Business Idea: Create Templates

It may seem obvious to you but many other people do not want to take the time to figure out that really clever file you just made. Yup, turn your files into templates for others. This might be website templates, infographic templates, and a coloring book or craft templates. Maybe you have figure out the best way to manage a family reunion – turn your forms into templates. There are many template sites available that likely cater to your specific audience. Teachers Pay Teachers is a great site for most educational items. Graphic River allows artist to sell file templates for most business purposes. There is surely a niche market for your templates. The value for you here is not to get rich quick. You create the file once and then earn revenue for years to come.

Business Idea: Herb and Vegetable Farming

Have a green thumb?  You can grow green by selling your specialty herb and vegetables.  This is very popular in urban areas of the country.  Some items could be shipped but be sure to check with state and federal laws for your specific items.   If you have space and the talent the initial investment can be very small to allow you to test the market for your items.

Be sure to know the market value and demand for your items and build a clear financial picture of the market.  The last thing you want to do is have a few thousand dollars invested in oregano that may only be worth a few hundred.

Business Idea: Internet Security Consulting

I’m not talking about big war rooms with supercomputers breaking firewalls and gigabit encryption.  Let’s focus on the average small business that needs to make sure they have the latest updates in Drupal applied and know the CEO changed his password from “Golf”.

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Mapping Your Win with a Strategy Map

Mind mapping is a fluid visual way to lay out your thoughts. Each thought is plotted into a logical map so they create relationships between each thought. In doing this you can quickly and easily pull large amounts of ideas in your mind into a single document where it begins to make sense. Arranging tasks or strategies can become a simple process rather than a heap of random thoughts.

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Green Consultiing

Business Idea: Green Consulting

Turn your love of the environment into a revenue source.  Very few businesses advocate cutting down the last Lorax tree but they just need a little help learning how to be better for the environment.   You can help them find strategies and solutions to be better citizens of planet earth without breaking the bank.  In many cases what has become environmentally friendly best practices also saves money.  This is a great value proposition to sell your services.  You can stay true to your passion and maybe convince them to turn the savings into investments in other green-friendly projects you bring to the table.

Research as a service

Business Idea: Research as a Service

Google is great for quick and popular tasks of online information.  Many businesses have teams that research industry and strategic interest.  Small businesses lack the budgets to fund large research teams.  You can fill this void for several firms and produce a nice income.  Maybe you help the CEO brush up on the specifics of a potential customer before he meets them for a meeting.  Other times you could dig up the latest activities of a competitor.  The value is in going deep.  Anyone can glean the top hits on google.  You can stand in the government office to get a copy of the latest building permit to find out the water consumption of a competitor so your client can know their production volume.  The value is in the results of the information and your ability to concisely organize the findings.

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