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Mentor lesson #5: do what you love and the money will follow

May 14, 2010

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

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