Well, maybe this story isn’t so ordinary, but sometimes business ideas do fall out of the sky.
Tonight, as we were standing on our deck enjoying a cold refreshment watching a woodchuck pick through the millions of acorns carpeting the forest floor, I about died when Christine told me this story which was posted to the Internet Merchants Association a business networking group she belongs to:
Here is a wild story.....i have told it before...but here goes..... I am in Kentucky - acorns are plentiful - very plentiful - too plentiful. I was about to cut the yard at the dome, beer in one hand ( I can be honest here, i usually just say cold refreshment) and I was just looking at the yard seeing all of these dang acorns.....kinda dangerous trying to mow over them - the mower blades tend to pick them up and throw them out at high velocities in random directions.....I was wondering waht to do... All of the sudden one fell out of the tree and landed smack dab on top of that beer can in my hand.....PLINK and to the ground it fell among the others................a lightbulb went off! (It had a question mark included, but i thought what the heck - a lightbulb anyway!) "Wonder if I can sell these on Ebay?" I grabbed a box and started raking up a load of acorns and set them aside. I completed cutting the grass (and some more cool refreshments). I hauled the box of acorns home and took a picture and listed them on Ebay - $5.00 per lb...... I sold all that I had collected and actually had to collect more when i returned to the dome to fill even more orders - I had oversold them!! That is when i knew that Ebay was going to be a very good venue to get serious about. True story! Blew me away! LOL Charlie
What’s even better is Charlie’s web site, where he tells his story about living his dream, building a geodesic dome home, overlooking a 5000 acre lake, mortgage free. Yes… mortgage free. Charlie is a man living life on his terms. Some people say you can’t make money on eBay anymore… don’t tell Charlie that.
You can find a business opportunity in the most unlikely places, but you have to keep your mind’s eye open, discovering opportunity in the obvious and ordinary. In the things others discard or take for granted.
I have five 100+ year old oak trees on my property. They dump so many acorns each fall that a stroll across the backyard is like walking across millions of brown marbles.
Christine and I have made a game of removing the acorns from our deck in which or sons race around our deck picking up acorns and chucking them into the woods.
Our first fall in the house, we heard cracks and pops on the roof and deck, which sounded like ball bearings being dropped from the sky. It’s dangerous to be underneath our oak trees certain times of the year.
Who wudda thunk it? We could’ve been turning our acorns into cash!