Worthy ideas for a small business

Business & entrepreneurship

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Feeling a bit under the weather right now, so I can only offer a quick post recommending that you check out Unusual Business Ideas That Work, which I found via Get Rich Slowly‘s new sidebar. The site profiles real small-business entrepreneurs who’ve come up with a wide variety of ways to make money.

My favorites are the guy who writes Santa letters to children and another who runs a document storage and retrieval service for other businesses. They’re doing well for themselves, and maybe it’s exactly because they’re in overlooked industries instead of high-tech or glamorous ones. Just like in many developing countries, where being an entrepreneur is sometimes your only choice, and becoming wealthy isn’t necessarily the primary goal.

In contrast, most people I know of (especially here in Silicon Valley) who dream of becoming entrepreneurs or VCs do so in the hopes of becoming rich or finding the next Google. Maybe there’s something to thinking “small” after all!


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