Starting an online business can be intimidating. There are so many things you have to deal with, like how not to go broke or how to optimize your landing pages. But, let’s put that aside for now. Here is a list of 40 inspiring online Shopify stores.
All of them are successful eCommerce businesses. Each of these businesses carved their own way to success. And, for each of them, success meant different things. I’ve highlighted the greatest accomplishments, usually monetary, for these Shopify stores. Their successes vary from having high-end clients like Ben Affleck to earning multimillion-dollar investments and six-figure revenues. Hopefully they will get you inspired about your own online busines.
- Master and Dynamic
- Kylie Cosmetics
- Negative Underwear
- Pencil by FiftyThree
- A Book Apart
- Taylor Stitch
- SkinnyMe Tea
- Craft and Mason
- Leo Gary
- Canada Icons
- The Ghostly Store
- Marc Wenn
- Cookbook Village
- Pure Cycle
- Little Sparrow Tea
- Studio Neat
- HELM Boots
- Wrightwood Furniture
- Leather Head Sports
- Whipping Post
- Khara Kapas
- Watch Outfitter
- SoYoung Inc
Tattly started as a side hobby for designer Tina Roth-Eisenburg. Today, it’s a growing temporary tattoo business. In 2015, the company shipped 2.6 million temporary tattoos ranging from $5 to $15 per sale.
An amazing women’s company which sells period underwear is making big headways and big bucks. The company raised $130,000 in 2014 from crowdfunding and has grown 23 times since. 23 times.
For all the audiophiles out there, Master and Dynamic is selling high-quality headphones. Their products are part of the $1 billion headphone market and rival Beats by Dre with their quality.
Kylie Cosmetics, the wildly popular beauty company, uses Shopify to run their fantastic online store. Kylie Cosmetics host periodic flash sales which are some of the largest on the internet. Their products are high-quality and sell out within minutes.
Toyshades sells affordable eyewear. To gain their first sales they relied heavily on Instagram marketing, among a few other social media outlets.
The company’s goal is to help women feel confident in their own bodies. They don’t want to rely on push-up pads or bows for women to feel sexy. And it must be working for them since the company’s revenue grew 150% in 2015.
Marshall Haas and Jon Wheatley created this company which sells digitized notebooks with just $22,450. In their first three months of launching the company generated $91,470.
Originally, Ugmonk started as a side project for its founder, Jeff Sheldon. Today, the company shipped over tens of thousands of products to over 60 countries worldwide. The shirts have been spotted all over television and online including an episode of Project Runway and Cougar Town.
Flex is an alternative to tampons. The great thing is it allows women to enjoy sex while on their period. If you don’t think that’s a worthy business idea, the company raised $4.6 million in the first half of 2016 alone.
In 2015, Pencil won a Crunchie Award for Best Design and numerous IDSA awards for its packaging and computer equipment.
Taylor Stitch launched its online store in 2010 selling custom and tailored menswear. Since then, their revenue has tripled each year. In 2013 the company made an expected $1.5 million in sales.
This Australian company sells all-natural detox teas. In the only-9 months after the company started, they were earning $600k in monthly revenue.
Ryan French created GameKlip, which sells game controllers for smartphones. Since its launch, GameKlip has been featured on Gizmodo, ABC News, PC World, CNET, The Verge, and even Ask Men, among a bunch of other magazines and blogs worldwide.
GoldieBlox is a construction toy series focused on problem solving, adventure and engineering. In 2013, the company was making $300k in monthly revenue from all its different toys and books.
This company sells specialty coffee and delivers it to your door. The founders focused on counting their pennies from day one and providing real value to coffee lovers to help grow their business.
The founder of Leo Gary believes drop shipping is the perfect gateway into eCommerce for those starting out as it’s a great avenue for learning the business. His advice is to offer a variety of products you can easily swap out. Leo Gary is another successful customer of ours at Oberlo.
Canada Icons is an online Shopify store – and a museum – which sells Canadian brands and goods. The business revolves around telling stories and is proud of its Canadian heritage.
Just a month after launching in 2012, Mark Zuckerberg selected the company as a Facebook gift vendor. This helped the company achieve $120k in revenue in its first year. By 2014, the company was making $3 million in revenue.
Pipsnacks sells healthy snacks and is a Shark Tank success story. The initial Shark Tank investment was $200k in 2013. In 2014 the company made $800k in revenue and was expected to increase it by at least 800% in 2015.
The Ghostly Store sells all sorts of things, from leather wallets and coffee beans to art prints and vinyl records. In 2012, the company formed a partnership with Warby Parker to create a new line of sunglasses.
This British luxury watchmaker uses Shopify like most of you reading these words. At the beginning of 2016, there were remarks of the company increasing its earnings to £11.7 million.
An Australian couple launched a swimwear line in 2012. By the end of its first year, the company made over $5 million. The following year the company earned five times that much at $25 million.
Marc Wenn advises doing many things that don’t scale to ensure good business at first. For example, personally emailing the first 100 customers to say thank you will go a very long way for any business.
Cookbook Village sold cookbooks originally on eBay and is now thriving on Shopify. The founders have a background in marketing and utilized their store’s blog, email marketing, and Google AdWords to streamline their business’ success.
The cycling industry is worth $6 billion. In 2012, Pure Cycle, then Pure Fix Cycle, sold over 2,000 bicycles and made almost $4 million dollars.
Little Sparrow Tea is a boutique tea company from London. Their goal is to create authentic and wonderful tea experiences.
Studio Neat uses Kickstarter to fund their product ideas. In 2016, they launched a new campaign for a smartphone tripod, raising almost $210k in 30 days. (Their goal was just $50k.)
This young boot retailer is gaining quick traction and getting orders from the likes of Ben Affleck.
This proud store has been on Shopify from its early days. It is number 83 in Shopify’s database.
Wrightwood Furniture started as a store in Chicago. Today, the company makes over 12% of their revenue from their Shopify store. Their online store is a lead generator for their physical location sales as well.
Founder of Leather Head Sports, Paul Cunningham, had such success selling his sports leather goods he had to switch from Etsy to Shopify. He hasn’t looked back since.
In 2013, Whipping Post won Shopify’s Design Award, giving it some serious exposure to their target audience – the design- and quality-conscious tech crowd.
Eric Bandholz built an online business for men’s beard care. In less than a year the company was making $120k in monthly sales. Beardbrand’s email list also quickly grew to over 7 thousand emails.
Minaal sells high-quality travel gear for digital nomads. In December of 2015, they launched a 2nd Kickstarter campaign and raised $707,631 from over 2,400 people. The campaign’s goal was only $10,000.
The company was started by a 17-year-old who had a knowledge of watches and passion for jewelry. By the end of the first year, Watch Outfitters was making $13,500 in monthly revenue.
This line of bags for both moms and their children earns 25% of its revenue from their online Shopify stores. The profit margin on those sales is higher due to the higher margins thanks to direct sales.
Which of these Shopify stores did you enjoy the most? Which one of the stores inspired you the most to aim high with your own store? These Shopify stores vary in their successes but they are all great sources of inspiration for a successful eCommerce. Most of these examples make thousands of dollars in sales each month. Some have a reputation for really cool clients like Ben Affleck too. Maybe in our next roundup we could feature your store?