Starting a coffee shop is a great way to start a small business without investing the large financial resources required to start a restaurant or bar. A coffee shop brings in reasonable revenue for the limited investment made. On average, a coffee shop owner makes in the range of $25,000 to $30,000. However, many factors play a decisive role in determining their income and primary among them are location, size of the shop, working hours and client base. Coffee shops located in areas where offices or business houses exist in large numbers receive a big pay off. Coffee shop owners generally hire staff for a low pay since the latter make a good amount by way of tips from customers. They also sell sandwiches, snacks and other items to be eaten with coffee which also fetches smart profits.