The best vegan business ideas from home are those you don’t normally think of.
Most of the time, you’ll run into vegan food ideas. And while this is obviously the most vegan of vegan business ideas, it’s not the only category that you can work in. That’s why today, we’re going to go over the best vegan business ideas from home you wouldn’t normally see.
Some will be food, but most some of these ecommerce businesses ideas won’t be.
In all cases though, make sure to use vegan marketing strategies to succeed.
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Normally, vegan business ideas start with trying to turn a non-vegan product into a vegan product. But sometimes there are categories that are already vegan to begin with that still sell extremely well and where there is lots of opportunity. Coffee is one of these categories.
Coffee is a beverage product where you don’t have to deal with all of the downsides of the beverage category. You can start with a much smaller budget, it has an extremely high repeat purchase rate, and is easier to sell online than regular beverages.
Hair products are a great vegan business idea because vegans have hair too! Some vegan hair product brands include Method Men, Hempz, and Oribe. There are tons more of where that came from too. In other words, there is plenty of demand in this category.
This category can include basics like shampoo and conditioner. However, it also includes hair products used outside of the shower, such as pomade and mousse. The key here is to niche down even further since the broad vegan hair product category is competitive.
The supplement category is one of the biggest categories in all of business. The vegan and plant-based market is one of the fastest growing categories in all of business. Combine both together and you have the makings of a vegan supplement empire.
With supplements, you get a subscription-friendly consumable that comes with extremely high profit margins. And as the other supplement brands have shown, it can be easily differentiated with enough research. Best of all, you can siphon traffic from Amazon to help get it off the ground.
Leggings are typically vegan as is. However, because there is a huge wave of eco-conscious consumers, there is a huge opportunity to pivot from harmful fabrics to more plant-based fabrics. For example, you can build an entire brand around hemp or bamboo fabrics.
Leggings are an interesting category because they’re both a fitness product and an athleisure product. It’s also a category that with the right fabrics and the right branding, can lead to average order values of over $100. This makes it easier to sell online versus other apparel.
Hot sauce is a category you’ll rarely hear talked about in vegan spaces. It’s for this very reason why you should look extra hard at the hot sauce category. The fact that there are thousands of brands, but no one “plant-based” hot sauce brand that is winning is huge.
Hot sauce is probably one of the easier-to-demonstrate food products around because it can go on anything. All you have to do is come up with cool new recipe ideas, pour your hot sauce, and have a photographer/videographer make it look awesome. You’ll sell it out fast.
If you’re really into essential oils, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t at least think about starting your own essential oils brand. Now, out of all ideas on this list, this one is my least favorite. But for the right person, you can make good money selling essential oils.
With essential oils, you have one thing that few other categories have. People who love essential oils absolutely freaking love them so much that it’s part of pop culture. If nothing else, you’ll have an easy time selling those customers even with generic essential oils.
Right now, more and more sock brands are starting to use animal products like merino wool. Now while technically there are some ways to do the same in a vegan-friendly, it’s tough. Luckily, there are plenty of other amazing fabrics you can use such as bamboo.
If you really want to be in the apparel game, then socks are where I would start. Out of all apparel categories, it’s the only one where you can consistently see crazy high margins of 80%+ even if you use expensive materials. You can never go wrong with high margins.
The skincare category is probably one of the most controversial categories for vegans, along with makeup. The good news is that it’s 100% possible to start a vegan skincare brand. And with demand growing for these types of products, this is the time to start one.
Skincare is one of the best categories to be in if you’re trying to sell something online. The unit economics behind them are amazing and it’s a category that continues to grow despite it also being one of the more saturated ones out there, especially when you use the right wellness marketing strategies.
There is no less thought about category in apparel than hats. Now, while hats are typically “vegan” due to the nature of their materials, they’re rarely designed for the vegan market. This is a massive opportunity for those who want to make the world’s most eco-friendly hat brand.
This is a category where you can sell anything from cheap baseball caps to $10,000+ Panama hats and everything in between. This makes it a category with real potential to do well online because of their unit economics.
When ecommerce was really just starting to get off the ground, the eyewear category was one of the first to step in. Why? Because it has some of the best unit economics around. So if you want to start a vegan sunglasses brand, you’d be hard pressed to find a better category to do so.
Recently, there’s been a big push for sunglasses made from ultra-premium, sustainable materials. This fits right in line with anyone who wants a vegan business idea that is also eco-friendly. If you can master selling to an “identity”, then there’s no telling how much money you can make here.