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Flying Your Freak Flag for Your Business May Prove to be Successful

Published on Oct 27, 2010


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tacky-sweaterBusiness News Daily recently listed some "bizarre but successful business ideas."  These clever entrepreneurs brought some crazy ideas to life. Here are my favorites:
  • How would you like to get paid for wearing companies' T-shirts and making YouTube videos about the company? Well, that's exactly what Jason Sadler does. The Jackson, Fla.-based entrepreneur created iwearyourshirt.com. Believe it or not the guy is booked through June 5, 2011, on which day a client will pay $780 for him to wear his or her business' shirt.
  • Ah yes, tacky holiday sweaters. I've already started to see them line the racks of department stores. I just can't bring myself to buy one. But Denver entrepreneur John Kaplar transformed his passion for tacky holiday sweaters into a credible business. He owns the website Skedouche.com. The site majors in nothing but holiday sweaters and scarves. All the designs of the sweaters are exclusive to the site. The site even touts a Naughty Christmas Sweater line.
  • My birthday is on April 1 - April Fool's Day. In the spirit of the holiday my mom used to hide my birthday presents. And if that wasn't evil enough, she would wrap huge boxes with nothing in them but pieces of paper with clues. But I really do love scavenger hunts ... and so do these individuals. Jane Lipps and Lisa Jennings run a company called Masters of the Hunt. Founded in 2003, the Florida-based firm is often summoned to travel worldwide to mastermind events. According to Business News Daily, Jennings said, "The most interesting event we've done to date was an Amazing Chase for 2,500 people who did a 'training at sea' for their company. Guests combed the ship solving clues, which implemented some training information, and they also competed in fun challenges, such as having to do a Staying Alive dance routine, rewriting the lyrics to a popular song to reflect a company theme and singing it karaoke-style on stage, climbing the on-board rock wall to get a piece of training, info, etc." Wow! They put my mom to shame.
What kind of out-of-the-box product or service does your company offer?