(all of these I had as pets because my dad hates dogs lol and my mom is allergic to cats!)
any kind of cool lizard - komoto dragon.
OH ...minicrabs. They are really cool. I had a couple minicrabs I left for a vacation one time. They lived in harmony with my 7 or 8 fish I had in my tank.
And, I left one of those pyramid things that is all fish food but it dissolves into the water over the days and the fish/crabs can come eat off of it whenever they feel.
Well, this one crab I had was a real personality. He would just jump to the top of the tank and move his arms around all crazy whenever someone would come to look at the fish and crabs.
lol When we got back, he was the ONLY one standing out of all my fish and crabs. He was sitting on TOP of the pyramid. Matter of fact there might have been a couple small fish left that he was snapping at with his arms whenever they came close to the pyramid!
This is why pet niches are SO huge. The personality involved in the life of any pet makes them a niche with unlimited possibilities for money making in all areas such as clothes/food/house gifts/dwellings/the pets themselves.
Parakeets are a big one. People love their parakeets.
We had a blue one and yellow one and this is a true story. They also lived very much in harmony until we went out of town (another family vacation.) My blue parakeet pecked my yellow parakeet to DEATH - merc'd in cold blood.
Which brings me to the title.
A big business niche I'm freely giving away that I found out about by selling a couple a printer at my part-time job at Office Max.
This guy raises and races pigeons! He said he just got into it a couple years ago (him and his wife must have been in their 50's) and he's already won close to $2000 in winnings from the contests he enters the pigeons he raises!
I asked him if he had ever seen the movie Ghostdog. (incredible movie with Forest Whittaker as a modern day samurai that employs homing pigeons to coordinate when and where to do hits for a mob boss.)
Also, he told me that its REAL big business in Florida. He says that millionaires go ahead and buy 10k pigeons from Belgium and pay someone to train them JUST to enter a race.
(usually costs about 1k per bird to enter big races like these and prizes like Hummers, 100k, ect.)
He said the more pigeons you have in a race, the more likely you are to win because your pigeons will form the biggest group and all the others will follow yours at the start and detract from them having a better time
Anyway, I immediately recognized this as a big BIG money niche.
Also, the way the internet is taking the center stage around anything and everything. Soon it wont just be 65-70% online. think about it.
If you find something that interests you, brand yourself in that niche while internet marketing is in its infancy and you will love yourself for it forever.
my 2 cents.
Thanks Warriors and let me know what you think about Homing Pigeons.
P.S. - the fedex part lol. I went to a small business training meeting in my city, and the presenter was talking about business plans. He had seen almost everything under the sun but he said a real strange one came from a certified retired rocket scientist.
The guys product was carrier pigeons (these homing pigeons can be trained to carry small things). He had been testing them in his backyard These pigeons were going to put FedEx out of business. This is a true story.
He told the small biz developer that they would fly in twos so if one got tired of carrying the 20lb. package it could stop and its partner could take it from there.
I don't think Carrier Pigeon Express ever got off the ground though.