September 13th, 2011

Turning Baby Boomer Trends Into Business Ideas – Part I

Baby Boomer Business Trends

Rising Baby Boomer Trends

Baby boomer trends can turn into cash cows, especially around this time of year. A lot of you have probably thought about starting your own business. Now has never been a better time. A lot of small businesses are started by and owned by women. I’m encouraging you to take the first step by jotting down ideas that can help you cash in on your experience and mindset as a baby boomer. Here are a few simple ideas to get you started.

Pull that old stuff out of your closet.

Guess what girls? The ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s are back. The younger generation is going crazy for zippers, Goth (think Madonna in the ‘80s), plaid, stack shoes and go-go boots. They have different names now, of course, but vintage clothing is a hot commodity. People are looking for that one-of-a-kind piece of clothing that will never be found anywhere else. You’ve more than likely got that in spades.

Starting a vintage clothing store doesn’t mean you have to open an actual brick and mortar business. Take a page from the future: start your own online store.

Keep on giving.

It sounds old and lame, but it’s true: gift baskets are all the rage this time of year. You can easily make money by putting some together for customized orders. Think outside of the box. Instead of lotions and bath salts, try brownies and pies. Baked goods are great holiday gifts. You can also offer to make side dishes for holiday parties or even main dishes if you’re brave enough.

Cinderella is looking for you.

Are you great at sewing? Did you know that people still pay for customized clothing? It’s a very lucrative business, especially in big cities. You can advertise anywhere, even online.

You may have to do a little bit of research in trying to determine what prices to charge, but make sure you’re fair. You want to charge reasonable, affordable prices. This is how you’ll get most of your customers, with a better chance of referrals.

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