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.


How to Monetize a Niche Local Site

It’s going to be fairly difficult, but since you asked: Step 1: Develop a sufficiently large following among Baltimoreans such that getting featured on mybmore.net meaningfully moves the needle for a business.

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Cool Biz Idea: YesPleaseMore

Its pop-up souvenir shop in a vacant retail space within the Denver Pavilions, for example, features goods exclusively designed in Colorado by local craftspeople, including furniture, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, prints and art.


Card Rewards Consumers For Buying Locally

Supportland has developed a rewards card that works at any of the company’s network of some 50 locally owned Portland-area businesses.


Economies of Scale and Business Start Up

The book Big Box Swindle:The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses raises important questions and suggests some interesting ideas that should be of interest to work at home entrepreneurs who struggle to overcome the “Big Boys’” economies of scale.


Going Local

OpenForum.com: When comedian Steve Martin declared, “Let’s get small,” he could have been coining today’s consumer mantra.


Web Needn’t Be World Wide For Success

The local Web is rapidly evolving amid the converging forces of online social networking, location-savvy smart phones and an array of new business models.


While You Were Out Form

The “While You Were Out” form is a simple way to communicate with your local businesses.


NPR Gets $3 Million For Hyper-Local News Initiative

NPR has received $3 million in funding to launch a new journalism project that will focus on providing in-depth, hyper-local coverage on community-specific issues on an online platform.


Tap The $100 Billion Potential Of Hyperlocal News?

Outside the local train station, the Maplewood Civic Association maintains a bulletin board plastered with news of jazz festivals and yoga classes for this small, affluent New Jersey town.


Late is Not Better Than Never

photo by Angie Carlson

Last Sunday, I had a minor accident that as I attempted to remedy illustrated some basic failing that many small businesses suffer from.

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