70 Weekend Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2024]

Updated: July 24th, 2023

Interested in starting a weekend business in 2024?

We put together 70 of the best weekend businesses you can start in today.

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

Here's the full list:

1. Become an online dating consultant

An online dating consultant is a person who provides advice to people in the world of Internet dating. An online dating consultant can help you direct your profile, help you write your first message to an online match, and help you make a great impression on your date.

Online dating can potentially be one of the world’s most remarkable customer service industries.

How much you can make: $5,200 — $11,250,000/month

How long does it take to build: 45 days (?)

How I Built My Own Business Improving Online Dating Profiles

The Match Artist helps singles take amazing photos for their online dating profiles through a 3-hour executive shoot, coaching, and email course, pioneering a new genre of photography, with an average monthly revenue of $5,000-$6,000 and a plan to double down on paid ad campaigns in the future.

About
Shane started The Match Artist about 6 years ago
Revenue
Shane grew the business to $5.2K/month
Read by 11,488 founders

2. Build an iPhone app

The iPhone is the most popular mobile device in the world. It has changed how we interact with information, entertainment, and communication.

The iPhone has also changed the way we interact with each other. Since its release in 2007, it has become a staple in most people’s lives. It is more than just a phone; it is a tool for staying connected to friends and family and creating new connections.

The iPhone app market is an ever-changing landscape of innovation: it’s not just about making something that works well; it’s about creating something that stands out from the crowd.

It would help if you had something that appeals to your audience to succeed in this market. This can be as simple as ensuring your app has a catchy name or as complex as developing an entire brand identity around your app’s functionality.

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

How much does it cost to start: $6,500 (?)

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

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

How I Created A $60K/Month App That Collects In-Person Payments Through Stripe

Payment.co, an app built on top of the Stripe payment gateway for creating card-present charges, has grown to process over $70M in volume annually since launching in 2015, with the app collecting a 1% service fee on every single charge.

About
Ryan started Payment for Stripe about 9 years ago
Revenue
Ryan grew the business to $60K/month
Read by 18,453 founders

3. Start a scavenger hunt business

How much you can make: $7,500/month

How long does it take to build: 25 days (?)

How I Make A Living Constructing 'The Perfect Day' For Random Strangers

Constructed Adventures, a company that creates custom-tailored adventures for special occasions, charges a flat rate for adventures and expects a profit of around 60k in 2019, having learned valuable lessons about pricing structure for events, always being open and transparent, and using Google Drive to organize expenses and schedules among other tips.

About
Chris started Constructed Adventures about 8 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $7.5K/month
Read by 5,165 founders

4. Create a landing page builder

Let’s face it: creating a product is easy; creating a product that sells is the real challenge.

Many startups have great-looking websites but lack a highly converting landing page. A landing page builder does just that; it builds landing pages for you.

A landing page builder business is a service that helps businesses and individuals create professional-looking web pages designed to convert visitors into customers or leads.

To start this business on a budget, you’ll need basic web development skills and knowledge of popular website-building platforms like WordPress, Wix, or Squarespace.

Unbounce, a popular landing page tool, makes nearly $26M per year.

How much you can make: $10,000 — $1,500,000/month

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

How long does it take to build: 105 days (?)

On Starting A $160K/Month CRM & Automations Company After A US Air Force Career

GreenRope, a self-funded CRM and marketing automation platform with over 1,000 customers in 20 countries, was built organically and focused on creating a positive, customer-centric culture without outside investment, with an all-in-one interface solving challenges in managing sales, marketing, customer service, and operations.

About
Lars started GreenRope over 15 years ago
Revenue
Lars grew the business to $160K/month
Read by 10,829 founders

5. Start a phone case business

With the number of mobile phone users increasing, there are opportunities for accessory makers such as phone case manufacturers to make a profit. Building a business around making and selling phone cases is relatively easier to produce. You can print labels on-demand, starting with a lower risk, or buy them in bulk and sell them online.

The global mobile phone protective cover market is expected to reach 75.62 billion in the next few years.

Phone protective covers often make a statement and reflect a person’s social and cultural preferences. Phone case manufacturers take advantage of such considerations and keep their products relevant and up-to-date to attract a more extensive customer base.

Remember, as with any industry with a low entry barrier, there will be competition. Therefore, you must study customers’ tastes and preferences and offer customized phone cases.

How much you can make: $120,000 — $125,000/month

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

How I Started And Grew A $50K/mo Phone Case Business

Felony Case, a Toronto-based company designing unique iPhone cases, started as a small shop on Etsy and has grown to become an internationally recognized fashion iPhone case brand sold in top tier retailers like Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, Indigo, Urban Outfitters, Revolve, Free People, and made over half a million dollars in revenue last year.

About
Andrew started Felony Case about 12 years ago
Revenue
Andrew grew the business to $120K/month
Read by 27,459 founders

6. Start a podcast

The podcast business involves creating and producing audio content that people can listen to online.

It’s a popular form of entertainment and information-sharing.

To start a podcast business on a budget, you'll need a few key steps.

First, choose a niche or topic that you're passionate about and that has an audience.

Next, get basic recording equipment like a microphone and headphones.

Then, find a free or affordable hosting platform to publish your episodes.

Finally, promote your podcast through social media, online communities, and word of mouth to build an audience and potentially attract sponsors or advertisers.

How much you can make: $400 — $1,020,000/month

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

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

Time commitment per week: Min. 2 hours/week

How I Started A Successful Podcast Production Company

A successful podcast production company that grew from one client making $15/hour to a team of 10 contractors producing over 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10k/mo, primarily through referrals and with a focus on providing high personal touch and being picky about working only with clients who are a good fit.

About
Jeremy started Counterweight Creative almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Jeremy grew the business to $16K/month
Read by 17,238 founders

7. Start an affiliate marketing business

Are you looking for a side hustle to pay you a passive income? Affiliate marketing is one of those side hustles that will pay you well over the long term. It is a way to earn money online by promoting other companies' products and services. You will be paid a commission for each sale you make as an affiliate marketer.

To get started, learn how to find the right product and brand to partner with. For example, you may prefer becoming an affiliate marketer for an eCommerce store, partnering with a manufacturer, and marketing their products for a commission.

How much you can make: $500 — $773,000/month

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

How long does it take to build: 55 days (?)

My Affiliate Marketing Business Earns $500K/Year Profit [No Employees]

This case study explores how Spencer Mecham founded Buildapreneur, an affiliate marketing business, and has made over half a million dollars in profit with no employees, relying solely on content marketing through platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok.

About
Spencer started Buildapreneur over 6 years ago
Revenue
Spencer grew the business to $80K/month
Read by 22,290 founders

8. Start a tutoring business

Starting a tutoring side hustle is a great way for teachers and students to earn extra monthly income.

If you are considering becoming a tutor, find an ideal tutoring niche, and craft a tutoring website.

Then, find your tutoring clients and market your side hustle online. You can choose to offer online tutoring as a part-time or full-time engagement.

How much you can make: $1,000 — $375,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $100 (?)

How long does it take to build: 15 days (?)

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

How I Started A $15K/Month SAT Tutoring Business While In College

A 22-year-old entrepreneur started an online SAT/ACT tutoring company from his bedroom which has seen a linear increase in student sign-ups each month, currently bringing in an average revenue of $15,000 a month and plans to triple in 2020.

About
Adam started SoFlo Tutors almost 5 years ago
Revenue
Adam grew the business to $100K/month
Costs
It cost Adam $100 to start the business
Read by 18,348 founders

9. Start a cooking class

Online cooking classes can be a great side hustle for seasoned chefs or cooking enthusiasts looking for a way to earn some extra cash. You can create content and teach your audience how to prepare meals.

Consider creating members-only content to earn more from your cooking class side hustle. Alternatively, you can sell recipes for a small fee as well. To grow your reach, consider offering some free content on your social media pages as a way to build curiosity among potential audiences. You can charge your audiences a subscription fee so they can have exclusive access to your content.

To start cooking classes , choose a niche and follow your passion. Create a website and maintain an active social media presence. Apart from online cooking classes or live sessions you can also offer exclusive offline weekend classes to give your audience a hands-on personal experience.

How much you can make: $7,500 — $100,000/month

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

How I Started A Cooking Classes Business With 7 Locations

Hipcooks is a 7-location cooking school business that has grown organically to reach $100k/month in revenue, and attracts and retains customers through their communal approach, vibrant online presence, and updated Google and Yelp business pages.

About
Monika started Hipcooks about 10 years ago
Revenue
Monika grew the business to $100K/month
Read by 9,015 founders

10. Start a web development business

A web development business is a company that builds and takes care of websites. They typically use coding and design skills to create online spaces that meet the needs of individuals or businesses.

These businesses help ensure websites work well and look good, playing a key role in the online presence of their clients.

How much you can make: $6,600 — $350,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $3,000 (?)

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

I Built A $300K/Year Vue.js Component Library

Vuetify is a popular open-source user interface library, built with the Vue.js framework, that generates revenue through digital content and services such as paid digital content in the Vuetify store, direct support through consulting, ad revenue from Carbon ads on the documentation pages, and donations/sponsorships via GitHub and Patreon, generating an average income of $6,500 per month.

About
John started Vuetify over 6 years ago
Revenue
John grew the business to $25K/month
Read by 44,650 founders

11. Start a sports coaching business

Sports coaching is a fast-growing industry in all areas of the world.

If you have a sports coaching qualification and experience, you can turn those experiences into a profitable business.

You can offer coaching to teams or individuals depending on your preference and the nature of sports.

You may join sports associations or attend networking events to market your sports coaching abilities.

How much you can make: $4,759 — $8,000/month

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

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

How I Started A $4.8K/Month Business Offering Sports Coaching Services By Women

Girl Boss Sports, founded in December 2018, aims to increase the number of women sports coaches while keeping girls in sports by partnering with companies and organizations, and has brought in an average of $4,700 of revenue per month over the last 6 months by hiring over 20 female soccer coaches in Greater Seattle area.

About
Sarah started Girl Boss Sports about 5 years ago
Revenue
Sarah grew the business to $4.76K/month
Read by 6,314 founders

12. Start a vacation rentals business

Vacation rentals host travelers for a short period. Often located in top vacation destinations, vacation rentals feature spacious rooms and a cozy lifestyle and are cheaper than booking a hotel.

Building or buying a vacation rental is a smart way of creating a passive income without much involvement in the business.

To make money through the vacation rental business, ensure a strategic location, often nearby attractions. Choose an area that is easily accessible and desirable all year round and create a beautiful space for your guests.

Stand out by optimizing the vacation rental listing online and featuring all available amenities.

How much you can make: $12,500 — $295,000/month

How long does it take to build: 280 days (?)

How We Started A $12K/Month Beachside Vacation Rental Business

This case study explores how a couple turned their childhood homes into vacation rentals, welcoming around 3k guests annually and generating an average revenue of $50k per year and property by focusing on a strong online presence and organic traffic.

About
Julio started Cardiff Vacations almost 13 years ago
Revenue
Julio grew the business to $12.5K/month
Costs
It cost Julio $30000 to start the business
Read by 7,394 founders

13. Start a dog training business

Professional dog trainers can be an incredibly fulfilling profession, especially for dog lovers.

You can choose to work as an independent dog trainer or work under a company as a part-time trainer.

However, note that dog training takes more commitment for a part-time gig.

To get started, you need some education to understand how dogs behave and train them in new tricks. You will find tons of online resources on dog training.

Alternatively, you can work as an intern with local dog trainers to acquire the skills before setting up your dog training side hustle.

The average hourly rate for dog trainers is just over $50/ hr.

How much you can make: $5,000 — $8,000/month

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

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

How I Started A $5K/Month Dog Training Business

Fraternityk9 dog training is an example of how Donald's passion for dog training turned into a $5k/month business, by utilizing platforms like Facebook and Instagram, and learning about sales and business to scale the process.

About
Donald started Fraternity K9 over 4 years ago
Revenue
Donald grew the business to $5K/month
Read by 7,260 founders

14. Start a website development business

Website developers create websites for their clients. as a website developer, your responsibility is to ensure a website is visually appealing and easy to navigate. Web developers also focus on improving the website’s performance and capacity.

To become a website developer, learn different web programming languages. Your customers can be eCommerce business owners or brick-and-mortar businesses looking to have an online presence.

How much you can make: $200 — $350,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,750 (?)

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

How I Started A $20K/Month Web Design Agency

How a founder turned his passion for marketing and technology into a successful Boston-based web design and SEO company, generating over $20k in sales each month by focusing on serving the niche market of small businesses through affordable and personalized services, while establishing his reputation through B2B networking and online initiatives.

About
Scott started Up And Social almost 10 years ago
Revenue
Scott grew the business to $25K/month
Costs
It cost Scott $2500 to start the business
Read by 24,968 founders

15. 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 9,172 founders

16. Start a youtube channel

For anyone looking to start a successful YouTube channel, there are plenty of YouTube channel success stories that can be used as inspiration and encouragement. In addition, YouTube has an established monetization system and boasts incredible popularity, making it a potential platform for revenue generation.

In this article, we'll look at different approaches you can use to help promote your channel and grow your viewers. While there's no quick and easy way to success, you can take these tips to build your own YouTube Channel Success story. If you love content creation, you can capitalize on YouTube's popularity to earn extra income.

If you want to join the Youtube partner program to monetize your channel, you will need to reach a minimum of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months.

How much you can make: $800 — $4,500,000/month

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

How long does it take to build: 48 days (?)

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

How This Couple Makes $5K/Month Generating Content About Ways To Make Money Online

Learn how this entrepreneurial couple made $5-7k a month by helping others find legitimate work from home jobs and creative ways to make money online through their blog and YouTube channel, as well as offering two flagship products designed to help beginner freelancers and new bloggers accelerate growth.

About
Chhavi started Mrs Daaku Studio over 5 years ago
Revenue
Chhavi grew the business to $5K/month
Costs
It cost Chhavi $500 to start the business
Read by 13,319 founders

17. Start a podcast

The podcast business involves creating and producing audio content that people can listen to online.

It’s a popular form of entertainment and information-sharing.

To start a podcast business on a budget, you'll need a few key steps.

First, choose a niche or topic that you're passionate about and that has an audience.

Next, get basic recording equipment like a microphone and headphones.

Then, find a free or affordable hosting platform to publish your episodes.

Finally, promote your podcast through social media, online communities, and word of mouth to build an audience and potentially attract sponsors or advertisers.

How much you can make: $400 — $1,020,000/month

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

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

Time commitment per week: Min. 2 hours/week

How I Started A Successful Podcast Production Company

A successful podcast production company that grew from one client making $15/hour to a team of 10 contractors producing over 30 shows per week with revenue of over $10k/mo, primarily through referrals and with a focus on providing high personal touch and being picky about working only with clients who are a good fit.

About
Jeremy started Counterweight Creative almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Jeremy grew the business to $16K/month
Read by 17,238 founders

18. Start a food delivery business

In today’s busy lifestyles and schedules, cooking is no longer a priority to many. People like to order-in food from their nearest restaurants or food joints and enjoy a meal in the comfort of their homes.

The food delivery business is like a courier service through which restaurants deliver food to their customers.

You can offer retail food delivery services to restaurants within your locality if you have a truck. Customers order through a restaurant or grocer’s website, and the owners contact you to deliver.

How much you can make: $4,000 — $83,333,333/month

How much does it cost to start: $2,750 (?)

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

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 14,316 founders

19. Become a flea market vendor

A flea market is a type of street market that provides space for vendors to sell previously-owned goods and products cheaply.

To become a flea market vendor, you first need to determine what products you will sell and apply for a business permit from your local government. Depending on the state, vendors may have the privilege of setting up a booth within the flea market.

20. Become a wedding photographer

Wedding photography is a highly sought-after service that involves capturing the special moments and memories of a couple’s big day. As a wedding photographer, you will be responsible for capturing the emotions and beauty of the wedding ceremony and reception through your camera's lens.

To start a successful wedding photography business, you must have a strong eye for detail, excellent customer service skills, and a passion for photography. You will also need to invest in high-quality camera equipment and editing software to produce professional-grade images.

In addition to having technical skills, it is important to have a strong marketing strategy to reach potential clients. This can include creating a professional website, utilizing social media, and networking with wedding coordinators and venues.

According to a recent survey, the average cost of a wedding photographer in the United States is $2,500. With the wedding industry expected to generate over $72 billion in revenue in 2021, there is a significant demand for wedding photographers.

To succeed in this business, having a strong portfolio and continuously improving your skills through education and training is essential. By offering top-notch service and beautiful images, you can establish a successful wedding photography business that captures the special moments of couples’ big day.

How much you can make: $1,200 — $14,000/month

How long does it take to build: 440 days (?)

How I Started A Career As Wedding Photographer That Generates Over 6 Figures Per Year

This case study is about a wedding photographer in Australia who earns over six figures annually by keeping things simple, offering transparent pricing, and focusing on online advertising with an effective website and SEO strategy.

About
Steven started SvenStudios over 10 years ago
Revenue
Steven grew the business to $6K/month
Costs
It cost Steven $60000 to start the business
Read by 7,847 founders

21. Become a mobile DJ

Mobile DJ carries their DJ kit with them and entertains clients at weddings, birthdays, and corporate parties or events. There is plenty of demand for mobile DJs, and customers will pay well to be entertained at their premises or parties.

To become a mobile DJ, first, learn the art of DJing, specifically how to DJ open-format style. If you are a beginner, enroll in online classes where you will learn the best DJing practices.

22. Become a magician

Are you interested in turning your passion for magic into a profitable business venture? You can become a magician and launch an online show through social media platforms.

A magician is a skilled entertainer who produces illusion by sleight of hand or deceptive devices. Pursuing a magician's career takes a lot of hard work. Like other careers, attaining success can be tricky to navigate and hard to master.

Choose your niche and focus on honing your craft to become an illusion. The different career options within the magic industry include illusionist, comedy magician, escapologist, mentalist, card magician, animal magician, virtual magician, and street magician.

How much you can make: $2,400 — $20,000/month

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

How I Left A Lucrative Job To Start A $12K/Month Magic Shows Business

Dan Chan Presents, LLC is a unique company specializing in sophisticated magic entertainment for savvy corporate audiences, earning $160K performing live, and was able to pivot to virtual events during the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding marketing reach performing internationally, and being featured multiple times in Business Insider and The Hustle.

About
Daniel started Dan Chan Presents: Virtual Magic Shows over 24 years ago
Revenue
Daniel grew the business to $12K/month
Costs
It cost Daniel $100 to start the business
Read by 8,887 founders

23. Start a farmers market

Farmer’s markets offer small businesses and farmers the chance to sell their products. The farmers’ market has become crucial to rebuilding local food systems and meeting the growing demand for locally produced food. A farmers’ market can be a successful business venture in your area if located strategically.

24. Start a mobile retail boutique business

25. Start a balloon artist business

A balloon artist creates balloon decorations for various types of parties and events. Also known as twisters, balloon artists can earn a decent hourly pay depending on the event type. Balloon art is a low-overhead business and offers a high-profit margin potential.

26. Start a caricature artist business

How much you can make: $100/month

How much does it cost to start: $150 (?)

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

I Built A Cartoon Creator Tool That Has Over 60K Unique Daily Users

This case study is about Janina, the founder of SP-Studio, a popular website with over 60,000 visitors per day that allows anyone to create unique cartoon characters for free without drawing skills, and how she built the website without focusing on generating revenue for many years.

About
Janina started SP-Studio over 21 years ago
Revenue
Janina grew the business to $100/month
Costs
It cost Janina $150 to start the business
Read by 4,077 founders

27. Start an event coordinator business

How much you can make: $108,000/month

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

How Natasha Miller Started A $4M Event Management Company

Entire Productions is a fast-growing event and entertainment production company with an emphasis on experience design, primarily working with corporate clients including many Fortune 500 companies in the tech and pharma industries, boasting a growth of 148% and a goal of reaching $20M annual mark.

About
Natasha started Entire Productions about 23 years ago
Revenue
Natasha grew the business to $108K/month
Read by 7,599 founders

28. Become a musician

A musician writes, records, performs, markets, and sells original songs, albums, and merchandise. As a musician, you can build your business by creating music and connecting with fans.

With the rise of social media, music streaming, home recording technology, and direct fan access, indie musicians can build profitable artistry-driven businesses themselves.

To start, hone your craft and find your unique creative niche. Master your instruments, produce demos of songs showcasing your style, and play small local venues to build an early following.

You can leverage platforms like Instagram and TikTok to share your music as you build out a catalog of content. Also, release songs on major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music so fans globally can listen, save, and share your work. Sell merchandise like t-shirts, hoodies, and posters on your own website to generate additional income from your growing following.

By perfecting your sound and engaging possible fans through social media, streaming, performances, and direct outreach, you can build a thriving long-term business around your artistic passion and originality.

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

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

How long does it take to build: 360 days (?)

Leaving A Boring Desk Job To Make A Living Playing Spanish Guitar At Events

Miguel de Maria, a former desk worker, built a successful freelance guitar performance company generating $3000 monthly by leveraging personal contacts and creating an online presence that includes a professional website, business cards, and contracts.

About
Miguel started Miguel de Maria, Elegant Spanish Guitar about 20 years ago
Revenue
Miguel grew the business to $3K/month
Costs
It cost Miguel $1500 to start the business
Read by 3,416 founders

29. Start an online course creation business

Starting an online course could be perfect if you want a passive income. Whatever your background, you could start teaching online and earn a passive income.

All you need to start an online course is patience, imagination, and an enabling eLearning platform where you can connect with the relevant audience.

Online courses may take time and require a lot of effort to start selling. However, once your audience finds the content resourceful, they start sharing and recommending it through their network. Remember, creating an online course could take longer than expected, so remain focused and give your best.

How much you can make: $1,666,666/month

How My Business Went From $0 To $20 Million With Word-of-Mouth Marketing

Prep Expert's founder built a test preparation platform from his dorm room with just $900 that has since accumulated over $20 million in sales and attracted billionaire Mark Cuban on Shark Tank, due to doubled yearly sales from word-of-mouth marketing and hundreds of points of improvement in students' SAT scores.

About
Shaan started Prep Expert about 13 years ago
Revenue
Shaan grew the business to $1.67M/month
Read by 737 founders

30. Estate seller

Estate sale companies, also known as estate liquidation or tag sale companies, offer a cost-effective way of selling the entire contents of loved ones' estate after their death or divorce.

The increased aging population is one of the factors boosting the demand for estate sale businesses. Moreover, more than 2.4 million divorces occur annually in the US, and each requires the services of an estate sale liquidator.

Therefore, starting an estate sale business is a viable business opportunity.

An estate sale business is a low startup venture and often simple to start. Besides, estate sale businesses feature a straightforward and scalable business model as you can choose when to work and where to work.

If you are interested in starting this kind of business, first study the market dynamics and decide if it is the right business. Then, come up with a business plan and a marketing plan so you can get your brand known to customers.

31. Become a face painter

Popular at children's parties, weddings, and even some corporate events, face painting is a great creative activity that sparks joy among people of all ages.

If you love making people happy and helping them celebrate different events in life, consider starting a face-painting business.

If you are planning to start a face painting business on a professional basis, it would be wise to take an introductory training course to learn the basics of face painting and the safety and health precautions involved in the business.

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

32. Start an event venue operator business

How much you can make: $25,000 — $300,000/month

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

How I Partnered With Mark Cuban To Start A $250K/Month Company Selling eBikes

Tower Electric Bikes is a direct-to-consumer eBike brand co-founded by Stephan Aarstol and Mark Cuban, which has done over $36 million in sales since its $150,000 investment in 2012, and produced and sold everything from paddleboards to electric bikes for half the retail price, with the aim of creating the world's first famous eBike brand.

About
Stephan started Tower Electric Bikes over 13 years ago
Revenue
Stephan grew the business to $300K/month
Costs
It cost Stephan $30000 to start the business
Read by 25,332 founders

33. Start a party clown business

34. Start an e-book writing business

An eBook business is profitable and flexible, letting you start a business from anywhere, while it is a low-cost business that is easy to start. You can make a living self-publishing and selling eBooks online as long as you are ready to invest your time and money in it.

Anyone can start an eBooks business! Just choose a niche that interests the target audience, and ensure in-depth research.

How much you can make: $2,000 — $42,857/month

How much does it cost to start: $67 (?)

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

How We Started A $514K/Year Content Curation Agency With Just $35 [From India]

Content-Whale, a content curation agency, has achieved a Rs. 4 crore ($514k/year) turnover 4-5 years after being started with just Rs. 2500 ($35), and has a pool of more than 500 writers, aiming to become a market leader in the global content market.

About
Vaibhav started Content-Whale Private Limited over 6 years ago
Revenue
Vaibhav grew the business to $42.9K/month
Costs
It cost Vaibhav $35 to start the business
Read by 4,718 founders

35. Start an ecommerce reselling business

An eCommerce reseller purchases services or goods for resale rather than consumption. Becoming an eCommerce reseller is a great way to launch an online business without worrying about production costs.

To start an eCommerce reseller business, you do not need a website immediately! You can focus on a social media-based reseller business and create a website later as your business grows.

How much you can make: $4,000 — $140,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $4,998 (?)

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

My Side Hustle Makes $1.2M/Year Selling Car Accessories

Empyre Off-Road, an e-commerce business founded by Greg Shuey which sells aftermarket parts for Toyota Tacomas, Tundras, and 4Runners, generated approximately $100,000 a month in revenue and was able to expand its product offering, focusing on content marketing, email marketing campaigns, and organic social media to attract and retain customers.

About
Greg started Empyre Off-Road over 6 years ago
Revenue
Greg grew the business to $100K/month
Costs
It cost Greg $4998 to start the business
Read by 5,337 founders

36. Become a graphic designer

Graphic designing involves creating sketch designs and materials for corporate clients, advertising agencies, public relations firms, and publishers. Besides, graphic designers provide visual solutions to specific company images, log design, and branding problems.

Graphic design is an excellent career for creative thinkers who enjoy using their talent and artistic skills combined with technology and communication abilities to come up with unique solutions for their clients.

How much you can make: $8,000 — $81,000/month

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

How long does it take to build: 165 days (?)

How We Make $7.5K/Month With A Productized Service

Draftss.com is a productized graphic design and front-end code service on subscription that made $66k ARR in 2019, has an MRR of $9.6k as of July 2020, and offers add-ons such as designers being added to team in interacting tools and front-end code services on WordPress using various page builders like Elementor and Divi.

About
Junaid started Draftss almost 6 years ago
Revenue
Junaid grew the business to $15K/month
Costs
It cost Junaid $100 to start the business
Read by 11,018 founders

37. Start an antique furniture refurbishing business

Antique furniture is a collectible interior furnishing that adds a timeless quality to a space. Antique furniture features attractive designs that looked good 50 or 100 years ago and remains attractive today.

38. Start an auto detailing business

Starting an auto detailing business is a great way to start your own business and get in on the action. Auto detailing is one of the fastest-growing industries in America, and it’s only going to get bigger as people want their cars to look like they just came off the showroom floor. Plus, you’ll be satisfied knowing that you’re helping people take care of their most prized possession: their car!

Auto detailing business is a low barrier to entry entrepreneurship opportunity and can be mobile or operate from a physical location. To start an auto detailing business, find a strategic location and invest in modern equipment and technology.

How much you can make: $3,000 — $20,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $3,750 (?)

How long does it take to build: 45 days (?)

Time commitment per week: Min. 8 hours/week

I Left Tech & Built My Own Car Detailing Business [My Hobby]

Learn how former tech salesman, Matt Paskow, left the industry to start Fresh Look Mobile Auto Detailing, a profitable mobile auto detailing business generating around $5k per month that focuses solely on SEO, Google AdWords, and Google My Business for marketing.

About
Matt started Fresh Look Mobile Auto Detailing over 2 years ago
Revenue
Matt grew the business to $5K/month
Costs
It cost Matt $2500 to start the business
Read by 3,636 founders

39. Start a house painting business

Starting a house painting business can be a rewarding and lucrative endeavor. With the right skills, equipment, and a bit of luck, you can provide a valuable service to homeowners looking to spruce up their living spaces.

You'll need to invest in basic painting supplies such as brushes, rollers, ladders, and drop cloths to get started. You'll also need to invest in protective gear, such as masks and gloves, to ensure the safety of yourself and your clients.

Once you have your equipment, you can start marketing your services to potential clients. You can use social media, word-of-mouth referrals, or even old-fashioned flyers and business cards to get the word out.

As your business grows, you should invest in additional equipment, such as sprayers and power washers, to expand your services. You can also consider hiring additional workers to help with larger jobs and to allow you to take on more work.

With hard work, determination, and a little luck, your house painting business can thrive and provide a steady income stream. And who knows, you may even find yourself becoming the go-to painter in your community.

40. Become a gifts and handicrafts distributor

Handicrafts are handmade products representing a nation's or tribe’s culture, values, and traditions. Gifts and handicrafts play a vital role in allowing people to show love and appreciation.

Therefore, if you are looking to start a business that promotes culture and beliefs, you can become a gifts and handicrafts wholesaler. The target market can be businesses specializing in corporate or social gifting such as birthday gifting, anniversary gifts, or other special occasions.

How much you can make: $5,000 — $39,000/month

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

How I Created A $35K/Month Baltimore Themed Gift Box

Baltimore in a Box founder Ross Nochumowitz created a customized gifting company that allows customers to easily send iconic products from Baltimore to loved ones anywhere in the world, resulting in steady business growth with minimal digital marketing efforts and expanding into corporate gifting with orders increasing year after year.

About
Ross started Baltimore in a Box over 9 years ago
Revenue
Ross grew the business to $35K/month
Costs
It cost Ross $500 to start the business
Read by 4,298 founders

41. Start an auto stereo installation business

42. Start a bicycle mechanic business

43. Become a handyman

Handyman offers various home repair services based on their skill set and the customer’s needs. Also known as a fixer, the handyman repairs works both on the interior and exterior.

The handyman business is a great part-time opportunity, and you can earn a high-profit margin while the overhead costs are low.

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

How I Started A $8K/Month Pool Service And Installation Business

Learn how a third generation business owner started a profitable pool service and installation business in Southern Ontario, earning an average of $8000/month net revenue during peak season and growing from servicing 0 to 350+ pools since May 2016 by doing things that don't scale, such as manually talking to customers and focusing on the ideal customer.

About
Dan started Dundas Valley Pools almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Dan grew the business to $8K/month
Read by 14,819 founders

44. Start a landscape designing business

Landscape design, also known as landscape architecture, involves arranging and modifying features in a landscape, urban area, or garden. The scope of work requires planning, designing, and managing open spaces to create an appealing environment.

The demand for landscape design is high among homeowners and commercial space owners. According to statistics, the employment of landscape architects will grow by 6% in the next few years. The need for planning and developing new and existing landscapes for commercial, industrial, and residential construction will drive the growth.

Starting a landscape design business can be profitable if you are an experienced designer with excellent artistic skills. To start a landscape design business, do market research and write a business plan. Invest in quality landscape design tools and equipment and register your business.

How much you can make: $375,000/month

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

Uber For Lawn Care: How I Built A $30M Software

GreenPal has bootstrapped their business to over $30 million a year in revenue, after securing an unsecured line of credit for $85,000, and have built the operating system and platform for small lawncare companies to run their entire business through, becoming live in all 50 US states and having 1.2 million homeowners using the platform.

About
Bryan started GreenPal almost 12 years ago
Revenue
Bryan grew the business to $375K/month
Costs
It cost Bryan $250000 to start the business
Read by 4,344 founders

45. Start a computer setup business

In a world steadily relying on technology, a computer setup business is a venture that promises steady demand. The concept is fairly simple: you provide services to help clients with everything from unboxing and setting up their new desktop, laptop or tablet, to providing them with a smooth and thorough introduction to its functionality and features.

This business thrives on offering convenience, saving clients potentially confusing and time-consuming setup processes, and instead letting them dive straight into using their new tech tools effectively. Additionally, with potential for further value-additions like tech advice, troubleshooting, and custom software installations, this idea can be easily scalable.

Given the wide customer base, ranging from individuals to small businesses and even corporate entities, a computer setup business has the potential to be both profitable and fulfilling. It's an excellent entry point for tech-savvy individuals looking for a practical way to transform their tech knowledge into a thriving business.

46. Start a gardening business

A gardening business makes money by planting trees, growing specific produce, maintaining landscapes, and more.

Gardening companies work with homeowners to install, maintain and repair their landscaping areas. For instance, a typical gardening business provides all-inclusive services to create and maintain a lawn, such as mowing, fertilizing, and edging.

Owning a gardening business can be a very flexible and profitable business venture.

How much you can make: $27,000 — $150,000/month

How long does it take to build: 560 days (?)

How I Designed A $150K/Month Portable Pressurized Shower And Went On Shark Tank

Founder of RinseKit shares how he designed a portable pressurized shower that generates over $1.5M in sales per year and achieved great success with Kickstarter and appearing on Shark Tank, while providing advice on designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

About
Chris started RinseKit about 9 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $150K/month
Read by 11,746 founders

47. Start a house sitting business

House sitters take care of customers' homes while they are away for extended periods. You may be able to offer house sitting to people with multiple properties for short-term or long-term, depending on how much time you have.

Starting a house-sitting business does not require a huge amount of capital. You can create a website or a social media page and advertise your services. Your typical duties as a house-sitting agent will include the following:

  • Feeding pets, cleaning cages and grooming them
  • General housework and cleaning
  • Maintaining gardens and hedges
  • Taking in the post, newspapers, and junk mail
  • Watering houseplants

You can attract new customers by printing a few business flyers and targeting wealthy housing estates or apartments in the city.

48. Start a home theater rooms set-up business

The home theater room set-up business is about creating a professional, immersive, and comfortable home theater experience for customers. The business includes installing a projection system, sound system, seating, and other necessary components.

To start this business, you will need knowledge of home theater systems and installation and access to the necessary equipment and materials. You may also need to obtain any required licenses or certifications.

You should be able to provide top-quality service and meet each customer’s unique needs and preferences. Offering quality service may involve working with a team of professionals, such as electricians or audio engineers, to ensure that the installation is done correctly and to the highest standards.

Additionally, it is essential to have excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate effectively with clients to ensure that they are satisfied with the final result.

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

45 Years In Business, Our $48M/Year Electronics Company Is Still Growing Each Year

Case study of World Wide Stereo, a consumer electronics company with a profitable $56 to $62 million business, known for their excellent customer service and online shopping experience, as well as their focus on providing a higher quality of entertainment and environmental control through electronics.

About
Bob started World Wide Stereo over 44 years ago
Revenue
Bob grew the business to $4M/month
Costs
It cost Bob $15000 to start the business
Read by 586 founders

49. Start a pet sitting business

A pet sitter is a professional who provides daily care for pets while the pet owners are at work or on vacation. The pet sitter's duties include:

  • Cooking special meals for pets as instructed by pet owners.
  • Reporting any behavioral issues to pet owners.
  • Playing with the pets to encourage their mental and physical stimulation.

One of the advantages of working as a pet sitter is that it's not a stressful career. You also get to work with different animals while enjoying a work-life balance.

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

How I Started A $8K/Month In-Home Pet Care Service

A technician-turned-CEO built an in-home pet care enterprise that generates $8k per month by documenting business operations and empowering employees, inspired by the successes of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc and researcher Brené Brown's work on vulnerability and empathy in the workplace.

About
Benny started Hands N Paws almost 6 years ago
Revenue
Benny grew the business to $15K/month
Costs
It cost Benny $1000 to start the business
Read by 7,047 founders

50. Become an interior designer

Interior designing involves making indoor spaces safe, functional, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential & decorative items such as colors, lighting, and materials.

The global luxury interior design market is growing at a CAGR of 9.0%. The growth metrics show there is great potential for entrepreneurs targeting households.

If you are starting a luxury interior design business, focus on style and specialty. Add valuables with creative professions, such as interior design, so you stand out from the rest. Ensure you hire the right people and hone the brand identity.

How much you can make: $100,000 — $415,000/month

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

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

How We (Mother And Daughter) Started A $1M/Year Boutique Design Firm

Mother and daughter duo turn passion for antiques and design into a boutique design firm with over $1 million in annual revenue and hundreds of trophy projects, showcasing the importance of grit, determination, and passion in building a successful business.

About
Annemarie started diSalvo Interiors about 27 years ago
Revenue
Annemarie grew the business to $110K/month
Read by 8,083 founders

51. Start a pool cleaning business

Pool cleaning services serve affluent homes and commercial places. Their service involves adding and testing chemical levels and catching debris to keep the swimming pools clean. A pool cleaning company ensures the swimming pool water stays clear and inhibits the growth of microorganisms.

Starting a pool cleaning business fulfills your entrepreneurial spirit and is also profitable. Suppose you are starting a pool cleaning business. In that case, you need a basic understanding of how to mix pool cleaning chemicals, invest in professional pool cleaning equipment, and market your pool cleaning business.

How much you can make: $8,000 — $50,000/month

How long does it take to build: 7 days (?)

How I Started A $8K/Month Pool Service And Installation Business

Learn how a third generation business owner started a profitable pool service and installation business in Southern Ontario, earning an average of $8000/month net revenue during peak season and growing from servicing 0 to 350+ pools since May 2016 by doing things that don't scale, such as manually talking to customers and focusing on the ideal customer.

About
Dan started Dundas Valley Pools almost 8 years ago
Revenue
Dan grew the business to $8K/month
Read by 14,819 founders

52. Start a vending machine business

Starting a vending machine business in a crowded, busy city is an easy way to make money. Whether you want to run your own business, start a side hustle, or generate an income while at the office, this is the best business.

There are many advantages to starting a vending machine business, such as: low startup costs, simplicity, all cash-based transactions, and flexibility.

Here are the steps on how to start a vending machine business.

  • Buy a franchise
  • Find a location
  • Secure all licenses and contracts

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

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

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

I Converted My Side Hustle Into A Full-Blown $10K/Month Vending Machine Business

iKrave Vending founder Lakinya started her vending machine business after observing the lack of consultants who specialize in vending machine operations, and now offers online training courses and mentoring to help others achieve success in the billion-dollar industry.

About
Lakinya started iKrave Vending over 6 years ago
Revenue
Lakinya grew the business to $30K/month
Costs
It cost Lakinya $2000 to start the business
Read by 3,467 founders

53. Start a mobile pet grooming

Do you love attending to pets? Starting a pet grooming business is a fun and profitable business idea.

Pet grooming service includes bathing, nail clipping, and brushing of pet animals. Grooming pets ensure they remain healthy and enjoy an improved physical appearance. To start a pet grooming business, create a business plan and portfolio.

Establish a business website and market your services to the target audience. Then, buy pet grooming tools and supplies and focus on offering your services to the target audience.

54. Start a tour guide business

Can you offer a native perspective of a town you know well? If yes, starting a tour guide business can be a significant business venture. Tour guides charge tourists per tour and provide visitors with an area with local tour narration and navigation.

To start a tour guide business, choose an area you know, and study its history. Visitors will often ask questions and expect you to answer them. Therefore, you have to be well-versed in the areas you will cover.

You can partner with a tour & travel company or a game park near you and offer the visitor's tour guide services.

How much you can make: $1,500 — $43,300,000/month

Responsible And Resilient: Intrepid Travel Shows Doing Good Is Also Good For Business

Intrepid Travel is the biggest adventure tour operator that generates $43 million in annual revenue, offering more than 1,150 sustainable and experience-rich trips worldwide and, since 2002, raising over AUD 12 million for 135 charities worldwide through The Intrepid Foundation.

About
They started Intrepid Travel about 35 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $43.3M/month
Read by 783 founders

55. Start a babysitting service

If you have some spare time at home, you can start babysitting services for couples who need extra support.

Here are the steps on how to start a babysitting business.

  • Avail for training/credentials related to babysitting
  • Register your business
  • Apply for Licenses/Permits
  • Open a bank account for business transactions

56. Start a transportation service

Transportation businesses offer ridesharing services, haul consumer goods, or ship supplies and products from one location to another. They target individual passengers, other companies, or global business partners.

If you are starting a transportation service, decide who and what you will serve, set up the business structure, register the business, and apply for the required business licenses or permits. To ensure a profitable business, incorporate proper hiring procedures and keep up with maintenance and recertifications.

How much you can make: $12,000 — $364,000/month

How long does it take to build: 410 days (?)

We Started A $4.37M/Year Private Jet And Air Taxi Booking Service

Mirai Flights is an app-forward private jet booking service with a focus on UK, Europe, Middle East and CIS states, that allows customers to bypass the long wait times with more than 30 parameters analysed in less than 30 seconds, achieving $4.37m turnover from March to December 2021, and planning to increase it up to $10.2m and expand internationally in the future.

About
Irakli started Mirai Flights about 3 years ago
Revenue
Irakli grew the business to $364K/month
Read by 2,463 founders

57. Start an online hobby classes

Online hobby classes are an excellent business opportunity for those passionate about a particular skill or activity. To start an online hobby class business, you need a website or platform to host your classes, a high-quality camera and microphone, and a well-organized curriculum.

The online education industry is expected to reach $350 billion by 2025, making now a great time to start this business. To operate your business successfully, you should offer high-quality classes and be responsive to students’ needs. By providing a positive learning experience, you can build a loyal customer base and generate positive reviews.

Starting an online hobby class business allows you to share your skills and turn your hobby into a successful business.

58. Become a property manager

A property manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a property. This can include tasks such as marketing and leasing units, collecting rent, and maintaining the property.

To succeed in this business, you’ll need to have strong people skills and be comfortable working with various clients. You’ll also need to be organized and detail-oriented. If you have these skills, starting your own property management business can be a great way to make money in the real estate industry.

The average property manager's salary in the United States is $54,183/year. The low-end range falls between 36k at 12% below to 79K+, which represents 24%.

With the recent craze of people wanting to invest in real estate, property management has never been more popular than now. Property managers often have the opportunity to work from home, making it an excellent option for those who want the flexibility of being their own boss.

The property management business is a great way to make money if you’re familiar with the real estate market and have strong people skills. You can make a lot of money by managing properties for investors.

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

How long does it take to build: 362 days (?)

We Started A $2.4M/Year Coliving Business In Singapore

Casa Mia Coliving, a sustainable and modern co-living and property management company in Singapore offering affordable accommodation, has an annualized revenue of $2.5M with 150 bedrooms across popular neighborhoods, attracting young professionals and boasting a 10x LTV/CAC ratio, all while focusing on unit economics and profitable growth.

About
Eugenio started Casa Mia Coliving over 4 years ago
Revenue
Eugenio grew the business to $200K/month
Read by 3,439 founders

59. Start an online diet and fitness business

The concept of wellness has been around for decades. The latest IPSOS report has shown that more than half of the world’s population is interested in exercising and eating more healthily.

A majority of people falling under this classification are using the internet to help them through their health and fitness journey.

Therefore, starting a website dedicated to teaching and helping people in dieting and exercising presents a potential business opportunity.

How much you can make: $10,000 — $33,333,333/month

How I built a $10K/month online business (while working a full-time job with a family)

Online weight loss coach Nagina Abdullah built a 6-figure business while working full-time and raising a family, helping women who've tried everything else finally see positive results in their weight loss journey through her step-by-step habit change approach.

About
They started MasalaBody almost 10 years ago
Revenue
They grew the business to $10K/month
Read by 690 founders

60. Start a valet parking service business

61. Start an Instagram or snapchat marketing business

Starting an Instagram or Snapchat marketing business is a great way to tap into the millions of users on these platforms. If you have a passion for social media and a knack for creating engaging content, this could be your perfect business opportunity. To start your Instagram or Snapchat marketing business, you’ll need to establish your target audience first. Are you targeting small businesses, influencers, or a niche like fashion or travel? Once you know who you’re targeting, you can create a content strategy that resonates with them and helps you stand out from the competition. To get started, you’ll need to set up a business account on Instagram or Snapchat and build your following. This can be done by creating and sharing high-quality content, using hashtags, and engaging with other users. You can also leverage your existing social media following to promote your new business. To run a successful Instagram or Snapchat marketing business, you’ll need to constantly create and share new content and stay up to date with the latest trends and algorithm updates on these platforms. It would be best if you also were willing to experiment with different content formats, like Instagram stories or Snapchat filters, to see what works best for your audience.

In addition to creating and sharing content, you may also want to offer additional services like Instagram or Snapchat ad management or social media strategy consulting. You can attract a wider range of clients and increase your revenue streams by offering various services.

To start and run a successful Instagram or Snapchat marketing business, you’ll need a strong understanding of social media, excellent communication skills, and the ability to create engaging content. With the right skills and strategy, you can tap into the millions of users on these platforms and turn your passion for social media into a profitable business.

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

62. Start a tax preparation business

Do you have experience in tax preparation? You can capitalize on your math abilities and attention to detail by starting a tax preparation business.

Basic tax types include:

  • Individual income taxes
  • Corporate income taxes
  • Sales taxes
  • Property taxes

To start a taxation business, you can use an in-home taxation preparation service or build taxation software. Taxation experts can specialize in certain taxation types or offer general tax consultations.

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

Helping Youtubers & Online Content Creators With Their Accounting Turned Into A $300K/Year Business

A case study about FreeCashFlow.io, an accounting agency that specifically caters to the financial needs of Onlyfans models and entrepreneurs, helping them with bookkeeping, taxes, and financial management, all while overcoming the stigma associated with the industry.

About
Alan started Free Cash Flow over 2 years ago
Revenue
Alan grew the business to $25K/month
Costs
It cost Alan $500 to start the business
Read by 5,711 founders

63. Start a social media management business

Similar to virtual assistants, social media managers offer various services, including but not limited to:

  • Developing a marketing strategy based on clients’ goals
  • Setting up social media accounts
  • Posting on behalf of their clients
  • Coming up with strategies for increasing client’s social media following
  • Marketing analysis.

To become a social media manager, know the various platforms and understand how they work so you can develop strategies that help clients reach their goals.

The beauty of working as a social media manager is that you can define your work schedule and choose what niches to work on.

How much you can make: $20,000 — $166,667/month

How much does it cost to start: $251 (?)

How long does it take to build: 3 days (?)

How I Started A $7.5K/Month Social Media Consulting And Training Business

A social media manager turned entrepreneur created a program that has brought in almost $100,000 in one year, designed to teach women how to run successful social media businesses in less than 30 days.  

About
Amanda started Social Media Manager Society over 3 years ago
Revenue
Amanda grew the business to $20K/month
Read by 6,513 founders

64. Start an amazon reseller business

An Amazon reseller sources products at wholesale prices and sells them on Amazon. To start an Amazon reseller business, choose a low-competition product. Low competition products offer a great way to establish your brand as a leader in particular product categories.

To grow your business, ensure high-profit margin products, as selling only the low-profit margin products can curtail your business growth.

How much you can make: $3,000 — $60,000/month

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

How I Built A Six Figure Amazon FBA Business

Craig, a former construction worker, left his day job to start an eCommerce business selling kitchen tools and utensils on Amazon in the US that generated $19,233 in their first month and by month 6 was turning over $33,000+; he has since scaled the business to multiple 6 figures and is now dedicating his time to helping others create more time and financial freedom in their lives by starting their own businesses.

Revenue
Craig grew the business to $60K/month
Read by 3,448 founders

65. Start a selling business on etsy

Etsy is a marketplace where millions of people around the world connect to make, sell and buy unique goods. You can sell unique handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies on the platform.

Here are steps for starting a selling business on Etsy:

  • Create your Etsy Account
  • Define the Shop preferences and set a name
  • Create a viable product
  • Input the payment settings and enter the credit card details
  • Open the Etsy shop, set up your bio and shop policies
  • Take images of your products and upload
  • Include compelling product descriptions and set reasonable prices

Your Etsy shop policies should indicate the processing time, shipping policies, payment options and the returns/exchanges policy.

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

How I Overcame Life's Roadblocks And Started A $500K Business

Galen Leather, an Istanbul-based e-commerce store specializing in handmade leather goods, experienced a 138% increase in revenue to hit an average of around $40,000 in sales each month, with products like their Moleskine Cover helping the company achieve success.

About
Zeynep started Galen Leather almost 12 years ago
Revenue
Zeynep grew the business to $40K/month
Read by 6,220 founders

66. Start an art collectible business

Starting an art collectibles business can be a rewarding and exciting venture for those passionate about art and interested in acquiring and selling unique and valuable pieces.

The business of art collectibles involves buying and selling works of art, such as paintings, sculptures, and other rare and one-of-a-kind pieces. This can include everything from ancient artifacts to contemporary pieces by up-and-coming artists. The goal of an art collectibles business is to find and acquire high-quality pieces that have a strong market demand and then sell them to collectors or art enthusiasts for a profit.

To start an art collectibles business, you will need to invest in a diverse collection of pieces, either by purchasing them outright or by working with artists and dealers to acquire them on consignment. You will also need to research the market and determine which types of art are in high demand and what prices you can expect to sell them for.

In addition to having a passion for art, a few key skills and qualities can help you succeed in the art collectibles business. These include:

  • Strong knowledge of art history and different art movements
  • The ability to spot and evaluate high-quality pieces
  • Good business sense and financial skills to manage your inventory and pricing
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills to work with clients and other industry professionals

To get started, you may want to consider joining a professional organization, such as the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art or the American Association of Auctioneers, to connect with other professionals in the field and learn more about the industry. You should also consider developing a strong online presence through your website or selling your items through online platforms such as eBay or Etsy.

Starting an art collectibles business can be challenging but rewarding for those passionate about art who have a strong understanding of the market. With hard work, dedication, and a little luck, you can turn your love of art into a successful and fulfilling career.

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 6,218 founders

67. Start an ebay reseller business

The basic idea of eBay reselling is to buy a discounted product, sell it on eBay, and ship it out for a profit.

Buying and reselling on eBay can be a profitable business. You can pick something at a lower price during its off-peak selling season and resell it individually when its demand is high.

To start an eBay reselling business, you should register as a business seller.

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

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

Starting Up A Reselling Business And Pulling In $4K/Month Revenue

Reselling business that has grown into a full-time venture, generating around $4,000/month, by cross-listing products on multiple platforms, primarily focusing on fashion but also including hard goods and furniture, while also offering downsizing services and planning to launch a website about the work-from-home lifestyle.

About
Shelby started Rooted Drawers about 7 years ago
Revenue
Shelby grew the business to $4K/month
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68. Start an uber driver business

Uber is the top ridesharing and delivery platform that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As an uber driver, you have the chance to set your schedule. You can drive with the Uber app anytime, day or night. Uber app gives you driving directions and suggestions, enabling you to maximize your profitability and make money on your terms.

To get started, check the driving requirements for your area, sign up online, and choose the cities you would like to drive in. Ensure the car types meet Uber’s specifications.

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

How I Built A $3.5M/Year Taxi Company Competing With Uber & Lyft

Albert Williams grew a $3.5 million transportation company, The Best Deal, from a niche transportation sector; he attributes the company's success to providing excellent service and committing to continuous learning.

About
Albert started Best Deal Car Service about 10 years ago
Revenue
Albert grew the business to $250K/month
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69. Start a portrait photography business

You have been using your android or apple phone for years, taking photos of all your friends, kids, family, and anything that inspires you. Now, you leap and consider starting a portrait photography business.

Portrait photography captures a person’s essence, personality, identity, and attitude utilizing backgrounds, lighting, and posing.

To start portrait photography, hone your skills and acquire a professional camera and photo editing software. You can make money by selling photos on social media channels like Instagram or a stock photography website.

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

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

70. Start a pop up business

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