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Should Your Hobby Invention Idea Become A Business?

You had a “light bulb” moment, and since you haven’t been able to shake the idea – in fact this genius thought has even begun to interfere with your daily routine. You think this is the invention idea that you could turn into a business. So what should you do?

Bitcoins Coming To A Store Near You, As Well As Amazon & 'Almost Human' Too!

You know that Bitcoins have gone mainstream when this unique form of tender is featured in the plot line of a current TV drama. That's right - the world's first decentralized cryptocurrency lacking any political authority was featured in the recent season finale episode of the Fox network series, 'Almost Human.' Granted, while the premise of that detective drama is set in the year 2048.  .  .

Chinese Sourcing Can Save You Money, If You Follow These Rules

Chinese products at one time were known as cheap and poorly made, today’s Chinese manufacturing can produce goods from low value mass produced items to highest quality handcrafted items.There are several factors that are critical  for effectively sourcing products from overseas manufacturers.

Drizly: Liquor Delivery Business Hopes To Go Mainstream

How many times have you found yourself sitting by the fire on a cold winter's night, wishing you had Bailey's to put in your hot chocolate, but dismiss the idea since you have already changed into your favorite cow pajamas? Liquor, like coffee, is one of those things that we all proclaim we wish would appear through a delivery service, and a new concept has been introduced to Boston and New York residents.

Design StaX Accessories, Win $100 & Free StaX!

StaX is a fresh idea that should get a lot of our 3D printer jockeys excited, and the duo behind the creative aluminum modular containers is looking to the inventor community for bold new directions to accessorize the Stax system. Oh, and they’re giving cash to their top three ideas too!

Silicon Valley's Journey From Reality To Scripted TV

Ever since the award-winning film "Social Network" caused a stir about the digerati drawn to the Silicon Valley like moths to a flame, other would-be producers have tried to capture the zeitgeist of this lifestyle in various forms - books, movies and TV.

Restaurant Mon Petit: Dine Like A Feline At Purina's Exclusive & Unusual Eatery

It was only a matter of time, considering the internet has made the world's obsession with all things feline rise to new levels. Cat-themed businesses aren't a new trend, and perhaps that's why the latest business might make even the craziest of cat ladies shudder with dismay.

3 Questions To See If Outsourcing Is Right For Your Small Business?

Outsourcing has a reputation for saving time and money, but is that accurate? Just because someone else can do your work, does that mean they should? Is it really beneficial to every busines owner? Here are a few tips to understanding outsourcing and making a qualified decision on whether or not to use it!

Found A Scary Skin Disorder? Save Yourself With A Photo

What if you want to know NOW what that scary lesion is on your arm, or how long you should wait before getting that mole removed from your shoulder? It could be months before you get an appointment with a specialist dermatologist. Why not try teledermatology - get a diagnose for just $39 in under 48 hours with GoDerma app for iPhone. 

Hot Cup Of Joe: Coffee Establishment Just For Magic Mike Fans

It is a growing trend to for businesses that have nothing to do with sex, to use it to give them an edge in their market. They use provocative tricks to grow, which is of course controversial.  Women are typically the ones putting themselves on display for the benefit of men in such businesses. The reverse business structure is marginally less common, not because there isn't a market, but because many women prefer to be more discreet when it comes to male ogling. At least, they did until Hollywood decided to make a movie about men shaking what their mommas gave them.

EXIT: Scary Business Has Visitors Escape From 'Saw' Inspired Situations

There is a big business in scaring people, and it is a concept that doesn't just find people knocking down its haunted doors for Halloween. Many major tourist areas across North America feature haunted houses and mazes that have people lining up to pee their pants as people jump out of the shadows. While the more traditional scare providers are still successfully operating, there is a new type of terror in town competing in the market, and it creates a unique and scary experience that rivals some popular, nightmare inducing movies.

The Street Store: Non-Profit Pop-Up Boutiques For The Homeless

The best businesses don't always prove themselves by turning a profit. Some are simply out to make a difference in the world. I rarely feature non-profits, but a Cape Town, South Africa business is far too cool to overlook with its mission to help the homeless in a unique way.

Ziferblat Pay To Stay Coffee Shops

Coffee shops aren't what they used to be. Once upon a time, coffee shops were just an establishment to enjoy a delicious caffeinated beverage and perhaps even a sinful desert. Today, coffee shops are social meeting spots, office spaces (for those that work virtually), and even a place to hold corporate functions. How we use coffee shops has changed, but the way coffee shops serve us still remains in its traditional format. Which is why some innovators are taking a new approach to the coffee shop business.

Stanley's Pharmacy: Medicating Patrons With Pharmaceuticals And Nutritious Drinks

No matter what ails you, there's a solution. You just have to ask around, and every individual will have a different medicinal, holistic, or alternative cure to help a fever break. Often, it is a cocktail of different items that people swear provides the best cure potential. These days it isn't just your Grandma "prescribing" and dispensing these items either.  Now there's a one-stop shop to cure what ails you.

Meet Your New Home Medical Laboratory: Scanadu

The ease of access to medical information has increased our health IQs greatly from pre-Internet days. But if doctors aren't exasperated with their know-it-all patients just yet, a Silicon Valley startup called Scanadu is about to change the practice of medicine altogether with smart gadgets that give you the tools to test and analyze your own vitals and body fluids.  And you don't need a prescription, or a fortune, to buy them!