Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Five Unique Business Ideas to Inspire You in 2017

Before anything is said here, believe me..... if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to solve a problem or fulfill a need — even if it's one consumers didn't know they had. From faux-handwritten thank-you notes to a Tinder-like app for rescuing pets, these 5 unique businesses are sure to inspire.
1.Personalized tea: "Design A Tea" gives consumers the ability to design their own tea blend from scratch. This was founded in 2007 by J. Brian Pfeiffer, the online business lets tea drinkers choose from among more than 40 flavors that can be mixed and matched to create their own artisan tea blend. Shoppers first select a base flavor — black, oolong, green or rooibos — and then mix in two other ingredients, such as almond, Irish crème, passion fruit, rum or wintergreen. In total, there are more than 10,000 different combinations tea drinkers can create. As part of its mission, "Design a Tea" has adopted numerous socially responsible practices, including using recycled paper products, labels and environmentally friendly inks. All of their tea flavors are 100 percent natural, organic and gluten-free.
2.Individually packaged small items: Looking at the fact that the bigger might be better for some people, "Minimus" takes a different approach. In operation for nearly a decade, the online company offers more than 2,500 different individually packaged products, including travel-size toiletries and individual servings of various food items — everything from chips to Tabasco sauce. When it was founded, "Minimus" did not have any employees and was housed in 500-square-foot space. Today, the company takes up two large Los Angeles warehouses and employs dozens of workers. In addition to the individual items, Minimus sells premade kits specially designed for different uses, such as baby and family kits, outdoor kits, first-aid kits and military care packages.
3.Education a la carte: Have you ever find yourself wishing that you could go back to school, or maybe even teach a course in a subject you're skilled in? Skillshare, which was founded in 2011, makes both of these things possible. The company allows experts to teach online courses on any subject they choose via short videos, while students can watch classes at their own pace and use the community to get feedback. So in addition to this,students can even take classes off-line via smartphones and tablets if they'd like to learn on the go. And unlike college or graduate school, with their high tuition rates, Skillshare costs a small fee of $10 per month, with a free 14-day trial. Half of that fee goes toward paying the company's teachers, so if you're an expert at something, it's a great way to make some extra money, too. Skillshare also gives back; according to the company's website, for every annual membership purchased, Skillshare gives a membership to a student through the company's scholarship program.
4.Shareable office space: Every day, technology makes it more and more possible for employees and entrepreneurs to do their jobs and run their businesses from anywhere, which stands that businesses don't necessarily have to invest in their own office space. "WeWork" gives office space for the office-less, with flexible month-to-month membership options for everyone from individual freelancers to large companies. and more, freelancers who prefer to work outside of their homes can have a more reliable work space than a local coffee shop, and companies and other teams can have a place to collaborate and hold meetings and events, for example. "WeWork", which was founded in 2010, has locations in more than a dozen cities across the United States as well as locations in Israel, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Finally, the company also fosters a sense of community among its members, so you can network with peers and customers while saving money on rent and other fees that come with maintaining your own office space.
5.A four-course daily special: Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc provides a unique, four-course daily menu of comfort food dishes, such as spicy fried game hen, pot roast and coconut pudding. Each for-today-only menu is handwritten and posted in the restaurant and online. This popular eatery has been open since back 2006.

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