Times are changing, and today's woman can do anything she puts her mind to. Lately, I've focused on a couple of innovative business ideas developed by busy moms looking to carve themselves a place in the world of business. I couldn't pass up on mentioning that SavvyMom 2009 Mompreneur Award Winner to further empower women in business!
Moms are among the hardest working people on the planet, and I'm only talking about the ones who parent full-time, not to mention those that juggle other responsibilities, like careers at the same time! This holiday season, give a mom in your life a break from one of her daily parenting duties - lunch making, by supplying her with a service that delivers healthy meals to her kids at school!
Not all businesses are strictly about making money - some do what they do for the greater good. Unfortunately, not all businesses can operate as non-profit companies, as they just don't always survive; so there are some that bridge the gap between the two business structures. There's one that will give you the warm and fuzzies out of appreciation, right on time for the holidays!
It's a trend that's happening around the globe- instead of just serving a boring old cup of coffee that will give you the jitter, some shops are adopting latte art as a part of their services. For no additional charge, visitors can receive their favorite beverage with artwork built right into the foam.
Voyeurism as we know it has been transformed. Simple Playboy subscriptions are a thing of the past for men who like to read the articles. Now, a new business offers a service that makes the magazine delivery just a little bit more interesting.
We've seen customizable books in the past, where kids can star in their favorite fairy tale book, or adults can take over the leading role in a classic novel - along comes another business in this niche right in time for holiday shopping!
Recently we saw little buildings that could be transported by trailer to be used as offices, storage locations and other shelters, but these were lacking in some obvious amenities. Another builder of teeny tiny houses uses a similar building plan, buts creates houses that are a bit more liveable.
If you haven't heard of synthetic wishbones, then you probably should have because it's a six figure industry that makes up a niche holiday business.
Crime scene cleanup is a niche market that's continuing to grow, because someone's got to do the dirtiest jobs in each city. Chicago's got a business that takes care of all of that gross stuff that no one else wants to think about, just as we've seen in other cities, but this one's run by a unique group of people.
If you ask many men what their favorite thing is, one answer they'll likely tell you is beer. If you ask a woman who dreads cooking what she looks for most in meal preparation, she'll likely tell you prefabricated meals that require little preparation. Put those two things together and you get a unique company that brings together the best of both worlds.
Cell phone bans while driving are being rolled out around the world, with varying penalties for those who still choose to talk or text and drive. While the distractions that cell phones can cause are obvious, there are some who just can't resist answering a ring or responding to a text even when they're on the road. Since some drivers lack willpower, there's a business that's decided to take advantage!
A unique vacation is hard to come by, but we're only a few years away from being able to take a vacation that offers a real out of this world experience.
Chedds is a unique restaurant that I featured a while ago that serves grilled cheese exclusively. With their traditional grilled cheese recipes, and some that are new and unusual, Chedds quickly grew in popularity since its launch; but now, it's getting a little bit of competition from a company that's found one way to top it - making grilled cheese mobile.
We've seen napping pods sent up in major urban centers before, but now, there's a new pop-up hotel designed to offer optimal convenience and comfort for travellers virtually wherever they are; even without a reservation!
For a night out, women dress themselves up, make themselves up, and sometimes talk themselves up when they meet a gentleman that they fancy. But these elements don't give men the green light to take whatever they want from the experience, and there's one cosmetics company that wants to ensure that just because women look beautiful, doesn't mean that they compromise their safety.
You might think the Cotton Candy is only something that you can find at your local fair; but if you've got a craving for something sticky and sugary that melts in your mouth and leaves your tongue bright pink or blue, then you're in luck if you live in NYC, because cotton candy may come to you.
I know what you're thinking - prefabricated houses aren't new. At some point, we've all known someone who's lived in a mobile home, trailer, or another sort of prefab home. But this new company has a fun name and a fun concept that's definitely worth talking about!
When we think of "all inclusive" hotels, we automatically assume that it's a resort in the Dominican Republic or Mexico, sitting on or near a beach, where the food is often sub-par and the domestic beer and tropical drinks flow freely. Although most all inclusive hotels in the world are this popular style, one Singapore hotel is trying to transform the meaning of "all inclusive".