Fifty Business Ideas is intended for anyone looking for inspiration to kick start a business opportunity. It is hoped that it will bring out the entrepreneurial spirit in the reader. This book contains stories of real businesses that were established in the1980’s and went on to make money. There are a few failures amongst them which may also help to inspire an improved version and some very risky ventures that could even succeed with some fine tuning.
All the ideas featured are real stories pulled from real news items during the 1980’s. Some started with little or no capital; only a few needed some large investment. What they have in common is that they are all proper businesses operated by real people. Most are considered small businesses and many can be run from home.
There is an element of fun in this book. Some ideas are quite bizarre but they did work. Many of the ideas here will not be found in the usual ‘how to start a successful business’ book because they are very unconventional.
Fifty Business Ideas (actually there are 51) are arranged under the following chapter headings: Leisure, Business to Business, Social Networking, Customer Research, Working with Animals, Inventions, Re-Cycling and an idea or two to proceed with extreme caution.
One or two could be construed as illegal or possibly immoral depending on your standpoint but clear notice is given on these case studies.
There is no guarantee that any of these will make a fortune. But they did succeed for at least one entrepreneur. There are no step by step guidelines, no hand holding; that is not the reason for this book. Sometimes all it takes is a different perspective on life to kick start a new career, or a flash of inspiration which hopefully will be found here
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About the Author
John Barber was born in London at the height of the UK Post War baby boom. The Education Act of 1944 saw great changes in the way the nation was taught; the main one being that all children stayed at school until the age of 15 (later increased to 16). For the first time working class children were able to reach higher levels of academic study and the opportunity to gain further educational qualifications at University. This explosion in education brought forth a new aspirational middle class; others remained true to their working class roots. The author belongs somewhere between the two. Many of the author’s main characters have their genesis in this educational revolution. Their dialogue though idiosyncratic can normally be understood but like all working class speech it is liberally sprinkled with strange boyhood phrases and a passing nod to cockney rhyming slang. John Barber’s novels are set in fictional English towns where sexual intrigue and political in-fighting is rife beneath a pleasant, small town veneer of respectability. They fall within the cozy, traditional British detective sections of mystery fiction. He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder which investigated a famous murder mystery of 1907 and names the killer. This is still available in softback and as an ebook, although not available from Smashwords John Barber had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He is now retired and lives with his wife and two cats on an island in the middle of Hertford and spends his time between local community projects and writing further novels.