11 Businesses You Can Start in Your Pajamas

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Weeknight Meal Plan

The Fresh 20
Melissa Lanz

Melissa Lanz launched her business to escape corporate life, which she says “was making her miserable.” Launched in 2009, The Fresh 20 is a customizable meal plan service. “At the beginning of my business, I maintained an office in downtown Los Angeles, which made me "feel” important…In six months, I visited the office five times which made me feel stupid,” she says, noting that she quickly ended her lease. “ I enjoy being at home for an extended morning with my family.” Lanz employs a team of nine, most of whom work also from home. “The whole dynamic of being bogged down and having someone see you sit in a chair from nine to five—it’s archaic,” she says. The company is now on track to earn over a million dollars in revenue by 2013.