Local tech service with a twist

Most tech services offer the service of coming to your house and installing computers and fixing broken computers.

In this service, you’d offer to local businesses to come and set up their:

  • POS systems
  • Staff rostering software
  • Ecommerce website
  • Event pages
  • CRM
  • Project Management software
  • Online bookings page

Advertising could be in via the local paper or through targeted Google Ads in the local area.

Resources for retirees and semi-retired workers

Set up a website that gives detailed outlines on low-tech ways (because I love low-tech!) to start a side business as a retired or semi-retired person. Could be set up as a stand-alone website with the add-ons being a community, a job board (for people wanting experienced workers) and short courses on the basics.

Dog Toy Manufacturing

I’d love to see someone bring out a dog treat holder (around the size of a Wii remote) that releases a dog treat with one push. It would also have a clicker installed on the side so you could click for your dog to hear and then reward them when they come.

Popup shop in a box

This idea is to sell a kit (similar to an IKEA kit) where it has everything that someone would need to run a pop-up shop in a standard retail environment. This idea could be teamed with a retail space marketplace where you list vacant spaces that are available for rent and also include the option to purchase the pop up shop kit that includes tables, chairs, POS etc in several different styles from conservative through to extra creative.

This idea would also work with kits for people wanting to sell their products at local markets. You might need some different configurations as tables may be included but the concept will be the same.

Finding sponsors for books

Over the years, I’ve heard some success stories of people getting corporate sponsors for their non-fiction books.

The gist of the idea is that you find a sponsor looking to cover the first print run and perhaps some of the marketing and they, in exchange, get to have their logo + a blurb in the front of your book.

In this idea, you’d be the connector between corporate sponsors and budding authors. The key steps would be getting the sponsors to outline the genres and sub categories where they’d like to sponsor ie an accounting software company looking to sponsor books on accounting and the have authors list their books before connecting the two.

The connection could be done manually in private, could be done via targeted emails to corporate sponsors on new books in their niche or could be done through an open marketplace.

Plenty of options with the biggest hurdle being the fragmented marketplace of potential sponsors and non-fiction authors.

ATS

This idea is to go to job boards and also to offer to businesses to set up a custom applicant tracking system. To set this up, you’d need to buy a website domain name and set up a site, learning how to create your own applicant tracking system using the Podio system. Charging a fixed monthly fee of $29 per month, he could create custom applicant tracking systems for businesses that they could use on a once-off or ongoing basis.

If you didn’t want to learn Podio, you could look to use an alternative applicant tracking software system like Workable.

How to start a niche bookstore

Do you love books and you’re looking for a way to sell books online without the problems of inventory?

With this idea, you create a niche online bookstore and list bestselling books for people to buy. The links take people through to an affiliated bookstore where the customer completes the purchase.

The customer gets the book they wanted and you pick up around 5% in affiliate fees on all the products they buy in that particular online shopping trip.

How this idea works?

  • Choose your niche and grab a memorable website name. When considering the big move across to digital books, I’d recommend looking at potential categories where people still prefer a hard copy i.e. cookbooks, notebooks, possibly travel guides.
  • Start your website. For this one, I’d go for WordPress (hosted) with a one-click install.
  • Grab a theme that allows you to list a book and link out to an affiliated store. The Chipmunk theme is easy to use but you could also try the Upvote theme.
  • Fill up your store
  • Start your marketing (don’t forget to cross-post on Pinterest)

Tweaks?

You could look to start an affiliate site for almost anything. Sign up to some of the bigger affiliate platforms to find what they’re offering.

 

How to start an online document creation service

For this business idea you’ll be taking a older way of doing business and bring into the new age.

In this business what you be doing is making it easier for people who are currently sending out physical documents to have them signed and returned to them.

The new process for them would be that they would have their clients fill in a form online, sign the document online and then have those documents sent back to their office.

Tools that you’ll need (if not custom-coding):

Check out our recommended section for getting your domain name & website set up.

An example of a site using a similar process is Farewill.

Tweaks – you could alter this process to automate the processing and signing of different types of documents including:

  • will
  • NDA (non-disclosure agreement) builder
  • lease agreement
  • mortgage documents
  • financial planning documents
  • permission notes
  • direct debit docs for gyms etc

How to start a WP business for starting & hosting websites

Idea: A service business for starting a WP site

How It Works

The service is for people wanting to start their own WordPress site but not having the technical ability to buy a domain, connect it to a hosted website and install a theme. We would offer the ability to order a website (based on a selection of themes), order the domain name and have the customer be sent:

  • the WordPress login details
  • their domain name details (registered in their name)
  • a link to a video on how to perform the common tasks in WordPress (create blog post, change photos, add text etc)
  • option to have paid ongoing support

How I’d Start This Business

Expected Costs

  • $10 for domain name
  • $25pm for hosting
  • $70 for theme
  • Optional Typeform subscription of $29 per month

How to start a Project Management Software Review Website

With the success of sites like Site Builder Report (that earns over $44k per month), creating a review site using WordPress is an idea that you might want to try.

The key to building this type of product review website is to find a set of products with sufficient complexity to warrant the need for a review site.

For website builders, I looked into over 40 website builders when looking for the perfect fit. It was a tedious process and it took hours to watch the explainer videos, sign up and register, analyse the pricing and do comparisons, see what were the tiny differences, unsubscribe from the hundreds of sequence emails and end up with my final choice.

Make it easy for people and do the hard work for them.

Steps to starting this would be:

  • Grab yourself a memorable domain name (it is a little harder in this space as the main keywords, project management software, are sooooo long and I generally like shorter names)
  • You could use a hosted website builder but for this one, I’d recommend hosting + one-click WordPress install
  • Grab a product review WordPress theme. I checked out about 12 and only liked three (including this one and this one). There is also a plugin if you already have WordPress and want to keep your theme
  • Find the top project management systems over at G2Crowd, Capterra, Product Hunt or alternativeTo
  • Use a tool like Excel or Podio to categorise the top project management software systems according to their main features and pricing
  • Get started signing up for project management software trials
  • Start writing reviews

Areas for revenue:

  • Affiliate partnerships. I’d take a guess that around 30% of the PM software companies offer affiliate or partner programs. Not ideal but you could ask the other companies if they’d be willing to offer a pay-per-lead or pay-per-sale commission payment
  • Ad-sponsored. As a higher cost keyword, project management could be a win in terms of placing ads on your site. Options for this include Adwords or approaching PM software companies directly and asking if they’d like to pay per month for sponsorship. Use a tool like Plasso to handle the monthly payments.
  • Email. Use the site to build an email list and then upsell on courses (that you have affiliate relationships with), products etc. Ensure you’re providing a tonne of value and keep your email sending to a minimum. No spammers here.

Tweak the idea:

  • Apply this idea to other top software categories to make a help desk software review website, email marketing software review site or online accounting review website.

I hope this helps!