Don’t steal my idea!!!

Do you ever wish you were somebody like, say, the guy who invented Facebook? I mean he came up with some lame idea to basically stalk girls that he went to school with and now he’s a gazillionaire.

Or the coffee kiosk we saw on the Travel Channel show XTREME COFFEE SHOPS where girls serve you coffee dressed in nothing but their underpants. The owner can’t believe how successful it’s been (as she rolls around in piles of money). One girl, who was wearing a cowboy hat, leather chaps and a cow print bikini, said she is shocked that people just keep coming back. And you guys, the shop is literally in a shed. A shed you can buy and build yourself on some random weekend.

Occasionally I’ll come up with an idea, or Hubby and I will come up with an idea together, and think, if only we could make this happen, we’d so make a million dollars. I want to share some ideas with you guys but I have already done the poor man’s copyright with them so don’t even think about stealing them, and if you do I will hunt you down and then make you be a contestant on the Bachelor. Serious as a heart attack, folks.

Ghost Tours

Spend any time in a tourist town and you’ll see one of these ghost tours popping up. Those places are *lousy* with ghost tours already, and they are all more or less the same, but to make ours even better, we came up with the following ideas:

  1. Sell bottled water for 75 cents instead of $1 like everybody else.
  2. Sell things like “authentic Civil War style bullets” or “rocks like the ones the lady fell into when she jumped”. 
  3. Sell small flashlights or candles. Oriental Trading Company sells them for $5 per dozen — that’s 41 cents per flashlight. We’ll sell them for $1 each and offer it at the beginning of each tour.

We’ve been on a metric crap ton of ghost tours in our day because we’re tremendous suckers and have never once seen a ghost. I mean, hell, half the time you just wander aimlessly listening to ghost stories. We can get those off the internet or from a book.

So let’s break it down.

Our costs:

Gross profit:

  • We’ll charge $7 per person x 15 people per group = $105
  • Two groups = $210
  • Four nights per week = $840

Net profit:

  • Supplies = $64 per week
  • Profit = $840

TOTAL:  $776 per week
Yearly total: $40,352

The bonus? Each tour lasts 2 hours, so you’re only working 4 hours a day for 4 days MINIMUM. I’m just guessing that you’ll only be able to get big crowds on the weekends (which is including Thursdays). Add a one tour a day for the rest of the week and you’ve got at least a couple extra hundred.

Problems with this plan:

  • Me no live in a tourist town.
  • I’m sort of lazy and like to be in my PJs after 5 pm.

Maybe it can be some creepy, “people who died in their sleep and are now ghosts” tour and PJs will be my costume.

I’ve got a million more…I’ll share another one tomorrow.

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16 comments to Don’t steal my idea!!!

  • Sarah Mac

    Just think, if you could actually get a deal ON the Travel Channel for this, you could add, like $100,000 to your income for being a Travel Channel "personality". Maybe being in your PJ's could be your thing.

  • j-face

    please…. keep them coming.

    i love how you broke it down.

  • Daisygirl

    haha, actually those ghost tours thingys are super fun! And I bet you could make a killing…get it a killing!

  • Jules

    Oooooh, I don't live in a tourist town but I would TOTALLY do that job!

  • Hutch

    I don't do ghosts, but how about famous people? I know a lot of the rich and fames go to Florida for vacay or even have homes there. I would definitely go on that tour!

  • My Husband's Watching TV...

    Interesting concept…I think it would work-go for it!!!

  • liz

    I think you're onto something here. Craig has actually had a handful of ideas that were later brought to fruition by someone else later on. So he knows your pain.

  • Allyson

    I had to go back and research my own blog because I couldn't remember what my big idea was…but it was to serve frozen/umbrella drinks from the ice cream truck. I mean, no ice cream…just alcoholic beverages. How stellar is that?? I love to drive and I love to watch drunk people so if I could make a profit off of them, all the better! All I need is a driver's license (check) and a liquor license (if drinking made it so, I would totally have that one, too). I think we could be on to something. But if I see a drink truck driving around, you'll be the first person I'll be looking at. So, don't steal my idea. ;)

  • Crazy Shenanigans

    I say go for it! I bet you could find out info on your town and do a special one for the month of October or something and make some cash!

  • Catherine

    What a great head for business you have! Pajamas or not it is the people with the ability to forecast and think in metric tons that succeed in this "idea game".

  • Uptown Girl

    no graph?

    ps- find a way to make your town famous and then the ppl will flock to you like mosquitos to the back of my knees.

  • The Random Blogette

    I love it! I am always trying to figure out a way that I don't have to work 40 hours a week and still make good money! And being able to wear pajamas to work is an awesome idea.

  • Salt

    I would totally take your tour. You could go the angle of "people who died in their sleep" OR you could call your ghost tour something catchy like Amanda's Mega Sleepover Ghostly Extravaganza and require that EVERYONE wear their pjs.

  • foxy

    That IS a great idea!! Someone needs to get on that STAT.

  • The Only Girl

    Okay – I'm totally with you. The math works and all, but I think you're forgetting about the fact that you don't have a creepy old house that will be used for the tour. Or do you? Perhaps I'm being presumptuous.

  • JMJE

    I love this idea. I'm always trying to come up with money making schemes and ways to run my own business.

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