Business ideas



The hamster wheel of fashion

10:47PM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Have you ever wanted to dress up a tiny domesticated rodent as Captain America? Well, in the unlikely event you have, one business is now making it possible.

Watching out for wasted time

10:45PM | Monday, 7 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Perfect for any time-poor and easily distracted ideas person, this watch tells you what the rest of the world is most likely up to at any given time.

Flat out in the kitchen

10:48PM | Thursday, 3 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Like a flat-packed swiss army knife, these three kitchen tools that transform into six are sure to be a popular option with homes (and storage spaces) getting smaller and outdoor activities about to increase with the warm months.

Sitting down for a workout

10:18PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | StartupSmart

With most of us sitting down at desks in front of computers for much of our working day, there’s an increasing number of reports emerging about the adverse impact it’s having on our health.

Making a national impression

9:26PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Many patriotic Americans love hamburgers. So it should come as little surprise that a barbeque supply company in the US has begun selling a hamburger press shaped like the USA.

Customising cutlery for that special occasion

9:27PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Are you looking for a first date experience that can really cut through? If so, this cutlery set is for you.

Wake up and smell the toast

9:22PM | Wednesday, 25 September 2013 | StartupSmart

In this day and age, earning a crust can be tough. Thankfully, you can be sure you always smell delicious at work, thanks to this new toast-scented perfume.

Take your tablet with food

9:59PM | Friday, 20 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Knife makers Victorinox have created a knife block that features a handy shelf for your tablet.

Living in a fishbowl never looked so good

9:32PM | Thursday, 19 September 2013 | StartupSmart

There’s something rather fishy about these new handbags.

Finger candles make a point

9:37PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | StartupSmart

While we’ve come across many half-baked birthday ideas, this one really takes the cake.

The final straw for chopsticks

9:01PM | Monday, 16 September 2013 | StartupSmart

The Asian version of the spork, designer Julian Lechner has created these soup chopstick straws that allow you to get every last drop out of a bowl of noodle soup.

How to speak designer: 99designs executive shares his tips for getting the best out of designers

9:19PM | Thursday, 12 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Jason Sew Hoy, the chief operations officer for 99designs, reveals the best way to encourage designers to create the kind of results you’re after.

Staying awake for timely marketing

9:06PM | Thursday, 12 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Now there’s a new way to reduce the road toll – and it’s also great for finding coffee.

Mermaid school brings childhood fantasy to life

9:55PM | Wednesday, 11 September 2013 | StartupSmart

This mermaid school in the Philippines is a perfect plan for those seeking to have a bit of fun with their start-up, and not promising too much.

Softly does it for kid-friendly furniture

9:16PM | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Kids these days – never watching where they’re going! Still, one furniture company has the perfect solution: Styrofoam cupboards!

A flexible solution for light sleepers

9:24PM | Friday, 6 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Want to have more enlightened dreams? Here's one invention that can light the way.

Toast the good news: Beer that tastes good on bread

9:43PM | Thursday, 5 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Beer butter is exactly what it sounds like: Two indulgences turned into one slightly warped but certainly intriguing product.

Meet the $US279,000 flying car

9:00PM | Wednesday, 4 September 2013 | Andrew Sadauskas

Flying cars have long been the stuff of science fiction. Now roadable aircraft maker Terrafugia is working on the second generation of its flying car – and it could be yours for just $US279,000.

Fold-up bike gives travellers more mileage

9:29PM | Tuesday, 3 September 2013 | StartupSmart

A bike you can fold down and fit into your carry-on luggage may seem like a cute idea, but it's also a smart one that taps into multiple emerging trends.

Stay sharp in the kitchen while staying safe

9:12PM | Monday, 2 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Do you fear slicing off the tops of your fingers every time you use a sharp knife in the kitchen? If so, it might be time for you to get a shield.