Offering white-labelled services

In this model, you take your regular freelance work and instead of going directly to market to locals, referrals or freelancing platforms, you get in contact with complimentary businesses and offer for them to offer your services in a white-label way.

The meaning of white-label in this context is that your business brand is hidden from the client and your work is seen as coming from the complimentary business as one of their employees. The main benefit for the complimentary business is the additional servies they can offer and the main benefit for you is being able to get work from one or several reliable sources.

Software Training Website

This concept is to create a website that shows user profiles of people who are able to offer online or on-site software training for businesses. This may be a service that is offered to new staff in a company or if a company switched software and wants their whole staff to be trained properly. Companies would be able to look through staff profiles and click a button to schedule time for an initial phone call and then to schedule a time for the training. Using online booking software with multi-users, you could handle the staff booking & the online payments and could even offer online tips for staff. You could set up a video sharing service like Appear In (with individual rooms per staff member) for the training calls.

The revenue share could be a % of the income from each trainer.

There could also be an option to sell training packages and online courses that compliment the training until additional staff members come on (without having online training that competes against the service option).

School Hours job board

This idea to be looking at creating a custom job board with jobs only showing for within school hours. The main benefit of this type of job board is that people would be to find jobs where they could work within the school hours of their children. The way that you would start this business is to buy a domain name, you would look at a hosted job board software system, connect up the two, do research into job boards that already exist and send emails to advertisers asking if they would like to advertise on your site as well.

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.