Some businesses are here to stay. Restaurants, hotels, taxi cabs, music These are the businesses that have been with us in one form or another for hundreds of years. People need to eat and sleep, after all, as well as get from point A to point B. And almost universally people like listening to music. But beyond those necessary forms of business is a world of oddball ideas that most wouldnt dream of ever becoming successful.
Think about it: do most people ever need to do something like rent a chicken? Probably not, right? Yet, inexplicably, there is an audience that must say You know what? Id like to rent a chicken just to see what its like. Apparently, there are enough aspiring farmers, or people who want chickens as temporary pets, to keep this unique business idea afloat. But it still comes off as strange, doesnt it?
Of course, there are weirder ideas out there. What about a business that makes necklaces out of human remains? Or silly services that, while allowing people to live out little fantasies, really do seem like a waste of money. Then again, if enough people are interested in an odd business, it must be meeting a secret need within society.
Heres an interesting selection of businesses that have experienced an unexpected some would say undeserved amount of success. They might not be sustainable, but for they have managed to make a decent amount of money, and have proved that there truly is no telling what a person will spend their money on.
1. Pet Rock
Of all the business ideas in the world, this one probably comes off as one of the worst. Who in their right mind would buy a pet rock? Apparently, in 1975, founder Gary Dahl was able to convince millions of people that it was a good idea, earning him an estimated $15 million in the process. It turns out people are willing to buy into a new idea, no matter how silly it might be.
2. Reserve A Spot In Heaven
How would you like to guarantee your spot in heaven? What if youre not sure heaven exists, but think it would be nice to have a just in case backup plan? Thats the idea over at Reserve A Spot In Heaven. Its a funny little gag gift that people can buy for about $15. Some people love it, and others think its a mockery of religion. Regardless, theyve been at it for some time now and are still going strong.
3. Snuggie Blankets
These have become infamous; really, who hasnt heard of these? Its a blanket with sleeves on them, and while its not exactly a groundbreaking invention, Snuggies have become extremely popular. The ridiculousness of them seems to be exactly what has made them so successful, and among the devout, surely the comfort of armholes trumps the ridiculousness. Its actually kind of funny that it took so long for this idea to become popular.
4. Sympathy Food Delivery Service
Founder David Storke has worked at a funeral home for over 27 years, and theres one thing hes seen time after time: recipients homes flooded with flowers that go to waste. Although the flowers are a nice gesture, whats the point in receiving so many which end up in the garbage? So he came up with the idea that people would prefer a nice home cooked meal to help console them, rather than the sea of flowers people usually receive. The service offers nationwide delivery, so its pretty convenient if a little pricey.
5. The Fantasy Dating Game
This neat business idea is for women who need to add that extra oomph to their dating lives. Its basically fantasy football, but for women. You earn points by playing the dating game, so things like:
Exchanging numbers/texts Flirting Calling each other Going on dates
will earn a player points in their league (group of people you play with). Its a silly, but fun way to gameify your dating life.