999 Great Business Ideas

  1. Bring out a correspondence course which gives instruction about becoming a professional researcher. This course would appeal to those who would like a career in this field and to authors who want to do their own research. Sell from ads in literary publications.
  2. Produce bookmarkers which have attractive embroidered designs. Package them in cellophane and have them stocked at bookshops.
  3. Put together a regular publication which lists photographic equipment for sale. Your income comes from selling advertising space.
  4. Write and publish a booklet about how to cut the cost of a wedding. Alternatively write and produce a manual about how to have a big wedding on a shoestring. Have it stocked in bookshops or sell from ads in wedding magazines.
  5. Design and manufacture wooden kits for constructing model boats. Sell from ads in hobby magazines or have them stocked in modelling and crafts shops.
  6. Use direct mail to sell model steam engines to engineers, doctors, scientists, company directors and other professional people.
  7. Set up a mail order business which specializes in selling videos, films, photographs, posters and slides about the pop music of the 50s and60s. Use your ingenuity to find products, for example canvass picture libraries and record and film companies.
  8. Write and publish a newsletter which is devoted to profitable hobbies. The newsletter will be aimed at those who are looking for both an interesting new hobby and a way of making extra money. Asses the profit potential of a wide range of hobbies.
  9. Bring out a selection of musical bookmarkers. To make the bookmarkers musical use electronic devices similar to the ones used in musical greeting cards.
  10. Start a service which organizes the painting of murals in bedrooms, dining rooms, residential games rooms, etc. Advertise in up-market publications.
  11. Call door-to-door and offer to take top quality passport photographs. Take the photographs in the customers house. Someone returns at a later date to deliver the photographs and collect payment. All family members might have their photos taken for passports, ID cards, bus and train passes, etc.
  12. Start a production line which turns out hand-painted wooden egg cups for selling at shops. Or at a market stall paint personalized egg cups while the buyer waits.
  13. Set up a caddie service for photographers, film makers and video makers. Hire out yourself, and others, to carry equipment for people in these groups. Place ads in suitable magazines to offer your service and send a leaflet to photographers who do location work for businesses.
  14. Produce colored acetate paper printed with painting by number designs for shops. The designs could include elaborate ‘sale’ signs and pictures with a Christmas theme. A shopkeeper sticks the acetate sheets to one side of a window and paints the design or picture on the other.
  15. Begin a firm which produces and distributes a range of I’m in love’ products. These will include T- shirts, car stickers and badges.
  16. Bring out a board game about buying and running a shop. The shop might be a newsagent or the game might involve several types of shops. Sell from ads in publications which list shops for sale.
  17. Rent out model trains by post to railway enthusiasts. This service would allow enthusiasts to examine and use a wide range of trains. You could include an option for the customer to buy if they are particularly fond of any model.
  18. Make simple footstools – up to twelve inches in height, for standing on to reach things from shelves. Sell through local shops.
  19. Contact the owners of houses with small letterboxes and offer to supply and install a large letterbox.
  20. Bring out a video which consists of a long recording of an open fire. By playing the video anyone can have the charm of an open fire in their home without the mess and the hassle.
  21. Make peg abacuses. Each abacus is a wooden block which has rows of dots instead of beads. A row has one peg to indicate the value of that row. Package these and sell as either a children’s educational aid or a novelty for adults.
  22. Write and produce a correspondence course about how to start and build a successful craft business. Subjects covered by the course might include: How to choose and design a winning product, how to sell craftwork, how to use other craftworkers in your business, etc.
  23. If you have a porch, hold a porch sale. Raise extra cash by displaying your unwanted items at your sale.
  24. Set up a direct mail business which sells business books. This type of business offers the greatest potential for profit if you publish the books you sell. Do this by 1) Writing a book of your own; 2) Advertising for authors’ manuscripts; and 3) Contacting literary agents.
  25. Start a trade publication for small mail order businesses. Give the latest news and views relevant to small mail order businesses. Distribute by post.
  26. Publish a newsletter for those who want to make money from manufacturing kits. Kit manufacturing provides a spectrum of opportunities. Deal with all aspects of starting a profitable kit making business.
  27. Put together a correspondence course about how to become a professional investment adviser. Sell through ads in the financial press.
  28. Learn the craft of woodcarving. When you become skilled earn money from carving popular first names in relief and turn these into brooches. Also turn out other carved jewellery such as pendants, bracelets and earrings.
  29. Produce a selection of memory adoption cassettes. People often wish they had more pleasant childhood memories than they do. These cassettes would consist of recordings of pleasant memories. A listener can adopt these memories and pretend they are his or her own.
  30. Use sea-shells to make a range of jewellery, including sea-shell brooches, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Place these on racks and have them stocked at suitable shops.
  31. Cut chess pieces into slices and use them to make earrings, necklaces and key-ring fobs. Sell at craftwork markets and fairs.
  32. Begin a direct mail or mail order business which sells crafts books to craftworkers. Buy books from publishers, buy manuscripts from authors and publish these yourself, or write a craft book which has universal appeal and sell this.
  33. There seems to be an insatiable demand for quality, novel or inexpensive clocks. If you want to start an import business, this would be a suitable area to try.
  34. Begin a business which produces a syndicated mail order catalogue. Most catalogues consist of the goods of one firm. A syndicated catalogue could have details of products from hundreds of suppliers.
  35. Become a street handbag polisher. This service is similar to a street shoeshine, except handbags are polished. Also offer to polish leather clothes, such as jackets and coats.
  36. If you are physically attractive, become a freelance escort. Place adverts in local papers which state you will accompany an unattached person to social or business functions.
  37. In a large city operate a telephone information service for amateur photographers. Photographers who subscribe to your service can telephone you to get a list of today’s photo opportunities. For example: a film star arriving at an airport and a record breaking attempt.
  38. Set up a mail order business which sells kits for making leather products. For example, kits for wallets, cheque book covers and pension book covers. Design and manufacture the kits yourself and produce a catalogue.
  39. Put together a correspondence course about palmistry. Sell from ads in astrology magazines. One attraction of the course is that the palmist skills learned could be used to make money.
  40. Compile and publish a directory of sales messages, phrases and selling points. The format of this directory might be copyright free art clipping books. All businesses are potential buyers. Sell by direct mail.
  41. Deal in collectible bookplates. Promote the hobby of collecting bookplates by offering potential collectors a free selection. Thereafter send collectors a regular list of bookplates for sale. Also bring out and sell albums for storing and displaying bookplates.
  42. Devise a program which is designed to make a person more dynamic. A more dynamic, confident person has a greater chance of achieving success in life. Publish your program and sell it by direct mail to business opportunity seekers.
  43. Buy a portable children’s mini-railway. Children can sit on the carriages and are taken up and down a short track. Hire out your railway for fund raising at fairs and money-making tourist sites.
  44. Rent out large snooker tables and cues in a similar fashion to the way television sets are rented out. Rent them to householders, clubs, businesses, colleges, unions, etc.
  45. Start a publishing enterprise which specializes in producing quality hand printed poetry books. Get these stocked at bookshops and sell by post to poetry lovers.
  46. Devise and produce an easy-to-use system for cataloguing coin collections. Sell this through stamp and coin shops, or from ads in collectors magazines.
  47. Be a crossword puzzle designer who specializes in a particular subject, such as football, photography or stamp collecting. Sell football crosswords, for example, to publishers of football magazines and programs.
  48. Publish a newsletter for people who want to become children’s authors. In each issue include advice and information which will help children’s authors to get work accepted for publication.
  49. Produce and launch a correspondence course which teaches people how to write fiction for adolescents for profit.
  50. Bring out a correspondence course about how to write screenplays for feature films. There is obviously a lot of skill involved in writing a screenplay and there are numerous people who would be willing to pay to learn.

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