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Find Your Dream Business: Ideas to Inspire You

Find Your Dream Business: Ideas to Inspire You
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Starting a business takes, before anything else, a great idea.

Inspiration is everywhere, all around us just waiting to be articulated. Sometimes, that inspiration comes from looking at existing businesses and thinking about how they succeeded where others might have failed. New and aspiring entrepreneurs can learn a lot from other companies, especially those who saw a unique need and filled it with an innovative product or clever service.

If you need some serious inspiration for your business ideas, then check out these stories. They profile companies in industries from food and travel to art and music, and everything in between. You may even find some to be quite out of the box, exactly the way you need to think to create a truly successful company.

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)

The legal cannabis industry is rapidly growing as more states adopt both medicinal and recreational cannabis laws. An industry research group projects that cannabis will be worth more than $20 billion in less than 5 years, meaning now is the time to get in on the ground floor of this fledgling business. (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)

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)

Your wedding day should be flawless, and these services are here to help. To make sure your big day goes off without a hitch, take a look at these businesses that are dedicated to helping couples like you plan the best day ever. (Read more)

Staying fit and relaxing are rarely the same thing. One invokes images of pumping iron, the other of lying on the couch. But Yoga harnesses the best of fitness and relaxation to bring you a mind, body, and spirit experience that rejuvenates and strengthens. These businesses help support those goals. (Read more)

What was once seemed like a high-tech, futuristic device is now reality; 3D printers are taking the world by storm and allowing users to create real, physical objects from nothing more than a computer representation. These companies have harnessed the power of the 3D printer to create truly amazing businesses. (Read more)

What makes for a better business model than catering to one of the world's oldest pastimes? Sex is more than just instinct and reproduction for these companies; it's their business, and business is booming. (Read more)

Do you love gaming? These startups have their sights aimed at the top of the heap when it comes to video games. See what these six businesses are working on that could change the game, literally. (Read more)

Are you passionate about social justice AND looking to start your own business? Here are some examples of socially responsible businesses that don't just turn a profit, but also give back to the communities around them. (Read more)

Most companies are for-profit endeavors, but there are a ton of much-needed services offered by non-profit organizations as well. Often, these seek to support a community or further social projects, but each is unique in its own way. Take a cue from these inspiring organizations. (Read more)

Are you a proud couch potato? If you don't want to do any heavy lifting, you need to have these unique delivery services in your life. Don't fret, you'll only have to get up to answer the door! (Read more)

If beauty and cosmetics are your thing, then look no further! These companies found creative ways to make beauty into booming business; you can too, with the right mix of inspiration, creativity and style. (Read more)

If you're a health and fitness nut, then these businesses are just for you. These companies found innovative ways to approach fitness, spreading health and general well-being amongst their customers. How can you stay fit and proft? Let's find out. (Read more)

If you've got fashion sense and a mind for innovation, you'll fit right in with these entrepreneurs. Let's take a look at some of the businesses that are disrupting the fashion industry and find out what it takes to launch a successful startup based on changing the game. (Read more)

Adam C. Uzialko

Adam received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University. He worked for a local newspaper and freelanced for several publications after graduating college. He can be reached by email, or follow him on Twitter.