45 Business Ideas We Loved in 2011


Business news most popular stories of 2011 were the ones that gave aspiring entrepreneurs new business ideas. They came up with lots of different business ideas ranging from the technical to the domestic. Despite a lingering recession, they feel confident there are still many viable startup opportunities, especially for entrepreneurs that want to start small. In 2012, business news daily bring you dozens of new ideas, here’s a roundup of our favorite business ideas of the year.

  1. Career coach
  2. Personal social media consultant
  3. Memory organizer
  4. Invasive species pest management
  5. Tablet app development
  6. Online video production
  7. Specialty foods provider
  8. Online privacy management
  9. PR for socially responsible businesses
  10. Personal concierge
  11. Senior care services
  12. Resale retail
  13. Home day care
  14. Yard work
  15. Computer maintenance
  16. Cleaning service
  17. Energy efficiency consultant
  18. Recycler
  19. Pet sitter
  20. Organizer
  21. Virtual assistant
  22. Translator
  23. Cost cutter
  24. Social media consultant
  25. Copywriter 
  26. Health insurance consultant
  27. Home Renovation
  28. Tree care
  29. Taxi service
  30. Local farming
  31. Commuting service  
  32. Residential environmental-assessment service
  33. Small-biz social media 
  34. Interior design
  35. Education consultant
  36. Kids consignment shop
  37. Local Internet marketing consultant
  38. App designer
  39. Green consultant
  40. Off-hours child care
  41. Ecommerce warehouse/shipping
  42. Business security consultant
  43. Party business
  44. Tablet repair


London online fashion and trend agency “trendstop.com”, internationally renowned for its directional trend analysis and forecasts. Clients choose them for thier expertise in accurately predicting fashion and lifestyle trends from season to season, and for their ability to help their clients easily see how trends can be translated into their own designs and creations.

Trendstop.com specialize in tapping into the mindsets of influencers and early trend adopters who unlock the thinking and motivations of the wider mainstream. Their access to a well-connected network of influencers and opinion-shapers within fashion and lifestyle enables a deep understanding of trends and topics relevant to specific markets and categories. Being located in London, Trendstop is immersed in the latest trends – as they happen

It offers a wide range of products and services to provide people with a clear understanding of the most relevant fashion and lifestyle trends that can help boost product sales. Whether you are looking for an annual online trend service, hands on trends consultation, or even trends on the go, Trendstop has it covered.

#5 Blog Review: JWT Intelligence

JWTIntelligence is a center for provocative thinking that is a part of JWT, the world’s best-known marketing communications brand. They make sense of the chaos in a world of hyper-abundant information and constant innovation—finding quality amid the quantity. JWT focus on identifying changes in the global zeitgeist so as to convert shifts into compelling opportunities for brands. They have done this on behalf of multinational clients across several categories including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, and home and personal.

One of the website menus is trend reports. Their trend reports, research reports, white papers and presentations focus on a broad range of macro trends affecting businesses and consumers alike. Using cross-market qualitative and quantitative research, they dissect these cultural shifts, exploring their drivers, potential and significance for brands. The reports highlighted here are available at no cost, unless otherwise note.

10 trends in 2013. In their eighth annual forecast of trends for the near future, new technology continues to take center stage. Many of their trends reflect how businesses are driving, leveraging or counteracting its omnipresence in our lives, and how consumers are responding to its pull. JWT also put a spotlight on health, with two separate trends examining the rising awareness around the impact of stress and happiness on well-being and how businesses are addressing it.

JWT Intelligence; converting cultural shifts into opportunities

#4 Blog Review: TopRank

TopRank Online Marketing is a digital marketing agency founded by Lee Odden and Susan Misukanis that helps companies increase sales, brand visibility online and develop better customer engagement. This blog specialize in content based customer acquisition and relationship programs that emphasize content marketing, social media marketing, search engine optimization and email marketing. Companies could hire them for consulting, training and implementation services.

TopRank’s online marketing blog has provided insights, resources and commentary on a range of digital marketing and public relations topics including:

  • Search engine marketing and optimization
  • Social media marketing
  • Content marketing
  • Business blogging and marketing
  • Online public relations

TopRank has been recognized! Read what these influential marketers have to say about Online Marketing blog.

80 Design Blogs

Creative Opera is a blog for new designers, aspiring designers, and anyone who has a passion for design. The blog owner wants Creative Opera to be a site full of useful information, creative inspiration, career and professional advice, and lively discussion. Many posts are targeted toward students and new designers, but the owner loves it when experienced designers stop by to share their own experiences and advice.

In one of its blog page, there is a post titled 80+ Must-Read Design Blogs to Enhance your Creativity and your Career. The contents are about over 80 of the author’s absolute favorites for must-read list design blogs online and have categorized them for easy navigation. She has categorized each of the blogs into one of ten main categories: All-in-OneInspirationTutorialsWeb Development/CodeFreelanceLogos & TypographyAdvice & DiscussionFreebies & GiveawaysBlogging, and Micro-Blogs/Links. That does not mean that the blog doesn’t offer anything else. It just means that the blog has a main focus. Creative Opera, for example, really focuses on giving advice to new designers or design students, but we offer many other things as well. She’s not trying to pigeonhole anyone, she just want to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. Hopefully you’ll be able to find a few blogs here that will be helpful to you in your design career. Enjoy!

#3 Blog Review: Creative Something

Creative something is all about creativity. It sets out on an ambitious journey to learn everything anyone could about creative thinking.

Creativity is our innate ability to solve problems, dream up new inventions, have big and small ideas, and change our world. Yet, despite its impact on the world, creativity is still a very ambiguous and often confusing topic for many of us. Even psychologists and scientists can’t fully explain the process of creativity, or where and how thoughts or new ideas are formed.

The blog owner has shared much of his exploration in creativity here, on Creative Something. As a result, the blog has become the source for creative inspiration and ideas and continues to explore creativity, how it works, and why it matters to this day.

Creative something; creative ideas and inspirations.

How to Enhance Creativity in School Children

If you are a teacher, there are lots of activities you can do and strategies you can adopt to get the creative juices flowing. Being creative is about finding innovative ways to solve problems, generating new ideas and finding ways to make things better to name a few. Research has shown that enhancing student creativity may offer benefits academically, developmentally and emotionally. The traditional education model has been criticized as hampering this type of thought. Here come some ways to enhance creativity for children in school:

1. Word games are a great way to encourage creative thinking because it allows children to make connections and establish relationships between different words.

2. Visual thinking games. Games that employ the use of visual thinking are great because they encourage visualization and the use of imagination—two important aspects of thinking creatively. Show the children an abstract image and ask them to tell you what they see, what the image looks like to them. Have them look at it from all different angles and perspectives. No judgments on answers—you do not want to do anything that will hamper their thinking process.

3. Drawing Games can help students build on existing concepts, knowledge and ideas, another key aspect of creativity. For example, you could hand out sheets of paper with a squiggly line drawn on it and students—either on their own or in pairs—could use this as a starting point to make their own drawing. Afterwards, they can guess what other students drew and discuss how they came up with their own picture.

Besides utilizing specific games, you can enhance creativity through the way you teach and interact with your students. Whenever possible, let students pick their own topics for presentations, projects and writing assignments; this will jump start creative thinking. And also encourage group collaboration as much as possible. Working with others and being exposed to their creative process can also help in building a student’s own creativity.

Creativity is not just about being good at drawing or some other creative art form. As a teacher, you have an opportunity to help students develop something that will enhance all aspects of their life.