35 Web Design Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

35 Web Design Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a web design business in 2021?

We put together 35 of the best web design businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a shopify ecommerce agency ($2.1M/year)

Dan Sheard from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom started Velstar over 5 years ago, a shopify ecommerce agency.

  • Revenue: $175,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 21
  • Location: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

I went straight into work after leaving high school and my first few roles were in sales which have helped enormously in starting this business. Sales quickly teach empathy and understanding and give you a fast introduction to the hard commercial realities of running a business.

Although I learned a lot, I quickly realized that working in sales wasn’t my calling and so taught myself to be a web developer by reading tutorials online and signing up for an overpriced distance learning course. This was before the time of online code schools, I think it’s a lot easier to become a developer these days there are some great online coding schools and also some great free tools such as Codecademy to get started with. After that, I worked at a number of large agencies in London. Again, I learned a lot and gained valuable experience, but I also wanted to focus on helping brands that didn’t have million-pound budgets. My ambition then became to start my own business combining ‘big agency’ experience with simple, intuitive platforms, to help democratize what can be a very expensive and inaccessible agency process, and to help eCommerce businesses to thrive.

how-i-started-a-100k-month-shopify-ecommerce-agency

-  
Dan Sheard, on starting Velstar ($175,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a niche web design business ($240K/year)

Scott Bishop from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Up And Social over 7 years ago, a niche web design business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I began my business career with the family in-store sampling business, C.A. Courtesy, in the 1990s, while at the same time attending college at Johnson and Wales University, where I pursued a degree in Web Management & Internet Commerce.

I’ve always had a knack for marketing and technology, and when I left C.A. Courtesy, I was the Vice President of Marketing and Technology.

People don’t remember what you say as much as they remember how they felt when you said it.

how-i-started-a-20k-month-web-design-agency

-  
Scott Bishop, on starting Up And Social ($20,000/month) full story ➜

3. Create a wedding planning resources website ($120K/year)

Jessica Bishop from Nashville, TN, USA started The Budget Savvy Bride over 13 years ago, a wedding planning resources website.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Nashville, TN, USA

I launched The Budget Savvy Bride in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. I was working in my first post-grad job as a graphic designer for a marketing company that produced wedding magazines and bridal shows. Between my day job and planning my own big day, I was fully immersed in the world of weddings. I quickly realized that the entire wedding industry seemed completely focused on a certain image and scope of a wedding day– and it was an idea that seemed completely out of reach and unattainable for me.

Be willing to try new things, jump aboard new social platforms, engage with your audience in new ways. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and diversify your revenue streams and your traffic sources.

Most publications and magazines really seemed to assume that couples were working with these gargantuan budgets for their wedding celebration, with the cost of the supposed “average” American wedding rising each year. It just didn’t sit right with me.

how-i-started-a-6-figure-wedding-planning-resource-and-community-for-couples-on-a-budget

-  
Jessica Bishop, on starting The Budget Savvy Bride ($10,000/month) full story ➜

4. Develop an online survey tool ($19.2M/year)

Vivek Bhaskaran from started QuestionPro almost 17 years ago, a online survey tool.

  • Revenue: $1,600,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 300
  • Location:

I started QuestionPro back in 2005. In fact, I bootstrapped it for the first couple of years - which is code for - I was working my day job and working on developing the core software behind QuestionPro during nights and evenings. One day, in the fall of 2005 I returned home from work, I can even tell you what time it was, 6:30 in the evening. I looked at my wife - Kalpana while we were cooking dinner when something just clicked, at that moment I said, “Honey I am going to quit my job and I am going to run QuestionPro full time. I’m done.” She looked at me with a sense of bewilderment, horror, and pride. “But what about our mortgage?” - was her next statement. My answer was - “Well - we’ll figure it out. I have 6 months of savings” - to which she said - “Ok cool.”

My biggest reason for quitting my day job was not actually money, it was the freedom. Freedom to do what I wanted. Freedom to pursue a technical strategy that I saw fit for the company. Freedom to experiment with business models. Freedom to create new ideas. Freedom to engage with customers and create value for all of us. Freedom to take a put my ideas to practice.

Ask anyone who has quit their day job towards the pursuit of entrepreneurship - and you will almost universally get the same answer - the best decision ever. Universally. I hardly know anyone who does not get an adrenaline high by going down the entrepreneurship route. Yes - it is hard - it requires that you work almost 3X of what you could coast by - but the intrinsic rewards are 10X more. In fact, it's hard for most folks, including me, to imagine working a normal 9-5 job anymore.

how-i-started-a-1-6m-month-online-surveys-and-research-tools-software

-  
Vivek Bhaskaran, on starting QuestionPro ($1,600,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a web design & online marketing business ($900K/year)

Francesc LTW from Barcelona started La Teva Web about 19 years ago, a web design & online marketing business.

  • Revenue: $75,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 19
  • Location: Barcelona

My academic background has always been focused on management and strategy, I did economics, a PGDip in European Companies Management, and an MBA in England. Once I finished these studies, I started to work in Barcelona as a product manager for a couple of large companies. These were very well-known and large companies and, although I was in my twenties and I had achieved a relevant position in both companies but, for me, it was a waste of time.

At that time you could not expect to have a minimum influence in companies where all marketing decisions are always made in central offices, always abroad. Unfortunately, Spanish companies produced few goods and they merely buy and sell products manufactured in other countries.

I wanted to see all processes and, above all, feel that my efforts were worth something real and touchable. That’s why I decided that if I wanted to put into action everything I had learned, I should build my own company.

on-starting-a-web-development-agency-in-the-early-00s-and-growing-it-to-75k-month-and-20-employees

-  
Francesc LTW, on starting La Teva Web ($75,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a discount travel website ($1.2M/year)

David Adler from San Diego, California, USA started The Travel Secret almost 4 years ago, a discount travel website.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: San Diego, California, USA

My previous business was a consulting business for companies looking to outsource their call center operations. While I appreciated this experience, I found it difficult to build and maintain client relationships. Because of this, I was always on the lookout for a more meaningful career. What I had always wanted to be a business that could really change peoples lives and hearing stories from our clients now when they come back from their trips really feels good, especially when you enable someone to make that trip of a lifetime or a dream trip they had always wanted to do with their kids. Hearing those stories is what keeps us going to this day.

While on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, I had the opportunity to attend a timeshare presentation in exchange for a $2,000 discount on my hotel stay. While the discount was nice, the whole experience of sitting through the presentation and the sticker shock I got when they offered me the timeshare for $60,000 was not.

When I left, I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be nice to get the same $2,000 discount on EVERY trip I take without having to sit through these presentations? If the hotel has the ability to hand out those discounts to presentation attendees, there must be other hidden discounts as well.

how-i-started-a-30k-month-travel-discounts-website

-  
David Adler, on starting The Travel Secret ($100,000/month) full story ➜

7. Become a shopify app developer ($0/year)

Disha Shidham from San Francisco, California, USA started Savy about 4 years ago, a shopify app developer.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA

why-not-making-a-deal-on-shark-tank-was-the-best-thing-that-ever-happened

-  
Disha Shidham, on starting Savy ($0/month) full story ➜

8. Start a credit card comparison website ($0/year)

Kwok Zhong Li from Singapore, Singapore started Finty over 4 years ago, a credit card comparison website.

  • Revenue: $0/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Singapore, Singapore

Prior to Finty, I was the Vice President of Ebusiness at OCBC Bank. I worked on different financial products and my job was to push their take ups through digital channels. I saw a growing trend in consumer behavior change towards the application of financial products. Similar to eCommerce, people want to do it fast, convenient, any time of the day.

Together with two other close friends, Jeremy and Lucius, we started Finty. We believe there is a need to easily let consumers compare and apply. In summary, simplifying financial decision making. There were a few competitors when we first started, and in order to catch up, we focused on our operating model. We maintained a lean internal structure and enhanced the process through automation. With this, it allowed us to give value back to customers through Finty rewards as a differentiate among other players in the market.

Left to right: Kwok Zhong Li, Jeremy Lim, Lucius Young

how-our-financial-products-company-got-acquired-after-only-15-months

-  
Kwok Zhong Li, on starting Finty ($0/month) full story ➜

9. Start a custom app development service ($1.8M/year)

Michael Georgiou from Cary, North Carolina, USA started Imaginovation about 10 years ago, a custom app development service.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 35
  • Location: Cary, North Carolina, USA

So, it all started back in 2011. I had finished my Master's degree in Australia and came back to the US. The Great Recession of 2008 had just ended, but I didn't have a job as the economy was in bad shape, and the market was not good. At the same time, Pete was struggling as well in regards to working two full-time jobs, 16-18 hours a day. Pete was working at SAS and had realized that he wanted to do something bigger, build something of his own.

Pete and I met through one of our mutual friends but little did we know that we will become such great friends and business partners.

One day Pete called me very randomly and asked if I want to start a company. "Wait. What?" I was both excited and confused. I always had a dream of starting my own business and put my marketing knowledge to work. But, both of us didn't have any experience in building a business initially.

how-i-started-a-150k-month-app-agency-that-works-with-the-fortune-500

-  
Michael Georgiou, on starting Imaginovation ($150,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a dating website ($156K/year)

Ivan Fatovic from Los Angeles started Modamily almost 10 years ago, a dating website.

  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Los Angeles

I had spent my whole adult life after college living in Los Angeles working in the entertainment industry, first as an actor, then in production (Greenstreet Films) and talent representation (Endeavor and 3 Arts). After years in the business, I got frustrated with how long it took to get movies made and wanted a change.

A friend of mine was working in wealth management at UBS in Beverly Hills and got me an interview. I was always trading stocks since college and envisioned myself as Bud Fox from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, where I would one day grab some whale clients and make millions managing money for them. My salary tripled overnight from my Hollywood assistant salary and I quickly aced my Series 7 and was on my way.

The year was 2008, the beginning of the financial crisis. I remember being sent to UBS headquarters in Weehawken, NJ for training in the same week that Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers were on the verge of bankruptcy. It wasn’t a good sign. They ended up laying off all the young advisors and towards the end of 2009, I was unemployed and jobless. I moved back to NYC to try and find a job on the institutional side of Wall St.

how-i-created-a-13k-month-website-to-help-people-start-a-family

-  
Ivan Fatovic, on starting Modamily ($13,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start a niche fashion business ($120K/year)

Shaden Abushaera from Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates started HeraCloset over 3 years ago, a niche fashion business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The idea I had in mind when starting HeraCloset

People have become impatient and want quick results from everything in their lives. This is because of all the gadgets and rapidly advancing technology that have engulfed our lives. Customers want high-quality service that is efficient and does not waste their precious time. It is this thinking that gave birth to the concept of HeraCloset in my mind.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

how-i-started-a-10k-month-arabic-clothing-platform

-  
Shaden Abushaera , on starting HeraCloset ($10,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start an affiliate marketing business ($6M/year)

Jan Kovac from Bratislava started Casino Guru over 6 years ago, a affiliate marketing business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 54
  • Location: Bratislava

Our product is a website. The process of designing and developing it was very similar to designing and developing any website or an information system. As both I and the other main founder were software developers, this part was pretty straightforward for us. However, we still did some things pretty right and some things pretty wrong.

The funny part about any SEO-based business is that you can’t really make decent planning. Do you plan to improve some parts of your website and grow? Well, good luck with that, almighty G can have completely different plans for you.

What we made right was a decision to create a system that models all the relations and information about online casinos as structured data. As an example: almost every online casino has a list of countries from which it doesn’t allow residents to play. To capture this information we have created a database table casino_restricted_country and fill it with 1 record for every casino and every country that is on its restricted list.

how-i-started-a-500k-month-website-about-online-casinos

-  
Jan Kovac, on starting Casino Guru ($500,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a domain registrar

Examples of a successful domain registrar:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a domain registrar ➜

article

14. Start an advertising consulting business

Examples of a successful advertising consulting business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an advertising consulting business ➜

article

15. Start a bitcoin website

Examples of a successful bitcoin website:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bitcoin website ➜

article

16. Start a community website business

Examples of a successful community website business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a community website business ➜

article

17. Start a blogging tips website

Examples of a successful blogging tips website:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a blogging tips website:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a blogging tips website ➜

article

18. Start a domain & hosting information business

Examples of a successful domain & hosting information business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a domain & hosting information business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a domain & hosting information business ➜

article

19. Start a currency conversion website business

Examples of a successful currency conversion website business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a currency conversion website business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a currency conversion website business ➜

article

20. Start a government website

Examples of a successful government website:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a government website ➜

article

21. Start a website testing business

Examples of a successful website testing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a website testing business ➜

22. Start a news website

Examples of a successful news website:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a news website ➜

article

23. Start a website theme development business ($3M/year)

Examples of a successful website theme development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a website theme development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a website theme development business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give RAHUL SHARMA's story on creating Appscrip a read:

We are Rahul Sharma (CEO) and Shivangi Sharma, the co-founders of the globally acclaimed, service-based app and web development company, Appscrip.

We have received several awards and recognitions from Deloitte, Clutch, Good firms and bagged contracts from big names like ForeTees LLC, Byjus, Reliance JIO, Deutsche Bank, Tata Steel, Cairn, Coke, Harvard Medical, etc. With Appscrip generating an average monthly revenue of $2,50,000, we are more than hopeful that our company will see a brighter future ahead as a global technology provider.

i-earn-3m-year-developing-clone-apps-for-startups

-  
RAHUL SHARMA, on starting Appscrip ($250,000/month) full story ➜

24. Start a website editing service ($72K/year)

Examples of a successful website editing service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a website editing service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a website editing service ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Ferenc Denes's story on creating HTMLG a read:

Hello, my name is Ferenc Denes and I have 40+ websites with a total of roughly 8-10 million monthly visitors. I’m going to share the story of one of my sites that brings $6K per month as passive income.

I’m going to share the story of my online HTML editor at htmlg.com. This online text editor converts documents to HTML. It helps to process and clean the code. It runs in the web browser without installing any desktop program. It has a free demo that allows you to give it a try and learn how it works.

the-online-html-editor-that-generates-a-passive-income-of-6k-month

-  
Ferenc Denes, on starting HTMLG ($6,000/month) full story ➜

25. Start a local business listings website business

Examples of a successful local business listings website business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a local business listings website business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a local business listings website business ➜

article

26. Start a real estate website creator

Examples of a successful real estate website creator:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a real estate website creator:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a real estate website creator ➜

article

27. Start a deals promotion website business

Examples of a successful deals promotion website business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a deals promotion website business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a deals promotion website business ➜

article

28. Start a stock images website business

Examples of a successful stock images website business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a stock images website business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a stock images website business ➜

article

29. Start a viral videos website business

Examples of a successful viral videos website business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a viral videos website business ➜

article

30. Start a sports betting website

Examples of a successful sports betting website:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sports betting website:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sports betting website ➜

31. Start a website building agency ($600K/year)

Examples of a successful website building agency:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a website building agency:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a website building agency ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Andy Golpys's story on creating MadeByShape a read:

Hello - I’m Andy Golpys, 34 years old - Co-Founder, of MadeByShape, A Creative and Digital Agency in Manchester, UK. We’ve naturally grown from Day One - with a strategy that we’d be a boutique agency that can cater to Big Brands and Small Brands at the same time.

We’re averaging £50k per month at the moment with a couple of side projects that turn over £££ too.

from-designing-websites-for-200-to-starting-a-600k-year-web-design-agency

-  
Andy Golpys, on starting MadeByShape ($50,000/month) full story ➜

32. Start a video game download website business

Examples of a successful video game download website business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video game download website business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a video game download website business ➜

article

33. Become a speciality websites promotor

Examples of a successful speciality websites promotor:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a speciality websites promotor:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a speciality websites promotor ➜

article

34. Start a website quality consultant business

Examples of a successful website quality consultant business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a website quality consultant business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a website quality consultant business ➜

article

Examples of a successful technology related website business :

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a technology related website business :

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a technology related website business ➜

article

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

Discover the best strategies of successful business owners

Join our newsletter and receive our handcrafted recap with the best insights shared by founders in Starter Story each week.

Useful, convenient, and free:

Did you know that brands using Klaviyo average a 95x ROI?

Email, SMS, and more — Klaviyo brings your marketing all together, fueling growth without burning through time and resources.

Deliver more relevant email and text messages — powered by your data. Klaviyo helps you turn one-time buyers into repeat customers with all the power of an enterprise solution and none of the complexity.

Join Brumate, Beardbrand, and the 265,000 other businesses using Klaviyo to grow their online sales.

Try Klaviyo for free right now ➜