I was listening to Bryan Dodge`s radio show "Build a Better You" and he interviewed Jeff Crilley, a noted television reporter, who lectures and wrote a book on how to get free publicity. If you need PR ideas, check out his website at: www.jeffcrilley.com
As I`ve mentioned before I`m not the entrepreneuial type by nature. But it is a topic I like to explore just for it`s possibilities. My hero is my Uncle Tony. He is a retired Army General. For as long as I`ve known, he has owned a pawn shop. But he saw a street sweeper machine one day. He researched it and shortly thereafter, he bought a street sweeping machine. Now he owns the only street sweeping business in his town and has lots of contracts. A few years later, he saw a parking lot being re-striped. So he researched it, and shortly thereafter, he bought a striping machine. Now, not only does his company clean parking lots and streets, they also paint stripes for parking lots.
What impresses me is that he started all of his businesses just based on observation and research. And he did most of his reseach before the Internet was available.
So it gives me hope that if I strengthen my ability to observe and develop good research skills, I`ll eventually find the business the ignites my passion.
Getting from home to work when your car is in the shop and there is no public transportation available. Shouldn`t repair shops offer an transportation service?
Who takes care of our pets when we are away? Sure, Dogs can go to kennel to commune with their kind. But cats would prefer to stay at home.
Do I really have time to take half a day off work waiting for a plumber to show up to do 30 minutes of work?
How about matching services to link people to like minded others for vacation and travel opportunities. We don`t want to be "hooked up"; we just don`t want to go alone.
Why do I have to be totally responsible for everything. Can`t I hire a manager for particular issues?
This is just a quick thought. Has anyone noticed that few companies focus on Single people? I`m not talking about younger people who are unmarried. I`m talking about us 40-somethings, who either never got married or who got married and divorced. I call us Singularities because we all have unique reasons for why we are single. For some people, it is by choice, but for others it is due to circumstance. I think we are a unique demographic, because when the only person you can depend on is yourself, that creates a unique set of needs and wants.