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Neurons at Work: Business Ideas for the New Age

Animal DNA Testing

Author: Alex  |  Category: Health

You may have heard of human DNA testing used by an array of information seekers. The results of such tests help answer questions about the genetic heritage of which can assist in making decisions about matters relating to parental heritage, whether a crime suspect was actually at the crime scene and various other applications. How about dog dna testing? Do you know that DNA testing for dogs can be used to better manage matings and assist owners in making more informed decisions? It can also be used to discover the correct parentage when in doubt?


Consider Vetdnacenter.com. They provide a full menu of DNA testing services for use by canine veterinarians, registries, clubs, breeders, and pet-lovers. For those who are already in the pet business, why not diversify into this business?

Fitness Activity Monitor

Author: Alex  |  Category: Gadgets, Health

With obesity problem on the rise, companies that offers innovative health services or products will be the one that will cash in big time. For those of you out there who struggles to motivate yourself to work out, here is a device that might help you.


Introducing Gruve, a wearable fitness devices that measure the physical activity of users throughout their day. Gruve provides real-time feedback a light indicator that changes colour according to how much energy the wearer is burning over the course of a day. It vibrates if the user has been inactive for too long to try to get the user to do something physical.


Well… holiday season is just over and you might gain a few extra pounds. Time to sweat it on your fitness equipment.

Construction Scrap Exchange

Author: Alex  |  Category: Environmental, Online

With the construction jobs booming everywhere due to economic recovery, materials consumption will be on the rise. Which means that wastage is bound to happen. As natural resources such as iron ores and coppers depleting, the need to efficiently use all materials available and minimize wastage becomes very crucial.


One way is to develop an online builders’ material exchange for builders’ surplus. Introducing Builderscrap.com, a completely free to use website where contractors and developers can pass on leftover building supplies or materials to potential users. Buyers are also able to find fantastic low cost deals on the website. By using BuilderScrap to pass on and recyle unused materials, you can save on skip costs and reduce the construction waste that you are sending to landfill. Fantasic idea!!!

Barter Trading Services

Author: Alex  |  Category: Online

We have yet to fully recover from the recent financial crisis that has affected every country. This has affected many in terms of lifestyle as disposal income has been reduced. If you are running a business, you might feel the impact of the recession already. Well, there is one way to overcome this. Most transactions are done using cash but what if we go back to the old age way of doing business - barter trading.


Hoteliers in Italy did just that. During the Settimana del Baratto, or Barter Week run by the Italian Bed and Breakfast Association, Bed and Breakfast establishments encouraged their customers to use barter instead of cash to pay for their room.  Whether it is personalized caps or a free massage, the hoteliers accept all forms of trades. What a fantastic idea to beat recession!

Home Cook Food Network

Author: Alex  |  Category: Food

Looking for an alternative to restaurants and fast food. Well… take a look at Super Marmite! Super Marmite is a social network that enables ordinary people who cooks too much food at home and sell their extra servings to customers nearby. Cooking for one or two has always been a challenge and not cost effective since most recipes are designed to generate four or more servings. Aiming to help minimize waste while earning home cooks a little extra cash, this social network give home cooks a way to be rewarded for their cooking efforts.


Cooks can list their food on the Super Marmite site, specifying their location and when the meal will be ready. The consumer pays a fee in exchange for the food. For those of you who are always cooking too much, this is one way other than throwing the leftovers into the bin. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection to start cooking right away.

Infrared Heat Theraphy

Author: Alex  |  Category: Health

For those who loves to go to spa, sauna is something quite irresistible. This heat therapy actually promotes several benefits such weight loss, (great fat burner for men and women alike) treat cellulite, improves immunity system, improves strength and vitality, controls blood pressure and etc. The conventional hot rock or steam heat saunas are the most common type. Well… now there is such a thing call infrared heat therapy. Conventional system heats the air with steam which in turn heats up your body. Unfortunately, this method of heating causes difficulty in breathing. Unlike infrared heat therapy, it draws on soothing dry far infrared heat that is well ventilated. It gives you the same feeling as sunbathing minus the risk of getting sunburned.

More and more hotels offer their guests the luxury and relaxation of an infrared sauna. It has simply become an imperative part of the wellness package, next to massages, solarium and beauty arrangements. Time to get workout some dealership arrangements with the manufacturers.

Shoe Art

Author: Alex  |  Category: Lifestyle


Fashion industry is a huge business especially shoes. If you are able to carve yourself a niche, you can hit a home run just like Jimmy Choo. Ever thought of turning normal shoes into a work of art.


A Toronto-based design firm called Ndeur actually offers customized, hand-painted shoes. What Nduer does is to take vintage leather pumps and sneakers and decorates them with unique designs and patterns in oil-based paint. Founded in May 2007 by Parisian artist Mathieu Missiaen, customers can also just ask Missiaen to paint what he likes. The shoe becomes a one of kind shoe that is truly unique.


If you are good with art, why don’t you take other wearable items and hand-decorate it so that you can sell it a premium? You can tie up with companies such as Ebillme and give out shoebuy coupons to attract your customer.

Property Flipping

Author: Alex  |  Category: Services

With the current economic picking up and demand for properties is increasing, it is a good time for people who wants to make a quick buck by flipping properties. For those who are unfamiliar with flipping, it simply means buying a property and reselling it quickly, as opposed to holding on to a property long term as a rental.  There are two basic ways to flip property. One way is to buy with the intent to resell at a profit without ever occupying it. The other more common method is to acquire a property, remodel or renovate and sell at a profit.


For those who are new to these, in order to make money from flipping properties by means of fix and flip, there are few important things to consider. First you have to buy low. In order to do that, keep an eye for ugly looking properties. For most home buyers, what they see is a haunted house but for property flippers, they see beyond the overgrown landscaping and cracked building exteriors and focus on the potential value.  Put a few designer Kichler lighting and the haunted house is turned into a dream home.


For those who love to invest in property, this may be another source of income.

Bags from Sweaters

Author: Alex  |  Category: Environmental

Any old sweaters or clothing that has been left in the corner of your closet for a long time? Why not turn it into something useful.


There are many old clothing that has been turned into old rags or ended up in the bin. Why not upcycle into something more valuable other than an old rag? Take for example Woolstatic, a company that made pretty much anything from cut up wool sweaters and sell it online. Check it out at www.etsy.com/shop/wooltastic.


This business idea is especially workable for stay at home mum who loves to knit.

Home Beer Brewing Kit

Author: Alex  |  Category: Food


For all beer drinkers and connoisseurs out there, this might just interest you. There is nothing better than freshly brewed beers. Those you get in restaurants and pubs are not as fresh as those which are served in microbrewery beer gardens. Baking your own cake at home is something commonly done at home but have you heard of brewing your own beer? Well… it is not that common because breweries usually take up significant amount of space. Well, a New York-based Brooklyn Brew shop came up with the idea of selling a variety of diminutive brewing kits that could easily be purchased by apartment-dwellers and others with limited quarter. The kit takes up only less than one square foot while in use. Imagine having a nice cool freshly brewed beer while sitting on your log furniture at the balcony. Wouldn’t it be a nice way to enjoy your evening?


I am sure there is a demand for such a thing. However do check first whether it is legal to do it in your own country before you purchase one.