999 Great Business Ideas

  1. Make soft toy lucky charms. One idea is a giant number seven. Other ideas include: four leaf clovers, horseshoes, rabbits feet and destiny dice.
  2. Start a mobile installation and repair service for all kinds of car lights. Produce a leaflet which lists prices for different jobs. Deliver the leaflets to houses or stick behind windscreen wipers of cars in your area.
  3. Make a selection of soft toy insects. For example: caterpillars, ladybirds, bumblebees and wasps. Package the soft toys and claim that everyone should have a pet insect.
  4. Use clothes pegs to make souvenir ornaments. These might take the form of animals, castles or boats, windmills and many others. Also design and produce kits so that craftworkers can make their own ornaments from clothes pegs. Sell by mail order.
  5. Arrange holiday exchanges between various English speaking nationalities such as English, Scottish, Americans, Australians and Canadians. You might either provide a personal service which matches people or publish a newsletter listing people seeking exchanges.
  6. Set up a service which gives independent valuations and assessments for those considering the purchase of a particular expensive antique.
  7. Bring out an information package about ‘How to Start Your Own Carded Products Business’ (ordinary products are mounted on card for displaying on racks or walls in shops). An information package might consist of cassettes on sales dialogue, booklets and diagrams about ideas and methods.
  8. Design and produce your own badges. These might have designs which feature sports, witty statements, pop stars or flowers, etc. Mount on specially printed display cards and sell cards to shops.
  9. Start a market stall which sells low valued antiques. Obtain stock from either trade sources or buy saleable goods from the public.
  10. Earn money from selling badges at pop concerts, festivals, tourist sites and other places where there are crowds.
  11. Put together a mail order service which sells rocks and mineral specimens to collectors. Produce a catalogue which lists a wide range of minerals and rock specimens. Also include in the catalogue collectors supplies and accessories.
  12. Collect a wide range of aerial photographs. These might be high altitude shots of villages, towns or cities. Start a mail order business which frames and sells these photographs.
  13. Slice timber logs and burn letters into the wood to make house name signs. Also varnish them and sell from a stall at special markets or get examples stocked at retailers who would take orders for you.
  14. Produce writing paper which has borders printed with pretty rural scenery or flowers. Get this stocked at stationers and tourist shops.
  15. Bring out a booklet which has a title like “1001 Unusual Facts About Your Town”. Discover these facts by reading local history books and visiting the archives of local newspapers. You could do similar booklets about a variety of towns and specialize in those which are popular with tourists.
  16. Organize the production of concrete or plastic garden gnomes and statues. Have them stocked at garden centers and retailers who sell garden products.
  17. Prepare a correspondence course about how to increase chances at winning at poker, the pools or horse-racing. The course allows people to develop their skills over a period of time and allows you to charge a reasonable amount of money. Use press advertising to sell.
  18. Add a stand to small cubes of marble and sell as ornaments.
  19. Design, produce and distribute T-shirts and sweatshirts which have an astronomical theme. The idea is that people will buy a T-shirt or sweat shirt that celebrates their star sign. Package them and have them displayed at a wide range of retailers.
  20. Prepare astrological readings and charts about family ancestors. Use astrology readings and charts to shed light on personal characteristics of ancestors. Advertise in genealogy publications.
  21. Open a school of creativity. Teach business people about the various techniques of creative thinking such as brainstorming, lateral thinking, quick think, value analysis, etc. Hold classes or give personal tuition during work hours or lunch breaks.
  22. Produce a series of famous biographical audio cassettes about famous artists, writers, politicians, inventors, film stars, etc. Sell these through bookshops or start a monthly club.
  23. Start a novel sedan chair service in the center of a tourist town. Carry a tourist on a short tour of the city center.
  24. Set up a horse drawn minibus service in a tourist town or resort. Provide a short trip around places of interest.
  25. Organize outdoor holidays in America. For example, walking or cycling holidays in the Rockies. Sell places on these holidays to people in Britain and the rest of Europe.
  26. Write and publish a booklet about ‘101 Ideas for Off The Beaten Track Holidays’. Get this publication stocked at bookshops or sell from classified ads. You might also sell advertising space to firms who organize unusual holidays.
  27. Hang low cost, imported leather belts on racks. Get various shops to take a rack of belts.
  28. Set up a business which organizes weddings. Compile a list of tasks which need to be done to make a wedding successful. Put together a selection of packages at different prices and sell these to potential clients.
  29. Open a stall in an antiques market which sells collectable plates. Buy your stock of plates from manufacturers, wholesalers and collectors.
  30. Devise and produce biblical role playing games. For example, people might take the roles of characters in parables. Arrange for the games to be manufactured. Sell by post or get them stocked at shops, particularly shops specializing in religion.
  31. Start a pen pal club for children and adults who have an interest in literature. Members of the club can write to each other about books they read. Advertise in literary publications.
  32. Produce a library of audio cassettes about the history of world war II. The advantage of these cassettes is that they can feature the sounds of historic events. Have them stocked at shops which sell books or records or bring out a catalogue and set up a mail order business.
  33. Use low value foreign coins to make unusual pictures. For example, might be either a coin mosaic or a selection of coins mounted next to each other to make silhouettes of landscapes. Frame the pictures and get them stocked at shops which sell gifts, coins or souvenirs.
  34. Put together an audio cassette course about teach yourself the Welsh language. Sell the course by mail order and get it stocked at bookshops and souvenir shops throughout Wales.
  35. Produce wall-charts which helps individuals and couples manage their financial affairs. A thorough record of expenditure is made on the wall-chart. The wall-chart helps to make it easy to control finances because it is so visible to all in the household.
  36. Create a mail order business which sells drinking accessories and memorabilia, for example, yard-long drinking glasses, personalized tankards, traditional pub games, collectable beer mats, books about drinking and breweries.
  37. Start a service which produces high quality, demonstration audio cassettes for new pop groups. The groups pay for the production of the cassettes. Your service also distributes copies to people in the music business. Advertise in the music press.
  38. Write, produce and sell a correspondence course about inventing for profit. The course would help a person to develop creative abilities and identifies areas where small inventors get the most patents. A key selling point of your course is that inventing is both fun and lucrative.
  39. Produce a selection of postcards which feature traditional oil paintings of tourist sites. The paintings featured might be contemporary or historical.
  40. Organize the building of reproduction stone monuments. The reasons why anyone might want a reproduction monument might include: personal gratification, an interest in the occult, to create a tourist site, to attract customers to a business, etc.
  41. Manufacture wooden snooker score-boards for professional and amateur players. Try to bring out an inexpensive score-board which can be sold to players who have a snooker table in their own home.
  42. Begin a lesson of the month club for those who want to start a business. Each lesson would be like a monthly newsletter and would be part of a comprehensive course. The lessons might be about starting a business either in general, or about a specific type of business such as mail order or retailing.
  43. Create a company which designs and manufactures children’s kits for : making kaleidoscopes, constructing pinhole cameras, growing crystals, and other things which demonstrate simple scientific principles. You might include all the projects in a compendium of basic scientific experiments.
  44. Put together a hamper of children’s jokes and novelties. In each hamper include many of the products popular with children such as trick matches, itching powder, plastic spiders, etc. Get small hampers stocked at toy shops and newsagents. Sell larger hampers by mail order.
  45. Begin a woodwork business which makes toys for children which are variations of the traditional rocking horse. For example, rocking mythical creatures, rocking rafts with a single sail, aeroplanes, UFOs, etc. Sell finished toys or kits through toy shops or by mail order.
  46. Make small and attractive mosaics for hanging on walls like paintings. For example, a mosaic might be circular and feature the face of a goddess from the ancient world.
  47. Sell products related to the game of bridge by mail order. Conduct a world-wide search for products related to bridge. Produce a catalogue and advertise in up-market national publications.
  48. Design and make a selection of gloves for football goalkeepers. Try to add some special feature such as ‘extra lightweight’, ‘extra tough’, or ‘extra warm’. Have them stocked at sports shops.
  49. Use leather fabrics to make pen wallets and pencil cases. Sell the wallets and cases empty or buy pens and pencils at trade prices and fill the wallets and cases to make the finished product.
  50. Set up a mail order business which sells second-hand books. Use your own books for the initial stock. Find further stock by advertising for both trade source and complete collections from private individuals. Produce lists and place ads in various magazines.

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