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#30: Arlo makes sure your information products don’t get lost

All of us love shopping! Well, at least in one form or the other. Especially tempting: when discounts are involved. Everybody who got a Steam account feels my pain! Last year I bought (again) like 10 games, but none has been played so far. When you buy on Amazon these items are either used, or…

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tip-the-service-agent

#29: Here is who you should really tip

Tipping a waiter is normal, right? If the service was great, this is the normal thing to do. Showing appreciation to someone in a service job is important in most countries. Yet, if you think about it, waiters are pretty much the only professions you tip. How comes?

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multi-search

#028: Multi site search – OR – how to search MUCH more efficiently

In my experience there are 3 kinds of people in the world: #1 The ones who buy everything, no matter what – after all, money to those who create value, right? #2 The ones who pay for nothing, you can find anything online! #3 And those who are willing to pay, but only if free…

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relative-present-service

#027: So grandma keeps asking about what presents to give your kids?

If you have been through some of my posts, you’ve noticed I have 2 kids. Funny story: whenever Christmas, easter, birthday or any other gift-related holiday is coming up I get a call from my mother who asks about what to give to my kids. And, actually, so do many of my relatives. Turns out,…

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subscription-buddy

#026: Save money and stay sane with Subscription Buddy

I grew up around the millennium. Back then CDs, tapes and Windows ME were omnipresent. If I wanted new music I had to drive to a shop and get it. If I wanted to build a website, I had the choice to either learn HTML or use Dreamweaver. Today, everything is so much easier. SaaS…

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uber-for-shop-assistants-pivot

#025: Lets pivot “Uber for shop assistants”

So this might be a Deja Vu. A couple of weeks ago I talked to you about an uber for shop assistants. The idea behind it was: get somebody to help you if you have questions. Last weekend, after I spent some time with my cousin who works in a large furniture shop, I came…

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copywriting-help-square

#024: Copywriting plugin to help us noobs write better and faster

You know, copywriting can be quite intimidating. For me, it aways used to be something I suck at. I am not a writer, one of my teachers burned that into my head. But that’s not the way it needs to. Copywriting can be learned. By practice and by simply learning. There are different copywriting models.…

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personalized-kids-books

#023: Personalized books your kids will love!

Books are wonderful. They spur your imagination, keep your mind off things and ultimately help you relax. For kids you can count the same benefits. Even more so it develops their creativity and helps them learn the language. Despite all the advancements in technology, books have staid the same. They are written, printed and published…

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#022: Car wash on demand

This one is too obvious, banked for years in my Evernote folder, but still a great example for local business ideas: An “Uber” for car washing. I don’t really need to search for similar competitors – there should be plenty. But on the other side, there is plenty of room for this type of business.…

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uber-for-shop-assistants

#021: How to make brick & mortar stores more appealing

We live in an on-demand world. Everything we do needs to fit our schedule. This is the main reason why messaging/email became so popular – because we can control when and where we want to reply. The “Uber for X” model became so popular, there is Uber for pizza, Uber for cleaning, even Uber for…

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#020: Babysitting in a foreign language, not just for the ambitious

My daughters grows up polylingual. We speak English, Russian and German. For years, we had the troubles getting my big girl to the point where she speaks all of them. Struggling with 3 languages is normal though. But at some point, she was comfortable in Russian and German, but actively avoiding English. She understands everything,…

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find-a-star

#019: Find a star and name it

I watched Big Bang Theory the other day (love that show!). They had an interesting take on onto Raj’s job: finding stars. After Sheldon & Raj found a meteor they decided to name it after their gilfriends. So how comes this is not a yet thing?

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multipage-bookmark

#018: Smart Bookmarks help you save time and sanity

Humans are creatures of habit. We know that. I know that! But I never really paid attention. The habit sneaks up on you when you pay attention to detail. The other day I noticed that I when I have a specific task, let’s say, read news, I tend to go through a small routine. I…

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newsletter-bot

#017: Keep you inbox lean and mean with a smart newsletter bot

I am one of those people who subscribe to 1000 newsletters. I have several email addresses and subscribe to everything which might get me some value for my problems: SEO blogs, growth hacking e-books, newsletter marketing. Catching my email is actually quite easy. But what this really means: information overflow! There are services available who…

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virutal grandma

#016: A virtual grandma to the rescue

Let me start by saying that I love my kids! Kids need our love and constant attention. But the world still keeps spinning. Things come up you need to take care of. That doesn’t always get along. My wife and I were often wondered what other parents do when a sudden call or a meeting…

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dvd-language-app

#015: How to fit all languages onto a dvd

This business idea is not quite future proof. But it’s something which bothers me for quite some time now. Our family is multilingual. My kids grow up speaking English, Russian and German. Different languages on different days of the week (long story for another time). We buy DVDs once in a while, at home or…

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dumb-alarm-armband-wearables

#014: Why wearables don’t need to be so smart

In the last 12 months I have tested 3 different wearables. I have tried to improve my sleep, to wake up more rested and to get up without waking my wife & kid(s). Here is where I failed with my wearables/smart alarms so far:

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baby alarm

#013: Why the baby phones don’t work for everyone

Do you have kids? Do you have young kids/babies? Are you somebody who likes to work with loud music in your ears? If yes, keep on reading. I got an interesting business idea for your.

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sheep business

#012: What sheep might do better than machines

Ever thought about buying sheep so that you can sit back and relax while they do your lawn mowing duties? No? Well, that is actually what some people were thinking. And because they do that quite well, some rent out their sheep for lawn mowing services.

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beauty smartphone case

#011: A smartphone case for busy women on the go

I see many women nowadays taking care of their makeup on the subway, in the train or just on the go. What I notice is, even though they are being arts-and-crafty, they nearly always keep their phone in their hands. Why not putting an iPhone/Smartphone multipurpose case in their hands. It could contain a lipstick,…

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matchmaker app

#010: Matchmaker App

Joe Gebbia is one of the founders of AirBNB. Fantastic entrepreneur and great speaker! You see here a TED talk he gave recently. At around 5:30 he starts an interesting experiment. If you haven’t watched it, go ahead first! And then continue reading – I don’t want to spoil anything!

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Evernote Home Server

#009: Evernote for home servers

I love Evernote. I have been using it for years. Easy to use, and in many cases replaces my brain. There might have been countless situations where I just looked something up in Evernote instead of actually remembering. 🙂 But …

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#008: Stress Case

The idea explained in 30 words or less: Flour stress ball on the back of a smartphone case! Fun product, produced in china, sold on your online shop & Amazon (dropshipping) and retail, perfect for facebook ads/giveaways.

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storage business idea

#007: Storage Marketplace for Students

Imagine for a second being a student: You finally got accepted to a study program you love. It is quite far away. You pack your stuff, fill your parents car and move. You found a great place, cheap rent, great infrastructure where you spend your first year. And then, in the end of the year,…

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Socks business Idea

#006: Foam socks protecting you from nasty ice scating pain

Have you ever been sore after a trip to the ice skating palace? No? lucky you! Yes? welcome to the club! I admit it, we are the occasional skaters. We go like 3-4 time a year. We are no regulars. So we don’t have skates on our own. For our kids, it does not make…

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meeting minutes business idea

#005: Meeting minutes service for corporations

What I like the least about working in large corporations are the meetings. There are so many benefits of working in big companies, but the number of meetings never seem to end. And to be honest, many cannot be avoided.

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usb stick business idea

#004: Software which automatically backups USB sticks

Many people, like my wife, like to use USB sticks. Dropbox is something they know and have, but do not use on a regular basis. The feeling of having something physical is special to them. They grew up with it and might not want to change that. Also, some need a stick, because their working…

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cd player business idea

#003: Mini CD Player instead of clunky radio

A couple of months ago I tried really hard to find a CD player for my wife. She needed some radio in the kitchen to lighten up crazy loud kids time. The problem: our kitchen is really small, we don’t have much space for big radios. Turns out, we don’t have space for all radios.

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#002: Point of Sale hand sterilizer

Yesterday my kids and I went to a bakery. It was hot, they were hungry and grumpy. To take control of the situation I bought some fresh bread. I paid with cash while checking emails on my phone. Then I took the change and started distributing the bribe-bread. It was after I paid that I realized I…

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Business Idea

#001: Business Travel Service

The first idea I want to share is a service business, not too cool these days, but still with potential. All of us have booked our vacation online, right? This process starts quite easily with all these booking sites. After you set your eyes on a dream vacation spot, the real work begins. Figuring everything…

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