Hi! I'm Dane Carlson, and welcome to the Business Opportunities Weblog. I've been publishing this website, by myself, and sometimes with the help of others for over twelve years now. You'll notice two things about this site right away:

  • We have tons of content. In fact, since November 2011, I've published more than 26,000 posts on thousands of different business ideas and opportunities.
  • We don't sell much advertising. In late 2013, I realized that by selling advertising, what I was really selling was my readers. In 2014, I've already radically cut down on the number of ads and will hopefully keep cutting.

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This site’s code of ethics reads:

I strive to only list quality businesses opportunities. I will not knowingly promote junk bizops, and will actively take a stand against them.

Since I’ve posted about Red Bull vending machines in the past, it’s only right that I post an update on a scheme by Creative Concepts of America:

The founder of a company that duped customers into thinking they could make hefty profits by buying Red Bull vending machines was sentenced on Monday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison.

Andrew Levinson’s company, Creative Concepts of America, raked in more than $22 million from approximately 920 people nationwide who bought vending machines for the energy drink. Customers were told they could expect to sell at least 20 cans a day, and they were given the names of vendors who were already making money off their machines.

But federal authorities say the vending machines were never that popular — sales were more like one or two cans a day — and the references were paid to lie.

The lesson from this: be honest and don’t sell a bizop as something that makes money if it doesn’t.

Photo by Bart van Damme.

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Originally posted by Dane Carlson on April 19, 2011 in Ideas.


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