Over 60% of Americans want to be a business owner. Many of those aspiring entrepreneurs actually take the leap on their ambitions which is why we see half a million small companies open up their doors monthly.
What many of those aspiring and first-time business owners come to realize is that being your own boss isn’t all candy canes and rainbows. For starters, you’ve got to come up with business ideas that are likely to make you money which can be a challenge.
Fortunately, there are several unusual business ideas that most people don’t ever think to undertake. Because of that, these ideas enjoy low competition which could mean the difference between you being successful and having to close up shop in a year or two.
Here are a few off-the-wall ventures that you could potentially take global.
1. Vending Machines
HealthyYou Vending, Absolute Vending and others in the vended goods space are all companies that you’ve probably never heard of but do rather well for themselves. Why? Because Americans love snacking!
If you own or lease an area that receives a high amount of foot traffic, you might want to follow in the footsteps of successful entities before you by setting up your own vending machines that generate steady profits.
On a global scale, you could buy, stock and lease vending machines to people around the world and then take a cut of all of the vending profits that they earn.
2. Cat Cafes
You’ve probably heard of the growing cat cafe trend that has pushed its way through Japan. More of these feline-friendly eateries are opening up domestically which could mean that the US is ripe for unusual business ideas like this one.
We’ve seen cat cafes operate where the owner of the cafe owns the cats that they feature inside of their establishment. We’ve also seen cat cafes double as adoption operations where all of the cats that are inside are available for people to bring home if they’re looking to add a member to their family.
Not a fan of cats? Try the same business model with dogs in a brewery setting or license your brand of cat cafes to franchisees around the world.
3. Dog Rentals
Renting dogs might land on your list of usual businesses ideas that are too exploitative for your tastes but hear us out.
When geese populations take over school playgrounds or public parks during migratory periods, many people rent their dogs to these public places to chase the birds away. After a few days of chasing, the birds cease landing in the populated area and instead, move to wildlands which are safer for them and more convenient for humans.
Another angle to dog renting could be supplying dogs to schools that want to use them as therapy animals during testing periods.
4. Night After Party Cleaning Services
After a long night of partying, hosts wish that they could wake up and forget that anything ever happened. If you launched a party clean up service, that person’s wish could come true.
There are a few cleanup services out there already that hop into action the morning after a party, give the party’s host Gatorade, Advil, and breakfast, and then tidy up any messes.
As an added bonus to helping party throwers domestically, this is an easy concept to franchise across the globe after you’ve built a name for your brand.
5. Zero Waste Shopping
Reducing carbon emissions is becoming huge thanks to the amount of publicity environmental health has gotten in the last couple of years. You can cash in on that trend while also saving the world by distributing zero waste supplies.
For example, your online store could sell items like glass bottle tooth-paste capsules, reusable rags, glass bottle shampoos and more to environmentally conscious buyers in bulk. You could even make your items part of subscription packages that can ship to any part of the world.
6. Co-working Spaces
The freelance economy is booming in the United States and across the world. When freelancers that work from home need a change of scenery, do you know where they go to work if Starbucks is full?
This is an usual business idea go-to if you can afford to purchase the property necessary to make it work. All you have to do is buy (or lease) an office building in a populated area then, sell subscriptions to people that want to work out of it.
Again, startup costs are steep with this idea but the venture is both viable and scalable.
7. Board Game Services
If you are a fan of board games and would love empowering other people’s creativity when it comes to making their own, open a board game services studio!
In your studio, you could be in charge of crafting people’s board game ideas. You could also have consultation services where you can help customers plan and even test their ideas with audiences in their niche. Finally, you can act as an agency that helps get customer’s games into major markets.
Unusual Business Ideas Have the Potential to Generate Fast Profits
We’ve all heard people say that most businesses don’t turn a profit during their first few years of operation. While that may be the result you get if you take a conventional approach to entrepreneurship, by pursuing unusual business ideas, we think that you may enjoy an extraordinarily fast uptick in your venture.
We hope that our ideas have inspired you. If you’re looking for additional inspiration, we welcome you to read more of the content on our blog.