999 Great Business Ideas

  1. Add a stand to fragments of original rock from Mount Everest and sell through gift shops or ads in mountaineering publications. You might also do the same for other major mountains.
  2. Produce an audio cassette course or correspondence course about entrepreneurship. The potential market includes the hundreds of thousands of people who start their own business each year.
  3. Establish a marketplace for computer hardware. On a computer or card index system list details of what sellers have to sell. Charge the sellers a fee. Place ads in computer magazines which invite telephone enquiries from people looking for computer hardware.
  4. Set up a marriage bureau in your area. Provide your clients with a personal, sincere and caring service which searches for suitable life partners.
  5. Open a school of computing. Rent an office and teach or employ others to teach courses about computing. The most financially rewarding courses would be those which help students to get jobs in computing.
  6. Bring out an audio cassette library of limericks. This might be produced for children or young adults. Have the cassettes stocked at bookshops, toyshops and newsagents?
  7. Organize courses about how to increase the profitability of a bed and breakfast business. Hold these courses at holiday resorts where there are large numbers of bed and breakfast houses.
  8. If you have advanced knowledge of mathematics or computing, make an income from devising mathematical or computing puzzles. Sell these to magazines, newspapers and book publishers.
  9. Set up a firm which hires out sunbeds. Use local advertising to publicize your service and offer clients a free delivery service.
  10. Buy fantasy role-playing games from those who make up games as a hobby. Publish the games in a monthly newsletter and sell subscriptions to fantasy role-playing enthusiasts throughout the country.
  11. Design and produce a selection of astrological badges for each star sign. Place these badges on cards or boards and distribute them to suitable retailers.
  12. Start an enterprise which organizes trips to sports events such as boxing contests, motor racing competitions, athletics events, etc. Your service provides the tickets and the transport. You might, for example, pay a shopkeeper to open a ticket office in his or her shop on Saturdays.
  13. Earn from doing artistic hedge cutting. Advertise in the local press and in newsagents windows. Build up a list of regular customers who need their artistic hedges maintained.
  14. Begin a mail order business which sells equipment and supplies for making paper at home. Use ads in craft magazines to promote this profitable hobby.
  15. Start an enterprise which organizes arts and crafts fairs. Find suitable venues, rent spaces to artists and craftworkers. Publicize throughout the local area.
  16. Learn about the craft of making ornaments with eggshells. Make money from what you learn by bringing together a selection of supplies for selling to egg craft hobbyists.
  17. Write and publish a newsletter for those who want to start a crafts business. In each issue give addresses of craftwork buyers. Also include editorial about how to develop both a successful product and a profitable business.
  18. Open a school of antique restoration. Offer potential students a choice of courses covering most aspects of restoration. Potential students will include antique collectors and dealers. Advertise in magazines about antiques.
  19. Organize courses for those who would like to start their own crafts business. Offer students specialized courses about starting a soft-toy, for example, or pottery business. Hold courses at either crafts workshops or bed and breakfast houses during the off-season time.
  20. Use prints of lunar or Martian landscapes to make unusual, framed prints or posters.
  21. Design and produce lapel stickers for wearing at parties. Each sticker is printed with a statement which is designed to make it easier for guests to talk to each other, for example, ‘smile if you like me’. ‘Can I sip your drink?’, ‘You have great legs’ and ‘I know a secret’.
  22. Manufacture kits for making lamp stands decorated with shells or mosaics. Bring out a selection of kits from the very simple to the complex. Produce a catalogue and use ads in crafts magazines to sell the kits by mail order.
  23. Start a craft business which makes enameled products such as key-ring fobs, earrings, brooches, pendants, jewellery boxes, boxes for knickknacks, etc. Sell your craftwork from a stall at markets or fairs. Or if your work is of a very high standard sell it through gift shops.
  24. Package pressed flowers. Each packet might contain an individual set, or unsorted selection, of pressed flowers. Attach the packets to display cards, or place in a display box and distribute to arts and crafts shops.
  25. Design, produce and distribute your own brand of anti-smoking ashtray. For example, produce an ashtray which is either, a model of a cancerous lung or printed with the names of people who died on the same day from lung cancer.
  26. Start a business which designs and manufactures DIY kits for building small garden swimming pools. Offer buyers a selection of sizes and sell through ads in DIY magazines.
  27. Organize weekend courses for DIY enthusiasts. Provide students with practical tuition about various popular DIY projects. Advertise in DIY magazines.
  28. Produce framed prints of pin-ups. These might be X-rated for sale by mail order, classic pin-ups of the 40s, 50s and 60s or contemporary pin-ups.
  29. Bring together a selection of supplies for making string puppets and start a mail order business. There is already a thriving market in doll making supplies. Your business will hopefully divert some people from making dolls to making string puppets.
  30. Start a service which commissions artists to do drawings of business premises or private residences. Also arrange for the drawings to be reproduced on: stationery, postcards, calendars, business cards, etc. Advertise in business publications and also do work for established printers.
  31. Manufacture marbles draughts sets. Instead of a checkerboard there is a wooden board with 64 round holes. The holes become the squares of the draught board and the marbles sit in them. Each side has marbles of a different color and some extra colors to use as ‘kings’.
  32. Produce a series of booklets or audio cassettes about ideas for saving a variety of things. For example: ‘Ideas for Saving Money’, ‘Ideas for Saving Time’, ‘Ideas for Saving You the Trouble of Dieting’, etc. Sell by mail order as a complete set.
  33. Produce a correspondence course about cartooning. Pay a skilled cartoonist to devise the course.
  34. If you have the artistic ability to become a cartoon caricaturist, earn money from doing amusing portraits at a thoroughfare of a shopping or tourist area. Or do caricatures outside football grounds on match day, at festivals, concerts, exhibitions, etc.
  35. Compile and publish a year-book or ‘Yellow Pages’ type directory for those who want to start a business. In the directory list, for example: sources of finance, small business advisers, franchise companies, etc. Also sell advertising space to business opportunities promoters.
  36. Learn the art of calligraphy. When you become a skilled calligrapher earn money from teaching others in your own home or at evening class.
  37. Start a home party hire service. The hosts of children’s and adults’ parties hire from you: chairs, tables, cutlery, plates, glasses, barbecues, etc. Advertise your service either in local newspapers or newsagents windows. Provide a free delivery service.
  38. Provide a sales service for oil-painters. Sell the work of artists by finding outlets and take a commission on all sales. Outlets might include: antiques shops, gift shops, private art exhibitions, overseas shops, etc.
  39. Bring out a selection of posters which are packed with biblical quotes. Sell these through religious bookshops and by post to schools and practicing Christians.
  40. Set up a promotional sheet music publishing business. People who write music and lyrics would find it easier to sell their compositions if they were published. Published compositions could then be circulated to people in the music business.
  41. Bring out novelty voodoo model brains. A voodoo model brain represents the brain of the target person and is marked with different areas such as stress, love, anxiety, pain, etc. Pins are placed in selected areas to stimulate the feelings associated with that area.
  42. Set up a party plan business which sells gardening equipment and supplies. You might, for example, hold the parties in gardens during the afternoons. Once you have developed a successful presentation and range of products, increase the size of your business by recruiting agents.
  43. Start a spring-water bottling and distribution business. Advertise for someone who owns a property which has a natural spring water supply. Negotiate a contract with the owner which allows you to bottle and sell the spring water.
  44. Design and have produced novelty sex maniacs score cards and find trade buyers or sell by mail order.
  45. Write and publish a manual which has a title like ‘How to Start Your Own Mail Order Business’. Use classified ads and direct mail to sell this to business opportunity seekers.
  46. Set up a mail order business which sells books and products related to ventriloquism. Produce booklets and cassettes which give instructions about ventriloquism and ideas for stage acts. Also sell props and dummies.
  47. Bring out an ‘ideas’ newsletter for writers. In each issue suggest ideas for: locations, characters, events, phrases, use of words, etc. One of the main selling points of your newsletter is that it will help a writer to become a published author.
  48. Help people to get jobs by starting a C.V. design service. Conduct your own research into what information in a C.V. impresses employers. Basically, a good C.V. is professionally printed and presents the most important facts about a person’s career history in a simple, clear way.
  49. Publish a weekly or monthly large type newspaper for people with poor eyesight which summarizes the news of the previous week or month.
  50. Begin a mail order business which promotes the hobby of collecting currency notes. Put together a catalogue which lists a wide selection of currency notes and collecting accessories. Advertise in coin collecting magazines.

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