Following up the previous post on the June 2012 Fast Company list of The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2012, today’s list of creative thinking ideas from the Fast Company issue focus on disruptive and divergent thinking along with suggestions for enhancing your creative perspective.
One interesting note about the Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business list is that the numbered rankings don’t seem to have any real meaning. Despite this indication the numbered rankings are so much hooey, each of the thirty-three creative thinking ideas below references the person whose profile inspired it, along with the person’s number on the 100 Most Creative People in Business list. Here’s hoping these creative ideas get you thinking and provide ideas for enhancing your own creative efforts.
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Mike BrownFounder of The Brainzooming Group, and an expert on strategy, creativity, and innovation. Chris Guillebeau and The $100 Startup are on world tour, taking the message of freedom and value to dozens of cities on every continent. Whichever business you’re in, and especially for anyone in the field of design, such as web designers, a business card can be as important as your website identity.
A business card creates a physical connection and bond between you or your business and your customers.
Just like in a website, business cards can become great interactive elements, but with the added ability to have real textures, different materials and shapes. In this article, we’ll take a look at 100 truly outstanding business card designs which show that there are truly no limits to the design of a business card. Join our 746,498 subscribers and get access to the latest tools, freebies, product announcements and much more! In this post I want to present you with 6 easy business ideas you can start with less than $100. If you want to start a business but are not really sure where to begin, you probably fall into one of the following two categories.
Because if you don’t have any idea of what business you want to start, you’re probably wandering around thinking that the brilliant idea will hit you at some point in your life.
I’ve seen what I thought were great ideas falling to pieces because they got implemented poorly. On the other hand though, I’ve seen super basic ideas become huge successes because of hard work and the right people working on it.
As someone getting at least 10 “fantastic ideas” per day, I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t associate too much value with the idea itself anymore, but are much more concerned about the plan to make it happen.
Actually what I typically teach my private coaching clients is that they should rather model something that is already working, something that is already generating a cash-flow, rather than coming up with this unique idea that no one has ever thought of before.


Remember if you go into a new market you need to do the most difficult task in marketing: You need to change people’s behavior! Not an easy task unless you have a couple of million dollars lying around on a bank account somewhere.
This is why I wanted to present you with 6 easy business ideas (or models) for building a lifestyle business that are already generating money for other people right now, to take the pain out of “finding the right idea” for you.
So hopefully you can progress beyond the “I need an idea” phase and go directly to building the business. All the lifestyle business ideas can be run from anywhere on the planet where you have an internet connection, so if you want to travel or simply be in more control of your time and life, and then this is for you.
Instead of having a job, why now own a job (also checkout Robert Kiyosaki’s Cashflow Quadrant).
The good thing about this model is that it doesn’t require you to setup your own website or anything. In affiliate marketing you are promoting other people’s (or companies’) products and getting a commission for each sale. The force of being an affiliate marketer is that you don’t have spent time developing your own product.
However a word of warning: Because of the low barrier of entry into this model the competition is often fierce, and it can be difficult to find the right products to promote.
Also since you are not making much money on each sale, you are typically betting on good rankings in the search engine in order to attract organic traffic to your website, and with all the recent changes made by Google, you can have your hands full with adjusting your search engine optimization strategies accordingly. I write a bit about it in my post What No One is Telling You About Niche Sites that I recommend you check out!
I’ve seen affiliate marketers making just $100 per month, but I also personally know affiliate marketers doing well over six-figures per year.
If you’re passionate about pushing physical products and considering an e-commerce website, but you are concerned about the costs of getting a site designed, keeping a stock of products, the time you need to spend to package and ship your products effectively tying you to a physical location, then drop shipping might be something for you. When running a drop shipping e-commerce site, you will sell the products, but not have your own stock. That means that you are in charge of doing marketing, as well as customer support and a bit of order handling (however much of this can be automated). While it is a bit more difficult to create an e-commerce website than it is to create a simple website, you can still use WordPress to create your site. When it comes to earnings, the sky is really the limit in this setup as you’re not selling your time for money!
I actually paid a coach $8000 for 8 weeks and she didn’t even have her own website at the time! If you’re working one on one with people you are of course effectively trading your time for money, however it can still be a very good business as you will probably raise your prices as you get more customers and you help your clients get more and better results! One on one coaching can earn you anywhere from $50 up to several thousand dollars per hour! Coaching programs are not directly depending on your time, and I’ve seen people doing 7 figures in this space!


It’s of course time-consuming to write it; however you can now publish your own book for pretty much nothing! I know several people who write shorter books and publish them on the Kindle platform for pretty much passive income (once they are there). Writing a book is also being an “information marketer”, however I wanted to split the two up. Now before you get started and tell me that you’re not an expert in anything, let me tell you that you probably know more about a thing or two than most people does. And if you can help some people in the space you’re in, why not do that and turn it into a business at the same time. Let me know in the comments – and oh, if you enjoyed this post I would really appreciate it if you shared it on your favorite social network ?? THANKS! This concise post is better than a hundred or so posts I’ve read elsewhere on the topic of low cost start-up ideas. One thing that has always interested me is drop shipping I love the idea of running an ecommerce biz and not stressing about inventory, staff and write offs.
I help people just like you quit their 9-5 job, work less and live more by building lifestyle businesses that support your desired lifestyle. As with the other lists in this series, these creative ideas were inspired by the profiles in Fast Company.
Creating successful, innovative new products and services has never been more dependent on tapping perspectives from outside your organization. Heck I’ve had several ideas I found fantastic when I heard of them, believing that at least a couple of them would be able to conquer a small country. Also you are no longer trading your time for money meaning that your income level can soar through the sky.
Instead you have a drop shipping agreement typically with a distributor or the manufacturer of the goods. This model includes that you do your keyword research and analyze what is currently selling, however you can also go the traditional route of simply writing the book you’re passionate about and then marketing the shit out of it.
If you want to get a detailed description on how this can be done, you should checkout my How to Setup a Professional Membership Site. My intent was to pull a single creative thinking idea or creative lesson from each of the 100 profiles. However after the dust has settled the idea had yet to become the success it was destined for.
It did get me started with my own coaching program (gave me the model, accountability and so on), however I could probably have gotten that a bit cheaper.




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