On Thanksgiving weekend Joanne and I traveled up to the Amish country in Ohio to visit my dad in his retirement home. As always, I am amazed at the micro enterprises that cover the back roads of this farming area where I was raised. At one shop, where I bought some fresh unpastuerized apple cider, we saw a pile of miniature straw bales, about half the size of regular bales. My brother told me a local Amishman had rebuilt a hay baler to produce the tiny, decorative bales. While regular sized bales sell for about $2.00, these half sized ones sell for $4.00. That’s the power of a unique idea.
We also visited the local winery featuring Amish Country Wine. And we stopped in at Homestead Furniture where we’ve had a couple of beautiful custom pieces designed and made for our home. There is certainly some amusing irony in the Amish being winemakers and having the latest laser technology. But the point is they are great about finding unique ideas and building a successful business around them.
If you have an idea, you’ve got to have a well thought out business plan. The importance of a comprehensive, thoughtful business plan cannot be overemphasized. Much hinges on it: credit from suppliers, management of your operation and finances, promotion and marketing of your business, and achievement of your goals and objectives.
Here’s a free Business Planning Guide – you will see examples and questions to help you develop your idea. You’ll also see information relative to taxes, insurance and legal issues. I love to see simple ideas produce unusual success –
If you have an idea you want to turn into income this next year you may want to check out the growing group of 48Days.net Members who are sharing ideas and growing their businesses. There’s no cost to be involved and you can tap into the best braintrust I know of anywhere.
Now, tell us about your unique business idea – that may defy logic.