Any office employee thinks sooner or later how to start a business of his own. However, usually it does not go further than intentions. A person begins to frantically look for ideas, their overabundance makes us lose common sense.
But, as it turns out, cold logic and bare calculation are not always the best ideas at the start. After all, they interfere with the manifestation of a certain devilry, from which the original original business idea may appear.
The founders of those types of business, which will be discussed below, were not afraid of their insane and seemingly absurd ideas, leaving, moreover, the usual old occupation. So there were unusual enterprises. Let them be considered delirious, but they bring millions!
This unusual police using animals protects golf courses from enemies. In the detachment there are 33 dogs of breed Border Collie. This police has received the name goose, as it counteracts insolent birds. After all, geese simply attack respectable aristocrat players from a height with products of their vital activity. The unit was created in 1987 by a New Jersey businessman, Dave Marx. In his project, he invested 3 thousand dollars, promising to expel the geese from the sky over the golf clubs. Business has been successful, having flourished for more than 20 years. Do you think that he can not bring serious money? The profit of such a unit in 2010 alone amounted to $ 2.5 million.
Doone Stokes worked as a sales manager for medical equipment. But in 2004, the fragile girl was tired of fighting the sad memories of her first experience driving the Chevrolet Monza in 1963. Doone got half a million and bought 10 of them at once. Next, an enterprising woman rented a track in one of the Texas towns and opened a school for driving sports and extreme cars. Soon this place became popular both among fans of fast driving, and among the companies practicing alteration of cars. As a result, business began to thrive, bringing in 2010 to its owner $ 1.8 million.
In the childhood of almost each of us, my mother sewed special marks on clothes. This made it possible not to get lost mittens and a hat in the locker room. It turns out that a similar problem exists in America. There are very popular factory tags for personalizing children’s things in educational institutions. Even adults are subject to this kind of inattention. Julia Cole decided to use this fact and invested ten thousand dollars in business in 2002 to create such simple identifiers. In 2010, her company has already earned 4 million.
Things created manually have special magic. That’s why people are willing to overpay for them. 71-year-old Steve Richardson can tell about it in detail. Those puzzles that he creates are painted by real artists and are estimated at a minimum of 125 dollars, and a maximum of 5000. The price depends on the complexity, while the toy is so exquisitely created that it is a pleasure to receive it as a gift to anyone. One of the owners of the wooden puzzle was even the English queen, a big fan of smart games. The entrepreneur says that he specially creates puzzles in such a way that they are difficult to assemble. The calculation of Steve is confirmed by the income of his small enterprise in Vermont. In 2009, the profit was 2.5 million.
Moving is always like a natural disaster. Owners can safely carry their cats, dogs and other pets, but what if you move the entire zoo? The answer to this question was tried by Texans Kevin and Angie O’Brien. In 2004, they created PetRelocation.com. Starting capital was only 97 thousand. Over time, the small family business has significantly expanded. Now the company has a deep specialization in logistics. It not only transports animals, but also prepares their veterinary passports, helps them pass quarantine and customs clearance.In this business, the spouses have virtually no competitors, which helped them to earn about 4 million in 2010.
Socks for outsourcing.
Any man sometimes has a moment when he can not find a pair of clean socks. Or they are simply an odd number. Once the patience of the Swiss Samuel Likhti burst, and in 1999 he founded the company BlackSocks. The company just helped men – several times a year, customers were sent nine pairs of quality Italian socks for $ 89. The entrepreneur said that such outsourcing allows men to save 12 hours a year, and for the rest of his life he has been running for three whole weeks of returned time. In 2009, the business of Likhti expanded – he began to sell and underwear. Today the company serves 60 thousand customers in 74 countries. In 2009, the company’s income was 5 million.
Rick Platt of Las Vegas no longer cares about the question of why people do not fly like birds. Perhaps, because there are other possibilities. Since 2009, the man has opened his own complex with trampolines. It is interesting, but the elastic surfaces are placed there not only on the floor, but also on walls and ceiling. As a result, a person, bouncing, can fly in any direction. The cost of such a holiday is small – only 12 dollars per hour. Today in the hall rest families, conduct corporate parties and whole tournaments. Platt used to collect scrap metal, but he was able to find about 2 million for his new business. The funds invested returned in the first year, besides, there was still a whole million left on the account. Rick is going to develop a franchise network, for which he is looking for such madmen.
Art with DNA.
Mixing science and art has learned the curious duo of Adrian Solomonovich and Nazim Ahmed, having learned how to earn money on it. Since 2005 they began to create portraits of clients. The peculiarity is that the dashes in the picture are amino acids from the DNA. Each of them has its own color and its place on the canvas. A small picture will cost 200 dollars, and a large canvas will pull already at 1300. The interest in canvases from genetic material is so great that they are stored in museums of Tokyo and New York, as works of modern art. Artists-entrepreneurs in 2009 were able to enrich by 1.4 million.
Kevin Murray’s work does not happen in the field, but in the walls of corporate offices. His business began in 1978, when a wave of spy scandals in the enterprises blossomed. Murray offered his services to detect eavesdropping and spying devices – “bugs.” The day of work of a specialist costs 7-8 thousand dollars. Now the profitability of business is declining – strict laws scared off spies. Now the counterintelligence agent does not receive the former million, being satisfied with the sum of 760 thousand dollars a year.
It would seem, how can one compete in the sale of auto parts with large organizations? Matthew Hartzog proved that it is possible. In his youth, the guy helped his stepfather by selling parts for General Motors cars. The class liked Matthew so much that in his mature years he opened his company for the sale of components, but for just one machine – Pontiac Fiero. In due time this small and cheap car was the real hit in the American market, having dispersed in circulation in 370 thousand copies. Most of them disappeared in accidents and landfills, but even today, 75,000 such cars roll on the roads of the country. “Fiero” adore their owners, who are ready to buy from Matthew a variety of original and tuning accessories. Naturally, rare spare parts, respectively, and cost. In 2009, fans of the rare model brought the businessman a profit of 2 million.