100 Warehouse Business Ideas 2024 [Profitable]

Updated: July 24th, 2023

Are you interested in converting available space into a small business warehouse but you are short of warehouse ideas? You can turn that empty space into a thriving warehouse business.

Unfortunately, the majority of people have no clue what profitable warehouse business ideas they can start today.

We researched the most profitable warehouse business ideas and found many examples for your inspiration. We also interviewed thousands of business owners from whom you will learn what to consider if opening a new warehouse business.

If you want to start a warehouse business, here is a list of the most profitable warehouse business ideas for your inspiration.

1. Start an office space rental

Demand for office space rental is booming. The forces that trigger the increase in demand for office space include a more significant number of startups, remote work culture, and an increase in office space per employee as businesses seek to decongest.

With demand for office space expected to increase, starting an office rental business is a wise investment. If you plan to start an office rental business, consider proximity to essential amenities, and ensure the office is accessible.

Before starting the office rental business, it’s a good idea you research the competition in your area. Be sure to understand the competitive landscape and choose where the office rental business fits best.

How much you can make: $14,000 — $300,000/month

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

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About
Lucas started The Farm Soho over 9 years ago
Revenue
Lucas grew the business to $300K/month
Read by 3,646 founders

2. Start a gaming, sports and entertainment center

A gaming, sports, and entertainment center is a business that offers a wide range of interactive activities for customers to participate in. This can include video game consoles, virtual reality games, laser tag, miniature golf, sports courts, and more.

Running a successful gaming, sports, and entertainment center requires focusing on customer satisfaction and offering patrons a clean and safe environment. It is essential to regularly update and maintain equipment to ensure it is functioning properly and offer various activities to attract a diverse customer base.

Marketing is also key in attracting new customers and promoting the business. This can include advertising through social media, local flyers and brochures, and partnerships with local schools or community organizations.

Another important aspect of running a successful gaming, sports, and entertainment center is managing finances effectively. This includes setting competitive prices, accurately tracking expenses and revenue, and regularly analyzing financial performance to make necessary adjustments.

Overall, a gaming, sports, and entertainment center can be a fun and lucrative business for entrepreneurs passionate about creating an enjoyable experience for their customers.

How much you can make: $15,000 — $1,000,000/month

How long does it take to build: 350 days (?)

We Offer Premium Services For E-Sports Arenas Worldwide [$3.6M/Year]

Esports management software company ggCircuit has doubled its revenue every year since inception and amassed $4 million in revenue in the past year alone, while offering services to over 700 customers globally and projecting double that in revenue over the next 12 months.

About
Zack started ggCircuit over 9 years ago
Revenue
Zack grew the business to $300K/month
Costs
It cost Zack $50000 to start the business
Read by 2,794 founders

3. Start a logistics business

Logistics businesses focus on transportation and storage/warehousing, which are critical components of the supply chain. Without elaborate logistics, businesses will deliver goods to their customers efficiently and reliably.

A logistics business connects manufacturers and consumers through transportation and safe storage of products. Logistics may be a good place to start if you are interested in a supply chain-related business but not sure which one. You can work as a driver, connect manufacturers to storage warehouses and transportation companies, etc.

How much you can make: $83,333 — $2,000,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $5,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 135 days (?)

How I Started A $100K/Month Logistics And Delivery Service Company

How a logistics company grew its revenue over 300% in 2 years, starting with just 2 vans and 25k+ square feet of warehouse space, and focused on relationships, efficiency, and building trust with its customers.

About
Ben started Velocity International Group over 8 years ago
Revenue
Ben grew the business to $150K/month
Read by 12,001 founders

4. Start a furniture business

The furniture industry involves designing, manufacturing, and selling various types of furniture for household and commercial purposes. With the increase in flexible workspaces and the real estate industry’s growth, the furniture business’s demand is boosted.

The furniture business is easy to start and does not require high investments. However, it is first essential to know your niche, for example, office, domestic, home furniture, and luxury items.

The furniture business needs a lot of preparation and prior knowledge. Taking business classes, learning about your local market, and making a solid business plan is advisable. In general, if your products are unique and one of a kind, consumers will be willing to pay a higher, including the shipping cost.

How much you can make: $1,700 — $999,999/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How I Took My Woodworking Hobby Full Time To Build A Successful Brand

Sasha Weekes, owner of Timber Grove Studios, turned her fine arts and cabinetmaking education into a successful home-based woodworking business that grew from a side project to netting 20-50% profits month-to-month and up to $10,000 in sales during peak periods through Etsy, with her company's growth continuing to increase through other social media outlets.

About
Sasha started Timber Grove Studios over 6 years ago
Revenue
Sasha grew the business to $6.5K/month
Read by 57,352 founders

5. Start a sewing and alteration business

Do you have sewing skills and looking for an entrepreneurship opportunity? You can start your sewing and alteration business.

A sewing and alteration business offers customers clothing repair, custom tailoring, button replacement, and other alterations. You can start a sewing and alteration business at home or set up a retail location.

To start a sewing and alteration business, you will need a commercial-grade sewing machine and a marketing strategy, so target customers learn about your business.

How much you can make: $1,000/month

These Two Founders Started An On-Demand Clothing Alterations Startup

ALTRD is a clothing alteration service launched by two socially oriented entrepreneurs that connects customers with skilled immigrant women tailors in New York who work from home and has already built an impressive team of 25 experts while making an effort to offer convenient and quality tailoring solutions as well as opportunities for women in need of work.

About
Saara started ALTRD over 5 years ago
Revenue
Saara grew the business to $1K/month
Read by 7,368 founders

6. Start an electronics store

An electronics store sells any electronics from smartphones to televisions, laptops, refrigerators and other home appliances. With the technological advancements in the past decade, the electronics sector is expected to grow by 5.6 percent over the next five years.

To start an electronics store, research and find the right location for your store, then register your company at the state level to get the tax ID number.

Then, research your competition, which includes online stores and the local electronics store in your area. You should examine what they sell and focus on the products you can provide at a better price than the competition.

How much you can make: $4,000 — $1,175,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $5,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

How I Started A $27K/Month Business Modifying And Upgrading Game Consoles

Founder Kyle Capel started Hand Held Legend, a DIY upgrade shop for vintage handheld consoles, which generates an average revenue of $27,000 a month and grew 30% in Q1 of 2020, offering an array of modern LCD upgrades for various consoles and serving an audience of mostly male customers aged between 13 and 45, 40% of which are international.

About
Kyle started Hand Held Legend over 10 years ago
Revenue
Kyle grew the business to $230K/month
Read by 10,336 founders

7. Start a stationery business

A stationery business sells stationery products such as paper goods, notebooks, greeting cards, and envelopes.

The best part about starting a stationery business is that it's relatively easy and inexpensive to get started.

Since there are so many different types of products available in this industry, there are endless opportunities for creativity, customization, and expansion.

You could even start out small by selling your products on Etsy or eBay before opening up an actual storefront.

How much you can make: $200 — $1,000,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,250 (?)

How long does it take to build: 52 days (?)

How I Started A $12K/Month Business Selling Productivity Planners Online

Chasing Planner Peace is a planner company that has expanded from selling planner inserts on Etsy, to offering a one-stop shop customizable planner experience with over 300 inserts, a planner line, and various other related products, gaining a monthly revenue of around $25,000 at its busiest time of year.

About
Jess started Planner Peace over 8 years ago
Revenue
Jess grew the business to $22.5K/month
Read by 61,910 founders

8. Start a subscription box business

Subscription box businesses offer customers a niche set of products on a monthly basis.

They're in high demand as they add value to customer service, offer exclusive products and can be highly profitable.

To start a subscription box business, understand your niche market, provide quality products, perfect your box design, build a good relationship with fulfillment companies, and market your service.

How much you can make: $400 — $16,666,667/month

How much does it cost to start: $210 (?)

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

How I Started A Gift Box Business For Non Traditional Brides

Vowed Box Co. is a line of curated, quirky gift boxes with non-traditional brides in mind, offering four different products that have helped the business become profitable most months since its launch in 2018, with a monthly income of roughly $600.

About
Lindsay started Vowed Box Co. about 6 years ago
Revenue
Lindsay grew the business to $400/month
Read by 29,601 founders

9. Start a pet store

Pet stores are retail businesses that sell animals and pet supplies. They are a leading industry category with sales of approximately $4.5B U.S dollars and positive sales growth of 2.7%.

You can set up a pet store in many places, like supermarkets, malls, or pet supply stores.

The first thing to do is to find a location for your store. A good place would be an area with many residential buildings, schools, and colleges as this will give you access to many customers. It would help if you also looked for a location near public transport as it will make it easier for people to come and visit your store.

How much you can make: $20,000 — $1,833,333/month

How long does it take to build: 356 days (?)

How I Started A 6-Figures Business Selling A Dog Accessory

Mechanical engineer and avid bike rider Mike Leon turned his hobby of creating a safe bike-to-leash attachment for his service dog into a 6-figure business, shipping from hundreds to thousands of 1-Running-Dog Bike Tow Leashes per year to dog owners, military and law enforcement, and search and rescue teams.

About
Mike started Bike Tow Leash almost 21 years ago
Revenue
Mike grew the business to $20K/month
Costs
It cost Mike $22000 to start the business
Read by 13,213 founders

10. Start a food truck

Food trucks are a highly profitable business that offers customers a variety of meal options out of a mobile truck. This basically operates inside a large vehicle equipped with kitchen and food products. Starting a food truck is a dream for many people, but it's more challenging than it looks. To make it work, you need the ideal location and menu.

To start a food truck business in a particular city, it is mandatory to check what kind of food trucks are already operating, identify a gap, and bring in some new experiences. Then, with the right plan and the right approach, you can be on your way to starting your own food truck empire.

How much you can make: $29,166 — $61,650,000/month

How long does it take to build: 75 days (?)

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

How I Took Food Trucks Corporate And Built A $18M Business

Food Fleet grew over 160% in just one year and managed over 20 million in sales for its clients, securing multiple contracts with the likes of Sodexo, Levy Restaurants and more, due to its understanding of catering client needs and its advanced turnkey and design services.

About
Jeffrey started Food Fleet about 12 years ago
Revenue
Jeffrey grew the business to $1.5M/month
Read by 14,318 founders

11. Start a clothes business

Starting a clothing manufacturing business can be a lucrative and great opportunity. In fact, clothing manufacturing is expected to grow due to increase demand for quality clothing items around the world.

It's important that you first determine your niche in the clothing manufacturing world, whether that be streetwear clothing, fitness and athletic, or leisure.

How much you can make: $5,000 — $9,975,000/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How We Started A Clothing Manufacturing Business

Bryden is a clothing manufacturing agency that offers an end-to-end service to fashion brands all over the world, serving customers in over 20 countries and bringing in an average monthly revenue of $74,000 within just a few years of launching.

About
Donovan started Bryden Apparel almost 10 years ago
Revenue
Donovan grew the business to $74K/month
Read by 25,130 founders

12. Start an antique business

Owning an antique and vintage business can be fulfilling and profitable for those targeting the elite.

Antique businesses focus on procuring items at a low price and restoring them, then selling them at a profit. The items can include old toys, cars, bikes, household items, crafts, vintage jewelry, etc.

Opening an antique item store may seem somewhat daunting. However, once you have researched the items available and acquired the necessary skills and expertise, you will be ready to kick off.

For some, a storefront with enough storage for antique items might fit the bill. For others, an online store will work pretty well. Regardless of your approach, the secret is applying your entrepreneurship strategies to an overall framework for success.

How much you can make: $15,000/month

How I Left A 25-Year Career To Start A $15K/Month Antiques Restoration Business

How a former educator built a successful antique restoration business from scratch, growing from a 2-car garage to a 2200 sq. ft. space over seven years, thanks to communication skills, dedication to organization, regular website updates, and utilization of Google My Business and Maps.

About
Tim started Hoosierboy Restorations LLC almost 11 years ago
Revenue
Tim grew the business to $15K/month
Read by 9,174 founders

13. Start a beverage company

Are you thinking of starting a beverage or drink business?

Starting a beverage company can be a great way to combine your love of food and drink with a passion for entrepreneurship.

Beverage companies can make all sorts of different drinks, from juice to soda to beer. They can also sell other types of food products, like bottled water or snacks.

There are more and more drink options available today than ever before—and that means that beverage companies are constantly trying new things in order to stay competitive in this space! The more innovative they can be with their offerings, the better they'll be able to compete with one another

How much you can make: $500 — $200,000,000/month

How long does it take to build: 250 days (?)

I Grew A Drinkware Brand To $1.1M/Month At 23 Years Old

BruMate is a successful insulated drinkware brand focused on the adult beverage community, with a flagship product that generated $2.1M in sales in 2017 and is now doing over $1.1M per month in sales, with plans to do $20M this year.

About
Dylan started BrüMate about 8 years ago
Revenue
Dylan grew the business to $12M/month
Skills
Design Skills
Costs
It cost Dylan $5000 to start the business
Read by 93,837 founders

14. Start a soap business

Soap-making business is a growing industry that can be home-based or a small local business. Soap business is one of the most lucrative home-based businesses that perfect your decision to work in your free time while you earn good cash.

Starting a soap business sounds simple enough. You can buy supplies for probably less than $1,000. Popular skincare products are now being sold online, and this doesn’t seem like a challenging field to break into. Below are some success stories of the soap business that will inspire you.

How much you can make: $1,000 — $600,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 227 days (?)

Leaving The Cubicle To Start A $23K/Month Soap Company

Outlaw Soaps, a soap company that started with just $13.72 of supplies, now makes an average of $23,000/month, with 46% of website orders from repeat customers who are loyal to the company's unique products and top-notch customer service.

About
Danielle started Outlaw almost 11 years ago
Revenue
Danielle grew the business to $380K/month
Costs
It cost Danielle $200 to start the business
Read by 23,019 founders

15. Start a screen printing business

How much you can make: $8,000 — $80,000/month

How long does it take to build: 205 days (?)

From Scrubbing Floors To Running A $1M Screen Printing Business

This case study features an entrepreneur who started a screen printing company with no financing or investors, and despite struggling for the first few years, was able to grow his business to hit $80,000 in revenue in October 2018 and is set to hit $1 million by the end of 2019.

About
Adam started Life and Limb Printing almost 14 years ago
Revenue
Adam grew the business to $80K/month
Read by 15,918 founders

16. Start a parking lot business

More people are purchasing cars, and the demand for parking spaces has increased significantly. Finding a safe parking lot is becoming a problem, and this is where the parking lot business opportunity emerges.

A private parking lot business provides customers with a convenient and safe space for automobiles.

Starting a parking lot business requires ample space, a parking attendant, a surveillance system, and payment collection software. To increase your income, you can introduce an EV charging station.

A parking lot business is an excellent low-maintenance business since you do not need to be there physically, as you can fully automate the parking lot as a self-service facility, available 24/7.

How much you can make: $61,583 — $100,000/month

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

How I Started A $1.2M/Year Business With Tools Like Typeform & Zapier

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About
Patrick started On Air Parking almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Patrick grew the business to $100K/month
Read by 6,053 founders

17. Start an auto repair business

Many people just love to tinker with, fix and repair cars. This is an all-consuming hobby for some people. They like to take things apart and figure out how things work. The process of fixing and repairing cars is almost therapeutic for them.

An auto repair business is a rewarding way to make extra money or build an entire business.

You can do it in the comforts of your own home, working around your schedule and getting paid handsomely for it. The United States automotive service market is expected to reach $75B by 2026.

How much you can make: $415,000/month

How long does it take to build: 40 days (?)

I Quit My Full-Time Job & Launched A $5M/Year Towing & Auto Repair Business

Finish Line Towing & Auto Repair is Wisconsin's largest roadside assistance provider, bringing in $5 million in annual sales through its dedication to customer service, effective dispatching, and clean service, with a goal of expanding to other markets in Wisconsin and Illinois.

About
Johnny started Finish Line Towing & Repair over 6 years ago
Revenue
Johnny grew the business to $415K/month
Costs
It cost Johnny $200000 to start the business
Read by 3,715 founders

18. Start a tradeshow booth business

How much you can make: $30,000/month

How I Started A $30K/Month Business Selling Custom Trade Show Booths

Founder Ryan Schortmann started a custom trade show display company offering easy-to-use, portable display kits for small and medium-sized businesses that have since hit over $30k in monthly revenue, reinvesting in marketing efforts to increase online sales.

About
Ryan started Display Pros almost 6 years ago
Revenue
Ryan grew the business to $30K/month
Read by 9,210 founders

19. Start a gym

Over the last decade, more people across the globe have become self-aware of the importance associated with living a healthy lifestyle.

As a result, the gym has become a trend for millions of people, leading to a rapid increase in the size and popularity of the global fitness industry. According to statistics, the global fitness club industry is worth over $96 billion.

Therefore, starting a gym could be a great business opportunity.

How much you can make: $20,000 — $1,200,000/month

How long does it take to build: 227 days (?)

How I Started A $60K/Month Personal Training Company

Live Fit, a personal training company founded in 2011, grew from earning $80,000 in their first year with two trainers to earning over $760,000 in 2019 with 12 trainers and two locations, thanks to a focus on building trusting relationships and providing a variety of services to clients.

About
Chris started Live Fit almost 13 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $60K/month
Costs
It cost Chris $50000 to start the business
Read by 7,817 founders

20. Start a craft business

If you have artistic passion and the skills to make unique art, consider starting a craft business. Craft businesses make jewelry, clothing design, card making, painting, sculpting, ceramics, among others.

According to research, the global handicraft market size will reach over $1252 billion in the next decade.

The best websites to sell your crafts include:

How much you can make: $1,000 — $80,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 20 days (?)

How I Turned My Passion For Crafts And Writing Into A Side Income Source

DIY Lifestyle blog owner, Theresa, turned her passion for crafting and writing into a side income source, attracting hundreds of thousands of global visitors, with her blog generating $400-$500 a month and her online Etsy store bringing in an additional $200-$300 a month, showcasing her unique, all-natural, one-of-a-kind polymer clay earrings, home decor, and huts inspired by Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, reading and home decorating.

About
Theresa started With Love From T To You over 6 years ago
Revenue
Theresa grew the business to $1K/month
Costs
It cost Theresa $200 to start the business
Read by 7,511 founders

For artists, getting the attention of traditional brick & mortar stores is an enormous challenge with slim odds of success. Fortunately, online marketplaces make it possible for artists across the globe to sell their artwork internationally.

With art galleries contributing up to 45 billion dollars, they can be a great business opportunity. If you are interested in the art industry, you can start an online art gallery.

How much you can make: $350,000/month

Growing an Art Gallery to $150,000/month

Station 16 Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Montreal influenced by graffiti and street art, started with a pop-up in 2013, now showcasing original art, sculptures, works on paper, and limited edition silkscreen prints that have become popular with international artists, attracting new collectors on Artsy, using Instagram to reach an international market, and expanding to opening a second location in Denver, Colorado in May.

About
Adam started Station 16 Editions / S16 over 10 years ago
Revenue
Adam grew the business to $350K/month
Costs
It cost Adam $150000 to start the business
Read by 6,221 founders

22. Start a storage facility

Starting a storage space business is an accessible venture that allows you to utilize unused space effectively.

Additionally, you can start this with little capital. If you have available space, such as a warehouse, garage, or unused rooms, you can repurpose it for storage purposes.

Apart from renting out storage space, self-storage facilities make money by selling locks, cardboard boxes, packing supplies, insurance, and other products.

Pros of starting a storage space business include the following:

  • Great profit potential
  • Growing demand
  • Low overhead compared to other businesses
  • Requires minimal management

How much you can make: $150,000 — $2,500,000/month

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

How I Started A $100K/Month Logistics And Delivery Service Company

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About
Ben started Velocity International Group over 8 years ago
Revenue
Ben grew the business to $150K/month
Read by 12,001 founders

23. Rent party & events venue

Businesses use event venues for various purposes, including meetings, tradeshows, conferences, product launches, etc. On the other hand, individuals host birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations at event venues.

According to the latest statistics, the events industry is growing rapidly. Events provide a great marketing tool for businesses, and events are crucial for strengthening relationships.

The demand for event venues increases as individuals and corporates host more events annually. If you have some unused space and are enthusiastic about hosting events, you can start an events rental business.

To start, choose a niche, and market your business. You can focus on corporate events, social and entertainment events, or general venues suitable for any setting and party theme.

How much you can make: $35,000/month

How long does it take to build: 30 days (?)

How I Started A $35K/Month Event Decor Business

Akshay Patel's event rental and decor business, Simply Decor, Tents, and Events, saw an average ticket price of $2,000, as their advertising budget decreased from $20k to $5k, leading to 40% of their clients coming through social media advertising, 30% from expos, and 30% online in google, yahoo, and other platforms.

Revenue
Akshay grew the business to $35K/month
Costs
It cost Akshay $500 to start the business
Read by 16,677 founders

24. Start a co-working space rental business

The co-working spaces are becoming essential in the post-pandemic world. Experts estimate five million people will occupy coworking spaces in the next few years. The projections are based not only on the growth the coworking industry has experienced over the past few years but also on the sharp increase in the number of startups coming up each year.

Therefore, creating your coworking space business will become a lucrative opportunity. To create a coworking space, do proper market research to ensure you have the demand for a co-work space in your target area.

Then, focus on finding an ideal location to attract the maximum number of customers.

How much you can make: $4,000 — $300,000/month

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

I Created An Airbnb For Startups In NYC & Make $3.6M/Year

The founder of The Farm Soho, one of the earliest New York City co-working spaces, shares how he built his affordable workspace model for solopreneurs and startups, as well as discussing his tips for attracting and retaining customers while navigating the challenges of running a business.

About
Lucas started The Farm Soho over 9 years ago
Revenue
Lucas grew the business to $300K/month
Read by 3,646 founders

25. Sell building materials

A building material business trades materials used in the construction industry.

The building materials include loose rocks, sand, iron, bricks, cement, poles, cement, and all other materials the building contractors need. Your target market will be building and construction managers, hardware, and contractors.

To promote your business, get featured in industry magazines and online forums. Create a website and ensure an active online presence through social media and SEO.

How much you can make: $20,000 — $1,250,000,000/month

I Make $20K/Month Selling Tiny Cinder Blocks Online

Startup Mini Materials sells miniature masonry and woodworking supplies with a cult following gained through viral videos, social media and email newsletters.

About
Jared started Mini Materials almost 9 years ago
Revenue
Jared grew the business to $20K/month
Read by 27,640 founders

26. Start a dry cleaners business

Dry cleaning is a business that takes clothing, linens, and other fabrics and cleans them with no water. The dry cleaning process uses chemicals to clean the fabric and make it look new again. This process can remove stains, soil, and odors from your clothes.

People will always need their clothes washed so that this business model can succeed. Starting a dry cleaning business is a great way to enter the industry.

To maximize profitability, offer multiple services beyond the typical dry cleaning like wash and fold service.

How much you can make: $26,500/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

I Built A $318K/Year Business By Digitalizing The Laundry Industry

Dhobilite disrupted the laundry market in India by using smartphone technology and becoming India's first app-based, on-demand cleaning service provider, expanding to more than 15 cities, with 20+ stores and 30+ franchises, offering premium online dry cleaning and laundry services, with revenue equally distributed between dry-cleaning and laundry.

About
Nishant started Elite DhobiLite Laundry Pvt. Ltd. almost 13 years ago
Revenue
Nishant grew the business to $26.5K/month
Costs
It cost Nishant $80000 to start the business
Read by 4,381 founders

27. Start a flea market or marketplace

Starting a marketplace business is one of the best ways to capitalize on the gig economy and make serious profits. There are clear advantages to starting an online marketplace and being the middleman between suppliers and consumers.

The top online marketplaces in the world sold $3.23 trillion in goods in 2021. Sales through platforms like those operated by Alibaba, Amazon, eBay, and others accounted for two-thirds of global eCommerce sales last year. To create and compete in the marketplace business requires adaptations, modifications, overhauls and innovation.

How much you can make: $8,300 — $200,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $5,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

I Started My Online Food Business At 17: It Now Earns $720K/Year

HalalWorldDepot is a Halal online marketplace that started three years ago as a meat and grocery delivery service and has now expanded to offer a wide variety of Halal products, with a customer return rate of 50-60%, profitability at 16-25%, and over 10,000 customers, with plans to expand to Canada and the United Kingdom within three to five years.

About
Mohamad started HalalWorldDepot about 5 years ago
Revenue
Mohamad grew the business to $200K/month
Costs
It cost Mohamad $5000 to start the business
Read by 4,955 founders

28. Start a dance studio

The dance studio business idea involves providing a space for people to learn and practice various dance styles, such as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and salsa. To start this business, you will need a space to hold classes, essential equipment, and instructors. You must schedule classes, advertise the business, manage finances, and create a positive student experience to operate it.

How much you can make: $8,400 — $40,000/month

How long does it take to build: 912 days (?)

How I Grew My Fitness Studio To $480K/Year Despite The Pandemic
About
Bryan started The LOOK Fitness almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Bryan grew the business to $40K/month
Costs
It cost Bryan $150000 to start the business
Read by 2,787 founders

29. Start a nanobrewery or micro brewery

A nano brewery is a brewpub that produces less than 15,000 barrels of beer annually and sells at least 75% of its beer off-site. Running a nano-brewery can be profitable if you understand how to brew high-quality beer.

To start a nano brewery, check your local laws and research if you have a good customer base. It would help if you also learned how to operate a brewery professionally because poorly brewed beer will ruin your business.

How much you can make: $56,000/month

How long does it take to build: 365 days (?)

How We Started A Six-Figure Craft Brewery [From Croatia]

Croatian craft brewery Varionica shares how they started with only 22 kegs and an old Opel Astra, grew to produce roughly 40,000 liters of beer per month, and expanded successfully during the pandemic through an online shop and retail store partnerships.

About
Matija started Varionica about 10 years ago
Revenue
Matija grew the business to $56K/month
Costs
It cost Matija $10000 to start the business
Read by 4,772 founders

30. Sell car accessories

A car accessories business is a retail store or online shop selling various automobile products and services. These include car stereos, GPS systems, seat covers, dashboard covers, floor mats, and more. Running a successful car accessories business requires a good understanding of the automotive industry and a keen eye for the latest trends and technologies. It is also essential to have a wide selection of products available for customers to choose from and to be able to offer installation services if necessary.

One essential tip for running a successful car accessories business is establishing relationships with local auto repair shops and dealerships. This can help to increase customer traffic and provide a steady stream of business. It is also essential to focus on customer service and to be able to offer advice and recommendations to customers based on their specific needs and preferences.

Another tip is to stay updated on the latest products and technologies in the automotive industry. This can help attract and retain customers looking for the most current and advanced products. Overall, a car accessories business can be a lucrative and fulfilling venture for entrepreneurs who are passionate about automobiles and want to help customers enhance and personalize their vehicles.

How much you can make: $5,000 — $202,000/month

How long does it take to build: 197 days (?)

How We Created A $60K/Month Innovative Car Seat Buckle Release Tool And Got Featured On Shark Tank

UnbuckleMe is a profitable business that has created an innovative tool to open kids' car seat buckles, generating a monthly revenue of $60K and attracting a range of customers from grandparents to parents with freshly done nails.

About
Becca started UnbuckleMe over 7 years ago
Revenue
Becca grew the business to $150K/month
Costs
It cost Becca $50000 to start the business
Read by 6,090 founders

31. Start a grocery store

A grocery store sells a wide variety of food products, fresh or packaged, and other household & personal care items. The grocery store industry is the largest retail channel that makes $682 billion in the United States.

To start a basic grocery store, you can expect to spend a minimum of $50,000. Ideally, the bigger expense would be the rent, equipment, labor cost, cash registers/POS systems, and software. Some of these are recurring monthly fees. However, the location, size of the store, competitors, and local customers will significantly impact the business. A new grocer should sell more items for a lower price to make a more significant profit.

A new grocer can also save costs by buying the items from local distributors. The distributor is the middleman between the manufacturer and the grocery store selling it. Once the store cost and location are decided, the next step is to obtain a seller license. In most states, a grocer's license is required to run a grocery store.

Thus an average grocery store has a profit margin of 3% to 5%. The profit rates depend on the store's location, size, and popularity. On average, a small to medium grocery store can make a profit of up to $300,000 annually if all the profit factors are considered.

Another way to make your business more profitable is to diversify your store and add amenities like a coffee shop or stocking up the front of the store with magazines, batteries, etc., as these items can cross a margin of up to 70%. As a rule of thumb, offering lower prices on higher purchases will ultimately win more customers and increase profitability.

32. Start a cosmetic store

The cosmetic industry is growing rapidly. Starting a cosmetic shop can be highly profitable, but only if you stock trendy, skin-friendly products.

If you are passionate about the beauty industry, consider starting a cosmetics brick-and-mortar shop.

Cosmetic shops sell products ranging from anti-aging, aromatherapy, lotions, beauty spa, cosmetic store, and even make-up.

To start a cosmetic store, research the market and source products from well-known brands in the beauty industry.

How much you can make: $8,500 — $490,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $800 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

How I Started A $8.5K/Month Cosmetics Brand

A former felon's passion for makeup and skincare led her to launch FBI Cosmetics, which has grossed over $62,000 in sales since July 2020, through social media marketing, brand partnerships, and online sales at Walmart.com.

About
Alexis started FBI Cosmetics Inc. about 3 years ago
Revenue
Alexis grew the business to $8.5K/month
Costs
It cost Alexis $1500 to start the business
Read by 7,328 founders

33. Start a perfume business

A fragrance or perfume business creates and sells products made from various ingredients, such as oils and extracts, which are mixed together to produce a pleasant smell.

And perfumes are no small business: the industry is expected to reach over $40B in the next few years.

There are a few ways to get started with creating your own perfume. You can start by choosing which ingredients you would like to use and then find recipes that will work for those ingredients. Or, you could start with a fragrance that you already love and try to recreate it as closely as possible with natural ingredients.

How much you can make: $19,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

How I Started A $19K/Month Personal And Home Fragrances Brand

Founder Rafael Hernandez launched Alfred Lane, a line of handcrafted personal and home fragrances, generating $19k in monthly revenue with 50% attributed to online and wholesale sales, while expanding to 65 stores across 6 countries and expanding to Europe and South America.

About
Rafael started Alfred Lane about 11 years ago
Revenue
Rafael grew the business to $19K/month
Costs
It cost Rafael $2000 to start the business
Read by 7,411 founders

34. Start a bakery

Everyone loves baked goods, be it sweet items like cakes, muffins, and cookies or savory baked food like pizzas, buns, bread, and puff pastry. Baking takes a lot of effort and patience, which is why many people buy baked items from stores or restaurants instead of baking them at home.

Starting a bakery can be a rewarding business opportunity if you have a passion for baking. If you plan to start a bakery, consider that happy customers often become repeat customers. Therefore, always focus on quality and work on customer satisfaction.

To start a bakery , pick an ideal format. Some options include:

  • Counter-style bakery
  • A hybrid bakery with a cafe,
  • Food truck with a bakery
  • Home bakery.

Write a suitable business plan and choose the correct location.

How much you can make: $2,500 — $25,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

How This Couple Left France To Build Their "American Dream:" A Six-Figure Online French Bakery

French chef and founder of online bakery Pastreez, Anthony Rosemond, shares keys to success including validating ideas with the market, focusing on SEO and organic growth, building customer relationships through email and SMS, never offering discounts but offering freebies, and diversifying the business with new products and content on social media.

About
Anthony started Pastreez almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Anthony grew the business to $25K/month
Costs
It cost Anthony $7000 to start the business
Read by 6,410 founders

35. Start a coffee cart

A coffee cart is a small outdoor structure that serves coffee and other beverages at retail prices. A coffee cart business is a low startup cost business.

All you need to set up a coffee cart business is a professional coffee machine and coffee cups.

To maximize your profits all year round, choose a strategic location and ensure you are readily available to serve your customers whenever they need coffee.

How much you can make: $15,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $5,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

We Built A Coffee Shop In A Van That Makes $180K/Year

This case study follows the co-founder of Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business which started as a hobby and now has 6 units that supply the UK's biggest sporting events, commercial and film shoots, generating around £150k from working only 70 days of the year.

About
Beth started Camper Cafe almost 13 years ago
Revenue
Beth grew the business to $15K/month
Costs
It cost Beth $5000 to start the business
Read by 5,561 founders

36. Start an auto parts shop

If you want to start a retail business in the automobile industry, consider an auto parts business.

The auto parts business is one of the most successful businesses in the world. There are many Auto Parts Businesses in the United States, Canada, and the UK, where most are part-time.

Listed are the steps on how to start an auto parts shop business.

  • Pick a location
  • Do your market research
  • Secure all permits and licenses
  • Open a bank account for business transactions

How much you can make: $45,000 — $600,000/month

How I Started A $12K/Month Aftermarket Vehicle Accessories

This case study follows an inspiring 22-year-old entrepreneur who started an eCommerce store for aftermarket vehicle accessories, making 5x the amount of money he used to make per month, and generated over $90,000 in sales last year.

About
Mitchel started Adrenaline Offroad over 6 years ago
Revenue
Mitchel grew the business to $45K/month
Read by 17,856 founders

37. Start a retail pharmacy

Starting your retail pharmacy can be a rewarding venture that offers you independence and the opportunity to define your work schedule. If you are considering starting a pharmacy, understand the licensing requirements and comply with the National Council For Prescription Drug Program.

Then, define the business model. You may opt to start an online retail pharmacy or a brick & mortar establishment. For a brick-and-mortar establishment, rent a physical location and take care of staffing costs and inventory keeping.

How much you can make: $515/month

How long does it take to build: 1 days (?)

On Creating Customizable Medical And Allergy Awareness Bag Tags

Medical Bag Tags, LLC creates customizable medical and allergy awareness bag tags for personal items while raising awareness of medical and allergy conditions, all while overcoming personal tragedy and balancing being a single mom of 8 children, and is now in talks with a possible pharmaceutical investor to expand and grow the business.

About
Misty started Medical Bag Tags, LLC over 5 years ago
Revenue
Misty grew the business to $515/month
Costs
It cost Misty $3000 to start the business
Read by 3,932 founders

38. Start a restaurant

If you love cooking and are passionate about entrepreneurship, starting a restaurant can be a fun and lucrative business.

To get started, choose a great location, and hire an excellent support team. You will need a chef to inspect the food and line cooks, waiters, and waitresses to serve the customers. No matter the restaurant type, you need great culinary and business skills to make your dream come true.

If you plan to open a restaurant , gain insight from consumer preferences and focus on serving modern consumers what they need.

How much you can make: $48,333 — $61,650,000/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

Starting A $1.5M Healthy Meals Delivery Business

One Life Meals is a Toronto-based healthy meal delivery service that made 14,500 meals per month and generated $130k in monthly sales in 2018 through their one-on-one consultation, lean protein and seasonal veggies-based meals, and their focus on the client experience.

About
Andrei started One Life Meals about 11 years ago
Revenue
Andrei grew the business to $130K/month
Read by 19,944 founders

39. Start a flower shop

Do you enjoy designing floral arrangements for special events like weddings or holidays? If so, owning a flower shop can be exciting and rewarding.

However, setting up the business for success can be overwhelming.

As a florist, your role is to touch people’s emotions with the flowers. The career requires creativity and design skills to appeal to your target customers. You need to love and enjoy working with flowers and have some patience.

How much you can make: $9,600 — $120,000/month

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

How I Started A $120K/Month Modern Flower And Plant Shop

Green Fresh Florals + Plants owner and creative director Carlos Franco explains how he built a unique, authentic, and profitable modern flower and plant shop in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood, growing from one employee to a $120k per month business through customer service, a focus on design, and a deep love for his craft.

About
Carlos started Green Fresh Florals + Plants over 14 years ago
Revenue
Carlos grew the business to $120K/month
Costs
It cost Carlos $75000 to start the business
Read by 4,713 founders

40. Start a fashion accessories business

If you love fashion and clothing design, you may want to start a fashion accessories business. As a fashion accessories consultant, you help clients develop and adapt personal and professional styles.

Fashion accessories are decorative items that supplement one’s outfit. They include jewelry, gloves, belts, scarves, watches, sunglasses, bow ties, leggings, suspenders, and tights. To work as a professional stylist, collaborate with clients to understand their needs, and tailor styles and aesthetics to each individual’s preferences.

How much you can make: $1,985 — $40,480,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $550 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

Woodies Sunglasses: $3.5 Million Per Year With One Employee

Uncover all the details of Cory's journey:

  • Start: Made $5K/day scalping football tickets while he was at college
  • Launch: Hired Kendall Jenner for the Kickstarter campaign
  • Growth: They focused completely on Amazon, getting 100 new customers per day

Believe in yourself and keep going no matter what. If you stay in business, you almost can’t help but grow.

Read by 20,258 founders

41. Start a bags store

How much you can make: $833,333 — $2,000,000/month

How This Founder Built a Successful Boutique Brand from Scratch

Linjer, a sustainable jewelry, luggage and watch brand, founded by Jennifer Chong & Roman Khan, generated $10 million in revenue in just three years and has plans to expand via influencer marketing, pop-ups, new product markets & wholesale partners.

About
They started Linjer about 10 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $833K/month
Read by 878 founders

42. Start an apparel boutique

An apparel boutique is a small shop dealing in fashionable clothing or accessories. An apparel boutique is low investment but potentially very profitable idea. However, starting a successful apparel boutique requires creativity and financial stability to help the brand achieve its objective.

How much you can make: $3,000 — $660,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

Surviving Cancer Inspired Me To Start A Headwear Brand That Empowers Women

Bravery Co. is a company that empowers women with cancer through designer headwear for cancer warriors, earning an average of 3-5K profit a month and celebrating numerous PR coverage and awards.

About
Emily started Bravery Co over 7 years ago
Revenue
Emily grew the business to $3K/month
Costs
It cost Emily $1000 to start the business
Read by 2,046 founders

43. Start a health food store

How much you can make: $41,700 — $4,170,000/month

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

I Started A $1.08M/Year Snacks Ecommerce At 17 [With Only $300]

How a 17-year-old founded a successful snacks eCommerce, with over 400% YoY growth for the past four years, reinventing the traditional 'pick and mix' for health-conscious consumers and offering an unrivaled choice of quality brands at the best prices when mixing and matching.

About
George started Protein Package over 6 years ago
Revenue
George grew the business to $90K/month
Costs
It cost George $300 to start the business
Read by 6,986 founders

44. Start a sports wear store

If you’re a fitness enthusiast looking to start your own business, why not consider opening a sportswear store? This unique venture offers many opportunities to cater to athletes’ and fitness enthusiasts’ needs.

From trendy workout gear to high-performance athletic shoes, your store will be a veritable cornucopia of fitness gear.

Not only will you have the chance to help people find the perfect gear for their workouts, but you’ll also be able to provide expert advice and guidance on the latest trends and technologies in the sportswear industry.

Plus, with the rise of athleisure fashion, your store will appeal to a wide range of customers, from professional athletes to fashion-conscious fitness enthusiasts.

Consider offering personalized services such as custom fittings and specialized gear for specific sports or activities to stand out from the competition.

You could also host events and workshops to engage with your community and build a loyal customer base. A sportswear store can be a lucrative and fulfilling business venture with the proper marketing and customer service strategy.

So, if you’re ready to start your entrepreneurial fitness journey, consider opening a sportswear store today!

How much you can make: $12,500 — $660,000/month

How long does it take to build: 4504 days (?)

How I Created A $12.5K/Month Patented Heelless Running Shoe

The DIFFERENCE co-founder developed a patented heelless running shoe that eliminates heelstrikes, grossing an average of $12,500 per month within the last two months, primarily targeting runners and the medical community.

About
Olguy started the DIFFERENCE over 7 years ago
Revenue
Olguy grew the business to $12.5K/month
Costs
It cost Olguy $200000 to start the business
Read by 7,685 founders

45. Start a kids store

The kid's store business is a large market attracting millions of annual global sales and steady growth. If you plan to start a kids store business, you can specialize in clothing, toys, and accessories or sell all of these in one store.

Research the local market to discover what is appealing, and find the best suppliers. Define a business model and apply for applicable licensing. For kids apparel stores, a physical storefront acts as an anchor and helps build a local customer base. An online store will help you reach a wider market as you supply to those outside your locality.

How long does it take to build: 200 days (?)

46. Start a kitchenware and home essentials shop

Kitchenware and home essentials supplies remain a traditional retail business globally. Even in this era of the internet, people prefer purchasing kitchenware and home essentials from brick and mortar stores.

Therefore, if you plan to start a kitchen supplies business, you may consider opening a physical store.

Do you want to start a kitchenware and home essentials store? You can purchase a struggling store or start from scratch. Remember, location is a significant factor in the approach, so focus on the high-traffic areas like near residential locations.

How much you can make: $78,000/month

How long does it take to build: 180 days (?)

Our Family Started A $936K/Year Business Selling Home & Kitchenware Products [Mumbai]

PDD Falcon is a family-owned brand that manufactures premium stainless steel storage and drinkware, serving over 5 million customers across 18,000 pin codes in India with a projected revenue of Rs 12 cr and valuation of Rs 25 cr for FY 2022-23, achieved through a network of 40 distributors and various major online portals.

About
Sneha started Pdd Falcon - Prazision Deep draw Pvt. lts over 6 years ago
Revenue
Sneha grew the business to $78K/month
Costs
It cost Sneha $2500000 to start the business
Read by 3,318 founders

47. Start a carpet cleaning service

One of the most common household decorative items is a floor carpet. Carpets are extensively used in commercial and residential spaces to provide an aesthetic look. The increased use of carpets has influenced the demand for carpet cleaning services.

If you are starting a carpet cleaning company, you will need quality equipment and an on-point marketing strategy to stand out from the competition. You will be challenged by managing customer quoting, invoicing, allocating labor, and collecting payments. Therefore, invest in the right software for managing business operations and tracking invoicing.

How much you can make: $250,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $23 (?)

How I created a multi-million pound company despite A-Level failure

Discover how this founder turned a humble £20 investment in a hoover and some flyers into a multimillion-pound company winning multiple awards and servicing commercial buildings and educational institutions across south Wales and Bristol.

About
They started Mrs Buckét about 19 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $250K/month
Costs
It cost $23 to start the business
Read by 920 founders

48. Start a welding and fabrication business

The fabrication and welding business entails joining metals and creating decent products such as doors, windows, trailers, and even auto body parts. Starting your welding and fabrication business can be a brilliant idea if you are a welder. Research the different niches within the metal fabrication industry and choose a profitable one. Some options to consider include the following:

  • Fabrication of heavy stainless steel
  • Aluminum welding
  • Steel fabrication
  • Underwater welding and fabrication
  • Trailer manufacturing
  • Garage door design and fabrication

Once you have settled on the best welding and fabrication business, fill out all legal formalities for starting a welding and fabrication business, and get business insurance to protect you from any uncertainties.

49. Start a construction equipment rentals company

Construction equipment rental can be a profitable business idea, and the need for equipment rental has grown over the last few years. With the increased cost of construction equipment, renting has been a solution for many businesses. Especially new startups in the construction industry are opting for equipment rentals instead of purchasing as this is more cost-effective.

If you are starting a tools and equipment rental business, study the market and find which type of construction equipment gets more demand. Focus on regions where you will have more customers and less competition. Offering quality service will attract repeat business and more referrals.

How much does it cost to start: $5,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 30 days (?)

50. Start an american food restaurant

How much you can make: $61,650,000/month

Shake Shack SuccessStory

Shake Shack went from a single hot dog stand to a global fast food chain with over 270 locations thanks to its fresh, high-quality, and delicious food at an incredible price.

About
They started Shake Shack about 20 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $61.7M/month
Read by 1,049 founders

51. Start a soda production business

How much you can make: $25,000 — $200,000,000/month

How long does it take to build: 250 days (?)

How I Leveraged NFTs To Build My Low-Sugar Soda Brand

Perfy, a low-sugar soda company, gained traction in the market with online marketplaces like Snack Magic and Amazon and is about to break $75k in revenue without any ad spend within their first 5 months of operation.

About
Vasa started Perfy almost 2 years ago
Revenue
Vasa grew the business to $25K/month
Read by 5,368 founders

52. Start an organic food store

Organic food stores stock fresh or processed food produced through organic farming methods. Healthy food restaurants and health-conscious individuals are some target customers regarding healthy organic food.

If you plan to start an organic food store, focus on providing the customers freshest, organically grown produce. Starting an organic food store is a great way to make money while helping the environment. Organic food stores are becoming increasingly popular, especially with people who want to eat healthily but don't have time to cook. If you're looking for a business idea that will allow you to make money and help people simultaneously, starting an organic food store could be the perfect fit for you!

Organic food stores are so popular because they offer fresh produce that has not been treated with chemicals or pesticides, which means they're much safer than the produce found at your local grocery store.

How much you can make: $4,000/month

How Andrea Slinde Launched Her Own Organic Food Startup

Denver-based founder Andrea Slinde built her own organic food start-up, Golden Root, which sells trendy Turmeric Latte Mix online and now in 50 coffee shops nationwide, with an average monthly revenue of $4K, a long term objective of expanding into traditional grocery sales, and uses Shopify, Recharge, Mailchimp, Shipstation, and QuickBooks to manage e-commerce and finances.

About
Andrea started Golden Root about 7 years ago
Revenue
Andrea grew the business to $4K/month
Read by 5,507 founders

53. Start an aquarium house business

The aquarium business stocks a variety of home aquariums and supplies, along with a varied stock of freshwater and saltwater fish. Also, an aquarium business offers system startup and maintenance.

Starting an aquarium is a very profitable retail business. Luckily, starting an aquarium business in metropolitan cities is very easy. To start an aquarium business, write a plan and find an ideal commercial space for the company.

Before launching the ornamental fish business, you should know how big the market is, conduct a competition analysis to determine who you are against, and craft a competitive strategy.

How much you can make: $5,800/month

How much does it cost to start: $1 (?)

How long does it take to build: 365 days (?)

How I Bought My Friends Business For $2500 And Grew It To $100K/Year

Aquarium maintenance business owner, Larry McGee, generates $100,000 annually servicing 60+ aquariums in central Arkansas-area businesses, while also offering offline and online marketing courses; his repeat customer base is key to his 25-year success.

About
Larry started Aquatic Designs, Inc. almost 29 years ago
Revenue
Larry grew the business to $5.8K/month
Costs
It cost Larry $1 to start the business
Read by 3,835 founders

Article Sources:

  1. Warehouse Industry Analysis - Market Trends, Size, Growth, and Forecast Market Analysis at Technavio
  2. Warehousing and Storage: NAICS 493 at BLS.gov
  3. WAREHOUSING & STORAGE at Data USA

54. Start a leasing for manufacturing business

How long does it take to build: 270 days (?)

55. Start a recording studio business

56. Start a martial art school

The martial arts school is a business idea that teaches various martial arts styles and techniques to students of all ages and skill levels. Martial art includes karate, taekwondo, judo, boxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, among others.

To start this business, you will need a space to hold classes, such as a gym or studio. You will also need to hire instructors or be an instructor yourself with knowledge and experience in the martial art(s) you plan to teach. Depending on your martial art style, you may also need to purchase equipment, such as mats, gloves, and pads.

To operate this business successfully, you must market your school to potential students through social media, word of mouth, or local advertisements. You will also need to keep your instructors updated on the latest techniques and trends in the martial art industry and ensure that they provide students with a safe and welcoming environment.

In addition to offering classes, you could host tournaments or events, such as belt testing or sparring tournaments, to provide additional opportunities for students to showcase their skills and progress. Providing a variety of classes and events will help keep students engaged and interested in your martial art school.

57. Start an air freshener producer

58. Start a monogram business

59. Start a horse breeding business

Horse breeding is a meticulous process that requires pairing male and female horses selectively to produce offspring with desirable traits, such as good conformation, temperament, and athleticism.

To ensure the quality of the resulting foals, breeders carefully choose the parent horses based on their pedigrees, health, and performance. The ultimate goal is to produce horses with specific purposes in mind, such as racing, show jumping, or leisure riding.

This business has the potential to be quite lucrative, as well-bred horses with exceptional qualities can command high prices in the market. This is especially true when they excel in their chosen discipline, making them highly sought after by buyers looking for quality equine companions or competitive partners.

60. Start a doggy day care

A Doggy Daycare is where dogs can be taken care of while their owners are at work or school. A dog daycare center is a place where dogs can play with other dogs.

If you have a lot of time and are passionate about animals, Starting a dog daycare service is another great way of making money from home. A dog daycare service might interest you if you’ve ever taken care of other people’s pets!

You can charge people interested in having their dogs looked after while they are away from home or busy with work. It could be worth it if you enjoy interacting with pets and helping people look after them properly.

Your income as a dog daycare owner depends on where you live, your demographic, and your costs as a dog daycare owner you can earn anywhere from $30,000 to over $100,000 a year before taxes.

61. Start a poultry feed mill

The poultry farming industry is one of the fastest-growing agricultural segments today. The survival and profitability of poultry farming depend on access to quality chicken feeds.

Starting the poultry feed processing business consists of receiving raw materials, crushing, compounding, mixing, granulating, and packaging the finished product.

To start the poultry feed processing business, you need feed formulation skills. You may hire experienced personnel or attend training so you are equipped with poultry feed formulation.

62. Start a beef jerky business

63. Start an art exhibition center

64. Start a sports consignment business

65. Start a mini trade fair business

Starting a mini trade fair business can be a great way to tap into the lucrative world of trade shows and exhibitions. This type of business involves organizing and hosting small-scale events that allow businesses to showcase and sell their products or services to a targeted audience.

To get started, you’ll need a few key things. Firstly, you’ll need to identify a location for your mini-trade fair. This could be a convention center, hotel, or large warehouse. You’ll also need to secure the necessary permits and licenses to host your event, which will vary depending on your location.

Next, you’ll need to start recruiting businesses to participate in your event. This can be done through online and offline marketing, such as social media advertising, email marketing, and networking events. You’ll need to establish your target audience and choose businesses that appeal to them.

Once you have a solid roster of participants, you’ll need to start organizing the logistics of your event. This will involve everything from setting up the layout and design of your event space to coordinating catering and entertainment. You’ll also need to consider additional services you might offer, such as on-site childcare or shuttle services for attendees.

Running a mini trade fair can be a lot of work, but it can also be extremely rewarding. With the right planning and execution, you can create a successful event that provides value for businesses and attendees.

66. Start a film set rental business

67. Start a bowling alley business

68. Start an insecticide producer

69. Start a barber school

70. Start a leasing for tire re-threading or recycling business

71. Start a cold storage business

72. Start a leasing to a distribution business

73. Become a belt manufacturer

74. Start a bounce house business

The bounce house business provides inflatable structures for parties and events. These structures, also known as bounce houses, are designed to provide a fun and safe space for children to play and have a good time.

To start this business, you must invest in a few bounce houses, a reliable transportation method to transport them to events, and insurance to cover any accidents or injuries. You must also market your business and reach out to potential clients to book events.

To operate this business successfully, you must ensure that your bounce houses are well-maintained, clean, and safe. You should also be reliable and provide excellent customer service to build a good reputation in the community.

75. Start an organize sale business

76. Start a tattoo removal business

77. Start a hair styling training center

78. Start a news stand business

How much you can make: $3,333,333/month

The Newsette's Daniella Pierson on how to prove your haters wrong

This case study shines a light on Daniella Pierson, the founder of The Newsette, who managed to grow her newsletter from 15,000 to over 500,000 subscribers and increase its revenue from one million dollars to 40 million dollars in only a few years, securing herself a spot as one of the richest women of color in the United States.

About
Daniella started The Newsette about 9 years ago
Revenue
Daniella grew the business to $3.33M/month
Costs
It cost Daniella $15000 to start the business
Read by 697 founders

79. Start a butcher shop

Starting a butcher business involves sourcing and procuring high-quality meats from local farms or suppliers, preparing and processing them for sale, and selling them to customers in a retail storefront or through wholesale channels. To start and run a successful butcher business, you will need a deep understanding of the different cuts of meat and how to prepare them for sale, as well as excellent customer service skills and a strong business sense.

You will need to secure a location for your business, whether a physical storefront or a processing facility. You will also need to invest in equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, meat processing equipment, and tools like knives and cutting boards. You will need to obtain the necessary licenses and permits to operate your business. You may also need to seek insurance coverage to protect your business against potential liability.

Marketing your business is also crucial to success, whether through online channels, social media, or traditional marketing methods. Building relationships with local farms and suppliers can also be beneficial, as well as developing partnerships with restaurants and other food-based businesses.

Running a butcher business requires dedication, hard work, and a passion for quality meats. With the right planning and execution, however, it can be a rewarding and successful venture.

80. Start a plant nursery shop

Starting a plant nursery shop can be a rewarding and lucrative business opportunity for anyone passionate about plants and gardening. A plant nursery shop is a retail store that sells various plants, including annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and herbs.

To start a plant nursery shop, you’ll need a physical location to sell your plants. This can be a standalone store or a small corner of a larger retail space. You’ll also need to understand the different types of plants and how to care for them. This includes knowing which plants best suit various climates and how to properly water and fertilize them.

One of the key elements of running a successful plant nursery shop is having a diverse selection of plants that appeal to a wide range of customers. This might include popular annuals like petunias and marigolds and more unusual specimens like orchids and bromeliads. You should also have a good selection of pots and other gardening supplies to help customers take care of their plants once they get them home.

To start a plant nursery shop, you’ll need to invest in essential equipment, such as pots, trays, and other supplies. You may also need to hire a small staff to help you manage the business’s day-to-day operations. This can include sales associates, gardeners, and other experts who can help customers find the right plants for their needs.

Running a plant nursery shop can be a rewarding and fulfilling business opportunity for anyone with a love of plants and gardening. With the right location, selection, and staff, you can create a thriving business that brings joy to your customers and profits to your bottom line.

81. Start an ice cream shop

Starting an ice cream shop can be a fun and rewarding business idea. Whether you're looking to open a small shop in your local neighborhood or a larger franchise, there are a few key things you'll need to consider when starting your ice cream shop.

First and foremost, you’ll need to decide on the type of ice cream you want to serve. There are many different flavors and styles, ranging from traditional vanilla and chocolate to more exotic flavors like mango and green tea. You’ll also need to consider whether you want to offer both soft, hard, or a combination.

Next, you’ll need to find a location for your shop. Look for a location with high foot traffic and good visibility, such as a busy street corner or a shopping mall. You’ll also want to consider factors such as parking availability and competition from other ice cream shops.

Once you’ve found a location, you’ll need to purchase or lease the necessary equipment, such as ice cream makers, freezers, and cash registers. You’ll also need to stock up on supplies such as cups, cones, spoons, and napkins.

To run your ice cream shop successfully, you'll need a strong marketing strategy. This can include advertising through social media, local newspapers, and flyers and offering special promotions and discounts to attract customers. You’ll also need to hire and train employees to serve customers and handle transactions.

Starting an ice cream shop can be a fun and rewarding business venture as long as you have a clear business plan and are prepared to put in the hard work and dedication required to make it a success.

82. Start a ladies garment shop

83. Start a fruits store

Starting a fruit store can be a rewarding and lucrative business idea for those who love working with fresh produce and helping customers lead healthier lives. As a fruit store owner, you will be responsible for sourcing and selling fresh fruits and vegetables to your customers.

To start a fruit store, you must secure a physical location with adequate space to store and display your products. This may be a standalone store or a kiosk within a larger retail space. You will also need to secure a reliable source of fresh produce to sell, which may involve working with local farmers or wholesalers.

In addition to sourcing and selling fruits and vegetables, you may also consider offering other related products, such as smoothies, juices, and prepared fruit salads. To run your fruit store successfully, you will need to have excellent customer service skills and be able to keep track of inventory and pricing.

Marketing and advertising your fruit store will also be crucial to attracting and retaining customers. This may involve creating social media profiles, running promotions, and participating in local events and farmer’s markets.

Starting a fruit store can be a challenging but rewarding business venture. With the proper planning and execution, you can build a successful fruit store that helps your customers lead healthier, happier lives.

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84. Start a pizza store

The global pizza market share is expected to reach $5138 Billion, and the market growth momentum will accelerate at a CAGR of 6.11%. One of the key factors driving growth in the pizza markets is the availability of innovative and exotic flavored pizzas, which drives are more prominent among the millennials.

Moreover, the growing desire for convenience foods and customization of food products will facilitate the pizza market growth. Therefore, starting a pizza store in 2024 can be a profitable business venture. To start, find an attractive location where your business will be visible to customers.

85. Start a toys store

Starting a toy store can be a fun and rewarding business opportunity for anyone looking to tap into the lucrative toy industry. The business involves sourcing and selling a wide range of toys and games for children of all ages. This could include everything from classic board games and dolls to the latest electronic gadgets and tech toys.

To start a toy store, you will need to do market research to identify what toys are prevalent in your area and what age groups you will target.

You will also need to secure a physical location for your store, whether a standalone shop or a space within a shopping mall. You will also need to stock your store with a wide range of products and decide on a pricing strategy to attract customers while allowing you to profit.

Running a toy store involves a lot of customer interaction, so excellent customer service skills are necessary. You will also need good business management skills to handle inventory, pricing, and sales.

Marketing your store through social media and local advertising can also help bring in customers and drive sales.

Starting a toy store can be a fun and rewarding business opportunity for anyone with a passion for toys and a desire to bring joy to children. With the proper planning and execution, you can turn your toy store into a thriving business.

86. Start a Xerox Store

Starting a Xerox store can be a lucrative and rewarding business opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to enter the printing and document solutions industry. This business provides various services, including printing, copying, scanning, and document management.

To start a Xerox store, you’ll need a good location that is easily accessible to your target customers. You’ll also need to invest in high-quality Xerox equipment, including printers, copiers, and scanners. In addition, you’ll need to have a strong marketing and sales strategy to attract new customers and retain existing ones. Running a successful Xerox store also involves providing excellent customer service and building client relationships.

You’ll need to be knowledgeable about the various products and services you offer and be able to troubleshoot any issues that may arise. It would help if you were proactive in staying up-to-date with industry trends and advancements to provide the best solutions to your customers.

Overall, starting a Xerox store requires a combination of business savvy, technical expertise, and excellent customer service skills. You can build a successful business in this exciting and growing industry with the right approach and dedication.

87. Start a departmental store

88. Start a crockery store

89. Start a hydroponic store

90. Start a fuel station business

91. Start a tyre store

92. Start a two-wheeler showroom

93. Start a fabric store

Starting a fabric store can be a rewarding and lucrative business idea for those passionate about fabrics, textiles, and creativity. The key to success in this industry is sourcing high-quality fabrics at competitive prices and offering a wide selection to your customers.

To start a fabric store, you must invest in inventory, including various fabrics in different colors, patterns, and materials. You will also need to rent or purchase a retail space and furnish it with tables, shelves, and display racks to showcase your products. You may also need to invest in a point-of-sale system and online platform to manage orders and transactions.

In addition to managing your inventory and sales, it is important to focus on customer service and building a loyal customer base. This can be achieved by offering personalized assistance to customers, hosting sewing workshops or classes, and staying up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques in the fabric industry.

A fabric store requires creativity, business acumen, and customer service skills. You can build a successful and fulfilling business in this vibrant and creative industry with the right approach and dedication.

94. Start a liquor shop

95. Start an used book store

Starting a used book store may seem quaint and outdated in today’s digital age, but it can be a thriving and lucrative business.

For bibliophiles and avid readers, a used book store offers a treasure trove of pre-loved books at affordable prices. Not only do customers get to add to their libraries, but they also get to support sustainable practices by giving these books a second life.

A used book store can also serve as a community hub, providing a space for book clubs, readings, and other literary events. So why not dust off the old business plan and open the doors to your used book emporium?

96. Start a gadget accessory store

97. Start a workwear retailer business

98. Start an artist community center

99. Start a landscape equipment center

100. Start an indoor shopping mall

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I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.