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100 Awesome Business Ideas For 2014

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UPDATED!

I originally published this post on an old blog that I had and it received over 57,000 hits in just 3 days. I got over 100 emails in that first week from people who wanted to start one of these ideas and many have! I am now just putting the final touches to 100 Awesome Business Ideas for 2015 & 2016 and I have also recorded a video of both this post and the 2015 ideas. Also you can read my blog post about App Marketing Business idea HERE.

Many people struggle to come up with a business idea. They are 100% sure they want to jack their job in and go at it alone – yet they struggle with that one idea. I am the other way – I come up with so many ideas that I have write them down and average 10 a day! So I thought it would be very helpful to offer those who are looking for that perfect business idea to start to share my ideas.

These ideas range from apps, to physical products, to an improvement to an existing business idea, to new ideas and more! Some will require testing, research, investment – others you can start for as little as a few dollars. An idea is not a fully tested business – but an idea – to be launched, explored and pursued.

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Over the past 12 months I have still received a lot of emails from people and the same question keeps on coming in: HOW DO I GET STARTED?

So launching in 2016 I will be starting a new venture from scratch. The idea is still sitting in my mind right now like a ghost in a prison cell. But come 2016 I will unleash this idea and then over the next 100 days bring it life with paying customers. It’s weird to think there are people out there now that come 2016 will be putting money into my pocket! What I’m also going to do is take 500 people with me on this journey so they can see exactly what I do down to even what I think. It will be raw with daily updates, links, step by step instructions to show you what I do (hey, you could even follow) and many failures. But at the end of the it I should have another revenue generating business venture and you will have first hand experience of how I do my thing when it comes to business.

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100 AWESOME BUSINESS IDEAS FOR 2014 – LET’S GO!

I have made a video recording of all the 100 ideas which can watch below, however I would recommend reading and then watching the YouTube video as I share different details and ideas in both!


Business ideas 001 Bamboo Eyewear:

Business idea #1 [001] Bamboo Eyewear:

Bamboo eye wear is awesome. I had this idea two summers ago and bought several bamboo sunglasses from Alibaba.com but never got round to launching. I even bought the domain Vayders.com as my brand name. WearPanda are doing a good job here but plenty of room for healthy competition. I know nobody is really killing this in the UK as I have given all of my samples away and the buzz those seven pairs generated was exciting. Start now and you will be ready for a big launch this summer!

UPDATE: Bamboo has gone crazy and now there are bamboo watches which look awesome.

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    2. Use Alibaba to find suppliers and order some samples
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Business idea 002 Rock Your CV:

Business idea #2 [002] Rock Your CV:

I was once a manager and also hired someone to work for me when I ran my own business. The rubbish that was CV’s representing people is ripe for disruption! If people really wanted to earn $100k a year then they should be investing upfront in themselves. One option would be to offer a service where you re-design peoples CV’s like the hundreds of templates available on Graphic River or find a designer to build you 5 templates. Charge $49 per CV. Can’t design? Then find an offshore designer via Elance. People need to stand out from the crowd and competition and so I can only see this service getting more and more business. I think students coming out of University could use this as a great way to land their first job.

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    2. Use Graphic River to find CV templates
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Business idea 003 GradFolio:

Business idea #3 [003] GradFolio:

I love this idea and believe this will be a real winner if done right. Imagine a website launches called GradFolio. A student is just entering his first year at University but signs up onto the site and starts putting his interests and also features projects on there. He likes to build drones and already Amazon’s HR team see this and start a dialogue with him. Over the years of his study they let him know what other skills and technologies they would like to be using in the next 3-5 years so he can also study towards these and land a dream job. The students can tailor and change their study here and there to work towards a specific company and project and can better his/her chances of landing the job. The companies can pay you a fortune for this access as they can start influencing their graduates who will be more than ready for their firm. This means that students don’t end up leaving University and then start the mission to find employment or take further studies in their chosen field. Also as technology moves so quickly they can adapt their course work and learning to ensure they are ahead of their prospective employers. Most of the intern companies I see today are too busy funnelling in interns for commissions rather than innovating.

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Business idea 004 50 Ways:

Business idea #4 [004] 50 Ways:

I was speaking to three restaurant owners this week. Two were independent and one was a manager of a local restaurant which makes up a larger corporate chain. I pretended to tell the manager that i had just finished writing a book with online references and case studies of “50 Ways for a Restaurant To Get More Customers” and all three said they would be very interested in getting a copy. I then said that it would sell exclusively to one chain that they can then send to their location managers. If you went even further you could create an online log-in training area to compliment the book. Plus you can go and get a sale without even typing a word! If you have $0 or even worse -$0 then this is what I would be doing to pull in a few thousand dollars. Here are 10 ideas to get your book kicked off!

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Business idea 005 Virtual Data Room:

Business idea #5 [005] Virtual Data Room:

For some reason I know a lot of legal people. I read an article in some business magazine while on a lads holiday back in 2012 about virtual data rooms used securely for legal conclusions, signing documents, exchanging contracts, deeds etc. Historically it was done in a lawyers office but now technology is allowing a secure way of doing this remotely. Each law firm would pay a monthly fee to hire their room or rooms out. Two of my network now use this as a solution. I’m not the only cat who thinks this is a great business idea – see here, here and here!

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Business idea 006 Gmaids:

Business idea #6 [006] Gmaids:

I remember watching a Mixergy interview about two immigrants in the US who were cleaners. Then they transformed their lives into owning a successful cleaning company. It was such a simple business concept and done in a step by step way that anyone could follow this. I then learnt of other people doing this and following an online guide that a cleaning entrepreneur had made for people. Again if i had nothing – I would start here: From An Idea To Replacing My Full-time Salary in 4 Months.

UPDATE! There are a high number of these businesses now sprouting up everywhere as this industry grows. So my tip is not to be discouraged by go local.

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Business idea 007 Home Stager:

Business idea #7 [007] Home Stager:

So this is a completely American idea that I got from watching TV one day. I then spoke to a friend of mine about it and he said that his cousin had been running a business doing this and that this year her one person business has now grown into a 11 person business as more and more estate agents and home sellers are turning to her to sell their homes for the best price. All you need is an eye for flair and some way of renting or procuring some furniture. You could kickoff your business by just consulting with home owners and offering them advice.

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Business idea 008 English Teaching Website for Chinese Students:

Business idea #8 [008] English Teaching Website for Chinese Students:

I watched a documentary on millionaire teachers in China and thought there had to be an alternative now using technology for Chinese students. Why not connect them one-to-one with UK or US students? Not only are US/UK students perfect in English they are also used to using technology and learning. One platform that could connect both the teachers and students could take a commission for each lesson booked. If you could even ‘celebritise’ the teachers like they currently do in China then bingo! Start off small by selecting the top 5 courses and get some help with advertising in China, maybe getting some press coverage over there.

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Business idea 009 Entrepreneur Course for Kids:

Business idea #9 [009] Entrepreneur Course for Kids:

During summer I had setup a small cake stand at a local charity event and my friends 3 year old daughter manned the till with me and I was showing her a few entrepreneur and sales techniques and a few parents commented on this about there should be a class for this type of thing. As a parent if my school or local centre ran a business class for kids and made it fun – I would pay. There you go – one validated parent! You could design an online course for parents and their children or create fun games or animations that teach an important basic business lesson. Check out Cameron Herold on TED discussing teaching kids to be entrepreneurs. You could even run one-to-one training over Skype like Anthony James-Green does with SAT coaching in which he charges $995 per hour!

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Business idea 010 Technology Course for Kids:

Business idea #10 [010] Technology Course for Kids:

Moving on from my last point. I am teaching my friend daughter typing at the moment as she has been brought up on swipe screens on the iPad and iPhone. I will then go onto teaching her how to setup a basic WordPress website and basic coding skills. The foundations. If today you told parents if a kid learns to code they could be another Zuckerberg I bet you would have a queue. This could be done online or offline.

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  1. Come up with a brand name and check to see if your domain name is available
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Business idea 011 Couples Curated Breaks:

Business idea #11 [011] Couples Curated Breaks:

Me and my girlfriend love to get away once a quarter just the two of us. Recently we have discovered spa weekends, now as a meditator I like anywhere peaceful so yeah spas rock! My problem is there are too many all-female groups at the spas drinking and generally making too much noise! So a couples curated spa break would be perfect and I know there are sites out there but they are just too expensive. Team up with 30 spas, ask them that one weekend each month they put on a couples event where they minimize hen parties and you’re good to go!

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Business idea 012 Sales Training MOOC:

Business idea #12 [012] Sales Training MOOC:

There seems to be an explosion of MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Course) over the past 18 months and there still is the question on how they make money but I think a niche MOOC such as in sales training could work – charge sales people to use the site, have them enter there sales goals for the year so they can personalize the site and keep them coming back. Here is a list of current MOOC’s and start building your content from here.

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Business idea 013 Beer Feedback Service:

Business idea #13 [013] Beer Feedback Service:

Craft beer is exploding in the US and UK that even students and school leavers are taking courses in the industry. While out one night with friends sipping craft ales I mentioned a club where up to 1000 people join and micro-breweries pay to distribute samples of the beers to gain live feedback from the experts. They can “lean test” their beers before they have even completed a massive batch. This saves money and generates a buzz of a new beer being launched, something that craft breweries struggle with right now. You could get this started right now – find the biggest voices in social media on craft beer and hit them up with a free beer!

UPDATE! I am now overwhelmed that in the 12 months of writing this blog post the number of beer related startups sprouting up everywhere in the UK and US and even Australia. Here is a beer subscription service Beer 52, then Dan Norris has launched Black Hops, and here in the UK we have DeskBeers – beers delivered to your office every Friday!

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Business idea 014 Food Lessons by Local Restaurants:

Business idea #14 [014] Beer Feedback Service:

My girlfriend’s favorite of my ideas and one she would use this herself. So you signup some of the countries biggest chains and independently owned restaurants and consumers can signup to a cooking class in one of their kitchens with a real chef. They can cook their own meals. Great as a gift, group gift and more and awesome marketing for restaurants. As consumers and food brands become closer this will be the ultimate for foodies and the first chain to do this will win.

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Business idea 015 Corporate Lunch:

Business idea #15 [015] Corporate Lunch:

I once worked in an office where we usually order a corporate lunch in 3 times per week for clients who are visiting us. Its typical buffet food wherever you order it from. Same old bacon, lettuce and tomato triangle sandwiches, sausage rolls and crisps. Disrupt the market – one brand, one website with a really simple menu that has been developed by a good chef. Recruit nationwide caterers that could replicate the menu and use them to deliver the last-leg. I would use it! Also as a vegan some good vegan dishes! Most companies say “vegetarian” when I say “vegan”.

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Business ideas 016 Press Release Service:

Business idea #16 [016] Press Release Service:

I have had some good results from using a number of free press release services. It has often led me to get some coverage that has either generated leads, sales or contacts. But using free press release websites sucks. Why not setup a press release writing service that also sends them out to hundreds of free press release websites. I have used a guy I found on Elance who could mass submit them saving me time and you could use him as your supplier.

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Business idea 017 Security Analytics:

Business idea #17 [017] Security Analytics:

This is going to be a growing area in 2014 as we see more and more hacking stories in the press. Most organisations have the data but how do they visualize it into meaningful results? Maybe a start would be to offer a data analysis service using offshore experts, after this start figuring out what a core product would be that these companies want. Here’s a good post on the current situation of companies not knowing where to start.

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Business idea 018 Online Shoes:

Business idea #18 [018] Online Shoes:

You can’t go wrong with online shoes! But one area I have seen my girlfriend moving into is using services where she designs her own shoes using a company such as Shoes of Prey (which is such a bad name). She had an idea where you subscribe, get a monthly email with a unique shoe design and it is limited to say 300 or 500 shoes. People then pay for it and once you have the money you then go and get the shoes manufactured. A lean shoe business! My girlfriend would love wearing shoes that there are only a few made. Here is a good article on why shoes have dominated the online eCommerce market.

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    2. Visit Alibaba and find suppliers and get some samples ordered
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    6. Signup for my WPdemand Updates – tactics and methods on going from idea to profit.

Business idea 019 Kids Charm Bead:

Business idea #19 [019] Kids Charm Bead:

I loved reading the success story of the Rainbow Loom. The founder took a simple idea, a little bit of savings and turned this into a multi-million pound business. My friend kids makes his own toy right now and always talk about turning this into a kids toy. She has a hair braid that she attaches into her hair, then she makes little charms out of cardboard that she then puts onto this braid. You could easily turn these into colorful charms and shapes or characters and each one represents a letter so you can make secret messages that only your friends can translate. But these offline ideas are still like gold. I think revisiting all of the past 80′s and 90′s toys and gadgets and seeing how you can improve them or make them a little different. But I know kids are BIG into personalizing stuff – so if you could have a whatever, hair braid with charms if you can make secret messages in that only their friends can understand – bingo!

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  1. Come up with a brand name and check to see if your domain name is available
    2. Here is an awesome WordPress theme to use for this
    3. Grab a FREE domain name with your hosting
    4. Visit Alibaba and find suppliers and get some samples ordered
    5. Learn How to Prepare Your WordPress blog for Business or Startup
    6. Signup for my WPdemand Updates – tactics and methods on going from idea to profit

Business idea 020 Website Security Check:

Business ideas #20 [020] Website Security Check:

I met a guy who asked me if I wanted a free WordPress website security health check – sure i said! Then he came back with a list of vulnerabilities. Now I knew enough about WordPress to know he was genuine and not just inventing threats. I could easily fix around 90% of them but the others I happily paid him to correct. I experimented with this idea and within 4 hours I found 3 offshore security experts with qualifications recognized in the UK to perform remote website security health checks. I went on to charge 4 people £99/$163 each to do this check and fix the threats. You could start tonight and get your first 5 clients by offering free security checks.

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Business idea 021 Estate Agent Intelligence:

Business ideas #21 [021] Estate Agent Intelligence:

I’m not sure if this would work elsewhere around the world outside of the UK but there is a company called VizziHome who are leading market intelligence in the estate agent industry. In fact they are the only provider that I am aware of and they were just acquired! Intelligence is big business, first there were companies making money out of gathering data, then came those who could store all of the data, then came the nerds who made a killing out of presenting the data in some form of understandable charts and graphs and even scientists who then read these graphs and made observations and recommendations. But there are still smaller industries that don’t even collect data let alone use it – estate agents are one of these sectors and although VizziHome has been acquired there are still other opportunities for intelligence tools.

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  1. Come up with a brand name and check to see if your domain name is available
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Business idea 022 Crowdsourced Fitness:

Business ideas #22 [022] Crowdsourced Fitness:

Another of my girlfriend’s favorite – you setup a website that connects local people who currently have a fitness regime e.g. they run locally every morning at 0600am or a yoga practitioner who does her workout in her garden at 0700am every other day. They register and then you can sign up to joining them on their workout and they train, coach you. Its on a micro-level but that’s what is appealing to my girlfriend. I know there are online coaches using webcam and Skype and that could be an option too.

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Business idea 023 Get Me This Job:

Business ideas #23 [023] Get Me This Job:

I am fascinated about jobs, the recruitment process and also how people portray who they are. How do you stand out from the crowd to land your dream job? I think this requires an expert to help and guide people, even professionals. Think about it – you want a job paying $100k per year yet you refuse to spend say 1% of that in investing in yourself. So the idea here is that you work with a candidate towards a specific job. This could be coaching via Skype, designed CV like my idea number 2, maybe even an animation like here. Fix fee $1,000 per client.

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Business ideas 024 Lesson Recorded:

Business ideas #24 [024] Lesson Recorded:

My girlfriend is a teaching assistant and even she wishes she could go to some place and pull up a recorded video of the class she sat through so she can go over the lesson with her students with learning difficulties. Why aren’t lessons recorded so students can go back later that day or week to learn more? A teacher could also send out a week ahead schedule that also includes links to Wikipedia links and other blog articles so even before the lesson the student has had the chance to read up and be grounded on a particular subject. The idea is being discussed by geeks as I type! This is one of my best ideas on this list and every time I come back and read it I get excited about it.

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Business ideas 025 Educate Me On

Business ideas #25 [025] Educate Me On:

So instead of a just starting yet another websites offering tutors for extra tuition on your standard subjects you could launch a website where people can put up adverts that request an expert in whatever subject or field they are struggling with and then the experts or students can come along and put forward a proposal on how they will teach you this. So a salesman needs to go and pitch for some business in a sector he is not that conversed with – he could pay for an hour of someones time to get educated in the core basics, sector, competition, suppliers, challenges etc

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