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The founder of Polygon Properties (both here and in the US) gave me this advice when I met with him after graduating from UBC.  I haven’t always followed it, but when I have it has always held true.  I’m using my passion as the guide post for determining what I do next.

In the interim, I came across the following list of 100 business ideas.  For all you budding entrepreneurs, take a read.  You mind find something that excites you or ignites your passion.  Be cautioned, however, that ideas are only the starting point.  I believe that one of the differences between a successful entrepreneur and an unsuccessful one is not the idea, but the ability to execute.

Also visit the original post with accompanying descriptions for each idea by visiting http://ow.ly/1L8FR.

1. Backyard Plant Nursery

2. Personal Shopper

3. Window Cleaning

4. Music Lessons

5. Virtual Assistant

6. Event Planning Service

7. Trunk Show Business

8. Professional Organizer

9. Image Consultant

10. Pet Sitting Service

11. Write e-books

12. Affiliate marketing .

13. Google AdSense

14. Blogging for Dollars

15. Freelancing

16. eBay

17. Amazon Sales

18. Web Design

19. SEO

20. Domain Trading

21. In-home Child Care

22. Tutoring Service

23. Kids’ Party Planner

24. Kids’ Entertainment

25. Drop-in Center

26. Used Kids’ Clothes

27. Toy Kiosk

28. Instructional Classes

29. Kid Taxi Service

30. Amusement Rentals

31. Senior Errand Service

32. Garage Cleaning/Organizing Service

33. Haul-Away Service

34. Small Engine Repair Service

35. Yard Service

36. Social Media Consulting

37. Candle Making

38. Jewelry Making

39. Web Design Service

40. Blogging

41. Become a Greenifier

42. Home Wind Turbine Dealer

43. Certified Green Professional

44. Green Clothing

45. Solar To Go

46. Local Organic Food

47. Greener Landscaping

48. Green Cleaning

49. Paperless Office Consultant

50. Solar Cookers and Barbeques

51. Dollar Store

52. Vintage Record Store

53. Inventory Liquidation

54. Trophy & Awards Shop

55. Used Wedding Gowns

56. Antique Sales

57. Green Home Products

58. Used Fitness and Sports Equipment

59. Child Safety Products

60. Used Bookstore

61. Blogging

62. Consulting

63. Writing/Editing Service

64. Event Planning

65. Professional Organizer

66. Tax Preparer 50

67. Virtual Assistant

68. Professional Mediator

69. Fund Raiser

70. Pet Waste Removal

71. Used Furniture Sales.

72. Fundraising Consultant.

73. Socially Responsible Investment Firm.

74. 3rd World Crafts Market.

75. Charity Auction Service.

76. Social Responsibility Consultant.

77. Online Farmers Market.

78. Fair Trade Coffee House.

79. Charity-focused Search Provider.

80. Micro-Franchising for Developing Areas.

The following from 81 to 90 are franchise businesses:

81. Bonus Building Care

82. Breath Testers USA

84. PosiGrip

85. Critter Control

86. The BrickKicker Home Inspection

87. CruiseOne, Inc.

88. Proforma

90. Global M.A.R.S.

91. Sales.

92. Customer Service

93. Green Business

94. Social Media

95. Image/Style

96. Human Resources

97. Project Management

98. Startup

99. Technology

100. Strategic Planning

My third “just for fun” post – thanks for indulging me.

This is a video vignette of a Columbia River Bar Pilot boat transferring a pilot from Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam to their boat.

To put size in context, the seas were about five feet (shortly thereafter we were into 30′ + swells off of the port bow) and the pilot boat is 73′ long.

These pilots earn the respect of mariners everywhere.  They go out to guide ships in and out of the Columbia River regardless of how inclement the weather.  Given the seriousness of their jobs, we appreciated the little “dance” the skipper did after the transfer.

But I do have an MRBA – Masters in the Realities of Business Administration.

Regular readers of this blog know that I learned most of my business lessons from my second business  – the more challenging one.  Rick Spence, a prolific blogger on Canadian entrepreneurship (visit http://canentrepreneur.blogspot.com/) interviewed me a few weeks back on the topic of lessons learned.

I thought he did a terrific job of capturing our conversation in his piece which has appeared in the Financial Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun and Edmonton Journal.  Here’ s a link to his article: http://www.financialpost.com/small-business/story.html?id=2790743

My MRBA comes from making myriad mistakes, some of them emotionally costly and others financially costly.  The very real and beneficial byproduct of those mistakes is that I likely won’t make them again.  These practical lessons have also helped me in honing my intuition when considering different business opportunities.  It’s probably why I’m being so considered in determining my next move.

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.  Additionally, don’t be afraid to learn from mine!

I’ve spent some time on Rick’s blog.  If you’re an entrepreneur I suggest you do so as well.