Murder and Suicide Cleanup Business – WWPMM #5

Are you a fan of the show CSI? Do you like horror or zombie movies where you feel like, “The gorier the better?” If so, you might want to start a Murder Scene Clean-up business. (It’s not just for murders, they also do suicides.)

I’m not one for guts and gore. In fact, doing the research for this business made me realize I really didn’t want to write about it. However, I will leave you with a couple of links so that you can do your own research if you chose to.

As I’ve been doing research for the Weird Ways People Make Money (WWPMM) series, I’ve come to realize that each business idea has its own set of challenges. Some businesses have ethical issues. Others have the, “What will people think?” issue.

Some of the takeaways that I’ve had with all of these businesses are: is there a need to fill? Will people pay for it? Is it ethical? If it’s not ethical, is it illegal? And if it’s illegal, who says so and why? Can the laws be changed?

While doing research for murder scene clean-ups businesses, I ran across a place in Switzerland where you can go and commit suicide and they’ll clean everything up for you so your family doesn’t walk into the aftermath. There are some hoops you have to jump through and I don’t really want to write too much on the topic. But here’s the link if you want to look it up and I promise that the next episode of WWPMM will end on a happier note.

Weird Ways People Make Money #3 Potato Parcel

We’ve all had that, “Why didn’t I think of that,” moment. Well this next weird business idea is so far-fetched that I don’t think anyone would have thought that this was a good business to start – but we all would have been wrong.

The Potato Parcel is a company that ships potatoes to your doorsteps. And these aren’t just any potatoes. These potatoes have messages written on the with Sharpie markers. Some of them have pictures attached to them as well. Those are called Potato Pals.

Need a Mother’s Day gift? How about a potato that says, “Love you mom! From your little Spud.”

Or how about, “Happy Birthday Babe! Now cook this up for me.” I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t go over in my house and the website specifically says not to eat the potatoes.

Do you think this business is crazy? Well they sold over $200,000 worth of potatoes their first year and you can watch this video of two Sharks from Shark Tank fight over the idea.

The point of these posts are to show you that no idea is too crazy if you know how to sell and market something. Now get out there and figure out what your Potato Parcel is.