Coolest Businesses to Launch Before 2008

Coolest Businesses to Launch Before 2008

by Heleigh Bostwick, December 2009

Do you daydream about being your own boss? Do you want to start your own business and take advantage of the tax breaks available to the self-employed? Could you just be looking for a new source of inspiration?

Whatever your motive, you're not alone. Millions have said goodbye to corporate life and opted for entrepreneurship. So what are you waiting for? Do you need that perfect idea to begin? Look no further — here's a list of the coolest businesses to launch before 2008.

Forget Plastics - Go Green!

One of the hottest entrepreneurial trends these days is the green revolution. With a business based on environmentally friendly principles and the right plan, and you can ride the green wave to another kind of green — the kind you can spend. Here are a few ideas.

Natural and Organic Foods

People are concerned about how manufacturing affects the environment, and many worry about potentially harmful chemicals in common household items, including clothing. Eco-fashions made from organic dye and pesticide-free fibers (think cotton), as well as those made form sustainable fibers like soy silk and bamboo, are catching on. Even famous designers are cashing in. Maybe you can too.

Organic Clothing and Accessories

Eco-fashions made from organic and dye and pesticide free fibers (think cotton), and sustainable fibers like soy silk and bamboo fiber are catching on. Even famous designers are cashing in.

Natural Beauty and Personal Care Products

Ever heard of mineral makeup? It's a natural beauty product containing no dyes, perfumes or any other artificial substances — and it is catching on like wildfire. With more studies cropping up every day about how soaps, body washes, shampoos and makeup contain substances that may be harmful, the market for natural skincare and other products has risen dramatically in recent years. You can take advantage of that.

Green Limousine Services

With all the concern about global warming, interest in environmentally friendly cars has risen dramatically. Interest in green cars goes beyond buying one for personal use — green limousine services are cropping up on both coasts. Corporate American is also going green, and that provides an opportunity for the savvy entrepreneur because business people rent cars. What better way to show that a company cares about the environment than to make a green car service or green car rental agency a priority?

Holistic Hip?

You don't need a psychic to tell you that businesses which nurture the spirit are hot these days. From yoga studios to massage therapy to metaphysical tourism, activities that nurture the body and the spirit are gaining popularity. They're also becoming a great way to make serious money.


Yoga is one of the fastest growing segments of the health and wellness industry, but it's nothing new. The ancient practice has existed for centuries in Eastern culture and has been in the US for decades. But what is new about yoga is that it is gaining mainstream appeal. Some estimates indicate that Americans spend over $2 billion on yoga classes, DVDs, yoga retreats and vacations, yoga clothing and other accessories. So whether you want to start big with a studio or maintain your flexibility and keep things small, yoga may be the right business idea for you.

Massage Therapy

Yoga isn't the only emerging trend coming out of the health and wellness industry — massage therapy is also a fast growing business. According to the American Massage Therapy Association™, one of out of 6 people gets a massage annually whether it is for injuries, chronic pain, headaches or just a little bit of indulgence. That means Americans are treating themselves to this therapy more often, whether at the gym, the chiropractor or even at work. There's a lot of opportunity for the savvy entrepreneur.

Metaphysical Tourism

An extension of this concept is something called metaphysical tourism. The idea is to help those looking to experience something deeper find a connection on their vacation. A New York Times article discusses the boom in spiritual and new age tours. Some companies carry travelers to ancient religious sites in Egypt, Israel and Asia. Some examples are the Coptic neighborhood in Cairo and Macchu Picchu in Peru. If you have a spiritual side and enjoy world travel, a metaphysical tourism business might be right for you.

Ready to Start your business?

If you think one of these business ideas could be just your cup of tea, there is no time like the present to take advantage of the opportunities these ventures offer — including the tax breaks. Click here to start your new life.