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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:38 AM
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Saturday Morning Brainstorm: Small business ideas during a recession?
Its the Saturday Morning Brainstorm!

Do you have any creative ideas for a small business which would flourish during a recession?


Thanks :-)
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:40 AM
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1. Teach seminars or write a book about how to spend less during a recession.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:42 AM
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3. good idea ... since everyone is doing it already?
:-)
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:41 AM
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2. If you have a big yard - plant veggies
I almost always stop for roadside vegetable stands, especially if it seems the stuff was grown on the property.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:43 AM
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4. I did that with our apples last year ... everyone was thrilled!
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:45 AM
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5. Bootlegging.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:47 AM
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6. ... which products would do well?
It would have to be something which is VERBOTEN!
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:00 PM
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26. bootleg HEALTHCARE
the logic of bootlegging is that you offer something that's unnaturally inflated either thru prohibition or embargo or scarcity.

buy the medicines at a reduced rate in mexico or india, and resell.

or, open up low-cost health clinics and BOOTLEG HEALTHCARE.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:39 PM
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31. Great idea!
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:53 AM
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7. good question!
i'd be interested in comments from people who have experience in this area. I'm an employee at a company, not involved in any aspect of business so it's alien territory for me.

Businesses dealing with basic necessities, like food, clothing, shelter, and health would be the best areas for a business during a recession. I think small farmers could ride out the recession because they have something we all need: good quality produce, milk, eggs. For clothing, I can see a seamstress that mends clothes and linens or makes low-cost household items from donated fabrics.

Very good question ... the amount of cash circulating in society won't be enough to sustain the economy. I can envision people setting up barter arrangements to make ends meet.

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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:58 AM
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8. Watch this thread, there are alot of creative DUers out there.
:-)
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taught_me_patience Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:59 AM
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9. porn
seems to be recession proof. Others include:

liquor store
bankruptcy lawyer
auto repair
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:08 PM
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16. 3 of those 4 perform well all the time!
:-)
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:10 PM
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41. Porn has been in a recession..
for a few years now. Too much free stuff on the internet. They overproduced it during the boom, and now there are millions of hours of porn available. More than one human could ever watch in a lifetime. I know a few people who used to work in the industry making good money and now they get paid a fraction of what they used to, when they are even able to find work.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:01 PM
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10. A van service to take people to markets n/t
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:05 PM
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12. Buying a van full of groceries and selling it door-to-door.
:-)
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:04 PM
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27. Well an even better idea would be to take orders
and collect groceries for a fee, but the fee would have to be less than the cost to and from the market/wholesale/supermarket.

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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:28 PM
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28. What if the market is 5 miles away, and the cars have been sold.
Then the fee would be for those who cant walk 5 miles.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:01 PM
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11. How about quilting with used items that are still usable? Good warm
blankets are a real need with out high energy costs. Also renting out space in your home.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:09 PM
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17. Renting a space in your home ...
for a renter, for chickens, as a laundry room for the local cleaners?
:-)
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:18 PM
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22. People, of course. I read an article by Kuntsler that talked about the
use of space in our homes as compared to the past. He was suggesting that we learn to use our home spaces more efficiently and for more people. My grandmother had a hugh home after her family was grown and she used the upstairs bedrooms for room & board and later turned the same space into a rental apartment. I wish I had her home now.
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pokercat999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:05 PM
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13. Yep, I think I have an excellent idea for a small business
that would "employ" hundreds of people. The start up costs are low (I have the cash) but it requires someone with internet savvy (building/maintaining a site) and it IS time intensive, I don't have the time. This is not multi level marketing or any kind of ponzi scheme. I have the raw idea that is NOT being done anywhere to the best of my knowledge. The idea is not patentable to the best of my knowledge. This is a totally online business and face to face interaction is not required. There are no "sales" as such, involved by the owner/operator of the business. There are no employees but many independent contractors, that are truly independent. They can make fun part-time money.

I would be interested in sharing my idea (as a silent partner) for a small piece of the action. The potential is huge and profits could be as much as $10K or more per month within a year.

For the details you will have to sign a disclaimer and should you choose to pursue the idea name me as a minority partner of your LLC or Corporation.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:07 PM
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14. Thats an old idea from Nigeria.
Where millionaires pass away and want to have their money sent directly to your account.
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pokercat999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:13 PM
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19. Not quite deary, I make a good living and don't have the
time for other interests. If you aren't interested don't reply, I don't care. I'm trying to be helpful but I'm not giving away an idea that I've developed to see someone make a ton of money and give me the one finger salute.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:22 PM
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23. OK, pokercat999, its a pre-deal,
please send me a disclaimer, and then well talk about it.

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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:07 PM
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15. please K & R for more visibility. This is one of the best threads i've seen in a long time. nt
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:10 PM
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18. Sharing practical wisdom rocks!
:-)
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pokercat999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:16 PM
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21. Too bad you don't have any.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:23 PM
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24. But Im willing and able to learn.
:-)
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:13 PM
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20. can't fail small business idea
(at least, after 1/20/2009 with a Dem President)

Blaming the President for everything, and appearing as a Foxpert ...
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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:46 PM
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25. My grandfather made money during the Depression.
He made workpants and workshirts and did very well. His employees were appreciative of the ongoing jobs and most people didn't need anything more fancy than what he was producing. I don't know what the goods cost back then but when my father joined the business in 1950, a dozen pairs of chinos sold to the stores for $1 PER DOZEN!!!
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:08 PM
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34. Do you still have the sewing machine?
Maybe a box of long needles and balls of thread?

I do, from my Grandfathers shoemaker supply business).

Have shoes, will travel! :-)
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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:31 PM
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35. No, they were industrial machines.
And I gave away my grandmother's machine when she died 10 years ago (she tried to teach me but I wasn't good at it). When my father sold the business in the late 70's/early 80's, he had those huge, cone-shaped bobbins of thread hanging around, but sold them somewhere. I kept a few pants hangers from the office.
I have a lot of craft talents, though. Crochet, calligraphy, needlepoint, beading, carving, painting, etc.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 03:38 AM
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42. Making personalized gifts is an idea for the talented.
:-)
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:33 PM
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29. Picking up dog poop seems to be a growth industry.
I keep seeing flyers posted on telephone poles announcing this service.

Canine Fecal Disposal Engineering is how to describe it to keep up your image with friends and family.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:38 PM
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30. Picking up dog poop on private property ... or ...
on public property, being employed by the dog owner who walks ahead of you with his dog, and you clean up behind them?

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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:46 PM
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32. Ha! That's an interesting wrinkle - a "poop valet"!
What I have seen flyers for is people who come once a week to pick the dog poop up out of your backyard. I guess this would be for someone who keeps their dog outside in a fenced yard.

But I see Angela, that you are a "big picture" person who has already identified 2 more potential markets for this growth industry!
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:48 PM
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33. Im an Aries, always good for new ideas ...
its the positive energy at DU which keeps my creativity level high. :-)
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:36 PM
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36. by its nature small businesses fail during a recession
i knew a large number of people who were forced into self-employment during the last bush recession/depression -- the great s&l collapse of the early 90s

all of those businesses failed -- as in 100 percent of them -- and caused my friends tremendous hardship because of the additional debt created by having attempted the start ups

don't start a small business during a recession unless you have a death wish!

this is the time you kiss the boss ass and hang onto the job you got, if it includes any health insurance benefits, you may consider it to be gold

if you are losing your job anyway, look for ways to stretch your unemployment, a business start-up isn't going to stretch your limited funds, it's going to waste them



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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:41 PM
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37. Visiting the elderly, or elder care. Goes for between $18 and $25.00 an hour.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:45 PM
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38. Send me a sefl addressed stamped envelop with $5 and I'll send you foolproof ideas.
Actually being flexible seems to be a good idea, be able to do a bunch of things.
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Angela Shelley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 05:22 AM
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43. Thats how I made my first million dollars ...
which was then transferred to an account in Nigeria. :-)
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:48 PM
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39. has loan-sharking been suggested yet?
as well as putting together a street crew and trying your hand at petty/grand larceny?
or getting a stable of b*tches and putting them out on the stroll?

like anything else, the staples never really go out of style.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:00 PM
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40. people will ALWAYS spend money on their pets...
how about at-home dog/cat grooming? NOT "in-home" -you'd need a van, preferably a step-van equipped/outfitted for the purpose.

-or-

in-home pet photography. one of the great things about digital photography is that you can practice, practice, practice without wasting a fortune on film. you just need to drop coin on a GOOD slr camera & lenses, lighting, and a backrop(s).

the pet photography/pet grooming businesses could also cross-promote or even work in conjunction with each other.

other pet-related ideas- a service to help people pet-proof their houses when they get a new animal.
dog-walking/poop pick-up. caring for pets when people go out-of-town.
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better tomorrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 05:26 AM
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44. think kids.....
market products for kids, schools, teachers....they will always need them because they are getting left behind otherwise.

And, if you have a small business in another product area, market it to the teacher's lounges, put up signs outside the schoolgrounds, give samples to teachers. They have a little more money than you think.
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