45 Profitable Home Based Business Ideas

Nowadays, it's possible to start almost any business from home.

I mean... that's the dream, right?

Who doesn't want to be their own boss, make their own hours AND work from the comfort of their own living room?

We put together a list of 45 profitable home-based business ideas you can start from home today:

Start a finance courses business

Adam Tal started Pushtak, which sells finance courses and is making $150,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 10 employees.

I’ve never been able to “fit in” anywhere, which was a problem way before I dropped out of high school - my mom says I was even thrown out of kindergarten…

That made it hard for me to keep a job or dedicate myself to projects. In retrospect, it makes perfect sense, as I know now that I’m an introvert, and suffer from Cyclothymia, which is a “lite” form of bipolar, as well as ADHD.

But before being diagnosed, I just thought something was wrong with me, and that I might be the only person in the world who can’t keep a deadline, or that I was “lazy” on days that I couldn’t get out of bed or make decisions.

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Adam Tal, on starting Pushtak ($150,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a travel experiences business

Andrew Norton started SkyAlliance, which sells travel experiences and is making $2,800 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

It all started at Heathrow Airport. I was and currently still work at the airport as a security officer in Terminal 5.

When I first started the role I had learned how to develop software, code and also web design. However, I didn’t know what direction of business to pursue with these skills. In the role of a security officer, you interact with the masses of passengers passing through every working day.

It all started at Heathrow Airport. I was and currently still work at the airport as a security officer in Terminal 5.

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Andrew Norton, on starting SkyAlliance ($2,800 revenue/mo) full story

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Start a live events business

Brian Burkhart started SquarePlanet, which sells live events and is making $291,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 7 employees.

I spent the first couple decades of my career producing content for large meetings and events.

One year, we were at a huge healthcare conference in San Diego when the top doctor at one of the most prestigious institutes of medicine in the world took the stage for a presentation. Just a few minutes into his 60-minute speech, and he was putting his audience to sleep. That right there was the eureka moment when I realized I needed to help the people who struggle mightily to deliver live presentations. The amount of money, time and energy that was wasted during that one-hour session — the cumulative impact of his brutally painful speech — is perhaps immeasurable. When you factor in all the money the conference attendees spent to get there, all the physical costs of the actual event and the opportunity cost that was wasted, it’s insane.

See, it bothered me because my team and I wasted our efforts, too. We spent months working hard on this stuff, and I had to watch the audience literally take a nap during the presentation. Such a missed opportunity. And I get it — the majority of the population would never notice these “misses,” but it still bothers me because they’re still misses. That level of frustration is a huge factor of why I created SquarePlanet.

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Brian Burkhart, on starting SquarePlanet ($291,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a marketing strategies business

Darren Magarro started DSM, which sells marketing strategies and is making $230,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 18 employees.

My personal journey to get to where I am today with not direct and honestly if I would have said 13 years ago that I’d be where I am today...I WOULD HAVE BEEN LYING TO YOU ALL. After starting at the University of New Hampshire in 1995, I lost my father 6 weeks into my freshman year.

After finishing my freshman year, I came back home to New Jersey to be closer to my mom and went to work for a semester doing construction in NYC. From there, I decided to get back into school with the help of a mentor. The whole community rallied around me and really helped me get into Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Fast forward, 3 ½ years later (and a few rugby injuries) to graduating Lehigh with honors and a history degree (a story for another day).

From there...I assume you’re asking how I went from a history degree to a career in advertising and marketing...bluntly, I couldn’t get a teaching job in a tough market back in 2000. I took an assistant media buyer job at Mediaedge: CIA. From there, I worked my way up the food chain to Zenith Media, FX and back to Zenith over the next 6 years ultimately working my way up to a Buying Director.

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Darren Magarro, on starting DSM ($230,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a wordpress support business

Daniele Besana started WP OK, which sells wordpress support and is making $10,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 5 employees.

I've always worked in IT, solving technical problems for small and big companies.

During my 15 years career in network security, I was lucky to help a lot of different types of customers: from small family-owned businesses to multinationals corporations.

It’s all about people. Don't focus on the number of subscribers, followers, opt-in, conversions… when you start is all about building relationships with people.

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Daniele Besana, on starting WP OK ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a womens clothing business

Kristi Soomer started Encircled, which sells womens clothing and is making $200,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 10 employees.

I started Encircled out of frustration with a lack of versatile and stylish travel clothing.

While packing for a last-minute yoga retreat, my suitcase broke. I had to stuff everything into a much smaller bag, and it opened my eyes to the fact that I was one - bringing way too much stuff, and two- none of my pieces were versatile, and had potential to be I had a circle scarf packed, and I started to wonder...

  • What if this was made out of better fabric?

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Kristi Soomer, on starting Encircled ($200,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a time management software business

Jared Brown started Hubstaff, which sells time management software and is making $490,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 54 employees.

Hubstaff is my first product company. But building a software business was a long-term goal for me that started in high school. I would read a lot of books about the early success stories in the tech business, such as Apple and Oracle.

Since I was young and couldn’t raise money or pay for a developer out of pocket I taught myself how to code. Coding was a great skill to learn because it taught me how to think clearly through a problem and develop a solution.

Since I was young and couldn’t raise money or pay for a developer out of pocket I taught myself how to code. Coding was a great skill to learn because it taught me how to think clearly through a problem and develop a solution. It also forced me to think through the product psychology of what I was building. I built a lot of software in high school, but none of it got any traction.

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Jared Brown, on starting Hubstaff ($490,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a personal finance empowerment blog business

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner started Making Sense of Cents, which sells personal finance empowerment blog and is making $100,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

I was forced to learn about money at a young age. I have been working full-time since around the age of 14 (I was a full-time nanny for a job I had found on a bulletin board), and once that job was over I worked in retail for many years before I became an analyst. My dad passed away when I was a teenager, and there was no inheritance or anything like that, so I only had myself to rely on.

While I haven’t always been good with money, and I have made mistakes in the past, I have learned a lot and enjoy talking about it. I also enjoy helping others learn how to improve their financial situation too!

Learn how to separate work and life. Being a blogger can mean that your work-life balance can get out of whack, and this is because it is so easy in today’s world to constantly be connected.

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Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, on starting Making Sense of Cents ($100,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a web design & marketing courses business

Shannon Mattern started Shannon Mattern, which sells web design & marketing courses and is making $10,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

One day back in 2014, I was sitting in my beige, windowless office under fluorescent lights for the 2555th day in a row, finishing up a financial report that I dreaded doing every month, when I overheard this conversation outside my office door:

Have you ever had 7-UP salad? It’s got lemon Jell-O, lime Jell-O, marshmallows…

And I literally started to have a panic attack.

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Shannon Mattern, on starting Shannon Mattern ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a coffee subscription business

Jon Butt started Blue Coffee Box, which sells coffee subscription and is making $26,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 5 employees.

I have been running my own businesses since I left school (that means I have grey hair). During my travels in the USA a few years ago, I read about speciality coffee subscriptions that curated from various niche coffee roasters. In the UK, subscription services tend to only supply from the one roaster and are more for convenience of reordering rather than discovery of new coffees.

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Jon Butt, on starting Blue Coffee Box ($26,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a scheduling for maid services business

Amar Ghose started ZenMaid, which sells scheduling for maid services and is making $67,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 6 employees.

I’ve always been quite entrepreneurial. I started as a kid selling candy to my middle school friends actually. Despite that I hadn’t been able to create a real business that really stuck until ZenMaid.

In 2012 I came across a post on Reddit. A guy was starting his own maid service and documenting the entire thing. By chance a friend of mine saw the same post and started working on the technical side of the business (building a website and etc). My friend quickly realized that he didn’t want to deal with the people side of the business however. He tagged me in to help with operations and sales/marketing. From there I was quite quickly made an equal partner as he had yet to launch.

Don’t fall into the classic trap of spending months building or working on something, only to find out when you launch that no one is interested.

At the time I was doing sales for a tech startup so closing business by phone was my jam. From there I quickly learned basic man management skills to work with our cleaners.

Fast forward 1 year and I was no longer living locally. I’d moved closer to home (the SF Bay Area) for a much better day job. I was 400 miles away from our maid service and that caused tension with my partner. Ultimately I gave up my portion of the maid service (which shut down shortly thereafter).

It was at this point that another friend approached me about what became ZenMaid. He felt he could build a better management platform than the one he’d seen me using. And he was confident that I could sell and market the software given my skill set and industry knowledge.

Hence ZenMaid was born (initially named MaidDesk though I doubt that’s ever been mentioned anywhere publicly before now :-) )

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Amar Ghose, on starting ZenMaid ($67,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a seemingly serendipitous perfect days business

Chris waters started Constructed Adventures, which sells seemingly serendipitous perfect days and is making $5,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 1 employee.

I was always that guy trying to create a fun experience for people. I hated the idea of waking up and knowing EXACTLY how the day is going to pan out (drive to work, meeting, lunch, get yelled at by clients, drive home, watch tv, go to bed. Rinse and repeat every day for the rest of your life) So I would be the one kidnapping people on their birthdays, putting googly eyes on every picture in the office, etc.

“I hated the idea of waking up and knowing EXACTLY how the day is going to pan out (drive to work, meeting, lunch, get yelled at by clients, drive home, watch tv, go to bed. Rinse and repeat every day for the rest of your life)”

The business kind of happened by accident. It all started with the Reddit Secret santa gift exchange. (here’s the wikipedia) In short, 100k people sign up, get matched with someone, and send them a gift for the holidays! I’d been participating for years. I’d sent and received some really incredible gifts.

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Chris waters, on starting Constructed Adventures ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a journals business

Ollie Aplin started MindJournal, which sells journals and is making $40,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 2 employees.

I’ve personally kept a journal for 10 years now, ever since I first went into therapy to recover from PTSD. My mum took her own life 2 years prior to my breakdown, and I never really got to grips with my emotions or how to process everything that had ever happened.

When I started therapy I was still stuck in the mindset that talking about how I felt was not something I should do. So talking therapy was the most unnatural experience for me. So to help, my therapist recommended I tried journaling – as a way of privately thinking about how I felt and what was on my mind. It was a game-changer of a moment for me.

My mum took her own life 2 years prior to my breakdown, and I never really got to grips with my emotions or how to process everything that had ever happened.

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Ollie Aplin, on starting MindJournal ($40,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a stationery and gifts business

Markus Hartel started Raghaus, which sells stationery and gifts and is making $15,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

The printing and creative industry have been my home for my entire professional life, for 32 years by now. I apprenticed to become a typesetter in 1987 and I owned a commercial printing business in the mid-90ies in Germany, where I was born and spent the first 30 years of my life. The operation went bust in 2001 for various reasons and I set sail for New York City, where I made a living in the creative/digital realm and where I also made myself a name as a street photographer.

After a decade or so, I grew tired of the hostile environment and I wanted to move to a small town and do something with printing again. But, I wanted to go back full circle and work with my hands and letterpress printing naturally sprung to mind. I bought a hand-cranked 1905 proof press at a studio in Brooklyn and moved to the City of Newburgh in the Hudson Valley, an hour north of New York City.

Miraculously, I found a pair of mid-century German Heidelberg letterpress machines for sale by their original owner in Newburgh, and I knew I had struck pure gold. I built my studio around these machines in an old warehouse and by now the place is pretty much a summation of my entire creative life.

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Markus Hartel, on starting Raghaus ($15,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start an all-natural self care products business

Tony & Faye Ouyang started Doppeltree | Doppelgänger Goods, which sells all-natural self care products and is making $40,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 0 employees.

I (Tony) launched our first product - an Organic Cotton Cold Brew Filter Bag - back in December 2017 - mostly as a side hustle/hobby alongside my marketing exec position at a financial services technology startup in San Francisco. I had a simple (financial) goal in mind when I started: find a way to pay for my expensive $15 lunches in the city :)

The reason I picked cold brew was because: I’m an avid coffee drinker (personal interest - check), I saw people going nuts for it everywhere (demand - check), I wanted to sell a simple product that wasn’t going to literally break during shipping (no product quality issues - check), and I needed to make money off of it (margin - check).

Selling on Amazon is great to get started, but start thinking about how you can diversify away from it as soon as you’ve hit a good rhythm with your sales.

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Tony & Faye Ouyang, on starting Doppeltree | Doppelgänger Goods ($40,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a board games business

Travis Hancock started Facade Games, which sells board games and is making $30,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 2 employees.

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I played a lot of board games growing up, especially ones that involved lying about roles and identities. I was also never afraid to “tweak” games or change the rules if I thought it would improve the game.

We were able to produce 12,000 copies of the game in our first print. This opened my mind to the possibility of making more games and potentially doing this full time. I quit my job and started to get my feet wet as I learned more about fulfillment, manufacturing, retail, and distribution.

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Travis Hancock, on starting Facade Games ($30,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a prank greeting cards business

Travis Peterson started Joker Greeting, which sells prank greeting cards and is making $50,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 0 employees.

My background is in finance. I worked in investment banking for six years in New York. I loved the job, the people, and the hours. But as a service job I wanted to be making things not just helping others make things. This desire has led me to where I am today.

My brother and I have always loved to make fun of everything. Around 2014, we visited my mom’s house and she had this musical greeting card. We thought it was annoying. We asked each other, "Who wants to listen to this!?" Then Nick asked, “What if it didn’t stop?”

That was it. Nothing more. No market research.

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Travis Peterson, on starting Joker Greeting ($50,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a men's grooming products business

Doug Geiger started CanYouHandlebar, which sells men's grooming products and is making $100,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 10 employees.

Back in the halcyon days of 2010, on a whim, I decided to grow a handlebar moustache. It is hard to imagine now, but there once was a time where there were not too many people selling moustache wax or beard products.

There were no products available locally and most of those available online weren’t transparent about ingredients and felt kind of “homemade” (and not in the good way). My hunch was that well made and well-packaged beard products could do really well as a business. I sat on the idea for at least a year because I was tied up with my day job and a newborn in the home.

I’d had ideas for businesses for a very long time and had never followed through. I was afraid I would fail. Somewhere in there, I was probably afraid I might succeed. Either way I had by this point established a habit of daydreams without action that I needed to break.

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Doug Geiger, on starting CanYouHandlebar ($100,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a sales training business

Jonathan Pritchard started Like A Mind Reader, which sells sales training and is making $20,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

The real answer is one thing led to the other! Looking back it all makes sense, but at the time I had no idea how it all connected and would lead me to where I am today. I first started in magic when I saw a magician on TV and checked out a beginner’s magic book at my elementary school library. I basically kept it checked out on rotation from then on.

In my teens I learned how to juggle fire, hammer nails up my nose, and a bunch of other “carnie” stunts that got me out in front of audiences. My first paying gig was at 13 years old I got paid $200 to do an hour of magic at a company’s summer picnic and I was hooked on performing as a career.

Good copywriting is essential for websites, emails, social media posts, books, everything. Being able to use words to get people to buy from you is a superpower

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Jonathan Pritchard, on starting Like A Mind Reader ($20,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start an accessories for dogs business

Mike Leon started Bike Tow Leash, which sells accessories for dogs and is making $20,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 1 employee.

I am a mechanical engineer graduate from Georgia Tech. My wife Betsy, GA Tech EE graduate, and I met her first day at school. We married after graduation. We have two daughters Jessica and Sam. After GA Tech I developed airline products up until when the 9-11 terrorist attacks occurred.

After the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Betsy and the girls, then 5 and 8, met Cindy at Publix getting groceries. She had a black Lab puppy in a light blue cape with her. From that encounter, my family and I volunteered raising service dog puppies for individuals with disabilities as a way of giving back to our community and country. In honor of those lost, we named our first puppy Tribute.

Raising service dog puppies is a wonderful volunteer opportunity, which ultimately provides companion animals to individuals who suffer from seizures, or who have mobility, vision or hearing impairments.

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Mike Leon, on starting Bike Tow Leash ($20,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a pay-per-click (ppc) advertising agency business

Daryl Mander started Big Flare, which sells pay-per-click (ppc) advertising agency and is making $40,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 3 employees.

It was the summer of 2012 in London, UK. At this point, I’d been working in (other people’s) advertising agencies for the best part of a decade. London was a great city and I enjoyed my career. However, I was getting tired of the stressful lifestyle, the commute, the office politics, and the grey, dreary weather.

I figured I was going to burn out if I kept on at it, so I saved up some money, enough to take a sabbatical from work and fund a year-long travel binge to cure my malaise.

When I started this business my dream was to create a successful location-independent company that I could run from anywhere with an internet connection, and that’s exactly what I have built.

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Daryl Mander, on starting Big Flare ($40,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a handcrafted skin care products business

Roberta Perry started ScrubzBody Skin Care Products, which sells handcrafted skin care products and is making $16,500 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 2 employees.

My skin was crazy dry and peeling even in some spots. I started using lotion but nothing seemed to work. Then I found exfoliating product and everything changed. I bought dozens of jars over a year and a half period and had something I loved about every jar and something I didn’t love. I decided to make my own. My sister pushed me to sell and joined me in the business.

I had no expertise in skincare, but I had research and the love of learning something new.

I tried different techniques. I studied up on good labeling practices. I wanted to do it right from the beginning. I asked questions. I joined a business group, which has a robust facebook group, a great mentor and a great group of makers to learn from and lean on. I go to local Chamber events and online networking groups to give me different perspectives.

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Roberta Perry, on starting ScrubzBody Skin Care Products ($16,500 revenue/mo) full story

Start a remote work blog business

Sireesha Narumanchi started Crowd Work News, which sells remote work blog and is making $13,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

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Sireesha Narumanchi, on starting Crowd Work News ($13,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a marketing agency business

Sam Wilcox started Tribecto Automations, which sells marketing agency and is making $10,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

I’ve been in the sales and marketing space for over 10 years now, starting from the bottom and working my way up. I started out as a lot of sales professionals do, hitting the phone in a call center environment. I was pretty good at it but it wasn’t something that got me excited about getting out of bed in the morning so I decided I wanted to get involved with marketing and the agency space.

I should have prioritized my physical and mental health sooner. In the beginning, the business was all consuming. I was working extremely long days and not seeing much of the outside world.

I came up with the idea for Tribecto while working at InvisiblePPC a white label PPC agency. I had re-designed and re-built the sales process a few times while working there and had really learned how to wield the CRM and automation tools to build better experiences for our customers.

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Sam Wilcox, on starting Tribecto Automations ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start an online coping and therapy business

Janine Halloran started Coping Skills for Kids, which sells online coping and therapy and is making $10,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 1 employee.

Several years ago, my husband and I read the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, and were really intrigued. We started doing a lot of thinking about changing our lifestyle.

We have two children, and at the time, we were both working full-time outside of the home. It didn’t feel quite right. We wanted to be able to spend more time with our children, so we discussed moving from working outside of the home to figuring out a way one or both of us could work from home.

I had a hard time dealing with failure in the beginning. Over time, I realized that I learned the most from my failures. Even though my subscription box failed, that actually made it easier for me to launch the next products I created.

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Janine Halloran, on starting Coping Skills for Kids ($10,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a sports data business

Tyler M started Moneypicks, which sells sports data and is making $8,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

I started betting on sports during the World Cup South Africa in 2008. Like 99% of bettors I was completely over my head. I spent the next 10 years learning the hard way. I would not be writing this paragraph if I didn’t go through lots of losing. Humans only learn when we fail. Remember that.

I never went into this to make money. I was just helping people. Doing this gained the trust of my community before I ever asked for a dollar, so when I finally did start charging business flooded through the door.

Among my friends it got around that I had sharp picks. I started off by texting the picks to my friends for years. When the list of people getting picks got to be too much work a friend suggested I make an Instagram page to get them out.

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Tyler M, on starting Moneypicks ($8,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a traveling tooth fairy business

Tiffany Reimer started Passport 4 Change, which sells traveling tooth fairy and is making $8,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 2 employees.

I've loved coins from around the world since I was a little girl. My dad was in the Air Force and he had coins from around the world including Taiwan, the Philippines and other places. These simple coins were magical entries into a much greater world. That probably greatly influenced me and put me on my current world-traveling path.

So when my niece didn't think about a greater world, I knew I needed to help her and other children expand their horizon.

My idea turned out to be a great success so I built a website and started selling my educational (and fun!) tooth fairy kits. I offer different kit options that I named the Business Class kit and my biggest seller, the 1st Class kit.

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Tiffany Reimer, on starting Passport 4 Change ($8,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a hemp derived cbd business

Trey Gilliam started CBD Solutions, which sells hemp derived cbd and is making $7,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

At the time I started my business I was barely 20, not in school, and had been working random jobs while I figured out what I wanted to do.

Just get up every day and start. Even the tiniest amount of effort is still so much more than most people ever put into their grand ideas. You get out of it what you put in.

I did video game carries, which basically means people paid me to beat video game levels for them. I thought I wanted to be a skydiving instructor, so I got my skydiving license. Even though I’m not a skydiving instructor now, I am glad I got my license because that is still really fun. I was ready to put in the work required to be financially independent and become my own boss, I just had no idea what route I was going to take to get there.

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Trey Gilliam, on starting CBD Solutions ($7,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a minimalist, unique wooden decor business

Sasha Weekes started Timber Grove Studios, which sells minimalist, unique wooden decor and is making $6,500 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

I was always the art kid growing up, so I naturally began my post secondary education by pursuing a degree in Fine Arts. I spent my summers refinishing furniture and doing photography and that’s how I got my feet wet with business, so by my second year, I was also pursuing a minor in Commerce.

I had never really done much woodworking at all but became a lot more interested in design and home decor during those years. After finishing my third year, I was itching to do something more practical than becoming a gallery artist, so I set my sights on furniture design and enrolled in a college cabinetmaking course instead. It really wasn’t where I had ever expected to end up, but it was sort of a natural progression and I’m so glad I did it!

I started making mountain shelves in the morning before class to sell on Facebook and Kijiji. It was intended to be a fun side project but they were so popular that I started my business shortly after graduating with the mountains as my first product.

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Sasha Weekes, on starting Timber Grove Studios ($6,500 revenue/mo) full story

Start a graphic design services, website design, photography, content creation, styling, consulting business

Mimi Council started Above 8000 Creative, which sells graphic design services, website design, photography, content creation, styling, consulting and is making $6,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 2 employees.

I realized that Delaney and I were constantly getting asked by friends for “help” or “advice” when starting a business or side project. We realized we were helping out friends and doling out advice when we could be getting paid for it.

Our friends noticed the success and great branding we had at our bakery, Dessert’D Organic Bake Shop, and asked who we were using for certain things. When we said “us” for all those frequently asked questions, I realized we should be doing this for other people’s businesses.

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Mimi Council, on starting Above 8000 Creative ($6,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a growth marketing mentorship business

Foti Panagiotakopoulos started GrowthMentor, which sells growth marketing mentorship and is making $5,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 1 employee.

I graduated with a degree in Finance back in 2007 but never ended up using that degree.

After University I ended up heading growth at EuroVPS, a managed hosting provider, as their first marketing hire. With zero experience in marketing and nobody to show me the ropes, I ended up having to learn everything by myself through trial and error.

From not setting 301 redirects after site redesigns to burning shit loads of money hiring fancy agencies that didn’t deliver, I’m proud to say that I’ve made almost every noob mistake in the book!

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Foti Panagiotakopoulos, on starting GrowthMentor ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a branding and design business

Elva Li started Elva Li, which sells branding and design and is making $8,500 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

There’s a song on repeat in my world and whenever I play it, it reminds me of the time I started my own business and finally left my corporate job.

“I spend too much time thinking about who I'm supposed to be I play by everybody's rules that don't seem right to me

Should I even care? They're all sitting there and everyone's staring at me If I step out in the spotlight maybe I'll be set free

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Elva Li, on starting Elva Li ($8,500 revenue/mo) full story

Start a custom necklaces business

Aziza Browne started Aziza Jewelry, which sells custom necklaces and is making $5,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

I first started making jewelry as a hobby when I was a little girl. My very rudimentary jewelry somehow became popular with family and older friends of the family and they actually bought some of my early jewelry pieces believe it or not! From childhood, I was always very encouraged to continue with my art.

I attended art schools for most of my life and I intended to study jewelry design in college, however, once I started taking jewelry design classes, the program didn't appeal to me, so I chose to study ceramics instead. After college, though, I resumed my love of jewelry design by taking several types of different classes at various art studios in NYC. I studied all types of jewelry making techniques from glass bead-making to metalsmithing to working with PMC (precious metal clay). After graduating from college, I took about 10 different types of jewelry making classes over the years.

After making connections at a glass bead making studio, called Urban Glass, I gained enough confidence in my designs that I was able to start selling some of my early glass bead jewelry at the Shop at Urban Glass.

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Aziza Browne, on starting Aziza Jewelry ($5,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a freelance editorial services business

Kate Angelella started Angelella Editorial, which sells freelance editorial services and is making $4,500 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

I started out my editorial career working as an assistant editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books in New York City. The first book series I edited was Nancy Drew, and later the Hardy Boys series (the new series! Though like many people, I have a fondness for the old hardcover series). I was blessed to have been given an opportunity to skip the entry-level position in my career track, so I was a bit over my head when I began and tried to make up for it by working my butt off--which meant long hours and lots and lots of reading.

A lot of people think editors at publishing houses edit in the office, but the truth is, our days are so filled with meetings and paperwork and email, we do most of our editing in our free time (at night after work and on the weekends). At that time, I was working full time at S&S and also in the midst of pursuing my graduate degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts, so it was a very full plate, to say the least. It’s a time I remember as “baptism by fire.” I loved working with authors and other editors and reading middle-grade and YA fiction for a living--it was my dream job! But it was a lot of work, and I began the job during a transitional time in publishing. Which meant a year in a half in, my company had put a freeze on promotions and was no longer compensating for overtime, which was a sizeable portion of my paycheck.

S&S was the best career learning experience of my life. During my time there, I acquired and edited dozens of books by authors I’m extremely humbled to have worked with, such as #1 New York Times bestselling author Nova Ren Suma and NAACP Image Award- and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe award-winning author Kekla Magoon.

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Kate Angelella, on starting Angelella Editorial ($4,500 revenue/mo) full story

Start a pet portraits business

Sarah Miller started sarahpaintspets, which sells pet portraits and is making $4,500 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

No one believes me when I say this, but I had never taken an art class before starting a career as an artist. I’ve always been a doodler in class, but nothing much beyond that.

Understanding the WHY of what you’re doing is the most important thing. Your purpose will guide you forward because without having to question yourself, you are free from fear and doubt holding you back.

It all started my junior year of college when I decided to paint my boyfriend’s cat for our one-year anniversary in November 2016. The deciding factors were that Charlie is obsessed with his cat Merlin and I was too broke to buy him anything nice.

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Sarah Miller, on starting sarahpaintspets ($4,500 revenue/mo) full story

Start an adventure blog business

Jessica Serna started My Curly Adventures, which sells adventure blog and is making $4,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

Two years ago I was working a 9-5 and while I loved it, with limited PTO I couldn't jetset around the world.

In order to cure my wanderlust I would look for places close to home that I could visit. I would go sand surfing at Monahans, go on a safari in Glen Rose, try cuisines from around the world in Houston, and visit the wine country in Fredericksburg. I would post pictures on my social media for fun. I had also worked as a semi-professional photographer so I did have photography experience.

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Jessica Serna, on starting My Curly Adventures ($4,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a niche e-commerce business

Amanda Austin started Little Shop of Miniatures, which sells niche e-commerce and is making $12,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business as a solo founder with no employees.

I was unhappily working in marketing for a Fortune 500 insurance company when I started looking at ways to create a new income stream. I became interested in ecommerce and invested in a course to learn more. I compiled a list of keywords for products that had decent search volume and not terribly competitive to rank for in organic search. I used Long Tail Pro to get ideas--I had so many when I first started!

My business is a small, mostly passive income stream and I’m okay with that. There is so much more I could be doing with my store, but right now I am loving the extra income stream that allows me to work part-time at my day job and spend more time with my infant daughter.

A bunch of keywords in the dollhouse miniatures space fit the bill. I used Long Tail Pro and looked for keywords that were competitive--which on there is a score in the twenties or low thirties. I also wanted them to have at least 2,000 searches per month. This is not a ton, but five keywords with that search volume that are not that competitive can lead to a decent number of organic traffic if you build your site the right way. My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to find a niche with a nice handful of keywords you can rank for with quality content and a nice backlinking strategy. Don’t try to be number one for some saturated keyword that has a million searches a month. Go for keywords where you stand a chance of ranking--this is usually so-called long tail keywords that are really phrases--for example, “wooden dollhouse furniture” instead of just “dollhouse.”

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Amanda Austin, on starting Little Shop of Miniatures ($12,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start an editing & co-authoring services business

Pat Stainke started The Language Delegate, which sells editing & co-authoring services and is making $3,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

It was on a boat dock in Le Havre, France, that I first fell in love with Language. I had just turned ten, and my father had taken a post at the American Embassy. The two locals who met our ship were loading our luggage into the staff car bound for Paris. Spellbound, I watched as they waved their hands in the air, talking in tones and syllables I had never heard before. This new language was curious and beautiful at the same time! As I rubbed shoulders with a broad cross-section of people over the next few formative years—from local merchants to visiting dignitaries—I quickly discovered the unlimited potential of language.

No matter where our sphere of influence lies, we use language to break down barriers, level playing fields, embody personality, express goodwill, and to touch, attract, connect, and persuade. Although French was hard at first, I was fascinated with the endless mysteries and playfulness of language. I went on to study German, Spanish, and ASL. I later pursued my MA in Deaf Ed, because the challenge for deaf children hinges on language mastery. I have always loved to write, interpret, and teach. My greatest joy is to work with second language learners, equipping them with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen “life niches.”

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Pat Stainke, on starting The Language Delegate ($3,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a motherhood blogging business

Audrey Marshall started Mommy Enlightened, which sells motherhood blogging and is making $3,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 2 employees.

Blogging has been a crazy journey for me. I found out about blogging really randomly, and as soon I read the first article about it I decided I was going to go for it. I never once believed I would fail - and I think that’s a large part of why I didn’t. My partner and I had to sell our house and move in with my in-laws due to my husband’s job location. We were in a situation where we could afford to have me quit my job short-term. It was a risk because we were still paying off a large amount of debt (and desperately wanted to get back into a house of our own) but it was the first time in our marriage where there was a smaller risk associated with it. I planned to try it for a year, and if it didn’t work out I would go back and get a job. I worked 60 hour weeks - not only creating content but also learning about the RIGHT things. I invested a LOT of money in the first year, but I believe that’s necessary if you want to progress faster.

Before starting, I had limited knowledge of all things technology. I used Facebook and Youtube, but I had no knowledge of the technical aspects of it all. It was very frustrating in the beginning, but blogging is in large part about taking the initiative to do your own research and never stop trying to learn. So that’s what I did. It’s a huge learning curve, but it’s definitely doable. It helps that I have a myriad of new skills now. I can do minor coding, marketing, copywriting, SEO, and create/sell products. I have learned more in the last year and a half than I have from any other job - and it’s neat to think that even if I decide to stop blogging, I can get a job with many of my new skills.

There are no fast hacks to success. You have to do a lot of grinding to see success, and there aren’t any shortcuts to success.

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Audrey Marshall, on starting Mommy Enlightened ($3,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a seo tool business

Nick Swan started SanityCheck , which sells seo tool and is making $2,800 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

I have been building websites and doing SEO since around 1998 (yes I’m 39!) which was pre-Google. The good old days of Alta Vista, Excite, keyword stuffing and transparent text on pages!

I studied Software Engineering at University and helped fund this by building websites and doing SEO in the evenings and spare time.

After a few years of employment after leaving University, I co-founded a business that built tools and extensions for Microsoft SharePoint. Part of my role in this business was looking after the marketing website and so I continued to work in the SEO space.

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Nick Swan, on starting SanityCheck ($2,800 revenue/mo) full story

Start a customized digital marketing solutions business

Bryn Elizabeth Bonino started Bryn Elizabeth Co., which sells customized digital marketing solutions and is making $1,300 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 1 employee.

This is my third run at working as an independent marketing consultant. The first time was in 2009 when I passionately co-founded a business consultancy to help Projeto Morrinho, an art program in Rio de Janeiro. I was the marketing person, and this gave me tons of experience in working with remote teams. I also cut my teeth on all things digital marketing - SEO, content creation, social media marketing, and email marketing.

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But I wanted to be able to empower my clients more instead of doing everything for them. So next I started working as a marketing coach for creative micro-business owners. I would identify the tactics and strategies that could get them more traffic to their websites and better ROI on ad spend. Then I would train and coach them on how to carry out these strategies themselves.

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Bryn Elizabeth Bonino, on starting Bryn Elizabeth Co. ($1,300 revenue/mo) full story

Start a remote community business

Steven Lin started letsworkremotely, which sells remote community and is making $1,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 0 employees.

This sounds terrible and I mostly accredit that to being a 19-year-old college kid, but I was bored and wanted a challenge.

Most of my summer at the time was wasted on video games, carbonation, and junk food. I wanted to do something that challenged me, be a good learning experience and hopefully make some money. After deleting all my games off my computer and phone, I fired up Google and got sucked into the wild world of making money online.

Not all of your competitors are bad, everyone is just trying to make it out there in a competitive world. Instead of trying to steal value from each other, see if you can find ways to create value together. At the end of the day, it’s always about the community and your customers.

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Steven Lin, on starting letsworkremotely ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a natural cream business

Dena Gottlieb started TerraCure, which sells natural cream and is making $1,000 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 1 co-founder and has 0 employees.

I attended college in the U.S. and then spent 25 years in the Israeli Hi-Tech industry.

I worked at leading Israeli software firms and did a lot of selling and customer support. Dealing with people is my passion. I ditched my Hi-Tech career when it became more about the numbers and less about the people. I got sick of my bosses breathing down my neck with their increasing quotas (my last one was over $1 million).

I wouldn’t recommend outsourcing your ad campaigns. You are better off doing it yourself with outside help, in my opinion.

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Dena Gottlieb, on starting TerraCure ($1,000 revenue/mo) full story

Start a career strategy and confidence business

Rita Kakati-Shah started Uma, which sells career strategy and confidence and is making $0 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 7 employees.

Throughout my career, I have been a dedicated advocate for diversity and equality issues in the workplace. I received the Excellence in Citizenship and Diversity Award for my contributions during my 10-year career at Goldman Sachs in London. After an industry change to pharmaceuticals, I got married and relocated to New York City where I took a career hiatus of almost four years to raise my two children.

Try. We pride ourselves on running a disruptive company, and that means constantly trying new things - not just once or twice, but continually, each and every day.

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Rita Kakati-Shah, on starting Uma ($0 revenue/mo) full story

Start an ecommerce podcast business

Quin Amorim started Q&A Selling Online Podcast, which sells ecommerce podcast and is making $0 revenue/mo.

They started the business with 0 co-founders and has 3 employees.

I started selling online in 1997, way before it was cool to sell online.

Not because I wanted to start an online business, but out of necessity, in order to have money to party with my friends.

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Quin Amorim, on starting Q&A Selling Online Podcast ($0 revenue/mo) full story

Conclusion

And that's all! 45 remote business ideas you can start today.

As long as you're able to create the right environment, working from home will be a piece of cake.

Thanks for reading!

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Samantha Walls,   Founder of Starter Story Blog

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