What are the best resources for coming up with business ideas?

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    #1[CHANNEL] TED Talks

    [CHANNEL] TED Talks
    TED Talks Youtube Channel has +90.000 recorded speeches that will inspire you, cheer you up, motivate you or just help you to discover how flexible and powerful is humankind.
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    Free

    Justin Warren
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "I absolutely love Ted talks for everything. Lots of impressive speakers that you can listen to at your convenience. You want to know what it is like to be a muslim child, nature, mars? Ted talks is about the world from people with the experience to talk about these topics. Instead of reading a book about your favorite topics why not ted talks. You can cook dinner while enjoying a talk from some of the world's most intelligent people. "
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    #2Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step

    Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step
    Edward de Bono is a creativity teacher and a genius. In this book he'll teach you to think differently but plenty of examples and excercises.
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    Vivaan Trivedi
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "Lateral Thinking is a term I've been hearing a lot lately - and I've always been curious about its real meaning. I had somewhat of a vague idea, and that definitely made me interested in knowing more - and who better to learn from than the person who claims to have coined the term. This book is by far the most in depth I've read on the topic, and touches on all the topics you'd wan tit to."
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    #3SimpleMind Pro

    SimpleMind Pro
    SimpleMind is an app that helps you to make mind mapping, a technique that organizes your thoughts, helps you remember things and can generate a lot of new ideas.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    $5.99

    Eric Peterson
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "A very convenient app for whenever you don't have a pen and paper lying around to jot down your most creative ideas(or just don't want to use one). I oftentimes find myself struggling to remember the best ideas that spontaneously came to mind, but this app serves as a useful way to retrace my mental footsteps. "
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    #4BEST 8 Hour Background Creativity Music - for Creativity and Busy Work (Work Music)

    BEST 8 Hour Background Creativity Music - for Creativity and Busy Work (Work Music)
    Nice and long video-audio that will help you enter "the zone" while you are writing, studying... any task that needs a peaceful mind
    Videos

    Free

    Douglas Johnston
    Written on February 5, 2017
    "I have never used creativity music. I usually just listen to nothing or music I like like rap or pop music. I find that I can better concentrate with music like this. It gives you a focus but is not distracting like any other music. Also listening to nothing does not give you that concentrated focus this does. This could definitely help with generating business ideas. "
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    #5Ignite Your Everyday Creativity

    Ignite Your Everyday Creativity
    Ignite Your Everyday Creativity is a coursera course that will "help you recognize, develop and act upon the creativity that you already possess. We will accomplish this using three methods: b aware, b inspired, and b creative".
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    Free- There's an optional fee to get extra features

    Thomas Pearson
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "This course was ok. I'm not sure an online class was the best way for me to ignite my creativity. I felt like I was talking to myself a lot of the time, and didn't feel engaged with anyone."
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    #6Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

    Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
    You are either a Purple Cow or you're not. Don't worry, if you aren't, Seth Godin will tell you all the clues on how to be a Purple Cow in business.
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    Stephen Morrison
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "I had just started a small business and decided to pick up this book, it got great reviews so what the heck. It taught me how to bring my small idea and make it something spectacular. He showed me numerous marketing techniques and also the pitfalls of some of them and how to avoid. He also wrote in a way that i could understand what he was talking about. So off i go to make my marketing successful!!"
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    #7The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong

    The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong
    Why your business doesnt work? Why is everybody around you so incompetent? Why being promoted as been a big mistake? If you can handle the truth, this book will give you the answers
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    Walter Mason
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "I was in the shitter when I read Mr. Peter's book and it gave me new insight in to my life. It brought me out of the rut of feeling for myself in to understanding my problems and motivating me to find ways to fix my problems. Turns out, all I lacked was organization. With some many stimulus in the modern world, Peter's book gave me methods that helped me sort through the chaos in order to turn my life around."
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    #8[TUTORIAL] How To Generate Business Ideas In Minutes

    [TUTORIAL] How To Generate Business Ideas In Minutes
    This short presentation tells you the following: Where good business ideas come from, what creative thinking actually is and a technique for coming up with business ideas in than 15 minutes
    Videos

    Free

    José Juan Mondragón
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "I am always trying to come up with new revenue generating business ideas. It is hard finding something viable for an average person. I was given the link to Generate Business Ideas In Minutes. The author is smart and seems to know what he is talking about. I found it very interesting. He gives resources for being creative and thinking outside the box. He encourages using your passion and hobbies as a way to make money. I found it very though provoking and good. I highly recommend giving this a try."
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    #9[TUTORIAL] How to Find Business Ideas - The Ultimate Guide

    [TUTORIAL] How to Find Business Ideas - The Ultimate Guide
    Are you frustrated because you can't seem to come up with business ideas? Well, this video teaches you how to generate hundreds of great ideas.
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    Free

    Jeremy Beck
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "This fun and informative video promises that by the time the video has ended you will be seeing business ideas everywhere you go. It poses many questions to engage the entrepreneur and get them to pay attention to their surroundings, to solve problems and to see opportunities and frustrations. It has ideas for activities to keep the entrepreneur thinking. A great starting place for your journey to success."
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    #10The Creativity Workshop for Business

    The Creativity Workshop for Business
    An On-Site Creativity Training that has worked for several Fortune 500 companies. A life-changing according to its participants.
    Course

    Price varies depending of the course

    Eugene Nelson
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "I loved this event! It had me making out of my chair and actually DOING things instead of just sitting and doodling on my note pad while listening to yet another speaker tell me how to be creative. The challenges they had us work through and ideas they presented already have changed the way that I look at my business problems and have me thinking of fresh ideas."
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    #11Business Plan & Start Startup

    Business Plan & Start Startup
    Top business plan app with 500,000+ downloads and over 50,000+ people who already created their business plans on this app.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Alfredo del Ángel
    Written on February 18, 2017
    "I just got a whole ton of money when the old man finally kicked the bucket so I thought I'd become an auntperanewer(sp). Needed some ideas on what to do so checked out Business Plan & Startup app. Really liked this because I could jump back and forth between this app and Angry Birds without losing my place on either one. This is a real win win for people like me who are just starting out in business."
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    #12ideaswatch

    ideaswatch
    Official description: Get to know 6000+ entrepreneurs and developers from more than 160 countries via sharing and discussing startup ideas.
    Websites

    Free

    Frank Griffin
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "I was deep in the mental trenches trying to conjure up my next great business venture so I went to ideaswatch.com as I usually do to gather some ideas to help build inspiration to get my mind into gear. As always I was blown away by the inspiration I felt going to the website and now have a number of ideas I am beginning to propose to investors. Definitely recommend ideaswatch to anyone who needs to rattle the mental cage a bit."
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    #13The Idea Machine

    The Idea Machine
    The Idea Machina is a crowd-sourced collection of ideas of new apps and business ideas request by the Internet.
    Websites

    Free

    Tyler Wade
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "I love the business world, but sometimes I just run out of creative ideas. That's where The Idea Machine comes in handy. You can crowd-source ideas and have the public upvote and downvote ideas, and contribute ideas of their own. Now that's a good idea!"
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    #14Entrepreneur Business Ideas

    Entrepreneur Business Ideas
    This app contains articles on getting business ideas, protecting business ideas, and how to generally think about business ideas. In addition to the articles, there is a list of 100 business ideas.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Gary Herrera
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "This is a little like a beginner Business class in an app. It has simple and step by step tips on how to come up with ideas and how to develop them. It then will take you through how to protect your ideas. This was just the thing I needed to get started and I highly recommend it."
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    #15[TUTORIAL] How To Start A Business: Business Ideas To Success

    [TUTORIAL] How To Start A Business: Business Ideas To Success
    How to start a business: stop procrastinating, learn from 300,000 entrepreneurs & create your successful business now
    Course

    $10.7

    Ishan Rangan
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "I'm interested in taking control of my life and expressing some of my own creativity in the process. I've always had a lot of ideas about how businesses should run and what kinds of products and services I could offer if I ran my own business. This course is much cheaper than a college course and walks you through the beginning steps to becoming an entrepreneur."
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    #16Identify, Analyze, and Launch Your Startup

    Identify, Analyze, and Launch Your Startup
    Develop your entrepreneurial mindset and skill sets, learn how to bring innovations to market, and craft a business model to successfully launch your new business.
    Course

    Free- Price upon request

    Sharon Palmer
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "I am starting up my own business and was looking for a resource online. I found "Identify, Analyze, and Launch Your Startup" courses and thought they would be helpful. However, I was wrong. They are just too expensive for a normal person who is just starting out their own business. The courses, I found, were not even that helpful. Strongly recommend avoiding."
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    #17The 1-Page Marketing Plan

    The 1-Page Marketing Plan

    The 1-Page Marketing Plan is a guide written by Allan Dib for easier and faster business strategy. It is divided into nine squares and shows how to be a marketing hero from zero.

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    Donna Hayes
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Awesome product to help get things going. It's even free on your kindle right now...what could be better."
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    #18Disrupted

    Disrupted
    Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons is an uproarious tale of his rise and fall at Hubspot with a trenchant analysis of the start-up world. This book is a gripping and definitive account of life in the (second) tech bubble.
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    Stephanie Weaver
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "I've been looking for creative ways to come up with ideas for my new business, and it seemed like all the old tricks haven't worked as well anymore. But when I read Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, I was floored by how interesting the book was and how much it inspired me. I've figured out a new way to come up with ideas--read books! "
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    #19Idea to Execution

    Idea to Execution
    Idea to Execution: How to Optimize, Automate, and Outsource Everything in Your Business by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg reveals how a scalable startup is done to perfection. An essential read for any budding entrepreneur, it follows the creative commercial process from inspiration to inception to success, detailing a bold new approach to 21st-century business.
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    John Allen
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "As a life long entrepreneur, I have always considered it to be difficult to come with business ideas. A key thing investors most learn is how to go from an idea to proper execution. A great resource that I have found for this purpose is the book, Idea to Execution. "
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    #20How The Bitcoin Revolution Will Affect Entrepreneurs

    How The Bitcoin Revolution Will Affect Entrepreneurs
    The article How The Bitcoin Revolution Will Affect Entrepreneurs by Deep Patel talks about the importance of digital, decentralized currencies like Bitcoin, explaining how they fit into the larger trend of globalized decentralization and how you can better navigate these digital currencies.
    Websites

    Free

    Alexander Weaver
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "Bitcoin is a unique thing that has shown up in the last few years. It still is hard to understand and a very risky investment. Using Bitcoin for new business ideas is a bad idea, because not only is it risky, but it could collapse at any moment. Depending on one form of currency that is digital is a recipe for disaster. I recommend looking up more legitimate ways to safely earn a profit."
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    #21This Entrepreneur's Secret for Going From Bartender to 7-Figures a Year

    This Entrepreneur's Secret for Going From Bartender to 7-Figures a Year
    In the article This Entrepreneur's Secret for Going From Bartender to 7-Figures a Year, Russ Ruffino, founder and CEO of Clients on Demand, teaches you how to grab the right clients who’re going to pay you the right price.
    Websites

    Free

    Edward Wade
    Written on October 15, 2017
    "I'm afraid there is no easy way to make a million dollars unless you steal it or inherit it. Magazines, newspapers and web sites are chock full of "get rich quick" ideas and the universe doesn't work that way, if you want 7 figures, the only way to get it is by working for it."
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    #22Epic Content Marketing

    Epic Content Marketing

    Epic Content Marketing is a book by Joe Pulizzi. It provides step by step process in creating strategies by using stories from Google, social media and mainstream press. 

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    Elizabeth Watson
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "While this product had great ideas and explained them well, I felt like the author repeated a lot of the same things in different sections. It good for helping me to come up with new ideas but not many that I hadn't already considered myself before reading this."
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    #235 Tiny Business Habits That Will Make Your Small Business More Money

    5 Tiny Business Habits That Will Make Your Small Business More Money
    5 Tiny Business Habits That Will Make Your Small Business More Money give you five great habits to develop that can help you and your business make and keep more money.
    Websites

    Free

    Alan Simmons
    Written on October 10, 2017
    "5 Tiny Business Habits That Will Make Your Small Business More Money sounds like a good idea, until you read it. Granted most of the ideas are okay, but overall they're more common sense and not some revolutionary ideas. I would expect something different or more interesting overall."
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    #24Managing Content Marketing

    Managing Content Marketing

    Managing Content Marketing is a book written by Robert Rose and Joe Pulizzi for helping aspiring entrepreneurs. It gives tips on how to manage a business on a smaller scale. 

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    Joseph Mendoza
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "This book really helped me to market myself and my brand. It was full of helpful tips and tricks to make my business better. "
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    #25Groove Digital Solutions

    Groove Digital Solutions
    Groove Digital Marketing is an agency specializing in helping retail sales that helps you increase revenue by leveraging customers who are ready to buy.
    Websites

    Free

    Esther Saldaña
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "As someone who has dabbled in the sales world, I have learned that marketing is the #1 skill that is absolutely required to find any success. I actually believed that I would have to go back to school and get a degree in marketing because it's not as easy as one would think. The good news is, instead of putting myself in debt with student loans, I can hire people who have already mastered marketing, and put them to work for me while I make money. Total win."
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    #26Patina

    Patina

    Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths is a reference book written by Matt Rufola. This guidebook is published in 2014 by Interweave Press. 

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    #27Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack
    Poor Charlie's Almanack is a book by Charles Munger where he shares his knowledge about business and investment. He gives a unique approach to share everything he knows so that the readers will be knowledgeable after reading his book. 
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    Ishan Dutta
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This is a good and well known series of books for many different ideas, including business. This particular volume is rather old, but would likely still fit very well for the needs of anyone searching for these types of advice and ideas."
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    #28Gamification Model Canvas

    Gamification Model Canvas

    The Gamification Model Canvas is an agile, flexible, and systematic tool created by Sergio Jiménez. It aids in finding and evaluating solutions based on game-thinking and game mechanics in non-game environments to ultimately develop desired behaviors in consumers/users.

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    Free

    Daniel Fox
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "Gamification Model Canvas is an interesting method that can work to generate ideas for business owners. Spending a few minutes learning how to get started is well worth the effort."
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    #29Octalysis

    Octalysis

    Octalysis is a gamification framework created by Yu-Kai Chou that lists epic meaning & calling, development & accomplishment, empowerment of creativity & feedback, ownership & possession, social influence & relatedness, scarcity & impatience, unpredictability & curiosity, and loss & avoidance as the eight core drives of gamification.

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    Tyler Peterson
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "As much as I really like the idea of gamifying business progress I just cannot take this framework seriously. It's so clearly written with only buzzwords that any real advice is completely impossible to find. Plus it really does not help that halfway through this list losing the point of what it's trying to do and instead folds back into itself making me wonder if there was any organization here. "
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    #30Gamification Design Framework

    Gamification Design Framework

    The Gamification Design Framework is a model by Andrzej Marczewski that contemplates three main phases: defining, designing and building, and refining. On each of these phases, you consider various aspects that will help you create the solution you need.

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    Joshua Anderson
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "I wanted to turn my passions into a business. I feel like I would make a great business owner and just needed something to help get me started. I searched for the best resource for coming up with business ideas and somehow stumbled upon the Gamification Design Framework. A revolutionary model developed by Andrzej Marczewksi, this was exactly what I needed to jumpstart my career. It provides three main concepts (defining, designing and building, and refining) that will be sure to help any future entrepreneur. "
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    #31How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast

    How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast
    How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast by Jan Stankus is a country-style lifestyle magazine originally published in 1986. This practical guidebook explores the necessities in starting a bed and breakfast business.
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    Theresa Perry
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you only buy one book on running a B&B, make it this one. It covers everything from soup to nuts. There were things in here I hadn't even thought of before! "
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    #32[BLOG] WorkMeter

    [BLOG] WorkMeter

    WorkMeter is a platform that offers its users the way to understand and fully manage their business and employees. In this blog, WorkMeter provides articles focused on business management, productivity tracking, and more.

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    Free

    Agustín González
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "WorkMeter's blog is fully dedicated to the businesses world. You will find tons of article and information about businesses, entrepreneurship, ways of working, etc."
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    #33Tools of Titans

    Tools of Titans
    Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss contains the distilled tools, tactics, and tips.
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    Wu Wen
    Written on March 14, 2017
    "Tools of Titans gave me insight on how successful people have used their tools, tactics, and tips to become high performers. By reading this book, I was able to learn about tactics and tips that I was able to apply to my own business. I look forward to seeing how these tactics from the book will help my business grow."
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