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Top 90 Business Ideas in October

From Task-Outsourcing Sites to Sample Perfume Subscriptions

— October 29, 2014 — Eco
The top October 2014 business ideas reflect the growing demand for increasingly niche subscription and delivery services across many industries. And as a result, many brands are making their products and services more accessible -- and desirable.

Some of the more interesting services to be added to the list include muesli delivery services that include making customized breakfast bowls, which will be delivered right to your door and a service that enables you post a chore you need completed on the Internet and have it completed through the power of crowdsourcing.

Other noteworthy businesses to keep an eye on include the clothing makeover machines and the bathroom traffic lights installed in washrooms in the Hollywood Bowl as a means to reduce wait times.

Trend Hunter's Business Trend Report has more examples and in-depth research of the top October 2014 business ideas.
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Associate Insight Apps
Associate Insight Apps
The Refresh Networking App Helps You Find Common Ground with Contacts
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Aiming High
Aiming High
Michael Bregman Discusses How to Stay On Top of the Cutting Edge
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87
Beauty Booking Sites
Beauty Booking Sites
Lookbooker Helps You Book an Appointment for a Salon Online
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86
E-Book Subscription Services
E-Book Subscription Services
The Oyster App is Netflix for Books
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85
Tournament-Hosting Toy Stores
Tournament-Hosting Toy Stores
The Toy Trove Doesn't Just Sell Toys But Hosts Clubs and Tournaments
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84
Un-Christmas Commercials
Un-Christmas Commercials
Kmart's 'Not a Christmas Commercial' Celebrates a Merry Birthday Instead
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83
Agency Matchmaking Apps
Agency Matchmaking Apps
Pitcher Helps You Find an Ad Agency as You Would Dates on Tinder
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82
Virtual Reality Movie Selections
Virtual Reality Movie Selections
'Oculix' Will Allow Users to Virtually Browse Movies on Netflix
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81
Design Tweaks Outsourcing
Design Tweaks Outsourcing
Swiftly Will Take on Your Company's Small Design Jobs in Under an Hour
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80
Travel Trinket Shops
Travel Trinket Shops
Oromastherapy is a Shop with Carefully Curated Objects from Around the World
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79
Virtual Furniture Retail
Virtual Furniture Retail
Vizera Labs Uses Augmented Reality to Sell Furniture to Consumers
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78
Collaborative Data Tools
Collaborative Data Tools
This Big Data Solution Lets Business Leaders and Tech Workers Communicate
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77
Shoppable Video Campaigns
Shoppable Video Campaigns
Elle Canada's Shop Your Mood Campaign Makes It Easy to Buy from the Bay
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76
Wine-Focused Funding Platforms
Wine-Focused Funding Platforms
Fundovino is a Crowdfunding Site Dedicated Solely to Wine Projects
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75
Phone-Sized Shopping Ads
Phone-Sized Shopping Ads
Tesco's Mobile App Ad Presents Its App as the Tiniest Store Ever
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74
Mileage-Based Insurance Plans
Mileage-Based Insurance Plans
Metromile Pay-Per-Mile Service Saves Helps Drivers Save Money
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73
Squared Smartphone Screens
Squared Smartphone Screens
The BlackBerry Passport Mobile Device Opts for a Gigantic Screen Displa
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72
Actor-Dedicated Puzzle Books
Actor-Dedicated Puzzle Books
Snake Eyes: A Nicolas Cage Activity Book Provides Fun for All Ages
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71
Miniature Spy Car Auctions
Miniature Spy Car Auctions
This Miniature Aston Martin DB5 Q Branch is Being Auctioned For Charity
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70
Bottomless Pasta Passes
Bottomless Pasta Passes
Olive Garden's All You Can Eat Pasta Pass Will Feed You Through the Fall
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69
Energy Efficient Lighting Apps
Energy Efficient Lighting Apps
The Light Bulb Finder App and Retail Aid Compares Compatible Bulbs
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68
Continuous Crowdfunding
Continuous Crowdfunding
Forever Funding Removes Deadlines for Successful Indiegogo Campaigns
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67
Curated Digital Magazines
Curated Digital Magazines
Flipboard Bought Ultravisual to Improve the Digital Magazine Experience
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66
Crowdsourced Comic Stores
Crowdsourced Comic Stores
Gods & Monsters Crowdfunding Toy Store Design is Inspired by Movie Sets
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65
Gangster Granny Ads
Gangster Granny Ads
Kmart's 'Pay in Store' Commercial Shows How to Shop Like a Boss
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64
Interactive Museum Beacons
Interactive Museum Beacons
The Guggenheim Musem is Testing Beacon Technology
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63
Backup Charger Subscriptions
Backup Charger Subscriptions
Doblet Hopes to Place Portable Battery Packs in Popular Restaurants
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62
Interactive Fashion Retail
Interactive Fashion Retail
Macy's Latest Announcement Expands of their iBeacon Retail Concept
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61
Crowdsourced Chore Completers
Crowdsourced Chore Completers
This Butler Service Calls Other Helpers to Take Care of Your Tasks
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60
Vintage Toy Stores
Vintage Toy Stores
Toy de Jour is Whimsical and Nostalgic
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59
Female Taxi Services
Female Taxi Services
The SheRides Service Allows You to Choose a Lady Driver
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58
Alerting Tablet Cases
Alerting Tablet Cases
The Smart Cover Case Lights Up When You Have a Notification
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57
Impulse Shopping Apps
Impulse Shopping Apps
Spring is an App for Shopping New Arrivals from Brands Instantly
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56
Portable POS Systems
Portable POS Systems
This Wireless Cash Register Is Ideal for Rural Areas in Developing Countries
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55
Non-Refundable Restaurant Reservations
Non-Refundable Restaurant Reservations
Coi's Daniel Patterson Instituted a Flat Fee Dining System
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54
Time Capsule Libraries
Time Capsule Libraries
Katie Paterson's Future Library Will be Accessed in 2114
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53
Executive Schedule Surveys
Executive Schedule Surveys
This Infographic Shows the Average Daily Routine of Influential Leaders
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52
Pioneering Car Auctions
Pioneering Car Auctions
The Range Rover 001 Sold For $213,000.
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51
Untranslatable Word Books
Untranslatable Word Books
Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders Illustrates Unique Terms
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50
Pop Culture Book Covers
Pop Culture Book Covers
Penguin Mashes Classic Novels with Celebrity, Gamer and Media Imagery
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49
Fashion-Hunting Platforms
Fashion-Hunting Platforms
The Hunt App Aims to Help Fashion Lovers Find their Desired Pieces
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48
Effortless Denim Collections
Effortless Denim Collections
Baldwin's Denim Collection for Women is Made Up of Minimalist Basics
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47
Dream Job Interview Guides
Dream Job Interview Guides
This Graduate Recruitment Infographic Offers Tips and Statistics
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46
Tantalizing Taco Burritos
Tantalizing Taco Burritos
The Taco Bell Quesarito is a Burrito Wrapped Up in a Soft Quesadilla
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45
Free Vehicle Rentals
Free Vehicle Rentals
This Service Offers a One-Way Car Rental Free of Charge to Travlers
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Branded Innovation Labs
Branded Innovation Labs
Cole Haan Collaborated with Flavorpill to Inspire Idea Generation
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Solar Bench Chargers
Solar Bench Chargers
These Boston Benches by Soofa Charge Your Tech Devices Using the Sun's Energy
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Evolving Eateries
Evolving Eateries
This Pop Up Dining Service is in a Different Place Every Night With a New Menu
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41
Shareable Air Travel Beacons
Shareable Air Travel Beacons
The Common-Use Beacon Registry Lets Airports Share Beacon Data
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40
Luxury Credit Memberships
Luxury Credit Memberships
Magnises Credit Card is Designed for Youthful Age Groups
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39
Retro Toy Stores
Retro Toy Stores
RetroActive Kids is an Indie Shop Specializing in One-of-a-Kind Items
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38
Projected Design Previews
Projected Design Previews
The Smart Projection Device Helps With Upholstery and Furniture Shopping
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37
Outdoor Culinary Companies
Outdoor Culinary Companies
Tres Arbolitos Creates an Eating Experience in the Great Outdoors
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Sample Perfume Subscriptions
Sample Perfume Subscriptions
The Scentbird Cosmetic Service Lets You Try Out Popular Scents
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35
High Speed Clothing Deliveries
High Speed Clothing Deliveries
This Fashion Label is Launching 1 Hour Delivery in San Francisco
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Athlete-Friendly Earbuds
Athlete-Friendly Earbuds
Beats' Powerbears2 Wireless Earbuds Resist Against Sweat and Water
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Bathroom Traffic Lights
Bathroom Traffic Lights
Tooshlights Want to Decrease Public Bathroom Wait Times
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Muesli Delivery Services
Muesli Delivery Services
Yousli Lets You Customize Museli Bowls and Get Breakfast Delivered
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Bespoke Dress Design Platforms
Bespoke Dress Design Platforms
Rose Athena's Custom Dress Creations Turn Consumers into Designers
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Literal Half-Off Campaigns
Literal Half-Off Campaigns
Yahoo! Japan's Half-Off Discount Halves Products & Prices
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Hunting Culture Photography
Hunting Culture Photography
Travis Dewitz Captures Wisconsin's Hunters in His New Book
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Giant Round Stuffed Animals
Giant Round Stuffed Animals
Squishable is a New York Start-Up that Capitalized on Social Media
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Comedic CV Cartoons
Comedic CV Cartoons
Almagreta Arranged Funny Resume Quotes in this Illustrated Infographic
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Task-Outsourcing Sites
Task-Outsourcing Sites
Tech Job Site 199Jobs Helps You Complete Tasks for Just a Few Dollars
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Custom Shopping Map Apps
Custom Shopping Map Apps
ParknShop x Beacon Technology is a Useful Shopping App Concept
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Anonymous Business Cards
Anonymous Business Cards
Mailcard Offers a New Way to Keep Your Contact Information Private
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Lager Vending Machines
Lager Vending Machines
The DraftServ Beverage Vending Machine Lets the Consumers Be the Bartender
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Powerful Persuasion Guides
Powerful Persuasion Guides
This Influential Infographic Defines the Principles of Persuasion
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Clothing Makeover Machines
Clothing Makeover Machines
E5's Outfit-O-Mat Gives People on the Street an Instant Makeover
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Deconstructed Denim Editorials
Deconstructed Denim Editorials
The Madewell Denim Lookbook Features Models Dressed in Skinny Jeans
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Adaptable Wearable Chips
Adaptable Wearable Chips
MetaWare Boosts Creative Opportunity in the Wearable Technology Industry
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Indoor Beacon Technology
Indoor Beacon Technology
The Estimote Indoor Location System Expands Its Beacon Services
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Wearable Adhesive Beacons
Wearable Adhesive Beacons
The Versatile Estimote Stickers Connect Everyday Objects to Smartphones
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Gourmet Tea Houses
Gourmet Tea Houses
Ippodo Offers Premium Traditional Green Teas to Tea Enthusiasts
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World Travel Start-Ups
World Travel Start-Ups
Remote Year Helps People Find Work as They Explore the Globe for a Year
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Suburban Japanese Architecture Photography
Suburban Japanese Architecture Photography
Jeremie Souteyrat's Tokyo No Ie Compiles These Pictures
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Fantastical Scarf Webshops
Fantastical Scarf Webshops
Hermes' Creative Webshop Design Whimsically Organizes Products
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Sarcastic Apparel Projects
Sarcastic Apparel Projects
A Kickstarter Project that Promises Lousy Shirt Rewards
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Thumb-Unlocked ID Cards
Thumb-Unlocked ID Cards
The Safe ID Reveals Information Upon the Approval of Your Fingerprint
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Bespoke Bag Platforms
Bespoke Bag Platforms
The Kate Spade Saturday Website Lets Users Design Their Own Weekender Bag
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Furniture Identifying Apps
Furniture Identifying Apps
This App Will Find Decor For You Using Visual Recognition Technology
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Dapper Tech Accessories
Dapper Tech Accessories
These Leather Laptop Bags From Germanmade Mix Style with Function
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Ideal Career Charts
Ideal Career Charts
This Infographic Explores Career and Personality Type Based on MTBI Results
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Seemingly Rude Greetings
Seemingly Rude Greetings
FINCHandHARE'S Hilarious Greeting Cards Appear Mean but Are Rather Kind
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Makeup Trial Apps
Makeup Trial Apps
LX Studio's Virtual Makeover Studio Lets You Experiment with Real Products
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4
Collaborative Creative Storefronts
Collaborative Creative Storefronts
RIBA's Regent Street Shop Windows Project Features Teamwork
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3
Interactive Floral Walls
Interactive Floral Walls
Gucci's Infinity of Flowers Lets Shoppers Interact with Digital Petals
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2
3D Printing Cafes
3D Printing Cafes
The MakersCafe Coffee Shop Design Offers Customers a 3D Dining Experience
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Can Currency Campaigns
Can Currency Campaigns
McDonald's Stockholm Lets Youth Trade in Bags of Recycled Cans For Burgers
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