Homemade Personal Handmade Coupons Idea
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Personal Homemade Coupons
Handmade and personal coupons can be a great gift. As a kid, I can remember giving them to my parents when I didn't have any money. For great gift ideas that don't cost money, handmade coupons are an excellent idea. Consider what personal skills you have that would make a gift that someone would really appreciate. As a kid, I remember giving my parents coupons like:
- Good for two hours of babysitting
- Good for one hour of pulling weeds
- Good for doing the dishes one night
I'd often make a card and stick the homemade coupons on the inside. Now as an adult, I've gotten a few personal coupons from my wife and kids. Some really good coupons for watching the Masters uninterrupted, and organizing my closet.
The problem with gift certificates and coupons is that they often go without ever being redeemed. In fact, many businesses count on a percentage getting "broken", which means they get the cash, but never deliver the goods or service.
So here is my simple business idea for a website that allows you to make and send personal handmade coupons. The basic features include a website that connects with your friends on Facebook to make it easy to send coupons to people you know. You can create a coupon and send it to someone from the site. The person can login with their facebook account and see their coupon and easily print it. If the coupon is lost, the person can easily login and see what coupons they have and print another copy. When the coupon is redeemed, the person that gave the coupon will put in a code from the printed ticket that shows that it has been redeemed.
Some extra nice touches would be if the coupons were a bit like greeting cards that could be personalized with images and made unique. A section for coupon ideas so people that want to give personal coupons can get ideas like coupons for kids to give parents or coupons for wives to give husbands (my favorite).
The business model is ad supported with affiliates built into it. For example, you can offer your coupon to be delivered with real flowers as the card where you earn an affiliate commission. You can also sell virtual flowers that deliver the coupon to the person. I think this website could be built for less than $10K and would need another $10-$20K for the first marketing push.
If you build this, I will use it...
*This business may already exist as an app on Facebook, but I haven't seen it if it does.
UPDATE: Come to think of it, you could do a pretty cool mobile version of this as well.