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Custom jQuery Mobile Themes

Here’s something for designers… I was recently looking around for jQuery Mobile themes and really couldn’t find much. jQuery Mobile is pretty well laid out and it’s easy to work on theming. Since it’s pretty new, not a lot of people have been making templates for it yet. Some have been doing themes geared to mobiles for WordPress but not general themes. It could be a good... 

Web Site Idea: Run My Bed and Breakfast

Running a B&B is hard work. Working at home is one thing when you can close the door to your upstairs office at night and take time to go out for a nice dinner. In a B&B, though, you’re getting calls at all times of day (and night), and, unless you don’t have a guest one night, someone has to be home and available. Should there be a longer period of unavailability (illness or trip),... 

Don’t Just Start Another Groupon

The big trend lately is the deal sites. It seems like everyone’s trying to start a Groupon clone. Here’s why that can be a bad idea. Groupon is very established Tons of others are trying to do the same Groupon spends MILLIONS on advertising But… that doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of the trend. There’s another way. I’ve been thinking that there is a lack... 

Cleaning Service Business… Work Smarter Not Harder

You’ll see me say it a lot… I strongly believe in “work smarter, not harder.” Is there an easier, better way to do something? One case where this came to mind is a cleaning company. Cleaners often spend as much if not more time travelling to a client’s location (generally unpaid) than they spend actually cleaning it. Working smarter would be this: Pick two or three buildings... 

Business Idea: The $12,000 Gym Membership (No, that’s not a typo!)

Business Idea: The $12,000 Gym Membership (No, that's not a typo!)
? Photo: stock.schng - TanjaS There are two ways to do this idea, both equally interesting. The basic premise of the idea is this: You take a normal gym membership, say $40 a month, but charge $1,000 a month. I know, it sounds crazy. But there’s more to it. Check this out… The biggest problem with gym memberships is people aren’t motivated to keep going. In part 1, we look at having... 

Business Idea: Postcard Store

Business Idea: Postcard Store
Photo: alexfurr - stock.xchng Having lived in a highly touristy area, I had a lot of ideas back then about tourism-related businesses. With a population of 160,000 in the area, and a million visitors a year (concentrated in the summer months), much of the economy was related to tourism. And it wasn’t exclusive to that area. There are a lot of towns with similar stories and economies. Oone of... 
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Web Site Idea: UPC and ISBN Database Wiki

Web Site Idea: UPC and ISBN Database Wiki
Photo: zeafonso, stock.xchng I’ve had this idea for a while… to have a user-updated UPC codes (food, etc.) and ISBN codes (books) database which could be provided as open source data to app and Web site developers. For example, if people enter the ISBN (bar code) numbers for products they have on hand. Others can have access to this data in their projects such as apps. The database could... 

Business Idea: Cards on a Bike

Business Idea: Cards on a Bike
? Photo: mzacha - stock.xchng I just thought of this but since it’s brand new in my head, well… there may be missing parts, etc. My cousin runs a printing company and a copy shop. We were talking one day about ways to increase his business. Since then, ideas have been floating around in my head and I had a few interesting suggestions for him. But today, in the shower, where I do most of... 

Business Idea: Cycling Training Journal Software or App

Business Idea: Cycling Training Journal Software or App
? Most of my notes don’t have dates. Interestingly, this one did on the back. “Note (April 2008) was with papers from +- 1996″ At the time, I had thought of doing a software program like this. Looking back at it now, though, it could work better today as an app… with some extra features since the technology available since then has moved forward in so many ways. It basically... 

Business Idea: Online Grocery Shopping Experience

I had this idea in the early 90′s when a new programming language came out called VRML. It was a way to show things graphically a lot more easily. The programming language doesn’t really exist anymore, but with the increases in bandwidth since then, this idea makes more sense than ever. Companies have had a rough time making grocery shopping work. In a way, it makes sense, people like to... 
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