Wedding rings signify several important elements in a couple’s life: eternal love, devotion, commitment, fidelity, honor and respect and the bond of unity, but not all marriages run smoothly.
One problem affecting relationships is Infidelity and depending on what study you read, half of all divorces are due to infidelity. I don’t know if this is true, but certainly, infidelity happens.
What would you do if your partner cheated? Would you end the relationship or forgive your spouse and take them back?
Some people choose to continue the relationship, but how do you rebuild the relationship and trust that was broken? The rings exchanged during the wedding no longer signify devotion, commitment and fidelity.
“Uncomfortable” rings could be a new product idea to design and sell to people with cheating spouses. By designing rings to be uncomfortable, cheating spouses would be constantly reminded of and punished for their infidelity. Wearing uncomfortable rings would also show renewed commitment and devotion to the relationship.
If you thought that there were no new ideas in this world, check out the stunning bag inspiration by Amaoto Hesori-Go-Ai (I used Google Translate so I’m not sure if this is right) on the artists website.
The artist creates bags, key rings and accessories that resemble realistic animals. The artists’ work focuses mostly on insects and creepy crawlies, but you will see other creatures like fish and turtles and mammals meticulously crafted into bags.
I don’t know much else about the artist, but these are some of the coolest bags and accessories I’ve seen. The designs make me want to design and sell my own line of animal bags, then I remember all the other businesses I want to start.
For many people Indoor plants are a source of great joy. They are good for your health and wellbeing and add visual beauty to your indoor spaces. The trend in indoor plants is growing and I see an opporunity in cool and unique pots, that compliment the plants and add to your homes décor.
There is plenty of opportunity to be creative with your designs, but it might be a good idea to consider designs that will appeal to the greatest number of people, as opposed to a small niche.
This is soemthing I would love to do. I love plants and I love creative design.
This is a really fun idea that allows for a lot of creativity in design. Children’s magnetic boards are a great activity for kids to learn and have fun, but I have noticed that most of the products available are extremely boring!
This is great news for you if you are looking for an existing product with potential that you can improve on for sale under your own brand. The size, shape and design are only limited by your creativity.
You could create boards to help with learning words, colours and shapes or develop a game to play on the board. As an example I found a League of Legends map and created a magnet board concept that would make a great interactive game for kids to play by themselves or with friends.
Skyscrapers with different magnet characters to place in the windows, Township maps with magnet people and animals to place around (they could even have magnet conversation bubbles), zoos with animal magnets and under the sea with sea creature magnets are just some of the ideas I can think of.
This is a business idea that you could have a lot of fun with. The idea is to start a fictional company (it could be anything) and sell merchandise for that company. Just like Coca Cola and other brands sells merchandise for their companies.
You could create fictional brands for foods and drinks, space companies, companies based on books or movies or fictional tourist destinations. There are endless possibilities for this idea.
“I surfed the biggest…”, “I rode the…”, “I saw the…”, these are the start of slogans that could be used for fictional tourist merch.
I designed a quick logo for a fictional company based on elements from the Neal Asher, Polity novels. The Squerms are a fiction creature genetically engineered from tube worms, sea louse and lobsters and are exported from Planet Masada for their essence extract. I thought they would be the perfect inspriation for a fictional brand. Could you mistake this for a real company?
Swift Hammer Leather is a handmade leather business that specializes in unique custom leather goods: bracelets, cuffs, bracers, vanguards, wallets, belts, corsets, cardholders, cosplay gear, larp pieces, archery equipment, weapon holsters, journals and journal covers, bike seats, watch bands, Apple watch bands, badges, patches, camera straps, and anything you can think of.
“Ever since my lovely girlfriend and business partner, Celeste, gifted me a leathercrafting starter kit on my 21st birthday I’ve been obsessed with growing my art. Once the tiny box I stuffed all of my finished products in was full, we took a crack at trying to sell them. Our first vending opportunity was such a huge success that we couldn’t just ignore the option of growing this business further. We are always open to a challenge- feel free to contact us for any custom project you can think of.”
The products are amazing and the business does things with leather that I haven’t seen before. I love the coloured stains and textures used in the various products. The intricate designs remind me of the fantasy art and design elements from Hearthstone.
I will admit, when I first saw these designs I wanted to start a leather craft business inspired by Swift Hammer leather and Hearthstone design elements (if you’ve played the game you will know what I’m talking about). Then I realized, I already have enough business ideas I want to start.
If you have some great ideas or skills in leather craft, this could be a good business for you.
Improvement in technology has made it easier for anyone to access thousands of books on their hand-held devices. As technology grows and improves accessibility to content, I see more and more people moving away from physical book copies. It might not happen for decades, but I think physical books will eventually disappear from the mainstream market.
In saying that, Children’s books are still popular amongst people who want physical copies. I think parents and children prefer to have a physical copy to hold onto and go through together. Not to mention, tablets and smart phones can be detrimental to children’s development.
Eventually this will change with the growing technological shift and children will be reading books with more interactivity on tablets and smart phones. I think children’s books will become animated and interactive, with the animations syncing with your reading and having touch screen interactivity.
I know animated books exist, but they haven’t hit the mainstream market. I think they will become more common and you could get in on the ground floor. You could start an animated book publishing company, self-publish your own animated books or you could develop platforms for animated books. There might already be some platforms out there, but you could create apps to help people create animated books or create an app for the viewing of animated books.
I’m sure there will be a market for physical children’s books for a long time to come, but technological advancement is inevitable.
I have a lot of ideas and a couple of year ago I decided to act on those ideas and try inventing. It did not go well; it was my biggest failure and cost me upwards of $20,000. I will detail my experience and mistakes below to help you succeed.
I was inspired by reading blogs and articles of other inventor success stories and started compiling a list of all my invention ideas. I didn’t know how to start so I contacted a local inventor consulting company to get some advice.
They were great at first and helped me narrow down my invention idea to the one that had the most potential. They also gave me a lot of information on the industry and process of inventing. Looking back, I was naive and thought I could achieve my goal with a shoestring budget (this did not work). I think if you want to start inventing, be prepared to spend $10,000 and over. $10,000 is the minimum amount I would have if I ever attempted this again.
Most of the money will go product design and development (unless you have the skills to do it yourself), patent applications and legal fees. So why did I spend over $20,000? A good portion of that went to the consultants, and from what I know now, I could have done it without them.
Firstly, DO NOT TELL ANYONE ABOUT YOUR INVENTION, not even friends or family. This could void your future patent application. If you need to discuss it with someone, have them sign a non-disclosure agreement. You can have a lawyer whip one up for you.
TAKE NOTE, because this is the important part that will save you money. Start off by applying for a PROVISIONAL PATENT. Provisional Patents cost substantially less, need less information and give you 1 year’s protection. This gives you one year to finalize your development and test the market before deciding whether your invention will be profitable. At the end of the year you need to apply for the full patent which backdates to the start of your Provisional Patent. This is my understanding from what I was told but do your own research to confirm.
I hadn’t finished my development or market research by the end of the Provisional Patent (I think it just cost more money than I was expecting) and there was a rush at the end to get everything ready for the full patent application.
This is where most of the money was spent and I wish I had known more about the process and costs associated before I started (my fault for not researching). So do your research! From my experience, I knew it would be expensive, but I feel like the further along the process I got, the more money they were squeezing out of me.
Without going through the process again, without the consultants I can’t be sure whether they were over charging and milking me for money. I assume they were, at least that is the feeling I got.
In the end it just got far too expensive for me. I was asked for an extra $8000 for international patent revisions and I just let the patent application lapse.
I was contacted some years later by a businessman inquiring about the application and offering to purchase the patent, but I had let it lapse and missed the opportunity.
So, what is the lesson here? If I could go back in time, I don’t think I would go through the consultants. I would join inventor groups and forums and get advice from inventors before I started. I would do a lot more research about the process and costs involved and I would try and find a mentor
The dating business is a booming industry, and this speed dating idea could be an interesting and novel way to enter the market.
Dating apps are popular, but what about face to face dating and speed dating? I’ve never done it before, but I think speed dating would be an awkward experience, especially for introverted people like me. So how could you break the ice and create an enjoyable experience?
I thought it would be fun to incorporate speed dating with a comedy show, where the comedian would interact with the daters and roast them, thus breaking the ice between the daters and creating talking points. And, if you didn’t find a date by the end of the night you would still have a fun experience.
There is plenty of competition in all industries, so coming up with new and inventive models for exiting business ideas could give you a competitive edge.
This is a product that I think is pretty cool. I have seen it doing the rounds on facebook lately, and if you are interested in developing children’s toys, this might be the toy for you.
Glove puppets are made from soft, flexible rubber and can be made in many different shapes. You put your hand inside the head and use your fingers to open and close the mouth, like the animal is alive.
Dinosaurs seem to be the in thing at the moment, but you could design to other themes. Horror, snakes, dragons and robots are other themes that would make interesting glove puppets. What can you think of?