10 Ideas that Made $100 Million

by Justin Weinger on July 19, 2011

Make Money With a Side Business, $100 million business idea, 10 ideas that made $100 million

Your crazy idea might turn into a business making $100 million a year.

Think you can’t come up with a great business idea that gives you enough money to live in a huge house, travel the world, and ride off into the sunset?  Turns out, that wacky idea you’ve always had in the back of your head might be just the thing to get you there.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying every idea you have will generate tons of money and is worth going after.  Heck, if you’re anything like me, you’d be lucky to have five ideas that make you more than $50 after expenses.  But, as you know, it just takes one idea to take off and all of a sudden you’ve got yourself quite a lucrative business.

In an interesting article/slideshow entitled “10 Ideas That Made $100 Million” published on CNBC,

Chances are, just about anyone you talk to will have an idea for a business with the hopes that one day it will help them make millions. Although business ideas may be easy to come by, turning those ideas into huge successes is an entirely different ballgame. However, many entrepreneurs with simple ideas and humble beginnings have been able to effectively turn those ideas into booming businesses.

Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg usually come to mind when people think about those lucky few who have cashed in on their ideas, but you don’t have to live in Silicon Valley to turn your idea into millions.

So what does it take to make $100 million? You may be surprised.

The article then goes on to talk about some crazy ideas (10 to be exact — shocker!) that went on to make tons of money, including:

  • 1-800-FLOWERS
  • Curves
  • Spanx
  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK

Obviously, there are six more, I just found these ones to be the most interesting.

Anyway, the point is to prove that, while difficult, it’s not impossible to turn a dream or an idea into a money generating side project (or full-time gig).  With the economy being tough, pulling in an extra $10,000 a year might be enough to help you pay off your credit card debt, start a college fund, or take the vacation you’ve worked so for.

Give it a shot.  What’s the worst that can happen?

What are your ideas?  Leave them below so I can pick out the best ones and try them out myself!


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