Category: Free Ideas

Help Businesses Prepare for the Delivery Economy

Smarter people than I have observed that delivery and direct-to-consumer companies are going to thrive in the aftermath of this pandemic. It’s the platforms and at-scale logistics companies that are going to really own it: Walmart, Amazon, etc, as well as Instacart, Doordash, and Uber Eats. But what about all of the businesses (and business […]

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Experience Vendors: Pop-Up Street Micro-Business Ideas

One day on Atlanta’s Beltline walking path I encountered a young chap typing away on a typewriter, offering free poems (or else very cheap ones) to passersby. On other days, I’ve seen folks selling popsicles and even coconuts. All of this has made me wonder whether I could open a micro-business like these, too. With […]

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Free Business Idea: Gamify Travel (And All the Things)

Wish your average plane flight, cruise, or hotel stay could be more than just checking in and consuming? I think we all want more of an element of play and adventure in our lives. There’s a great opportunity emerging in the world we live in to gamify real-life experiences in ways that excite wonder and […]

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Free App Idea: Uber for Teenage Entrepreneurs

I’m a big fan of summer jobs. In fact, I wish more people had them than just teenagers. But I can only imagine that these days (even with the wealth of information available) many teens have little clue about how to start getting work outside of the traditional fast food or retail/service employment tracks. The real […]

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Free Feature Idea: Potluck – For Pitching In

Potluck dinners are one of the great inventions of humankind. So why not bring the potluck concept to more (or all) parts of life? People want to connect with each other, and they do it best when they’re helping each other. We all have skills we can share with each other, and platforms like TaskRabbit have taken […]

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Free Business Idea: Roaming Sports Rentals

Discovering amazing new places can be frustrating sometimes. Maybe you stumble on a great biking trail while out for a run. You walk past the Old Fourth Ward skate park and want to try out some boarding. Maybe you’re driving near the beach somewhere and wish you could get out on the water. In all of […]

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Free Business Ideas: Moving Agency

The moving market is terribly underserved. There are plenty businesses serving the actual packing and carrying of household goods. There are plenty of services that help people find apartments. But the real pain of moving comes from all of the account and paperwork management of moving out and moving in. You have to get money orders, set up […]

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We Need An Automated Bot for Worthless Online Debates

Human beings have the precious, irreplaceable gifts of life, consciousness, rationality, and creativity. We are ungrateful little bastards, too. We have gotten very good at wasting our best gifts on petty social media debates about whether Donald Trump is Hitler, whether Bruno Mars is a cultural appropriator, whether Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a good movie, […]

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Free Business Ideas: Tinbrrrrrrr, an App for Snow Day Dating

Cuffing season happened to come early this year for Atlanta. A huge (for our region) snowfall made me acutely aware of a gaping hole in the dating app market: ephemeral snow day relationships. The city shuts down. Schools let out early. People work from home, or skip work completely. And everyone is  at their most playful and adventurous. What […]

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10 of My Tips for Coming Up With Writing Ideas

People sometimes ask me how I come up with so many AMAZING blog post ideas. /sarcasm OK, they usually don’t phrase it that way, but they usually are curious about how I can generate enough ideas to write daily. Here are a few things that help me to generate new ideas daily: 1. Soak in […]

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Free Business Idea #3: Appventure, An Adventure Planning App for Big Cities

If you’re like me, the biggest puzzle of a weekend in a new city (or even in your own) is how to squeeze the most adventure out of the least amount of time. Enter Appventure, my latest free idea for you enterprising chaps out there. Think of it like Tinder for adventures. I love this […]

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Monks That Party: A Humble Proposal for a New Religious Order

I’m not Catholic, but I’m fascinated by Catholic religious orders – brotherhoods and sisterhoods of people who dedicate their lives to serving a calling from God. Maybe it reminds me of what it feels like to work in a early-stage company. You’ve got to be a monk to get things done sometimes. Like companies, these […]

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Free Business Idea #2: A Marketing Agency for Teenage Entrepreneurs

What am I proposing? Create a marketing and creative agency which sells and develops its services directly to teenage entrepreneurs trying to get businesses off the ground with limited resources and experience. How does it work? The agency provides packages of basic marketing and creative services for the teen entrepreneur, including basic brand development and design, […]

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How To Save Libraries From Becoming Stale Book Morgues

I visited a local university library for the first time this weekend. It was the first time I’ve been among such a large collection of books in years. The thought of floors and floors (there were seven or eight) of books made my mouth water. Then I left the lobby level and entered the chambers of […]

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Free Business Idea #1: DineTogether

I just had a really lovely dinner with friends at the Piedmont Tavern at Piedmont Park here in Atlanta. This park is one of my favorite spots, and these friends brought great conversation to the meal. This is an exception rather than a rule for most of my meals dining out. Frequently I’m only eating […]

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Why I’m Giving Away Free Business, Product, and Project Ideas

Today I’m starting to post a series of free business and project ideas I’ll be putting out online on a semi-regular basis. Why? Well, for one thing, the ideas I have in the shower have to go somewhere. For another, I want to change how people think about value and ideas. We’re often precious about our ideas. […]

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