Business Ideas in Recreation

Certainly, the best business ideas are those that are based on your own recreational activities. It is surely nice to enjoy your form of recreation and maintain a business at the same time. If you are truly passionate about your recreational activity, you surely would find it easier to gain passion for your business. Thus, pursuing a recreation now is more than just a source of entertainment and relaxation.

Many of the greatest business ideas have actually been taken from recreational activities of entrepreneurs. You could turn your favorite recreation into a good business opportunity that would surely generate money. Here are several business ideas that could be practically culled from recreation.

Traveling

Since time immemorial, traveling has been a recreational activity that most influential and opulent individuals indulge into. Everybody surely could not resist the urge to go to places, especially those with superb tourism attractions. Traveling is more than a recreation. It is actually more of a luxury. Now, even the middle class and lower class people are striving so hard to partake and enjoy the leisure of traveling. Many people prefer to travel for their vacation.

Perhaps, you could startup a small traveling agency. You could make use of the basic knowledge you have garnered about the activity. You could out up an online travel business wherein you make use of your ability to write through coming up with travel guidelines, tips, and insights. Try out various options about traveling and generate good revenue from it.

Beauty

Many people are obsessed with beauty. Women and men alike almost always want to look gorgeous and appealing. If you have a passion for beauty, you may take it as a recreation. Perhaps, your own beauty regimen and practical knowledge could be a form of recreation you do during your idle moments.

Turn your beauty regimen into business. You may be using home remedies that could be shared to other people. You could prepare or formulate your own solutions and sell them as your own products. Now, you could earn from trying out herbs and other ingredients and turn them into effective beauty secrets or products that everyone would be willing to try out and use.

Food

Of course, indulging in good food is the best recreation. Who could ever resist the temptation to feast on the most sumptuous meals? The world simply loves to eat. If you take it as a recreation to enjoy different cuisines from all around the world, you could surely express your own passion for food in various ways. 

How about putting up your own restaurant? You could set up a theme or experiment using your top favorite dishes. Prepare lovely dishes and make other people appreciate your love for food, too. It is said the food businesses are almost always lucrative no matter what happens to the economy. Perhaps, you could also use your journalistic talent to promote and market your food business. The online media is a good venue to promote and even market your food products.

What’s Preventing You From Succeeding in Business?

While writing a series of articles on business planning, I had the opportunity to discuss the real-world applications of these ideas when meeting with clients.

Recently I sat down with a couple of smart, experienced guys. One of them was completing a near year-long course in a highly specialized trade.

This person wanted to start his own business.

The course gave them some “training” in doing so. In fact, over coffee, he pulled out several workbooks that he was expected to fill in so that they could help him with his plan. “Great” I thought, as starting to jot down your ideas makes business planning easier, for you or whomever you hire to put one together for you.

The problem was that the books were blank. Yes, there were words on the pages but where the individual was to start… there was nothing.

That reminded me of a previous article on the “size and scope” of the business plan. When you work in a field and/or are writing on a topic, you do not often start with a blank piece of paper. What we mean by that is that you come with your thoughts and analysis; your beliefs and prejudices; your experience and your background. Each of these things impacts on your process and on your Business Plan.

We acquired a well regarded planning kit that we were considering for a client and whether we would offer it to the public. The kit was very good (even excellent for the price) BUT the kit assumed:

You knew where to start

You knew Word

You knew Excel

You knew PowerPoint

You knew Marketing

You knew Accounting

And of course, you knew YOUR BUSINESS and how to write copy to express your business.

That is a lot of knowledge.

That is a lot of assumption.

That is a lot of hope.

The reality is that if you go to anyone who is strong in Product Development, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Legal issues or Computer applications – you are likely to get a plan that is strong in Product Development, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Legal issues or Computer applications.

In our experience, you would be best served by hiring a copywriter (unless you have a gift there) – but will they have the knowledge of the above topics? Probably not, but they, like us Business Analysts, learn to ASK questions and LISTEN to the answers. Many of the other professional types that we mentioned are busy thinking about what they KNOW and what they think that you should do, that they are not really listening.

Our experience is that is it best to ask a few questions and listen for a while.

The business person is an expert in their field (or has the passion to overcome the lack of expertise) AND the smart ones will admit to what they need…if you let them talk.

Do You Have an Idea For a Dream Business?

Generally a business idea starts as a dream. We all dream daily but most times we cannot remember what the dream was about. The best way to remember your dream is to always keep an ongoing journal or a small notebook by your bedside.

Immediately after you wake up jot down the person, place, things, colors, sounds or any minor details you may recall. Some details may be revealed as a business idea for a product even if it is unpleasant or vague and especially if you have dreams about the same things.

An example would be if your dream reveals to you the idea of playing with children’s toys. Take that idea and think of the many kinds of toys you can visualize and create. You can even expand on other accessories for this toy. This could be your new dream idea for a business.

Here are just a few ideas or suggestions:

1. Do extensive research on the different toys children really like

2. Do a random survey on different age groups

3. Do settle on a target age group to focus your plans for a toy

Perhaps you could ask a local school Principal’s permission to hand out surveys to their students. Print out a fun and colorful survey with pictures on it so the children can view and mark which items they prefer.

Certain age groups vary in their likes and dislikes. Write your survey for several groups to get a feel of what girls versus boys may like. Boys often like toys that make a loud noise whereas girls may like a quieter sound. Boys may not even notice the color of a toy while girls like softer colors like pink or yellow.

Now you see how your dream can turn into an business idea and possible expanding to include product accessories and school products like lunch boxes, dolls, trucks, comic books, etc.

Go for it!

Is Fear of Failure Holding You Back From Starting Your Own Painting Business?

It’s a known fact among house painters that over 90% of new painting businesses never make it past the first year. But did you also know that one of the main reasons so many good painters never get started is due to fear of failure? Fear of failure paralyzes painters into remaining in dead-end jobs doing this for bosses who don’t appreciate them and who barely pay them enough to survive.

Although our industry desperately needs better customer service oriented painters in the field, there is a right and wrong way to go about getting started. The thought process for most house painters considering starting their own business is “I know how to paint so I will start my own painting business” but it quickly becomes clear that there is more to owning a business then the ability to apply paint well. Don’t get me wrong good skills are a very important part of the process, but there are two other skill sets that must be developed also. Having a grasp of these two skill sets practically eliminates the fear of failure and will put you on a firm foundation to grow your painting business.

The first skill set is marketing, which is the ability to get your phone ringing and consistently bring in new work.

The second skill set is bidding and estimating, which is the ability to come up with the right price and land jobs on a consistent basis. There are really only two ways to develop these two areas of specialized knowledge. You can take the frustrating, costly and time-consuming route of trying to figure it out on your own through trial and error, or you can research study and apply proven techniques found in a quality painting business building home study course.

My point is that the information gathering phase is arguably the most important first step, but unfortunately it’s also the most overlooked. The good news is there’s one sure fire way to overcome the fear of failure and that is to gather information and educate yourself about what it takes to start, profit and succeed before you jump right in. Spend some time searching the Internet looking for websites and gathering information such as articles and interviews, presented by people who are already experiencing the type of success that you would like to achieve.

Decide what type of paint jobs you would like to target (for example, interior residential repaints). Speak to your local professional store manager and ask questions about your local market. The funny thing about the fear of failure is that it only exists because of “lack of knowledge”.

So if you spend some time gathering information from credible sources about how to develop a cost effective marketing system and how to competitively and profitably bid and estimate paint jobs you will quickly gain the confidence to finally take the step and be your own boss. The more knowledge you gain before you get started, the greater your chance for long-term predictable success.

How to Start a Purse Party Business – The Essentials

If you are looking for a way to make money out of your home or simply supplement your regular employment income, starting a purse party consulting business could be a great option for you. In contrast to a number of other home party businesses which have fixed catalogs of products which you are required to pick from, purse parties really are a more flexible business model for the reason that the purse party consultant has the luxury of determining the types of purses, handbags and accessories which she wishes to market at the party depending on her own personal tastes and the preferences of the guests who will be attending.

Below, we’ll talk about how to start a purse party business and some of the things that you need to consider.

Understanding Your Guests and Their Personal Tastes

You have the option of offering a very large range of items through your designer handbag party from designer handbags, designer look-alike bags and inexpensive but trendy purses. Exactly what handbags you promote at your purse party business will be determined by who is attending. Knowing your attendees and their tastes before hand will ensure that you have the right types of merchandise available at your party.

How To Start a Purse Party Business – Finding Dependable Distributors

An important factor in creating a flourishing handbag party business is selecting solid suppliers.

To ensure a broad enough range of merchandise, you’ll want to make sure that your supplier has the following bases covered:

– Brand Name Purses

– “No name” reproduction designer Purses

– Stylish and Economical Handbags

It’s really important that you find the right suppliers for your new business. Customers pay in advance for their merchandise so you should choose distributors who will be able to deliver product in a timely fashion.

Products on hand

One of the things that is nice about starting a purse party business is that you can get going on a modest budget and expand the line of purses that you carry as your business expands. Having even a modest supply of hands-on sample purses and handbags with you at your first purse party will still engage your guests and get them pumped about the merchandise you have to offer.

Guest Invitations

When you first start out, you’ll host your own handbag party. You can invite your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. If you have a lot of people on your potential invite list, you can even break your list up and host multiple parties as small, more intimate purse parties often work the best.

How to Start a Purse Party Business. Planning Your Handbag Party

To create a successful first handbag party, you’ll want to make a short list of things to do. You’ll find that your “to do” list will expand to include more items once your purse party business really starts to take off and you decide what works best for your particular situation. To get going, your first to do list should cover off the following items:

* Distributing invites along with a brief description of how purse parties work and a description of the types of merchandise you will be offering.

* Plan on offering some simple appetizers and some drinks like red and white wine to liven up the party.

* Games – Planning some party games will lighten the mood of the big event while having a door or raffle prize will keep people interested in your merchandise and increase your bottom line!

How to Start a Purse Party Business – Setting Up Your Display

A good looking and well arranged display of the purses you have to offer will always make a good initial impression as guests come in. Try to arrive at least 30 minutes before invitees to set up your display. Most consultants will include in their display sales leaflets, catalogs and other promotional items. Place your display table on one side of the room leaving lots of room for your party-goers to hang out and look at the purses. You may also want to put out some business cards which can generate some repeat business from your guests.

Growing a Lucrative Enterprise

The tips and suggestions above will help you get your purse party business off to a great start and will ultimately lead to requests for your services and referrals from others in attendance. Coupled with other unique and innovative marketing strategies that you can easily implement, you can expect that your purse party business will get off to an excellent start and grow into an excellent source of income for you.