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    • 14 posts
    May 9, 2011 6:05 AM EDT

    I`m going to agree with Jeff... energy is huge. I`d love to hear about innovative companies in this sector.

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    October 11, 2006 4:38 AM EDT

    Hello all!

    I believe that the next `big thing` as far as home based business will be the Agel network marketing business opportunity.

    Before joining Agel , I spent a month doing research on this company , I researched many other company`s and  I have not found in the other network marketing company`s what I found in Agel. The leadership, compensation plan, products and timing. - Agel has it all!

    My guess is that most people who are looking to build a home based business - are not just looking to earn a good 4000 dollars a months, Today  people are looking to build wealth and to build it from home.

     When I joined the network marketing industry I did so because I was really looking to create wealth and not just an extra income on the side. I can only speak for myself by saying that in order to work from home and build wealth - one has to really choose the right home based business program for him/her self , There are many wacky home based businesses out there that will promise you all diffrent kind of things.I was looking for honesty and that I found with Agel.

    Google Agel and check it out,

    Have a great day!

     

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    August 14, 2007 5:56 PM EDT
    Ideas to try (free for the taking, and worth the price):

    "Veggie Credits"    Similar to carbon credits, but for guilty meat-eaters.  Do it frivolously with buttons and bumper stickers, or seriously by channeling donations to worthy hunger-fighting organizations, or both.  Put Google AdWords on your site.  (Can "Chocolate Credits" be far behind...)

    "Boycott Nation"    Got a person, country or cause you seriously like or dislike?  Boycott-Nation.com makes it easy to take a stand just by buying or avoiding associated products.  Example: "Obnoxious celebrity X endorses Beverage Y.   Bookseller A contributes to Democratic (or Republican) causes.  Automaker Z sponsors public TV or inner-city sports programs, etc."  Users make suggestions and compare notes.  Post Google AdWords.

    "Baby Boomer Itch Cream"   Relieves that nagging itch to change your life.  Use every morning "for that contented feeling".  For those 50th Birthday parties.

    "Feelgood Truck Sign"  Shaped like those triangular flip-over "hazard" signs you see on trucks, but with a choice of  messages such as "Warning -- I Feel [Cranky] [Wonderful] [Confused] [etc.]".  The next "Baby on Board" fad?

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    November 16, 2006 2:48 AM EST

    I agree with the person that said invest in the baby boomers.  They have a lot of money to spend, have saved up quite a bit, travel often, are independent livers and are actively involved in the gyms.  My top business ideas for them (some of which are already in place)

    1. Elder gyms - gyms geared towards folks over 50 with programs that target issues that might affect that age group and older.

    2. Travel companies that cater to the 50+ crowd.  Set up tours and packages that appeal to that group.

    3. The concierge services for the elderly that want company or a little help shopping and doing their daily routines.

    4. Set up companies that are comprised of these folks as panels of experts that help people set up businesses, develop their ideas...etc.  In other words, have them act as consultants.  They can work part time and make some money to keep their lifestyle great.  Many of them may be retired but bored and looking for something to do.

    5. Invest in land abroad and build and sell timeshares to babyboomers who would like exotic locations for their travel destinations but don`t want to have to keep looking for a place to stay.  It seems to be a growing trend.

    That`s my 10 cents.

    Blu

    Blupanther2006-11-20 8:55:42

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    November 20, 2006 2:55 AM EST

    LOLLOL to Blu...,  I`m a baby boomer and yes I have money and yes I travel but no, I don`t go to any gym(s) and thanks for your 10 cents worth.  LOL, did you mean comprised in number 4?

    Thanks

    RSchlieper (Ron)

    Yes I did.  Sigh...old...ummm...I mean....getting older is affecting my eyesight and typing...sniff.  Time to be a consultant!

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    • 28 posts
    February 8, 2008 6:35 PM EST
    Rich,
     
    I`m new to the board but don`t mind sharing ideas. If I learned anything it`s that ideas are abundant.  Here`s one of mine:
     
    1.  Online Video Learning - Think Youtube with a purpose.  Up until now Youtube has been nothing more than a fun site to visit for goofy or silly videos. My vision is a similar site with real educational content. You could focus on specific industries or professions - I`m a lawyer so a site that provided forms, videos, podcasts on issues would be very helpful. Same could be done for the healthcare, teaching, realestate or just about any other profession that`s information intensive.
     
    If anyone`s interested in kicking related ideas around, I`m open!!
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    February 8, 2008 6:52 PM EST
    Thanks. I`ll check it out.
     
    BTW - great podcast. I listened to my first StartupNation podcast on my way to work today. It truly inspired me to start capitalizing on the hundreds of creative business ideas that seem to come out of nowhere for me. Now if I can only focus on one and get it launched! 
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    February 8, 2008 7:34 PM EST
    Howcast is very neat and I think it`s got a lot of potential.  The site is very impressive.  Not quite what I had in mind however.
     
    My idea is to tailor video/audio content for the professional that`s looking for real meaty content and is willing to pay for it.  Example, a lawyer out in the country needs to draft and negotiate an agreement in an area that`s new to him.  That lawyer can log onto a website and download sample agreements and view a video or listen to a podcast by an expert in the area.  The subject matter expert gets paid a royalty everytime their content is viewed and may get referral business as well.  Site operator - I.e. me gets the viewing/subscription fee.  You would obviously have to screen content authors somehow to make sure the quality and expertise is there.
     
    I would be interested in hearing your take on this idea.  What challenges/obstacles do you see?
     
     
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    April 3, 2008 2:22 PM EDT
    Dr. Dave and DrEZ,
     
    I think if the content you provide is real helpful vs. fluff people will pay. Perhaps you can give them a free trial and let them check it out. If they like what they see they`ll pay for future access.
     
     
    • 19 posts
    December 26, 2007 8:40 PM EST
    Jeff (and others),

    for a totally different business idea, you might consider the world of promotional advertising. This is an estimated $19 Billion market in the U.S.

    I started in this industry back in 1984, when the products where know as advertising specialties. In addition to terminology changes, the focus has also changed. Promotional advertising can be used in almost and infinite number of ways, including Recruiting Tools, Safety Reminders and Rewards, Employee Gifts, Trade Show Handouts, Collateral Materials for multi-media campaigns, Door opener on sales calls, Commemorative items for grand opening, company anniversary, and other major corporate event, New product introduction

    The business model has been updated, so I have outsourced all the financial and sales tax burdens to the company I represent, in order to have more time to focus on sales and marketing, both online and off.

    Many of the traditional products are still available, but newer products embrace technology and include LED flashlights, USB memory sticks, MP3 and other portable music devices, music and ringtone download cards, CD/DVD cases, laptop carry bags, and many other items.

    The business can be operated online, off line, or both, as well as full or part-time.

    This industry has been my full-time career for just over 20 years, after gaining experience and building my customer base for 3 years on a part-time basis.

    Dennis

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    October 3, 2012 9:35 PM EDT

    I was fortunate to find my niche in the promotional advertising industry, selling B2B, over 28 years ago.  And I'm more passionate about it today than I was when it was all so new and exciting to me.

    It's a great industry, that the average person either is born into it through a family member or else discovers it after retirement from their life-long career.

    Starting from scratch wasn't easy, especially for a sole-bread winner, but the long-term rewards were definitely worth the lean years in the beginning.

    Now, my business is relatively recession and disaster-proof, having survived a direct hit from Hurricane Rita and all the economic turmoil of the past 4 years.  In spite of the current conditions, I just finished my latest sales year with a 38% increase in sales and started the new year with a 25% increase for September.

    I'll consider retirement in 38 years at my 97th birthday.  No way do I want to quite prematurely.

    And I encourage others to explore the options of what could be the best low-cost, home-based opportunity for them today!

    Dennis Bevers

    BASSCO, Inc.

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    August 14, 2007 8:54 AM EDT

    I just got on board with Prepaid Legal. I think the time is ripe for small business owners to have the same legal counsel that big corporations have without haveing to bankrupt themselves in the process. The compensation plan is sound, they`ve been in business for 35 years and they have a great product that is needed more than ever and small business owners get to write it off as a cost to doing business! If you`re interested go to: www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/bethmergens

    BTW...you can buy their stock on the NY Stock Exchange...how`s that for a sound company!

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    August 15, 2007 2:11 PM EDT
    Seems to me that most businesses then fall into an MLM format. For instance, Law firms, Realtors, Insurance, Healthcare, etc...most are owned by a broker or some individual who needs some sort of licensing and then employs others. The only difference now is that a lot of people work out of their homes and don`t need the building to function.
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    August 15, 2007 7:41 PM EDT
    It`s unfortunate that the Amways of the world tainted the real live experience of selling a good product that benefits the public and provides a wage for the salesperson. Business experience has many levels: customer service, marketing, sales, etc... "Real" business learning results from taking the risks and making the adjustments necessary to succeed. This is not to be confused with getting good counsel, sound financial management, savvy marketing, etc... these are things that cannot be taught from a book and rarely if ever is understood from a manager`s perspective.
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    August 16, 2007 8:44 AM EDT
    Loved those websites!!! Thanks for the tip!
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    August 16, 2007 3:46 PM EDT
    As you said "in your little world" you cannot see the need. There is a perfect financial storm brewing and I`m poised to help people get through it. So...that coffee will be fresh roasted and served to me while on vacation because I`ll be reaping the reward of helping people protect their identities, helping small business afford the legal help that is cost prohibitive and educating those same business people in the process. Oh, and should I need an attorney it won`t cost me $200 to talk to him...I`ll be getting top representation for a fraction of what you`ll pay when you over estimate your ability on some financial transaction and it requires an attorney to undo your shoot from the hip decision..
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    August 17, 2007 6:03 AM EDT
    Nothing is perfect OldNikko...and the firm hired to represent is one of the top in each state. They are on retainer to the tune of some very big money so cannot afford to get a bad rap. As for the mouseprint, every lawfirm has it...it`s just packaged differently. I, too, once paid the big money but got burned due to trusting a friend (investment advisor) who referred this firm to me with the logic: "If you have a problem with their work, they have deep pockets vs a one man show." True, but what went unsaid was the integrity of the attorney referred. That particular firm had a good rep but also an arrogant attitude that IMO caused me harm due to the attorney`s ignorance of my particular issue. Rather than turn us over to a more qualified person we got to pay for his learning curve. If we had PPL that would never have happened and we would have had a specialist handling our issue from the start. Could I go back and sue them...sure...but remember they have deep pockets which wouldn`t represent me in that situation. Your big guy attorney is specialized in one maybe two areas of the law. Just one question...are all your legal questions due to one or two areas of the law? BTW, the firms hired by PPL are large, well respected firms with specialists covering every aspect of the law.
    • 7 posts
    August 21, 2007 11:11 AM EDT

    Did I miss something...who is Mike?

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    January 22, 2008 4:37 PM EST
    Baby Boomers want lifestyle and health as they move into retirement. Anything that meets this need can do well.

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    February 12, 2008 11:07 AM EST
    Devin,
    It is a network marketing business that I have heard of, but have no personal experience with. Having found both failure and success with this type of business, I can tell this: if you treat it like a hobby, you`ll get the financial results of a hobby- they cost you money. If you treat it like a business you can (no guarantees) get the results of a business- businesses earn you money.
     
    Let me ask you this: Are you passionate enough about this service to share it with everyone you know because of the great blessing it will be for them, including family and close friends? Why or why not?
     
    If you are excited about the product, that will communicate to others, kind of like sharing about a great movie you saw and telling all your friends they need to see it too.
     
    Best Regards,
    Scott & Laurie
    dsprindle2/12/2008 5:14 PM

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    February 12, 2008 4:35 PM EST
    Wow. I was thinking about this very idea for our area in R.I. today.

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    August 15, 2007 12:18 PM EDT
    MLM`s are simply ponzi schemes regardless of the spin put upon them or whether you change the name, leveraged marketing, network marketing, etc.. Seen way too many to believe any of the claims people make. If it`s such a great plan - simply hire people at $10/hour - keep all the profits for yourself. You`ll be a billionaire in no time according to the payplans.

    I believe the best businesses are ones that
    1) satisfy a need that people are willing to pay for


    txbassguy2007-8-15 17:19:37

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    August 15, 2007 12:48 PM EDT
    there is always something to buy in order to keep playing. there is no such thing as a free lunch.

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    October 2, 2006 3:43 PM EDT
    I`d dive into online game development.
     
    I think Massive Multiplayer Online Games have recently been embraced by an even larger community base with the release of World of Warcraft. This market keeps pulling in more subscribers. The technology will become so outstanding virtual worlds will increase the gaming population & online addiction.
     
     
     

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    January 2, 2007 8:11 AM EST

    I agree that I have often used MLM and the term "scam" interchangeably.  I appreciate the comment from IdeasandInnovations on December 29 that the two are not interchangeable.

    If a legitimate product is being bought and sold through MLM, it is a legitimate business not a scam.

    We also often get caught in "scams" because we fail to read everything associated with the program.

    1) Be sure a legitimate product is being bought and sold (whether it`s marketing tools or health products),

    2) If you get involved in an MLM, be sure the products are something you yourself use, and

    3) Investigate the program as much as you can before getting involved.

    cjpeeps2007-1-2 14:13:55

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