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genesis
21st January 2009, 19:40
I am at a crossroads in my career path. I have been involved in motorsports, construction and publishing mostly as a business owner. Well, they all suck wind nowdays and I am looking for something fresh and new. Would consider taking some classes if I found the right thing.
So what is the business opportunity of the future going to be? Out of all this gloom and doom there has to be opportunity...the gun business is booming, that is a thought. Obama has done a fantastic job of arming America!

Nomen luni
22nd January 2009, 06:48
Man I would love to own a gun shop, but unfortunately here in the UK guns are a no no.

Building on the gun shop idea, you could go the whole hog and turn it into a survivalists paradise.

Guns,
Gold and Silver coins,
MREs,
Camping equipment,
How to books,
Home security items.

People will always need food, so maybe that's a good industry to get involved in?

Mylläri
22nd January 2009, 09:37
Building on the gun shop idea, you could go the whole hog and turn it into a survivalists paradise.

Guns,
Gold and Silver coins,
MREs,
Camping equipment,
How to books,
Home security items.

People will always need food, so maybe that's a good industry to get involved in?

You know what, that is a terrific idea! At least I think it is, if we had something like this in the St. Louis area I'd probably be your #1 customer.

Nevertheless, I would think that starting up a gun shop would be a good idea and then perhaps expand it in the future into being an outdoors (w/survivalist stuff) retailer. It could be like the Cabela's or Bass Pro Shop for our type of people.

***Mind you I'm just ranting here, I'm not trying to influence any of your decisions.

Ancona
22nd January 2009, 11:14
All of these ideas are good. I rather think that a man [or woman] could make some scratch selling little greenhouses. There is a website that sells PVC connectors that configure to just about any shape you like. One could, for a hundred or so bucks, put together a greenhouse kit that could be wrapped with standard polyethylene sheeting.

Marketing could be done in the parking lots of Lowes, 84 Lumber, Home Depot etc. Permission could be had with a little salesmanship, and a guarantee to management that the kit parts would be purchased through them.

My wife and I have a kit that we (over)paid for and it works beautifully. In the summer, we shade the roof using that material they use for silt fences at construction sites. We did some dumpster diving on a jobsite, after my better half bribed them with some bannana bread, and got most of the stuff we needed to set up benches, shading and even some piping.

My neighbors haven't pulled the trigger yet, but after eating romaine lettuce, tomatoes and radishes in December, they are slowly coming around. Fresh veggies in winter will soon become a luxury for those who do not have their own greenhouses.

Another Idea might be a twist on second hand clothes. My daughter and her friends have [about once a month] a party, where they all sleep over one of the girls house and bring all of the clothes they have grown bored with. they proceed to trade clothing back and forth until everyone is satisfied with their new wardrobe.

Taking from this the idea that we have been hyper consuming for the last twenty years, and we all are likely to have plenty of clothes we do not use, one could buy unwanted clothing and shoes at yard sales, clean them and accessorize them.

One of my daughters friends got a basic Singer sewing machine for Christmas, and she is doing exactly that. She picks up clothes at Second Chance [thrift store], Goodwill and her friends, then she adds bangles, rhinestones and patches, then trades them "up" for items the other girls have.

Why not do something like this? According to my daughter [13 yrs.] it is "cool" to save money, in fact, the less you spend, the cooler you get to be. [or something like that]

Taken to another level, I have been to second Chance and other thrift stores, and much of the stock is in very good to new condition. It wouldn't take much money to start up a clothing "store" garage style in your spare time. I would think the research on what kids like these days would be pretty easy. And your market is growing every day. Maybe you could call it "Hnad-Me-Ups" or something.

I don't know........jsut an idea.

genesis
22nd January 2009, 11:25
keep the ideas coming...if not for me, for others on the forum. I understand the gun issues...one might consider gun accessories as part of the mix? I would not think that would require ATF involvement?
I have no doubt that there is opportunity in this current economic climate...just figuring out what it is.

sunsetcliff
22nd January 2009, 18:27
Gen, man oh man. I wish I had your talent.

there is ALWAYS work to be done.

too bad you arent in PA.

genesis
22nd January 2009, 18:36
jack of all trades but master of none! Kind of want to settle in and master something....the clock is ticking:(

sunsetcliff
22nd January 2009, 23:48
something PM related seems good. how about PM harvesting?

http://goldrefiningforum.com/phpBB2/search.php?search_id=unanswered

genesis
23rd January 2009, 07:26
that link does not go to a specific thread....a friend of mine mentioned trying to buy from guys that gold pan...might be what you are refering to???

fullsafe
23rd January 2009, 07:41
jack of all trades but master of none! Kind of want to settle in and master something....the clock is ticking:(

As a fellow 'universal specialist' , I feel your need. As the price of ibuprofen increases , the need grows larger every day. I don't think you have an epiphany about such things and just embark on some successful adventure. Making outgo less than income and biding your time are the best policy until something comes around.
I don't what your area is but the PM harvesting in fascinating. I did a lot of prospecting in the early to mid 90's and at $800 plus you could buy some good beans out here in the Southwest. A good metal detector and a pan will get you started.

sunsetcliff
23rd January 2009, 09:04
dude, my world is full of broken stuff. It worries me. the world is full of people who can not fix broken stuff. solve that problem, in exchange for something the other person has that you need/want.

problem solved.

faithnotwork
24th January 2009, 10:05
keep the ideas coming...if not for me, for others on the forum. I understand the gun issues...one might consider gun accessories as part of the mix? I would not think that would require ATF involvement?
I have no doubt that there is opportunity in this current economic climate...just figuring out what it is.

There are ideas in here somewhere........:D

"Green Consultant" - going to people's homes and businesses and helping them invest in sustainable and reliable energy. And efficiencies.

"Alternate Investment Consultant" - provide insight into alternative ways to invest time and money. (agriculture, PM, etc)

"Crisis Intervention Specialist" provide comfort, training, reconditioning, help, assistance, anything at all to those in desparate situations.

"Apocalypse Engineer" Create systems and solutions for businesses and families to survive the coming economic crisis. Also included would be consulting on how to interpret news events, provide alternative news sources.

"Predominant Culture Weaning Specialist" - Detachment from consumer culture and providing alternatives to brainwashing culture and the discouragement of dependency on MSM, video games and fast food.