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Find Your Dream Business: Ideas to Inspire You

Find Your Dream Business: Ideas to Inspire You
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So, you want to start a business? The first thing you'll need is a great idea.

Inspiration can strike from anywhere, but sometimes the best business ideas come from looking at existing businesses and seeing how they've found their way to success. Aspiring entrepreneurs can learn a lot from other companies, especially those with innovative business models.

Looking for some serious business inspiration? These stories profile companies in industries from food and travel to art and music and everything in between.

For when you're searching for holiday gifts for your clients and co-workers, shopping for the perfect birthday present for your boss, or just looking for business inspiration, here are five companies with unique business models that can help. From mobile gift cards to personalized sweet treats, these businesses put a whole new spin on gift giving. (Read more)

Now more than ever, the best food often comes from tiny carts, stands and trucks. These 10 food trucks from around the country are serving up so much more than just mobile meals — entrepreneurs can learn a lot from their creativity and innovation, too. (Read more)

These companies don't just give children and young adults something fun to do after school or when school's out for the summer. They also help them learn valuable skills, develop their creativity, improve their health and further their education in other ways — keeping parents everywhere happy, too. (Read more)

Back-to-school season isn't always easy, but there are plenty of businesses out there that can help make starting a new school year a lot less stressful for students, parents and teachers. (Read more)

From facilitating new ways to display art in your home or office, to giving artists new mediums to showcase and sell their work, these businesses put the "art" in "startup." (Read more)

Whether you're looking for products or want to start a business that brings it back to basics, you need to check out these inspiring all-natural businesses. (Read more)

Beyond record labels, major streaming services, equipment retailers and concert venues, there are a lot of ways business and music intersect, and these music businesses are really changing the game. (Read more)

From virtual-reality sports platforms and game-footage analysis to family-friendly youth sports programs, these six businesses put a whole new spin on sports, helping coaches, athletes and families do what they love. (Read more)

Fortunately for all you vegans out there, more and more stores and brands are dedicated to this animal- and eco-friendly lifestyle, covering everything from food and cosmetics to clothes and accessories. (Read more)

While many organizations do their part by increasing recycling efforts, sourcing local materials and using energy-efficient equipment, some have taken their eco-friendly efforts to the next level by basing their entire business models on these principles. (Read more)

Ready to use some of your hard-earned vacation time? Don't book your flight just yet. Check out these cool travel businesses first to make your next vacation even less stressful — and more memorable! (Read more)

From afterlife preparations to unique burial methods and memorials, there are more businesses related to death than you might expect, including these seven totally killer businesses that will probably give you the heebie-jeebies. (Read more)

Successful businesses all have one thing in common: They solve a problem for their customers. But some problems are less pleasant than others, and some are downright disgusting. (Read more)

Every successful business meets the needs of its customers, but for some businesses, those needs are a little bit weird. These 13 totally strange and totally real businesses might surprise you. (Read more)

From the weird (bacon-flavored envelopes) to the inspiring (a food truck that gives back to the community), here are seven unique food and beverage businesses you probably didn't know existed. (Read more)

These breakup-inspired businesses know what it's like to get dumped and are taking advantage of it. But don't worry, unlike your ex, they're not really taking advantage of you. (Read more)

Whether they're making use of a critter's natural behaviors or pampering your pet to the fullest, these 10 companies have your four-legged friends in mind. (Read more)

While most companies simply run Halloween-themed promotions during October, these eight startups have built their businesses entirely on the season of spirits. (Read more)

Brittney Helmrich

Brittney M. Helmrich graduated from Drew University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. She joined the Business News Daily team in 2014 after working as the editor-in-chief of an online college life and advice publication for two years. Follow Brittney on Twitter at @brittneyplz, or contact her by email.

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