17 crazy business ideas that actually made money (2023)

Swimming in the murky waters of the endless swamp we call the internet, we’ve come across some of the most ridiculous, hilarious and brilliant(?) business ideas that against all odds have made millions.

Yes, as unbelievable as it may seem, these are all real businesses. We didn’t make any of these up. So without further ado, let’s pretend we’re not secretly wishing we had thought of these ideas first and make fun of them instead.

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iFart App

Apparently, there’s an app for everything and this one makes fart noises. And you know who’s laughing? The developer – all the way to the bank.

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Potato Parcel

Have you ever wanted to send somebody a message on a potato?

Well, there must be somebody out there who does, because this company exists and their sole product is sending messages carved into potatoes.

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Fake Wishbones

If the product itself wasn’t bizarre enough, it is recommended by PETA for those vegan’s who want to try their luck during Thanksgiving without the guilt. *shrugs*

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Doggles

Goggles for dogs, who knew, right? While it might be easy to make fun of this one it is doing some good. Some units have been bought by the US army to protect their furry friends’ eyesight from sandstorms and the sun while in Iraq. Doggles with prescription lenses are also available.

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Chia Pets

Can you imagine the sales pitch for this one? ‘They’re pets, but instead of hair they grow grass!’ It still became a huge success, somehow. At least they’re more alive than the next product.

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Pet Rock

Back in the ’70s, a guy called Gary Dahl had the idea of selling rocks as pets. Yes, you read that right. The unbelievable part is not the idea itself, anyone can have a weird thought, but the fact that he went on with his plan and it paid off – big time. He became a millionaire for selling… rocks.

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Rent-A-Chicken

The name says it all! This service does let you rent a chicken. Okay, but it’s not like renting a chicken for your next party as a bizarre party guest or anything like that. It’s supposed to get people interested in urban farming and raising their poultry for food. You’ll get sent a couple of hens and a coop so you can see if this chicken farming thing is for you. They even take care of your chickens over the winter and give them back to you in the spring, saving you from all sorts of trouble for first-time chicken owners. Which we hadn’t realised there were so many of, frankly.

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Reserve a Spot in Heaven

Even if you don’t believe in heaven, this website offers the chance to ‘cover your bases with some earthly insurance’ (just in case) and for only $15! You’ll also get a certificate of your reservation, an ID card and a guide to get you there. It comes with a money-back guarantee, promising ‘If for any reason you do not make it to Heaven then we will refund your money with no questions asked’. Don’t worry though, we are confident you will make it.’

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Cheese Sculpting

It turns out if you set your mind to it, even cheese can become an art supply, as proven by Sarah ‘The Cheese Lady,’ who creates massive sculptures out of cheese for festivals, sports events and state fairs. We were worried about the sheer loss of cheese this would involve until we found out that the sculptures do get eaten at events. So at least there’s that.

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Boyfriend Body Pillow

Everyone gets lonely from time to time. Particularly at that moment at night, when we’re in bed, right before we fall asleep and start to question all of our life decisions… If there was just someone I could hug right now – this might not be such a ridiculous product after all.

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Snuggie

If wrapping a blanket around you proves too difficult, a Snuggie is what you need. If you don’t know what a Snuggie is, and why wouldn’t you? It would be best described as a blanket with sleeves or a robe put on backwards. Regardless of the ridiculous premise, Snuggies were a huge success when they first came out – and they just might be the perfect outfit to go with your perfect Boyfriend Body Pillow.

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Face Blanket

More blankets. This one for your face. The commercial was made with tongue-in-cheek, but don’t be confused, this is a real product you can buy.

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Pivot Planet

Most people want to go on holiday to forget about work, but this company is a bit different. You can pay for a vacation to go try out another job. Or at least, that was the original concept. Now, this seems to have evolved into a slightly different service that just offers you the chance to try out another job. Still paying though, naturally.

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The Smash Shack

Sometimes you just get so angry you want to smash things. And no matter how cheap IKEA plates are, it’s a huge pain to keep having to buy new sets of them. Also, let’s face it, there is no way you are going to walk out of IKEA with just a set of plates, so replacing them will inevitably end up being costly. That’s why there’s a special place where you really can go and just smash stuff likes plates, glasses and more.

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Glow in the dark toilet paper

Because going to the loo in the middle of the night is too awkward, someone designed glow-in-the-dark toilet paper. We don’t know if the product is a success or not, but The Telegraph reviewed it if that counts for something.

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Eternal Reefs

As you shuffle off this mortal coil, you could go peacefully knowing that your next stop would be as part of a coral reef. Yes, there is a company that will create ‘reef balls’ out of remains that will help people create new habitats for sea creatures in their afterlives. We can assuredly say that we never would have thought of this.

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Atomic Energy Lab

Some ideas only seem ridiculous over time. Back in the 60’s children were not precious; instead of round corners, parents had more of an if-they-lose-an-eye-at-least-they-have-another-one kind of attitude. That’s why when Chemistry Sets with real chemicals like potassium nitrate (used in firearms), nitric acid (used in rocket fuel) and sulfuric acid hit the stores, boxes flew off the shelves. It wasn’t until years later when some of these substances proved carcinogenic that the product was quietly taken off the market.

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FAQs

Which business is best to earn lots of money? ›

Latest 6 Business Ideas for Make Money Fast
  • Freelancing for Professionals. Freelancing is one of the options to earn money instantly, as the freelancer receives the money just after the project completion. ...
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What's the easiest business to make money? ›

Best small business ideas to start in 2022
  • Start a dropshipping business.
  • Design and sell print-on-demand t-shirts.
  • Launch your own book.
  • Create digital products or online courses.
  • Sell print-on-demand posters, greeting cards, and prints.
  • Start a charitable business.
  • Sell a service.
  • Create an online fashion boutique.
Jun 3, 2022

Which business is best for future? ›

Here is the list of future business ideas in India for 2022 which have bright future for 2025, 2030 and 2050 and beyond.
  • 1) Outsourcing business. ...
  • 2) Internet of things (IoT) industry. ...
  • 3) Rise of co-working space. ...
  • 4) 3D printing. ...
  • 5) Consumer goods and services business. ...
  • 6) Business in real estate. ...
  • 7) Healthcare industry.
Jul 10, 2022

How can I get rich overnight? ›

Learning how to become rich overnight can take some time – but by using some of the methods below you can achieve financial freedom much faster.
  1. Invest in Real Estate to Build Wealth Fast.
  2. Invest in Stocks to Become Rich.
  3. Invest in Cryptocurrency to Become Rich Fast.
  4. Become Rich with a Side Hustle.
  5. Start a Blog to Get Rich.
Aug 7, 2022

How can I be a millionaire in 5 years? ›

9 Steps To Become a Millionaire in 5 Years (Or Less)
  1. Create a Plan.
  2. Employer Contributions.
  3. Ask for a Raise.
  4. Save.
  5. Income Streams.
  6. Eliminate Debt.
  7. Invest.
  8. Improve Your Skills.
May 3, 2022

How can I get rich quick? ›

They outlined some of the best ways to become rich (relatively) quickly.
  1. Avoid (and Pay Down) Debt. ...
  2. Spend Intentionally and Minimize Costs. ...
  3. Invest as Much as Possible in a Diversified Portfolio. ...
  4. Work On Your Career. ...
  5. Find Extra Work.
Apr 22, 2022

What business can give me daily income? ›

Everyone needs to eat and they need to eat often. Which is why a food business (whether it is a full-scale restaurant, food truck, street food vendor, or even a food delivery business) can be a great source of daily income.

What are the top 5 small businesses to start? ›

Let's get started!
  • Identifying the most profitable small businesses.
  • #1. Business Consulting.
  • #2. Real Estate Agents.
  • #3. Cleaning Services.
  • #4. Social Media Management.
  • #5. Creating Online Courses.
  • #6. Start a Small Business that Makes Candles or Soap.
  • #7. Payroll Services.
Aug 9, 2022

What is the quickest business to start? ›

16 Easy Businesses to Start
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  • Grass Cutting and Snow Removal Services. Kativ / Getty Images. ...
  • Scrapbooking. ...
  • Hauling Services. ...
  • EBay Selling. ...
  • Gutter and Siding Cleaning.
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What businesses are in demand? ›

The Most In-Demand Small Business Ideas to Consider When Starting Your Business
  • Social Media Consulting. ...
  • Senior Care Services. ...
  • Smart Product Development. ...
  • Organic Beauty Products. ...
  • Healthy Fast Food. ...
  • Healthcare Consulting. ...
  • Crowdfunding Consulting. ...
  • Wheelchair Repair.

What is the most successful business? ›

Most Profitable Business Ideas
  • Business Consulting. If you're an expert in your industry and have been working at it for years, you should consider consulting. ...
  • IT Support, Technology Consulting, and Repair. ...
  • Cleaning Services. ...
  • Accounting and Tax Preparation. ...
  • Auto Repair. ...
  • Real Estate. ...
  • Online courses. ...
  • Marketing and PR Services.

What business will boom in 2022? ›

The fastest growing small businesses in 2022
  • Residential remodeling. ...
  • Home health care. ...
  • Animal care and services. ...
  • Digital events. ...
  • Wedding businesses. ...
  • Neighborhood or online nursery businesses. ...
  • Tutoring and online learning. ...
  • Food delivery.

Which industry will boom in future? ›

To name a few industries that are booming right now are FinTech, Retail, EV Automobile and Textile industries. Other than these, drone, semiconductor, agriculture, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are a few other sectors to watch out for that are booming in India.

What are the top 10 most successful businesses? ›

This can lower or even outweigh potential returns.
  • #1 Apple Inc. (AAPL)
  • #2 Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)
  • #3 Industrial And Commercial Bank Of China Ltd. (IDCBY)
  • #4 China Construction Bank Corp. (CICHY)
  • #5 Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL)
  • #6 Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. (ACGBY)
  • #7 JPMorgan Chase & Co. ...
  • #8 Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Where do I get free money? ›

Here are 10 legitimate ways to get free money online:
  1. Join a Focus Group.
  2. Start Some Freelance Work. ...
  3. Review a Mock Trial. ...
  4. Earn While You Shop. ...
  5. Sign Up for Surveys. ...
  6. Watch Videos. ...
  7. Listen to Music. ...
  8. Play Games.
Jun 30, 2022

Can I be a millionaire in a month? ›

The good news is, you may not need to invest as much as you think to hit your $1 million target. In fact, depending on when you start investing and what your returns look like, it's easily possible to become a millionaire with just $737 a month.

What should I invest in right now? ›

12 best investments
  • High-yield savings accounts.
  • Certificates of deposit (CDs)
  • Money market funds.
  • Government bonds.
  • Corporate bonds.
  • Mutual funds.
  • Index funds.
  • Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

Which jobs make you a millionaire? ›

Here are 10 jobs you should choose in 2021 to earn big bucks and get rich quickly:
  • Data Scientist.
  • Product Manager.
  • Cloud Architect.
  • Full Stack Developer.
  • Big Data Engineer.
  • DevOps Engineer.
  • Blockchain Developer.
  • Mobile Application Developer.
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What crypto will make me a millionaire? ›

Bitcoin (BTC) Bitcoin doesn't just make people millionaires; it makes them billionaires! If you didn't know it by now, investing in Bitcoin is your best chance to become rich. Bitcoin (BTC) is the leader of the crypto pact.

What business makes the most millionaires? ›

1. Financial Services. The financial service industry has created the most number of millionaires since modern times, according to the Wealth Report. A lot of money is made in the business of money.

How can I become a millionaire in one day? ›

The One Minute Millionaire

Practice imagining yourself enjoying an abundant lifestyle. Spend less than you earn (pay yourself 10% of your income and put in an investment a ccount. Don't go into debt) Invest the difference (Put that 10% surplus into investments that can earn at least 10%)

How can I get rich in 2022? ›

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How do I become a self made millionaire with no money? ›

The Habits Of People Who Become Millionaires From Nothing
  1. Have A Vision. Self-made millionaires have a clear vision of their life. ...
  2. Surround Yourself With Supporters. ...
  3. Be Selective With Your Time. ...
  4. Invest In Yourself. ...
  5. Don't Look For Quick Fixes. ...
  6. Invest Your Earnings Wisely. ...
  7. Always Keep Learning.

How can I make 5000 a day online? ›

9 online jobs that offer up to Rs 4,000 per hour
  1. 1/10. Good earning potential. ...
  2. 2/10. Virtual assistantship. ...
  3. 3/10. Translator. ...
  4. 4/10. Blogging. ...
  5. 5/10. Selling your products online. ...
  6. 6/10. Making youtube videos. ...
  7. 7/10. Web development. ...
  8. 8/10. Content writing.
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How can I start a business with zero investment? ›

Zero investment business opportunities
  1. Start a dropshipping business. With a dropshipping business, third-party supplier stores and ships inventory to customers for you. ...
  2. Create a digital product. ...
  3. Sell a service. ...
  4. Join an affiliate marketing programme. ...
  5. Start an online membership programme.

What business can I start with 1000$? ›

27 businesses you can start for less than $1,000
  • Tutor. If you have a skill, teach it. ...
  • Dog walker. Love pets and getting some exercise? ...
  • Professional organizer. If you have a knack for turning clutter into cleanliness, why not try turning that into cash? ...
  • Fashion stylist. ...
  • Translator. ...
  • Photographer. ...
  • Errand runner. ...
  • Transcriber.
Apr 5, 2018

Which business is most profitable in future? ›

Most profitable small businesses
  1. Food trucks. ...
  2. Car wash services. ...
  3. Auto repair. ...
  4. Personal trainers. ...
  5. Newborn and post-pregnancy services.

What is a unique business? ›

Unique businesses tend to have less competition, but the competition they do have ensures there's a demand for the product. It's important to differentiate yourself, but the success of your venture depends less on what your business idea is and more on how you execute that idea.

What kind of businesses does the world need? ›

The Most In-Demand Small Business Ideas to Consider When Starting Your Business
  • Social Media Consulting. ...
  • Senior Care Services. ...
  • Smart Product Development. ...
  • Organic Beauty Products. ...
  • Healthy Fast Food. ...
  • Healthcare Consulting. ...
  • Crowdfunding Consulting. ...
  • Wheelchair Repair.

How do I start an unknown business? ›

How to start a business in an unknown industry
  1. Challenge the status quo. There is always another way. ...
  2. Learn the answer, don't pretend to know it. We all have to begin somewhere. ...
  3. Trust your gut. ...
  4. Leave traditional recruitment methods behind. ...
  5. Be prepared for bumps in the road. ...
  6. Aim high. ...
  7. Changing trading behaviours. ...
  8. Being a newbie.
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