This list compiled from several sources, is a brainstorming tool to help the employed, unemployed and active retirees identify an entrepreneurial path. Good luck in finding your perfect fit !!!
African print fashion line
Exporting of herbal leaves
Exporting of Ghanaian made products
Mobile Salon services
Fruit and food processing
Growing of fruits and other food crops
Sell food on local market
Shoe repair services- call in customers
Providing entertainment services at local events, corporate parties etc
Gift wrapping and hamper making on behalf of companies
Animal rearing including pig farming
Construction machinery leasing services
Film and documentary production
Water supply and management
Writing business plans
Downloading and selling books
Translation and Traduction
Minibus and Motobike taxi
Prepackaged school supplies based on the lists from the ministry of education
Brainstorm Consulting – Teach companies how to brainstorm
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.
Signs in restaurants on menus that list all the ingredients.
A company that installs a monitor at a building entry and hosts virtual door attendants.
Meal delivery in hospitals
Santa Delivery Service – A dressed Santa will come to your home during the holidays and deliver your gifts as Santa
Presentation Consulting – Teach companies how to improve their presentations
A service that discounts newspapers after 8pm the day of print
Contest company for small local businesses
Grocery delivery service for college campuses: Fresh direct for dorm rooms.
Independent calorie testing company – A company that actually does testing on food for consumers to determine calorie content
Interior Design on a Budget – for people who still want their homes to look good but can’t afford
Landscaping business specializing
Technology licensing agency.
Local business-sponsored community bike program
Surgery-specific recovery packs in hospital (if Sucrets and a can of cranberry juice is better than water & crackers, that pack exists)
Personal lessons for using your cell phone features
Venture capital consulting for startups.
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.
A technology/service that Preachers/Rabbi’s/Clergy can use that creates a way to gather feedback during the service from the attendees.
Online flower shop with one-hour delivery
Fractional Ownership of Technological Conference Room in Office Complex
Rent-a-wife – a woman who cleans, cooks, does laundry, picks up dry cleaning, mail, etc but without the emotional relationship.
Project management website for volunteer shift scheduling – church nurseries, hospital auxiliary members, protest marches, etc.
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.
A party planner for kids birthday parties, but with educational and fun activities.
Summer Shadows– program where high schoolers 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
A paperless hospital.
National Restaurant Customer Service Association – traveling customer service training system
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.
Street Bar –bar inside a huge vehicle that drives you around
Training company that teaches people to be brave.
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.
Story Consulting – Help companies define and refine their story and teach them how to tell it
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.
Theme restaurant – Karaoke in front of a live band
Graph consultants – Company that specializes in making effective graphs from any data you give them.
A conflict negotiation service (online or regular) where you submit a problem and we provide an answer
School real estate rental company – Company that specializes in renting out underutilized school rooms during holidays
Front door cleaning service – get rid of all the stuff that gets left on your door every day before you get home
Standing in line for people
Brainstorming.com – put in an idea and gives you 10 ideas
Chewing gum that is good for braces and dentures.
Glass repair company – Company that specializes in repairing scratches or slightly broken glass
Franchise business consulting that helps large franchisees improve their businesses.
Digital tombstones that serve rich multimedia messages and memories of the deceased.
Marketing and Advertising agency that excels at telling stories.
Service to teach doctors how to use technology to reach out to patients
Company working with magazines to help them develop a social networking presences
A pill that gradually dies body hair.
Technology scout for large corporations that looks for acquisitions.
Independent account fraud company – A company does regular checkups of your online
accounts (like social networking sites) to check for fraudulent activity
Web-based devil’s advocate service for startups looking for someone to critique their ideas. Perhaps also provides referrals to cheap services for startups, like cheap graphics design, cheap business plan feedback, etc.
A half refrigerator/freezer/microwave in the trunk of a car. That way, wherever you go in the car, you can always have food handy. How great for road trips.
A company that will apply your logo in glow-in-the dark removable paint around a town so it appears at night.
An online counseling program via webcam (for therapists, inmates)
Not-for-profit that works with people to help cure their acne.
Service that takes your text messages from your phone to your computer
Fast food restaurants with healthy, organic and tasty foods. Similarly, healthy foods in cafeterias and grocery stores in low-socioeconomic areas.
A company that will sell a large digital frame for close to free and then provide a service for a fee that sends artwork to the digital frame every week.
A way to turn recipes on the web into peapod orders. A way to turn the customized diets that Weight Watchers create into a peapod order.
Networked home alarm systems so that neighbors can check on each other’s homes during break-ins.
Eyeglasses that you can adjust to the light. Not that they adjust on their own.
A cleaning service
A non-profit that supports poor on using technology in classes taught by young freelance artists.
Technology consulting for venture firms.
Anti-drug education program for inner city schools. In conjunction with a touring program that sends a message to parents across the country.
Food consulting company that helps local restaurants with calorie measurement and other health issues – and publishes calorie, fat, vitamin data to third party apps on smart phones.
Computer Remote Technician – Fixes your computer by remotely connecting to your PC or Mac
Conference organizing company that handles all the logistics of creating and running conferences for other organizations.
Book packaging for great college writing and emerging writers.
A digital coloring book.
Dating Consulting – individualized service on how to find, meet and date quality people
For younger students, nap time is often hard to relax and in a bright room. There should be a company that creates comfortable nap time products for kids.
Twitter or SMS restaurant reservations
Build Your Own Back Pack Shop.
A virtual interior decorator that will make suggestions via digital photographs.
A company that sells high quality sawdust / sand in bulk to put on the floor of restaurants or bars. The company would then be responsible for removing the old material and replacing it when necessary.
Apprenticeship management company for high profile business personalities.
Network of restaurants where chefs rotate
Agency that trains people for doctor’s offices. Doctor’s offices need etiquette training for their employees desperately.
Dashboard painting of car interiors
Amusement park based on video games
Personal chef for a day. A formalized service where you can call and get a chef with a specific specialty to come and cook a few days worth of food. In cities, this would be very popular and in demand.
After party cleaning crew
Fence store –Sells nothing but designer fences with custom designs
Phone booth style device that you walk into and it steam presses your clothes
Religious Karaoke Bar – Bar where only religious songs allowed to be sung, and no alcohol
Actor research consulting service – Consulting service for actors to be setup with people who can mentor them in research for their roles
Automatic documentary maker, where families upload clips, photos and music from their special occasions generating a smooth transition clip that captures the essence of the moment.
Executive Power nap business – Locations where executives can take a 20 minute energizer nap during the day
Professional protesters agency.
Lip reading school – School that teaches students how to read lips
Teach companies how improv comedy can help them in their business (comfort zone, setup your partner)
Herb garden planting – plan, plant and basically get your herb garden going.
Legal Advice Hotline – Legal staff and call center charges consumers to call in for advice charge per hour
A website for elementary and middle school kids that helps them build a portfolio of their best artwork, writing, sports accomplishments, etc.
Team in Training – supporting a family or village instead of a cause
A consumer hotline
A mentoring program (website) that connects entrepreneurs with specific mentors they seek.
Private investigation company for restaurant employees – Restaurant companies pay to have PI’s investigate whether employees are washing their hands in the bathroom
Unique Bachelor& Bachelorette Parties – we work with you to design a fun, unique bachelor or bachelorette party experience
A singer/song-writer could offer to write, record, and perform personalized songs for people’s special occasions (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, or just because). Many would love to have the ability to write, record, and perform an original song for a special someone, but they just don’t have what it takes musically. Then, there are those of us who do have the ability but don’t know how to market themselves.
Mobile app with hospital floor plans, maps, info about area restaurants, etc.
A service of highly trained babysitters specialized in all ages that you could call upon last minute any night of the week
A service where people are employed to talk specifically to antisocial or shy people at a party (they’ll feel better about themselves and will be more likely to open up next time with their new confidence.)
Assist business people (authors, bloggers, executives) organize speeches and presentations –establish relationships with many venues & marketing channels
Baby fitness Class Company – Organize fitness classes for babies and their parents
Restaurant where you cook alongside the chef , choose your ingredients and learn a new technique.
Script Assistants-A business that assists screenwriters as they are developing their script by aggregating credible/hard to find reference material that is diverse. Often a young (or firsttime) screenwriter has a great idea and may not know what to reference to develop their idea. This business would evaluate the theme/tone/genre of the script and assist in coming up with a solid and effective reference package pulling from books/TV/movies/screenplays.
Web cam at school events so you can see your kid when you can’t make it
A personal education coach-they pick blogs, books, resources for you to learn based on your personal interests and career goals. They gather all the materials and for you and make recommendations on the best way for learning the material.
Non-profit that takes old technology items (computers, monitors, phones) to make them usable for non-profit use – clean off the software, ensure it has all the pieces, etc.)
An organization devoted specifically to growing awareness over an obscure problem that no one really looks at (i.e. kids that grow up in negative environments and what that does to them as adults.)
Philanthropic tourism – pay a huge fee with part of it going to help the people you visit
Grocery store with only junk food
Online judge dispute resolution – Submit your disagreements onliine and for a fee a judge will email you back the verdict on who is right
A drive through fast food place that has healthy sandwiches.
Change Consulting – Teach companies how to change – “stories of change” workshops
Delivery service of food from local restaurants that don’t offer delivery
Neighborhood phone book
Travel agency for the rich and famous.
A software that will allow you to change the channel and adjust the lights in the room through you computer.
Create your own ice cream flavors
Bedtime story company – Company that you call who reads you a bedtime story if you can’t fall asleep
A slide projector the size of a cell phone with a usb input for flash drives.
A flower shop that is actually a restaurant, delivering pizzas that are shaped to look like various floral varieties.
Brainstorm support – call in service with someone to talk with you to help get your brain going
Virtual Stylist– On call stylist will look at what you’re wearing via webcam and give advice
Rent a kitchen. Comes with all that you need plus a great dining room table.
A non-profit that works with town governments on writing laws that create incentives for landlords to make their homes more energy efficient. There are already best practices available for solving the principal-agent problem, they just need to be put in place at the local level.
Picture Organizer-A business that helps people aggregate all their family and personal photos and then makes them into customized albums. So many people have just boxes of pictures with no way of looking through them easily. This would at least give people the initial push of getting them in order.
Rent a pet to see if it’s a good idea for your family
Car rental service offering exclusively exotic cars and even better, one-off concept cars (with waivers).
Cloth napkins made of old tshirts
A business that provides great service for tech support for government subsidized broadband companies (a service that doesn’t exist yet, but it will).
Online therapist that is available 24×7 via chat.
Solar Power AC Company – Company that installs Solar Panels in order to provide/subsidize energy for AC
Someone that creates an itinerary for running errands and chores for a household with working parents.
Custom monopoly boards.
A ceiling/standing fan that doesn’t make noise
Advertising company that pays college students to wear advertisements on their laptops, backpacks, apparel, autos.
Expert legal testimony business – Company finds and connects expert witnesses with lawyers
A finance and spiritual workshop for the homeless, inmates, and people who don’t have regular access to these services.
Local tour guide for foreign tourists
Resume writing website that submits jobs for bid by idle HR recruiters and professional resume writers.
A God loves You Hotline, dial a number and talk to a priest.
A gym that just has exercise classes – nothing else.
Group cruise for women’s ministry leaders
A website that provides a semi-standardized way for people to build up a reputation without needing a college degree.
Hairbush that cleans your hair
Agency that specializes in helping professional athletes find obscure, unprecedented, endorsement deals.
Conflict resolution service that teaches any individual or corporation how to interact harmoniously in conflict. It will offer classes and workshops.
Dance club in an old airplane
MyLifePlanner.com – allows people to set individual goals in public and help each other work toward them
6 month, temporary / legit looking tattoos – fade out after 6 mos.
A random gift generator system – Enter in specifics about a person’s personality/interests/demographics and the system spits out a gift
Cemetery care –guarantee that the dearly departed always have fresh flowers and holiday appropriate accouterments on their eternal resting place – for a monthly fee.
Hygiene stations at public parks or near benches.
Tell if someone is lying service – Submit your recorded calls where experts will analyze whether the person is telling a lie or not.
A “fearless”company/service where if you’re feeling fearful or worried, you go there to get recharged or get techniques for how to deal with your fears. Any and all fears are acceptable and people will leave feeling empowered.
Rent a living room. Pay per hour for a public living room.
A service to write professional obituaries for people preparing their estate documents.
Babysitting service with actors – Provide babysitters for clients needing service with actors as the babysitters
A nail polish that taste bad and will keep people from biting their nails.
Barber business for facial hair – Barber that specializes in facial hair, no haircuts, just facial hair trimming
Car driver moving service – Driver will drive your car to any location (useful when moving)
A website with completely transparent costs & profit margins
Anonymous Employee Feedback Portal on company Intranet w/votes, etc.
Unique cleaning business.
Have your housecleaners bring samples of the delicious down home cooked meals that you can bring to them. Usually if someone is too busy to clean their house, they’re too busy to cook too. What if they had a complete meal brought to the home. You could eventually build up the meals to be 5 days a week. The word would spread. You could target busy people. By word of mouth, your cleaning business would grow. Clean everything. Windows, cars, gutters, dogs, furniture, etc.
A company parents secretly hire to teach kids a lesson. Parents hire a person to stage an accident or scare them to teach a life lesson such as don’t talk to strangers. Lesson learners.
Rent a personal assistant for the day
Online brand& reputation monitoring – help companies manage their online reputation
Customer service “call center” that provides customer service via twitter and the web rather than by phone. Think outsourced comcastcares.
Rent a goat to eat your front yard
Bricks made in different shapes – triangles, tessellations, etc. – for homebuilding
Shared umbrella rental locations. A person would have to check them in and out. A monthly fee would be charged.
A service that employs kids to be mentors for others. It holds the mentor to a standard of quality and improvement by teaching someone else, and the mentee will benefit.
Company that puts on high school and college reunions.
A company that makes nice metal sign ‘street maps’ for small towns and neighborhoods that don’t have them
A store that specializes in high end and unique baby items
Coordinator service for independent maids
Wait for a table for you at the bar or restaurant
A blind date site
A non-profit that works to rid of consumer holidays such as valentines day.
Package pickup service – Specializes in picking up packages at the post office that you weren’t home to receive.
Children’s language schools that immerses children in foreign countries with the goal of world citizens able to speak at least four languages fluently.
I don’t get it– website to explain jokes to people
Hamper/washer/dryer in one that runs quietly.
A day planner that plans my day for me; based on my to-do list, what my friends are doing, and also what’s going on in the local area. Also, populate the bulk of my to-do list automatically based on what my friends in the same classes are adding to theirs. Plan social dates for me based on when my friends and I are free. Introduce me to people I don’t know but should know.
Ethical Hotline– Ethics experts answer questions related to ethics for fee per hour
Prediction market website for major sports
Ability to pay for items with phone
Someone who teaches other people how to blog. This person could go to enthusiasts who want to share their ideas and teach them about blogging as a platform to spread those ideas.
A technology/service that takes role at religious services so you can tell who attends each week.
A not-for-profit that works with minority students in their schools. They go in and help include information about their culture and/or religion in the school curriculum.
Brain analysis company – In detail brain analysis direct to consumers so they can understand if their brain is healthy and suggest improvements
Marrying dating and fashion. Have a full day makeover service bringing in all the best beauty and fashion providers end the day with a big party for guys and gals to meet at a party.
Personal research service – you tell me what you want, I go find information on the top three things you should choose from.
A service that provides internships for college students that are geared toward their interests; comprehensive list of jobs/internships available updated in realtime (like craigslist but specifically for high quality jobs) with an arts section, business, leadership, medicine, etc.
Open a recreation shop that is really a type of day care. Parents drop their kids off to do supervised crafts while they shop for an hourly fee + materials
City-sponsored citywide Wi-Fi
A medicine online service that diagnoses your ailment and tells you where to buy medicines at the lowest price
“See you at the cemetery” pairing service for widowers