Ten Crazy But Successful Business Ideas
The Million Dollar Homepage
Does $1 for a pixel sound crazy? May be to you it does, but not to those thousands of people who bought space on Alex Tew’s Million Dollar Homepage. In August 2005, this 21 year old boy came up with the weird idea of selling one million pixels of his webpage for one dollar each. He needed this money to fund his university studies, and by the end of 2006 he managed to make his first million.
Kids are crazy about Santa and you can just imagine their happiness if they ever receive a postal mail from Santa. That’s what caught Byron Reese’s attention, back in 2001, when he started his Santa Mail business. All he had to do was to get a postal address somewhere around the North Pole, in Alaska, and a website. Ever since, he’s sent over three hundred thousand letters to kids. But how does he earn? Well, if you want your kid to receive a personalized mail from Santa you’ll have to pay a modest price of $10. Multiply that price with the letters he’s already sent and you’ll see how many millions Reese has made.
Pet Rocks, a brainchild of Gary Dahl, offers a potent solution for pet lovers who just can’t afford to maintain a real pet for whatever reason. For as a little as $3.95 you can have your very own pet (a piece of colored rock), a cardboard kennel, straw bedding and a care manual. More than 1.5 million people have already bought these pet rocks, which translates into something over 6 million dollars for Neiman Marcus – the current retailer of Pet Rocks.
Farmville – Virtual Farming
This increasingly popular game on facebook, gives everyone a chance to raise one’s own farm. The game is addictive and with over 80 million registered users, it’s the most played game on the internet. And as for Zynga Game Network, the creator of this game, this is expected to translate into 350 million dollars as the revenue for 2010. The players may not earn any actual money, but Zynga is getting rich with virtual farming.
Entrepreneur Phil Black, a former Navy SEAL, thought of uniting the fun of playing cards with fitness training and developed a deck of playing cards that had fitness routines on their back. These playing cards are priced at $18.95 and can be purchased online from their website. At present, they offer an extensive range of cards focused on the different exercising needs of the people like – for juniors, for seniors, with equipment, using bodyweight only, Pilates, yoga, soccer, etc. There isn’t much data available on Fit Deck’s revenue, except that they made over $4.7 million for the year 2005.