Hamster Burial Kits & 998 Other Business Ideas

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Hamster Burial Kits & 998 Other Business Ideas

Ideas are a dime a dozen. The money is in the execution.

Need proof? For Seth Godin's Alternative MBA program, this week the nine of us came up with 111 business ideas each. But ideas are only valuable when someone (like you) makes something happen.

What follows are our 999 business ideas, free for the taking.

1. Prepackaged school supplies based on the lists from the school districts

2. Incubator site providing office space, hosting, etc. for startups that are seed funded.

3. In-grocery store prep service (buy vegetables first and drop them off to be chopped to your specs - pick them up on the way to checkout)

4. A website that you can submit your design and work with vendors to manufacture your own clothes line.

5. Online discount brokerage that has no closing hours and provides access to all exchanges throughout the world and handles currency and legal issues automatically.

6. Stamphead, where stamps can be custom made in the likeness of an avatar the user creates.

7. Aggregator site for affiliate marketers to collect daily reports. Would work on a tiered pricing structure giving you more info the higher up you go. Basic would be for people like me who just want to know if they made something and how much; advanced would pull down all available data.

8. A gadget to cook beans/lentils/vegetables/rice for the same amount of time (quicker than what can be done in a slow cooker.)

9. Herbal Flavored Gum. MMM...rosemary.

10. Church issued credit card with automatic 10% for religious tithing

11. Brainstorm Consulting - Teach companies how to brainstorm

12. Create a website for non-profits and a list of their projects/needs and a similar list for foundations. Its a central meeting place for people to look for funding from the right people.

13. Tutorial videos for technological skills (word processing, internet applications, email) for people who don't know how to navigate technology but need it.

14. Website where musicians can collaborate on tracks

15. Signs in restaurants on menus that list all the ingredients.

16. Network of chefs that rotate being personal chefs

17. Nuclear waste storage facilities completely removed from society.

18. Hedge fund that makes bridge loans to homeowners facing foreclosure.

19. Small-town / city - websites (through city and Chamber of Commerce) - most small town websites are terrible

20. whistle It.com: download audio of people whistling popular songs.

21. A food service where you can email them your mom's recipes and have them make it for you and deliver it during lunch time.

22. Multiple camera angles on live television (especially for sports) or online viewing

23. Replicate reality TV shows for foreign countries.

24. SIM card swap service

25. An alternative medicine or homeopathic online service that diagnoses your ailment and gives you the proper corresponding alternative treatment; also provides you with doctors in your area that treat with alternative medicines.

26. Create the double snuggie.

27. A company that installs a monitor at a building entry and hosts virtual door attendants.

28. Web-based language tutors leveraging Skype and Google Docs for curriculum.

29. Meal delivery in hospitals

30. Web package for a school system that allows parents to see their kids' school schedules, grades, lunches, sports activities

31. Santa Delivery Service - A dressed Santa will come to your home during the holidays and deliver your gifts as Santa

32. Presentation Consulting - Teach companies how to improve their presentations

33. A website that boasts: Buy one product, have one mystery product of lesser value shipped to a friend for the cost of s&h. the user don't know what they’ll get, but it will be fun as hell and keep the user in touch in an interesting way.

34. Tribe Consulting - Help individuals (not companies) discover what Tribes they should lead and help them do it

35. Music Box manufacturer that will turn any inanimate objects mailed to then into music boxes. Users buy direct online, picking from available stock. Added charge for sending in the you own inanimate object.

36. Customer feedback software for mobile phones sold to marketers.

37. Web-based rent-a-CFO.

38. Application to sell to universities that allows students to access their transcripts online

39. Exchange clothing (like PaperBackSwap.com) for men's & women's clothing

40. Monthly subscription service for unlimited ebooks on your ebook reader device. Rhapsody/Netflix model for ebooks.

41. Cell phone made of biodegradable materials

42. iPhone app that tells you odds for a poker hand

43. Let’s Get Coffee – for couples; pairing service similar to matchmaking service “It’s Just Lunch” to help couples find other couples with similar friends

44. A service that discounts newspapers after 8pm the day of print. I do not want to buy a NYTimes for $5 at the end of the day.

45. Nonprofit that takes old CD electronics to developing countries

46. A unified affiliate marketing program for every store on the web.

47. Contest company for small local businesses

48. Website mock-ups for people seeking VC funding

49. Grocery delivery service for college campuses: Fresh direct for dorm rooms.

50. Independent calorie testing company - A company that actually does testing on food for consumers to determine calorie content

51. Earplugs that go deeper into your ears but don’t hurt them.

52. Online transcription service for conference calls - leveraging Amazon Mechanical Turk.

53. Google for video & audio - Dragonspeak -> voice to text -> with searchable tags

54. A service that just vacuums and dust your apartment.

55. A way to ensure that each person can only create one account on a website, without having to sacrifice anonymity.

56. A small flap or cover (separate or built-in) for computers and technology with little lights that flash when they sleep (so you can sleep.)

57. Crutches that stand upright by themselves. The base would have feet that fold up or spring out so you don’t have to lay them on the ground where they get in the way and people trip over them, etc.

58. Interior Design on a Budget - for people who still want their homes to look good but can't afford Restoration Hardware - client defines a set budget and consultants design using budget pieces from TJMaxx or Marshall's or odds & ends shops

59. Landscaping business specializing only on LEED rooftop gardens.

60. Company that records your voice message and other digital forms of media and sends it out into space as a message in a space bottle.

61. Fireplace rehab – clean, paint, resurface, whatever to make it pretty. Big in places where same brick as outside the house is used for the fireplace and it’s not attractive (I’ve had two houses now like this.)

62. "How to live on a small budget" website written by college students for college student for all sizable college towns sponsored by local merchant coupons.

63. Someone/service that keeps inventory in a household (products, cleaning, etc.)

64. A drink company that brings the Shirley Temple back – the best drink ever!

65. Online Firewood Sales - Sell firewood online directly to consumers and business

66. On-click online data storage and streaming of a clients entire media library. (never lose anything again and have anywhere anytime access) Charge by the GB and bandwidth. Provide conversion services from CD to MP3.

67. Cupcake Shop (fresh and creative cupcakes)

68. A mobile job fair in a tractor trailer that pulls up in the parking lots of offices of businesses performing massive layoffs. You then make money by renting out space in the trailer to companies in similar industries.

69. Online Professional Wrestling Memorabilia Store - Sell pro wrestling memorabilia online directly to consumers

70. Software to manage energy sales back to the grid generated by home systems.

71. Analytics software for customer profiling, not just click analysis.

72. Disposable mittens made from biodegradable materials in vending machines at supermarkets.

73. OnlineConfessions.com. read other confessions and share the you own anonymously.

74. Instant Flash builder, providing motion templates with easy upload graphic and text to fit template animation.

75. Technology licensing agency.

76. Consulting business creating a series of Squidoo lenses for an author on and around specific book titles. Pitch to publicists and literary agents, as well as directly to authors.

77. Hire voice actors to read popular blogs to create podcasts where they don't yet exist ("Best of the Blogosphere Podcast")

78. Personalized cereal boxes (to celebrate child's achievements)

79. Local business-sponsored community bike program

80. Antique wedding jewelry shopping – another eco/reuse theme. Rather than buy something new that requires mining and blood diamonds, get an antique that comes with a story (about the long marriage of the previous couple, of course). We find it for you in the style you think you want.

81. Surgery-specific recovery packs in hospital (if Sucrets and a can of cranberry juice is better than water & crackers, that pack exists)

82. Personal lessons for using your cell phone features

83. Venture capital consulting for startups.

84. A company that makes hybrid fruits. Instead of drinking a lime pomegranate drink you can eat a lime granite.

85. Photography studio that casts you as characters from movies

86. Centralized web portal for university technology transfer offices.

87. A service that gives well-known business people a public email address, so that if an email get sent there you can read the email and then read the response. The idea being that it will give you insight into the mind of the person and what made them successful, and it will also teach you how to write good emails and learn email etiquette.

88. A technology/service that Preachers/Rabbi’s/Clergy can use that creates a way to gather feedback during the service from the attendees.

89. Online flower shop with one-hour delivery

90. A non-profit that provides credit consulting for youth and impoverished.

91. Local fresh restaurant that opens off-peak hours to hold cooking classes to locals.

92. Fractional Ownership of Technological Conference Room in Office Complex

93. Rent-a-wife – a woman who cleans, cooks, does laundry, picks up dry cleaning, mail, etc but without the emotional relationship.

94. Project management website for volunteer shift scheduling – church nurseries, hospital auxiliary members, protest marches, etc.

95. Pencil sharpener type device to grind down dog toenails

96. An iPhone app that allows you to search a database of unique and obscure beers and drinks

97. Glow in the dark non-toxic washable paint that you can spray on your kids/pets when they are trick-or-treating so they don't get hit by a car.

98. A party planner for kids birthday parties, but with educational and fun activities.

99. Instant Ad builder where sexy templates are linked with creative common photos.

100. Spring Shadows - program where kids can shadow business people for a short two weeks internship to see what they want to major in once they go to college and what they might want to do once they graduate

101. GPS / location based meetup based on pre-selected preferences (i.e. - Manchester United)

102. A paperless hospital.

103. Whack-a-Mole style game with political figures

104. Automatic thank you notes, sent to contacts as a postcard generated from uploaded contact lists. On the card is a highly realistic signature that users digitally upload.

105. National Restaurant Customer Service Association - traveling customer service training system

106. Artists' Playground. This is a building that has rooms setup for ceramics, painting, silk screenings, theater, writing, open mic, dance, photography, etc. This building will also have social areas for people to mingle over coffee and healthy foods. People pay a monthly membership to have access and it is also rented out for events.

107. Concierge services for an office building. Sell as a value add to the building managers or to the specific businesses as a benefit for their employees.

108. A place where people could go to eat/study but would HAVE to do it at the same table with a stranger. It would encourage us to talk to/meet new and interesting people.

109. Street Bar - bar inside a huge vehicle that drives you around

110. Feng Shui website where you upload your floor plan and other details and get a recommendation on how to construct your space.

111. Web-based rapid prototyping service that allows amateur product designers to test their designs and have our RP machines "print" their products in 3D.

112. Training company that teaches people to be brave.

113. Retractable spikes for boots to walk on the ice on sidewalks

114. Recipe Subscription Business - Subscribe to the website and pay for premium recipes

115. Online eulogies (recorded by your friends before you die)

116. Software that automates Search Engine Optimization without registering as black hat.

117. iPhone app that is specifically for ski maps. Shows number of runs made and has lots of cool interactive features. Even shows which runs are groomed. Every ski resort would need their own app. Probably provide the app for free and the ski resort pays an arm and a leg for being featured in the app.

118. Publisher of web-based children's games.

119. Horoscope porn site that provides the user with a personalized video stream based on preconceived notions assigned to your “sign”.

120. A travel company that arranges people to stay at others houses.

121. Slow cooker meals in a bag - drop it in and forget it

122. A travel mug that’s not plastic or aluminum (ceramic) but with a rubber lid (tight-sealing), that has a good grip. Most travel mugs retain the smell of the material and give the liquid a strange taste after a while. Also, something that doesn’t allow Tupperware to smell.

123. Employee monitoring service that provides detailed reports on employee's online and offline activities. - include hardware scrubbing and "forensic" proof removal of data, footprints and histories.

124. Tattoo parlor for pets

125. Story Consulting - Help companies define and refine their story and teach them how to tell it

126. A service that tells your neighbors to be quiet (nicely). They will draft a letter or note and send it to your neighbor so you can be the objective third party.

127. Graffiti generator .com, where friends can type in text and, using different styles and palettes, create a tag-like version of their name, poems, etc.

128. Internet and webcam set up for seniors to communicate with grandkids

129. Theme restaurant - Karaoke in front of a live band

130. Graph consultants - Company that specializes in making effective graphs from any data you give them.
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