Crazy Business Ideas That Will Make You Rich!
Make a Million Dollars Just By Driving This Van
How My Failed Ideas Could Make You Wealthy!
Over the past couple of years, I’ve come up with a few business start-up ideas I believed would take off and make me a fortune. These were ideas for brick and mortar businesses as well as online ventures. Some ideas were possible, while others were downright insane. Here are a couple of the ones that didn’t make my master list. If you can make them work, you’re free to steal them.
Good luck. Please feel free to post your business ideas that you will never use in the comments section below.
The Love Machine
IDEA 1: The Love Machine: This idea (even I admit) was way out there, but it was weird enough for me and a few friends to sit down, make spreadsheets and write a half-assed business plan over. It was called (for lack of a better name) Project Love Machine. Here's the breakdown.
The business: A fully customized van that couples could use for a romantic interlude for 1-3 hours. Essentially, a traveling motel room.
Startup Costs: Between $75,000-$100,000
The Plan: Purchase a brand new luxury van (A Sherrod Van was discussed as the best option) and have it customized for the needs of the business. A full bed in the back, complete privacy, shielding the driver from the occupants along with 100% comfort and convenience. Digital TV, DVD/CD, plush linens, refrigerator, complete music system, (including a selection of DVDS and CD's) Complimentary items would be available, such as chilled champagne, fruits, snacks, candies, etc. Lovers would be picked up at a predetermined location and whisked away for their interlude. They could be driven anywhere they choose, or just relax and go on a ride to nowhere. Back end sales would include T-Shirts (I Made It In The Love Machine!), key chains, condoms,etc.
Customer Base: Married couples who are looking to spice things up a little, single couples with no place to go, a unique Valentine or wedding anniversary present.
Why It Came Close To Becoming Reality: It was quirky enough to work. Most of the bugs had been figured out. Radio and print advertising would be fun and memorable.
Why It Didn’t Happen: 3 big reasons I wasn’t willing to deal with.
1.) Start up costs were available, but for the business to grow, it would need more capital. Trying to find an investor for this type of business might be difficult. Even investors interested in the idea have to deal with their morals and this business idea had a small bit of sleaze attached to it. I didn’t want to be attached to sleaze.
2.) Liability. Imagine going over a large bump or hitting a pothole while 2 people are in the throes of passion.
3.) Health Issues: I was told I’d run into issues with the state department of health because there were no sanitary facilities available for use by the customers. I considered this a non issue because I would be selling the service as a limousine service and not a motel.
No Alcohol? No Problem!
"Bartender, I'll have a tomato juice!"
IDEA 2: The No Alcohol Comedy Club: Several years ago I performed in a comedy show for recovering alcoholics. It was held in a nightclub where alcohol-free drinks were served. It was highly successful. I thought there must be a quite large group of people who do not drink for one reason or another and might feel out of place inside a club where alcohol was served on a regular basis.
Startup Costs: Dependent on whether the property was rented or purchased.
The Plan: Open a nightclub without alcohol, promote it heavily and wait for the money to pour in I have years and years in the stand up comedy business, but I would have to hire a restaurant manager. Drinks could be alcohol-free specialty drinks. Virgin Coladas. NA Beer, etc.
Why It Came Close To Becoming Reality: There was nothing like it in our state or anywhere in our section of the U.S.
Why It Didn’t Happen: There was nothing like it in our state or anywhere in our section of the U.S. There HAD to be a reason why.
My wife and I researched this business like crazy. We even found what we believed would be the perfect location and discussed leasing options with the landlord. We decided against it for the following reasons.
1.) Overhead: We had to pay for the rent, the utilities, the comedians, wait staff, etc. The markup on potato skins and fruit drinks wasn’t going to cover it. The markup on alcohol is huge.
2.) Stigma: I didn’t want my customers to feel funny walking into a non-alcoholic environment, whether they drank, or not.
3.) The more you drink, the funnier I am. Comedy clubs and alcohol go together like peanut butter and jelly.
So, please feel free to take these ideas, adjust them, tweak them, have fun with them and make yourself a zillion dollars. (Just don’t let me know about it, or I’ll get pissed.) In the meantime, I'll keep thinking...