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P789

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Another one that is common to the Furry fandom:

Fursuit Making

For those who don’t know about the fursuit, it is a custom suit where people with fursonas (Furries) commission makers for more than $1,000. This is where the fursona of a person becomes reality. Recently, one of it is valued at $50,000 in one bid.

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It can be slowlane or fastlane depending on number of commissioners and the level of execution of this idea.

But the problem with it is that anyone can make their own fursuits because of YT Tutorials as well as it is a small to medium niche.

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Another one that is common to the Furry fandom:

Fursuit Making

For those who don’t know about the fursuit, it is a custom suit common to the Furry fandom where people with fursonas (Furries) commission makers for more than $1,000. This is where the fursona of a person becomes reality. Recently, one of it is valued at $50,000 in one bid.

It can be slowlane or fastlane depending on number of commissioners and the level of execution of this idea.

But the problem with it is that anyone can make their own fursuits becuase of YT Tutorials.


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People are f*ckin weird man.
 

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The way I had it explained to me was that the angle for growth was concrete and construction.

First you're filling holes in the lots you stripe , then bidding for sidewalk construction.

Definitely unsexy but you can start for a few hundred dollars.
I know a guy who does nothing but driveways. Who specializes in repairing asphalt driveways. He knows the money is in doing new driveway but in the meantime... he's booked solid months ahead. And guess what... when the time comes to build the new driveway who do you think gets the job???
 
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Not sure if this one was mentioned yet, but Christmas lights seem very profitable. About to go into my first year of hanging lights and my minimum is $700 to start with. I'd imagine if you could get a decent sized crew together, you could sell over $100k+ worth of lights and labor from October-December.
 

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Not sure if this one was mentioned yet, but Christmas lights seem very profitable. About to go into my first year of hanging lights and my minimum is $700 to start with. I'd imagine if you could get a decent sized crew together, you could sell over $100k+ worth of lights and labor from October-December.
Are you buying lights retail, wholesale, or import?
 

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Are you buying lights retail, wholesale, or import?
For now since I'm just starting and will only be doing 5-15 houses this year, I just went with lights from christmaslightsetc. Comes out to a little over $1.10 a bulb for C9 lights, with everything else (clips, spool, plugs, handmade extension cords) my cost is likely going to be around $1.80-$2.30 a bulb after these accessories. I'll be charging the customer $7 a bulb my first year with a $700 minimum and then bumping up to $9 a bulb my second year with a $900 minimum. Nice thing is with most Christmas light business models, you technically own the lights and the customer is just leasing them, so every year after the first year of buying the lights is straight profit from labor if the customer is repeat.
 
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Any unsexy business ideas for 2022?
Same as last year... and the year before... and then there was the year before that...

The basics are the same. I know, I know. With the net, there's just a chance of a bigger audience -- that translates into bigger possible rewards.

I've worked just about every day since I was 11 years old. I'm still doing the same old stuff as I did then when I was a lot shorter and considerably younger. Oh, the current services I provide and the rewards I receive are different from those days. BUT I still go out and talk to everyone I can find. I try to connect with them -- renew or make a new friend. Then, if possible, I ask them if we can do business together. If they say no, I ask them to refer someone to me who needs my services. My businesses may not be sexy, but I have a bunch of clients, tenants, and friends who feel warm and fuzzy about them and me...
 

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Something that cannot be stressed enough on the Fastlane forum is that people would be better off pursuing businesses in UNSEXY industries. Industries that FEW people are talking about because they are boring, unpopular, or possibly even unlikely to be discussed among the general public, and etc..

This is a good thing.

Many entrepeneurs don't want to run an UNSEXY business!!!!!!!

Nobody wants to run a fish cannery in the middle of the alaskan wilderness. Most aspiring entrepreneurs don't dream about collecting debt from strangers over the phone. And they definitely don't want to become chimney cleaners.

Again... this is actually a very very good thing. For the chimney cleaner, the cannery owner, and the debt collector who ignored every other entrepreneurs advise and did the exact opposite of Amazon FBA, Dropshipping, and Upwork Freelancing. Not everything has to be an online business you guys!

Why spend thousands of dollars marketing your oversaturated supplement in an extremely difficult market where every other personal trainer is selling the same thing that nobody will remember in 10 years? Especially if you can just open up a slaughterhouse and master the process and have customers come to you after barely even marketing your business in the last 5 years.

It may be gross and disgusting to witness animals being butchered up into pieces. But it's not your fault that the majority of people like eating animals. It's also not difficult to persuade someone to buy something if he already knows he needs it.

THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT UNSEXY BUSINESSES MORE OFTEN. BY CREATING THIS THREAD WHAT I AM DOING IS BUILDING AN ECHO CHAMBER WHERE WE CAN BRAINSTORM AND DISCUSS AS MANY UNSEXY BUSINESS IDEAS AS WE CAN POSSIBLY THINK OF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don't have a business idea yet I want you to be mumbling the words, "think UNSEXY" until you find it.

In fact, I'll even give you a list of 100 random UNSEXY business ideas that may or may not interest you:

- Agricultural/Fish&Livestock related:
1. Bamboo Nursery
2. Mushroom Cultivation ( this is my current niche. In january I started a small farm in my basement. there is little competition but a very high barrier of entry)
3. Garlic Farming
4. Beekeeping
5. Spice Production
6. Deep Sea Crab Fishing
7. Worm Farming
8. Lavender Farming
9. Tree Seed Supply
10. Seafood Cannery
11. Wool Production
12. Fish Farming
13. Cricket Farming
14. Nut Processing
15. Exotic Animal Breeding/Trading
16. Pineapple Plantation
17. Truffle Tree Planting
18. Agricultural Vehicles (such as Tractors )
19. Rubber Plantation
20. Pig Farming
21. Carrot Cultivation
22. Cattle Ranch
23. Slaughterhouse
24. Palm Oil Plantation
25. Sugar Cane Plantation
26. Dairy Farm
27. Onion Farming
28. Florist Business
29. Livestock Feed Production
30. Flour Milling

-Blue Collar Trades, Manual Labor & Manufacturing:
31. Construction Business
32. Plumbing Business
33. Electrician Business
34. HVAC Business
35. Waste Management
36. Garbarge Collection
37. Manure/Fertilizer manufacturing plant
38. Auto Glass Repair Shop
39. Auto Body Repair Shop
40. Laundry detergent/Cleaning chemical manufacturing
41. Medical Equipment (wheel chairs, hospital beds...)
42. Recycling Industry
43. Scrap yard
44. Pest Control
45. Painting Company
46. Landscaping
47. Chimney Cleaning
48. Carpet Cleaning
49. Crime Scene Cleanup
50. Graffiti Removal
51. Mining Industry
52. Any other type of natural resource extraction
53. Lawn Care
54. The RV Industry
55. Machine Shop
56. Aluminum Door Window Fabrication
57. Candle Making
58. Ginger Oil Manufacturing
59. Iodized Salt Manufacturing
60. Noodles Manufacturing
61. Rubber Band Manufacturing
62. Bread Making
63. Disposable paper plates/plastic cups manufacturing
64. Baking Powder Manufacturing
65. Woodworking
66. Granite Counter-top Installation Business
67. Cabinet Manufacturing


- RANDOM MISCELLANEOUS:
68. Debt Collection
69. Vending Machines
70. Blood/Sperm/Hair/Sperm other legal body part donation center
71. Self Storage Units
72. Hair Wig making
73. Head Lice Removal
74. The Funeral Industry
75. Acne Reduction Creams
76. Security Guard Service
77. English Teaching Abroad Agency
78. Drivers Ed School
79. Pawn Shop?? Maybe Payday Lending??
80. Pet food; not necessarily for dogs but also other pets such as Parrots, Turtles, and Hamsters...
81. Foreskin Restoration Devices; I dare you to google this
82. Porta-Potty Rental
83. Sex Doll Brothel; I threw up in my mouth a little bit but there are a lot of lonely guys out there.
84. Airplane Repossession
85. Accounting Firm
86. Insurance Agency
87. Power Washing
88. Caring for the elderly; people are getting older.
89. Wholesale Distributor
90. Medical Transcription Services
91. Biotechnology Lab
92. Personal Assistant
93. Other types of cleaning business/janitorial services
94. Concrete Pouring
95. Bricklaying
96. Franchising
97. Healthcare Industry
98. Anything I didn't already mention that was on Mike Rowe's "Dirty Jobs"
99. If you are in a business with high barrier of entry you could offer consultation for a big price!
100. Selling "shovels" (accessories, equipment, add-ons, extensions, necessary components) to any industry that's ever existed including the ones I just listed.



Don't you understand...??? An UNSEXY business idea is not necessarily an ugly duckling. It doesn't matter what people think about her right now. She could become a beautiful swan if you feed and nurture her properly!!!! Don't be ashamed if people find out you own a slaughterhouse!!!!!!
Disclaimer: I am not saying that each and every single business idea will work for you. It's going to depend on multiple factors such as your personality, work ethic, the individual niche you are choosing and etc..Maybe none of them are for you and that's fine. I am also not an expert on most of these ideas. So you might want to do some research if you find one of these ideas worth executing. But that's not the point of this thread. My aim is to encourage other aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue UNSEXY business ideas!

So what are some of your UNSEXY business
 
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matduans

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what if do total house cleaning service? i just think most people home full of stuff they dont use. what if we throw away all their old stuff like old cloth, books, medals, toys etc & make their house clean & minimalist. bcs i used to keep a lot of things & fell guilty to throw it away. i think most of use keep things bcs we might "use" them somewhere in the future. but the truth is most likely we wont. but after i remove those stuff, i dont really miss them anymore. i actually forget them overtime.
 

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what if do total house cleaning service? i just think most people home full of stuff they dont use. what if we throw away all their old stuff like old cloth, books, medals, toys etc & make their house clean & minimalist. bcs i used to keep a lot of things & fell guilty to throw it away. i think most of use keep things bcs we might "use" them somewhere in the future. but the truth is most likely we wont. but after i remove those stuff, i dont really miss them anymore. i actually forget them overtime.

I prefer to sell or donate stuff rather than throw it away. Trash goes straight to a landfill.

With some marketing and maybe a bit of woo woo, you can build an entire business around cleaning out people's stuff.

Marie Kondo built a business around a bunch of spiritual woo and asking if something sparks joy for the owner and then removing it from the house if not. It's a de-cluttering business with a bit of spiritual stuff in the middle to make it marketable and higher paying.

 
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what if do total house cleaning service? i just think most people home full of stuff they dont use. what if we throw away all their old stuff like old cloth, books, medals, toys etc & make their house clean & minimalist. bcs i used to keep a lot of things & fell guilty to throw it away. i think most of use keep things bcs we might "use" them somewhere in the future. but the truth is most likely we wont. but after i remove those stuff, i dont really miss them anymore. i actually forget them overtime.
I think you are more talking about an organizer rather than a house cleaner. The cleaning comes after the extra stuff is removed so you can see the space and the bottom of the piles.
 
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matduans

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I prefer to sell or donate stuff rather than throw it away. Trash goes straight to a landfill.

With some marketing and maybe a bit of woo woo, you can build an entire business around cleaning out people's stuff.

Marie Kondo built a business around a bunch of spiritual woo and asking if something sparks joy for the owner and then removing it from the house if not. It's a de-cluttering business with a bit of spiritual stuff in the middle to make it marketable and higher paying.

wow interesting concept
 

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This is only for people who own or have access to a parcel of land suitable for grazing on the outskirts of a small or large city.

Ideally it should be located in an area where city people have bought hobby farms.

Our family had a cattle stud breeding property about 100 miles from a big city. The stud breeding was more of a hobby than a business, and we had highly productive land, so what could we do to generate more income?

The answer was to have an agent buy weaner bulls for us at a distant big selling center, and send them to us in trailer loads. When they arrived, we worked as a team (including our daughter) and castrated the lot using a very sharp knife. On one occasion we neutered 58 bulls in a day. By the end of the day our dogs were rolling their eyes when we threw them the sweetbreads.

Surrounded by hobby farms operated by wealthy city business people we had a ready market for what were now weaner steers. Steers were worth a lot more money that entire bulls. They were all sold once the cut healed and our youngest son who was appointed manager for this project banked good profits.

He branched out into buying weaner bulls at local saleyards, and advertising in a rural newspaper that had a big readership among hobby farners. He got an order for 20 steers from an outer suburban city resident, who turned up with a rented furniture removal pantechnicon! He pulled out a roll of banknotes that would have choked a horse and after he handed over the cash we loaded the animals.

That was the one and only suburban sale we made.

Walter
P.S. I hope the rental company had suitable insurance.
 
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This is only for people who own or have access to a parcel of land suitable for grazing on the outskirts of a small or large city.

Ideally it should be located in an area where city people have bought hobby farms.

Our family had a cattle stud breeding property about 100 miles from a big city. The stud breeding was more of a hobby than a business, and we had highly productive land, so what could we do to generate more income?

The answer was to have an agent buy weaner bulls for us at a distant big selling center, and send them to us in trailer loads. When they arrived, we worked as a team (including our daughter) and castrated the lot using a very sharp knife. On one occasion we neutered 58 bulls in a day. By the end of the day our dogs were rolling their eyes when we threw them the sweetbreads.

Surrounded by hobby farms operated by wealthy city business people we had a ready market for what were now weaner steers. Steers were worth a lot more money that entire bulls. They were all sold once the cut healed and our youngest son who was appointed manager for this project banked good profits.

He branched out into buying weaner bulls at local saleyards, and advertising in a rural newspaper that had a big readership among hobby farners. He got an order for 20 steers from an outer suburban city resident, who turned up with a rented furniture removal pantechnicon! He pulled out a roll of banknotes that would have choked a horse and after he handed over the cash we loaded the animals.

That was the one and only suburban sale we made.

Walter
P.S. I hope the rental company had suitable insurance.
This brings back memories. We went to visit my paternal grandma one summer. She had married a hog trader. And that man had hog feed yards on 3 sides of the house. It rained 28 days out of 30 that year. So, every afternoon we went to town to escape the stench.
 

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