Spring Is In The Air! Top 10 Businesses For Spring 2009
Spring is in the air, and as cooler climates begin warming up for the spring and summer, interesting business concepts that cater to spring activities and interests take on a whole new appeal. Over the upcoming months, the popularity of businesses with an outdoor theme will increase, while consumers take in the nice weather and get outside! In honor of spring's arrival, I'm counting down the Top 10 spring businesses of 2009!
Top 10 Business Ideas - 1. Cycle2City
This Australia based company may not be experiencing spring now, but this certainly is a business concept that we would appreciate here in North America right now. As the weather improves, more and more cyclists are using eco-friendly transportation methods by cycling to work. Cycle2City gives commuters a place to store their bikes in the business city center, as well as a location to get themselves into business mode. By offering showers, air-conditioned lockers, a laundry service and onsite bike repair, commuters can leave their bicycling alter-ego behind them and transform into the consummate, corporate professional.
Top 10 Business Ideas - 2. iScape
What better time to shorten your commute and take in the sights of spring than the beginning of the spring season? iScape is a British Company which offers garden offices for lawn commuters, so those without the space to create a home office only have to commute as far as their own gardens. With the only distractions being the budding tulips and daffodils, who could complain?
Top 10 Business Ideas - 3. Mil Frutas
When spring comes to mind, so do flowers, and while eating them may not a Brazilian company has started a new spring phenomenon by offering flower ice cream. One of their most popular flavors to date has been the capuchinha flower ice cream, and while it's yet to make an appearance in North America to date, this import could make an ideal spring delicacy.
Top 10 Business Ideas - 4. Locomatrix
After months of cold weather, you may have a hard time drawing your kids away from their favorite video games for some fresh air. With innovative company, Locomatrix, gaming and fresh air collide as kids play a series of logic and role playing games using their GPS phones. Specific locations, such as baseball diamonds or soccer fields are recommended for certain games; but kids will have a great time playing video games like Treasure Hunt while getting exercise in the fresh air!
Top 10 Business Ideas - 5. Fatburgr
When you're on the go during the spring, carting children to their sports practices or bonding with family while participating in fun outdoor activities, stopping for fast food can be tempting. But, when you're trying to get your bikini body ready or a fun summer of trips to the beach, it can be hard to watch your diet when nutritional information for your favorite fast food restaurants isn't readily available. Fatburgr is a website that has compiled everything you need to know nutritionally about eating out in the US, so you can ensure everything you order falls in line with your diet standards. Fatburgr's nutritional information listings are available on their website, or an application called iFat can be added to your iPhone.
Top 10 Business Ideas -6. Link Lessons
So you've vowed that this spring you will start to hit the links, but having never golfed much before you're embarrassed to step out onto a course or admit your inexperience or lack of skills to a golf instructor. With Link Lessons, prospective golfers can upload a video of their swing to receive feedback from golf pros as well as in-depth online, video lessons so you don't have to show your face on a course until you're good and ready!
Top 10 Business Ideas - 7. Rent-a-Garden
In order to prepare your garden for spring, without needing a green thumb, you can turn to Dutch-based Rent-a-Garden. The landscaping company specializes in garden makeovers, but the catch is that they're temporary. For a fee of 300 Euro for 3 months, including installation of plants, flowers, and planters and upkeep, people can give their home gardens a spring overhaul. For those looking to sell their homes this spring, it's also a great way to add temporary curb appeal to the home, without having to spend an arm and a leg.
Top 10 Business Ideas - 8. Landshare
Want to grow your own fresh fruits, vegetables and other plants this spring but just don't have the land of your own to accommodate a garden? Use Landshare to connect with those willing to let you use some of the land on their property. For a fee, and a donation of fresh produce, you can create the garden of your dreams without ever having to move.
Top 10 Business Ideas -9. Biceberg
Another concept for urban bicycle commuters, Biceberg is an automated storage unit for Spanish cyclists to store their bikes when they get to their destination. The Biceberg machine is connected to an underground storage unit and transfers your bike from ground level using a bicycle vending machine technology. Cyclists can store and retrieve their bikes using a unique microchip and PIN number to identify both themselves and the horse they road in on.
Top 10 Business Ideas - 10. AquaClimb
While what AquaClimb has to offer might be a little far-fetched for spring installation in your own backyard, when spring rolls around it's time to start thinking about preparing your backyard pool for the warm weather. AquaClimb's specialty is poolside climbing walls which will run you about $10,000 USD including installation. The fiberglass climbing walls can easily fit with any pool size and feature adjustable climbing rocks and hand-holds to change the climbing challenges. Naturally, with such a big pricetag AquaClimb has primarily been popular with public pools, water parks and the like, but if you're looking for something special to spruce up your residential pool this spring - this could be it.