We’ll validate it for you

Fatass Sumo

WHAT UP Young Sumo-ling, we already did our first live experiment of starting a business on the SumoBusinessBlueprint LIVE EDITION…..and made our first income from it within ONE day.
Now we’re looking for more experiments.

Do you have an idea you’ve been sitting on….waiting to try?

Comment with your idea below, and we might live-validate and monetize the idea when the SBB LIVE EDITION comes out!
(we’ll even hand over the business to you when done).

We’re looking for stuff like:

  • Do you have a physical product you want to sell?  What is it?  We’ll try test-selling it…on our dime.
  • Do you have a service you’re trying to sell online?  What is it?  We’ll see if we can get people to pay for it BEFORE it’s released.
  • Some sort of make money scheme you have….but don’t know if it’ll work.

WE WILL PICK SOME OF THE BEST IDEAS AND PUT THEM THROUGH THE PACES:
FIRST::::::  Quick-validate the idea to make sure there’s enough people looking for what you’re gonna sell.
SECOND::: Do a ghetto-test of the idea….this should cost $0.00 and take less than an hour to do.
THIRD::::::  Look back at our ghetto test….see if the idea got enough traction.
FOURTH:::  Start making money off the idea.

We read every single response!  So I wanna hear from you (or I will sit on your skinny self)!
The Fatass Sumo

P.S.  If you’re too much of a wuss to list your idea here, you can privately send it to nevmed@gmail.com

P.P.S.  If you haven’t checked out the best-selling-because-it-helps-so-many-damn-people SumoBusinessBlueprint…..you’re missing out on the steps you should first take to starting your business.

Leave A Reply (388 comments So Far)


  1. admin
    2 years ago

    I was thinking we should try to sell a physical product online…and see how long it takes us to sell one.

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    Aaron T Reply:

    Nevil, when you say “physical product line”, do you mean an actual, material product? Or are you thinking a body/exercise-type product?

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  2. I’d like to see whether high-end/luxury camping would work as a dropshipping model. As in the sumo guide to glow sticks video series.

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    admin Reply:

    Thoughts off the top of my head:
    You’re gonna have some TOUGH competition. Academy, Wal-Mart, Target, REI are your competitors.

    Whilst it will be possible to do this…..you’re in for an uphill battle.

    If you don’t have a good degree of online skills…..this might be tough

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  3. jared elrod
    2 years ago

    My idea is to take a wedding video business which is an old idea, and promote and sell it like a web 2.0 product. Most wedding video sites and companies use the same method and it is not super user friendly.

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    admin Reply:

    Might be pretty technical-intensive…..but otherwise could work if you pull it off correctly.

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  4. Paul Jackson
    2 years ago

    I am in to computers and technology and would love a business selling products and maybe instructional videos. But I don’t have a clue what exactly to specialize in, what will sell, and what isn’t flooded. I fear electronics are FLOOOODED right now and don’t know where to start. Is there any room for a newcomer to make anything? I have tried buying various things in bulk in the past to resell but still have never had any luck. Please help, if you can! =) Thanks for the chance, love the videos, good luck.

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    admin Reply:

    Digital products are pretty great in terms of testing out an idea before you start (I’M in digital products doing this right now)!

    You have to make tutorials that are worth the price. For example, In the KopywritingKourse.com course I did, I taught people writing emails and copy….how to make it WAY more effective, making them more money.

    For them to trade me $69 for that info is a great value.

    Maybe you should checkout my course about courses….that’s helped a lot of people launch their first products!
    http://www.appsumo.com/COURSE-COURSE-COURSE-COURSE/

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    Shariff Reply:

    Hey Paul, Yeap I definitely recommend Nev’s Course about Course. There’s a few other pretty good courses about creating and selling (Digital) Info Products which cost next to nothing (apart from maybe sweat equity) to setup once and can make you money while you sleep from sharing something you ALREADY know. There’s Clay Collins, ProductPros (also has a deal on AppSumo on that)… but for a good intro and straight to the chase course, again I’d recommend Nev’s very own Course about Course. http://www.appsumo.com/COURSE-COURSE-COURSE-COURSE/
    I’m not getting anything out of recommending this (Nev is not paying me a dime), but I’ve bought the course myself and it’s a good one. No BS. Straight to the point. Gets you up and going real quick. And Nev made a good job keeping it real and funny… so you won’t doze off! Instead u’d get excited to start taking action and mapping out and shooting your own course immediately! Go for it! and then go for the Kopywriting course next. Or get first. Either way, it’s a steal for the kind of stuff you get in those courses – you’d probably cover your cost in a week and make over 100 fold soon!! Go for it!!! :)

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  5. Brandon
    2 years ago

    Hey Guys,

    I want to start a drop shipping fitness site. Sell Kettle Bells, resistant bands, workout videos, Push up bars, yoga mats etc. I tested a few workout videos online and made great money over a 300% return and they sold like Fortune Cookies :). I used eBay and now would like to have my own site and save the ebay fee’s :)

    Thanks you Fat Ass Sumo’s– Noah thanks again for the advice, it’s working. Neville your bad ass 2

    B

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    admin Reply:

    NICE JOB DUDE!

    That’s the way to do it….TEST THAT SHIT FIRST!!!

    Don’t listen to anyone (well…except US of course ::wink wink::) without first doing a ghetto test like we showed in the SumoBusinessBlueprint.

    Making your videos probably only took a max of a few days (more likely just hours)….and you can put your own ebay or amazon affiliate links.

    However if you were JUST setting up a drop-ship store than covered ALL workout equipment and you WEREN’T doing your videos….I would suggest against the idea in that case.

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  6. Aaron Steinberg
    2 years ago

    I want to create an information product (perhaps expanding into an online course) that would teach middle class and upper-middle class parents how to prepare their children (from 8-18) to be financially independent. It would include lessons about allowance, investments, spending, checking/savings accounts, purchasing, budgeting and more.

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    admin Reply:

    I feel like I’ve heard about this idea before.

    You might wanna checkout my:
    http://www.appsumo.com/course-about-building-a-course/

    That will help.

    What you can also do is do this the SumoBusinessBlueprint way and TEST THE IDEA OUT FIRST. Did you watch the SumoBlueprint? Watch the first section and you’ll see how to make a page where you get people to express their interest.

    If you have an easy time signing people up then you’re gold and ready to start!

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  7. Ro-ling
    2 years ago

    What about a small SaaS for quiroprachtics? We know they are not exactly doctors, but they may deserve some help with a software tool. Schedule management, mails to clien…sorry… patients, and basic money management for the clinic…

    What do you think?

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    admin Reply:

    Do you know any chiro’s?

    Go around to their offices and show them a fake “product”…..like make a ghetto demo of what you wanna do for them.

    See if they bite.

    This will be your market research and validation. If they don’t care about it….move on.

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  8. Joshua Kerben
    2 years ago

    I want to start an online kosher supermarket. and cater to jews around my area (long island, ny,) except suffolk county haha anyway i had a few names in mind well here are they “mr.kosher.com, kosherkingdom.com, kosher-on-the-go.com, kosher on wheels.com, kosherdirect.com” the two of my favorite are mrkosher.com or kosherdirect.com!!! it will be something similar to freshdirect.com or peapod.com but just selling kosher/glatt kosher food/produce/and glatt kosher meat (glatt=meat blessed by a holy rabbi from what i learned i think lol)

    but im sure neville can understand what im talking about and hopefully you guys can help me out!!!

    thanks

    josh

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    admin Reply:

    Have you TRIED this out?

    Like put a few items for sale….try to get people to buy from you.

    I have a feeling that JUST BECAUSE IT’S ONLINE doesn’t mean it’s going to succeed.

    WHAT IF INSTEAD YOU: bundled up commonly bought items for all the yenta’s…..and only sold those in packages. Or sell Jew gift baskets….

    …the point is ADD SOME VALUE other than “we’re just online”. It will be difficult to get people to go there if that’s the only value proposition.

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  9. Paul Jackson
    2 years ago

    Good idea Aaron Steinberg, that would be a very useful. SO many kids, my brothers included, are raised to want so many different material things and tend to always be broke and not save anything. lol.

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  10. Andres Ferlito
    2 years ago

    I was thinking of a drop shipping company for geek toys.

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    admin Reply:

    Okkaaaayyyyy…..

    Have you watched the Sumo Business Blueprint?

    Watch the first part and you’ll see that you should try selling some of these things on ebay, Amazon, or craigslist first.

    See if you’re getting bites.

    Maybe do some YouTube reviews for a product and then put links where to buy.
    FIRST VALIDATE!

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  11. Jon Whitehead
    2 years ago

    I am putting a course together on Web Analytics and Conversion Rate optimisation, pitched to normal businesses – therefore presented in a way that is not mind bogglingly technical but demonstrates the massive effect on improving the bottom line through measurement.

    cheers

    Jon

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    admin Reply:

    Nice…..good you’re already on top of your idea!

    That kinda stuff can be big money (I used to consult for mid-sized businesses and they’d pay handsomely for ANY help with improving their conversions).

    Checkout the http://www.appsumo.com/course-about-building-a-course/

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  12. Benson
    2 years ago

    I heard this idea about people selling diabetes test strips on ebay. They get their products in their local area. There is usually a 300% to 500% return. you start off by advertising in your neighborhood with flyers or on Craigslist.

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    admin Reply:

    Never heard about that……but that actually makes sense. That’s a huge AND dependable market….and any bit of convenience you can add there will help the consumer….which means they will pay you $$!

    Good idea!

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  13. Phippsy
    2 years ago

    Office ergonomics and safety videos for use in small – medium size workplaces that can’t afford the time to do their own custom training

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    admin Reply:

    If it’s mandatory training….and you make a video course (and maybe even offer to come in an speak for a price)….this could legitimately be a good business.

    Why don’t you VALIDATE it first by going to several offices and telling them you can do the training for 1/2 the cost THEY could do it for.

    Any way you can save a company money….they’ll usually be interested in.
    Good idea!

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    You might wanna checkout the Course About Building A Course:
    http://www.appsumo.com/course-about-building-a-course/

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  14. Sid Mylavarapu
    2 years ago

    I used google trends and facebook to better understand the market for golfers, and it turns out there is a strong growing trend every year in the months leading up to the major golf tournaments.

    My idea was a daily deals website for golfers looking for great discounts on golf equipment, golf course passes, golf lessons, etc. Maybe the website could even be directed to a general athlete niche market.

    Any thoughts?

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    admin Reply:

    Dude…good idea….and it’s a great thing to easily validate.

    HERE’S WHATCHYA DO:
    1.) Make a ghetto website with ONE daily deal for a golf club….balls…whatever.
    2.) Go on Google Groups, Facebook and Golf Forums and get people to that page.
    3.) See how many people bite.

    If it’s a lot….you’re in business…charge forward!

    That’s how Noah started AppSumo. By doing a deal on Imgur.com and posting it on Reddit…..300 people bought….so he knew he was in business!

    Great idea!

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    JustMe Reply:

    Nev, which data helps validate a daily deals site better:

    a) Sending traffic to an opt-in list for future deals. On the positive side, you get their e-mails for future mailings, but you don’t know if they are buyers

    or

    b) Getting them to buy the very first offer like golf balls like you mentioned above. On the plus side, they become proven buyers, but you might have missed people who like the deal site concept but not the specific first deal.

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  15. David Strickland
    2 years ago

    Well Big Fat Sumo,

    You’re pretty familiar with my idea already because I’ve been consulting you along the way. It’s to sell Hot Sauce.,, see my website. I already have the product, FDA approved, labeled and sku’ed… there is some validation completed already as I’m already getting people signing on, but need a whole lot more to become a valid business. So, please, please, please pick me Big Fat Sumo… I promise I’ll make you a big fat sumo sandwich slopped over with my new hot sauce if I’m picked.

    Thank you,

    David

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    admin Reply:

    You know what dude….if you’re already up and running….DO IT!

    I’m not a big hot sauce fan, but I know three friends who would fly to the end of the EARTH just to try a new hot sauce.

    This might mean you have a good market if there’s enough of these freaks around!

    Great job implementing this…..I almost can’t believe you get signups for this stuff…..but then again, that’s why we FIRST VALIDATE!

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    David Strickland Reply:

    OK… sounds good… let those 3 guys know to sign up at my website… http://www.buyyourhotsaucehere.com. Got around 20 signatures in just over 2 days.

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    Online Store Help Reply:

    Look for a local food and gift expo or farmers market. You would be surprised how cheap some of them can be. One farmer I work with does a farmers market every other saturday, its 40 bucks for his booth. He pulls in on good days 500 dollars in sales and this is on coffee that runs $25 a pound…


  16. Trevor
    2 years ago

    How about a video marketing business that not only creates videos for small businesses and distributes it on video sites like YouTube, etc, but also SEO’s it to the top of the search engines.

    Crack that!!

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    admin Reply:

    Meh……it’s called YouTube.

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  17. Laurie Anderson
    2 years ago

    We have emailed a bit already but I would love love for you to get me started because quite honestly I am overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. I am looking to start a Personal Weight Loss Coaching business.

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    admin Reply:

    I remember emailing you……it seems you have some big inner issues about starting.

    Have you watched the SumoBusinessBlueprint? The entire third section has killed many Wantrepreneurs!

    And if you can’t afford it….here’s a free starter:
    http://www.appsumo.com/wantrepreneurs-videos/

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    Camron Sabour Reply:

    Im starting a personal training agency for the Victoria/Vancouver area… What I’ve learned (the hard way) is that unless you are a certified nutritionist, you cannot make diet recommendations except for national standards like ‘canadian food pyramid’. The legal reason is that you cannot possibly know the interactions between the clients physiology/nutrition/family history, and personal trainer’s insurance will not accept the liability.

    It’s stupid because nutrition is the biggest factor in weight loss, and people in general eat complete and utter garbage to begin with.

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  18. Rick Henry
    2 years ago

    I am creating an info product(s) for woman focused small business to teach them how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to their website. I know business blueprint #1 and the product creation courses layout the steps for this business but it would be cool to see it in action.

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    admin Reply:

    Yea, the Course About Building A Course would be your best friend.

    I don’t know enough about that market to make it work….but if YOU do….try a small validation test to see if people bite!

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  19. Adam Ketchum
    2 years ago

    Well Fat Sumo.. I want you to validate one of my semi-brilliant ideas. I call it Greenheart Cards… I know Fat Sumo is wondering what is a Greenheart Card?Well Fat Sumo, stop chewing so loud and I will tell you! 

    Greenheart Cards is a business that sells used greeting cards (well not yet).. You heard me right, used greeting cards. See below.

    Lifecycle of a used greeting card:

    Step 1 – We collect greeting cards. Instead of throwing away that card from Great Aunt Lucy (the one that talks about your cute chubby cheeks), you just send it in to us.

    Step 2 – We clean the cards with a super high-tech LED disinfecting light (in case Great Aunt Lucy sealed it with a kiss), and provide a fresh “greenvelope”.

    Step 3 – When someone orders a card, we ship that gently loved card out for someone else to give to their dearly beloved. All original messages from your Great Aunt Lucy are left in the card as well.

    I already have a landing page and a Facebook page but I need help validating my idea!! Can Fat Sumo and Chief Sumo help me validate my idea?? I know you are very busy eating 18 meals a day but this young Sumoling needs some help.

    -Ak

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    admin Reply:

    Adam, I don’t THINK this will work because greeting cards for the most part are pretty easy to buy, and already cheap as hell (I can buy funny greeting cards for like $0.69).

    Collecting, cleaning, re-sending seems like a pain in the ass….and for no money.

    But hey….if you’re still gung-ho about the idea, go ahead and try to validate it.
    My prediction = Won’t work.

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    Adam Ketchum Reply:

    I thought of that.. My thoughts on generating additional revenue are to offer gift cards (one stop shop) and to include coupons for green products and get paid for that advertising. Any other thoughts?

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    Matt Reply:

    This idea sucks!!!


  20. Michael
    2 years ago

    I was thinking about niche websites. I hear so much about internet marketing and creating niche websites that make money with Google Adsense and Amazon Affliate websites. I personally have a website too. It has only made like $5 bucks mainly due to my friends and family clicking on the Adsense links. So here it is…. Can you make money creating niche websites where you can rank highly on google for a particular keyword to drive traffic which would lead to $$$.

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    admin Reply:

    Well you CAN ….and people HAVE in the past.

    You can manipulate search rankings only for so long……the real value is PROVIDING EXTRA VALUE for people which takes a little work.

    So if you’re selling high end novelty lighters (or whatever)…..make videos about the product, talk about which is best, offer people vids/pics that other places don’t, carry unique items from abroad you can’t get elsewhere.

    THAT’s adding value.

    Simply throwing up crap websites and sticking Adsense can work for a short while and make a few tiny dollars here and there….but longterm isn’t a very valuable thing.

    Create an asset….not just a gimmick.

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  21. Ken Crompton
    2 years ago

    I’ve tried testing this idea with limited results but I’m not sure if I’m going about it the right way.
    I wan to establish a network of local people around the world who would be willing to show travellers and tourists around their town or city. Yes it’s a rip off of AirBnB but hell, I couldn’t find one which was already established (there is one competitor which is actually validating this idea using a landing page, a youtube video and an email form)

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    admin Reply:

    The problem with this kind of idea is that it’s a large-community problem…..airbnb, craigslist already have people coming to them in droves. You don’t.

    Here’s a way to quickly validate your idea:
    Make a small guide site for YOUR specific city, and signup some guides.
    See if you can make money.

    If it works, then expand to other cities…..
    BUT FIRST SEE IF IT WORKS! Don’t spend a bunch of time and money building something that may not even get traction.

    Maybe names like:
    ShowMeAroundSanFrancisco.com
    ShowMeAroundNewYork.com

    …whatever!

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    Ken Crompton Reply:

    Wicked! Thank you so much.

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    Jennifer Carati Reply:

    Ken,

    I just read about this website yesterday but I think it’s exactly the idea you have in mind.

    http://www.canaryhop.com

    Good luck!

    Jen C.


  22. Faith Dow
    2 years ago

    Mobile/Tablet app with self-esteem building exercises/messages for youth

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    admin Reply:

    Seems vague.

    You’d need to niche it down:
    -”Show your teenager how to make friends in middle school”

    -”10 rules every black 13 year old should know about getting straight A’s”

    ….something more specific. And why an App only?

    Read this post:
    http://www.nevblog.com/should-i-make-an-iphone-app/

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  23. Nate
    2 years ago

    I have a couple ideas I would be thrilled if you could help me with:

    - Personalized consignment shopping for high-end women’s fashion. Like Trunk Club but for women. Learn about your customers’ fashion preferences, their physical characteristics and send items of clothing that they would probably like. Would this work for women? I think TC works well because most guys hate to shop.
    - Ride-sharing/carpooling site. There are a few of these but I am not aware of one particular site dominating. There are a lot of people looking for rides on Craigslist but I’d like something better for searching/matching. This idea is similar to http://www.jayride.com.au. Would people be willing to pay to contact other carpoolers? How else might you monetize this? Is there a niche here that I’m not seeing (cater to a particular locale, demographic)?

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    admin Reply:

    Once again….those sites you mentioned have HUGE exposure….whereas you have none.

    Perhaps start offering a personalized shopper service first and seeing you can get a few clients.

    For the car ride…..Craigslist is a deadly competitor. You can try setting up a site….but getting people there and getting them to PAY YOU is gonna be hard.

    Verdict on car ride idea: meh.

    Verdict on shopping site: Possibly….first try it, see if you add a lot of value to those people.
    I’m not too hopeful on either of the ideas though :-/

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  24. pramit
    2 years ago

    1. ecommerce store with all kinds of different/crazy flavored gum
    2. make and sell high end comic-book hero illustrations of and for clients
    3. compile and sell “vision boards” for other people
    4. college-ruled notebooks with lines quartering/halving the page instead of the many horizontal lines (awesome for idea sketching and working out math/engineering/science problems)
    5. mortal kombat, horoscope, and Greek god stainless steel medallions
    6. build your own hot sauce online

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    admin Reply:

    Pramit…..you have a lot of ideas. Have you watched the SumoBusinessBlueprint?? Because you can get validation tests up for ALL OF THESE in the next day or two.

    Just folllow the steps we did and you’ll quickly see in a month if any of the ideas have steam.

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  25. Andy Blechman
    2 years ago

    I have two ideas that I would like to validate. The first is a consumer facing local food delivery service and the second is a wine focused drop shipping site.

    The first idea involves sourcing local food from farmers markets and delivering the food directly to a consumer. One twist on this idea could be creating a curated box of fresh, local food delivered weekly or monthly. The consumer would benefit by receiving convenient and healthy food without having to put forth much effort.

    The second idea is a bit more basic. I’d like to create a wine focused drop shipping site. This idea could use some more development, but I’ve just started exploring the idea and figured I would throw it out there.

    Thanks,

    Andy

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    admin Reply:

    The food delivery thing seems like a BITCH….I’ve never seen it work.
    It’s possible….but gonna be hella hard without massive amount of capital backing it.

    Perhaps you can sell packages or a certain type of fruit to start? Like sell local Portland peaches JUST PICKED OFF THE VINE 5 HOURS AGO. …(or whatever).
    And sell them a dozen at a time.

    Checkout Joe Sugarmans example of this:
    http://www.joesugarman.net/added-value-direct-marketing-for-farmers-and-ranchers/

    …..or Google the terms “Joe Sugarman RoyalRuby Reds”
    -or-
    “Joe Sugarman Sheep Nose”
    …to find the story of a farmer who made a killing selling specialty GRAPEFRUIT!

    As for the wine idea….competitive……what do YOU have to offer in that space?

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    Online Store Help Reply:

    Actually the local delivery can be easy. Find a local farmers market and once a week pick it up from them and deliver to your customers. The hard part is making sure you price in time and gas and you would need either a van or pick up truck and ways of keeping perishable products cool. There is a local company here that does it. Not sure how profitable it is but been around for a bit. Look up Oahu Fresh. Does the area you live in have a lot of local special stuff?

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  26. John Kozar
    2 years ago

    I am in the process of teaming up with a realtor and building a “do it yourself property tax negotiation site” http://www.veritasgroupmd.com (thinking of changing the name as well)

    I found that each state has forms to apply for the property tax negotiation. We have access to the MLS system to give a no BS set of comparables and we auto generate a kit with negotiation verbiage that the client can send in to the state or county.

    I am thinking like $95 per package.

    I am currently revamping all of the verbiage for the site (just watched your kopywriting course)

    Interested in validating this bad boy???

    Totally LOVE your stuff. Perhaps we can make this mutually beneficial?

    Lets talk!!!

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    admin Reply:

    Don’t know enough to validate it…..but it seems pretty clear there’s a market there. If you can make things easier AND faster for the customers, they will pay (I imagine no one LIKES doing all that paperwork).

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    John Kozar Reply:

    Thanks for taking the time to respond to all of these.

    I meant it when i said let’s make this mutually beneficial.

    Nev – You have a financial blog. This product is right up your ally. I am sure there is a way we can figure something out.

    Seriously – make me a success poster child that proves your techniques work.

    I will record me going through the steps of setting this up and making it work (hell coach me and insure that we succeed)…You can use it on one of your tut vids and keep all the profits.

    I don’t care – i just want to make an online business work. I have 4 other ideas cooking right now as well.

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    anon Reply:

    you realize theres a bunch of PPC players in that space right now? have you googled reduce property taxes ?

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    John Kozar Reply:

    Yeah – I am not too concerned about the ppc players. We decided to beat the streets this week and already have businesses signed up that want to white label this. Actually already got a few deals from a couple of title companies.

    A lot of this is going to be about the copy…and the ease of use.

    After we have the copy down the next step is a Sumo Style Ghetto get the word out by begging everyone I know campaign.

    We are also thinking through the launchrock page.

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  27. John Kozar
    2 years ago

    oh and this site is in its infancy…everything will change…it will be really geared to the one product – do it yourself property tax negotiation

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    admin Reply:

    Yup….would be best to gear it to ONE product at first. See how that does, then branch out. Not the other way around!

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  28. John Kozar
    2 years ago

    p.s.s I want to be your Appsumo Poster Child for success. I am too skinny right now!!!

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  29. JP
    2 years ago

    A couple Ideas for ya:

    1. The website I entered above was something my 7yr old daughter and myself created cause we were bored and she loves to read. Idea of teaching kids to read by getting ideas from other kids that love to read and love to teach other kids. Also recording myself and my daughter reading books, acting them out and making them more interactive and interesting for those younger kids that can’t sit still.
    2. A personal development and weight loss site/ebook/selling this product (http://urbanspider.com/gear.html), “Stop being Fat”, “Fat” used as verb to describe an action done by someone obese or even a marathoner for doing something in excess.
    3. Drop shipping home brewery equipment especially the pre-packaged formulas for beers. The issue here is the shipping cost seems to always be greater then the product itself.

    Thank you

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    admin Reply:

    1.) How do you plan on making money off it?

    2.) Weight loss is a huge market…..yet super-damn competitive. If you have a good personality people will click with, try making some sample videos and selling products through the YouTube links below. See if it takes off, then try making and selling a course yourself.

    3.) How are you adding value by drop-shipping? More videos explaining how it works? More info? Free recipes etc? Think about that before just setting up a drop-ship website.

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  30. Paul
    2 years ago

    A site connecting people willing to provide home cooked food catering and people that want to pay for home cooked food catering.
    I’m picturing housewives and people that do a lot of cooking for families that would not mind cooking abit more food for busy people in their neighbourhood that want to enjoy healthy, home cooked meals but don’t have the time.

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    admin Reply:

    Gonna be REALLY hard to get people to PAY for that.

    Also Craigslist will dominate something like this.
    I’ve seen it tried, and I’ve seen it fail.

    It’s possible….but I would never invest in an idea like that.

    Maybe teach people how to become a personal chef and then get them gigs? Would be a better start than your current idea.

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  31. James Valleley
    2 years ago

    Hey Fat Sumo my dog is missing! What did you do?

    Since I no longer have my beloved pooch I am in need of a portrait painted of him or perhaps a bronze statue to remember him by. But I can’t paint and the whole bronze sculpture thing sounds dangerous what should I do?

    If I could go to a site that let me post a job for a particular type of art that I wanted to be made, bronze dog sculpture. And then said website allowed for artists of all types to bid their services and allowed me to choose which lucky Da Vinci would create my masterpiece I would be able to remember my long lost friend, your appetizer, for eternity, or until the price of bronze goes up.

    Always remember my pooch Danielson

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    I ate your dog in one bite :-)

    Yea….it’s called Craigslist.

    If you REALLY wanna validate this idea……..make a quick landing page like shown in the SumoBusinessBlueprint and hit up art collectors on Google Groups, Facebook and Craigslist.

    Send them to a page where you can commission paintings or sculptures.

    See if you get bites.

    It seems hard to contact those people and get them to pay for a match-making service like this.

    Instead maybe find some artists capable of doing this, and drive gigs their way.

    Seems like a hard business.

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  32. Hoon Park
    2 years ago

    There are lots of small business that don’t have a professional looking email address. They use things like mybusinessname[at]yahoo.com

    Although it’s relatively easy to buy a domain and create a professional looking email address like john[at]mybusinessname.com, a lot of people don’t know how to do it and don’t want to figure it out.

    My idea is a white-glove service that, for a fee, buys a domain, sets up Google Apps email accounts (1, 5, unlimited), and provides Sumo-level customer support.

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    admin Reply:

    This would be great consulting work.

    You could go around to Dentist offices, doctors, small biz’s etc and set it all up for them.

    WARNING: Google Local is now starting to do this FREE for any small business. They started the pilot program in Austin and it’s now branching out everywhere.

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    anon Reply:

    theres also guys like https://www.perfectaddress.com/ who rank really well organically for “personalized email address” “professional email address” but i think its a great idea if you somehow farm out (maybe a good VA) to build a lead list for you to contact

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  33. Lisa
    2 years ago

    Ummm…maybe this is not family-friendly enough, but I am dead serious. I want to design and sell (online) a vibrator designed by a woman for women. All the vibrators out there are conceptualized to resemble a penis. Well, Freud’s theory be damned, that’s not good enough. Without going into too much detail, it would be more than just a vibrating penis. At this stage, it’s only an idea but I would like to know if it would be worth it to hire a designer and fabricator to make the actual physical product.

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    admin Reply:

    DO THIS:

    1.) See if there’s any other products like it on the market.

    2.) Design a shitty version of it first….just anything to get a pre-patent protection on it.

    3.) Show it to larger manufacturers to see if you can get a licensing deal.

    Signup for Stephen Key’s stuff and pickup one of his courses…he’s the master at that stuff:
    http://www.inventright.com/

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    Marcy Reply:

    This has been done very well by Jimmy Jane. See: http://www.jimmyjane.com/

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  34. Aric
    2 years ago

    Adhesive strips that would attach too the handles of Pots and Pans. The strips would give you a better grip, but more importantly change colors from yellow=warm to red=don’t f@#%ing touch that!

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    I’m going to copy/paste this response from another post because it’s exactly what you need to do Aric:

    DO THIS:
    1.) See if there’s any other products like it on the market.
    2.) Design a shitty version of it first….just anything to get a pre-patent protection on it.
    3.) Show it to larger manufacturers to see if you can get a licensing deal.
    Signup for Stephen Key’s stuff and pickup one of his courses…he’s the master at that stuff:
    http://www.inventright.com/

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  35. Sammy
    2 years ago

    I’d like to see a dropshipping website specifically for those looking to gain weight. There’s so much stuff for those who want to lose weight, but very little for those on the opposite end of the spectrum: the hard gainers. There’s a lot of products that can be drop shipped and tested out for this type of business: specific workout programs, protein powder, creatine, appetite stimulants, etc.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Start making some videos on YouTube about gaining weight….see if you can get traction and become an authority. If so, start selling the products you talk about .

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    P.S. Us SUMO’S know how to gain weight already ;-)

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  36. Rajesh Rajan
    2 years ago

    I want to create a online tutor site where students and teachers through out the world can establish connections. When a student needs some tutoring on one specific subject, he can create a ticket asking for help for a nominal fee. Competitive teachers can compete and the student get to pick his teacher and have the teacher tutor him/her. When I went to school, I found analytical geometry fairly easy whereas I found trignometry a nightmare. There was never a system to allow someone to explain me some specific chapters of my math syllabus. So my proposed website will act as bridge between students/teachers all around the world where I can get tutored for specific concept rather than a syllabus as a whole. When a student gets exposed to different methods of teaching, his power of lateral thinking is going to grow as well. In a gist, online platform for connecting teachers/students worldwide.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    OK…..so start small.
    Try connecting a few students with teachers in your local area.
    See what happens.
    Does it work well?

    If so, move on and start expanding the product.

    Start REALLY small….like just get a student/tutor to Skype each other. it should cost almost $0.00 to validate.

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  37. Behzad
    2 years ago

    Think like an investor and try to answer this question: Are real estate agents worth the commission they charge?

    Use the Realtorly Calculator and let the numbers reveal the answer.

    I’m wondering how I can get traffic and advertising on my utility website.

    http://realtorly.com

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    admin Reply:

    Cool little app…….hit up every real estate blog, make a little website plugin. Get the word out there ghetto style! It will cost you zero money, and get a few mentions.

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  38. David Kay
    2 years ago

    Last year I played around with an idea I call “Dating CRM.” Imagine a black book built into your phone, complete with follow-up reminders.

    There’s a shitty landing page up at http://www.datingcrm.com.

    I never finished building the product, but am thinking about picking it up again since I find I have a heavy need for it, myself.

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    admin Reply:

    Hmmm…interesting!

    Dating is a huge market.

    If you make an app that’s JUST SLIGHTLY MORE SPECIFIC I think it can take off…..read the CEO of Mutual Mobile’s interview synopsis to see what I’m talking about (read the People Finder example):
    http://www.nevblog.com/should-i-make-an-iphone-app/

    Don’t use “DatingCRM” as it’s not cool. Maybe call it Online Dating Black Book.

    Or AUTOMATE YOUR ONLINE DATING ……or something more sexy and descriptive.

    I think this could work if you position it correctly to see what people doing online dating REALLY NEED. Talk to people on Match.com or whatever sites to get feedback.

    [Reply]

    David Kay Reply:

    Great feedback!

    The more I think about it, the more I realize that most people have trouble GETTING the dates, rather than keeping up with the girls they’re dating. (Happy to have that problem, myself.)

    In online dating, the biggest pain most guys deal with is writing tons of messages to try and woo the girls.

    Likewise, the girls’ biggest problem is filtering out all the lame messages.

    New idea: Dating Ghostwriter.

    * The guy doesn’t know what to say to the girl
    * He hits a button on his browser bar
    * We use machine learning / NLP to determine what’s unusual about the girl’s profile, then generate a form letter.
    * Guy edits, then sends the form letter to the girl

    I think I might put up a landing page for this and see where it goes.

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    David Kay Reply:

    New Name: AutoCupid.

    Site is up at: http://autocupid.us/

    I just posted to craigslist and bought some Facebook ads. Let’s see where it goes!

    Thanks for the prodding, Neville.

    -David

    P.S. Hope you don’t mind me blatantly ripping off your copy. :)

    Tzippy Reply:

    Nice idea!

    helpful guy Reply:

    Hey, you should market this towards facebookers who want to friend a random hot girl that they don’t know. then give them something to say like this.

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    David Kay Reply:

    Great tip! Thanks!

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  39. Nick Cohenmeyer
    2 years ago

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE test my idea?!! Please.

    BACKGROUND
    I am a young attorney and many new attorneys like myself have a tough time getting their first attorney job. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience!! As hard as it is to get an internship as a law student, it’s even harder to get one as a new attorney. This is because unpaid internships are generally allowed if the intern is getting school credit. But if the new attorney is getting neither compensation nor credit, then it’s presumptively an illegal sidestepping of the minimum wage laws.

    PROBLEM
    Law firms want to have interns but don’t want the expense or hassle of paying them
    New attorneys, desperate for experience and to get their foot in the door are willing to work for free if they could, and would gladly accept minimum wage.

    SOLUTION
    Internship placement service that matches law firms with interns interested in their field of practice. The service would verify the intern’s academic credentials and handle all of the payroll, unemployment insurance, and other withholdings. The service would simply send the lawfirm an invoice every two weeks for the intern’s hours worked, paid at the prevailing minimum wage plus a 20% commission for my service’s overhead.

    Please test this idea!! I bought your business blueprint, which was outstanding and gave me much needed confidence to pursue the idea further, so I went ahead and purchased the domain and hosting. But I still don’t know how to realistically test the idea without having the service up and running.

    If you choose my idea I will love your fat sumoasses forever!! I will send you a 20 pound sack of “gohan” to keep your morbidly obese bodies satiated for a day.

    If it works or doesn’t work, you will have saved me thousands of dollars and hours.

    Much respect,
    Nick.

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    admin Reply:

    Hahaha…..Nick, you don’t need a website or anything to test this.

    Find 2 or 3 friends who are willing to become unpaid interns. Then go around to lawfirms and say you have a stable of lawyers just WAITING to get paid stupid-low salaries. Just to pay you and they’ll start immediately.

    See if it works.

    Or you can do it like this:
    1.) Post a flyer up on the law school boards saying, “GET INTERN POSITIONS AT XYZ LAWFIRM…..email xyz@xyz.com

    2) Collect all the names and their specialties

    3.) Go to XYZ lawfirm and tell them you have a bunch of interns willing to get paid $x/hour, starting right away, just to pay you.

    …..if you try this several times and you get bites…..YOU’RE IN BUSINESS!

    Don’t waste time with websites and bullshit.

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  40. shubs
    2 years ago

    Apparently the next big thing in Silicon Valley isn’t tech startups. It’s SOCKS! You are probably thinking that this kid is bullish*tt*ng us.

    What if I told you Om Malik (the guy behind http://www.gigaom.com) is all about fun socks?

    Still don’t believe? Here’s proof – http://i.sqp.me/nytsocks and http://i.sqp.me/techsocks

    My goal is simple to help people rock beautiful socks.

    Check out http://socksninja.com (Nev – I can email you the password if you like) and/or http://launch.socksninja.com.

    Best,
    Shubs

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    admin Reply:

    OK…..so you already have everything done…..just start getting the word out.

    Send the GigaOm guy a pair of your cool socks and a thank you note for inspiring the business. He might even link you.

    Then go on Facebook, Google Groups and Yahoo Groups and look for other socks enthusiasts…..email or message them to checkout your site “because I’m the only supplier of crazy wacky polka dot ducky socks” or whatever.

    See if people buy.

    If you can make money…..start expanding!

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  41. Priscilla
    2 years ago

    I am a wedding makeup artist. I am trying to see how to monetize the website and increase my .customers/

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Maybe make a course about how to do wedding makeup ….and sell two versions.

    1.) A version which teaches OTHER makeup artists how to specifically do wedding makeup.

    2.) A version that shows brides how to do it themselves (or whatever market is likely to pay for this).

    Put out some free videos on YouTube about doing wedding makeup….put your webpage link under the video.

    See if people are going nuts for your stuff.

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  42. Gloria
    2 years ago

    How does one validate an app idea without building it? I bought an Appsumo deal about it and got the general idea but still nothing to put into action.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Did you look at the SumoBusinessBlueprint? We talk about this in the first section.

    1.) Build a GHETTO NON-WORKING VERSION of your app
    2).) Post it on a website……see if people like it. Have an email collection box that says, “Signup here, and we’ll email you when this launches”.

    My friend did that exact process with http://520or90.com/

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  43. Matthew Marcinczyk
    2 years ago

    I’m thinking about a smart phone app that acts like cash. It would be linked to your bank account and instead of carrying cash you would be able to make transactions using the app. I know credit cards and debit cards essentially do the same thing but this wouldn’t only be used at stores, it could be used between two people. It would be a direct alternative to cash. If you owed your colleague $10 you could send it to their account through your phone from a distance or if you are with the person even use a type of “bump” function.

    The main problem is I’m not a programmer and have no idea how to make an app. I watched your blueprint and love what you guys do. Thought I’d throw this idea out there. Thanks for the consideration.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    You will most likely fail at this.

    HUGE problem + you have no technical abilities.

    You might wanna consider tackling a different problem that Google + Square + Visa are all doing

    [Reply]

    bryan Reply:

    Sounds like http://www.dwolla.com

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  44. Alex
    2 years ago

    I’d like to sell plain black socks via a dropshipping model. Think about it, how often does the freakin’ washing machine absorb one of them, how often do you stay in front of your drawer looking for the respective other sock you already got? That all goes away once you only focus on one kind of socks – plain, black. They go with everything, you just take any two socks out of your drawer and are always sure to have a pair without ever having to waste time on messing around with them again.

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    admin Reply:

    What value add does your site have?

    How would people find you? SEO?

    Black socks are pretty easily available everywhere. Unless there’s some other aspect to this, is not THAT likely to work.

    THAT BEING SAID….just put some black socks up on Ebay or google adwords and see if you can sell a couple pairs.

    Will take you two or three days and you’ll have a verdict if you can move them or not.

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  45. Mr. Honolulu
    2 years ago

    Do you ukulele? Well, I ukulele and I’ve got an idea for a product that’s used to protect ukuleles from strum scratches and at the same time adds a decorative element to your ukulele to make it stand out from the crowd. These scratch guards would come in various prints and colors and may evolve into scratch guards with licensed prints including everything from sports teams, to hello kitty.

    I’ve done some preliminary testing but it’s a very small sample size so the results aren’t quite as accurate as they should be.

    Big Fat Sumo, please help me out because it sucks being a wantreprenuer. I’d rather be a super skinny sumo than not a sumo at all.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Do what the SumoBusinessBlueprint shows.

    But first read this post…Ching started a Uke business too!
    http://www.nevblog.com/two-cool-things/

    ……

    1.) Mockup the product on photoshop (or just make one or two).

    2.) Post the product on Etsy.com and eBay.com and Craigslist.

    3.) Just accept PayPal and see if anyone buys.

    Your validation of the idea will be completed soon if you do this.

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  46. Alex Ray
    2 years ago

    I want to start a business organizing peoples “stuff” like digital libraries, contacts, i tunes etc. I REALLY want to see how you guys would test and validate this. I need your help!

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Dude….CRAIGSLIST.

    Put it up under the SERVICES section and see if people bite.

    You will probably get some small gigs here and there.

    Post different ads for different things such as:
    “I WILL ORGANIZE YOUR ENTIRE iTUNES LIBRARY FOR $20″
    “I WILL MANUALLY ADD ALL YOUR CONTACTS INTO YOUR NEW CELL PHONE”

    see what happens!

    [Reply]

    recholes Reply:

    Are you currently offering this idea ? I have a bunch of psd downloads for webdesigns do you have a folder template, or possibly a tutorial that you could share ?

    [Reply]


  47. Sean
    2 years ago

    How about a referral service for undocumented day workers…something which can be scaled to every major city around the country? You know: sort of a Yelp.com for those guys who stand around on the corner near Home Depot, hoping you’ll let them hang some drywall for a couple bucks and a few slices of pizza…? The site should be in Spanish and English, should allow the worker to easily register and post: a non-incriminating avatar, special skills, estimated availability, a minimum day rate, as well as a map to where people who are hiring can usually find them hanging out waiting for work, etc. But: it should also protect their anonymity, ease their INS concerns, and allow for an easy way for the hiring party to rate their effectiveness and reliability. These guys need and want cash, so not sure if a payment platform should even be integrated. Maybe an optional Western Union sort of thing? Would need scads of stickers to market the site to the workers, to put up all over the corners where they hang out… Could market to hiring folks via canvassing home improvement centers, lumberyards, construction sites, etc?

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Hmmm…..seems like a lot of undoc workers aren’t using the internet to market their skills :-)

    ……I think this would be more useful offline….like setting up an office for them to come to, and companies to come to.

    A website might be overkill for this.
    You can validate it by creating a basic website (Build it by Google “Craigslist site script”) and trying to get undoc workers on it.

    Doubt it will work.

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  48. jules
    2 years ago

    2 for you…..

    A smartphone app which acts as a song sheet for all your favourite football (Soccer to you guys over there) songs/chants. To make it more niche how about focusing on a single football club like Arsenal F.C!

    An App / Web site that lets you know where in your local area you can get products that are not always stocked by regular places. Thinking more niche again how about one dedicated to food recommended in The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris? Where I am it’s a pain to find egg whites in a carton so I always have to buy time consuming whole eggs and separate as its not really worth getting just this as an on-line purchase or their not always available. being able to see a map of where other users have tagged the location of where something is available or having specialist shops tag themselves so they can be found easier would make life sweet!

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    admin Reply:

    1.) Hmmm….I guess so. So long as you don’t get stopped for trademark stuff. An app like “HOUSTON TEXANS FIGHT SONG LYRICS” might possssibly sell.

    Maybe add some more value to it somehow.

    2.) Seems way too hard.
    If the items are not being stocked, usually means there’s not a huge demand.

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  49. Camron Sabour
    2 years ago

    I might as well share what I tried to do after watching the business blueprint.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/90680907/youwallets-the-worlds-thinnest-custom

    I had 50 hits and one prospect email me… She wanted a wallet, but the image she wanted printed was very low quality.. like 54kb so I told her I needed a high res picture, and even offered her a similar design to the one she wanted.

    At that point I lost my customer :(

    I dont know if custom wallets is a validated idea yet… Although if the conversion is 1/50 then I guess it may have some gas?

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    #1.) Good job at least trying!

    #2.) It’s likely the product you’re selling isn’t going to be a super-big market.

    #3.) Instead of custom wallets…..maybe make some cool designs and try selling those? Internet memes….whatever.

    Checkout what other wallets on Etsy are selling well (or even ebay) and maybe try to emulate some of their success.

    However if you get 200+ people and no one buys….might be time to modify your product or move on entirely!

    [Reply]

    Chris Reply:

    Zazzle and others are allowing you to customize iphone cases which might be an easier sell than wallets. Even better would be customized iPad cases which I haven’t seen yet but haven’t looked either.

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  50. Hannes Kessler
    2 years ago

    Hi Mr. Big Fat Sumo,

    since I am a child, I have always dreamed about being some kind of superhero.
    It would be nice to find more guys like me. But I don’t what I could do with this dream.
    Creating a school to become a superhero? A forum where people could join us to tell their
    stories with a hall of fame? Do you have some ideas what to do and how to monetize this idea?

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Maybe have a forum of other people like you…and also sell superhero collectibles?

    Your idea seems very very vague.

    [Reply]

    recholes Reply:

    There was an episode about real life super heroes that do the very thing you are talking about, (like Kickass or Super) it’s a growing though small niche. Look up Taboo on NatGeo channel you should watch the episode get some good names and resources to look up.

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  51. Hoo Kang
    2 years ago

    1) “Local” Internet Marketing – Local SEO, Social Media Optimization, etc…
    2) Selling advertising for small businesses
    3) Creating Groupon/AppSumo for small businesses.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    1.) If you go around to businesses and do this stuff for them, you will get bites. I’ve done it in the past.

    2.) Same as above…but harder since they’ll have to front the money

    3.) Groupon/AppSumo’s power is in their large distribution. What you could do is show small businesses how to effectively hold a groupon sale (show them what products to offer, how to up-sell, how to collect email addresses etc).

    [Reply]

    recholes Reply:

    I am doing the Local SEO consulting thing myself. So far lots of interest in my area. Going business to business is the key to validating it in your area, but you have to figure out a way to get past the gate keepers. I have a few tips in mind for this… if you want to match wits connect with me on my site recholes-everywhere.com.

    Maybe I should make some videos about my tips for getting to the decision-makers at local and small businesses. I will test my ideas out and share. Local is a good niche just enough confusion and education needed for this to be a specialty area.

    [Reply]

    Chris Reply:

    If you don’t mind I will probably reach out to you. I have started doing the same thing and have my first customer already, just trying to figure out how to build off of that.

    recholes Reply:

    Hey Chis shoot me a line. me at recholes-everywhere.com

    Christina Reply:

    Definitely doable. I started a similar biz two months ago..made around $1,200 the first month with 2 sales…could’ve made more but was only selling to my friends and not pursuing it as hard as I could’ve….still doing it though… Good Luck!

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  52. Bento San
    2 years ago

    Wanna try to sell a package with SMS services
    with easy online subscription.

    The goal is to sell it to Shop handler that seek
    a quick & easy way to direct talk to their consumer

    I would like to find a sharp business model ,
    the ultimate goal would be :
    1 – being able to sell custom packaging for choosen profiles
    > like print & beautifull girl in the street

    2 – Industrialisation of custom packagings that sells the best

    3 – Sell high income packages (e-commerce site , … ) polls to my customers

    This would allow me to
    1 => develop templates for custom packaging
    2 => identify the best sellers
    3=> generate income and segment customers

    Step 3 would be the last one before I drop my current job ….
    I would be rather interested to monetize step 1, in order to build a strong customer list
    and be able to use income into step 2

    I’m able to develop step 1 website myself, but don’t know how to sell it and make it
    attractive

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    I have no idea what you’re trying to describe :-)

    [Reply]


  53. Claire Dunne
    2 years ago

    Roller Derby video for How To Learn

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    You could put some videos on YouTube to see if they get traction.

    If so, maybe sell a product around how to become a roller derby girl:
    Maybe watch this to help!
    http://www.appsumo.com/course-about-building-a-course/

    [Reply]


  54. Andy C.
    2 years ago

    DROP SHIP CAR STICKERS TARGETED TO 25-35 YEAR OLD MALE IN GUANGZHOU (CHINA)!

    Find a US car sticker company which actually manufactures their stickers in China.
    Get them to drop ship for customers in one of the big Chinese cities say…. Guangzhou!
    Market it as car stickers coming from US and charge a premium for it.

    Car ownership in China is booming. Could be a good sell.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    You should try validating the idea first……..try to sell a couple of car stickers and see what happens.

    Use Google Adwords, Craigslist, Ebay…..or the Chinese versions of them (not sure what they would be….but they definitely exist)!

    If you sell a couple of stickers….go ahead and start a website selling them and drop-shipping them!

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  55. Gonçalo
    2 years ago

    iPhone / Android app site template.

    When you make an app you need a neet website to market your app
    so instead of buying a domain, host, template, SEO, google analytics and so on,
    you should be able to have you site up and running in no time for only 60$ year

    1. user inserts his app store link
    2. site generates the site and makes a nice and easy link, AppGIG.net/Angry-Birds
    3. user has a backoffice were he can costumize his site and template

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Hmmm….that actually sounds like a reasonable idea!

    You should try validating it by making a few quick templates (app selling templates are usually easy) and then contacting app developers (Facebook groups like “App Developers” or find them off iphone apps) and offer to make their sites for a cheap price.

    See if they bite.

    Get some customers before you go through and automate the whole thing (unless you’re a developer and this will only take you a few days).

    Good idea! Could work.

    Maybe even offer a course on how to get your app ranked higher in the app stores.

    [Reply]


  56. ali
    2 years ago

    a local business marketing service consultancy using social media tools like facebook, youtube & twitter as well as google maps & places to promote local businesses to local customers.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    This would be great consulting work.

    You could go around to Dentist offices, doctors, small biz’s etc and set it all up for them.

    WARNING: Google Local is now starting to do this FREE for any small business. They started the pilot program in Austin and it’s now branching out everywhere.

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    recholes Reply:

    good to know the big dawgs are coming for the Local Sector. Thats a good sign that its a validated need right… better niche down. On the positive side most of the local business owners that need this service are not internet knowledgeable enough to claim their own google places or citysearch profile. May just be a time thing… I don’t know how google is going to do this with out personal contact to ease in like a door to door relationship can. The social media sites are all free as it is, Local SEO is a time-saving and “personal attention” sell as it is. Google is going offer free service to help you set up their free Google+ and free Facebook pages. I dont’ get how that is going to change the blind eye pattern that is already out there for local businesses.

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  57. Sebastian
    2 years ago

    A mobile app for helping to connect with people at small networking/meetup events.
    The event coordinator spawns the event and endorses this app for people to use and connect saving time instead of sieving through a crowd of irrelevant people.

    Also perhaps adding some gamification to the event through the app. Helps as a mixer too.

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    admin Reply:

    Seems minorly useful…..and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to charge a lot for it.

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  58. Phyllis
    2 years ago

    Adapt the Appsumo model for Solopreneurs who didn’t grow up with computers. Being a technophobe shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun stuff!

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    admin Reply:

    huh?

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  59. Rich Berning
    2 years ago

    I’d like to make an online directory of art galleries and especially local artists (who have a physical location and/or art/creative products to sell) that eventually could be tied into an iphone app for local shoppers and tourists to use. The online listing would have a free basic listing, and one or two higher listing levels for a fee. My business would drive buyers to their galleries, stores and online sites using social media and other campaigns. This directory would allow for multiple streams of income: ads and commissions, in addition to the listing fees.

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    admin Reply:

    Hmmm…….seems like this would be a small market, and very hard to charge for or make much money from.

    Google Maps……Etsy…..kind of already offer a superior service.

    [Reply]

    Chris Reply:

    one word…. art.sy

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  60. Mauricio
    2 years ago

    Hi. We are a Project Management Training and Consulting company and I as the CEO, have some ideas of what we want to sell online:

    1. Online training for both certified and non-certified project management partitioners.

    2. Online project management consulting, help and improvement. Sort of a coaching in project management for people and companies.

    Hoping hear from you Fatass SUMO!!

    Yours, Mauricio Sumoling. (Jejeje)

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    admin Reply:

    If companies need this stuff….I BET you can sell it to them…..especially if you already have a company selling this kind of service.

    http://www.appsumo.com/course-about-building-a-course/
    If you want to learn to build out a course!

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  61. Paul
    2 years ago

    I think people working out need to realize that it’s all about the nutrition. The problem is that most people either don’t know what they should be eating OR don’t know how much to eat OR don’t like to cook OR a combination of these. I would like to see a mobile app that can help you overcome all of this.

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    admin Reply:

    There’s already a ton of them out there.

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  62. Maria
    2 years ago

    Pick me! Pick me!

    – Forum website for entrepreneurs of all kinds. Think 2+2 (poker forum) but for people that make money for themselves somehow. Can be broken down into various categories and subcategories, including region, company size, online store vs brick-and-mortar, etc. Topics can include SEO, manufacturing, legal/tax stuff, etc. Entrepreneurs can be the best teachers for other entrepreneurs (and wantrepreneurs).

    – Informational product – healthy eating for good skin. Would be geared towards women dealing with acne, wrinkles and skin problems of all kinds. It would be a how-to guide that would teach the importance of healthy eating, exercise, stress relief and balance – all with the end goal of beautiful skin.

    Let me know what you think. :)

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    admin Reply:

    These are pretty generic ideas.
    Niche them down a bit and try some.

    If you REALLY wanna try these ideas……maybe start a forum for entrepreneurs making digital products (or whatever) and see if you can get people to signup.

    This may have been a great idea 10 years ago…..but by now there’s TONS of forums like this already.

    Possible…..but you need to validate these ideas first and not spend too much money creating them off the bat.

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  63. Menno Siebinga
    2 years ago

    I want to provide a :Get rid of your annoying back pain in 10 weeks for computer nerds by doing exercises which helped me become a martial arts world champion.
    And maybe one how to become more creative. Now for a lot of people they try to become creative or finding solutions by forcing themselves. You can compare it to going to the toilet for number 2. Only difference is that doesn’t matter how hard you try to push, if you don’t have the urge, nothing will come out. Sorry for the visual people out there. This course would be about how to create urge by adopting small things you can do with your body, brain and surrounding to get a big impact. And the cool thing is, the more you practice it, the better you become at it. Go Sumo-lings

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    admin Reply:

    Not a bad idea…VERY NICHE.

    TRY THIS:
    First watch the sumobusinessblueprint to see exactly how to do this:

    1.) Put up a simple landing page with something like, “SIGNUP BELOW AND I’LL SEND YOU THREE TRICKS WHICH WILL MAKE YOUR SITTING-IN-A-COMPUTER-CHAIR-ALL-DAY BACK PAID SLOWLY GO AWAY”

    ….then put them on an autoresponder list with good info….and try to sell your digital course to them:
    http://www.appsumo.com/course-about-building-a-course/

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  64. Johnathan
    2 years ago

    Some credit card agencies do this nifty temporary transaction number where you can use a credit card at one online retailer and no longer have to worry about them still hosting your information.

    What about electronic deposits? It would be nice to have a service similar to what one person said above to trade money between colleagues; however, I’d like add to it and have a deposit only routing number that would forward the money to my actual bank account. Making transfering of money in many situations easier. No more concern of giving out my bank account number.

    Possible money making options:

    -Free transfer with holding for a few days? (Basically gain interest off the money sitting in an account)
    -Then a fee model to get it into the other account faster

    Only issues I see is kind of similar to paypal, and not an overnight moneymaker.

    Another idea I’ve recently held is an employment roster web portal, basically helping small businesses put together and keep up with employees hours/schedules. It can be complicated to remember who wanted off when, etc.

    Thanks to your wantrepenuer videos I’m checking into it and I may be fighting in a market that the idea may not be worth it. Conversed with a local coffee shop and learned some valuable insight. Still doing more research before letting go.

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    admin Reply:

    Credit card idea: Might be a bit bigger than what you’re prepared for.

    Spreadsheet Employee Idea: Could work…..but it seems like there’s a lot of options out there already.

    Maybe you can go around and tell tiny businesses, “I can make you a system that will track your employees without you doing anything, and you can access it anywhere in the world. Just pay me $300 one-time and it will be yours forever”

    ….then build them a tracking system based off Google Docs.

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  65. Kevin Evans
    2 years ago

    An online marketplace where people can buy and sell furniture locally. Craigslist doesn’t quite do well here, nor eBay.

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    admin Reply:

    Uphill battle….plus you’re unlikely to be able to charge a lot for it. Only a moderately useful service.

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  66. Dan Bradley
    2 years ago

    How about Fish Oil capsules?

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    admin Reply:

    OK……very generic.

    Unless you’re going to do training about why they’re useful…..or some other value add….this idea is worth $0.00

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  67. Chuck Yorke
    2 years ago

    Idea is for an App for supervisors/managers/leaders/anyone who works with others to tap into the creativity of people (they all have creative talent); build relationships, generate ideas and flex with business needs. The app would be a random question generator to give the supervisor something to talk about with people, ideas can include:

    What would you do instead?
    What can you do to influence this?
    What’s your first step? Next step?
    What resources do you need?
    How could you do it differently?
    What result do you want?
    How can we improve….?
    What tools do you know about that we haven’t tried yet?
    In what way would you like to change this operation?
    What could you change?
    What do you think could be done to alter the process?
    What have you tried so far?
    Who already does a good job with a similar process?
    What investigation could you do that would give you more ideas?
    What assumptions are you making?
    What “rules” are you following that could be challenged?
    What are resources you haven’t tried?
    What would you try now if you knew it would work?
    How could we do this more effectively?
    What can I (or the organization) do to help or support you with your work?
    What am I (or the organization) doing that is getting in the way of improving your work?
    How could I (or the organization) be more supportive?
    What is happening now?
    When things are going wrong, what happens?
    What’s missing in the process?
    What else could you do?
    What if . . .?
    What are we/they/you trying to accomplish?
    What are the priorities?
    What do we/they/you hope will happen or be avoided?
    What common purpose brings us together?
    Do you think there is a better way to make our work run more smoothly and efficiently?
    In your mind, what is the problem that faces us?
    What are the obstacles that get in the way of finding a solution?
    In what ways do each of us contribute to the problem?
    Do you think the way our work is now constructed is achieving the results we each are hoping for?
    What do we each think and assume about one another?
    What would it look like if we … ?
    What if we tried … ?
    What do you think would be the reaction to …?
    It seems as if we’ve tried everything. What haven’t we tried?
    What other options do you think that opens for us?
    What can you do to make your job easier? What do you need to make your job easier?
    What can you do to make your job more interesting?
    How can we reduce our costs?
    How can we improve safety?
    How can we improve quality?
    How can we improve customer service?
    Who is your customer?
    Are you satisfied with your work?
    What would you rather have?
    What would you like instead?
    How can we make this something you’re aiming towards, rather than something you’re trying to move away from?
    How can you turn that problem into a goal?
    What can you to influence this?
    What will it look like, sound like, feel like… when you have…?
    If you could have this right now, on a plate, would you take it?
    What might be the undesirable or negative consequences of achieving this goal?
    What’s your first step? Next step? Final step?
    What resources do you need to support you in this?
    What might it be useful to believe?
    What would you like to do differently?
    What would you like to see?
    Where do you see yourself?
    Where would you like to be?
    How would you like to feel …?
    What are your goals?
    What do you want?
    What is your desired outcome?
    What results do you want?
    What results are you working towards?
    In your mind, what is the problem that faces us?
    What are the obstacles that get in the way of finding a solution?;
    In what ways do each of us contribute to the problem?
    Do you think the way our work is now constructed is achieving the results we each are hoping for?
    What do we each think and assume about one another?
    What can you do to make your job easier? What do you need to make your job easier?
    What can you do to make your job more interesting?
    How can we reduce our costs?
    How can we improve safety? Look around and see if you can find some potential safety problems. Look at the floor, think about the lighting, are objects too sharp, is the area really clean and spotless, what could be a potential problem, what tires you, what gives you energy?
    How can we improve the throughput? Yes, we want to get the job done exactly on time. What do you think gets in the way of that happening?
    How can we improve quality? Have you been trained on the seven quality tools? If yes, do you use them? Are you part of a quality team?
    How can we improve customer service? Who are your customers? Are they pleased with your work?
    What are we/they/you trying to accomplish?
    What are the priorities?
    What do we/they/you hope will happen or be avoided?
    What common purpose brings us together?
    Do you think there is a better way to make our work run more smoothly and efficiently?
    What would it look like if we . . . ?
    What if we tried . . . ?
    What do you think would be the reaction to . . . ?
    It seems as if we’ve tried everything. What haven’t we tried?
    What other options do you think are open for us?

    and more.

    Thank you,

    Chuck

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    recholes Reply:

    That is the longest comment post I have read. Seems like you have a lot of detail in the planning already. I think Sum would tell you to validate before planning too much more. You might find some tangent ideas from potential customers that will carry your idea in a completely different direction if you are open.

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    Chuck Yorke Reply:

    I am open to any ideas

    Chuck

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    admin Reply:

    Hmmm…interesting.

    I don’t know if that’s useful ENOUGH to sell…but it’s possible.

    You do realize that creating an app like this is easy enough. You can even buy some AppSumo products that show you how to create your own app like:
    http://www.appsumo.com/search/?q=iphone+apps

    ….you can quickly get something like this up and try it out.

    You can also validate it, but it’s so easy to build you can give it a week and get it up and running!

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    Chuck Yorke Reply:

    Well…..let’s do it!

    It’s useful for many supervisors, many don’t know what to say to their people when things are OK – only when something is wrong. This is a tool that that change the way communication is done within a business.

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  68. Anthony
    2 years ago

    I currently work for a startup and we started out trying to sell secure email services that are hosted right off the user’s computer. There were technical challenges in that messages were only delivered when the system was on and connected to the internet but we’ve come to solve that problem by hosting our service on a plug computer which is always on and always connected to the internet (given the user has Cable/DSL/T1 etc).

    Since then we’ve been able to develop remote file access on the plug, large file transfer, and are in the process of creating a mobile messaging application that uses the plug as a transfer point. Basically we’ve enabled users to have their own private and secure cloud with mobile messaging and access. Who do we sell this to? How do I find people that are interested? Please help!!

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    admin Reply:

    Have you TALKED with anyone to see if they’re interested in this?

    I’d say hit up people on Facebook who list their interest in “Cloud Computing” (SumoBusinessBlueprint shows you how to find these people).

    ….then hit up cloud computing forums and blogs.

    If no one’s interested….you’ve probably just ventured down a path people don’t give a shit about.

    THIS IS WHY YOU VALIDATE FIRRRRRSSSST!

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    Tzippy Reply:

    I’m interested in this. Would your email service be HIPPA compliant?

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  69. Sanjeev Pillutla
    2 years ago

    I plan to sell an online service or course that helps people establish the habit of daily exercise. This differs from other exercise programs by focusing on building long term healthy habits instead of six week six packs.

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    admin Reply:

    You do realize I’m currently on something like that called MyBodyTutor.com

    Also used it for the http://www.nevblog.com/category/getting-a-6-pack-experiment/

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  70. Tim Francisco
    2 years ago

    SUMO Nev,
    I would like to target the niche of trail runners. However, many trail runners run with only their car keys and water bottle and put themselves in danger of exposure especially during the spring and fall when conditions can change rapidly.

    One product would be a back country trail running essentials belt. It would be super light that contains a whistle, emergency blanket, waterproof matches, basic first aid and a small knife or scissors.

    Once this mailing list of trail running enthusiasts is in place, it would be valuable to market additional items.

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    admin Reply:

    I saw the EXACT product for sale in Austin at a streetfair….it was like a car-seat belt looking thing you wear like a sash.

    It had pockets and stuff.

    You might also wanna make sure trail runners actually wanna run around with this freaking camping-sack you’re talking about before investing in making it.

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  71. Jonatan
    2 years ago

    Hello Nevill and noah! (I love you guys by the way…)

    I know you guys like Neil Strauss like I do! Do you know how in the book called The Game there is the peacocking technique to pick up girls? I actually havent seen any website selling the peacocking stuff like loud cloth and accesories etc. What do you think you smart summos about this as a dropshipping business?

    And also I have a question… As you can tell from my english I am not from the US. I live in Europe – Prague but I would love to build business in the US (since there is 300 X more people = potential customers there). So the question is do you think it is possible to build a business selling physical products in the US but run it from Europe? What do you think Neville?

    Best Regards
    Jonatan Sumavsky

    P. S.: I appologize for my written English I really need to work on it

    P. P. S.: Thanks for being the most amazing real world skills teachers!

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    recholes Reply:

    Jonatan, I am not Neville but a loyal reader of his blog and an idea guy myself. Reading about your peacock idea, I think your success starting out would depend on the total universe of “The Game” readers, at least starting out.

    I did a little research… (http://www.socialmention.com/search?t=all&q=the+game%2C+peacocking&btnG=Search) seems peacocking has a great passion score and its getting mentioned 1 time every 48 minutes. That’s sounds pretty good.

    I’d say test it, a few blogs out there on the topic too. Looks like a go. My hunch is that this would be a great sell in the States as well. I will let Nev answer your question about selling to US from over seas. I do however think that being from the UK would definitely add credibility to your ability to sell peacocking gear. I get images of the Budweiser full body dragon tshirt just thinking about it.

    recholes

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    Jonatan Reply:

    Thanks recholes! I was doing some research on google trends and similar websites but it didnt show much. I know there are forums out there thats why I couldnt stop thinking about this!

    I like your blog by the way!

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    admin Reply:

    Nice research man!

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    admin Reply:

    #1.) Thanks, glad you enjoy our stuff!

    #2.) Yes, you can easily start a US web business and run it from Europe (and your english is good enough to do it)!

    #3.) Rodney did some research for you below. If you really wanna try something like that….just put up a simple ecommerce site with a few items. Then maybe in the descriptions SHOW GUYS HOW TO USE THEM TO PEACOCK.

    Add more value than just selling whatever.

    Try to push people from forums and Facebook to the site and see if you get any traction. That can be your validation test. It should take a month.

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    Jonatan Reply:

    Thanks for the reply Neville!

    I am on my project to test this as you are saying in next month (inslalling OScommerce right now :))

    I am thrilled to share my results with you!

    Best Regards
    Jonatan

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  72. neil patel
    2 years ago

    Thinking of producing an Indian wedding iPhone abpp.. to make it easier to plan and manage
    An Indian wedding. Step by step guide to the various rituals, guest list.
    Make it location based too. Comments please…Neil

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    admin Reply:

    LOL….

    I go to a lot of Indian Weddings so I know it’s a huge undertaking.

    It wouldn’t be THAT bad of an idea….why don’t you try it out?

    Learn from AppSumo how to build an iphone app:
    http://www.appsumo.com/search/?q=iphone+apps

    ….and then make a really quick-n-dirty ghetto version of your app. See if it sells.

    THEN if it does, make it awesome and start charging more for it. That will be your validation, and it should take no more than a month.

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  73. Dave
    2 years ago

    thought about outsourcing dating on dating sites for high business/ high caliber people that dont have time for all the dating sites but want to have better dating life

    but were should i get my customers from? :)
    and what exactly should i offer them?
    looking forward to see what your thoughts about it!

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    recholes Reply:

    Sounds very close to being the same value you get from hiring a dating service. I am not sure about how you add the value in, but it sounds like you are looking for suggestions on how this would look.

    My advice, check out the Customer Value Canvas version 0.8 and think out the idea a little more. I know Nev doesn’t really support doing more reading, but the Customer Value Canvas is just 1 worksheet. I find it very helpful in working out ideas. Keep fleshing it out.

    @recholes

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    admin Reply:

    Hmm….if you don’t know any of these people, it seems you already have ZERO experience doing this.

    You’ve been watching too much Millionaire MatchMaker!

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  74. Steve
    2 years ago

    My idea is a grocery delivery service for people renting vacation homes (ex., Orlando). When you first arrive at a vacation home, the cupboards are bare and you’re often tired. It would be great if when you got there, there was a package at the door with some snacks, breakfast cereal, etc. so you could put the trip to the grocery store off for a bit. Since grocery stores in these areas are often high-priced, folks would not mind paying more money for their groceries and/or a delivery charge. The cost of 2-day shipping from a location where groceries can be purchased more cheaply (and a central location allowing for purchases in bulk) would not be prohibitive for the business given a minimum order of a sufficient size.

    I’d love to hear your Sumo thoughts. Or see my idea Sumo-tested. Thanks

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    admin Reply:

    Meh.

    Grocery delivery is always hard. Why not just go into rental property management? The grocery thing could be an add on. But by itself….not ALL that valuable.

    Plus what happens when you send them 10 bananas that just sit there and rot?

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  75. Beatty
    2 years ago

    How about selling a video course (online) that teaches people how to audition? Taught by a theatre professional.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Training people to do something is always useful!

    Try putting up some of your lessons for free on YouTube, and mention you have a more advanced course available…see if you get interest.

    [Reply]

    Beatty Reply:

    great idea. thanks much for the feedback. really helpful!

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  76. Mikeeeey Mike
    2 years ago

    toss one I came across the other day into the ring.

    I was at a flee market here in heavens waiting room, aka Florida. A very plentiful product is water beads (no, not miami vice style water beds…water beads). They basically keep your plants watered and health for over a month without having to add water……and are decorative. http://www.waterbeads4plants.com/

    Good product for Granny, ….but what about repackaged and marketed to a very different niche?…….irresponsible kids who want to be adults but never water plants = college kids. Think Sororities, dorm rooms, events, etc….I can already see the cheesy infomercial…….yeah yeah, so ability to pay for college kids suck….well, they are super cheap, under that 9.99 mark.

    anyway..if I had this then….maybe some poor plants wouldn’t have perished due to my beer watering techniques back in the day. .

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    admin Reply:

    I’ve seen those….it’s a pretty neat idea.

    Although you should try to go where people are paying money for plant stuff.

    If you don’t own the patent or make your own….in the longrun you probably won’t sell too many of these.

    You can even try going door-to-door selling them to people with pots around their house. Could make some money like that for sure.

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  77. sheila
    2 years ago

    How about how to videos for old people who want to connect with cool toys, but who didn’t go to school when computers, or the internet, existed? There are tons of people like this…who don’t have young people in their lives to show them the way. Seriously. Setting up a home office with zero grief – an external monitor to a laptop, a bluetooth mouse + keyboard, a printer, wireless connectivity. The how-to would show pictures of actual usb connections and the kind of monitors that fit into them. Like technology, this would have to constantly be updated. And explained in a, b, c fashion. Yes there are tons of videos on youtube that show how to do just about everything. They’re made by 12 year olds! They assume stuff that old people know nothing about. I dunno.

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    recholes Reply:

    This sounds kinda like a chicken and the egg situation. If you market is not online already because they are not very computer literate… a web based idea may be hard to take off. On a side note, you should use the Huffman’s video as a promo for this idea.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcN08Tg3PWw

    You know the one I am talking about…9MM views. I heard about this one on my local morning newscast about 2 months ago.

    @recholes

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    sheila Reply:

    OK I should have been more specific. The video you pointed me to has people probably in their mid ’70s. I was thinking of people in their 50s. Who are still working. They have experience being online. They have computers. But are more comfortable doing stuff with pen and paper because why? Because early experiences with computers were gobsmacking awful. Forget to put a period in after a letter doing some data entry and you got program meltdown. Or what they do on computers is vastly limited. Someone showed them how to do 8 things on computer / online, and they’ve got that all down. But exploratory is out of the question.

    For example, my mother stuck with her shitty desktop computer for 8 years after it was obsolete because to do something about it would tax all of her nerves. Computer geeks speaking computer geekery. I worked at Nerd U, and spent a huge chunk of my time navigating between genius scientists who couldn’t get their computers working and the IT help desk. The nerds could not talk to the scientists on countless occasions.

    The videos I imagine would be the middle person who knows what RAM is, firewire, dvi to adc adapter, but who either uses non-condescending but friendly, explanatory, simple, direct language plus photos plus video possibly to explain what the hell it’s all about.

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    Tzippy Reply:

    That video was so funny!
    Neville, is making a funny video and placing it on You Tube a good business idea???
    Anyone know how to make $$ off of a funny YouTube video?
    Who places the ads– Google?
    How much will a video like that with 9 million views be making?

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    admin Reply:

    Most of these people aren’t clamoring to use technology either.

    Your course should just say, “BUY AN iPAD”!

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  78. Matt Phillips
    2 years ago

    How about selling sumo loincloths? I think there is a BIG market!

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    It literally is a BIG ASS market :-P

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  79. David
    2 years ago

    Creating HD videos to put on youtube for small to medium size businesses. I could charge $200 per gig. The video would showcase the business, owners, employees, and customers. They could use it as a promotional tool. I estimate it would take 2 hours to get all the footage and maybe an hour to edit and put up on youtube.

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    admin Reply:

    If you already have the video skills…YES this is a good way to start making money on the side.

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  80. Andrea
    2 years ago

    My idea is to sell a complete lunch box kit and recipe book to people who follow a gluten free diet and are looking for a convenient way to eat while on the go or traveling with out compromising their health needs.

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    recholes Reply:

    I think the gluten free diet is hot right now.(Google Trends agrees… http://www.google.com/trends/?q=gluten+free) (Social Mention agrees too…http://www.socialmention.com/search?q=gluten+free&t=all&btnG=Search)

    Not to take Nev’s thunder but check out the sumo blueprint. I Have watched it, and it is very helpful. I do not work for AppSumo <— disclaimer.

    @recholes

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    admin Reply:

    Hmmm…..maybe try putting up some gluten-free recipes on YouTube and seeing if you get traction?

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  81. Tim
    2 years ago

    WHAT IS UP SUMO KING?

    Service – Set up facebook fan pages (landing page w/ reveal, profile pic matched to upper row pictures, video, email opt in box) for business. Maybe….dentists, realtors, hotels, wineries?

    Product #1 – Athletic supplies like ankle braces, tape, gauze…..

    Product #2 – ETSY arbitrage….handcrafted tea, sold to maybe….yoga lovers? Or perhaps handcrafted soaps, candles, ect?

    BOOM!!

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    admin Reply:

    Service: Meh…..why stop there. Why not take over their Facebook marketing? Lots of companies do this and make good $$

    #1.) Wow….you’ve stumbled on a market with SHIT LOADS OF COMPETITION from Wal-Mart, Academy etc. Goog luck competing.

    #2.) That concept is called re-positing and works well. I’ve done that a lot on HouseOfRave.com in the past. Instead of lightup ice cubs….i’d call them RAVE BALLS and they’d sell like crazy.

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  82. William S
    2 years ago

    I’d like to build a Resume re-write service (automated) based on input user puts into form online.

    Outputs to word doc and pdf.

    I know this isn’t terribly original, but I believe there might be a market for it in certain career niches

    Charge nominal fee for automated service ($19.99?).

    Custom service for higher fee

    Let me know what you think.

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    admin Reply:

    LOL….I made a resume website years ago!
    http://www.nevblog.com/small-side-business-resumite-com/

    I think you can validate this idea by putting up an ad on craigslist that says:
    I’M A FORMER HIRING RECRUITER. I’VE SEEN OVER 3,000 RESUMES. I KNOW HOW TO WRITE GOOD RESUMES. LET ME HELP YOU RE-WRITE YOURS.

    ….and see how much traction you get

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    Will S Reply:

    Thanks Nev!

    I just set up the ghetto test on craigslist. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    -WS

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  83. Tomas Roman
    2 years ago

    A friend of mine has a line of excellant organic, Chemical Free lotions and soaps in which she has asked me to market for her. Thus far she just goes from yoga studio to yoga studio in a limited local area. I was thinking of creating an internet based marketing campaign and wondering how I’d go about that or even test it for that matter. Any help you may provide would be appreciated.

    Tomas

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    admin Reply:

    Try putting them up on Etsy.com and eBay.com.

    Maybe try going to Whole Foods and getting them to do a trial carrying them (I’ve had friends that’ve successfully done this with organic shirts).

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  84. Mike
    2 years ago

    Hi Neville,

    Thank you for offering this opportunity. I would be happy to share my idea as an example for validation.

    Idea: Summaries of books that are recommended by Entrepreneurs/Startup Founders.

    Site I created to test idea: http://www.FounderReading.com

    Example summary: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/36655974/HTWF-and-IP-summary.pdf

    Competition: http://get.readitfor.me/launch/ and http://www.summary.com/

    General Market: People interested in internet startups. Same people that are reading this page and buy products from AppSumo.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    Thanks,
    Mike

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  85. Christian
    2 years ago

    I really hate my job and i pretty much spend all my time thinking up stuff to do. So alot of its stupid. But some might be ok. I get REALLY bored at work.

    1) A site that show sales that are coming up for something you are looking for so you can plan for it. We’d charge online retailers to put up their products. It would basically be a giant advertising site only you could charge the companies your reping directly and all that stuff.

    2) A site that shows yard sales and warehouse sales. Only one decent site that does that, but I’m not sure how to monetize this…

    3) Consulting for companies before they have to be checked out by OSHA. OSHA fines are ridiculous and I bet companies would pay quite a bit to avoid possible future fines. Pretty sure they have that, but anything can be improved. i love consulting

    4) A site selling stuff for gentlemen, like if artofmanlieness.com had a store or something. Like jumberjack bro men. Awesome shaving cups, flannel shirts, or whatever i can sell to dudes that i only wish i could be man enough to use. We WONT sell things related to stereotypical drunk, sports loving, yuppies.

    5) Selling discounted software online geared towards student. There’s lots of discount software retailers online, but most of them are selling OEM software. Our site would grab students looking for cheap software. We’d require a valid .edu email or something.

    Love,
    Christian
    XoxoOxxXooOXXx

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    admin Reply:

    Usually when people say “I really hate my job I just wanna do something else” it means they’re NOT going to start anything.

    So USE THAT PAIN to try the HELL out of your ideas.

    Have you even bought the SumoBusinessBlueprint yet? It’ll show you exactly how to validate EVERY ONE of these ideas in just a month.

    1.) Meh…..been done a million times online. What value are you gonna add?

    2.) Yeah…called craigslist. And how would you monetize this? Doubtful this will work.

    3.) OK….this idea could work. If you can save a company $XXX.XX dollars they will be happy to pay a portion of that. Consulting is an EXCELLENT way to get started. You provide value, they trade you money.

    4.) No.

    5.) I guesss soooo…..but at the same time there’s a lot of people selling the same things. Plus what would your value add be.

    #3 seems like your best idea so far…..I bet money none of the other ones spearheaded by you will work.

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  86. recholes
    2 years ago

    Ok. I have a numb-nutts idea. Its in the adult vertical.

    My friend… no really its not me… is a conosseiur of gentleman clubs. Not the country club type I am talkng about strip clubs. There should be some kind of review site for dancers, i.e. dancing skills, personality, and I guess admirable features (for the ass, boob and feet men). You could then sell to the strippers so to build up their fans and to promote the nights when they work.

    Nev. If you decide to validate this one, Please call me and we can do the research together. he he he.

    @recholes
    By the way, HOMEBoy your Houston, our hometown is like number 1 or 2 in the nation for stripclubs per 2 mile radius.

    P.S. as a side note the buffets can get a rating too, for the adventurous business man.

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    admin Reply:

    LOL…..I have no idea if this exists.

    Why don’t you do your research (on GOOGLE perv!) and see if you can find ratings. Then maybe buy a domain strip-club-ratings.com or something and see if you get traction.

    Just google something like “ratings site script” and you will find scripts that you can immediately implement on your site for cheap.

    If you really want to, validate it. See if you get traction in a month or two (and maybe you “write off” all you pervy adventures)!

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    recholes Reply:

    I looked it up already and had been sitting on this idea for a while just no time to validate it yet. Definitely needing feedback first. I read somewhere that when you actually speak of an idea befor you do it it decreases the chances you will act because your brain actually releases small amounts of the same hormone it emits when you do it.

    This is one of those cases where I know there is a gap for this no one is killing it, but I wanted to get opinions befor this made the Buutup.com list.

    Anyway I found a site called wheresthestripclub.com and several directories, maybe I can build the process and sell it to them instead of doing a whole creepy ratings site. I am a WordPress guy and the ratings plugins all have bugs.

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  87. Chris Petrie
    2 years ago

    Prepare to die..!
    A website that provides information on all matters relating to death & funerals.
    We are all going to die and let’s face it, how many of us know what is involved in preparing a funeral? What are the costs?
    What do you do if you find a loved one has passed away at home?
    This is a time of grief and great stress, who do you call? What do you need to do? Who do you need to contact? How do you look after and finalize their affairs. How do you go about organizing a wake?
    Add interesting articles on the funeral arrangements of different religions and cultures. Burial or cremation? Selecting a funeral director etc.
    Then…
    Provide for free: eWill kits, check lists, lists of suitable Hymns, Songs & Prayers. How to write a Eulogy. How to console the bereaved. How to write a funeral notice. How to respond to sympathy phone calls etc.
    Then…
    Provide advertising for Funeral Directors, Funeral insurance, Life insurance, Pre-paid funeral plans, Solicitors, Memorial makers, Funeral notice providers etc.

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    admin Reply:

    Hmmm….interesting.

    You could validate this by making a simple website called WhatToDoWhenSomeOneDies.com (GREAT for seo purposes) then make some great articles or videos.

    See if you get traffic.

    I typed in those keywords, and I bet you could dominate it if you do it right.

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  88. Kyle
    2 years ago

    The idea I’m about to test is rapid prototyping for medical device industry. I currently work for a company that sells 3D printers and the owner is ok with me trying. No risk/initial cost. Current problem is the industry has like no data via google services. So finding the customer is tricky (doctors/hospitals/manufacturers I think?). I’ve found a few events to attend/participate in (which I may have to sneak into ;)). thoughts?

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    admin Reply:

    You know I tried this before right??
    http://www.nevblog.com/3d-printing-and-review-website-business-idea/

    I’m fascinated by 3d printing. It’s not a huge industry YET…but will be.

    Find some area you can consult on for now. Maybe make a website with free advice on how to buy a 3d printer, or make one yourself, or how to make 3d objects from a 3d printer.

    I bet an online training class that turns people into designers of 3d printed products would do well!

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  89. Riley Dallas
    2 years ago

    Teach people how to brew beer while trying to sell them beer brewing kits.

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    admin Reply:

    Could work…because teaching people is always a good value prop…BUT there seems to be a BARELY LOAD of people already giving the advice out for free :-)

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  90. Ruth Glendinning
    2 years ago

    There’s a lot of confusion about which diet to follow and most people would like to take the best of all of them to create a personal eating plan. What I’d like to see is a website that allowed you to enter the food plan concepts and food allergies to get a workable plan for you. For instance, I could enter “High Alkaline” + “Anti Inflammatory” + “Gluten Free” and get a framework for eating that capture all those variables. There could then be a next step offering personal nutritional counseling, prepared meals, etc.

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    admin Reply:

    You know my friend Adam has a company called MyBodyTutor.com that already does this!
    http://www.nevblog.com/?s=mybodytutor&submit=Search

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  91. Troy Martin
    2 years ago

    Let’s say I live in Kalamazoo Michigan, I have been bustin’ my hump on a big project and I’ve got a my first few days off in like 3 months. If I want to take a short vacation, what do I do? I do what everyone else does. I go to the travel sites pick a destination, check the prices for travel, hotel, car etc.. I have check the old bank account see if I have the dough maybe I do maybe I don’t. But… I’m burned out I don’t wanna think… I just wanna get the hell outta Dodge or Kalamazoo.

    I want a site where I can type in my location, the amount of money I want to spend say $500 and when I can travel.

    I want the service to spit out options I would have never thought of or never new existed.

    Like:

    For $500 we can get you to the Cheese-steak Festival in Philly for the week-end
    and I’m like Wow, I’ve never even heard of the Cheese-steak Festival that sound awesome.

    or

    For $500 you can rent a car and drive to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio for the induction ceremony of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Whoo-hoo! Road-Trip!

    I have wanted to do this for about 5 years now but have no idea how to start. People have said this already exists and then they send me to some lame website that turns out to be some weak-ass Travelocity or Expedia. There is nothing like this yet.

    I know this is well beyond a drop-ship business or a information selling site but it’s my dream. I’m in love with the discovery aspect… what’s right in my own backyard that I had no clue about.

    Imagine someone asking “What did you do this week-end?” and the answer was “I helped build an Amish barn” or “I visited Frank Lyod Wright’s “Falling Water”.

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    admin Reply:

    Okkkaaay…..but here’s the rub: I doubt you have the technical experience to pull this particular thing off.

    Also, you maybe over-estimating peoples desires “just to get the hell out of dodge”

    Here’s how you validate it buddy….so you can stop thinking “WHAT IF…”:

    1.) Get some stupid domain name. I don’t care what the domain is. Something like “GetTheHellOuttaHere.com”

    2.) Package up ONE deal….like “Get out of L.A. and go to the Trailer Food Festival in Sedona for $219″

    3.) Make it one page……and a buy now button (and an email subscribe for future deals).

    4.) Drive traffic to it. Hit up facebook groups of travel people, Googlr Groups, Foodies.

    Maybe model the deal “DREAM TRIP FOR FOODIES” ….whatever.

    See if you get traction. The model I just laid out for you could work.

    Watch the SumoBusinessBlueprint again to learn to do this.

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  92. James
    2 years ago

    My idea is a cloud based digital warehouse. Users would be given an amount of space for free, say 50 GB, to store there digital media that they have created or purchased. Then if they needed more space it would be at a cost.

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    admin Reply:

    Yea….this has been done MANY times dude.

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  93. Eddy
    2 years ago

    I’m finding only the best gear for minimalist nomads and selling it on minimalistbackpackershop.com. I will soon use this site (and all the inbound links from travel blogs to it) to become an authority in the nomad community and begin creating some amazing stuff like travel blogs, nomad courses, a nomad forum, my own “dream-life scholarships”.

    So what are your thoughts? Can I make money with this, or should I reserve it as more of a passionate hobby?

    Cheers,
    - Eddy

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    admin Reply:

    Ummm……once you build a community I suppose you can make money from it. Tynan.com does it.

    Only problem is this is not a HUUUGGEEE market of people (I think).

    I mean….give it a try as a hobby, see how it goes after a month or two. You never know unless you validate.

    Watch the SumoBusinessBlueprint and you’ll see EXACTLY how to validate in the first section alone.

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  94. Tony
    2 years ago

    Hi Nev,

    The first idea that comes to my mind when reading this is….THE VALIDATING YOUR IDEA BUSINESS! We entrepreneurs are a greedy, hungry audience so it would make a lot of sense to me to provide this kind of service, and c’mon we are clearly all interested in this!

    So it would work like you guys are doing now:

    1) You give me your idea,
    2) I “ghetto-test” it
    3) You get a full validation report and some actionable steps to develop your business

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    Sebastian Reply:

    lol.. funny thing I was thinking the same thing last week. :)
    Hire some students or outsource to India/China to do a complete market research report of your idea and for an added premium also perform some validation tests.

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    admin Reply:

    Wow….this is the first legitimately good idea I’ve seen on here.

    I bet if I did “consults” for people who wanna test their ideas, it’d take off.

    Why don’t you watch the SumoBusinessBlueprint.com, learn how to do it, then do this yourself?

    I might actually try this for the SumobusinessblueprintLIVE…..!

    [Reply]

    Sebastian Reply:

    Woot!

    :D

    [Reply]

    Tony Reply:

    Already grabbed the SBB of course! ;)

    Cool, if you do pick it, AWESOME. If not, I will definetely validate this by myself and I will let you know the results.

    Thanks for your feedback

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    recholes Reply:

    I had that very idea.
    Please check out my idea testing site it’s called Buutup.com. You can find it on Facebook and twitter @idea_bootstrppr if you just want to scope it out before signing up.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    How’s it going to far Rodney?

    [Reply]

    Gil Herrera Reply:

    We tried to do something related at Startup Weekend a coulpe of weeks ago, we charged for getting potential customers to startups for validation. Nobody had the money or were willing to pay :/


  95. Marcy
    2 years ago

    Nev,

    I loved your Kourse About Building a Kourse! I want to create a video course for called Outsourcing for Fun and Profit. Not only the dos and don’ts but how to use services like elance, odesk to find the best providers. The course includes a step-by-step process to clarify what the final product looks like, writing a job description, interviewing/managing work etc.

    For folks that need more personalized help, I consult to give feedback on their job posting and interview questions.

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    admin Reply:

    Yea…..if you can find an audience that’s into this stuff (which there is) ….go for it!

    Maybe to validate it, put up a simple landing page saying, “I’M CURRENTLY OUTSOURCING A BUNCH OF STUFF AND RECORDING IT STEP BY STEP SO YOU CAN COPY ME.

    SIGNUP YOUR EMAIL IF YOU WANNA BE NOTIFIED WHEN IT COMES OUT”

    …then do a video interview with a startup blog, (or wherever you’d find an audience for your stuff) and see if you can get people to signup.

    Get a lot of signups? Go ahead and make the product and try selling!

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  96. The Heasman
    2 years ago

    Yo,

    How about monetizing an idea based on the concept “The Cloud for Dummies”.

    Some people out there don’t have no clue how dropbox, skydrive, Flickr, could save their data, and hence SOMEONE’S LIFE!!

    You know…in that hypothetical scenario where your data is necessary to build the Iron Man suit and save humanity etc..

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    admin Reply:

    Hmmmm…….that’s an OOKKAAAY idea….but I doubt people would pay a lot for that (especially people barely know how to use Dropbox).

    Maybe you could beef up the product to be something more useful?
    SOmething that saves people a lot of money, or makes them a lot of money?

    [Reply]


  97. James
    2 years ago

    What about an app that lets you keep an inventory of what you purchase, using a bar code reader. It could then be used for insurance claims/rate reduction, warranty information etc.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Meh…..and what purpose does it serve?

    Seems like a good idea if pulled off very well, but not sure if you’ve gone deep enough into the idea.

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  98. tuRVel
    2 years ago

    - Pet sitting service
    – Find pet sitters, vet them, and then connect them with people wanting to hire pet sitters
    – Same idea as a child-sitting agency.
    – May already exist?

    - Find a new band member service
    – A friend of mine who’s a good drummer says he’s on a list (paper) that when people come to town and need a drummer, they call him.
    – I’ve seen a few listings on CL looking for an additional band member.
    – May already exist…but then why are people listing on CL?

    - Site to list bad managers
    – I want to be able to look up the manager that is interviewing me and see what previous employees that have worked with him say.
    – Some managers shouldn’t be managers.

    - Site that only sells a particular kind of food -
    – Similar to how Whole Foods says they only sell food that’s natural or organic (so for example, you can’t buy Coke there)
    – So a site that has a core value, so you know that whatever you buy from there meets that core value:
    Cancer free? Green only? Organic only? Sustainable only?
    Ecologically friendly only? No animal testing only?

    - Build a Coalition! A site/business that let’s you hire college students (or retirees, or homeless people) to go
    to your representative’s office en masse to represent you and your
    issue. It would setup a webpage, a facebook group (and add people to
    it), mail letters, and start petitions.
    – Basically people who care about changes in government, but have to be at work, can hire someone to go “protest” in their stead. Proxy protestors.

    - Personal shoppers for people on diets…similar to Noah’s.
    – Again, not being the personal shopper, but finding them, vetting them, and offering them for hire.
    – No temptation for the dieter while in the store, and they can force themselves to only have healthy food in the house.

    - Landlord call center
    – Take calls from tenants for repairs and just go ahead and have the repair done with a previously approved repair guy if less than X dollars.

    - Website to check in (get on the waiting list) at a restaurant without having to carry a buzzer thing. Instead it would text message your cell phone.
    – So you don’t have to touch the buzzer thing (for germaphobes).
    – And so you can go more than 50ft from the restaurant while you wait, or get on the list from miles away while you’re on the way to the restaurant.

    - Grocery and other store mapping
    – I HATE asking people where something is in the store. I want to pop out my smart phone, tell it what I’m next to, and have it map me a path to the thing I want to find.
    – This could be monetized by offering location dependent coupons…on your way to the animal cookies, you’ll pass the chips, and here’s a coupon for Lime Cilantro Doritos.
    – Also could just map out my entire shopping list so that I don’t have to keep going back to previous rows when I notice I’ve missed something.
    – Also great for searching for items in stores that you don’t normally go to or look for…like stuff in Lowes or Home Depot.

    - Food/Restaurant subscriptions. Discounted nightly/weekly meals
    from a local restaurant. They get constant business (even if you
    don’t eat there that night, you still pay), and maybe even upfront
    payment, and some regularity in their income and tasks.
    – The idea being that many people do a “pizza night” or whatever very consistently. If the restaurant knew that they were going to get an order for that, and that they would be paid for it, they could plan better. They might be willing to offer a discount if you signed up for X number of Friday night pizzas and paid ahead of time.

    - An idea from here http://www.sixmonthmba.com/2009/02/999ideas.html

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    recholes Reply:

    Good find! I never found that idea list before but I think SAMBA was a huge beach head.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Ugghhh……your ideas are all just “EXTREMELY TINY VALUE ADS” that aren’t really businesses.

    What you COULD do on something like the “Pet Sitting Service” is just put a picture of a cute dog/cat on a flyer, and say “We watch your pets…experienced dog owners and lovers, call 293-923-9292″

    And see if you get bites.

    Post on Craigslist, post on bulletin boards in large apt complexes etc.

    If you get tons of requests, you’re in business!

    If not…..there’s not enough demand.

    Watch for the SumoBusinessBlueprintLIVE….it validates QUICKLY all these ideas like this!

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  99. Jan
    2 years ago

    If I wanna start paragliding, I wish to talk to a paraglider first.

    If I wanna study engineering, I wish to talk to some students first.

    If I wanna grow up a business, I wish to talk to somebody who did.

    Think of a wall of faces. Select your coach or mentor for an interview (pay a small fee if specified) and then talk to your model personally! OMG!
    You might even think of applications or competitions for VIPs. But basically, *everyone* already did something interesting and could act as a mentor… and even earn a bit of money.

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    admin Reply:

    ….annnnnddd how would you charge for this?

    You’d have to signup all the personalities. There’s a lot of life mentoring sites out there. None of em makes tons of money.

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  100. Chris
    2 years ago

    I already sell local Hawaiian coffees as well as roasted to order single varietal coffees and coffee makers. I know there are a lot of local Hawaiian teas that my coffee producers can put me in touch with, just unsure if there is a market for these types of teas since they will be more expensive than chinese or japanese tea. I can put the product up on my website aleady but the questions is marketing. I do coffee marketing by doing food expos for one of my farmers and have had a local sommelier mention my site in the local paper for one of my coffees since he is friends with the farmer. Can’t get more fair trade then stuff grown and harvested in the USA.

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    admin Reply:

    Somehow find this article….it will help you immensely.

    Google something like, “Joe Sugarman Royal Ruby Reds Ad”

    …..find that ad. It’s a grapefruit farmer who made a KILLING selling his grapefruits…because of the story.

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  101. Edu Calvachi
    2 years ago

    Hi Nev:

    My biz idea is called menswagger.com(prototype up and running).

    Men Swagger would be a store that sell Men’s fashion accesories(hats,scarves,bracelets).

    From a bit of testing and research, I came to find that the target would be something like young professionals that like fashion(The type that read GQ,Esquire). I actually made a spammy comment on a GQ facebook page and got 1 person to sign up to the Menswagger newsletter.

    Wahat do you think?

    Thanks

    [Reply]

    recholes Reply:

    What is the value add? Sounds like a safe enough idea but your description doesn’t sound ground breaking at all. Check out thebusinessalchemist.com and consider adding some customer value aimed features and benefits.

    It would put you on what Nev calls a “moat” in a very profitable a competitive sector.

    Nice domain grab by the way!

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Yup…..no real value add.

    Amazon etc will kill you most likely.

    Adam McFarland actually tried a business like this. Read his whole category on it to do all your market research (FYI he ended up shutting it down):
    http://www.adam-mcfarland.net/category/tastefully-driven/

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  102. Bargain Bags Daily
    2 years ago

    I already sell a variety of smartphone and tablet accessories through my sites http://dailyidealz and http://bargainbagsdaily.com . I think there is a good market for iphone cases and accessories but finding the proper niche is the hard part. My sales show me iphone cases sell better than ipad cases for example. I have access to tons and tons and tons of cases but finding the right niche is the hard part. I can do Disney cases, Marvel Super Hero Cases, Family Guy cases or premium leather and other protective cases.

    Suppliers:
    I already have two iphone accessory distributors that I can drop ship from and one I can pull a CSV file of inventory, descriptions wholesale, retail, MAP and pictures.
    I also have relationships with two manufacturers directly for their products.
    iPhone cases and accessories are an easier sell but I have access to ipad cases, ipod cases, mac cased, bags sleeves, headphones, etc.
    Includes things like sports cases, disney, marvel super hero and family guy cases
    Also have access to Kindle Cases

    [Reply]

    Bargain Bags Daily Reply:

    That would be http://dailyidealz.com

    [Reply]

    recholes Reply:

    Huh? What’s this about ? Is it an idea or a free backlink.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    iPhone cases etc are very popular, yet very commodatized since EVERYONE can get them EVERYWHERE.

    Maybe try ebay or Amazon to see if you have success with that?

    Or try putting up specialty pages with specialty cases and see if it’s worth it. Like “Hello Kitty iPhone Cases” or something.

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  103. Edu Calvachi
    2 years ago

    Hey Nev:

    My other idea would be for the market in Ecuador since I’m based of off here:

    Making websites and web solutions for Real State Developers/Real State Agents.

    Something like RealGeeks do for the U.S(http://www.realgeeks.com/)

    I have done over 5 websites only using wordpress or another CMS so I can do the sites pretty quickly. I would offer them affordable and finish quickly(since its easy to make them).

    in the future I could offer other real state related services advertising/social media but I would just start with websites.

    [Reply]

    recholes Reply:

    Hmm got any samples. The deplores on this blog might be a great niche for a fast custom website business, you have close to 200 connectors here start making personal contacts.

    I am interested in quick solutions for ghetto test sites. Several others have submitted several ideas too, low fruit for a fast web guy.

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    admin Reply:

    Edu…this is EASY money for you. I used to do the same thing with restaurant websites…..lawyers and doctors and real estate agents are great targets too.

    Just set them up with a WordPress blog that look real-estatey (go to MonsterTemplates.com they have a bunch of real estate ones) and they’ll love you!

    I would get paid a good amount for people who had no clue how to make a website. And since it was a blog-hosted blog, they could even update it themselves without all the technical knowledge.

    I SAY GO FOR IT! It will be good money, and lead you to bigger adventures :-)
    -Nev

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    Edu Calvachi Reply:

    Alright Neville, thanks.
    Im gonna go for this one :)

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  104. Mitch
    2 years ago

    Castors. Wheels. Call them what you want… those round things that help you move on your office chair. Most chairs have 5* castors. Most houses* have an office chair. All offices have an office chair (right?). Ok ok, so you get where I’m going. What are the targets?

    1) Hardwood floors – plasticy shitty wheels dent your floor, make heaps of noise and look scrub.
    2) Carpeted floors – rubber wheels rip up the pile, make dust and wear out the carpet faster than if Usain Bolt.
    3) 99.97% of office wheels look CRAP. Junk.

    Whats the product you ask?

    1) Silicone/rubber wheels for a soft, smooth, quiet and damage-free ride on your floor. It will also help the chair stay in place better.
    2) Sturdy industrial-grade injected molded (I’m making this up now) wheels that will save your carpet, smooth ride and roll easy.
    3) PIMP WHEELS. Look at 1) and 2)…. then apply COLOR.

    I say we crack the market with sweet ass office chair wheels, then we bring in more stuff (kind like your house of rave site), that relates in general to pimping out your desk. But baby steps first, right? NOTE: Googlefu has shown me there are at least a dozen castor manufacturers and at least 3-4 explicitly state drop shipping is available. Boom 5 minutes and I know the product is available.

    Love what you’re doing here, thanks for helping out the regular joe’s.

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    admin Reply:

    #1.) I have never in my life heard of ANYONE give a shit about what office chair wheels look like.

    #2.) Funding this seems like a pain in the ass…..don’t manufacturer them yourself.

    #3.) I’m pretty sure great wheels are out there (I’ve seen them), but cost is the issue.

    #4.) If you want to license out little inventions of yours, checkout Stephen Key (inventright.com) to see how he does it.

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  105. recholes
    2 years ago

    Ok here is one more idea from my stow away pile, just looking for reactions so I can prioritize. I don’t mean to Debo on this thread but this is totally my element and I set up my own site for validating ideas but it is still building up the traffic.

    Here it is:
    A course on how to surf the net and waste time without getting caught or Fired. Subtopics include a section on firewalls that the common man understand, tips on shopping while at work, and of course there has to be something that touches on current norms on NSFW so you can tell if you company’s policy is just hard nosed or if you are a scummy liberal. (no offense to liberals – to quote Kanye just keepin it provocative)

    Do you think such a product is just too unethical? I don’t think it would sell as well geared to companies as a refresher on typical employee behavior. I think the money, allure and the challenge is in making a course that office employees – particularly “the bored 9 to 5 ” niche would secretly buy and pass to friends. Somehow the tips would need to be useful and secret enough that IT Hal doesn’t go blocking stuff before the sales start flowing in. Maybe it’s just a million dollar dream and not a business idea worth testing ? Thoughts. I can see the money, no one is owning that quey phrase on Hooke right now, we all know work surging is a taboo but common practice that we would like to be better at, just don’t know how to spill the knowledge without IT guys staying ahead of the curb.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Meh……if someone is technical enough to buy this course…I’m sure they can get around it.

    Besides….everyone has phones they can check stuff on.

    I mean…if you WANT you can setup an autoresponder sequence that shows them how….but it’ll likely be hard to get people to pay for this info.

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  106. Online Store Help
    2 years ago

    I litterally just thought of this as I was reading the other comments. My girlfriend is from Hong Kong and in our car we have a little jade pendant that corresponds with the chinese year in which she was born. It hangs from the rear view mirror. SInce there is a huge cantonese population here they have these through out China town but never thought if they would sell online. Since they are so small you could send them via flat rate USPS or even first class mail.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    It’s an easy validation….
    STICK IT UP ON EBAY AND ETSY AND CRAIGSLIST!

    Watch the upcoming SumoBUsinessBlueprintLIVE….it goes over how to validate stuff like this for CHEAP!

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  107. Pedro
    2 years ago

    Greetings to you all. Thank you Neville for this opportunity.

    I have sent you an email a couple of days ago with a few ideas as I totally missed this link.

    Since I have no idea if you will reply to the other email, let me share with you all a few ideas out of the lot that I have been creating.

    Instead of asking only Neville’s opinion, I would appreciate to have the opinions from everyone else.

    1) Pet Cemetery. We all have lost a pet, or most of us did. What happened to those memories? I know that this is a silly and stupid idea but at least just want to hear that from you all. I can imagine it as some sort of farmville for pets, where people can actual build the grave for their pets, placing some photos, buy some flowers each year, with some alerts mentioning that it is now 50 years that “timmy” died, the beloved dod they someone had when they were younger. I am aware of the cons of such idea, as we are dealing with something that is not pleasant and brings grief and therefore I know that this is not a product for everyone, it is more of a niche product.

    2) When Facebook, Twitter and other social websites appeared, we had a new flux in the market of companies mentioning they could help companies take advantage out of them. What about a consulting company to help companies take advantage out of “Pinterest”? Woman market is one of the most interesting in the world, and right now woman are using “Pinterest”. Can I help companies take advantage out of it? I can.

    3) Another idea that I had is specially related with my “expertise”: brand strategic management and entrepreneurship. We all create some products and have some business ideas, as we can see from this site. Why not having a website where we can actually test our ideas and ask people to give it a try but in a place where we can actually have an idea of the profile of each person. That way, whenever we test an idea, we know exactly who said no or yes because sometimes our problem is not only with the idea, but also with the targeted market. If you fail to identify the right market for your idea, you might believe that the problem is with the idea, not with the market. I can see a website where people login and place a few notes and information about themselves (I have these already identified) and then we just need bring ideas to be tested and wait for the reply and have access to reports to see who liked or not. In such a project you can actually test ideas from regular us or ideas from big companies.

    I have loads of other ideas but I believe these are enough for now, as everyone would like to have your feedback as well.

    Thank you Neville for your help and attention. Really appreciate it.

    Cheers to you all,

    Pedro

    [Reply]

    recholes Reply:

    I started a site to test ideas it’s called Buutup.com.

    It is pretty audience dependent though. Check it out I am still in free membership beta mode.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    #1) Pets are a big market…bu this particular idea just sounds weird

    #2.) YES! If you notice a huge trend like Pintrest come up, and no one knows how the fuck to use it for profit, but YOU DO….guess what? That’s a good opportunity!
    Social media companies will soon jump on it, but if you can make the first course about Pintrest, it can definitely gain traction (presuming you actually know how to market well).

    #3.) Rodney tried that….only having moderate success because USUALLY the people looking to validate are poor in the first place. HOWEVER I think soon this “validate first” thing will catch on and it could be a valid business idea.

    [Reply]

    Pedro Reply:

    Thank you Neville.

    The first one is weird, I know. ;)
    Second one, it is something I will work on.
    Third one, I believe I know what is missing and will most likely give it a shot.

    Cheers,

    Pedro

    [Reply]

    Pedro Reply:

    Gil,

    Great stuff. Thank you for your help.

    What do you think about it? Feel free to contact me through ppmartins@ppmartins.com so that we can talk a bit more about this subject, i you want.

    Once again, thank you.

    Pedro


  108. Jay
    2 years ago

    Thank you for taking the time to do all of this Neville. I’m currently enrolled in a college entrepreneurship class and feel a man watching a train wreck happen. Videos and books! Not a sign of ‘Hey! Let’s try some Shint!’ anywhere. No local business owners offering ‘how I did it’ as guest lecturers. Blah blah blah….. *facepalm*
    I went in with a ‘Let’s get started!’ level of enthusiasm that would have been quickly dashed after the teacher said ‘Whoa! Slow down! We have text book to read and 10 year old generic videos to watch.’ if it had not been for me finding Appsumo. I got 2 of the courses in late Jan/early Feb. I’ve been dreaming up ideas and am finally ready to start validating. I’d like to see what you think first. Thank you for your awesome material. Anyway…. Onto the ideas.

    Lost pet info/kit/gps collar – Lost a cat once and thought something like this would be awesome to of had.
    I figure offer free/at cost information course that offer a good method to get the animal back and sell the gps tags items so once you get fluffy back, you don’t lose them again as easily. The big problem I see is customers might have some trouble with the sumo belly, I’m sure it’s full of GPS dog tags.
    Found thecatcaller.com, but they don’t seem to have much organic/value traffic or any GPS functionality. It seems niche with competition, but the ad words seem to be very expensive and there’s a lot of competition for ‘Lost XYZ’ for an organic search.

    high end/art toys-> IE:3rd party transforming robots/chogokin/mcfarlane
    Lots of competition so I’d be looking for a niche that isn’t flooded, but the different shows they’re based off of have a very loyal following. I’m about to test sell some stuff on a niche site and see if I can make some money!

    Google ease of use for writing how tos – Course on building a course and some of your others
    I have some writing friends that are discovering the usage of Google docs and other collaborative writing tools. That or show people how to link their life together using cloud/smartphone/computer techniques.
    Appsumo classes have my interest first. Already got the Blueprint and HoR courses. Good stuff.

    Handwritten notes for businesses to send to customers – This was mentioned last night and It seemed like a good idea to shove out there and wave under a both a business’s or calligrapher’s nose. They make money on a hobby/love, Businesses make a better value statement with their customers for a fee. I figure a Craigslist ad or two would verify easily.

    I know you’ve got tons of comments to go through, so please just comment on the 1 or 2 ideas that you think have the best value to offer. If the idea leans toward to a drop-ship model, that would be even more awesome!

    Thank you again for your time and comments. I’ve been learning a lot from the courses. The step-by-step ‘This really isn’t hard people!’ approach you and Noah have taken has been awesome to learn from and laugh at. (Poor chihuahuas!) I look forward to your thoughts.

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    admin Reply:

    PET COLLAR:
    Unless you have the technical expertise to enact this in a tiny collar…..it might a little out of your league.

    ART TOYS:
    Actually it could work. First validate it by:
    1.) Making a mockup or photoshop drawing of the figure
    2.) Post it up for sale on some siimmmple site
    3.) Post on ebay and talk to forum members for the fan shows saying you have these figurines.
    4.) Hope you don’t get sued for copyright infringement :-)

    COURSES:
    Always good if there’s enough of a value prop. For example, by spending $69 at AppSumo you can learn HTML5….that’s a valuable skill that can get you hired or start a new career…not bad for $69 bucks eh!

    HANDWRITING:
    Yeah, craigslist it. Probably won’t take off THAT big. It’s an easy validation though.

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  109. Fred
    2 years ago

    I would love to see something non-techie…..such as land a business consulting client for a brick and mortar.

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    admin Reply:

    Already planned Fred ;-)

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  110. Calvin
    2 years ago

    I have an idea of creating a course on how to teach parents or maybe teachers, haven’t thought of the target market , on how to teach kids to deal with bullying. I’m a parent whose child was bullied and now as a volunteer watch othe kids deal with it. Even if I could create an offline seminar that would attract clients online that would be great.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Hmmm….interesting.

    Why don’t you try validating it? Make a short 2 or 3 minute video that goes like this:
    1.) Is your kid getting bullied?
    2.) If this persists, stats show bullied kids grow up to be blah blah (something bad)
    3.) If you correct it early with certain tactics, the kids grow up amazing
    4.) Enter your email and I will start sending you a tip a day to speak with your kid about.

    If you get a bunch of email signups, you’re gold!

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  111. Kevin
    2 years ago

    SUMOOOOOO,

    A website/guide for young people( preferably under 30 or so) planning a trip to Sin City.

    After living in Vegas for a few years I always had people ask me obscure questions that only a local would know. Things like where to get the least expensive booze around the strip or the best bar/lounge to pre game at.

    Also figured this could evolve into sending ” Vegas Care Packages” to peoples rooms before they arrive. Could include red bulls, 5 hour energy’s, condoms etc!

    After watching the biz blueprint I have already bought the user name and created a gheeetoooo website for $10. Why not right?

    See http://www.vegasunder30.com

    Through adwords have gotten 60 or so clicks but only 3 sign ups…so maybe not a good idea or I am just not using adwords correctly.

    Keep up the good work Nev!

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    THought #1.) This idea isn’t THAT much of a value add….and would be hard to find for most people.

    Thought #2>) Glad you already went ahead and did an ugly validation test!

    MY PREDICTION:
    It won’t worry….or it will be hard to monetize.

    Something that would be better is “HOW TO PAY FOR YOUR VEGAS TRIP BY PLAYING THESE TWO GAMES EVERY CASINO HAS”

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  112. Warren Rawlings
    2 years ago

    Big SUMO,

    This may be too high Tech but it’s the thing that has been in my head for a while and I can’t get it out. So think about this. I want a normal GPS thing that I can put the serial number into my phone and the phone will show me a map of where my GPS is, how far away it is from me, and could even make it BEEP like your car keys.

    So, if you have a Fedex package that you want to know where it is all the time. Or if you have some Luggage that you need to check but NEED to know where it is…

    Kinda like a Spidey Tracer that you can check with your phone. I know the GPS’s are available but I have no idea how to make that data interface with the phone’s Mapping. Make the phone show where it is and make the target GPS show where it is on the same map. There are all sorts of good things you could do with this.

    So the physical Product is our specially branded GPS and you go and download the tracking software for your iPhone or Android.

    OK, if it makes sense to you, let me know- like I said the components probably are not too hard so it may be totally a matter of programming.

    If you don’t like this and choose something else- that’s cool. Good luck with your submissions.

    [Reply]

    Warren Rawlings Reply:

    And then I read the guy with the GPS collar for their pet. And I felt all Lame because PET owners are a MUCH larger demographic than Luggage and package trackers.

    [Reply]

    Warren Rawlings Reply:

    And then I found a major competitor right in both our niches… $200.00
    It does a LOT more than what I was thinking and so a smaller scale solution may have a niche.

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=387&pID=67686

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Problem with this is the technology and cost.

    When it becomes super cheap, it will take off.

    Also…can YOU develop this? Can YOU manufacturer it or license it?
    It seems like a really hard first business!

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  113. Travis
    2 years ago

    I want to try selling lunch containers to people who enjoy making Japanese-style bento lunch boxes.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    So make ONE….take photos and pictures and make a ghetto validation test. Already did something similar in the SUmoBusinessBlueprint LIVE!

    [Reply]


  114. Khaled
    2 years ago

    I have been excited over an idea for a lead generation website for physicians. Independent medical practices (as opposed to large-hospital-owned practices) are pretty fragmented and do not know how to generate business. The site would capture users who are looking for a physician of a certain specialty, or have a question about a certain medical topic and then match them to a physician by geographical location and specialty. I know there are many “find a doctor” type of directories. There are some lead generation sites for dentists (one of which advertises actively on FB) where you enter you zip code and your contact info and someone gives you a call. But I do not know of anything that’s all-encompassing of several specialties.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Lead gen is good!

    Can be enormous money too if you do it right.

    It’s not that hard to test either. Put out some pages and see if you get people signing up.

    Maybe offer a small value add:
    “ENTER YOUR EMAIL AND ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS, OUR PHYICIAL-PHINDER WILL GET THE EXACT PHYSICIAN YOU NEED”

    ….spend $200 and see if it works

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  115. Alex Ray
    2 years ago

    What about custom barcode stickers to promote blogs and brands or apps through the smart phone barcode reader app?

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Unless you have the technical skills for this, think of something easier

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  116. Jeremy
    2 years ago

    I have been tutoring math for a number of years and would like to offer online SAT tutoring for the math section. Could either be a service via webcam/skype/Google+ but ultimately would like to take myself out of the equation and offer step by step tutorials for complete math sections.

    I could grow a base of users on Facebook by offering weekly newsletters and solutions for 1-2 easy/medium/difficult SAT questions.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    So put up a quick ad on craigslist….actually I’m going to contact you Jeremy and make you case study.

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  117. David Tolsma
    2 years ago

    In Store Billboard that doesn’t suck

    How many restaurants and take out places do you go to and see a cork board with advertising. How many do you remember or use? Probably none. This is not what the advertiser wants. They especially don’t want to be associated with the paper placemat that is thrown away after it’s been covered in stains.

    Think of a billboard on the highway but in a size of a 42″ screen in the business. The Business can put their own deals and specials on the board. Have other businesses buy a space. Business can approve or reject like always, but self serviced by the advertiser. This will allow more revenue for the business.

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    Why don’t you try it out and TEST it?
    Find a restaurant, tell them “I wanna make you a guineu pig for my company, here’s a free billboard. See if you can actually make it convert more customers.

    If so….do it again, then grow the business.

    You might find it doesn’t work as well as you think,

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  118. Brian Wilson
    2 years ago

    Dry Cleaning Business

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    admin Reply:

    I’m sure you realize by now this can work……go search for a franchise

    [Reply]


  119. Seung Oh
    2 years ago

    Hey Neville (sorry if this is a repeat, I guess I already emailed you about this one.)

    I want to start a health coaching business. I am a nurse and I am thinking about getting certified as a health coach who helps people improve their health and wellness. I want to start teaching basic health and nutrition class in local adult schools. Eventually, I want to help clients one on one via skype, phone, or in person to take practical steps to lose weight, lower cholesterol, and improve their health.

    How do I test this out? No one really knows what “health coaching” is so there’s so much education required to market it. Even on Craigslist or SEO, no one is really going to search health coaching. On top of that, there are many health coaches and businesses that helps health coaches. But it seems like majority of them are not really making money due to their lack of business sense or just the fault of the market. How can I distinguish that?

    Should I start collecting subscribers for my newsletter as you guys tested it out on the blueprint video? Or should I just cold call different places and start teaching my own health and wellness workshops?

    [Reply]

    admin Reply:

    You need to find a bit of a niche. Teaching people to lose weight? Eat better? Get rid of diabetes?
    WHAT??

    Make several validation tests testing out each…..but you need to first specify WHAT you can teach people.

    [Reply]

    Joel Reply:

    Hey Seung Oh,

    Having worked with an agency that did SEO and PPC for both Integrative Nutrition and HealthCoachTraining.com (two of the leading companies in this industry) I can tell you that it’s an education process. SEO and PPC can work but when someone’s going spend 1000′s of dollars on training and education you have to take baby steps. I would recommend creating a newsletter, driving people to webinars and giving ebooks away. All of those things will help educate and bring quality people through the sales process all while building trust with you and your brand.

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  120. Oliver
    2 years ago

    I was wondering if you have some inputs for my “idea” that normally requires a high level of trust and reputation.

    After working in consultancy and PE for a short time, I started now to advice companies in how to enter new markets. For example, medium-size company wants to export to SE Asia. My task was to find them appropriate supplier and advice them on how to proceed etc.

    I really like to do that and I would like to generate some more business, so someone told me “make a website”. Well, website is ok but I would like to first validate if I could generate some $ from it via an online presence…

    Would you just make a website putting in my services and promote it on forums etc. or would you approach it differently? Thanks for your input.

    [Reply]

    Neville Reply:

    WHAT?

    SHOOT YOUR FRIEND.

    A website won’t make you shit. (at first…)

    First go around to a couple of companies and tell them what they’re doing is wasting them money….and if YOU come in, you can save them 2x (or whatever…).

    Tell them why using YOU would kick so much ass and save them money and make their penises bigger.

    Then try to get them to use you to consult. It’s very simple:
    If they have problem.
    You have all the knowledge to solve problem.
    They pay you to solve problem.

    WEBSITE? I don’t see time for a website here. Get your first few clients without a website.

    [Reply]

    Oliver Reply:

    Hi Neville

    Thanks for your reply! I identified already some companies and will approach them once I am back next week in my home country. I also got the opportunity to help 2 Asian companies to enter the European market. Will let you know how it goes. Thanks again for your advice!

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  121. RySumoling
    2 years ago

    Here’s my idea for a product to sell to restaraunts.

    Customer friendly Andriod application & tablet to be used as digital touch screen menu for restaurants & hotels. Digital menus presented as a handheld touch screen tablet allows restaurants to update their menus as needed at no additional cost, allows customers to order directly from the tablet reducing staff, reducing order errors and excites and entertains customers. Providing full color photos and descriptions on the menu insures customers get exactly what they order. Allows for detailed list of ingredients and an opportunity to pair products and up-sell to complimentary dishes.

    [Reply]

    Jay Reply:

    As a chef with some restaurant and retail experience and a love for computers and gadget in general, I don’t want to discourage you, yet I point out some roadblocks you’d have to overcome with some in depth thinking.

    1.) You’re not the first guy/gal to the trough with this idea.
    You might want to use the search terms ‘restaurant website comic’ and ‘ipad menu trend’. (Do you like resetting the tablet in Korean?) Some research here will save you and any future clients some hair pulling. (DEATH to the PDF MENU!)

    HOWEVER…. You can be there with a better thought out and planned concept. Read the stuff and then go ask some restaurant owners in your area if they’re using an ipad/android menu. What are their gripes? Their headaches? Then talk to the wait staff. Do they grind their teeth at the mere mention of an ipad? Finally, talk to the guys and gals in the back. Did the tablet make things simpler, or more convoluted?
    How do they handle the customers that want their food this way, but not that way? Does the app handle substitutions? Basicly, did the tablet smooth things out or add one more reason for the restaurant reconsider arson?

    http://tinyurl.com/7y5uxtq
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/restaurant_website

    2.) You’d probably have the same amount of wait staff.
    WHAT? Why on earth…? As a patron of my restaurant you’ve got certain expectations. You want your drink refilled and the food fixed right if it’s cocked up? Waiter! *ding ding* Waiters do sooo much more than take an order, they are the lynchpin that keep you all smiles and provide a human face for the restaurant.
    Also, when you hand a shiny new tablet to me, I’m going to see what I can do to it, or what it might allow me to do. My grandma might look at you crossways and tell you she’d like to see an actual menu and that she can do without the spiffy gadget. Is it simple and intuitive enough to jump the hurdle my granny just tossed at you?

    3.) The customer is always right! Yeah, right….
    There is a sort of quiet tension between the front and back of a restaurant and they both blame the other for it. Waitresses cock up orders and the back never cooks the food just right. Will your idea. It happens.
    But wait! There’s also the customer! Waiters have to send orders to the kitchen like ‘Cut my hamburger diagonally.’ I would beat a hasty retreat from the kitchen to avoid the flying cutlery of an angry cook.
    People want what they want. Menu be damned. The owner will say give it to ‘em, Why? They want the money. Employee blood pressure is a small price to pay.
    How have other restaurants handled this problem?

    A tablet is going to do 1 or 2 things. It’s going to entertain the customer, and maybe hopefully keep the more obnoxious ones out of your hair, please? It should simplify the ordering process and provide some other information about the restaurant or food, like allergens. Maybe it will provide some entertainment, but it’s not a holy grail of technology.

    Why not give the waiter/waitress the tablet and integrate it into the ordering system?

    It might save someone getting cocktail sauce out of the audio port. Adding something new to any endeavor should answer the question ‘Will this make the actual ‘doing’ of a task simpler, effective, and streamline the process?’

    [Reply]

    Neville Reply:

    Wow….do I even NEED to write feedback after this??
    Thanks Jay!

    [Reply]

    Neville Reply:

    Yea…..you may have missed the boat on this “idea”

    What other experience would your app offer that others couldn’t easily copy?

    Unless you have some good app experience, you have some seriously good competitors and technical issues in this space (for now).

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  122. Kevin Evans
    2 years ago

    I was looking at selling lifting shoes. After going through the research phase as outlined in the sumo biz plan, my initial reaction of how the F am I going to compete with Nike, Adidas etc. But I realized there are a few issues in this market.

    1. Each shoe is typically $100+, most good ones being $150+ (I know their markup is huge, so a legit shoe of same quality could be created for much less)
    2. This market is growing like crazy and all major brand legit lifting shoes are always sold out.

    Q: Apparel tends to have high competition in general, so I am curious how would you attack a space such as this, and keeping to ghetto business, test on the cheap? OR should I avoid this idea like the plague?

    FYI (whether relevant or not): my main interest in this idea is because soooo many people lift improperly and IF I created lifting shoes, I would also want to be a resource for proper lifting technique with videos, etc. to help people avoid injury and help gain strength on lifts — proper lifting shoes is part of the solution.

    [Reply]

    Neville Reply:

    Ok….GOOD, you didn’t already start a store.

    1.) I think you will have some slick competition with online sellers like Zappos…but hey, let’s give it a whirl if you wanna try: Here’s some ways you can validate:

    2.) Just post some of the shoes up on eBay and see if they sell like hot cakes. Easy.

    3.) Harder, but worth trying: Make a YouTube video showing HOW to use weight shoes….make a great video with some exercises and benefits etc…..then put either an affiliate link to Zappos (or other place selling), or make your own ghetto ecommerce site (should take two days at most if you watched the Behind The Scenes of A Muse product or have experience with BigCommerce or Shopify).

    See if your idea gets traction.

    A guy above this comment was doing fitness stuff (SUPER HARSH COMPETITION), but found doing YouTUbe vids with affiliate links actually worked reallllyy well for him!

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  123. Jake
    2 years ago

    Starting a site that goes about advertising a bit different for local businesses. Ok, so I was thinking about starting a site that would bring social media advertising to “real life”. Basically the site would be geared towards hiding free “giveaways” (free dinner gift card, free nightclub entry, free shopping giftcard, ect) for local business thought-out the city, there is also a major university nearby which I think could get some participation from by hiding on campus. I would use social media outlets to promote where the prize is hidden (always in a well populated area, like malls, festivals, shopping districts, ect.) so that it is of no inconvenience for people who are already out an about. The small business would get advertising from my promotion and members/site visitor would get a chance to get a free prize. Would mainly use outlet like twitter to promote location of prize so people could use their mobile device to get alerts of where prize is located while out.

    [Reply]

    Neville Reply:

    HAHAHAHAHA!!
    Jake….this idea actually isn’t horrible :-)

    HERE’S HOW YOU’D TEST & VALIDATE IT:
    Try it on a small scale. Get one popular hangout near a university or popular area….and hide like $400 worth of gift certificates to a Chipotle (or whatever).

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    You might wanna check out a game called “GeoCaching” which hides stuff around cities, and people hunt them down. It’s extraordinarily similar to your idea, but not really monetized yet.

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    1.) You’ll never make $10,000,000 from this….BUT you can actually make a neat side-income since it’s SO niche!

    2.) Read this post, it’s kinda similar…..tattoos are an easy business!
    http://www.nevblog.com/inventory-control-tattoo-experiment/

    3.) $500 seems pretty low…..you must be kinda broke if you can’t afford that ;-/
    But I’ll still help ya regardless:

    4.) Here’s how to validate if you don’t have the $500 to start: Several ways:
    –A.) START WITH ONLY ONE TATTOO you think will be the most popular. Have a hundred or so made, and start selling it through Christian forums and Facebook Groups.

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    –C.) Make a simple photoshop mockup (or just a drawing on a napkin) and post it on a single page…like InstaPage.com or SurveyMonkey.com. Using the methods we taught in SumoBusinessBlueprint, go ahead and tell people in Facebook Groups, Google Circles etc in the Christian community to VOTE on which style they would like.

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    Thanks for your feedback!
    I do actually have the funds to start, but I am cheap and wasn’t sure if I should try the cheap tattoos first or not. Since I would be creating custom tattoos, I would have to stock inventory and can’t drop-ship, so was worried about getting stuck with a lot of inventory. However, I think I had already decided to spring for the good tattoos. I have two teen girls who could wear them and help market them, and if it goes bust, well, they have a good supply of tattoos to wear for a while.
    I’m also going to try and get them in some of the local Christian bookstores around here that sells similar items.
    Thanks for taking the time to respond and for the help.

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    Haha, nice. Thanks! My only concern with this particular angle is where to find people who haven’t skiied before – they don’t hang around ski forums thats for sure. It would have to be a lot of paid ads to access that audience (or Amazon/Ebay I guess).

    No matter – just got my first business: wordpress designer for small businesses in my local area (cliche I know) but have just won my first contract and got a couple more lined up! :-) All thanks to your videos on youtube man. Cheers. If I ever meet you I’ll buy you a beer or several!

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    2.) Most big festivals already do this. Unless you have massive film experience, don’t think this is just gonna be an easy thing :-)

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