Starting a new business is always a risk. But what if your business idea is a little strange? It can make taking the leap from employee to entrepreneur even scarier. However, the people who started the following businesses didn’t let fear stop them, and the results paid off in spades.
Sometimes the weirdest ideas can become wildly successful. Check out these seven businesses that are doing incredibly well serving unusual niche markets. Maybe they’ll inspire you to start your own.
Getting gas delivered to your car while you’re at the office is a nice, but slightly unusual, company perk. That’s the idea behind Booster Fuels. Founded in Texas in 2015, Booster Fuels operates a mobile gas station that can be summoned via smartphone.
To get gas, simply park in a designated lot, request delivery via the app, and Booster Fuels will fill you up. Today, there are more than 300 major companies that use its services, including Google, Facebook, and Oracle. In 2017, total venture capital funding for Booster Fuels topped $32 million.
Even though you may not have heard of DoodyCalls, this business has been around for more than 20 years and has franchises across the U.S.
In case their name doesn’t give you a big enough hint, DoodyCalls specializes in pooper scooper services for yards and patios for homes, apartments, and condos. The company also sets up pet waste stations and offers community maintenance services. They are proud of picking up 10 million deposits per year.
Here’s another company with a name that says it all. Anger Room provides a place you can go to break stuff when you’ve had a really bad day. Before customers are allow to get started smashing, though, they’re outfitted with safety gear. Then, they’re free to break anything in the room, including donated furniture, glasses, laptops, vases, and more. You can even punch a hole in the wall.
Unbridled anger doesn’t come cheap; a five-minute session will cost you $25. Founded in Dallas in 2011, the company now has franchises across the U.S.
Rent The Chicken
It makes sense to rent cars, tools, and even school textbooks. However, renting chickens doesn’t seem so intuitive. However, it makes sense to a lot of people, otherwise Rent The Chicken wouldn’t be so successful.
For $400 - $600, the company provides between two and four egg-laying hens, a coop, feed, and a handbook. At the end of the rental period, you can pay to adopt them or send them back. Founded in 2013, today Rent The Chicken now partners with more than 45 homesteaders and farmers to provide services across the U.S. and Canada.
When a loved one passes on, it can be difficult to let go. In 2001, the founders of LifeGem were inspired to make that process easier. The Chicago-based company developed a method for extracting carbon from human and animal remains to create a gem.
Depending on size, the resulting synthetic diamonds--dubbed “memorial diamonds”--can range in price from $3,499 to $19,999. In 2015 revenue was $250 million. Today grieving family and friends can access LifeGem services at nearly 5,000 funeral homes across the U.S.
Looking to show your team spirit? Then Superfan Suits may be just what you need. In 2008, the company started making full-body spandex suits for fans who wanted to make a big splash at stadium games.
Soon, however, it became clear that people need spandex suits for a variety of events, including music festivals, costume parties, ComicCon, pep rallies, amusement parks, and more. Suits come in a variety of patterns and textures, and there numerous themed suits to choose from, including skeletons and aliens.
Staying on top of weed control can be both expensive and unhealthy for the environment. To avoid blasting dangerous chemicals across the landscape, why not use a herd of 100- 300 goats to take care of the problem?
Recently, local goat renting businesses have been springing up across the U.S. However, Rent-A-Ruminant is the first one to start a franchise, which serves both private homeowners and large corporations. Started in 2004, the company now has locations in Washington, Texas, and Tennessee.