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5 Unusual Internet Business Ideas that Became Wildly Successful

How to get rich the canny way? Read what some smart people did:

1.It was Michael Senoff’s  lucky day when he found a unique business idea opportunity in reselling old seminar materials. After finding it too expensive to attend one particular seminar, Sennof discovered a guy from Northern California who had attended the seminar and bought the seminar materials from him for $50… far less than the $20,000 fee for the seminar. After seeing similar seminar materials selling for hundreds of dollars on the Internet, he divided his catch and parlayed them for an amazing $1700. Thus, his online business idea was born. Michael now resells old seminar materials for dozens of marketing gurus, easily profiting over $1,000 a day.

2. The owner of Hungry Pod, Catherine Keane, makes over $100,000 yearly by uploading music to other people’s iPods. The idea came about when a friend of hers offered her $500 to load his CD collection onto his iPod. Keane’s advertising efforts on Craigslist and word-of-mouth marketing also worked wonders as Hungry Pod’s annual sales exceed $100,000.

3. With the help of her 15 years of experience in a civilian employment agency, Karin Markley’s business idea was a big hit. She understands that companies value employees with military backgrounds, so she wanted to provide a one-stop link between the two. She set out by contacting the Department of Defense for permission to use its seal on her website. It took her months to obtain it. But it paid off in the end since MilitaryExits.com is now linked to all US military bases. At present, Markley’s annual sales reach $600,000.

4. Joseph Tantillo tried his luck on online retailing after reading a business magazine in the doctor’s office. He and his wife were expecting their first child then and hoping to work from home. An article about starting an online store appealed greatly to him, and that was when he decided to sell personalized Greek apparel to the market. The Greek design came about because he was a member of a fraternity back in college. He enlisted the help of his former fraternity brothers , asking them what kind of products they might like. He set up an online shop for only $79.95. Today though, GreekGear.com is earning $1.9 million annually.

5. Can one really earn $200,000 just by blogging about sauces? Nick Lindauer says yes. While still in college back in 2001, he started his online business called Sweat ‘N Spice out of his Springfield apartment. During his first year of operation, he was able to sell a few dozen types of hot sauces, packaging each order by hand and shipping everything from his local office. Today though, Lindauer sells more than a thousand products from some 300 manufacturers. In 2004, the business got around $130,000. In 2006, it grossed $200,000. With these promising figures, it is not improbable to reach the million-dollar mark.

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  1. Anthony Osobase says

    This is Amazing. i have a website on internet marketing and how to do it. http://www.interbizmarketinginfo.com

  2. You can sale your products online like creating an online store where people can get what they on their doorstep. Now a days eCommerce websites are in trend and people really like to purchase products online like Amazon. there was a time when Amazon was unknown to people and now its the biggest online store.


  3. Wow very nice stories.. It’s very inspiring, They have truly found their niches, If you have not found your’s might as well see this http://rplink.me/av4sts01

  4. People who think outside of the box are greatly rewarded only if there’s a demand for their product/service. Clearly in each of these examples, there was a market already waiting.

    A very good article Lorna – keep them coming!


  5. Lana Dubinskiy says

    one of the ideas is to build mobile apps for the local businesses. we use iBuildApp app maker for that http://ibuildapp.com/marketplace/Solutions-Small-Business/?all=1

  6. web innovation says

    this is really cool and also helpful .. i impressed with this article and started website design call http://www.webinnovationindia.com business and today i’m successs..!!! thanks

  7. Saumya Garg says

    I also success in my bussinees to open Online music stream. http://www.dhamaalradio.com

  8. Nagypal Patrik says

    Interesting and entertaining article, it can be inspiring for potential entrepreneurs who look for business ideas. We recently published our article in the field of entrepreneurship. It’s called 26 Crazy Short Stories About Eccentric Entrepreneurs. Please, go through it! We hope you will enjoy.


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