35 Online WordPress Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

35 Online WordPress Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a wordpress business in 2021?

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

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

Here's the full list:

1. Start a digital marketing business ($1.2M/year)

Rahul Alim from Los Angeles, California, USA started Custom Creatives over 16 years ago, a digital marketing business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

My intention during and after high school was to move to Europe and play soccer (football) as my career. However, I was persuaded to try my hand at college which eventually took me down the path where I am today.

I grew up in a family full of entrepreneurs, thinkers…people smarter than me so I was definitely lucky to be in the right room.

My first job was selling credit card machines and processing. I was raw in business but determined (or stubborn) to make it alone with the help of no one (NOTE, this was a dumb idea and everyone should get help at every stage of life). When I started, I thought I was in a finance position. It turned out I was in a sales position, responsible for calling businesses to sell them on our services. It was the best thing to ever happen to me at this stage in my young career.

I was forced to talk to people, negotiate, persuade, help strangers over the phone - I learned one of the greatest skills of all time, how to sell over the phone. I had never sold anything, I learned sales in 3 days, then practiced every single day. This position lasted 30 days, but the grass only got greener. I was somehow recruited to a company called Homestore, which owned Realtor.com where I eventually became a top sales account executive managing the East Coast as my territory.

I went from the worst at sales in the company to the top 10 in the company. I took my sales learnings from my first job selling credit card processing to selling to internet advertising to Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Lenders and those involved in the real estate transaction.

After just a few years, I left Realtor.com (for no reason whatsoever, I loved working there) to start my own company. Young, dumb, no plan, no office, no product, no smart idea, but I had one thing to offer… I decided to help realtors manage and promote their listings on the internet.

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Rahul Alim, on starting Custom Creatives ($100,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a wordpress resource business ($97.2K/year)

Kevin Koskella from Austin, Texas, USA started Work Hero about 3 years ago, a wordpress resource business.

  • Revenue: $8,100/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

After spending some time in the corporate world and hating it, I got laid off and was forced to either find another job or start something myself. The idea of another job didn’t interest me, as I couldn’t seem to fit in with work/corporate/office life.

Finding places where small and solo business owners hang out was a much better way to attract customers. Now as we move more into content marketing, we will be attracting the right customers.

I instead went with my passions at the time with fitness and sport and started coaching a local master (adult) swim team making $12/hour for a few hours of work a week.

This led to giving swim lessons and designing programs for triathletes (swim, bike, run) to accomplish a distance or open water swim.

I started taking this online, and I eventually got my start in the world of online business with triswimcoach.com – swimming training for triathlons. I hired VA’s, then teams, to help build and run my niche business.

And this building of teams and solving problems online led me to start Work Hero.

My original plan was to offer these three categories as a productized service, where businesses could pay monthly for the design/development/VA services, instead of having to go out and hire everyone themselves.

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Kevin Koskella, on starting Work Hero ($8,100/month) full story ➜

3. Start a wordpress maintenance services ($72K/year)

Jason Correia from London, England, United Kingdom started WP Manager about 4 years ago, a wordpress maintenance services.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

I wrote my first line of code at ten years old. It was part of an online game (not even a good one), and of course, at that age, I wasn’t a particularly skilled developer. Actually, I had no idea I had even written HTML, or what coding even was. Anyway, looking back - those few (badly written) lines of code actually helped develop and shape my career over time.

Fast-forwarding around 15 years on and many failed startups later, I was working at a large logistics business as their digital strategist (which basically just meant that I was the web developer, digital marketeer, and ad-hoc IT guy). At this time, I had worked in several different roles inside and out of the digital industry - web design, digital marketing, sales but I still had no real idea what my big idea would be for a business and had grown very realistic and weary of the hype around the startup space.

Despite what I thought was a relatively stable career choice, I still had an overdraft that just never seemed to disappear. I was tired, miserable, and stressed. I never really had the time or energy left for anything beyond what was quite a lot of responsibility at my day to day job.

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Jason Correia, on starting WP Manager ($6,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a virtual assistant business ($12K/year)

Julmar Grace Locsin from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines started FVA Business Consultancy ago, a virtual assistant business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 14
  • Location: Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines

Ten years ago, my husband and I were working in an office set-up. Due to a mix of struggles experienced, my husband and I decided to quit our job and transition into freelancing. The transition phase was difficult since we didn't have the facilities needed like a computer and internet connection. We worked in an internet cafe for the first month of our freelancing career until we bought our personal computer and had our internet connection.

We had experience downtime in our new career at first, but we grow and learn from our mistakes as we go along. Freelancing changed the quality of our lives, our family, and so with our marriage. We embrace these benefits to realize that if mothers can work at home, they can earn while taking care of their family.

Another thing is the overseas workers. They have been working far from their family to make a living. Those who are exhausted and feel unproductive because of many circumstances like long hours of commute eat a lot of their time, endangering their work-life balance. These are a few of our realizations why we come up with putting Filipino Virtual Assistance. Because we know how difficult it is to work far from our family, we want to empower Filipino families, one freelancer at a time. We want to provide our graduates an avenue to earn dollars at their homes' comfort, without the hassle of traffic, toxicity of the environment, and an excellent opportunity for those who never got the chance to go to College.

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Julmar Grace Locsin, on starting FVA Business Consultancy ($1,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start an affiliate marketing business ($960K/year)

Spencer Mecham from Highland started Buildapreneur about 4 years ago, a affiliate marketing business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Highland

I first heard about affiliate marketing when I was working at a digital marketing agency after college. One of my co-workers showed me a blog that he had started that was bringing in a fairly significant income.

All the blog did to make money was review vacuum cleaners.

My business is currently yielding more than half a million dollars a year in profits. And it does that with very little expense.

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Spencer Mecham, on starting Buildapreneur ($80,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start an online courses business ($1.44M/year)

Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins) from Chester, New Jersey, USA started Mikkelsen Twins over 3 years ago, a online courses business.

  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Chester, New Jersey, USA

We never had a moment like “Ah ha! Let’s start an online education company!”, it just naturally evolved and grew into what it is today.

But I can tell you exactly how we got here. Before we get into how we first discovered what entrepreneurship even is, I want to paint the picture of what life was like even before that.

Up until we were 21 years old, we were 2 guys just going through life on autopilot with no regard for the future. Worrying about what my next week would look like was hard enough. Then we basically “woke up” and found ourselves in a 1 bedroom apartment in Aarhus, Denmark, not showing up to our part-time job anymore and smoking pot every day. For the first time, we reflected on ourselves, what we were doing and we just felt embarrassed. We were wasting our precious time away doing absolutely nothing. I don’t want to get too into the emotions felt, but it was a rock bottom for us. Long story short, we have a private twin meeting and said to each other “this is f\cking sad, we have to change”. And because we had each other, we developed motivation and ambition to prove we weren’t useless, waste-of-space losers (but that’s exactly how we had acted).

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Rasmus & Christian Mikkelsen (or Mikkelsen Twins), on starting Mikkelsen Twins ($120,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start an ecommerce platform ($1.2M/year)

Nick and Angelica from Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA started Romans Tide over 6 years ago, a ecommerce platform.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Outsource everything. The classic entrepreneur’s mistake is to try and do everything yourself. When I look back on it I definitely had the funds to outsource more and bootstrap less.

If it wasn't for that struggle I would have never made it to where I am today. I was forced into entrepreneurship because I was not someone people could hire. I always got along with people at interviews and people liked me but I was not hireable due to the mistakes I made in the past surrounding my issues with drugs and alcohol as a teenager.

Embrace the struggle. Good times can make you soft. I appreciate my life now and keep an attitude of gratitude but I never forget where I came from. I never forget not knowing where my next meal would come from or not knowing where I was going to sleep at night. Believe it or not, I have had worse times and been worse places than being homeless but I won't go there here

I got my GED at 16 so I didn’t even finish high school, before starting my business I did take some college classes at a local community college. I wanted to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and attend Bastyr University.

I loved learning things but always struggled with the long road of school which held no guarantee of success, just a guarantee of debt.

My journey into entrepreneurship started as an early teenager hustling here and there just to put food in my mouth and fuel in the gas tank. My first real business was a landscaping business I started with a friend that didn't work out. We thought it would be a good idea because he had the work and I had the business mindset of growing and scaling. The opportunity was there but we did not collaborate well. Even with my guidance he did not want to change his habits. This led to us butting heads, ending our business, tainting our friendship, and me $20,000 in debt. After that had failed me I came across a program that taught people how to dropship on eBay for $20 a month. I really liked the idea of this as it gave me the opportunity to work from anywhere and be my own boss which are two things I really wanted. After a few months of hard work, things went well and I paid $500 for the selling on Amazon training. I literally had no idea what I was doing when my Amazon business took off. In a sense, Amazon was my crash course in business. It taught me how to hire and manage employees, how to set up payroll, how to outsource, how to do accounting, how to leverage credit and financing, how to market, how to do advertising. It taught me everything I know about business in the harshest way possible lol

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Nick and Angelica, on starting Romans Tide ($100,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a podcasting business ($360K/year)

Marti Sanchez from Charlotte started Influence Podium almost 2 years ago, a podcasting business.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Charlotte

The idea behind Influence Podium started back in college. I used to play NCAA basketball and we could only work a certain number of hours per week. As an immigrant who had just moved from Barcelona, I would “ghostwrite” my classmates’ papers for $10/page (money back if I got them less than a B, of course).

After I graduated, I had a short stint in finances (I lasted 30 days) until I quit and moved back to Spain. There, I went back to the one skill I knew I had -- writing.

I wrote on Quora for 6 months, got 2 million views, and a few people started reaching out to me to ghostwrite for them. They happened to be B2B CEOs, and that’s when I learned the power of content, personal branding, and inbound marketing.

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Marti Sanchez, on starting Influence Podium ($30,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a seo business ($72K/year)

Md. Yousuf Ali from Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh started Rank Trends ago, a SEO business.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

About 10 years ago, I just finished my education life and joined a private company as a fresher. At that time, I heard that we can earn money by working online. I didn't believe it at first, but I had a bit of curiosity in my mind, and since then I've been researching how to make money working online.

I discovered oDesk (present name Upwork). I had been searching for a unique idea and got it from ​​oDesk about digital marketing. Then, I have been studying digital marketing and researching this subject for about 4-5 years. In 2017 I started my new digital marketing agency called Rank Trends but it went live online in 2018 and got a very good response.

I was at a good place with my digital marketing businesses. Moreover, it permitted us to work from anyplace — one that allowed us to venture to the far corners of the planet and invest more energy with our families. Also, I wrote lots of articles about digital marketing including SEO, Social Media Marketing, Video Marketing, Domain Hosting, Backlinks, etc. We just try to share our knowledge with our website readers to make a bridge with them. I think this idea of digital marketing is a really helpful creation for people and me.

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Md. Yousuf Ali, on starting Rank Trends ($6,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a wordpress template business ($106K/year)

Sam from South Carolina, USA started Effortless Web Kits over 3 years ago, a wordpress template business.

  • Revenue: $8,800/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: South Carolina, USA

It was 7:00 pm, about 8 days before Christmas in 2017 when my boss sent me a text message “Can I call?”.

I’d been in the tech industry as a software developer for a while now, so a late-night chat wasn’t necessarily out of the ordinary - especially if one of our clients had an unexpected, catastrophic error that couldn’t wait until the morning.

“Of course!” I said.

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Sam, on starting Effortless Web Kits ($8,800/month) full story ➜

11. Start a social media marketing business ($120K/year)

Mahsun Avci from Taastrup started Avci ApS over 1 year ago, a social media marketing business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Taastrup

Growing up, I went to private school and was very blessed that my parents cared about my education. Somewhere around 9th grade, my perspective on the education system changed. I realized through books and YouTube videos that the life trajectory of a lot of the people I looked up to, was not aligned with what I wanted in life.

I was never a fan of what was taught in schools. Instead of religiously following what was being taught in high school, I self-educated in business, personal development, and leadership. When I was fifteen, I tried out various online businesses. I failed miserably at first. At this time I was very much into Fitness and I tried to sell training and diet plans. I managed to sell a few plans to my classmates for like $50, but it never really amounted to anything and most importantly it wasn't scalable.

After that, I tried stock trading and the likes. That too didn’t really work for me. One day I stumbled across SMMA. I was so intrigued by the concept, so I went ALL IN. I didn’t care what people thought. I was going to make it big here. I needed some proof of concept, so I convinced my dad to make me run his restaurant's Facebook Ads. I watched 100’s of videos and read tons of blogs, to know how to run successful ads and we were both pretty stoked about the results.

I knew it was the right business for me, but it was not all gold and green forests. In fact, at the start of my “agency journey,” it was so hard getting my feet on the ground and getting my first few clients after my dad.

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Mahsun Avci, on starting Avci ApS ($10,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a wordpress plugin business ($1.2M/year)

Jason Coleman from Reading, PA started Paid Memberships Pro about 11 years ago, a wordpress plugin business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Reading, PA

I've been in business with my co-founder Kimberly Coleman since 2006. Kim is also my wife. We make a great team in business and life. Back in 2006, we did general-purpose website consulting and development. We built a lot of the typical brochureware websites for doctors, lawyers, and other businesses. We also built a proof of concept apps for web 2.0 era companies and ran a web 2.0 company of our own, an online database and social network for wine drinkers.

Over time, we grew tired of building completely new ideas from scratch with every other project we took on. A good move for development companies is to focus on a niche. When you're doing more repeatable work, you can work more efficiently AND charge higher rates for the work you do. So we did that. We started to focus on WordPress development and then more specifically on eCommerce sites. This was also around 2008, during the big recession then. We noticed that projects that were more closely tied to making money for our customers were less likely to be dropped and more likely to make our customers happy. It worked. We were making low six figures in income together building eCommerce sites for customers.

Programming for recurring payments is MUCH harder than one-time payments. There is more to keep track of and more edge cases to account for.

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Jason Coleman, on starting Paid Memberships Pro ($100,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a wordpress website as a service designing business

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14. Start a web design and development blogging business

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15. Start a wordpress developer business

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16. Start a premium forums business

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17. Start a web hosting service business

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18. Create a wordpress theme

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19. Start a wordpress marketing business

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20. Start a wordpress instructor business

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21. Start a wordpress job listing business

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22. Start a contributing writing business

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23. Start a wordpress consulting business

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24. Start an e-book writing business

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25. Start a wordpress memberships business

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26. Start a dance tutorial blog

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27. Start a Premium plugin development business

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28. Start a wordpress security business

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29. Start a local reviewer business

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30. Start a wordpress UI & UX designing business

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31. Start a web flipping business

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32. Start a wordpress interviewer business

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33. Start a premium divi layout designing business

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34. Start a wordpress news blogging business

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35. Start a premium wordpress child theme designing business

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