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Exploring Business Ideas

When it comes to creating businesses, the internet has a clear advantage: here there are niches for (almost) everything.

Because an offline business always has to take into account a mandatory variable: that what it sells will be bought in its closest physical environment, with what should be a service or generalist product or focused on a very specific type of population.

However, in online business it is enough to find, throughout the globe, a group of people numerous enough (or eccentric) who want to buy what you offer, no matter how absurd. And that is precisely what our protagonists did (some of them, even without the help of the internet). Welcome to the most absurd (and profitable) businesses in history.

1.- The web of the million dollars. One of the classics. In 2005, a very young Alex Tew needed money to pay for his university career. At 21 years old, this young English man could not think of anything else but to set up the million dollar website, a horrendous site that was made up of a million tiny banners that sold one dollar a unit.

An absurd idea? Surely, but also tremendously profitable. As each banner barely occupied a pixel, Alex soon changed his mind and, in order to make advertisers show more interest, he went on to sell the 100 in 100 banners. Due to his bizarre character, the web became more famous and this battle for the visibility made many companies buy hundreds of banners.

In just five months of activity on the web, Alex managed to pocket a total of 1.03 million dollars, which would have given him to study all the races he had wanted.

In 1975, the American Gary Dahl was a simple creative director who worked for various advertising agencies. One night, in a meeting with friends, everyone ended up commenting and making jokes about how dirty pets are and how great it would be to have one that does not get in the way.

And, put to continue with stupidity, Gary picked up a stone, put it in a box and tried to sell it for $ 3.95 under the name of Pet Rock. And if the thing already seemed crazy in itself, this creative even came to elaborate a manual of care for the stone, not to die for the deficient care of their owners.

What started as a monumental bullshit ended up being a millionaire business. Six months later, Gary already sold 10,000 units of Pet Rock. This curious entrepreneur died last month, and it is estimated that this rare invention gave him more than 15 million dollars.

In the end we can try to look as worthy as we want, but, as the great Leslie Nielsen said, "nothing is as funny as the sound of a fart". In 2008, at the height of smartphones, the developer Joel Comm decided to launch one of the most absurd applications that has ever been seen: a fart machine. As simple as downloading the app, install it and press a button so that so sinuous sound impregnates the environment.

Despite the simple idea, Joel decided to sell his app for $ 0.99 and include a list of different sounds according to the quality or type of flatulence chosen by the user. At the beginning of 2009, iFart already had more than 350,000 downloads and invoiced $ 10,000 a day.

How many times have you put a smiley face on your computer or mobile? Surely thousands, since the famous smiley has become one of the most representative icons of our contemporary digital culture. However, what you probably do not know is that there are two people who have been covered thanks to him.

This is Bernard and Murria Spain, who, in 1963, drew this smiley face to one of their clients. Given the good reception it had, a short time later they decided to register it as a trademark with the caption Have a nice day (Have a nice day). An idea as simple as a millionaire: in all this time, the famous smiley has generated more than 500 million dollars.

Another success that has not even needed to make use of the internet to make its creator millionaire. In 1997, the American Jason Wall, who knows if inspired by the smileys of before, decided to design some balls with these smiley faces to place them on the antennae of the cars. An idea as tacky as, in the end, profitable.

Wall soon began selling them in small dealerships in California, until one day Walmart arrived and offered to sell them in all their distribution chains. In 2006, AntennaBalls sold more than 500,000 balls per month. Over time they have managed to turn Walls into an entrepreneurial millionaire who sells his balls in stores around the world.

In 2003, the American Marty Metro observed the brief life of used moving boxes, so he had a sensational idea: sell for a dollar a few boxes ... that had cost him 10 cents a unit. Brilliant, right? Well you can see that nobody took the opposite, because he invested $ 300,000 in the business and, amazingly, it was ruined.

About Author David Eames :

David Eames writes for several websites. He also contributes for local busiinesses such as dentist in avondale and others alike.

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