999 Great Business Ideas

  1. Devise and produce an audio cassette course about successful exam techniques. An important selling point is that anyone with average intelligence can pass most exams if they know about exam techniques.
  2. Print stationery with a thematic design for hobbyists. For example, photographers can have writing paper and envelopes printed with pictures of cameras, films and lights. Get this stationery stocked at hobby shops and sell by mail order through the appropriate hobby magazines.
  3. Compile and publish a guide to employers throughout the country who have a high turnover of staff. These employers are always looking for new staff. Sell copies of this guide to jobhunters through bookshops or from classified ads.
  4. Design and manufacture portable mini-golf courses. Each hole on the course might consist of a large, colorful wooden sheet which has pop-up features like a pop-up book. Nine sheets will fit in a van. Sell or hire for fund raising and money-making.
  5. Use various fabrics to make money belts of your own design. Attach each money belt to a printed card and sell these fully stocked to shoe repair shops and newsagents.
  6. Design and make wooden wheels of fortune. Produce in a variety of sizes and designs. Sell or hire as fund-raising aids to clubs, associations, schools and colleges.
  7. Produce an audio cassette training course about salesmanship. The object of the course might be to bring out and develop the salesperson in anyone. For this reason, almost everyone is a potential buyer.
  8. Sell recipes for making home-made chocolates and sweets via classified ads. The products made should be of a quality that can be sold either from a stall or to colleagues and friends.
  9. Conduct your own research into the subject of how to make money from gaming machines. Write and publish a report about your findings. Sell from classified ads or by direct mail and emphasize that people could make a lot of money from buying your report.
  10. Start a mail order business which sells books about how to win at gambling. The games covered might include: roulette, baccarat, poker and horse-racing. Buy the publications direct from publishers at home and abroad. Or publish the books yourself.
  11. Produce a series of audio cassettes which give instruction about how to mimic different accents. For example: ‘Teach yourself to speak like a Texan’. Other accents might include: Yorkshire, cockney, French, English, Scottish, New York, etc.
  12. Have amusing messages printed in speech bubbles on the sides of potted plant holders. For example: ‘Hello, my name is…’, ‘Shake my water, don’t stir it’, ‘I feel like a chat’, etc. Have these stocked at outlets which sell garden products.
  13. Put together a kit for growing trees from seeds. In each kit include instructions about how to get the best results. Sell from ads in gardening publications or through suitable shops.
  14. Begin a mail order business which sells hydroponics growers supplies(hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil). Produce a catalogue and advertise in gardening publications.
  15. Obtain quantities of sand from the beaches of the D-day invasion. Place the sand in tiny bottles and sell world-wide as souvenir sand from the beaches of the 1944 D-day invasion. Add a name label to each bottle to show which beach the sand came from.
  16. Start a business which makes garden hammocks. Devise your own hammock which has at least one superior feature over other hammocks available. Sell through hardware shops and garden centers and by mail order from ads in gardening publications.
  17. Use logs and wood to make small ornamental garden wishing wells. Sell through garden centers and hardware shops.
  18. Bring out a selection of hair jewellery. This could be made from real or artificial human hair and is knotted like dreadlocks. The jewellery also includes colored beads in the design. The result is dreadlocks necklaces, brooches and earrings.
  19. Begin a business which makes and distributes souvenir lucky charms. One example is a number seven made from metal and stamped with a place name.
  20. Sell flowers at a market or roadside stall.
  21. Sell single roses from a roadside stall. Put up a big sign which both tempts people to buy a single rose and state the price.
  22. Paint, or organize the painting of, designs on T-shirts. Sell the finished T-shirts through up-market shops where the price charged will provide a reasonable income.
  23. Begin a business which produces framed reprints of interesting old patents. Sell by post to professional people or have them stocked at gift shops.
  24. Start a comprehensive garden maintenance service. discuss with clients what work needs to be done to their gardens on a regular basis. People who use your service can have a beautiful garden and not do a minute of work in it themselves.
  25. Produce a series of music and sound effects audio cassettes which are specially designed to aid the growth of household plants. For example, sounds might include the wind blowing and birds singing. Advertise in gardening and householders magazines.
  26. Pick a well-known old and long road. Research and write the history of that road. Have a few hundred booklets printed and sell to the residents and businesses along the road.
  27. Bring out a confidential newsletter which has a title like ‘How to Overcome the Dissatisfactions You have with Your Life’. Provide subscribers with ideas and inspiration. Write about case studies and answer readers’ questions.
  28. Be a roadside fortune-teller.
  29. Bring out a selection of pretty, non-picture postcards which are specially designed for friends to send brief notes to each other. Have them stocked at stationers, newsagents and shops which sell greeting cards.
  30. Find a source of common or high-quality soil, package and sell through hardware shops and garden centers.
  31. Create a correspondence course about how to be more enterprising. Sell by placing ads in national newspapers. Have ad headlines like: ‘Are you an enterprising person?’, and ‘Improve your life by being more enterprising’.
  32. Have T-shirts printed with sci-fi messages on the front such as ‘Alpha Centauri University’, Visit Ancient Egypt with TWA’s Time Travel Tours’, ‘Test fly a Centauri flying saucer, visit your local dealer’, etc. Sell at sci-fi conventions and through sci-fi shops.
  33. Bring out a range of jewellery for ears. However, this jewellery does not hang from earlobes like earrings, but gently clips to the top of the ears. This jewellery looks as if it if it is perched on top of the ears. A piece of eartop jewellery might follow the curvature of each ear.
  34. Start a business which makes a range of quality old-fashioned long johns. Produce a catalogue and start a mail order business.
  35. Consider taking up the career of chiropody. Send for a prospectus from a school of chiropody. Take a course and, after graduation, open your own practice.
  36. Start a computerized horse-racing results prediction service. There are many systems available for selecting a winning horse. Base your computer program on any or a mixture of these systems. Send forecasts on a regular basis to subscribers.
  37. Be a traveling manicurist. Build up a regular round of clients at offices and private residences. Send a leaflet about your service to businesses and private residences and advertise in the local media.
  38. Supply life extension products by post. Model your business on similar businesses which have been successful in the USA. Obtain a catalogue from one of these businesses and base your business on their system.
  39. Start a mail order business which sells stop smoking aids. For example: dummy cigarettes, advice booklets, herbal aids, inspirational cassettes, charts and posters. You can produce many of these products yourself and buy the others from wholesalers.
  40. Begin a postal service which sells the reproduction rights to formulae for making products such as stain removers, special glues and toilet water. Your custom will come from business opportunity seekers who want to reproduce these formulae for reselling. You can also sell the formulae as ‘household secrets’ through classified ads in women’s magazines.
  41. Publish a monthly newsletter which gives inspiration to those trying to lose weight. Successful dieting often depends on what’s going on in a person’s mind. A newsletter such as this can help to prepare a person, with various stories of success from those who have succeeded in losing weight and a selection of techniques to make the process easier.
  42. Bring out an audio cassette course about how to lose weight. This might employ techniques of self- hypnosis or subliminal suggestion. Sell from ads in slimming and women’s magazines.
  43. At a suitable market open a stall which is devoted to selling products devoted to a particular popular cartoon character.
  44. Write and publish a manual about how to bring out a correspondence course. For many people this could be a route to a business which both provides enough money to live on and doesn’t require much money to set up. Sell the manual to business opportunity seekers.
  45. Open a school of massage. Teach, or organize the teaching of, massage to those interested in becoming professionals.
  46. Start a slide set of the month club for collectors of slides. Slides might be about, for example, classic photographs, art, technology, aeroplanes, trains and stamps. Advertise in photography magazines.
  47. Found a stop smoking club. Hold club meetings at hired halls in various areas on different nights of the week. Employ a variety of techniques to help people to give up smoking. A great many people will be driven by the collective inspiration of the group.
  48. Produce biographical photographs of celebrities. For example, read all about the Beatles or the Rolling Stones to discover : Their places of birth, schools, first places of work, houses they once lived in, etc. Take photographs of these places, and put dates of birth below portrait photographs and sell to fans.
  49. Reproduce old black and white or sepia photographs of a town as postcards, posters and framed prints. Have them stocked in a wide variety of shops.
  50. Organize weekend breaks where people can experience ‘living’ history. Guests can spend a weekend living in a re-created era of history such as the Stone Age, the Wild West or Viking times.

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