A Stretching Funky Micro Business Idea


Here is a funky business idea we have added to our Hall of Funky micro business ideas.

We support the idea that micro businesses should be profitable, good for owners, employees, customers and society now and in the future… green… humanitarian… fair trade…  at least.

We believe in self fulfillment…  and that business should be fun and can be unusual… funky… even off the wall.

So we have created our Hall of Funky micro business ideas… to inspire… share and show the incredible number of ways that people are earnings with micro businesses.

This idea shows how one businessman stretched profits… with rubber bands.

This micro business idea comes from excerpts from the article “Silly Bandz stretch into a trend as copycat rivals hop on board” by Bruce Horovitz that says:

For all the kids who live to have Silly Bandz dangling from their wrists — and for all the grown-ups befuddled by the rubber-band bracelets that have taken over pop culture — here’s the news: It’s only the beginning.

Silly Bandz and its gaggle of copycat rivals aren’t taking a summer vacation.

Instead, they’re spending the summer rolling out related products — such as Silly Necklaces that can hold gobs of the bands and Silly Bandz that change colors in the sun. That’s even as Silly Bandz and competitors Logo Bandz, Crazy Bands and Zanybandz prepare for a back-to-school onslaught.

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No one is more blown away by Silly Bandz mania than Robert Croak, 47, the Silly Bandz man and CEO of BCP Imports. He talked and hawked with USA TODAY in his first substantive interview about the serious business of Silly Bandz.

“My dream was to be a pro baseball player — or an inventor,” says the quasi-punk-haired, bespectacled Croak, who thrives on acting zany — much like a Curious George with business savvy.

He says his clearest memory of his childhood here is taking apart toasters to see how they work. Now, he’s taking apart Toyland with a $4.95-a-24-pack fad some retail experts say will leave Beanie Babies and Webkinz in the kid-trend dust. Bandz and imitators are estimated to now be a $200 million-a-year business — with $1 billion a future possibility.

Silly Bandz are basically rubber bands that hold shapes such as a cat, fairy princess or — coming soon — SpongeBob. Annual sales of the Silly Bandz brand alone are north of $100 million, Croak says, vs. $10,000 just two years ago.

Success in your micro business is not a stretch!If this entrepreneur can make a fortune with rubber bands… imagine what you can do with your funky idea!

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