Unique businesses

The best businesses are started as a means to fill a need. Their inspiration tends to come from facing a problem and realizing that a solution doesn’t exist yet, or creating a demand for a service people need but didn’t even know they wanted. That’s how innovative businesses like these came to be successful, whether they’re revolutionizing the way people shop for groceries or reimagining how pet adoption can work.If you need inspiration to start your own business in 2018, take a page from the book of these clever, game-changing companies and think about what problems you can solve.

Container-free local food shopping

Consumers are increasingly concerned about how much resources are wasted in the food packaging process. Often, cardboard, plastic, Styrofoam and twist ties are not recycled, leading to environmental waste. In.gredients in Austin, Texas, has a unique solution: It provides container-less shopping for locally sourced, sustainable, organic foods. The company claims to divert 99 percent of materials from the landfills and has produced zero food waste since 2012. In.gredients also offers personal care items and hosts events in its beer garden.

Free lunch (with a side of marketing)

Manhattan’s Lunchspread takes everyone’s love for free food in the office and adds a genius marketing strategy for local restaurants. This company helps new and under-the-radar restaurants build up their customer bases by matching businesses in the area to food they’re likely to enjoy and delivering free samples right to those businesses’ doors. After the samples are delivered, the recipient group fills out a survey about the food. Then, Lunchspread schedules the group for another surprise sample delivery.

Each delivery comes with coupons and a card full of details about the restaurant. That way, you can learn more about where your food came from and reorder from the restaurant if you and your employees enjoyed the meal.

Flexible, shareable workspaces

Every day, technology makes it more and more possible for employees and entrepreneurs to do their jobs and run their businesses from anywhere, which means businesses don’t necessarily have to invest in their own office space. >WeWork provides office space for the office-less, with flexible month-to-month membership options for everyone from individual freelancers to large companies. Freelancers who prefer to work outside of their homes can have a more reliable workspace than a local coffee shop, and companies and other teams can have a place to collaborate and hold meetings and events.

Tinder for pet adoption

Borrowing a page from popular dating app Tinder, which allows users to swipe yes or no on potential romantic partners, BarkBuddy makes it easy to find and adopt the perfect dog for you. Users tell BarkBuddy what they’re looking for in the perfect pup, and then swipe yes or no on different profiles of dogs in their area. Once you’ve found the potential right dog, you can set up a meet and greet through the app.

The company ensures that everyone using the app is qualified to adopt. You have to fill out an adopter profile to be approved first; otherwise, you won’t be eligible to adopt.


Read more: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4753-unique-business-ideas.html 

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