I have business ideas. A ton of them. But most of them are businesses I would never in a million years want to run. So here’s the deal: I’ll give you my business ideas, and you go out and build them. I only ask you to repay me with 5% of your profit annually. Sound fair? We’re on the honor system here so I trust you to do the right thing.
1. Mobile Gas
I haaaate filling my car up with gas. It’s such a killer of momentum when going from point A to point B. If it’s hot out, I get all sweaty while I wait. If it’s cold, I’m forced to shiver. It’s barbarian, really. And those dirty pump handles.
A mobile gas company would be perfect for people like me who hate filling up. It would basically be a fleet of gas trucks that travel to customers’ homes and offices and fill up their gas tanks right there. I envision a minimalist online interface for users to schedule fill-ups. Heck, they could even do it from their smart phones. And the gas truck driver would have their license plate number, so no face-to-face activity would be required. The customer would just get pinged by their phone app when the deed was done.
I would gladly pay extra for this service, within reason.
Sure, there’s probably a lot of red tape from the EPA, and blah, blah, blah, but that’s why I’m trusting you and your smarts to carry this thing out.
PS: If you do start this business, I’ll take free gas as part of my fee too.
2. Rental Car Seats for Families Traveling by Air
Parents, what’s the most annoying thing about going on a family vacation by air?
That’s right, dealing with the car seat.
Getting it out of the car, lugging it, and your baggage, and your small unwieldy kids simultaneously into the terminal…it’s a huge pain. Then dragging that same car seat through security, along with those kids, and their backpacks, and their shoes that need to be removed.
And when you get back from vacation, all tired and cranky, just wanting to get in the car and go home, you get the joyous task of reinstalling the car seat, while somehow containing those same unwieldy, tired munchkins in the hot parking garage.
Enter the car seat rental service. There would be kiosks in every major airport. Parents could reserve a car seat online the same time they book their flight through Expedia, or Priceline, or any of the travel sites.
Reserved car seats could be picked up in the gate area after security check. Or if it isn’t needed for the plane, parents could pick it up at their arrival airport. The seat would be on loan for the duration of the family’s trip, and when they returned to the airport for their flight home they’d turn it back in at the kiosk. Easy peasy. And the best part, their own car seat remains happily installed in their car the whole time.
The seats would have a sleek, light-weight, modern design, and would be available in various funky colors. Maybe there would be a snap-on attachment to convert it to a stroller (extra charge, of course). Not only would it be highly functional, but also fashionable. It would be the hot new thing for jet-setting families.
3. Curb Side Grocery Service
When I was hugely pregnant with Baby Rock in the middle of August, the grocery store was not my friend. The thought of dragging my then four-year-old son across the giant parking lot, in the heat, and then walking the full length of the aisles with my jutting belly was enough for me to want to curl up into a pregnancy ball and cry. I would have killed for a drive-through grocery store to pick up simple needs like yogurt and milk.
At the time, there was a corner market right by my house that had gone out of business for being incredibly not useful. I daydreamed about renting the space and creating my own corner market that would be useful, because it would have curb side service for everyday items – bread, milk, cheese, etc. Maybe the runners would even wear roller skates like they do at Sonic. Or maybe not.
The market would also have daily dinners – freshly made casserole-type things – that people could pick up on their way home from work, and pop into the oven for an easy meal.
To draw in more traffic, there would be a soda bar for the kids to come hang after school, or maybe a coffee shop, and it could also do some lunch and breakfast items for the surrounding businesses. It could host the local knitting clubs, or bicycle clubs, or just be a community hub of sorts.
In general, it would be an all around, accessible, incredibly useful corner market for the local neighborhood, with curb side service, of course. Oooh, or even delivery service, for a very specific radius. And if you lived outside of the radius you’d just have to hope and pray that a location would open in your neighborhood…I’m smelling a franchise here.
So those are my ideas, and you have your marching orders. Remember: honor system, 5%, and I take Paypal. I’m also available for creative consulting and investor dinners at swanky restaurants, provided I don’t have to talk, just eat. Good luck, and do me proud.
If none of these ideas work for you, then maybe some of my readers will be kind enough to post their business ideas in the comments below. But the 5% fee will still be payable to me, because it’s my blog and I say so.
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