More Crazy Business Ideas

Every so often I like to list a few business ideas I write down. Some of these ideas can actually be pretty big money makers if properly carried through with. Feel free to comment. Enjoy!

1.) Color Changing Urinal. A urinal that changes color when it comes in contact with “liquid.” C’mon guys, how cool would it be to relieve yourself and draw a picture in the urinal at the same time! When you flush, the “drawing” would be erased. A fish tank urinal would also be pretty neat, and might even get some press coverage.

2.) Legal Street Racing. Around my house, people from all walks of life meet every weekend on an industrial road which is slightly longer than a 1/4 mile long. Some states have found that people will race no matter what, so they legalized it in certain areas. The racers only need a helmet to participate. This way the racers are happy and the authorities are happy they are away from street traffic. If you could legalize an operation like this in your area, you could easily sell all sorts of concession snacks and beverages every weekend. An easier idea would be to find the places racers meet, and sell chips, cokes etc. out of the back of a truck.

3.) Urinal TV Advertising. Once he is at a urinal, you have a mans’ absolute, undivided attention. When a patron approches the urinal, a 20-30 second TV advertisement can play right in front of his face. This is actually a really good idea. Don’t ask me why I have so many urinal ideas!

4.) Solar Power. In Austin they have started a program that allows residential homes to recieve up to a $5,000 check per year simply for having a solar system on your home (that generates a certain amount of power). You could offer free installation of solar panels on homes in exchange for these yearly checks. A lot of people would jump at the chance for “absolutely free” solar panels, especially in green-place like Austin. Outfitting a home with a solar panel system generally costs $15,000 – $20,000. For commerical buildings, the city writes checks of up to $100,000 per year. Looking out at my aparment complex, putting solar panels on each roof would be discreet and bring in 100 grand per year, plus save the complex tons of money. This was an idea I was pretty involved with for a while. The solar industry is becoming huge in the United States, take advantage of it!

Blog posted on: February 26, 2005

10 comments on “More Crazy Business Ideas

  1. Anonymous

    actually the urinal with the commercial idea has already been thought about, and I think it is used in some places (Europe)
    they also have some that give spoken ads when the sensors show that someone is using the urinal.

  2. Neville

    I’ll have to do some research on them. If you could introduce those urinals in the States at a decent price, you could get a hold of the club, bar and themed resturant market.

    And I still think TV ads would be far superior to spoken ads. Having UNDIVIDED attention for 30 seconds with every patron would be a marketing dream!

  3. Anonymous

    Some one at CMU has had the urinal idea, too. When you pee on the black square, it turns clear and says something stupid like “Think before you drink” Of course, if you’re at that point & can still read, you have a bright future ahead of you.

  4. Anonymous

    There’s only one problem with your urinal idea…people are switching to water-free urinals.

  5. Expat

    Any links to the Austin government that states they will pay 5K per year? For how long? Will they pay directly to someone other than the owner? what other restrictions exist?


  6. Anonymous

    Dude out of all the "quick ways to make money ideas" on the net these seem like the most easy and fun, Thanks for all the cool tips!


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