What annoys you and can you turn it into a profit?

by Peter Bestel 19 replies
Down the years, some of the biggest money-spinning ideas have come from entrepreneurs coming up with solutions to peoples' bugbears: Spot the annoyance, the frustration and provide the answer. It's a common formula that is demonstrated no better than within IM.

Given that, I thought it might be an idea to list your own annoyances, bugbears, frustrations and if you've not thought of a way to monetise yourself, or you can't be bothered, then maybe a fellow warrior can take it on.

Think of it as an ideas thread if you will. Some will just be funny, some will have no solution but some might just light a spark for someone - you never know.

Here's a few to get us started:

  • I hate it when I'm in the shower and someone flushes the toilet - Ow!
  • Why can't there be a way to safely and effectively cut the grass when it's wet?
  • I hate it when I bend down to pick something up - and I miss, I bend down again - and miss again... urrgghh!
  • Why can't there be a 'simple' (and I emphasise SIMPLE) one remote to replace all the other remote controls I have?
  • I can never remember which way envelopes go into my printer!
  • Why are PCs so user un-friendly?

I think you get my drift

Happy moaning!


Peter

P.S. UK Warriors who are familiar with the TV prog, Grumpy Old Men, may look at it in a different light now - there might be gold in them there rants!
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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    I hate when I am filling up at the gas station and when the tank is full, you pull out the nozzle and gas drips all over your frickin car and your pants and your shoes.

    What a waste...and then you stink.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Johns
    My grass is about a foot high at the moment due to all this rain - can't get out to cut it.

    However ... the ark I am building in the garden will kill off the grass so I don't need to mow it

    Splish Splash from England

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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Cutting the grass (when I've been able to) has been educational for me this year. I load up my mp3 with loads of IM stuff and I'm away. It's the only saving grace for having a stupid amount of lawn that takes upwards of FOUR hours to cut. My scissors are blunt now too!

      Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author Chaiwriter
    I hate when the kids lose the remote control (okay I do it sometimes too, but I always blame the kids.... shhhhh).

    Why don't televisions come with little buttons like cordless phone bases do?

    I hate it when my kids are screaming in the backseat.

    Why don't all cars come with dividing walls like limos do?

    There's my 2 cents (or something).

    Chai
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    • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
      My pet grumble is music playing in supermarkets, especially when it's so loud that you can't hear yourself think, and no-one can hear it properly anyway because everyone is too busy trying to make themselves heard over the racket - all the way round the aisles you can hear people yelling at each other. "We got enough bog roll in, Sharon?", "I wish they'd stop moving stuff around in here (my other pet grumble!). Where've the *%@$! biscuits gone?", or the poor woman who finds the volume turned down just as she shouts at an assistant "WHERE'S THE FAMILY SIZED NIT SHAMPOO?"

      Even during less busier times when I can actually hear what's playing, I'd rather I couldn't. It's usually something really miserable along the lines of 'My baby left me (and took both my false legs with her)', and the odd time it's something up-beat and cheery it'll be the one that takes you right back to the place you were in when you heard your cat had been run over. I couldn't be a checkout assistant - how they're not all slitting their wrists at the tills in these places I've no idea.

      Monetize it if you can. I'm just grateful to survive it
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rowe
    Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

    What annoys you and can you turn it into a profit?
    I doubt any of this will turn you a profit, but do anything differently...
    and you've just annoyed my girlfriend!
    1. Toilet paper on the roll must come OVER the top.
    2. Hanging clothes MUST face same direction. So must all cans in cupboards.
    3. No dirty dishes in the sink, ever.
    4. Toothpaste tube squeezed from end only, not middle.
    5. Towels folded hot out of the dryer. If they cool off, they go back.
    6. Toilet seat, and lid, always down, except in use.
    7. All cabinet doors and drawers, closed.
    8. All vacuum marks run SAME direction.
    9. Towels tri-folded ONLY.
    10. Pillow case openings on outside
    11. New toothbrush weekly.
    12. Sock, sock, shoe, shoe. NOT sock, shoe, sock, shoe.
    13. Money from largest to smallest, and in same position.
    14. Towels hang in perfect symmetry. No crooked, or back longer than front shit.
    15. Water running while brushing teeth.
    16. Wet brush, toothpaste, then wet again.
    17. No crooked mini-blinds.
    18. Shower curtain stays closed.
    19. Chip bags... press out air then fold down and CLIP tight.
    20. Meat in freezer bag. All air sucked out with straw. Then, close quickly.
      (actually, I like when she does that one)
    Scary huh! LOL

    PS... here's mine...
    • Ask for my Kidney, maybe.
    • Live on my couch and I pay your bills, okay.
    • But never, and I mean NEVER, ask me to help you move.

    .
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    • Profile picture of the author lindajess
      Speaking of TP, why is it that men don't replace the roll??? Seriously, if you use the last of it, REPLACE IT!!! It's not that hard! What? Do they not see it?! I've developed a plan to have one of those big ones that are in restaraunt bathrooms into my bathroom. They wouldn't replace it anyway, but it's a start right?
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Bestel
      Originally Posted by John Rowe View Post

      I doubt any of this will turn you a profit, but do anything differently...
      and you've just annoyed my girlfriend!
      1. Toilet paper on the roll must come OVER the top.
      2. Hanging clothes MUST face same direction. So must all cans in cupboards.
      3. No dirty dishes in the sink, ever.
      4. Toothpaste tube squeezed from end only, not middle.
      5. Towels folded hot out of the dryer. If they cool off, they go back.
      6. Toilet seat, and lid, always down, except in use.
      7. All cabinet doors and drawers, closed.
      8. All vacuum marks run SAME direction.
      9. Towels tri-folded ONLY.
      10. Pillow case openings on outside
      11. New toothbrush weekly.
      12. Sock, sock, shoe, shoe. NOT sock, shoe, sock, shoe.
      13. Money from largest to smallest, and in same position.
      14. Towels hang in perfect symmetry. No crooked, or back longer than front shit.
      15. Water running while brushing teeth.
      16. Wet brush, toothpaste, then wet again.
      17. No crooked mini-blinds.
      18. Shower curtain stays closed.
      19. Chip bags... press out air then fold down and CLIP tight.
      20. Meat in freezer bag. All air sucked out with straw. Then, close quickly.
        (actually, I like when she does that one)
      Scary huh! LOL

      PS... here's mine...
      • Ask for my Kidney, maybe.
      • Live on my couch and I pay your bills, okay.
      • But never, and I mean NEVER, ask me to help you move.

      .
      I'm sorry, but have you ever seen the Julia Robert's film, "Sleeping With the Enemy"? I think your girlfriend would give Patrick Bergen's character a run for his money... look after yourself John!!

      EDIT: Actually, there's an obvious e-book, Living With Someone With OCD - The Survival Handbook - lol

      Any way

      I can't believe I forgot these quintessentially British pet hates:

      • Teapots that drip
      • Queue jumpers

      ARRGGHH!!


      Peter
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    • Profile picture of the author EcoverGuru
      I hate it when people in my house doesnt rinse containers (with some residue left) to put in the recycle bin.

      I hate when I just finished cleaning up the house (specially the living room + dinner table), then come unexpected guests... T_T cause it get dirty after it, then i have to clean it up all over again even though its late night by then (just cant rest until house is clean and tidy)

      I hate it that I have to get up in the middle of my sleep at night few times cause I need my bathroom break.

      Hate it the mornings on winter time, because its still dark outside but have to get up to work + the cold (unlike summer time...its already dawn at 5:30am, feels so excited to be outside )
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      • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
        Brilliant approach and it works just as well creating information products in any niche.

        What annoys you (and most other people in the niche you're working in).

        Can you solve the problem with a different approach you can explain in a report on audio or on video, some software, a service you provide etc etc.

        There's a product or service you should be able to sell to others.

        Kindest regards,
        Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Earley
    Originally Posted by Peter Bestel View Post

    I hate it when I bend down to pick something up - and I miss, I bend down again - and miss again... urrgghh!
    LOL Sounds like a hand/eye coordination problem.

    Originally Posted by John Rowe

    Towels folded hot out of the dryer. If they cool off, they go back.
    LOL

    Originally Posted by lindajess

    Speaking of TP, why is it that men don't replace the roll???
    huh? I thought it was the opposite?

    Anyway I hate when I type a bunch of stuff out on the computer and it gets erased. Step away from the computer!

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