If you’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit but also a quirky side that doesn’t want to take the usual route, you might want to look into starting your own unique business. These business ideas might seem odd at first, and you might even wonder if they really attract customers. But catering to a niche, however small, often ensures that you get a good number of loyal customers. And if your business is unique enough, people will still come for the novelty of it all and hopefully stay for the fun, hospitality, and good service. So if you have the time and the budget for it, here are some unique and unconventional business ideas for adventurous people.
1. Escape Room
If you like solving puzzles and games, running an escape room can be the creative outlet you need. If you’ve got some creative design skills, you can design your escape room and even think of the fun challenges your customers will have to solve. Escape rooms cater to a wide variety of people, from groups of friends looking for something fun to do on the weekend to companies conducting team-building activities. Escape rooms give a sense of adventure and thrill, like a video game brought to life, and can be very successful when done right.
2. Shooting Range
If laser guns don’t do it for you, you can open a shooting range. As long as you follow gun safety rules and get the necessary paperwork needed to legally carry firearms, operating a shooting range can be a good idea depending on where you live. If you’re unsure where to start, you can leave the gun range building plans to the professionals while you take care of the rest; maybe even try your hand at the range yourself. Shooting ranges benefit from being frequented and used constantly, from military and police training to self-defense lessons, so you never run out of customers once you earn the trust of the right people.
3. Chicken Rental
Believe it or not, the chicken rental business is a lot more profitable than you think. This business allows people to rent chickens for a certain amount of time for various reasons — mainly to lay eggs for them. Still, these feathered fowl also provide companionship to many. Renting a chicken also lets people experience what it’s like to raise chickens without fully committing to it yet. If you already own a chicken farm, this can be an exciting new venture for you.
4. Cosplay Costume Shop or Rental
This is definitely one of the more niche businesses out there, but don’t underestimate it. It might seem niche to some, but cosplay has a very dedicated audience. You can offer costume sewing services to clients who can’t make their costumes if you’re a seamstress. It will be even better if you or someone you know is a cosplayer and already knows the ins and outs of crafting a full cosplay costume. Similarly, you can also sell cosplay wigs, colored contacts, props, and other cosplay essentials. Or buy complete costume sets and rent them out to people looking to wear them to events. The cosplay business can be hard to get into, especially if you have no prior experience with it or are just starting out. You’ll also have to keep up with recent trends, events, and popular series and characters. But the cosplay business can also be very profitable if you offer the right stuff and the right prices.
5. Meal Delivery
Do you love to cook or bake? Do your friends and colleagues often tell you that you can start your own restaurant or bakery? While you might not be able to open your five-star restaurant right away, a meal delivery service is an excellent place to start. Aside from being a highly profitable side-hustle that you can run from the comfort of your own home, meal delivery is in high demand nowadays since people are encouraged to stay inside. It doesn’t cost a lot to start, and as long as you have some mode of transportation, you can deliver to anywhere in your area. If you’re looking for the ‘unique’ part of this section, try offering a menu that no one else has seen, or introduce a new kind of pastry or baked good that you’ve invented yourself. Whether you make home-cooked meals or pastries, meal delivery is a great idea for any budding chef.
These are just a few choices among so many unique business ideas out there. Whether you decide to try out any of these recommendations or go hunt for something even more unconventional, it’s essential to find the unique touch that only you can bring to your business. Even if you settle for something ordinary and conventional, like food delivery, make sure always to add a flavor that’s uniquely you. Adding a personal twist to an idea is what makes it truly unique, no matter how outrageous or mundane it is.