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Fifty Business Ideas

Fifty Business Ideas

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Fifty Business Ideas

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Oct 29, 2013


Fifty Business Ideas is intended for anyone looking for inspiration to kick start a business opportunity. It is hoped that it will bring out the entrepreneurial spirit in the reader. This book contains stories of real businesses that were established in the1980’s and went on to make money. There are a few failures amongst them which may also help to inspire an improved version and some very risky ventures that could even succeed with some fine tuning.

All the ideas featured are real stories pulled from real news items during the 1980’s. Some started with little or no capital; only a few needed some large investment. What they have in common is that they are all proper businesses operated by real people. Most are considered small businesses and many can be run from home.

There is an element of fun in this book. Some ideas are quite bizarre but they did work. Many of the ideas here will not be found in the usual ‘how to start a successful business’ book because they are very unconventional.

Fifty Business Ideas (actually there are 51) are arranged under the following chapter headings: Leisure, Business to Business, Social Networking, Customer Research, Working with Animals, Inventions, Re-Cycling and an idea or two to proceed with extreme caution.

One or two could be construed as illegal or possibly immoral depending on your standpoint but clear notice is given on these case studies.

There is no guarantee that any of these will make a fortune. But they did succeed for at least one entrepreneur. There are no step by step guidelines, no hand holding; that is not the reason for this book. Sometimes all it takes is a different perspective on life to kick start a new career, or a flash of inspiration which hopefully will be found here

Oct 29, 2013

Über den Autor

John Barber was born in London at the height of the UK Post War baby boom. The Education Act of 1944 saw great changes in the way the nation was taught; the main one being that all children stayed at school until the age of 15 (later increased to 16). For the first time working class children were able to reach higher levels of academic study and the opportunity to gain further educational qualifications at University.This explosion in education brought forth a new aspirational middle class; others remained true to their working class roots. The author belongs somewhere between the two. Many of the author’s main characters have their genesis in this educational revolution. Their dialogue though idiosyncratic can normally be understood but like all working class speech it is liberally sprinkled with strange boyhood phrases and a passing nod to cockney rhyming slang.John Barber’s novels are set in fictional English towns where sexual intrigue and political in-fighting is rife beneath a pleasant, small town veneer of respectability.They fall within the cozy, traditional British detective sections of mystery fiction.He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder which investigated a famous murder mystery of 1907 and names the killer. This is still available in softback and as an ebook, although not available from SmashwordsJohn Barber had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He is now retired and lives with his wife and two cats on an island in the middle of Hertford and spends his time between local community projects and writing further novels.

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Fifty Business Ideas - John Barber

Fifty Business Ideas

By John Barber

Copyright 2013 John Barber

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Smashwords Edition, License Notes

This eBook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This eBook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

The following fifty business ideas (actually there are 51) are drawn from real news stories during the 1980’s. They are presented here to act as a spark for your own imagination. There are no ‘how to’ sections or ‘step by step guides’ but occasional guidance about how to proceed. Most of these ideas are businesses that have been carried out successfully but a few failures are included in the hope that everyone can learn something from someone else’s disaster; and turn that into a success story. Some ideas should be treated with no little caution. Proceed with care as the legality is not ensured and experiment with others at your own risk.


The Leisure Business

Dating Agency

Board Game

Living off the land

Local phrase book

Boot-a- Gram

Rickshaw taxi

Paid to enjoy leisure time

Worst orchestra

Ghost writer

Cardboard cut outs

Start a religion

Start a web survey

Business to Business

Pay now, die later

Gull scarer

Sponsored surgery

Smelly debt collector

Human hare

Odd shoe supplier

Money off vouchers

English ladies only

Human scarecrow

Nice smells


Pooper snooper

Lessons by mail order

Teaching in bars



Stress relieving dolls

Buses into churches

Social Networking

Re-enactment societies

Stage an exhibition

Social networking

Customer Research


Sex shop survey

Turkey hotline

Working with animals

Mobile pet crematorium

Snails eggs

Manure from chickens

Breeding earthworms

Inventions - failed!

Dream Machine

Ferret locating device

Gun Helmet

Dog bell


Raspberry Wine

Skunk smell

Tangerine oil

Telephone kiosks

Proceed with extreme caution

Parking tickets for sale



The Leisure Business

Start a dating agency

Washington’s lonely hearts were using BMW’s and Saabs, and in some cases their ample chests, to entice the opposite sex. From New York to Los Angeles, from Dallas to Atlanta, bumper sticker pick-ups have become the highway to heavenly bliss.

In New York, Bumper Date Inc. founded by a prosperous former IBM systems analysts, Mr Elliot Rais, did a roaring trade.

For five dollars Mr Rais sold a bumper sticker with his phone number which will allow a fellow cruiser to get in touch.

To avoid discriminating against pedestrians he designed a button which looks like a licence plate for walkers.

Buttons became very popular.

If you see someone you like in the elevator it may not be opportune to talk to them. Why not write to Bumper Date and let us put you in touch with them? says Mr Rais.

Fender flirting requires a new range of skills. While any single can sidle up to a quarry in a bar not every driver has the finesse on seeing the right bumper sticker to pull alongside on

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