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The often mentioned Mike Rowe and his series "Dirty Jobs" here is the full list of industries from its 8 season run.

Bat biologist (bat guano collector)
bat rehabilitator,
Baseball Rubbing Mud,
fish gutter
Catfish noodler
septic tank technician
worm castings rancher
Golf ball diver,
horse breeder,
roadkill collector
Garbage collector/recycling separator/composter (vineyard),
shark catcher/tagger,
car recycling
Sewer inspector,
disaster cleanup crew member (basement sewer),
demolition worker (office building interior)
Pig farmer in Woodward,
removing chewing gum from sidewalks,
pigeon droppings removal
Baby chicken sexer,
beer brewer,
oyster harvester
Exterminator
crab fisherman,
blacksmith/farrier
Surfboard maker,
beekeeper,
sludge recycler
Hot tar roofer,
house movers
Coffee plantation,
marine mammal rescuer,
ostrich wrangler
Zoo keeper
cheese maker,
volcanic ash mud bath mixer
Shrimper,
mudbug harvester (crawfish),
tire recyclers
Cob home builder,
bee exterminator,
biodiesel man
Pet groomer,
micro-algae man,
charcoal maker (lump charcoal factory)
Chimney sweeper,
underwater logger,
scrap metal recycler
Marble miner,
owl vomit collector,
cattle rancher (cow breeding)
Turkey farmer,
potato farmer,
waste water sewage plant
Sugarcane mill,
firefighter (Fremont, CA),
alligator farmer
cow feed mill
Mushroom farmer,
storm drain cleaner,
drain cover foundry
Plumber,
drilling mud,
rough necker (oil drilling)
Concrete spreader,
termite exterminator
concrete truck cleaner
Lance Burton animal handler,
food recycler/pig farmer
Coke manufacturing,
oyster shucker,
Rose Parade float dismantler
Lithographer,
terra cotta facade maker,
converting trash into electricity
Keeping trains on track
cracklin and boudin sausage maker
cleaning animal skulls with Skulls Unlimited for display in educational facilities around the world
dam demolition,
pipe organ specialist,
geoduck farmer
Candy maker,
truck tire retreading,
KC-135R Stratotanker fuel tank cleaner
shark cage,
tiger shark necropsy,
shark tagging,
shark repellent researcher,
shark spotter
fish taxidermist,
shark suit tester,
Salvage expert
coal miner
Basalt quarry,
hippopotamus keeper
cow hoof trimmer
Mussel farmer, taro farmer, alpaca shearer
Vervet monkey rehabilitator
pig shaver,
Bait and lobster fisherman,
Lake Erie seaweed cleanup,
Lake Erie water snake researcher
Concrete stamping,
penguin keeper
blood worm digger
house demolition/gutting,
rodent control,
mosquito control and poison testing
Tree trimmer and stump grinder,
fainting goat farmer,
exotic insect breeder
Surveying salmon spawning grounds
manufacturing CowPots (a type of flower pot made from cow manure)
Wine barrel maker,
logging with mules
Bowie Baysox groundskeeper,
placing boat moorings
geothermal well driller
Wine cave digger,
baggage handler
incinerator for trash from international flights
Winemaker,
cattle feed farmer
Hydroseeding,
cleaning the inside of the boilers of the steam yacht Medea.
alpaca shearer,
fainting goat farmer,
vervet monkey rehabilitator,
cattle rancher (cow breeding),
penguin keeper,
ostrich farmer,
food recycler/pig farmer,
logging with mules
Billboard installer
Reptile handler
Clay jug potter specializing in faces on the jug,
tannery
Bridge maintenance worker,
NASA Crawler-transporter lubricator
Fish farming hybrid striped bass,
tilapia, and carp;
bird conservation ("Vomit Island," Ohio)
egg collecting,
virus testing,
horse manure and garbage removal/composting
H5N1 avian influenza testing
goose tagging
Yak and bison rancher
monkey caretaker
mudbug harvester ("Shrimper"),
cattle rancher ("Avian Vomitologist"),
Lake Erie water snake researcher ("Snake Researcher"),
exterminator ("Vexcon" and "Termite Controller"),
Artificial reef maker,
goat milk soap maker,
frac tank refurbisher
Cleaning airport runway paint striper
collecting diapers for odor analysis,
spray installation of cellulose insulation
Cleaning barbecue smoker,
large animal veterinarian,
removing underground fuel oil storage tank
Recycling Mississippi River barge,
steel mill worker
Cave biologist
hagfish fisherman
Cedar shake and shingle maker,
buoy tender
Handmade brick maker;
cranberry harvesting; cranberry jam, jelly, and syrup maker.
Building and installing rooftop water tower,
cleaning elevator shaft
Fishing and processing of fish aboard the F/V Legacy, a trawl fishing vessel and at-sea fishprocessor in Alaska's Bering Sea; viewer mail
Working on a dairy farm: milking, artificial insemination, cow midwife
Erosion control technician,
aerial tram maintenance
Making a home energy efficient by improving insulation,
turkey artificial insemination,
car crusher
Cleaning up diesel spill
salvaging truck from bottom of lake
Wind turbine generator technician,
garbage removal from sinkhole,
printing press operator
Making shampoo from mud,
horse castration
yak and bison rancher
Researching the greenland shark
Potato chip maker,
effluent channel building cleaner at wastewater treatment plant
Cutting concrete wall,
sheep shearing,
docking and castrating lambs
Leech trapping,
making raw meat dog food out of green tripe
turkey artificial insemination
rodent control
salt miner
cleaning barbecue smoker
wine barrel maker
Leather Tanner
alligator egg collecting
pig shaver
Demolishing a mobile home,
making mannequins
Cleaning diesel fuel from dirt,
chicken egg farm
Harvesting hops,
making vellum from goat skin
Transplanting a saguaro,
maggot farmer
Bologna maker,
incinerating toilet cleaner
Bird ringing common terns and Canada geese
abandoned mineshaft plugger
Excavator at the Tar Pits,
dead cow renderer
Walnut harvester,
goose and duck feather plucker
Olive oil presser,
cloth diaper cleaner
Suet bird food maker,
spider collector
venom extractor
CNC plasma cutting,
grit blasting,
refurbishing engines
Breeding and training Alaskan Huskies as sled dogs
Recovering derelict boats,
recycling mattresses
High-rise window washer,
brine tank cleaner (Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay)
Alligator snapping turtle researcher,
recycling toilets
E-waste recycler,
tofu maker
Dung beetle researcher
studio glass maker (Fenton Art Glass Company)
tagging salmon with acoustic tags
Shrink wrapping a boat to protect it during winter,
reindeer farmer
Dyeing shirts with red dirt from Kauai,
marble maker
Fireworks maker,
Clam harvester,
worm grunter
Recycling used paint,
maple syrup maker
Cricket farmer,
Catching feral chickens,
Making a fire pit, countertops, and bath tub out of decorative concrete;
Bone black manufacturer;
charcoal maker
coal miner
inspecting abandoned mineshaft
concrete truck cleaner
cleaning a buoy
cleaning grinder sump pump on fish processing ship
cleaning elevator shaft
aerial tram maintenance
welding inside a rotary kiln
cleaning walnut cleaner
changing main shaft packing on water turbine
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch: ring-tailed lemurs, porcupines, baby dromedary camel, baby albino eastern grey kangaroos, red kangaroos, wallabies, two-toed sloths, bearcat
Lightning rod installer
Making fleece roving and yarn,
Pinsetter mechanic,
custom fitting for bowling ball,
Seagull abatement specialist,
mobile butcher
Asphalt road paving;
Rum distiller
Linemen replacing power pole,
treating head lice
Scrapple maker,
shoeshiner
Jelly bean maker (Jelly Belly),
blueberry harvesting,
Sponge diver;
Cleaning fish grinder
log cabin sawmill
crawfish processing
termite researcher
Breeding walleye for recreational fishing, animal acupuncture[13]
Excavating dinosaur fossil site
Managing Myriophyllum spicatum, an non-indigenous invasive species,
collecting seeds for the Millennium Seed Bank Project at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Maintenance on water softening basin
Barbershop
landfill
Assembling cow bladders
Disposing biohazardous medical waste
Erecting radio communications tower
Commercial processing of onions,
building wooden ladders for San Francisco Fire Department
Removing eastern brown snakes
Capturing saltwater crocodiles to study
Mining opal
maintaining the local golf course
 

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The often mentioned Mike Rowe and his series "Dirty Jobs" here is the full list of industries from its 8 season run.

Bat biologist (bat guano collector)
bat rehabilitator,
Baseball Rubbing Mud,
fish gutter
Catfish noodler
septic tank technician
worm castings rancher
Golf ball diver,
horse breeder,
roadkill collector
Garbage collector/recycling separator/composter (vineyard),
shark catcher/tagger,
car recycling
Sewer inspector,
disaster cleanup crew member (basement sewer),
demolition worker (office building interior)
Pig farmer in Woodward,
removing chewing gum from sidewalks,
pigeon droppings removal
Baby chicken sexer,
beer brewer,
oyster harvester
Exterminator
crab fisherman,
blacksmith/farrier
Surfboard maker,
beekeeper,
sludge recycler
Hot tar roofer,
house movers
Coffee plantation,
marine mammal rescuer,
ostrich wrangler
Zoo keeper
cheese maker,
volcanic ash mud bath mixer
Shrimper,
mudbug harvester (crawfish),
tire recyclers
Cob home builder,
bee exterminator,
biodiesel man
Pet groomer,
micro-algae man,
charcoal maker (lump charcoal factory)
Chimney sweeper,
underwater logger,
scrap metal recycler
Marble miner,
owl vomit collector,
cattle rancher (cow breeding)
Turkey farmer,
potato farmer,
waste water sewage plant
Sugarcane mill,
firefighter (Fremont, CA),
alligator farmer
cow feed mill
Mushroom farmer,
storm drain cleaner,
drain cover foundry
Plumber,
drilling mud,
rough necker (oil drilling)
Concrete spreader,
termite exterminator
concrete truck cleaner
Lance Burton animal handler,
food recycler/pig farmer
Coke manufacturing,
oyster shucker,
Rose Parade float dismantler
Lithographer,
terra cotta facade maker,
converting trash into electricity
Keeping trains on track
cracklin and boudin sausage maker
cleaning animal skulls with Skulls Unlimited for display in educational facilities around the world
dam demolition,
pipe organ specialist,
geoduck farmer
Candy maker,
truck tire retreading,
KC-135R Stratotanker fuel tank cleaner
shark cage,
tiger shark necropsy,
shark tagging,
shark repellent researcher,
shark spotter
fish taxidermist,
shark suit tester,
Salvage expert
coal miner
Basalt quarry,
hippopotamus keeper
cow hoof trimmer
Mussel farmer, taro farmer, alpaca shearer
Vervet monkey rehabilitator
pig shaver,
Bait and lobster fisherman,
Lake Erie seaweed cleanup,
Lake Erie water snake researcher
Concrete stamping,
penguin keeper
blood worm digger
house demolition/gutting,
rodent control,
mosquito control and poison testing
Tree trimmer and stump grinder,
fainting goat farmer,
exotic insect breeder
Surveying salmon spawning grounds
manufacturing CowPots (a type of flower pot made from cow manure)
Wine barrel maker,
logging with mules
Bowie Baysox groundskeeper,
placing boat moorings
geothermal well driller
Wine cave digger,
baggage handler
incinerator for trash from international flights
Winemaker,
cattle feed farmer
Hydroseeding,
cleaning the inside of the boilers of the steam yacht Medea.
alpaca shearer,
fainting goat farmer,
vervet monkey rehabilitator,
cattle rancher (cow breeding),
penguin keeper,
ostrich farmer,
food recycler/pig farmer,
logging with mules
Billboard installer
Reptile handler
Clay jug potter specializing in faces on the jug,
tannery
Bridge maintenance worker,
NASA Crawler-transporter lubricator
Fish farming hybrid striped bass,
tilapia, and carp;
bird conservation ("Vomit Island," Ohio)
egg collecting,
virus testing,
horse manure and garbage removal/composting
H5N1 avian influenza testing
goose tagging
Yak and bison rancher
monkey caretaker
mudbug harvester ("Shrimper"),
cattle rancher ("Avian Vomitologist"),
Lake Erie water snake researcher ("Snake Researcher"),
exterminator ("Vexcon" and "Termite Controller"),
Artificial reef maker,
goat milk soap maker,
frac tank refurbisher
Cleaning airport runway paint striper
collecting diapers for odor analysis,
spray installation of cellulose insulation
Cleaning barbecue smoker,
large animal veterinarian,
removing underground fuel oil storage tank
Recycling Mississippi River barge,
steel mill worker
Cave biologist
hagfish fisherman
Cedar shake and shingle maker,
buoy tender
Handmade brick maker;
cranberry harvesting; cranberry jam, jelly, and syrup maker.
Building and installing rooftop water tower,
cleaning elevator shaft
Fishing and processing of fish aboard the F/V Legacy, a trawl fishing vessel and at-sea fishprocessor in Alaska's Bering Sea; viewer mail
Working on a dairy farm: milking, artificial insemination, cow midwife
Erosion control technician,
aerial tram maintenance
Making a home energy efficient by improving insulation,
turkey artificial insemination,
car crusher
Cleaning up diesel spill
salvaging truck from bottom of lake
Wind turbine generator technician,
garbage removal from sinkhole,
printing press operator
Making shampoo from mud,
horse castration
yak and bison rancher
Researching the greenland shark
Potato chip maker,
effluent channel building cleaner at wastewater treatment plant
Cutting concrete wall,
sheep shearing,
docking and castrating lambs
Leech trapping,
making raw meat dog food out of green tripe
turkey artificial insemination
rodent control
salt miner
cleaning barbecue smoker
wine barrel maker
Leather Tanner
alligator egg collecting
pig shaver
Demolishing a mobile home,
making mannequins
Cleaning diesel fuel from dirt,
chicken egg farm
Harvesting hops,
making vellum from goat skin
Transplanting a saguaro,
maggot farmer
Bologna maker,
incinerating toilet cleaner
Bird ringing common terns and Canada geese
abandoned mineshaft plugger
Excavator at the Tar Pits,
dead cow renderer
Walnut harvester,
goose and duck feather plucker
Olive oil presser,
cloth diaper cleaner
Suet bird food maker,
spider collector
venom extractor
CNC plasma cutting,
grit blasting,
refurbishing engines
Breeding and training Alaskan Huskies as sled dogs
Recovering derelict boats,
recycling mattresses
High-rise window washer,
brine tank cleaner (Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay)
Alligator snapping turtle researcher,
recycling toilets
E-waste recycler,
tofu maker
Dung beetle researcher
studio glass maker (Fenton Art Glass Company)
tagging salmon with acoustic tags
Shrink wrapping a boat to protect it during winter,
reindeer farmer
Dyeing shirts with red dirt from Kauai,
marble maker
Fireworks maker,
Clam harvester,
worm grunter
Recycling used paint,
maple syrup maker
Cricket farmer,
Catching feral chickens,
Making a fire pit, countertops, and bath tub out of decorative concrete;
Bone black manufacturer;
charcoal maker
coal miner
inspecting abandoned mineshaft
concrete truck cleaner
cleaning a buoy
cleaning grinder sump pump on fish processing ship
cleaning elevator shaft
aerial tram maintenance
welding inside a rotary kiln
cleaning walnut cleaner
changing main shaft packing on water turbine
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch: ring-tailed lemurs, porcupines, baby dromedary camel, baby albino eastern grey kangaroos, red kangaroos, wallabies, two-toed sloths, bearcat
Lightning rod installer
Making fleece roving and yarn,
Pinsetter mechanic,
custom fitting for bowling ball,
Seagull abatement specialist,
mobile butcher
Asphalt road paving;
Rum distiller
Linemen replacing power pole,
treating head lice
Scrapple maker,
shoeshiner
Jelly bean maker (Jelly Belly),
blueberry harvesting,
Sponge diver;
Cleaning fish grinder
log cabin sawmill
crawfish processing
termite researcher
Breeding walleye for recreational fishing, animal acupuncture[13]
Excavating dinosaur fossil site
Managing Myriophyllum spicatum, an non-indigenous invasive species,
collecting seeds for the Millennium Seed Bank Project at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Maintenance on water softening basin
Barbershop
landfill
Assembling cow bladders
Disposing biohazardous medical waste
Erecting radio communications tower
Commercial processing of onions,
building wooden ladders for San Francisco Fire Department
Removing eastern brown snakes
Capturing saltwater crocodiles to study
Mining opal
maintaining the local golf course
Probably over half of these jobs nobody even knew they existed. Can you imagine telling someone that you manage Myriophyllum spicatum, whatever that means?
 

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Its a plant but I don't know how anyone could have a job managing it....? I'm not even sure where it's at.
 

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There is also another aspect. USA - China trade war.
Yes, I wonder if any of our China importers are concerned about the ongoing dialogue. There's got to be a ton here.

Do you "I'll worry about it IF it happens?"

Or

"I'm looking at alternative manufacturing now..."
 

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I used to have my own tree service company, some related ideas I've thought about in the past;
  • Specialist vehicle hire and sales(converted tipper trucks)
  • Trailer hire
  • Cherry picker hire and with operator
  • Small business yard/ office space
  • Construction fencing supply
  • Landscaping materials by the tonne bag delivered (gravel, wood chip, bark, slate chippings etc)
  • Wood chipper/ stump grinder hire
  • Shipping container storage yard
  • Sub contract road traffic control service
  • Niche/ industry specific labour supply agency
How's this for an unsexy business- used nappy/ diaper recycling facility. I used to take my tree chippings there and they'd add it into the nappy waste and turn it all into compost and sell it on!
 

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- 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)
As someone passionate and who is working in the in the fresh produce industry this list was a big eyeopener for me. I could be looking in the wrong direction with starting my business.

If you work in an industry you know well, why not start a side business that is related and on this list. Use your current position at your job as leverage to promote your side business.

Johnny would be nice if you keep us up to date with your mushroom cultivation business.

Thanks for a great post
 

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I used to have my own tree service company, some related ideas I've thought about in the past;
  • Specialist vehicle hire and sales(converted tipper trucks)
  • Trailer hire
  • Cherry picker hire and with operator
  • Small business yard/ office space
  • Construction fencing supply
  • Landscaping materials by the tonne bag delivered (gravel, wood chip, bark, slate chippings etc)
  • Wood chipper/ stump grinder hire
  • Shipping container storage yard
  • Sub contract road traffic control service
  • Niche/ industry specific labour supply agency
How's this for an unsexy business- used nappy/ diaper recycling facility. I used to take my tree chippings there and they'd add it into the nappy waste and turn it all into compost and sell it on!
Why did you get out of the tree business? Here in the US that is a booming business with lots of profit. I know a guy that used to mow lawns but has now changed to only stump grinding and stump removal. He has 1 helper and says he makes about $600-$800 a day profit. I've never seen his tax forms but that is what he says and I believe it. He is suppose to get another crew this year.
 

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Why did you get out of the tree business? Here in the US that is a booming business with lots of profit. I know a guy that used to mow lawns but has now changed to only stump grinding and stump removal. He has 1 helper and says he makes about $600-$800 a day profit. I've never seen his tax forms but that is what he says and I believe it. He is suppose to get another crew this year.
Yes I believe them numbers I used to have days where I did similar numbers from stump grinding.

Reason I quit was health problems ,although I'd grown the business, I hadn't grown it enough for me not to work in it, I still had to run around doing quotes, fill in for when staff didn't turn up, repair equipment (heavy equipment), oversee jobs etc.

Given more time maybe I could have made it work, but at the time I could barely walk and didn't think I would get better so eventually sold everything and gave up.
 

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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 ideas??
Awesome thread by the way.But honestly I smell "slowlane" in most of them.(No offense!)
 

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Awesome thread by the way.But honestly I smell "slowlane" in most of them.(No offense!)
I don't get this aversion to everything that's not digital marketing/apps/websites/Amazon.

Nothing's fastlane right at the start, but you can make it that way. For example through intentional iteration.

One single coffee shop won't make you rich, but 29 shops could. A normal electrician company won't be fastlane. But by either scaling or increasing magnitude, it could be.

It's probably more in the mindset. If you actually know there's a way to turn your company fastlane, the probability of achieving that is way higher.
 

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I don't get this aversion to everything that's not digital marketing/apps/websites/Amazon.

Nothing's fastlane right at the start, but you can make it that way. For example through intentional iteration.

One single coffee shop won't make you rich, but 29 shops could. A normal electrician company won't be fastlane. But by either scaling or increasing magnitude, it could be.

It's probably more in the mindset. If you actually know there's a way to turn your company fastlane, the probability of achieving that is way higher.
YOU have to post more often. Rarely do I copy a post and print it out as a way to keep me focused. Yours I did.

I wonder why SO many college grads try so hard to get a job, and can't grasp the message that you just created. It might not seem like much, but it is actually a kernel - a truth - that everything else can be built upon.
 

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Thanks for the thread. I've been interested in "unsexy" businesses. The only issue I had with it is that I didn't know of any industries.

Cool!

This thread delivers. Run your industry by a "do they need this more than once" test, and you have an interesting go of things.

Quite possibly, the only thing that could stop you is having money to work in the industry. As always, "you need a customer" not a business card. However, realistically speaking, many of these industries do require some extreme leg work, specialized knowledge, and decent capital.
 

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Two that a friend started:

Frozen drink machine rentals for events. Would rent to wealthy folks private functions, drop off, set up, pick up a few hours later.

Boat upholstery. Boating is huge locally. Bought a special sewing machine for less than $5,000, learned to use it and do upholstery from youtube, his wife actually did the work, said it blew up he was getting tons of business with simple local SEO.



Also good for the wealthy area is mobile detailing. There is one detailed I see in my office parking lot frequently. I think it would be easy to enter this market as most have terrible marketing and brand image. Car washing is huge around here since it's a wealthy and image conscious area. There are lots of car washes always packed with cadillacs and Mercedes but some mediocre reviews. Could probabaly do well mobile detailing with good service and brand image for the picky or exotic owners. There is definitely demand.

Another one is property management services...BIG business in my market.

Another idea I had was just a value skew, but requires partnering with another business. A twist on the mobile detailing.

Offer a car wash to movie goers while they are in the movie. Partner with a movie theater and sell and car wash ticket. Ive been thinking about testing this one in my area.

MJ give the example of value skew when the local theater remodeled and got new leather chairs, and improves the experience. Now MJ can get his car washed and enjoy a movie all in one go. Now he doesn't have to swing by the car wash or schedule a mobile detailed to come to his home or office.
 

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Two that a friend started:

Frozen drink machine rentals for events. Would rent to wealthy folks private functions, drop off, set up, pick up a few hours later.

Boat upholstery. Boating is huge locally. Bought a special sewing machine for less than $5,000, learned to use it and do upholstery from youtube, his wife actually did the work, said it blew up he was getting tons of business with simple local SEO.



Also good for the wealthy area is mobile detailing. There is one detailed I see in my office parking lot frequently. I think it would be easy to enter this market as most have terrible marketing and brand image. Car washing is huge around here since it's a wealthy and image conscious area. There are lots of car washes always packed with cadillacs and Mercedes but some mediocre reviews. Could probabaly do well mobile detailing with good service and brand image for the picky or exotic owners. There is definitely demand.

Another one is property management services...BIG business in my market.

Another idea I had was just a value skew, but requires partnering with another business. A twist on the mobile detailing.

Offer a car wash to movie goers while they are in the movie. Partner with a movie theater and sell and car wash ticket. Ive been thinking about testing this one in my area.

MJ give the example of value skew when the local theater remodeled and got new leather chairs, and improves the experience. Now MJ can get his car washed and enjoy a movie all in one go. Now he doesn't have to swing by the car wash or schedule a mobile detailed to come to his home or office.
And with that sewing machine your friend can make all kinds of money with antique cars. My friends pay big bucks to have the seats and interior sewn.
 

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Could probabaly do well mobile detailing with good service and brand image for the picky or exotic owners. There is definitely demand.
I'm not so sure about that and there's already a lot of people doing it well, i don't see the value anyone can provide, excepted doing this in an area where's nobody is doing it.

Like in the aera of Monaco there's 20 companies that do this for luxury car owners, middle class car..at work, at the supermarket, everywhere.

But there's also not a huge need as a real wash is expensive and people don't have money for this.
 
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I actually sold some sheep to a person a couple hours away who slaughters sheep/goats/chickens mostly for immigrants in the Midwestern U.S. This is something I have contemplated doing with lambs for the past several years as I have the facilities to do it and live near a fairly large city with sizable ethnic populations.
Are you referring to halal slaughtering? You can definitely make a killing doing that. I eat halal only now and my options to buy meat directly or go to a restaurant that uses halal meat is pretty limited.
 

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Are you referring to halal slaughtering? You can definitely make a killing doing that. I eat halal only now and my options to buy meat directly or go to a restaurant that uses halal meat is pretty limited.
One company I currently sell to has his product halal certified, but I haven't contemplated doing it myself. Another guy I sell to slaughters right off the farm, but is not certified although he communicates with his customers in basic Arabic and Spanish.
 

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Ha ha! This article is worse than the slow laners. This is the brain-dead laners.

Some empty suit in government cut a deal with New York to ship their "ship"-ments to their nice little Mayberry RFD piece of paradise. And now it sits there and rots. Rotting biosolids. Could be the name of a new punk rock group. Catchy.

And the whole town wanders around wondering what to do? Oh my, heavens to Betsy, what to do?

The writer really dropped the ball on this story too. WHO made that deal, and why is it in limbo as an unsolved problem? Some landfill plan got sidetracked. Those Alabama people. Funny!

I wanted to check to see whatever happened, but this story just came out yesterday.

No brains at work anymore, and certainly no leadership. I wonder how long the idiots in this town will tolerate this?

New York ships their biosolids out. And somebody in Alabama had a hand in setting this up and approving this, uh, mess - and gets paid for it too...

I think Japan and China are looking for material to make man-made islands out of. Problem SOLVED!
 

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Hm....good list. I wrote these business ideas off in my head since I wanted to be totally online when I started in business.

My biggest problem is differentiating with these businesses. Is it even necessary? Things like a landscaping company. So one of the services is cutting grass. What can someone possibly do better if there is already a large company in a local area doing this? This is the 2nd reason I avoided these types of businesses because they are like selling commodity physical products except in the services space. Can someone enlighten me how to breakthrough?

In my mind, it is just cold calling and hustling harder then the other guy. All other variables tend to be commodity variables. Like price, time, guarantees, etc. Assuming the competitor has good customer service for this example.
 

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Hm....good list. I wrote these business ideas off in my head since I wanted to be totally online when I started in business.

My biggest problem is differentiating with these businesses. Is it even necessary? Things like a landscaping company. So one of the services is cutting grass. What can someone possibly do better if there is already a large company in a local area doing this? This is the 2nd reason I avoided these types of businesses because they are like selling commodity physical products except in the services space. Can someone enlighten me how to breakthrough?

In my mind, it is just cold calling and hustling harder then the other guy. All other variables tend to be commodity variables. Like price, time, guarantees, etc. Assuming the competitor has good customer service for this example.
Very easy answer(s) here: #1. Answer the phone. Call 10 mowing businesses in your area and let us know how many answer the phone or call you back. If it's anything like Omaha or Fort Worth that number will be 0. #2. Customer service. Lots of lawn care guys don't speak English very well and have 0 customer service skills. #3. Continually show up. You don't even have to be on time.... you don't even have to show up on the correct day.... just show up!

These are 3 of the same things that happen in the residential cleaning business. In cleaning there are a few more things but you spoke about mowing so those are what will set you apart from most guys out there. Now don't get me wrong.... they have a VERY good reason for not answering the phone or calling you back or not giving you good customer service or showing up when they are suppose to..... the reason a lot of times is because they are so busy before they know it, the time is 8pm and by then, they just want to go to bed. The larger companies may have people that are designated to answer the phone or keep their guys on a schedule and you will pay for that. Problem is.... those guys might charge $40 while the smaller guy will charge $25. So if you can be a $25 guy without all the over-head and answer your phone.... you will soon move up to be the $40 big company that can have someone answer your phone..... but then the customers that had you mow for $25 will cancel and their woes will start all over again trying to find someone that will show up...... :)
 

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There is an entire show on CNBC called "Blue Collar Millionaires," pretty much all the industries featured on the show are ones named throughout the thread, and industries people claim are "bad," like roofing, wielding, pipe-fitting, plumbing, electrical, etc. Yet I am sure CNBC has no problem finding blue collar millionaires for their show, because they are all around. You might not notice them, because they still wear jeans and a t shirt, still drive an older pickup, no designer suits or lambos, yet they have 7, 8, and 9 figure net-worths. Sure, some of them spend some cash on toys, and those are usually the ones that make it on the show, but the ones that don't, they are the ones in your local gas station buying their coffee in the morning, in line next to you.

These blue collar guys are the ones I know, and I am sure part of it's my geographic region, I'm on the east coast, there are not silicon valley billionaire founders walking around. But you know what there are? At a local diner I go to for breakfast there is a table of generally older guys, usually around 10 of them. They wear jeans with holes in them, denim shirts, their hands are full of calluses, they shirts stitched with names of various local companies: towing, construction, etc. The difference between them and the other blue collar guys? It's their names stitched on their shirts, the tow yard a mile down the road filled with millions worth of heavy wreckers? Yup, the owner is the one who drove up in the beat up pickup, yet he has a farm with 100s of acres of private land just a few miles down the road off the main highway. The guy next to him? Well he owns a construction company and property development company, you know the huge shopping center with a 100 stores, and a big movie theater about 2 miles down the road? Yup, he owns it. You know the nearest 10 housing developments? He built all of that. Yeah, he splurged a little more and has a nicer truck, probably cost him 80k for it, oh, and his mansion that sits acres off the road so you'd never know it was there. It's only a few miles away too if you know what you're looking for. That table with the 10 rough looking old guys? They're worth more than 250 million combined. Know what else? They are not Stanford computer scientists, or Harvard MBAs, they've never even stepped foot in a community college, and they grew up poor down the street from my father. Unless you have the inside knowledge I have, you'd come into the diner, take a quick look and see a bunch of rough looking blue collar workers. I am sure this story plays out around the country.
 
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Very easy answer(s) here: #1. Answer the phone. Call 10 mowing businesses in your area and let us know how many answer the phone or call you back. If it's anything like Omaha or Fort Worth that number will be 0. #2. Customer service. Lots of lawn care guys don't speak English very well and have 0 customer service skills. #3. Continually show up. You don't even have to be on time.... you don't even have to show up on the correct day.... just show up!
This is so true in so many areas and so many services.

The big companies don't give a fu** because it's ran by a bunch of minimum wage employees that hate their jobs.

The small companies are mainly ran by workers with poor manners and communication skills, not business savvy entrepreneurs. So it's very hard to find a company with amazing customer service, and someone that is on point with everything they do. Replying back to customers, handling service complaints, and maintaining consistency in your services.

How do you dominate the service industry?


In the beginning, you will not get that many jobs, so you don't have to worry about not having the time to do it all. This is the most crucial part, you have to solve the problems/issues well, and give your customer an amazing experience. You have the free time to treat everyone special, so do it and they will sing praises about you to everyone because 0.1% of the companies out there genuinely care about the customer. 99.9% of the companies don't care about the customer, they only care about getting paid. After mastering your craft and getting some good jobs under your belt though, you'll get some buzz about your company and you will start getting more and more calls. This is you differentiating yourself from the competition and you will see it pay off in your phone starting to blow up all day.

This is where the 12+ hour days come in to play. In the beginning, you will work from 8 am until it's dark out and you can't work anymore, and all while working, you have a blue tooth headset with 2 portable chargers and you're answering the phone and talking to customers. Have the customers text/email you their contact info and pictures of the job so you can provide quotes. Never let your phone go below 30%.

Get a calendar notification app and put everything down on your calendar so nobody gets forgotten about. Every single thing that you plan on doing even 1 hour in the future. I can't stress how important this is, my calendar is always full of 1000 little things, and I never forget about ANYONE'S problem that they called me about because I have my phone reminding me and I don't dismiss anything until after it's done. If I am about to do it, I snooze it 30 minutes until it's done.

When you get home every night after working, put all the jobs you picked up on email and send it out to the clients that you will be out there between X times... Invoice out all the jobs that you did that day... Check your ads and make the tweaks that you want to make (holy crap it's midnight already, I gotta go to sleep). Rinse and repeat until you are so busy you need to hire your first employee...

Go out with him for the first few months until he doesn't need you anymore, then go directly behind his work without telling him to make sure he is performing the same level of service you would be performing.

Then start playing the manager role where your employee/employees are doing the work and you are just giving great customer service. You are still differentiating yourself from the competition by providing the customers with great communication and managing your employees to where any issues they have are quickly solved. This is where you can start experiencing some freedom because all that you need to run your business is your phone/laptop. You can be in Vegas, on the beach, or wherever and answering phone calls and managing employees.

One thing that really kills your time, but is a smart move to make is having your employees send you pictures of all the jobs they do and you send them over to the customer with the invoice. It takes up some time, but I can't tell you how much it saves you on managing because you see the completed job so you don't have to worry if the employee is showing up and doing the work or not. Install GPS trackers in your vehicles as well and you can check on your phone where the employees are at any time.

Eventually you have enough employees and cashflow to where you can hire a manager to take over your management role, and now you're one of the big companies, but you can still differentiate yourself from other big companies on procedures that you implement with management making sure everyone is doing their job properly and still providing an amazing service for your customers. I have a lawn service company that is a massive company, but they are amazing with how they run their operation, and I will never go to a different company. They charge premium prices, but I don't care because I know I'm getting high caliber work and service.
 

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Amen!

If you're expecting "Fastlane" 7 minutes after starting, rut roh! Disappointment!
 

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As I was on my way to Jack In The Box at 10pm for my lunch..... yep, time slipped away today! lol Anyway, I was reminded of another business. There is a guy that started his business many years ago picking up trash in shopping center parking lots. Not the guy driving the truck through the parking lots.... he has 1099 workers picking up the trash on the sidewalks, the grass areas and anywhere a truck can't get to. If I remember right he makes about $600,000 a year.
 

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My girlfriend and I are actually planning on doing this bit once I can secure funding. The breeding part is more the community and conservation reasons. However, there's some ideas tagged along to help make this bit profitable.
 

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childcare, mowing lawns, raking leaves, snow removal.

There's so many ways to make cash if you just look for it :)
What can you do with childcare?
My friend is thinking about going to school for 4 years to be a school counselor because she LOVES kids and I told her don't waste your time.

I spent like an hour looking at possibilities for her dealing with kids and most of them require education.

I just haven't brought it up again because I can't back up an alternative for her.

(and really it's a friend. Disliking kids is my biggest flaw.)
 

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What can you do with childcare?
My friend is thinking about going to school for 4 years to be a school counselor because she LOVES kids and I told her don't waste your time.

I spent like an hour looking at possibilities for her dealing with kids and most of them require education.

I just haven't brought it up again because I can't back up an alternative for her.

(and really it's a friend. Disliking kids is my biggest flaw.)
Go to a local wealthy neighborhood. Tons of those parents have nannies and need someone to just watch over their kids when they're on vacation or just at work. Once you meet one of the mom, all the moms know each other and will refer you. Or you can just advertise your services on Craigslist or one of the many sites that offer nanny services.

These are just odd jobs. Not something you need to be certified for. I know plenty of young girls who make $20-50/hr (sure it's not fastlane) but if you need some quick cash it helps.

Also, if you're really good at cleaning houses or providing top lawn care, you can get paid like $50-$100/hr. People who have nice homes don't like to hire just anybody. Typically, you need a referral so start getting to know people ASAP.

After making connections, you can always hire people to do the physical cleaning and nannying and just take a profit.
 

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These are just odd jobs. Not something you need to be certified for. I know plenty of young girls who make $20-50/hr (sure it's not fastlane) but if you need some quick cash it helps.

Also, if you're really good at cleaning houses or providing top lawn care, you can get paid like $50-$100/hr. People who have nice homes don't like to hire just anybody. Typically, you need a referral so start getting to know people ASAP.
Man - sure changed from the pocket change I was thrown when I was a youngster...
 

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I don't get this aversion to everything that's not digital marketing/apps/websites/Amazon.

Nothing's fastlane right at the start, but you can make it that way. For example through intentional iteration.

One single coffee shop won't make you rich, but 29 shops could. A normal electrician company won't be fastlane. But by either scaling or increasing magnitude, it could be.

It's probably more in the mindset. If you actually know there's a way to turn your company fastlane, the probability of achieving that is way higher.
B-B-B-But then how can I sit on a beach with my laptop?
 

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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)
I think these ideas are interesting.

Bamboo grows fast and is very versatile. Maybe you could even grow bamboo on your own and manufacture high-end furniture or flooring with it. Marketable as "Grown and made in the USD" or whatever country you're in.

Mushrooms are also captivating. There was this man on a Joe Rogan podcast who spoke about them, and I even think he grew some species and sold them as nutritional supplements:

 

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One idea I pondered for a few days was if there was a way I could make farming aquatic plants profitable. I decided the demand was too low, margin too low, and regulations too high to be worth the time. Not to mention overseas competition. However I have seen someone succeed with this but the plants were secondary.
 

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Go to a local wealthy neighborhood. Tons of those parents have nannies and need someone to just watch over their kids when they're on vacation or just at work. Once you meet one of the mom, all the moms know each other and will refer you. Or you can just advertise your services on Craigslist or one of the many sites that offer nanny services.

These are just odd jobs. Not something you need to be certified for. I know plenty of young girls who make $20-50/hr (sure it's not fastlane) but if you need some quick cash it helps.

Also, if you're really good at cleaning houses or providing top lawn care, you can get paid like $50-$100/hr. People who have nice homes don't like to hire just anybody. Typically, you need a referral so start getting to know people ASAP.

After making connections, you can always hire people to do the physical cleaning and nannying and just take a profit.
Just in case you plan to do the cleaning gig.... stay away from large houses and rich people in a wealthy neighborhood. You will make MUCH more money with regular sized houses, mom & dad working, just regular people and can scale much faster.

Real Deal Denver..... That would change if more kids got off the couch and went out and worked like in our day. Without the 'kids' keeping the prices low, adults come on to the scene and the prices go up.
 

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Man - sure changed from the pocket change I was thrown when I was a youngster...
There's like 0 competition in my area. There's one kid who started a lawn care company and is making good money and didn't even go to college.

Neighbors saw me cleaning a yard and thought it was weird because I was female but they were also kinda pleasantly shocked to see me working.
 

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Very easy answer(s) here: #1. Answer the phone. Call 10 mowing businesses in your area and let us know how many answer the phone or call you back. If it's anything like Omaha or Fort Worth that number will be 0. #2. Customer service. Lots of lawn care guys don't speak English very well and have 0 customer service skills. #3. Continually show up. You don't even have to be on time.... you don't even have to show up on the correct day.... just show up!

These are 3 of the same things that happen in the residential cleaning business. In cleaning there are a few more things but you spoke about mowing so those are what will set you apart from most guys out there. Now don't get me wrong.... they have a VERY good reason for not answering the phone or calling you back or not giving you good customer service or showing up when they are suppose to..... the reason a lot of times is because they are so busy before they know it, the time is 8pm and by then, they just want to go to bed. The larger companies may have people that are designated to answer the phone or keep their guys on a schedule and you will pay for that. . :)

This. Most of the guys don't have a dedicated person to answer the phone, doing that alone would probabaly significantly boost sales. I remember one time I was getting voicemail after having called 6-7 guys. One of them actually called back and YELLED at me for NOT leaving a voicemail. How hard would it be to compete against that?

Another issue- billing. It's 2018, and most still take payment only by check and snail mail. I just want to give them a credit card on monthly rebill and I literally cannot do it.
 

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