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25 Small Business Ideas for 2014

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Small Business Idea #1 [026] Thank you Cupcakes

Small Business Idea #1 [026] Thank you Cupcakes:

Whenever have won a significant amount of business, once I had successfully delivered it I would say thank you by sending cup cakes from a local deli in town. Even if a client lived in the US or Australia I would Google a local cafe to them and get it sent. There is ROI from saying thank you. Saying thank you is a great way to stand out from all the other salesmen calling your clients. So I was pleased to see a company called MailLift who are doing this with hand written letters. They have even integrated with SalesForce API which is genius! So i still think a global ThankyouCupcakes.com (I owned that and gave it away to someone who wanted to launch this idea – and didn’t!) where you team up with cupcakes makers all over the world that could hand deliver them next day would be awesome plus if you integrate it into SalesForce.com. So every time you complete business – cupcake request gets sent automatically.

UPDATE! I have seen a new company launch called Boomf who is co-founded by Kate Middleton’s brother James which prints your photos on marshmallows and then sends them out. The quality of them is awesome and this would be a lot easier to send than cupcakes in the post so maybe start with this as a supplier!

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Small Business Idea #2 [027] Cloud Storage Re-seller

Small Business Idea #2 [027] Cloud Storage Re-seller:

Come on! It’s the cloud! What I love about cloud now is its a no-brainer. I mean even my mum gets it and wants to “digitize” everything to go on the cloud so when she is in her nursing home in years to come she can sit and watch hours and hours of memories all safely backed up in real-time. So if I take a picture of my friends daughter almost immediately it gets added to my mums photo cloud account. If you have no money – get a cheap WordPress website and start re-selling Cloud services.

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Small Business Idea #3 [028] Cloud Storage For Kids

Small Business Idea #3 [028] Cloud Storage For Kids:

Again my girlfriend thinks a very secure cloud storage service for parents where they can store everything that their child produces digitally is a good offering. My girlfriend takes images of every drawing my friends daughter does and uploads them to a private cloud. A service dedicated to this and marketed towards parents is a great idea. Another one you can call on us for custom!

UPDATE! We have done this on a personal level – we now take photos of everything my friends daughter does at nursery and at home and we keep around 10& of these while we photograph the rest and then throw it away – we would need a new room for the amount she produces! We also now take regular progress videos of her ballet, gymnastics, piano and Spanish lessons and upload these to our cloud account.

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Small Business Idea #4 [029] Airbnb for Corporate Accommodation

Small Business Idea #4 [029] Airbnb for Corporate Accommodation:

I never knew the secret world of corporate rented accommodation before until I visited a friend of mine who was staying in Birmingham. His swish high-rise apartment overlooked the city and I was very impressed when he said that his company rents this place out and they also have several other apartments over the UK that he uses. Looking into this I thought a marketplace for this secret world would be a hit as it would bring more accommodation into the marketplace and also encourage better pricing and community feedback. Take a look at StayBay for example.

UPDATE! Airbnb now offer this! I emailed them last week and they also offer a partner program but make sure you have something setup e.g. website before you reach out to them as they are just selecting a few chosen partners right now. Or forget Aurbnb and start reaching out to people with apartments directly.

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Small Business Idea #5 [030] Customer Experience Expert

Small Business Idea #5 [030] Customer Experience Expert:

Most companies don’t have a clue about their own customer experience. I cringe when I see these programs where the boss of a huge company goes undercover to witness the customer and employee journey. That is what a customer of their’s see’s, feels and experiences as they go through the buying process. An easy way into this area would be to become an expert in customer experience. You could setup a website of the top 100 retailers in your country and then take a look at their customer experience. Visit their shop, ask their staff questions, go on their website, find information. Maybe build a 10 point checklist and mark each area out of ten. One area UK retailers are falling over is in Click & Collect. It’s meant to be a smooth process but it actually is a painful one. Send your findings to the retailers and then offer them a consultancy fee to come in and inform them where they are going wrong and how they can improve it.

UPDATE! I get an email from a guy who does this but just in pharmacies in the US and one thing he does is benchmark each pharmacy against another and this encouraged engagement from pharmacies as they want to know where they stand and also what the winning pharmacies are doing! Great advice – go niche and then benchmark every one of the businesses.

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Small Business Idea #6 [031] RFID Limited Edition Toys

Small Business Idea #6 [031] RFID Limited Edition Toys:

There are literally thousands of toy collectors around the world. Why not design and develop your own limited edition collectors set? You could release only a small amount over time e.g. 5,000 units per quarter. Go a step further a put in a RFID chip in each toy so it can be verified as an original and not a fake. This would also give an old toy a modern appeal and generate buzz among collectors. Also with the RFID enabled toys they could also work with an iPad app to tell a story of start a video on an app – its endless with RFID!

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Small Business Idea #7 [032] Sell Your Business

Small Business Idea #7 [032] Sell Your Business:

Selling your business is tough. Where do you even begin? Well I have sold three businesses for people and also I have sold more than 10 projects (micro businesses/websites etc). There is a right way and wrong way to do it and most people opt for the latter out of experience. Some of the worst people to sell a business are the owners as they are too personally attached. So if you could come up with a good way, a easy app to guide business owners through this process or even just become a sales agent and sell it for them – I think you will do well. Again this is what I did when I had no money. I sold a furniture store in Birmingham for an elderly gentleman and made a neat commission of $6,000. Research how to get started. The best people to sell a business to are competitors as they can grow overnight.

UPDATE! A friend of mine has started this business in the UK but he has quite a niche. He approaches businesses that are already for sale on major sale websites. He finds companies that have been on there for more than 3 months and then he performs some internet research on them and their sales advert and sends them a personal report with 10 things they could do to improve their sales effort. He also offers to do this for them for just £949.99 and if he sells the business in 3 months takes a 8{3b0006d143baec248fccfde67d40f232b472bb6564095960f2b10a8ba8aa32c8} commission. If he doesn’t sell it in 3 months his commission drops to 5{3b0006d143baec248fccfde67d40f232b472bb6564095960f2b10a8ba8aa32c8} and to date he is doing very well. He now uses video, animation and the help from my design team to come up with creative proposals.

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    5. Signup for my WPdemand Updates – tactics and methods on going from idea to profit.

Small Business Idea #8 [033] Problem Shared

Small Business Idea #8 [033] Problem Shared:

I worked in a small business some time ago, 7 off us and over the last year we have gotten into a very healthy habit of working with each other on our own problems. Sharing an issue before we react means we can use 7 of us to resolve it. We do this even down to checking an important email or response document. So far we have been using a shared drive or email chain but this is getting out of hand. I think a web app or piece of software that allows you to share problems that crop up throughout the day will make the workforce a lot more efficient. After writing this I have seen Deezco offering a solution to this although they have gone quiet and not launched yet 12 months on.

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Small Business Idea #09 [034] SEO Outsourced

Small Business Idea #09 [034] SEO Outsourced:

Flippa is a great resource to see who is making money – how much and how. OK there are some clear cowboys on there selling nothing but a dead horse but one winner I always see are people who have built up an SEO service and they also totally outsource it. There a hundreds of thousands of tiny small businesses out there that struggle to get new clients – its one, if not their biggest issue. Solve it – and make some money. Find a good SEO’er on Elance.

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Small Business Idea #10 [035] Problem Solved

Small Business Idea #10 [035] Problem Solved:

I love problems. I really do. I pride my cool, calm and collective approach to coming up with as many ideas to solve the problem as possible. I also accept not all problems can be solved, and a lot of problems aren’t actually problems! How about a service, web app or mobile app where a person for say a few dollars can submit a problem for you to resolve, maybe for a fixed fee they can have 5 problems worked through. If you can solve problems – you can make a lot of money.

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Small Business Idea #11 [036] Nursing Home Review

Small Business Idea #11 [036] Nursing Home Review:

It’s a really tough decision to make to place a loved one into a nursing home. One opportunity in the UK is for a good service to provide a fair review of each nursing home. You could easily make money for advertising or listing of each nursing home. A sort of TripAdvisor for nursing homes! Or you could even make it personal and visit each nursing home as part of your review and maybe talk to patients and even family members.

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Small Business Idea #12 [037] Research Business

Small Business Idea #12 [037] Research Business:

Its never been easier now to access some fabulous minds. There are scientific, legal and medical students based offshore who can help you provide a robust research service. I have used students found on the likes of Elance and oDesk to do this for two companies based in the UK. One was to research the Europe market for Click & Collect in grocery stores and the other was to write a whitepaper on a manufactured replacement for Coltan – circa $4,000 in profit.

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Small Business Idea #13 [038] Showrooming Whitepaper

Small Business Idea #13 [038] Showrooming Whitepaper:

Showrooming is the process of going into a shop, looking at an item, maybe trying it on and then using your phone or going on the internet to find it cheaper and buy it there. Showrooming is a big issue for some retailers and there are some things retailers can do to turn this into an opportunity. I could give you 13 ideas right now! Why not create a landing page for a whitepaper on this offering and see how many orders you can get from retailers – once you have $2,000 in orders – outsource it to a smart student offshore.

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Small Business Idea #14 [039]Content Marketing

Small Business Idea #14 [039]Content Marketing:

Another marketing technique that can be onerous and time-heavy for a small business owner. Why not find a team offshore that has the experience, case studies and ability to provide an ongoing service. You could even look at the top ten industries – get a good keyword domain, start loading it with content and then sell it to a company in this sector, as well as find 10 companies a month to give you recurring revenue and for you to manage their content marketing. Check out a good guide here.

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Small Business Idea #15 [040]Reboot Reload

Small Business Idea #15 [040]Reboot Reload:

I have recently undergone a huge life-hack. Its taken about 18 months since I begun. I got out of debt, I got in shape and lost a lot of weight. I gave up being a Christian and became a Buddhist! I opened a savings account (my first ever) and filled it with $10,000. I became a minimalist and now I am still improving day by day. I wish looking back that I could have undertook a course that shaped this journey as it was tough and at times I didn’t know what I was doing. If it could give me the results that my own life-hack has given me I would have paid $10,000 per year easily. I have friends now asking me how I did it. There are a lot of people who are not happy and they need a guided process or program to get them started and through until they can wake up with a burning desire for the day. Maybe you can just choose one area and offer to help people achieve this.

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Small Business Idea #16 [041] Complaint Hero

Small Business Idea #16 [041] Complaint Hero:

I am the best at resolving beef with any commercial company. As I write this I hold a cheque for $400 from a local bus company that slightly burnt my friends leg by not having the bus heater covered correctly. My girlfriend has a huge bunch of flowers on her kitchen table after she received an annoying sales call from a UK energy company. I get results. Then there are people who do not know how to handle these vicious corporate bullies. I have helped my girlfriend’s two friends settle disputes and they even said they would have paid me to do this on their behalf. Maybe there is an opportunity to manage these disputes for a fee.

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Small Business Idea #17 [042] Pimp My Printer

Small Business Idea #17 [042] Pimp My Printer:

I love 3d printing and think we haven’t even scratched the service yet in terms of really using this technology. I have three friends that have all purchased their own 3d printers. I am yet to get one! There are now companies starting up to collectively represent printer owners so they can take on local or large scale work. PimpMyPrinter.com is still available as a domain and would make a great brand name for this!

UPDATE! PimpMyPrinter.com has now gone and nobody is doing anything with it! Tut tut! TAKE ACTION!

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Small Business Idea #18 [043] Positivity Training

Small Business Idea #18 [043] Positivity Training:

I was working inside a large UK retailer in December and for two days they had a huge conference going on. When I inquired they said that they had “positivity training” going on and that they have this every 3 months! There were hundreds of people attending and this plays a large part of this companies structure. Get training now in positivity and start a consultancy in positivity!

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Small Business Idea #19 [044] Idea Management Software

Small Business Idea #19 [044] Idea Management Software:

I had this idea years ago being an idea mad man! The beauty and skill of an idea is writing it down and then developing with experience, more ideas, positivity, validation and realism. Now I see a UK company is leading the way with a solution. You could even launch sector specific software or couple it with idea brainstorming workshops.

UPDATE! A company called Wazoku from the UK emailed me to say they do this!

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Small Business Idea #20 [045] Droplet Soap

Small Business Ideas #20 [045] Droplet Soap:

Hotel soap wastage is a big issue. OK this is a little wild but maybe you make soap at home or maybe you partner does but offer a handmade soap the shape of a droplet and the size of a small tomato so you only use enough for one wash. This means the soap saving and waste saving every hotel in the world will make!

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Small Business Ideas #21 [046] Night time Delivery Service

Small Business Ideas #21 [046] Night time Delivery Service:

Again an idea I have had since eBay became mainstream and people were ordering a lot of stuff to be delivered at home but they weren’t in. The solution is you launch a niche delivery courier service in your town where consumers can have their parcels delivered to the depot in the day and then when the consumer is at home in the evening they are in for the delivery. I recently seen a San Francisco company start this.

UPDATE! This app was so popular that a company acquired it within months! If you look at comments on blogposts around the world on this people are asking for it to come to their town and city!

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Small Business Ideas #22 [047] Contract App

Small Business Ideas #22 [047] Contract App:

Freelancers like me need a better way to remain professional and protected and a contract app that can also do other things such as generate invoices and NDA’s would be a great service. While researching this idea I came over an app that seems to sum up what I would need and a recent check uncovers that the founder did not give enough time and energy to ProperApp and it never took off – its still there and it seems a complete waste for this to not have a second shot so why not purchase the work that has been done and give it a shot? Send Ryan an offer!

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Small Business Ideas #23 [048] Man Catcher

Small Business Ideas #23 [048] Man Catcher:

Attacks in schools all over the world are more common and the threat will only increase as radical groups continue to commit all sorts of atrocities. A solution for schools to better protect themselves and deal with this threat is urgently required. I see a consultancy setting up to offer training, risk management and also some practical solutions such as door locks that teachers can apply quickly and intruders cannot disable. So if a man or student is walking into classroom after classroom to shoot students, each classroom can be locked down. Also how do you disable a man with a knife? How about resurrecting an old Medieval device such as this? Develop this device and sell it with training to every school in the US and Europe.

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Small Business Ideas #24 [049] Hotel Reputation

Small Business Ideas #24 [049] Hotel Reputation:

Me and my girlfriend stop in a lot of hotels and bed and breakfasts around Europe. Some are just awful and deserve a good rant in TripAdvisor! But what about the good hotels who get something wrong once in a while? What if there was a solution where you could work with the hotel on that issue and get rewarded for putting it right and not just going charging into leaving a damaging TripAdvisor report. So work with hotels on a service that limits damage and manages the risk. You could put flyers in the rooms, with a website where they visit to report their gripe. You deal with on behalf of the hotel and then reward them with a gift. You could set up a recurring revenue package for this. Here is a US company doing a good job with this idea.

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Small Business Ideas #25 [050] Crowdsourced Care

Small Business Ideas #25 [050] Crowdsourced Care:

This is an idea my mother had. So this would be an alternative to going into full-time care. You could go onto a website and browse older retired peoples profiles in your area and then match them with a hobby or interest with your elderly loved one. So for example my mother one day will be very elderly and once a week I can hire a local lady who will take my mum to the garden center, buy flowers and then help her in the garden plant them. Maybe care is the wrong word here but you could have two levels, CrowdFriend and CrowdCare. Care could be retired nurses who still want to do a few hours per week. They would also put their hourly charge in their profiles. Start local with your town.

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