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10+ Best Small Business Ideas To Start In California USA

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Now more than ever, new entrepreneurs are emerging and unique business ideas are coming to life in California. We curated a list of 10 unique and profitable business ideas to start in California.

Pillow covers Business ($45K/mo)

Danielle Oakey started Danielle Oakey Shop, a Pillow covers business. They are now doing $45,000/month.

  • Location: Irvine, CA, USA
  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Started: about 6 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

After 8 years of interior design blogging and running my e-design business, I needed a change.

Building a business has taught me more than I could ever have imagined. I have learned a lot in regards to working with people and setting proper expectations from the beginning. Whether it was an with an employee or a fabric company, I learned that being upfront with expectations is very important.

Knife sharpening Business ($200K/mo)

Marc Lickfett started Knife Aid, a knife sharpening business. They are now doing $200,000/month.

  • Location: Malibu, California, USA
  • Revenue: $200,000/ month
  • Started: over 2 years ago
  • Founders: 5
  • Employees: 20

 

I have a long and successful history in branding and starting businesses, one of them being my biggest success, Happy Socks, which I started 12 years ago. The biggest motivator for me to create my own companies is being free and in control of my own destiny and constantly living an adventure. It’s about the journey of creating something from the beginning that is built on the need or desire of people and then trying to put it in front of as many people as possible to be successful. Shortly after writing our business plan I found Magnus Petersson. With 30 years’ experience in knife sharpening, and having achieved celebrity status among chefs in the high-end restaurants in Los Angeles, and coincidentally originally from Sweden, Magnus was the perfect lead Knifesmith for the company.

Me and my family, moved to California to start this idea, and Knife Aid was established in Malibu with Mikael as CEO and Magnus as Master Knifesmith, training and overseeing a team of knife sharpeners.

Craft granola Business ($8.3K/mo)

Ashley Chase started Birdseed Food Co., a Craft Granola business. They are now doing $8,300/month.

  • Location: Bend, Oregon, USA
  • Revenue: $8,300/ month
  • Started: almost 5 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

 

Fall 2016 I moved to Bend, Oregon as a way to clear my mind and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I had done some college, worked in management and also in a hospital but still wasn’t clear on what my “passion” was.

During this time I was reading books such as The 4-Hour Work Week and realized the power in selling a product online; I knew I wanted to sell something online and build a brand but didn’t know what yet.

I took a job as the manager at a coffee shop and would bring my own granola to work in the morning and one of the employees saw it in a mason jar and was like “Why do we have birdseed?” I replied, “That’s my granola!”. He even made a funny Snapchat video saying, “Ashley, you’re eating birdseed!! What are you doing??”

Healthy breakfast foods Business ($25K/mo)

Ashley Drummonds started ABS Protein Pancakes, a Healthy Breakfast Foods business. They are now doing $25,000/month.

  • Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Started: over 7 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

 

Before starting ABS, I was a personal trainer for seven years with a passion for helping people feel better and hit their fitness/weight loss goals. I always had a desire to do something bigger that allowed me to have more free time while still helping people. I am a foodie at heart and have a passion for breakfast food – specifically pancakes. Years ago, I came up with this protein pancake recipe that I used to make every day for myself as part of my breakfast routine.

At the start of 2014, I was going through a bit of a rough patch and needed to do some soul searching to figure out where I was headed with my life. I was still so passionate about the fitness/nutrition industry, but I knew that I couldn’t be a personal trainer forever and expect to make the money I wanted to make. I spent about two weeks meditating, journaling, and setting out clear goals of what I wanted my future to look like. I came out of that realizing “the answer” or “the how” would happen naturally through life, the universe, and God.

Romance concierge services ($3.5K/mo)

Ta’Veca Collins started Romance On The Go, Concierge Services, a Romance Concierge Services business. They are now doing $3,500/month.

  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Started: almost 10 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

 

Before I officially started ROTGO, I was planning and designing romantic rendezvous for my husband, family, and friends, for FREE!

Roof access device business ($65K/mo)

Zachary Brown started Moki Doorstep, a Roof Access Device business. They are now doing $65,000/month.

  • Location: Newington, New Hampshire, USA
  • Revenue: $65,000/ month
  • Started: over 4 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

 

My wife and I have always been travelers and the adventurous type. One thing always held my wife up from getting after the powder on a bluebird day on her own. Because of her height, she struggles to use car top racks. Come to find out, she wasn’t alone.

Growing equipment for plants. ($3.1M/mo)

Nate Lipton started Growers House, a growing equipment for plants. business. They are now doing $3,100,000/month.

  • Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Revenue: $3,100,000/ month
  • Started: about 10 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 50

 

I wanted to get into the cannabis industry following graduation from the University of Oregon in 2010. The industry was starting to take off. I had recently finished an internship at Morgan Stanley, which put the final nail in the coffin determining that I would not be joining the financial sector–I’m just slightly too alternative to join the mercedes driving, country club crowd.

Mobile meditation studio ($13K/mo)

Athena Stratakis and Maria Stratakis started Kala Mobile Meditation Studio, a Mobile Meditation Studio business. They are now doing $13,000/month.

  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Revenue: $13,000/ month
  • Started: over 2 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

 

Athena (Tina) Stratakis, a massage therapist and life coach, in collaboration with her daughter, Maria Stratakis, mental health, and school counselor, created Kala. The inspiration for Kala grew from a desire to support the health and wellness of Baltimore by sharing the long-lasting benefits of mindfulness and meditation with the community.

Local plant nursery ($5K/mo)

Debbie Odom started CamelliaShop, a Local Plant Nursery business. They are now doing $5,000/month.

  • Location: Georgia
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Started: over 14 years ago
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0

 

In 1991, I had the life-changing opportunity to become a part of Gene’s Nursery, one of the oldest nurseries in Savannah Georgia.

Hair gel ($2.5K/mo)

Nathan Failla started PocketGel, a hair gel business. They are now doing $2,500/month.

  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Revenue: $2,500/ month
  • Started: over 5 years ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

 

When I started my senior year at Duquesne University, the plan was to continue my education in law school. I had a dual major in Legal Studies and Entrepreneurial Studies in order to become a lawyer to help small businesses. But I always knew that starting a business was a goal that I always had and PocketGel came to me at the right time, when I started to discover that law school wasn’t for me.

Jewelry ($287K/mo)

Tara Mikolay started Desires by Mikolay, a Jewelry business. They are now doing $287,000/month.

  • Location: Chappaqua, New York, USA
  • Revenue: $287,000/ month
  • Started: over 17 years ago
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 7

 

Scott of course had such incredible experience and was a Master Jeweler at a very young age. But his ambition would not let him stop there…it was a natural progression when his father wanted to retire to consider growth.

Scott & I have always been such a great team in every sense of the word. We truly balance each others skillset. We sat down one night in our home, opened a bottle of red wine and discussed what the options where. While the thought of opening a store was intimidating, we felt we could do it better and with more HEART than other jewelers in the area.

Ecommerce order fulfillment services ($5.58M/mo)

Jan Bednar started ShipMonk, a eCommerce order fulfillment services business. They are now doing $5,583,333/month.

  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Revenue: $5,583,333/ month
  • Started: ago
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 900

 

From a young age, I knew I wanted to do big things. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, which led to my first gig as a DJ when I was thirteen years old. It was a great way to meet new people and make a little money. But, most importantly, it allowed me to familiarize myself with the world of business.