Recurring income ideas

Looking for some recurring income ideas for your startup business? I’ve rounded up a few ideas, to fatten your bank account, in this article.

“Wait Danny”, I hear you protest. “Aren’t you the guy always rambling on about the importance of focus?” Indeed I am grasshopper… and I’m proud of you for picking that up. You should always focus your time, money and resources on your core business.

BUT recurring income – the magical unicorn of finance – is the steady and predictable revenue that keeps rolling in month after month. So, if it’s possible to add revenue to your business without distracting you from your mission or consuming essential resources, why not? That’s the key… it must never distract you from where you add the most value to your clients.

So, let’s dive into 10 ways you can add recurring income streams to your startup business.

Recurring income ideas for your business

Subscription Services

Got a product or service people love? Why not offer it on a subscription basis? Just like Netflix keeps us entertained for a small monthly fee, you could provide ongoing value to your customers. For instance, Dollar Shave Club offers monthly delivery of grooming products, ensuring a steady flow of income and clean-shaven customers


Membership Programs

Memberships aren’t just for gyms anymore. If you offer valuable content, resources, or services, consider creating a membership program. Take MasterClass, for example, which provides exclusive online classes from industry experts for an annual membership fee. This is one of these recuuring income ideas that does take time to build, however, you may even find you have some of your content ready and you can re-purpose that.

Online Courses

If you’ve got knowledge to share, why not create an online course? Platforms like Udemy and Coursera make it easy to reach eager learners worldwide, all while generating recurring income.

Licensing Your Product

If you’ve developed a unique product, software, or even a catchy jingle, licensing can provide a regular income stream. Remember the ‘Intel Inside’ jingle? Intel certainly does, thanks to the sweet sound of licensing fees!

Affiliate Marketing

By partnering with other companies to promote their products, you can earn a commission for every sale made through your referral link. It’s like being a matchmaker, but instead of love, you’re spreading the joy of great products. Other recurring income ideas might cost you considerable time… but if you’re creative, affiliate marketing can simply be a nice little extra income boost.

Maintenance and Support Services

If your startup involves a product that requires regular maintenance or support, offering these services can provide a constant income stream. It’s like having a golden goose that lays eggs whenever your clients need help.

Upselling and Cross-Selling

By offering premium versions of your product or complementary services, you can boost your income without needing to acquire new customers. It’s like offering fries with that burger—extra delicious revenue!

Renting or Leasing Assets

If you own assets like property, vehicles, or equipment, renting or leasing them out can generate recurring income. Even if your asset is as small as a parking space, it’s still an opportunity for ongoing earnings.

Digital Products

From eBooks to stock photos, digital products can be created once and sold repeatedly. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, without any wrapping required!

Software as a Service (SaaS)

If you’ve developed a useful software solution, offering it as a service (SaaS) on a subscription basis can bring in regular income. Think of tools like Slack or Canva that businesses use daily.

So there you have it, folks—10 recurring income ideas for your startup. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all here. Feel free to mix, match, and modify these ideas to suit your business. After all, every startup is as unique as the entrepreneur behind it!
Ready to start building those recurring income streams? Go forth and multiply your earnings, my entrepreneurial friends! And remember, at Go Solo Startups, we’re always here to provide the guidance and resources you need to make your startup dream a reality. Happy earning!

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