For some people, entrepreneurship is attractive because of its limitless potential. The broad range of opportunities allows entrepreneurs to search the creative parts of their minds to come up with ideas that few people have done before. To achieve success, sometimes you’ve got to think outside the box.
Many out of the box business ideas cater to the needs of niche markets, but this should not deter you. Tailoring marketing strategies to and fulfilling the needs of local members of the niche community will increase your chances of business success and growth.
In addition to those current members of your target market, out of the box business ideas possess the power to captivate and intrigue newcomers who want to see what your new business is all about.
So, if you’re one of these creative folks looking to start a unique, fun, and interesting business, take a look at our list of out of the box business ideas.
A 3D printing business is usually affiliated with a larger business such as Shapeways. The benefit to this is that you focus on creating 3D designs and taking orders while Shapeways prints the actual objects. The eventual profits are then split between yourself and Shapeways.
This business is great for artists, particularly those who have created physical works (such as statues and carvings) before. Arguably, the most important part of this job is being able to take a good idea and use a combination of software and artistic skill to make it into a reality.
Aromatherapy business owners sell their products online and/or from a physical location. Drawn to healing others physically, mentally, and spiritually, many retailers are also licensed aromatherapists, blending and bottling their own products.
Aromatherapy is best suited to the individual who is passionate about healing others through the use of homeopathic products. They must have a thirst for continuously learning and growing, forever on a quest to discover new healing blends. While this business requires creativity, aromatherapy entrepreneurs must be disciplined enough to pay close attention to operational details, and innovative in expanding their ventures.
Axe ranges are unique entertainment venues that cater to axe-throwing enthusiasts and individuals who want to try something new. Most axe ranges also have a “travel” option where they will come to a home or business and set up a mobile range. These parties are great for work or bachelor parties.
This business is right for individuals who enjoy games and gaming (specifically, axe-throwing), have good business sense, and want to entertain others and teach them how to throw axes.
Why we like this business:
Axe-throwing is a cool experience for people who want to get in touch with their dangerous side. Experienced axe throwers teach customers to throw in a safe, controlled manner, which simulates danger. This kind of niche activity is a great, unique business that will keep the customers flocking.
People have been playing board games for a long time, and these games continue to be popular. In 2016, board game sales reached $9.6 billion -- and a lot of the demand was driven by millennials.
Cafes have also become popular in the past few years. Just a few decades ago, cafes were sparse and did most of their business before 10:00 a.m. Today, they’re found on many street corners, and some cafes are right across the street from each other. Additionally, the industry continues to see growth of 7 percent annually.
Board game cafe businesses capitalize on both of these trends, providing a cafe environment where people can play board games. They give people a social place to gather around a fun game. In addition to providing games, some game cafes also offer food and beverages.
Someone who is passionate about board games and enjoys talking to people may like running a board game cafe business. Business owners need to be familiar with many different board games, and they need to be able to connect with others who like these games.
As a result of urban growth, and more people moving to the city where their yards are small (frequently only a balcony), the bonsai tree business has boomed. There is a great appeal in owning tiny bonsai trees, which might be only 18" high instead of 60' high. Business owners can be very successful since both local sales and Internet sales are becoming extremely popular.
This is a wonderful business for gardeners, tree aficionados, stay-at-home workers, and lovers of miniature objects. Business owners can start off selling starter plants to earn a living while they grow two to five-year-old trained bonsai trees for a larger income. It's a great opportunity for someone who doesn't have a lot of space to work with. This is also a great opportunity for someone to combine their growing skills with their Internet sales skills.
Animal cafes have been popular in Asia for several years, and now they’re starting to appear in other parts of the world in the form of cat cafes. There are several cat cafes in New Zealand and Canada, and a few are beginning to appear in the United States.
Cat cafe businesses offer people a place to relax with friends and felines, while they also enjoy a beverage or meal. In addition to serving human customers, many cafes also help the cats they house by making the cats available for adoption.
People who are outgoing and have a passion for cats may enjoy running a cat cafe business. Business owners regularly interact with customers, and most of their interactions will focus on a cafe’s cats. Additionally, business owners also spend a lot of time caring for the cats their cafe houses.
Why we like this business:
Cat cafes combine the best of fresh food, coffee, and cats. Many people love to interact with cats because they’re so cute. Potential owners will find that this business is the cross-section between being a restaurateur and a shelter owner. These businesses haven’t quite taken off in the U.S. and that’s exactly what makes this such an exciting opportunity.
A challenge course business provides clients with the opportunity to face their fears and work together to complete a series of outdoor activities. A challenge course, also known as an adventure course, is a business which offers groups and individuals different obstacles like climbing towers, high rope courses, low rope courses, and zip lines to overcome. Most challenge course businesses focus on team building by helping members of an organization build confidence and trust through working together to solve problems.
Lovers of the outdoors who have experience in military or police training, summer camps, or scouting are uniquely qualified to own and operate a challenge course business. Depending on the type of clients which a business focuses on, a background in psychology, corporate training, or education is helpful. This kind of business needs an owner who is hands on. Owners should be passionate and excited about meeting new people.
Chicken rental is a new business which looks to give non-farmers a foray into farming. The chickens will produce eggs for the consumer and the business owner makes sure the chickens are sent with all the necessary supplies to keep them healthy and safe.
Individuals or families who have farming experience will find this business rewarding and profitable. Those with knowledge about how to raise and care for chickens will be at a particular advantage. Since you will need to host many chickens and store equipment for setting up coops at your customers' homes, you will need to have a decent amount of land available.
Many people and businesses enjoy having decorations during the holiday season. Not everyone, however, likes decorating or is physically able to. Christmas lights installation businesses provide holiday decorating services for individuals and businesses who want or need assistance with the put-up and take-down of lights and other decorations.
Many Christmas lights installation businesses are started by painters, landscapers and other contractors who have a slow period around the holidays. The holiday decorating season is extremely short, lasting only a few months at the most, so it’s difficult to run a stand-alone Christmas lights installation business that offers no other services during the rest of the year. Such a business, however, is a potentially lucrative sideline business that can complement other seasonal businesses, such as exterior painting and landscaping.
A commercial aviary raises exotic birds for resale. A bird breeder also known as an avian breeder, can run a small, backyard aviary with only one breeding pair by themselves, or may operate a multi-million dollar purpose-built aviary with dozens of employees. A commercial aviary can sell retail to individual customers or run a breeding program to sell wholesale to established pet stores.
Due to the requirements of breeding birds, most successful commercial breeders have a lot of experience (and success) raising birds as a hobby before attempting to run an aviary as a business. Operating a commercial aviary requires specific knowledge, time, and enough capital to build and maintain the aviary.
Since the beginning of time, trees have been used by humans as a form of shelter. In more modern times, treehouses have become fun places for children and even adults to spend their time. Tree house builders design and build treehouse structures in trees. This includes everything from a child’s tree house fort, complete with zip lines and rope bridges, all the way up to small family homes.
Individuals with a sound understanding of tree growth patterns, structural engineering, and a construction background are often a great fit for this type of business. Those who possess this knowledge and who enjoy being one with nature become the best candidates.
A dart store sells all the accessories desired by those who enjoy playing the game of darts. From flights to boards to scoring devices, there’s a wide range of gear for aficionados. Dart stores can sell either commercial or personal equipment.
This business is excellent for a dart master. Because there are many places online that customers can buy dart equipment, it is important to be knowledgeable and passionate about the game of darts, so customers will look to you for expertise and recommendations that they cannot get while buying products online. Customers will be looking for an expert who can show how to get the best possible game, and recommend products based on their personal body type and throw style. A dart store can also be a good business for a local artisan who can make personalized boards or flights for high-end clients.
A dried flower business will sell dried flowers to hobbyists or craft stores. A flower preservation business will save important flowers, like wedding bouquets, for interested parties. Owners may do one or both of these services, but they are separate. Dried flowers do have a demand amongst a variety of people who use them to finish their craft projects. Flower preservation is perfect for those who want to scrapbook their memories, or fill boxes and chests with important mementos. Demand has increased for dried flowers over the past few years, as more people discover easy and fun DIY challenges.
This business is excellent for someone who loves to spend time in their garden, and who understands how plants react to a variety of different circumstances. You don’t need to have formal education in botany, but you should be willing to experiment with different types of techniques and plants.
Drone photography involves the taking of photos or videos by an autonomous UAV or one controlled by a person who manually operates it via remote control. Commercial drone photography plays a role across a wide range of industries including real estate, farming, films, advertising, and much more.
A drone photography business is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to make good money by combining their love of photography or videography along with their passion for flying. There is a high technical barrier to the business, so it is critical that potential business owners are dedicated to achieving a high degree of technical fluency. A drone photography business usually requires a lot of traveling to clients, so you will need to be comfortable with possible overnight travel.
Ecotourism is small scale, low impact tourism that offers travelers an opportunity to learn about the local flora, fauna, and culture. Unlike your standard tour guide service, the focus of ecotourism is to educate guests on how they can positively impact the environment and community they’re visiting. Tourists are able to immerse themselves in the culture and habitat, gaining an understanding of the positive impact each can have on the other. Ecological sustainability and responsibility is the heart of this educating and rewarding experience.
As many consumers ponder the environmental impact humans have had on our environment, there are many who have taken it upon themselves to get out and do something about it. They’ve made it their life’s mission to make positive strides, educating others along the way. Entrepreneurs who have made this their lives’ work and who truly enjoy igniting this passion in others would be best suited for this business venture.
An edible cookie dough cafe serves cookie dough, usually without eggs and other pathogen-carrying ingredients. Many edible cookie dough businesses serve their dough in cartons or on cones in a similar way to ice cream cone. It's sweet tooth heaven. Bakers or baking enthusiasts who open edible cookie dough shops help their customers relive their childhood memories—eating cookie dough off the beaters or licking the bowl and spatula clean. They help them escape the hustle and bustle of life and relax in a fun environment.
This business is perfect for professional bakers or baking enthusiasts, stay-at-home moms who are looking to transition back into the workforce, or anyone who is passionate about cooking or baking and has a basic understanding of how a business is run.
Why we like this business:
Edible cookie dough cafes allow customers to indulge in the guilty pleasure that is eating raw cookie dough. Most people know not to eat cookie dough containing eggs since it can be harmful, but a shop that makes a point of recreating the taste without the risk is tantalizing. It’s next to impossible to find one of these shops in all but the biggest cities, so your cafe could be the new, hottest spot in town.
An escape room business provides customers with a place to play popular escape games. Games vary in complexity and duration, but most last for approximately one hour, including the pre-game instruction. Teams must work together to solve puzzles through the discovery of clues. Escape room businesses usually have one or more game rooms and consumers pay per game. They can also rent out rooms for private games.
Those who enjoy playing escape games themselves are prime candidates for starting this type of business. It’s also a good business for creative people with a flair for the dramatic who enjoy designing their own games and providing others with enjoyable gaming experiences.
Why we like this business:
Although they’re becoming increasingly more popular, escape rooms are still a pretty niche activity. The fun of designing an escape room is almost as fun as actually completing one, so the more creative you are, the more you’ll enjoy starting an escape room. This trend seems to be one with some longevity, so getting in closer to the ground floor is a great way to create a new, unique business.
Etiquette training gives lessons to people of all ages on the proper way to conduct oneself in a variety of settings, especially in the professional world. Etiquette can cover how to act in both international and domestic settings, from a formal dinner in Japan to a debutante ball in Georgia. As globalization becomes more common, these types of lessons can be invaluable for many companies and professionals. Etiquette trainers may give online lessons or in-person lessons, depending of their budget and location. The instructions may be anything from cell phone etiquette for teenagers to the best way to send a thank you letter after a job interview.
This business is good for someone who understands how and why we use formal behavior to signify the meaning of certain events. An instructor can be successful though even if they only specify in one event, such as teaching Americans how to eat continental style. To really exceed and expand the business, entrepreneurs should have a background and interest in their chosen field to give the best possible advice and instruction to their students.
An Etsy entrepreneur business sells vintage or handmade goods on Etsy or these other platforms. By selling through an established platform, businesses are often able to reach more customers than they could through their own website or storefront.
Anyone who enjoys making handmade goods or finding vintage items might enjoy running an Etsy entrepreneur business. This is a great outlet for artists looking to sell their works.
A fashion consulting business can exist with a variety of scales. For instance, the business may be run by a lone consultant or as a major firm, and the clients may be individuals, retail stores, or major brands. The job can effectively be run from your home, which allows you to do this as a “side job” before making it your primary line of work.
Obviously, this business is ideal for fashionable people. If you regularly keep up with the latest trends, fashions, and styles, this job is ideal for you. It can also be good for those with previous backgrounds in things like the fashion retail industry, as this gives you the experience to find the best deals for your clients.
The fidget spinner was the first “fidget toy” to be introduced into the marketplace. Designed to help alleviate and channel nervous energy in children, this popular toy is Googled over 100,000 times per month and has already generated over $500 million in sales since its introduction in early 2017. Due to its overwhelming popularity, inventors and entrepreneurs across the world are now focused on dreaming up the next fidget fad to take over the Internet marketplace.
While a significant amount of capital isn’t required, this industry does require an entrepreneurial spirit, an inventive mind, and a deep understanding of your target audience. If you possess these qualities, as well as the drive to be your own boss and manage a business in a dynamic industry, opening your own fidget toy business could be the “career change” you have been looking for.
A football bowling business provides space and equipment for football bowling. Football bowling, also known as bombowling, is a game that combines aspects of football and bowling. Football bowling businesses are similar to bowling alleys, except they provide equipment and space for football bowling rather than ordinary bowling. In football bowling, opponents try to knock over each other’s pins by throwing a football.
Anyone who likes to have a good time and connect with people might enjoy running a football bowling business. The game brings together groups and is highly social, and it helps to have a business owner who’s also social.
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Fowling gives customers a very unique experience. Lobbing a football down a lane seems like great fun! This type of business turns an ordinary game of bowling into a cool, new experience that people will be lining up to try their hand at.
Part of upcycling can be simple refurbishment, and part of it is re-styling it. New covers, new coats of paint, and other new changes can make something old and worn down into something chic and modern. The business also scales nicely, letting you grow from a solo operation to a team, if necessary.
This business is great for veterans of yard sales and thrift shops—basically, anyone with a good eye for finding surprising items at low prices. It's also good for those with an eye for style and design, so you are able to see not just what the worn down furniture is but what it could be after some modifications. Finally, it's good for those with sales experience, as the job may involve a lot of individual interaction with a variety of customers.
Mobile game trucks offer a full user experience for gamers of all ages. Attendees of these events will utilize the modified truck to play various video games and listen to music. With the gaming community expanding daily, business owners have a unique opportunity to get in on the ground level of a profession that promises to deliver increasing profits for years to come.
Gamers are the ideal candidate for this niche business. Not all gamers, however, are created equal. This profession also requires an individual who enjoys interacting with others, particularly children. Those who are children at heart will not only realize success, but will truly enjoy their new career.
Many occasions call for a gift, but people often struggle to find the right present. Even those who have an idea of what to get sometimes don’t have time to go shopping.
Gift basket services make purchasing and giving gifts easy. They provide both standard and customizable baskets that are appropriate for many different occasions. Many also make the actual giving of the gift simple by providing shipping or delivery options.
Anyone who likes giving presents and is creative may be well-suited to run a gift basket service. A gift basket service can be started as a part-time business and, by shipping baskets, be coordinated around other obligations.
Glamorous camping, or glamping, can be traced back to ancient Turkish ottomans that served as mobile palaces. In more recent history, it has taken England by storm and is quickly becoming popular within the United States. Although there aren’t any official statistics for glamping in the U.S., industry insiders have seen a big increase in demand recently.
For entrepreneurs act, this demand represents an exciting opportunity. Glamping.com lists only 183 glamping sites within the U.S., which leaves plenty of space for new glamping businesses.
People who enjoy connecting with others and being outdoors may enjoy running a glamping business. Interpersonal skills are necessary because much of the business involves making guests feel welcome. A passion for the outdoors is helpful, for glamping is largely about connecting with nature.
Why we like this business:
Many people think of camping as a stripped down, boring experience that they have to suffer through. Instead, glamping brings all the convenience of a hotel room to the outdoors. This is a relatively new market in the U.S., but it has potential to be a very profitable industry as people yearn to get closer to nature without sacrificing modern luxuries.
When overgrown brush or other large patches of ground must be shorn of grass and weeds, the goat rental business provides an environmentally responsible way of cutting and even naturally fertilizing the land. Also known as goatscaping, the goat use enables landowners to landscape without chemical fertilizers, gasoline, or the risk to human mowers of steep or uneven ground or poisonous weeds and thistles.
Since a herd of at least four goats requires a certain amount of space, this business might be ideal for a farmer or landowner with at least an acre or more of real estate within zoning that allows livestock. You should also have a basic understanding of how to care for a herd of goats, and enough knowledge of vegetation to know weeds or plants that might be harmful to your herd and those plantings that your goats will ignore.
On top of that, you should be skillful at convincing sometimes dubious prospects that your business had advantageous over conventional landscaping and mowing techniques.
People in the United States eat a lot of popcorn -- 14 billion quarts of popped kernels annually. Gourmet popcorn shop businesses make popcorn in many different flavors, ranging from common flavors (e.g. chocolate, caramel, cheddar, etc.) to obscure ones (e.g. Oreo, Buffalo wing, etc.). These flavored popcorns are sold for immediate enjoyment and as packages that customers can gift to others.
Anyone who is passionate about popcorn and creative in the kitchen might enjoy running a gourmet popcorn shop business. While making popcorn is a fairly straightforward process, coming up with delicious and original flavors requires creativity.
A healthy fast food restaurant serves nutritious food and beverages in a timely manner. This type of business is quickly gaining market share from traditional fast food restaurants as the healthy variety improves consumer well-being. Such nutritious food is offered at low prices, served rapidly and satiates cravings without compromising physical health.
If you are looking for a way to improve the eating habits and consequently, the health of those in your community, start a healthy fast food restaurant. This is your chance to alter the way people eat, reduce sickness, combat cancer and generally improve the human condition. A healthy fast food restaurant is also ideal for those who have culinary skills, an interest in human health and a passion for delicious but nutritious food.
Many people enjoy relaxing, socializing with others, and being romantic in hot tubs. Hot tub gardens maintain several private hot tubs that customers rent to use for their personal enjoyment. A garden’s hot tubs can be inside or outside. They’re rented for a pre-arranged amount of time.
The ideal hot tub garden owner will be a believer in the relaxing, therapeutic potential of spending time in hot tubs. These people will be better able to promote the business, and they will be able to provide an even more satisfying experience to customers. Having basic mechanical skills will make troubleshooting any problems that arise with hot tubs easier. Being able to connect with people will help a business owner put customers at ease, so they can relax and enjoy their time in a hot tub.
Why we like this business:
Hot tub gardens bring customers the hot tub experience with the bonus of added privacy. Many people enjoy relaxing in hot tubs, and frankly, strangers can get in the way of that. A hot tub garden is a great way to bring in customers who want to bring in a group of friends and soak without other people in the way.
A hydroponic farm business grows and sells plants, vegetables, grass, and other forms of greenery to businesses and individuals. Examples of such businesses include grocery stores and restaurants. The twist to this style of business is water solvent is used to grow the plants rather than soil. Hydroponic farm businesses are usually located indoors. In many instances, these indoor environments are greenhouses. This business is an excellent way to give back to the community. Hydroponic farm business owners provide people with high-quality, nutritious, and tasty produce. These businesses also grow lovely flowers and other forms of greenery that beautify the local community. Furthermore, hydroponic farm businesses benefit the local environment as they are environmentally-friendly compared to conventional methods of farming.
If you are looking for a way to improve the health and well-being of your community, starting a hydroponic farm business is worth your time, effort and money. Local buyers will certainly appreciate the opportunity to buy produce, flowers, and other aesthetically pleasing forms of greenery from a hydroponic farm that doesn't damage the local environment. If you have any sort of interest in growing food or plants and would like to do so in a manner that is environmentally-friendly, a hydroponic farm is perfect for you.
Growing plants hydroponically eliminates the need for soil, so it can be done anywhere. Many gardeners are getting into this form of gardening to grow plants they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. In order to grow plants hydroponically, gardeners need specialized equipment and supplies. Hydroponics stores sell the specialized equipment and supplies that hydroponic gardeners need.
According to IBISWorld, the hydroponics growing equipment stores industry has an annual revenue of $654 million and has been growing hat a rate of over 8 percent. There aren’t any companies with a dominant market share, leaving plenty of opportunities for new businesses.
Anyone who enjoys growing plants and talking with people may enjoy running a hydroponics store business. Having a passion for gardening makes selling hydroponics equipment more rewarding. Customers often are looking for advice on or have questions about hydroponics, which is why being a good people person is important.
At the 2000 Summer Olympics, trampolining became an official Olympic sport. Since then, the sport has grown quickly—and so has the indoor trampoline industry. In 2011, there were only between 35 and 45 indoor trampoline park businesses. Today, there are over 500 parks in just the United States—making this the fastest-growing segment of the out-of-home entertainment industry. As the demand for indoor places to jump continues to grow, the industry is expected to as well.
Anyone who loves people, adventure and having fun may be well-suited for operating an indoor trampoline park business. These businesses promise guests high-flying adventures and fun activities in an indoor setting.
Business owners often also need to either have sizeable savings, decent credit or a business partner who can provide financial capital, because the startup costs for an indoor trampoline park business can be high.
An Instagram business is run by someone who has a lot of Instagram followers, promoting the goods and services of other brands. Normally, Instagram business owners are paid on a post-to-post basis, representing a brand’s various goods in new, creative lights.
Some Instagram business owners may branch out, creating their own product lines. Others might create YouTube channels, creating cross-market opportunities for themselves. The best Instagram business owners target niche audiences, like those interested in fitness, beauty, or pets.
The life of an Instagram marketer is perfect for those who enjoy taking pictures. It’s also a good career for those who have specific passions. If you enjoy capturing life events, promoting a hobby or spreading artistic joy, the Instagram business is for you.
International food stores, also called international grocery stores, are stores which offer imported food. This imported food ranges across many countries, different nationalities, and dish types. International food stores usually stock food, drinks, alcohol, candy and condiments. Some international food stores also stock international commodities, like toys and kitchen instruments.
The international food business is perfect for any business person who loves exotic foods. The ideal international food store owner has a fine taste for salads, sandwiches, picnic lunches, specialty drinks, desserts, and cooked meals. Normally, an international food store owner is able to pinpoint the nationality of different foods. Deli-lovers, bakers, and café operators normally make good international food operators.
A kid taxi business offers rideshares for children. Most businesses are set up through apps, which provide a convenient way to let parents know when their children are picked up and dropped off. Many parents struggle to arrange transportation for their children. Kid taxi businesses seek to address this problem by providing rideshares specifically for children. Most businesses operate via apps, which let parents schedule, track, and pay for rides.
Anyone who has personally struggled with the challenges of getting kids where they need to be on time may have the insights necessary to run a kid taxi business. Having personal experience arranging children’s transportation helps business owners anticipate the needs and concerns of parents who might use a kid taxi business.
Live streaming business owners make money by broadcasting live video gaming footage on popular platforms while making use of ad revenue. Popular websites like Twitch.TV and Smashcast (formerly Azubu) create great platforms for gamers to share their content. By acquiring a large following, (500+ average for Twitch.TV) the player becomes qualified to become a partner for the live streaming site. The streaming site will pay based on the internet traffic for the individual’s channel. Live streaming channels also solicit donations from their fans.
One prerequisite for a successful live streaming business is to have top-level gaming skills in order to gain a following of viewers who will take time out of their day to watch and learn gaming styles from the streamer.
Longarm quilting businesses offer a unique set of services, assisting hobbyist quilters with the parts of their quilts that require a special, larger machine, called a longarm machine and frame. Many longarm quilters will also sell their own artistic creations, accepting custom work when a customer comes to them with an inspiring piece.
Those who enter this industry truly enjoy the process of helping fulfill someone else’s vision. They enjoy working with their hands, adding the finishing touches to their clients’ artistic fabric pairings, which tell a story. Most quilters have spent years sewing quilts for family and friends and, at the encouragement of others, are ready to take their hobby to the next level.
Micro-lending is the practice of lending smaller sums of money, typically to those who are unable to obtain funding through an established federal institution. Micro-lenders typically don’t request any type of collateral before loaning out the money. For-profit institutions may charge a high rate of interest to mitigate financial risks should the borrower default on their loans.
Micro-lending has had a lot of traction overseas in developing nations, and most are non-profit ventures. Money is lent to people who need it to start a small business in their area. Would-be entrepreneurs can get the cash they need to fill a vital need in the community, and lenders can contribute in their own way to helping individuals find their niche and lead more productive lives.
This business is excellent for those who understand the power of responsible lending. This isn't charity, but it is giving someone else a helping hand when they need it the most. The successful micro-lender will need an excellent balance between helping others and remaining financially solvent.
Mushroom farm businesses specialize in growing mushrooms. These mushrooms are used by customers for either medicinal or culinary purposes, depending on the type of mushroom grown. Additionally, they may be sold wholesale to clients or at retail prices.
Anyone who enjoys working with their hands and interacting with people may be well-suited for running a mushroom farm business. Growing mushrooms is a hands-on task, and having an ability to connect with people can help business owners share their product with potential customers.
A mushroom farm can be started as a part-time business while working another job. Mushrooms require a little attention each day, but they aren’t too demanding, and they can be tended to at any time of the day or night. It’s easy to fit growing mushrooms around other obligations.
Mystery shoppers (sometimes known as secret shoppers or anonymous evaluators) visit different businesses to ensure staff is following protocol. A secret shopper business can greatly increase the level of visibility into the level of quality in any given business, and can even save the company money a lot of hassle and money. For example, if a shopper enters a retail store and has a difficult time receiving service, this issue can be addressed immediately. Or if a young person walks into a bar and isn’t carded, then this could spell huge fines for a business later on down the line.
Those who have an eye for details will do well in this industry. Owners will also need some experience in sales, as clients will need to be convinced they need these services.
A Nerf arena provides a large indoor or outdoor space for customers to battle each other with Nerf guns and foam bullets. Courses and game play are designed for multiple skill levels and age groups.
An individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, entertaining environment would be the ideal candidate for this business venture. Nerf arena entrepreneurs should enjoy interaction with customers of all ages and backgrounds, bringing out the kid in all of us.
Unlike an authority website which tries to be the undisputed expert on a broad subject such as TV shows, a niche website shrinks down the focus of the site to explore one favorite TV show or even a single character within a TV show in depth. Since a niche website's topic is very specific, it will naturally have a smaller, yet more concentrated audience base which is a perfect situation for monetization.
A niche website is perfect for someone who has an intense interest in a specific aspect of a wider topic. Because of the limited scope of the topic, a niche site does not have to have as much content as other types of sites, and the information does not need updating as frequently. It is a great part-time business for anyone who can't spend every day working on a website.
The characteristics of this space will largely be defined by the type of crowd the owner is able to attract based on the target market and the owner’s tastes. The club can offer a certain type of music, such as those that play only country western music or their niche could offer different services, like a gentleman's club. Nightclubs can have live music, feature DJ music, or both. Contemporary DJs have become performance stars now as well. The most important feature of any successful nightclub is the ability to attract enough paying customers to pay the rent and occasionally “pack the place,” to make tremendous profits.
A nightclub business is for people who do not mind hard work, yet also want to have fun.
It can be very lucrative depending on the club’s size, its location, and its popularity. Nightclub owners have to be “night” people. This means they like staying up all night and sleeping in the day. They also need to be very popular and know many other people who are able to attract customers to their club.
Popularized after the TV series “American Ninja Warrior,” ninja warrior gyms offer obstacle courses and training classes. Customers utilize the facility as a fun way to build strength and get in shape. More serious gym members are there to train competitively in preparation for the national competition.
Fitness gurus who are passionate about helping others become stronger are best built for this profession.
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American Ninja Warrior and its original Japanese counterpart exploded in popularity in the U.S. in 2009. Viewers love the idea of being able to test their hand at the course, especially while some of them train in order to appear on the show. Gyms are popping up more and more, giving people the opportunity to train like a ninja warrior.
A notary public acts as a certified and legal witness, providing their signature in exchange for proof of identification. Standard notarized legal documents include contracts, mortgages, and property deeds. Notary public businesses serve customers either from a home office, brick-and-mortar establishment, mobile, or online.
The individual who has the drive and ambition to work hard at building a reputable and profitable career as their own boss.
A novelty store sells unusual items that appeal to a whimsical and fun audience. Items can range from gag gifts to adult-friendly items. Often, these stores will also sell toys or trinkets that inspire nostalgia in their target customer, which can be a delicate force that inspires loyalty and love to a particular establishment.
People who are naturally goofy, charismatic, and fun-loving will thrive in a novelty store. An owner should be as appealing and one-of-a-kind as the objects they sell.
Olive oil stores stock a wide selection of hard-to-find premium olive oils, olive oil based products, and related gourmet products like spices, bottles of vinegar, and cured meat. Retailers often hold classes and tasting to educate their customers about the different types of olive oil available and how they can use the products at home.
Foremost, an olive oil store is like any other retail store. A potential owner needs to have a background in managing a retail operation. Due to the business' tiny niche, a new owner should also have extensive knowledge about olive oil and olive oil-related products, besides a real passion for the products.
These days people are living healthier lives. Most of us are trying to eat better, reduce waste, recycle more and use natural products. An organic hygiene products business is perfectly positioned to provide people with all-natural soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, and feminine hygiene products.
Most successful organic hygiene products business are run by people passionate about the products they sell and who are actively involved in a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. There is no room to for phonies in this business, since your customers will be quick to identify unwholesome ingredients that may have found their way into your product line. An organic hygiene product business demands a full-time schedule, so owners need to have a deep dedication to the business even if it is only a second source of income.
As a personal concierge, also known as a personal assistant, your range of duties is bound only by your own description of what you’ll do and the needs of the individuals who hire you. That scope of activity can include dog walking and pet-sitting, appointment scheduling and travel booking, moving assistance, home office support, and whatever else you’ll do or be asked to do by your clients.
Energy, flexibility, organization, and an entrepreneurial spirit are your friends. Each client and their needs might be wildly different, so you should enjoy meeting each day’s unique challenges. You must be good at marketing yourself and enjoy meeting people and being a part of their lives to the extent they need and allow.
A personal shopper business provides assistance for clients who need (or simply want) help buying various items. One common purpose for personal shoppers is to pick up groceries and prescriptions for the elderly who cannot do it themselves. However, some personal shoppers are hired by clients who are not necessarily elderly but simply too busy to buy these things themselves. Some personal shoppers provide more specialized assistance for clients, such as helping them discover a style or fashion that best showcases their features.
More so than most businesses, being a personal shopper is ideal for extroverted people who thrive on meeting and speaking with new people. This is because the best shoppers develop a friendly relationship with clients to better understand their needs. The job is also best for those who are intimately familiar with their city or region: this will help you navigate traffic on busy days, find the client's requested items quickly, and then deliver them in a timely manner.
Many dog and other pet owners are concerned about what’s in the food they feed their pets. Pet bakery businesses cater to these owners by providing specially formulated pet foods. The ingredients that pet bakeries use in their pet foods are usually healthy and natural, and they often come from known sources.
Anyone who is passionate about pets and nutrition may be interested in opening a pet bakery business. Pet bakeries usually start out selling through other retailers or online, rather than their own brick-and-mortar store. Because business owners don’t need to keep specific retail hours for customers, it’s possible to start this business up while maintaining another job.
A professional meditation business provides a location for clients to practice different forms of meditation in order to become more relaxed and focused. Different clients seek out meditation centers for different purposes. Some clients merely want to achieve a better sense of relaxation and peace. Other clients see meditation as a path towards performing better in their careers and relationships.
Obviously, this business is best suited for someone who has a long history of practicing meditation. If you have your own experiences as part of group meditation, it can be easier to transition those experiences as a student into being a kind of teacher for your clients. Finally, a background in business can help you both establish your business more quickly and make running its day-to-day operations even more smoothly for you.
Rage room ownership involves renting space in which you’ll invite customers to therapeutically destroy the content within. Rage rooms are also known as anger rooms. Business owners generate revenue by buying objects of glass, ceramic and other destructible materials at as low a price as possible, arranging the content in the rage room space and being paid by customers to commit pleasurable havoc.
The ideal rage room business owner will be able to obtain breakable content on a regular basis at as low a price as possible and keep the space filled and arranged so customers can book time to let off steam. She or he must see opportunity in the novelty and the humor of the business and know how to get the word out.
This business demands creative thinkers who can find ways to bring customers in the door and provide an experience that will encourage repeat business and positive word of mouth.
Why we like this business:
Who doesn’t like the catharsis of smashing something when they’re angry? While this type of behavior is frowned upon (and expensive) at home, a rage room is just the place for people to release their stress. Best of all, this type of business is so unique, competition in your area will likely be nonexistent.
Sensory deprivation tanks give people a sense of pure weightlessness in temperature-controlled water. It is typically used to help people meditate by depriving them of all external stimuli or to relieve health ailments such as muscle aches or even asthma.
This business is good for someone who is already familiar with spa services, and who understands the direct benefits of these tanks.
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Sensory deprivation tanks almost sound like something out of a sci-fi novel. Plopping into a pool of water and essentially becoming just a floating brain seems like a great form of therapeutic release or just a cool way to spend a day and we’re sure customers would feel the same way.
Customers of skydiving businesses receive access to the complete experience, either in tandem with an experienced jumper or solo. The entertainment package includes the airplane ride, all equipment, landing site—also known as the dropzone or DZ—and the leadership/coaching of a jumpmaster. Other products or services might also be offered through the business, from parachute training before the jump to photography or video production of the jump.
Skydiving businesses are also sometimes known as dropzone businesses or simply DZs.
Most people who would consider starting such a business are experienced jumpers, but that’s not mandatory. You should, at a minimum, feel comfortable convincing partners or investors and officials of the wisdom of your plans and your skydiving business’ value to the community.
More than anything, potential owners should have passion for the activity—because that’s how most of your repeat jumpers feel about skydiving.
As traditional media declines and social media emerges, marketers are increasingly incorporating social media influencer marketing into their strategies. Ste Davies reports that this is both a smart and popular advertising strategy, with 94 percent of marketers saying it’s effective and an increasing number of companies planning on using it through 2020.
Marketers pay social media influencers because they’re the gateways to their followers. When stars on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms post about a company’s service or product, followers see and engage with whatever is being promoted.
Anyone who enjoys spending time on social media platforms and is passionate about a particular niche might enjoy being a social media influencer. Influencers must know and love their niche, for they talk about it constantly on the platforms they use. They also have to like social media itself, as they’ll be spending hours on it day after day.
Everybody loves surprises. A subscription box business focuses on unique products available for a specific market, delivering packages to your customer's doorstep weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Your business will focus on sourcing the very best niche items that surpass the customer's expectations for creativity, whimsy, and function while delivering a service that becomes the highlight of their week.
Subscription boxes are a marketing guru's dream. If you love networking to expand the impact of your brand and connecting with people who are passionate about cooking, pets, technology, or any other niche market, you are halfway there. You will also need to be ready to tirelessly work with suppliers in order to deliver new and unique products that your customers can't wait to try.
If you love the outdoors and have a passion for teaching others to experience nature and improve their life skills, the survival school business might be right for you. Your students might be children, families, or friends out for an interesting weekend experience. You may even attract people who are active adventurers seeking to learn practical survival skills for their next big trip. Your school might focus on barebones survival, or bushcraft, which places an emphasis on thriving over longer periods in the wilderness, or perhaps a mix of both.
Your first and most immediate skill must be a love for and depth of knowledge in outdoorsmanship. You should also have an innate ability to teach and to encourage students to share your passion for nature and wilderness survival. Depending on the specific direction you take your business and the ecosystems of your area, you might also require knowledge of first aid techniques, survival trapping, plant and animal identification, harsh weather survival, or other kinds of outdoor survival skills.
Tiny houses are all the rage. These uber-small homes have just enough space for a minimalist individual or small family. A tiny house business builds, sells and/or rents tiny houses to those looking for a place to live or stay.
If you are interested in architecture, construction and/or real estate, this business is perfect for you. It is also quite appealing to those who pride themselves on staying up to date with the latest trends.
As the United States’ Latino population continues to increase, they’re leaving a mark on everyone’s food preferences. Specifically, tortillas are increasingly becoming a staple in many American households. Tortillas were poised to become the most popular bread in the U.S. back in 2003, and today the tortilla industry today is a $4 billion industry that continues to grow.
Tortilleria businesses produce all of these tortillas that people are eating. Most businesses specialize in either corn or flour tortillas, although a few have branched out into non-traditional specialty tortillas. (The information below focuses on corn and flour tortillerias, as these businesses are the most common.)
Anyone who likes Latino food, and especially Mexican food, may enjoy running a tortilleria. Not only do business owners get to make tortillas themselves, but they also meet many other people who like Mexican food through their work.
The vintage maps businesses is a niche market of collectibles, including old, historic, rare, unusual and one-of-a-kind maps. Some vintage maps business owners start out as hobbyists and then go on to establish galleries that house large collections of vintage maps.
Common types of vintage maps include star maps, antique railway and road strip maps, military battle maps and celestial maps. Geographical vintage maps cover all categories, such as archipelagos, world oceans and groups of islands.
One of the keys to any successful business is to choose one that you’re passionate about. You should really have a love of history and heritage of old maps when considering opening a vintage maps store. There’s an awful lot to learn about antique maps, and it’s a business that is well suited for amateur collectors of maps. An amateur collector will have a base knowledge of different types of antiques maps, such as celestial maps and geological maps. An amateur collector will also have knowledge of how to price vintage maps, considering rarity, age, size, condition, historical importance and decorative value. It’s also important for a vintage maps store owner to know special requirements for framing and storing vintage maps.
Virtual tours are popular with many industries, including the hospitality and real estate industries. You will be using photo, video, and other multimedia elements in order to bring a space to life for people before they visit the physical space. While you may eventually create virtual tours of almost any space, some of the main areas you will virtually recreate are apartments, houses, hotels, resorts, and neighborhoods.
This business is good for those with multimedia savvy, for it takes skill with photography, video recording, sound mixing, and multimedia editing to create a solid virtual tour. It is also good for those with extensive travel experience, as this lets you think like the consumers you are creating tours for.
A whirlyball business provides the public with an opportunity to have fun, build relationships, and improve their hand-eye coordination. Whirlyball is a team activity that is best described as a unison of basketball, jai alai, hockey, and lacrosse along with bumper car-esque whirlybug vehicles. Players form teams to compete against one another in hectic and incredibly fun whirlyball action.
This business is ideal for individuals who are looking for a way to promote a sense of community and to help people stay active and have fun. Whirlyball games promote social interactions, involve physical activity, and provide plenty of excitement. This is the type of business that can bring a community together and establish or reinforce social bonds.
Wine tours educate people about grapes, fermentation, and flavor profiles. From varietals to harvesting techniques to the best way to taste the wine, tours are meant to be as informative as they are fun. These tours can help people appreciate all that goes into a single sip, and promote local businesses by exposing their product to more people.
This business is good for someone who already has a healthy interest in how vineyards work, and who enjoys teaching people in an entertaining way. Ideally, it should be far less about enjoying a good bottle of wine, and far more about being a good (and organized) educator.
Looking for a flexible work environment? Want to be your own boss? Starting a home-based business can be a great way to launch your new company.
An online business is one that is primarily web-based. This type of business is a great option for someone looking for a business idea that will be easy and fast to setup and have low startup costs.
Do you always need to "spend money to make money," as the saying goes? We don't think so. Often a good idea and hard work can get your business up and running with little to no startup costs.
Starting a side business while working a full-time job can be a great way to test out a new business idea and gain invaluable experience as an entrepreneur.
One of the best parts of being an entrepreneur is the sense of adventure in taking a risk for the sake of a great idea. But don't think you'll make it big without working hard to achieve your goals.
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, starting your own business can be fun, profitable, and a great learning experience. Being your own boss sure beats working at the local community pool or fast-food joint.
Being an entrepreneur can be an incredibly valuable experience, in more ways then one. For teens who have an inclination for it, starting a business might be a great way to spend their time.