You never know when that silly or crazy idea you had might take off. After all, these crazy business ideas became smashing successes!
1. Square Watermelons
When it comes to wildly successful, “crazy” business ideas, you can’t go wrong with the novelty theme. Why might someone need a square watermelon? Hard to to say, beyond just the basic answer of “to have one”. It’s especially surprising that these babies can go for as much as $800 a pop! This idea originated in Japan, where fruit gifting, especially of watermelons, is already quite popular.]
2. Microwaveable Pillows
After her husband lost his job in 2002, Kim Lavine decided to turn her favorite, homemade relaxation tool into a multi-million dollar business- the microwavable pillow Wuvit. She pitches it as a designer spa therapy pillow, and it was first sold in stores by Saks Fifth Avenue in 2004. Apparently, part of the marketing success of this product came from having such a curious, question-inducing name. The customer’s curiosity prompted the perfect selling moment, and success ensued.
3. WTF Prank Candles
The prank industry overall is ripe with business opportunities. The duo behind this company came up with a simple concept- a prank candle that starts out smelling sweet- but then quickly turns to YUCK! You can send them candles or give them as gifts yourself. They claim their products have a bad smell burn time of, 8-10 hours- should anyone make it that far.
4. Lucky Break Wishbone
This Seattle-based company sells plastic wishbones, so that everyone (even vegetarians) can have a shot at the ole wishbone wish tradition. His inspiration? Thanksgiving dinners being often well-attended (yet with only 1 natural turkey wishbone), an enduring American tradition, and the ever present desire to make wishes. Can’t go wrong here!
5. State Shape Cutting Board
Who knew so many people were seeking out cutting boards in the shape of their state. A.Heirloom makes a killing doing just that on Etsy- to the tune of $300,000 in revenue a year. This is about what I would expect from two married, craftsmen Brooklynites.