:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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19. Start a juice bar

Examples of a successful juice bar:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a vegan business directory

Examples of a successful vegan business directory:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

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21. Start a vegan subscription box

Examples of a successful vegan subscription box:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan subscription box:

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22. Start a vegan youtube channel

Examples of a successful vegan youtube channel:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan youtube channel:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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23. Start a vegan clothing line

Examples of a successful vegan clothing line:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vegan clothing line:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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24. Start a non-dairy wholesaler

Examples of a successful non-dairy wholesaler:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a non-dairy wholesaler:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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25. Become an animal rights advocate

Examples of a successful animal rights advocate:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a animal rights advocate:

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26. Become a social media influencer

Examples of a successful social media influencer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media influencer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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