If you have a business idea that your friends thinks is weird, don’t get disappointed. In the world today there are many businesses that work, but that weren’t considered viable at the beginning. Here is a list with 30 weird and rather unusual business ideas that can inspire or amaze.
Rent-A-Chicken is a business built by husband and wife in Traverse City, Michigan. With Rent-A-Chicken people who start an urban farming have the possibility to make their mind if they really want to raise chicken or not. For $250 they can rent two chickens that come with everything they need during a summer. If they change their mind, customers can bring the chickens back in fall.
2. Rent a cow
Michael Izor from Switzerland is renting cows for stressed citizens. For a month or for a season Mavachamoi offers people the possibility to sponsor a cow. For about $400 on a season, and $200 on a month, one can have cheese and other high-quality farm products at a special price. Customers are also those interested to discover with family and friends the numerous activities which shape the life on the mountain pastures.
3. Bed Bug Barrier
Bed Bug Barrier is an Australian DIY eco- friendly powder for bed bug infestations. It is more useful for those who have to sleep at hotels or motels. The Bed Bug Barrier uses an impassable floor barrier that traps the bedbugs before they can climb the bed. The barriers are simply attached to the bed legs.
4. Hangover Helpers
Hangover Helpers help people from Boulder, Colorado, to get over all the unpleasant aspects of an after-party. Next morning, the clients receive a Gatorade and a breakfast burrito. The team takes care of all dirty dishes, pots, pans and trash.
5. I Do, Now I Don’t – engagement rings at low price
I Do, Now I Don’t is a website where people can sell their engagement rings at a smaller price than in a jewelry store. Josh Opperman started his business after his fiance left him. The idea came after he tried to return the $10,000 diamond engagement ring and the best offer he got was just $3,500.
6. Something Store
SomethingStore is a funny business idea based on “the people’s need of surprise”. For $10 (no shipping cost) customers will receive a random item which they will see only when it will arrive. The items are brand new and can be from all areas: gadgets, rare books, video games, garden tool, home decor items etc.
7. The CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit
The CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit includes a gadget that can teach cats of any age to “do business on the toilet”. The idea belongs to Rebecca Rescate from New York. After a five-step training system the gadget can be thrown away because pet kitties will relieve themselves on the regular toilet.
8. Cat Cafe
A cat cafe offers visitors the opportunity to drink a tea or a coffee in the company of many cats. In Asia this cafe concept is popular since 1998, when the first cat cafe was opened in Tokyo.
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9. Longcrofts Cat Hotel
Longcrofts is a five star luxury hotel dedicated to cats. The idea came to Abi Purser when she could not find a premium cattery in her area. Since 2010, when the first cat hotel was opened in Welwyn Garden City, other 4 Longcroft franchise hotels were opened across London and the South East.
10. Doggles – protective goggles for dogs
Roni Di Lullo initially came up with the idea of protective goggles for dogs to protect his dogs eyes from sunlight and wind. Doggles frames are flexible and snug-fitting. The goggles also have an adjustable elastic head and chin straps to keep them secure on the dog. Daily Mail dismisses the idea as “useless”, but the US military adopted it to protect the eyes of army dogs working in Iraq!
11. Pet Rock
Gary Dahl, a former advertising executive, had a unique business idea that made him rich in just 6 months. In 1975, inspired by his friends complaints about their pet, Gary Dahl come up with the idea of a rock that could be kept as pet. A rock didn’t need to be fed, walked, bathed and would not become sick or die. The rock pet was sent to customers in custom cardboard boxes with breathing holes and straw inside. A training manual was also included, with instructions on how to properly raise the Pet Rock.
The Pet Rock became available again in 2012 and the U.S trademark rights are hold by Rosebud Entertainment.
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12. Dog poop-scooping
Matthew Osborn is the pioneer in the poop-scooping business. In 1987 he opened Pet Butler in Columbus, Ohio in desperate need to make some extra money for his family. With time, this dirty job made him a millionaire. Today, Texas-based Pet Butler owned by Matt Boswell is the U.S. largest pet waste removal service.
13. Wuvit, the microwaveable pillows
Wuvit are little bags that provide soothing penetrating moist heat. The business idea belongs to Kim Levine, a housewife who wanted to make a great gift to her kids. When parents from the neighborhood started asking her in the middle of the night for a Wuvit for their kids, she realized the great opportunity. Today Kim Levine is a millionaire.
14. J&D’s Foods – a business devoted to bacon
J&D’s Foods is all about bacon. Beside all sort of delicious products based on bacon aroma, J&D’s Foods is famous for its bacon-flavored lip balm and the amazing Mmmvelopes. Mmmvelopes are delicious bacon-flavored envelopes that will make everyone wish to send a letter.
15. Purple Cloud Studio – maker of wearable human remains
Purple Cloud Studio is an art glass studio in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. Michele Palenik has 20 years of experience as a Jeweler. Her husband is a Funeral Director. The combination of their experiences lead to an unusual business idea of making custom keepsakes using the ashes of beloved family members and pets. Michele’s clients send about half a teaspoon of remains which she then seals in glass pendants, bowls, paperweights.
16. Mobile wedding chapel
The Wedding Wagon is a company based in Las Vegas that helps couples with small budget to have a memorable wedding. With just $129 the wedding wagon comes equipped with a minister, a witness and a fully decked-out mobile chapel. Clients can decide their wedding place.
17. Sympathy Food for grieving people
Usually people send flowers when they want to express their condolences to those who have recently lost a loved one. David Storke, a former funeral director from Virginia founded Sympathy Food because he believed that food is more useful for a grieving family. The company has a great success and delivers family-style meals all over the U.S.
18. Advanced Bio-Treatment
Advanced Bio-Treatment, based in Atlanta is a cleaning company. The unusual fact is that the company is specializing in biohazard decontamination such as: death scene cleanup, crime scene cleanup, suicide scene cleanup, accident cleanup.
19. Eternal Reefs
Eternal Reefs, based in Decatur, Georgia, mixes the ashes of cremated people into cement to form “reef balls”. This balls are then sunk into the ocean with the purpose of creating habitats for marine life.
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20. DeAnza Springs – clothing optional resort
DeAnza Springs is the largest clothing optional resorts in North America. The resort is situated on 500 acres of high desert (at 800 m) in Eastern San Diego County. The fantastic landscape offered by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park makes the place ideal for nude recreation.
21. Canned fresh air
Chen Guangbiao is a famous Chinese multimillionaire who has sold eight million cans of canned fresh air in just 10 days. The idea was part of Chen Guangbiao’s campaign to create awareness about the importance of environmental protection. The business man is known as a high-profile philanthropist.
Panda Poop Tea is the world’s most expensive tea. The reason for its high price is the use of fertilizer made from Panda’s faeces. Former teacher Mr Yan, the owner, says that 70 per cent of the nutrients are passed out in Panda’s faeces. The tea is growing on a patch of land in South-West China’s Sichuan Province. A cup of tea costs £131.
Photo source: metro.co.uk
23. Ancestor detective
Janice Sellers started the business in 2006 to help people interested to find their personal family histories. The prices range from between $50 and $70 per hour, without including expenses.
24. Mannequins for Sale or Rent
Mannequins Madness is a company based in California that sells and rents mannequins previously used by famous brands like Macy’s, Sears, Nike etc. The business won an award from the Environmental Protection Agency for recycling mannequins.
25. Your Novel – personalized romance novel
YourNovel is a business idea that belongs to husband and wife Kathy Newbern and J.S. Fletcher. Couples have the opportunity to be the hero and heroine in their own romance novel. The story is written according to the clients wish. It can be wild with a sexy side or mild, with a flirty tone.
26. Doll Hospital
The Doll Hospital, Sydney’s Famous Original Doll Hospital, celebrates 100 years of existence this year. Doll Hospital was established in 1913 by Harold Chapman, Jr. and now is managed by Geoff Chapman who represents the third generation of the family to run the business. The company repairs all types of dolls, teddy bears, rocking horses etc.
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27. Virtual Dating Assistants
Virtual Dating Assistants is a company founded in 2010 that is finding online dates for busy people. The dating experts also helps singles make their profile. At the beginning of the relationship, Virtual Dating Assistants is involved in the first email exchanges.
Robin Macy is recognized as one the bold new designers. Her company Vin-T-Bikini makes swimwear with a contemporary, downtown look.
29. Meet The Famous – Celebrity photo broker
Meet The Famous is a website where anyone who snaps a photo of a celebrity can send it. In turn, the website pitches the photos to a lot of outlets worldwide. If a media outlet picks a photo, the photographer gets 60% of the amount. Depending on the celebrity, the photographer can get from $10 to more than $100,000 on his photos.
30. Square watermelons
Square watermelons are the idea of farmers from the Japanese region of Zentsuji. The Square watermelons grow in glass boxes and are much more expensive than regular round watermelons. In Russia a square watermelon is sold at £500 and is bought by wealthy people just for fun.
Which unusual business ideas in our list are your favorite?
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