I always find it very interesting to read about different business ideas others have had and implemented, either online or offline (successful or not… you can learn from both). Lets face it… businesses around the world are trying to find the latest trends and fulfill people’s needs, making their lives easier, while making a profit in the process.
What’s more interesting is that learning about what others do is a very good way to see what their missing which could be your own way to success. We have to admit that most businesses are more often than not a new version of older “legacy” ones with an interesting twist or a newer, more modern business model, or a better suited one for our present time, our current technology offerings or modern community trends and likes.
So, why not have an eye one those trending business ideas all over the world? Who knows… maybe you can help yourself to come up with your own idea… or adapt one to your own style or location!
Springwise is big collection of the most interesting and promising business ventures, ideas and concepts. They track numerous business resources to bring you business ideas that are ready for international expansion, partnering, investment or cooperation.
They gather their info by an army of 8000 people around the world that sends them their most interesting spottings which they filter and the best of them gets published on their website. Springwise is full of really influential business ideas, in different business categories, that anyone from entrepreneurs, consultants, marketing managers, trend watchers, journalists, venture capitalists or business development directors can use to have the best business ideas from around the worldsdelivered in frond of them.
Trendhunter constantly “hunts” for new trends. Why? This is their answer. “Breakthrough ideas and strategic advantage hinge on the ability to anticipate trends and identify the next big thing. By tracking the evolution of cool, Trend Hunters generate ideas, stimulate creativity, and ultimately unlock cool”.
What’s best for your next BIG idea than to know what people are up to, where they go, what they buy, what they like or what bothers them? Trendhunter exploits the advantage given by its vast community to present you the most trending topics in a multitude of categories one of them being business trends.
They work by regularly scanning online information and publications, as well as maintaining contact with industry insiders. The site isn’t so insightful in its design or functionality so to speak… but gets the job done and you can find interesting ideas mentioned if you dig around a little bit.
Trend watching scans the globe for emerging consumer trends. They once again rely on their network of spotters to pinpoint the most promising consumer trends, insights, and hands-on business ideas. They release a free monthly trend briefing which is indeed very insightful. You can find the current briefing here.
The free report although it contains a lot of findings of each month’s trends doesn’t include all available info and they are also offering a premium paid service for the full thing. I don’t know if the paid service is worth the cost but rest assured that you can find very valuable info in the free briefings as well. Definitely worth a visit.
If you want to learn a little bit more of how you can turn the idea you just spotted on the sites above to your next big thing I have three book suggestions.
1. Exploiting Chaos: 150 Ways to Spark Innovation During Times of Change
2. Borrowing Brilliance: The Six Steps to Business Innovation by Building on the Ideas of Others
3. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
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