Online business: From my first sale to a $12,000 product

From my first sale to a $12,000 product, the ultimate guide to starting an online business. Get the behind-the-scenes STRATEGIES - not superficial tactics.

Ramit Sethi

In this post, you’ll learn how I went from a $4.95 ebook to launching a $12,000 flagship course.

This isn’t the same sort of tactical minutiae you’ll find on other “online business” sites. I don’t tell you that you NEED to get on Pinterest, or Twitter, or FB, or else you’ll DIE!!!!

Instead, I methodically show you some critical, strategic decisions I made that let me go from charging less than $5 to successfully selling a $12,000 course.

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Notice how at the highest levels of success, you don’t have to make outlandish claims. You can simply show people — deliberately and methodically — why you made the decisions you made, and the right people will get it. As someone once said, “You hear screaming used-car salesmen…but you never hear anyone screaming in a Mercedes commercial.”

Question for you: If you wanted to learn how to create an online business, would you learn it from someone who’s sold 1 or 2 products, then just kept milking that cow for years…or would you want to learn from someone who’s sold over 15 different products ranging from $4.95 to $12,000?

In my upcoming course, Zero to Launch, I’ll to show you the insights I learned at every price point — including how to choose an idea that pays, how much to charge, and how to package a $50 product vs. a $5,000 one.

For now, check this picture out. This is the first sale I ever made from an online product.

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My first sale! I should print this out and hang it up on the wall.
If only that wouldn’t ruin my NYC bachelor-pad decor.


By the way, it’s not about the amount of money. The coolest part is that somebody who I didn’t know thought my knowledge was valuable enough to PAY for!

Can you imagine that feeling? The feeling of taking something you know and love — maybe it’s how to lose weight, or how to get to inbox zero, or even how to train your dog not to bark! — packaging it up, and seeing someone actually pay to learn what you know?

It didn’t matter that it was only $4.95. I knew that if someone would pay 5 bucks, I could figure out how to create even more valuable material and make more.

Do you know when I realized this could be BIG?

It was later that weekend, when I was out with friends. I kept seeing sales come in, even while I was away from the computer.

The numbers were still small — a few sales here and there — but I suddenly realized what people meant by “recurring revenue” and “multiple streams of income.”

Wait a second, mister. I can be out with friends…or eating dinner…or even traveling…and this little online business will continue generating revenue for me?


Now let’s fast forward. Take a look at the number of successful payments I had for just one of my products last month:


What do you notice?

Revenue continues to roll in for this product, day after day after day. (Notice how revenue keeps rolling in even on the weekends…when I’m not working at all.)

My business generates money while I’m doing all of these things:


Learning inflatable dolphin water polo, hanging with Elmo/Abby Cadabby, and eating Coney Island pizza at 10:30am.
Oh, you thought I’d put a picture of me in front of a private jet?

This is pretty cool.

But in today’s video, I’ll also tell you what most other people won’t:

  • YES — there are very specific reasons you choose certain prices. (In the full course, I’ll tell you exactly how much to charge, based on testing)
  • NO — you cannot jump to launching a $2,000 course your first time, no matter what some scammy internet marketer tells you. You might sell 1 or 2 units, but I’ll show you a much more effective way. It takes a little longer, but you’ll actually help more people and end up making more than 10x the profits
  • YES — you can “shortcut” your way to a successful online business using the testing/insights I learned along the way

Check it out:

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P.S. Hey, let’s also do a fun little thing. I know it’s a little early to know what your online business idea is — and we’ll cover that next week, and in exhaustive detail in the course — but for now, post your 3 craziest, most fun ideas.

If you could teach ANYTHING through an online business, what would it be? Don’t worry about costs or competition or the profit side yet. Just leave a comment with the 1-3 ideas that make you sit up straight and say, “YES! I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT!!”

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  1. Joelle

    How to care for your rescue puppy
    Everything chocolate – recipes
    How to create your own artwork

    • Layne

      I like the idea of creating your own artwork.

    • Karen

      I just re-read your post…. I originally saw ‘creating chocolate-art’-as in, how to make art out of chocolate– and i was like, hell yeah! i’d totally buy that! … then I re-read it and realized you were talking about 2 different things. …lol. food for thought? 😉

    • Kris

      How to potty train a boy so he never misses the toilet again.

      How to massage your loved ones like a pro.

  2. David

    Completely disregarding the business side? I can think of a few:

    1) The Best Way to Find Out About Anything on the Web

    2) New Tie Tying for Fashionable Gentlemen

    3) Cast Iron Science: Cutting through the Myths

    4) Slow Carb Dieting for the Extremely Lazy

    • Ramit Sethi

      I would buy a product on tying ties (even though there are thousands of YouTube videos). Why would I pay for something I could find free? Hmm…

    • Eric Taylor

      I would also pay to learn how to tie quality ties. The reason Ramit and I, and many others, would pay for this service is you would make it the BEST product on the market. I would ACTUALLY learn from your material and ACTUALLY see tangible results, unlike all the garbage YouTube videos out there that I have to spend way too much time sorting through.

      This is why I pay for Ramit’s amazing content, and why I would pay you to teach me to tie.

    • Ben

      Good question Ramit – what’s the reason you would personally pay? Only reason I see is to save time searching and filtering through all the duplicates and rubbish, but I wouldn’t pay much when it’s to learn something so quick and simple…

    • Brian Sweeney

      I don’t see myself paying for a product on tying ties alone, BUT, I could see that being free content on a website about being a Fashionable Gentlemen. You can then sell courses on how to be a Fashionable Gentlemen, maybe even be a consult (via web cam?) for premium customers.

  3. soccxz

    1) How To Find A Technical Co-Founder
    2) Stop Waiting for the Perfect Technical Co-Founder and Start Learning How to Code
    3) The Fat-Burning Programmer

  4. Edward Byrne

    Killer apps to solve peoples problems would do it for me. They could be business or everyday problems. Just create something that would make a lot of peoples lives a little easier in some way.

    • Ramit Sethi

      Like what?

    • Edward Byrne

      Like an app that guides you through how to start an online business, monitors progress/results and compares them specifically with what steps you have taken and how they moved the needle?

    • Kim

      For an app like that, I think the hard part will be learning what steps are necessary and how results should be measured, and making sure it works for most or all types of businesses (or customizing to business type somehow). You might even try it as a book or course first, and turn it into app form once you’ve seen a few customers go through it and learned how to improve it.

  5. Gaelle

    1. How to stop listening to that inner voice that tells you the couch is more comfortable than your running shoes
    2. How to build habits
    3. How to find / do out-of-the-beaten-track stuff when traveling

    • Nina

      I would totally pay for # 3 , Gaelle!

  6. Enoch Ko

    Here are a couple I can think of:

    (1) Excel modelling mastery: How to build ridiculously easy-to-maintain Excel financial models that will make your boss thinks you’re a genius!

    (2) Mac productivity 101: How to become super fast and productive on your Mac – impress your boss, colleagues and clients with your super-human speed.

    • Shannon

      I would buy the Mac course.

    • Dids

      Send me (2) and I’ll wire you some cash

    • Kalai

      I would be the Excel Modelling Mastery

  7. Paulien

    You said crazy right?
    1. how to find the perfect office supplies for you (I love stationery) to make fun bracelets and other accessories
    3. how to finish and enjoy doing a phd

    • Josh

      I like the office supplies idea. If it could assist in organization that would be tremendous.

  8. CS

    a beer-specific search engine
    how to dominate adventure racing online training
    how to build dog chariots

    • Melissa

      You! Get on that beer search engine-stat! You have no time to waste. 😉 Seriously though. It’s a brilliant idea.

    • jenn

      Beer specific search engine! I hate skating up at bats and then they only have crappy beer!

    • jenn

      *bars my autocottect had a mind of its own!

    • richa

      they have that already kind of-

    • Brian Sweeney

      Exactly, “kind of” has one. So improve it 😉

    • Shannon

      BEER APP. We own a microbrewery in El Salvador and there are def tons of beer tourists who need to know where they are going to get their next craft beer hit. DO IT!!!

    • Jason

      Over and over you hear, drill it down to a very specific niche. I think you and Shannon need to go into biz together on this: Microbrew Beer specific guides. It can be aimed at regional or local brewers and even used a guide for traveling beer aficionados. “Next time you’re in El Salvador, be sure to visit Shannon’s Microbrewery.”

    • dids

      mmm…beer – but how are we going to make money out of this?? (read in Kevin O’Leary style)

  9. Peter

    1) Teaching Business/marketing and social skills (for finding and behaving in the right mastermind groups) to underprivileged children – for free
    2) snowkite – coaching – courses
    3) borrowing super-new cellphones to young kids for one month who in exchange send in their coolest videos

    • Tina

      For #1 I have a similar goal – and this exercise has been great to help me actually articulate what it is, and put a (longer-term) plan in place to make it happen (THANK YOU Ramit!). You’ll see my comment earlier is similar, although I am not sure what you mean by “the right mastermind groups”. Do you know of anything already in this space? How would you scale it and make sure it reaches the right people? What existing skills or experience or networks do you have to make it happen? How will you make sure it actually results in behavioural change? (I would be keen to compare ideas, bearing in mind cultural contexts as I don’t live in the US but used to.)

    • Adam

      I had idea #1, built a website with courses and a syllabus.
      talked with some guy for renting an office, ranking good in SEO, getting leads,
      calls but have no time to do the courses since i got too much work.
      I feel like i’m leaving money on the table and i know i am but i cannot leave everything i do right now.

    • Suzie

      Adam, I could help with this? I have had the same idea, have the time but haven’t got anything off to a start yet, perhaps we could collaborate?

    • :Lanita-Derese:

      I agree, the children need to learn social skills in general. So put business and marketing with it for the love of our future. Great!

  10. Justaperson

    How to film fun short movies or promotional clips with only your cellphone and a few cheap accessories
    How to prevent your car from turning into a hellish furnace in the summer while parked outside
    A priority dating decision system for guys who are overwhelmed by all the options on dating sites

    • Annonak

      I really want to know about the car one!

    • Joseph

      I love the first one. Solves a problem that I think a lot of people have whether they realize it or not. Even just coming up with/shooting a 15-, 30-, or 60-second spot is a bit daunting if you don’t know where to start. If there were a great tutorial with tips on how to go about that with tools I already own (like my iPhone), I’d pay for that advice. Particularly if it saves me (1) time in the first place and (2) additional time because I got it done WELL the first time.

    • Shannon

      DEFINITELY the first one. I would buy it. Today.

  11. Naasirhussein

    I love to teach people the following
    1. How to select your potential spouse
    2. How to balance your marriage and work

    • Ramit Sethi

      1 is good. Would you target it for men or women?

    • Keira

      If you need help, stories, funny anecdotes for #1, gimme a “hoy”… From what to do, to what NOT to do… 🙂

  12. RJ

    – How to build your confidence and land a great job – after a maternity break
    – How not to be afraid of money, and how to manage it (specifically for women)
    – How to teach your child, and yourself, the most essential skill – confidence

    • NB

      Love your ideas RJ. I feel that I’m lacking the confidence to jump in and contribute to Ramit’s posts (until now). And the stupid reality is I have online businesses. I think that I’m looking to relate to a female on entrepreneurship.

    • NV

      I love the firs one as I’m there at the moment and know there are plenty of women experiencing the same issues. If you ever want to build it, I can help!

  13. Silvino

    Things I’ve just figured out
    1- Forget about coding, somebody probably has done something close enough for you to use it (and you always can improve it later)
    2- Paint Warhammer (or other) miniatures
    3- Keep it simple: Technology can be helpful, but if you don’t need it, just don’ use it (I think that people usually get lost between all the options)

    I can think something else about dating (or better, improving empathy) and in general I like the idea of creating systems (as you explained hundreds of times) for almost everything.

  14. Phil

    1) Online Course – Win at Madden w/o making a single defensive stop

  15. Russ Thornton

    Teaching baby boomer women personal finance and financial planning basics so they can:

    a) make smart money decisions before, during and after divorce, and

    b) equip themselves with enough information to help prevent them from being taken advantage of by the jackasses in the financial services/advice industry

    • Pat

      This is interesting – but baby boomer women don’t just get divorced. A lot of us are widows now. That’s something to think about too.

    • Kelly

      I think you could expand to include Gen X as well. I especially like B. I’m married, but do all of the financial “stuff” in our house, so it would be great to know how to cut through the crap. I thought I was doing the right thing by going to a “endorsed” provider, but I’m not happy with him, either. I think coaching could be included in that package as well as static materials. I think you could really have something there.

  16. Tim

    How to Program
    How to Earn Top Grades in School
    100 Things You Think Your Wife would Love that would Actually Will Make Her Think You’re an Idiot (something comedic)

    • Ramit Sethi

      Each of these are great. With some subtle positioning changes and some work, I estimate that each of these could generate $25,000/year within a year. The last one would be the toughest, but it would still be possible.

    • John

      Ramit, what would you say the ultimate potential revenue of these ideas is? 25K/year is nice on the side, but not exactly a living.

    • Jordi Sánchez

      Ramit, do you think focusing on people still at University is a good idea for an eBook, course or coaching? I don’t really know how to know if they are willing to pay for products like Tim’s “How to Earn Top Grades in School”.

  17. Jason

    1. Creating Selenium automated tests for web applications
    2. Drawing anime portraits of loved ones
    3. Painting with watercolors

  18. Prabu Rajasekaran

    How to make your kid resistant to addictions
    How to write job proposals
    How to destress yourself in 10 minutes at any moment

    • Ramit Sethi

      My favorite is the de-stress one.

    • :Lanita-Derese:

      Yes destress, that goes along with not having to rush off to a JOB for 8+ hours. Let’s get to the residual cash flow part. Apparently the mind has a lot to do with dealing with stress. Learn to control your emotional habits and make stress go away!

  19. Lauren

    Here’s what I just launched this week:

    It’s a mastermind group for women of color. Not sure how in the world to grow it in order to make it sustainable though. Actually that’s not true. I do know what I need to do, just not how to do it.

    I want to work with a small group of women, which means higher prices but my target audience is always saying how they “don’t have the money right now” so I tend to super underprice, hoping they will sign up.

    (if you check out the sales page and scroll to the bottom to see the price compared to even standard market value… ugh, it’s a little embarrassing)

    • Ramit Sethi

      Good job getting something up!

      A classic mistake in building offerings like this is to (1) choose the wrong market, then (2) chase their inability to pay with prices that spiral to the floor. In ZTL, I’ll show you how to charge premium prices for the right market.

    • John Fulwider

      Lauren, take heart! You’ve got something online, the design’s attractive, the sales copy flows well. You took action. That puts you at the top already.

    • Mera Featherstory

      Lauren, I’m not sure how much you’d rather charge, but if you want to charge much more than you do, maybe you can offer payment plans and charge what you want, rather than charging a lower price than you feel the product is worth.

  20. Jeff

    1] How To Find A Place To Live In Switzerland As An Ex-Pat [it is practically impossible, I live here now].
    2] Quit Your Job, Move To Europe, Find A Job There, And Live Your Dreams [Needs better name].
    3] An audio guide that you listen to while learning how to ski that helps you learn proper technique as you go.

    • Michelle

      Sign me up! I’ll move to Switzerland!

    • SuperLuminal Man

      “Why Ex-Pat Living In Switzerland is so KOOL and How to DO it!”

    • Annonak

      Drop the “find a job” and the name is perfect: Quit you job, Move to Europe, and Live the Life of your Dreams.

      I would buy this one, and I know my sister would love to find a way to move back to Europe and make a living there. I think this has great appeal for a lot of people.

    • Megan

      I would totally buy #2 — that’s my dream in a product headline.

    • Phil

      Like others said, #2 would be HUGE for so many people!

    • Nick

      I’d buy the ski audio. Sounds interesting.

    • Robert

      number 2 pls!

    • Mick Finn

      No 2 would be great!

    • Kate

      I don’t think 2 needs a better name. Keep it simple.

  21. arindam

    Build online courses for niche area like IT architecture, IT governance,

    Services like project management using MS Project, short 3d films to promote various products

    • Ramit Sethi

      Get specific. Pick the names of the courses!

    • Yawhann Chong

      I can vouch for niche IT areas. Such a pain to find that kind of information online. I used to call vendors to speak with expert partners, go through countless white papers, or DIY a solution after scouring forums.

    • Annonak

      Yawhann Chong: what specific type of information were you looking for that was so difficult to find? Was it training in a particular niche? How-To Techniques? FAQ/solutions for common problems?

    • Yawhann Chong

      @Annonak I wish! I don’t want to go too low-level in here, but I was looking for a corporate solution that would allow the use of ZFS using a commercial appliance vs. custom building (including cost, support, etc.) last year. Maybe the situation is different now, but at the time I ended up having to search forum posts for something that specific, and nothing came about it. In the end, I remember Ramit (or was it Tim Ferriss?) having a blog post about talking directly to industry experts, so I gave it a try and ended up with some great contacts on top of the information I needed.

  22. Ivaylo

    Crowdfunding is booming. $5B raised ww in 2013 alone. 50% annual growth rate.

    1) Step-by-step course on how to exceed your funding goal on ANY crowdfunding website for ANY category
    2) Ebook on best crowdfunding practices + case studies/interviews from the bestsellers (Pebble etc.)
    3) Website on everything crowdfunding – the IWT for soon-to-be-project-creators.

    Note to self – do you campaign first.

    • Aparna

      This is totally viable. As someone running a campaign now, I keep seeing marketers trying to sell me a recipe for crowdfunding success…and it is tempting.

    • Mick

      These all sound great!

  23. Nick

    1. How to give a woman an incredible sexual experience
    2. How to be romantic (on the cheap)
    3. How to be a great mate
    4. Date/Gift ideas for any occasion for your mother/daughter/wife/gf

    My list seems to have a theme lol.

    • Ramit Sethi

      We need another IWT Rico Suave. I can’t handle all the sensual demands of my position alone

  24. Etienne

    Based on what people sometimes ask me:
    1. how to get into a top law school or grad school
    2. how to dress like donald draper/harvey specter – suiting with style and rocking bowties

    based on my crazy fun ideas:
    3: how to turn your journal entries or poetry into a best-selling fiction book (something I want to do)
    4. helping parents in low income communities prepare their children to make it into college
    5. how to help your child launch their first business while in high school (i currently do this as a mentor)

    • Marc-Andre

      Love #4 and #5

    • Laura

      Love your name, but I have a secret about how low income families can get their child to college……..did you know that it costs $600 per year to send a child to college in Cologne Germany? I instantly thought of all the Americans and other nationalities that can’t afford college, in Aust and Uk we have it a bit different. I wish more people knew that. Ok I know you are thinking, how can they study in German, but no the lessons are in English. To get by in Germany whilst studying, they give you free German lessons too. and free train travel. So bascially I am asking myself why anyone would not do this given you are debt free out of college. U just have to apply for a visa as well. Lots of Europeans using this…..I hope I reach one family and at least one kid gets an education. Anyway, point is you can use that info for your business idea #4. Good luck mate!

    • Keira

      #5 is for me & my 9yo… I’m thinking of doing 02L with her for us to EACH launch a business!

      What an awesome way to teach SO many life lessons while having fun!

    • Melissa

      Brilliant. 🙂

    • Yolanda

      #2 vastly tweaked: Look your best in videos & as a presenter … and instantly have more confidence & increase your credibility. I would love this. Clothes, style (how to have some style but not too much).

      I’d also pay for related info on how to stand, how to move, help me eliminate annoying habits that I’m not even aware of.

  25. Kimmoy Matthews

    Help people stay in touch with their family, friends, professional network, etc. regularly.

    How to create your own board games.

    10 minute Caribbean dance inspired workouts.

    • Kelly

      I really like all of these. #1 would be especially helpful for me, and the other two sound like a lot of fun!

  26. Jenn

    Step by step how to enroll, seek financial aid and register for college
    How to complete the FAFSA
    First steps to take when visiting a foreign country

    • Ramit Sethi

      Very compelling if properly marketed. Hint: My financial aid package to college was in the tens of thousands of dollars, so the big promise is there.

  27. Jennifer Perry

    How to look at life more simply. Life is stressful, so i would show you how to use the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple silly) system to work for you.

    • :Lanita-Derese:

      DE-stress! It is simple to do once you learn the basics.

  28. Maymay

    1. Fun chemistry reviewers for aspiring chemists – (something that would boost memory retention)

    2. Demystifying USFDA – all you need to know to send packages to the USA

    3. From ugly duckling to swan: how to be your best self

    • Ramit Sethi

      One of my E1K/ZTL students is teaching chemistry online and has generated over $100,000/year since beginning tutoring/online courses. You’ll see a case study of him soon.

    • Sridhar

      I would buy #2

  29. Adana Wtn.

    1. How to interpret tarot using everyday situations
    2. How to use energy manipulation to get what you want

    • :Lanita-Derese:

      #2 Sounds like the law of attraction. Manifest your dreams…

  30. Bas

    Three ideas off the top of my head:

    – How to train for your first ultra trail marathon
    – How to improve your chess skills (from ELO rating X to Y, could be a series for every range bracket)
    – Classic car buying, selling and maintenance guide

    • Vlad

      Before you teach ultra trail, why not just an ultra marathon? For me (someone who has always wanted to run an ultra) a trail ultra seems even more intimidating.

    • chip

      Check out Brian McKensie with Crossfit Endurance for the ultras,
      Check out Josh Waitzkin’s (Bobby Fishcer) book “The art of learning”
      Got nothing for the third

  31. kevin

    I’ve been researching the science of efficient self learning for a long time, and would like to make a course about learning a whole college class in 1 week.

  32. Wayne

    You are so good about sharing amazing content for for free. I had guessed at your reason for launching a $12k program. The best insight from this video is that people who are psychologically inclined to make money will spend money, but folks who are focused on saving won’t. That’s a huge, valuable insight.

    What I have mastered and would really like to share:

    1. I would like to teach lawyers how they can offer one additional product to almost every client, with almost no effort, and make an extra $500 to $1,000.

    2. Fitness – specifically how to eliminate belly fat and have visible abs by slowly building one new habit at a time (that way the changes stick).

    3. Selling on Amazon – How to create a physical product business that uses amazon as a sales platform.

    • Ramit Sethi

      Thank you for noticing! Yes, that one insight alone has been worth millions of dollars to me — and I’m happy to share it for free.

      Good ideas. Especially #1. I actually have a course that teaches that to a slightly different vertical. It’s generated considerable revenue and the students who take the course LOVE it.

    • Wayne

      Which course is that? Please excuse me for not being thoroughly familiar enough with your catalogue of offerings to immediately know. I’m assuming Earn 1K.

    • Ramit Sethi

      6-Figure Consulting System. Very few have heard of it since it’s an advanced course and I don’t promote it publicly.

    • :Lanita-Derese:

      #2 is the theme to my diet plan I am making a syllabus for now. Habits are key.

  33. Angie

    How to take better photos of your children.
    How to organize, display & archive your photos (keeping it simple)
    Learning to shoot in manual mode.

    One potential problem….lots of this information is already out there.

    • Deni

      I love your specificity. I would be interested in these courses, even though I have taken lots of photo classes and keep my pics pretty organized (but can always improve).

    • sha

      DEF would buy #1

    • Jordi Sánchez

      That’s not really a problem Angie, any information is out there, but if you have great content it could be worth paying it.

  34. Sebastián

    How you can cure your acne without meds
    Develop Excel skills for work
    Bycicle survival guide (At least here in Santiago, Chile i would buy something like that)

    • Ramit Sethi

      One of these would sell 1,000x more than the others. Can you see which one? Hint: Think of your customers’ PAIN POINT.

    • Wayne

      Organic Acne Solution would sell a zillion dollars worth – though be careful calling it a cure or complete solution.

    • Sebastián

      I think Acne is the one.

      Acne was a pain since i was 13 and i believe that i can help a lot of people with my knowledge.

    • Eric Taylor

      The acne idea will sell faster than acne spreads in pre-teens. Also your focus on helping others in that arena is crucial.

  35. Rob

    I’d like to be able to somehow tap into my passions
    1. restored classic cars (even thought I don;t restore cars, I have a great appreciation for it)
    2. Video biography – interviewing senior citizens and creating a product that they can share with their relatives long after they’re gone.
    3. Personal finance health for 1. college students 2. middle aged folks and 3. Seniors (ala IWTYTBR)

    • shawn

      Hi Rob,

      1. Not sure if your appreciation would generate an income stream but helping people make decisions about resources/materials/etc should be viable.

      2. As tech leaves senior generations behind, this idea is a good one. Also good that you are tying in an emotional component. Helping elderly connect their iPad to wifi isn’t nearly as compelling as helping them leave a digital legacy for future generations.

      3. Ramit has written about helping college students with finances. Seems there is dismal interest from what I’ve read about on this blog. Not only do they not *want* to pay, they usually *can’t* (Ramen for dinner anyone?)

    • shawn

      Hi Rob,

      1. Not sure if your appreciation would generate an income stream but helping people make decisions about resources/materials/etc should be viable.

      2. As tech leaves senior generations behind, this idea is a good one. Also good that you are tying in an emotional component. Helping elderly connect their iPad to wifi isn’t nearly as compelling as helping them leave a digital legacy for future generations.

      3. Ramit has written about helping college students with finances. Seems there is dismal interest from what I’ve read about on this blog. Not only do they not *want* to pay, they usually *can’t* (Ramen for dinner anyone?)

    • Paula

      I would absolutely buy #2
      I can see my grandparents slipping away to dementia and old age and would love to have their lives and wisdom recorded.

    • Gogo


      #3. sounds like a very smart idea to me (with some further pain point and profile specificity).

      BUT #2 is the exact same Idea I’ve been moving slowly on for almost 5 years.

      I’ve actually been thinking about doing #2 (even drew up a plan outline) ever since my dad died some years back. Maybe we can partner on this one?

      Contact me.

  36. Diandra

    1) Stop cheating on Paleo

    2) Prioritize your health

    3) How to create your own in-home (or outdoor) workouts

    4) Cook amazing leftovers

    • Rory

      Haha. I think you’ve got it with (1) there! 😀

    • :Lanita-Derese:

      #3 with #2 is a fun one for me! I love being outdoors, and fitness.

  37. Rahim Ibrahim

    I would like to teach them.. how to go from publishing a simple ebook, to a highly paid speaker in 2 years. 🙂

  38. Dave Sandel

    1) Setup social media accounts and how to use/not use them
    2) Study for a CSCS exam
    3) How to use Google

  39. David

    How to start a mobile fashion truck business (i have actually already done this – Can I make this a course?).
    How to be a kickass real estate agent (for newbies to the business).
    Zombie survival kit monthly subscription service. Because you never know… it could happen.

    • Annonak

      I think a zombie survival kit (not subscription) has great potential in the Spencer’s type of stores or gag gift market.

    • Phil

      The Zombie guide is funny, but it could really be about disaster prep. I also like the real estate agent idea. Sales companies are offering lots of stuff online already so competition might be stiffer. Cool ideas.

    • Gogo


      I watched a TV show that profiled this business (and truck)… I thought it was such an awesome idea. [Side note] I also thought how massively this might blow up in highly populated and affluent cities in some developing countries.

      I don’t see why you couldn’t create a course on doing this. I was thinking the same thing while watching that TV show.

    • Michelle

      I would pay for a class or e-book on the mobile fashion business. I live in an area where the higher end retail clothing offerings have not yet caught up to the influx of population, and yet I wouldn’t want to be tied to a single bricks and mortar location.

  40. Wendy

    How to effectively advocate your cause/issue/passion before governmental bodies.
    Yes, superficiality does matter in politics: inside knowledge of a lobbyist

  41. Al

    1) How to survive your first night in Minecraft
    2) How to build Minecraft mini-games
    3) How to set-up a WordPress (website?) site in minutes

  42. Peter

    I’ve been working on one..but I’ll throw in a few others I’ve been wanting to do.

    1. High end aesthetic, made in NYC, leather jacket line (working on it already)

    2. Do not to go fashion school course. how to learn design/launch a line without going into debt thanks to fashion college (I went to Parsons, I know how useless it was)

    3. GUYHACKS – life hacks geared towards guys in fitness/money/style/decor/stupid human tricks

    • Aparna

      As a fellow fashion designer (I went to FIT, and basically nothing I learned actually helped on the job) I think #2 is really viable and your market would be basically all of Etsy that is trying to level-up but has no design education. That’s a lot of people.

      I tried launching a high-end line during the worst of the recession. Wasn’t sustainable 🙁
      Good luck with yours!

    • jen

      I agree, #2 sounds great. I would be interested in that personally. Value wise, you can compare the value of the course to the cost of attending Parsons/FIT. Plus, as pointed out below, you know where to find an audience and at least some of them are interested in making more money and thus might be willing to spend on a course that would help them do that faster/better.

    • Michelle

      I can see #2 being very well received.

  43. Art

    Helping boyfriends write and record a song for their girlfriend for a special occasion (bday, christmas etc)
    Owning a clothing line
    Teaching how to skydive

  44. KC77

    These are kind of “worthy” and “unfun” for this exercise maybe but I’ve spent a LOT of time thinking about and talking about and working on ’em for free in the last few years!

    1) Making new friends in your 30s/in a new city as a working adult. Platonic, not dating stuff.
    2) Must-dos in terms of career management strategies and techniques in your first say two or three years of a professional career. Specifically in construction, I’m an architect.
    3) Powerlifting – including getting people competing – for women in their 30s/40s (like me!) who aren’t in the meathead and nerdy lifter crowds.

    • KC77

      Just after I posted that comment I was chatting to a couple of junior colleagues (23 or 24) about it and their reaction was “a course? why wouldn’t you just create a subreddit?” So there you have it, target the 35 yr old women with disposable cash instead!

    • Ramit Sethi

      Maybe. But if I had listened to everyone who told me to give everything away for free, you wouldn’t be reading this. The key is understanding who the market is — including who will pay — and creating world-class material for them. More to come!

    • Grace

      I like number one! However, I would only pay for it if it was something comprehensive like a city guide of events or activities, times, schedules, etc. Would it include scripts? How do you go up to strangers?

    • Rufus

      #1) This is interesting. I’m about to move to Seattle in April and, although I’ve never had trouble meeting people, (English accent seems to help) my GF is less outgoing. What would you envision the course to include?

  45. Maria

    I would love to teach:
    1. FUN Chemistry on your Plate – how chemistry in your plate can improve your health (food/recipes+good photographs+chemistry)
    2. How to write a PhD or master thesis and not get mad (communication skills+organizational+writing techniques)
    3. Simple Sewing great Styling (sewing+styling)
    4. Fun Portuguese Online at your Pace (learn another language e-course from a new way/perspective, not the common boring class way)

    I know you said 3, I have 4!

    • Gina

      My finance is working on his Thesis and he could really use those skills; its driving me crazy.

    • Alfonso

      I like 1 & 2

    • Maria

      Thank you Gina and Alfonso for your comments!

      Gina, I know how those times can drive crazy not only the person who is actually doing it but also people around them. Support is essentially but remind him that at least 1 hour per day there is more life that “Thesis”.

  46. nick

    1. Sumo-to-Six Pack – I lost 73 lbs after being banned from six flags for being too hefty
    2. Type II Tyrant – Recently found out i have diabetes and have been keeping my glucose in check WITHOUT insulin and pricking my finger every 5 mins.
    3. Words With Legends – I kick ass in Words With Friends with strategy. It’s not necessarily about playing a big word or even the best word you can every single turn.

    • Ramit Sethi

      Amazing story about Six Flags. That would be such killer sales copy (along with before-and-after pics).

    • :Lanita-Derese:

      Ah! What do you do If you don’t have pictures for such a transformation? Could you still make a grand influence to your audience?

  47. Richard

    Simple ways to keep a stay at home mom happy

    Obstacle Course Training – specifically for the Spartan Race

    Making money with photography and powered paragliding

    • Nv

      Who would your target audience be for #1? I think there’s a pain piont there but would you market to the wives or husbands?

  48. Linda

    – How to Setup Your First Business Website from Scratch – Translations for the Non-Techie

    – Learning to Live without Fear – Step into Your Best Self

    Thanks for all the videos Ramit! Great info!

  49. Cristian

    How to have great relationships with women
    How to diminish anxiety and express yourself freely
    How to look great – most efficient physical exercises I have done
    How to be awesome 🙂

  50. hari

    a) TaxsoftIndia(Tax planning software for 24-34 year old techies in Bangalore ,which will simplify the labryinth Tax filing in India)
    b) Financial Planning ( Studing in becoming a CFP)
    c) Personal Finance is eutomated(easy if automated) .My Dream online buisness where I can help people stop making bad financial decisions and more importantly stop misselling

    • Ankur

      I like your no. 1 a lot. It seems you come from finance background ! I’m based in Delhi.

  51. Sara

    -Helping people recognize their thinking mistakes/assumption
    -Helping people build their own computer
    -Teaching people how they can harvest wild food

    • Wendy

      I like #3 and would consider buying it if available. I would develop that further by offering recipes.

    • :Lanita-Derese:

      #3 is for me also. The foraging can help cut food costs if you know what to look for, or get you some extra cash as well!

  52. Pat

    If I was focused on the customer and not my own wants:
    1) A weight loss guide based on my experience losing 50+ lbs.

    If we’re talking about me and what I dream of making:
    2) An album of original music, and
    3) A documentary film

    I’ve dreamed of making the latter two, but even in my dreams I can only see myself releasing them for free online.

  53. Grace

    I’m so excited about these videos and look forward to your emails every morning. Is Ramit in my inbox yet? Eek!

    Okay these are my crazy and fun ideas:

    1. How to Cook Delicious Dinners with 5 Ingredients or Less (I hate cooking and being in the kitchen.)

    2. Copywrite Your Way to A Million Dollar Revenue Stream

    3. Beautiful Budgeting Babes: How To Be Stylish Without Breaking the Bank

    (There are so many fashion and style blogs, but none tell you exactly what stores to shop at, how much that blouse is, specific ways to dress different body types, etc.)

    Sure, there are lots of free articles but who wants to scour the internet and search when I can get it all in one neat little package. I would pay for that!

    • Nicole L.

      I do the same thing every morning, lol! (It makes me feel like such a nerd!) I like your first idea. I also hate cooking (because I can’t cook 😉 ). If your first idea was marketed towards people like me, I’d be interested in it if you marketed it as super easy meals in under X minutes. But, I’m not sure if that’s what you’re going for. 🙂

    • Leigh

      I love these – all three of them!

    • Kelly

      I don’t hate cooking so much as feeling like it takes way too much time. #3 is great, too! I can see Pinterest being a big marketing tool for that one!

    • :Lanita-Derese:

      Seems like anything that gives people a short cut to their goal is the way to go now days. With all the info on the net, you must put the whole package together. So, yes, a neat little package!

  54. Bryan Harris

    Love the simple start. I just started out with my first course a few months ago and did the same. Its SO easy to get caught up in the tech side of things that prevents you from actually starting.

    It’s infinitely easier to improve your 2nd and 3rd product than to ‘perfect’ your first.

  55. Chris

    How to get your first teaching job.

    Athletic development for kids. ( not crazy Friday night tykes stuff but really help your kid or kids you coach or teach enjoy and get better at physical activities)

  56. Alex

    I wanted to help small business (1-10 people) organized their client leads, and help them automate their follow up. One things that I see CONSTANTLY is that many of these business have no tracking/managing mechanism or plan for following up with their customers/clients AFTER the service is completed. I’m not talking about a simple post card thanking them for their business. I’m talking about a systematic way to ensure customers: 1. Don’t fall off the grid for months or years and 2. That these business suddenly don’t wake up floundering and then slam their previous clients with calls and mailers out of desperation.

    • Alex

      Additional thought – by bring this online instead of trying to do this locally or in person I can:
      1. Expand the scope of who I can serve (while keeping it nitched down)
      2. Increase appeal for busy people who don’t have time to meet (or more likely – have the perception that they don’t have time to meet).

    • candice allen

      One problem I noticed is most lead generators are junk particularly in the home and auto insurance arena.

    • Sean

      I like this idea. My business definitely has this problem and it is a pain point.

    • Rufus

      I think there’s definitely something here too. Price point would be in between $50 and $300 monthly- I realize this is a big range but there seems to be a big market under-served. A step-by-step guide to implementing a follow up system would be worth paying for, and I bet you could sell it on AppSumo.

      Let me know if you figure it out.

  57. Adam

    I already see several awesome ideas in the comments that I would pay for myself! Rock on, guys!

    Based on the top pain points people are always sharing with me, I would list the following as my first three ideas:

    (1) “How To Choose The RIGHT Laptop, Phone, or Mobile Device For Yourself in X Minutes”
    (2) “Impress Your Boss and Save Your Sanity By Mastering Excel In Just X Minutes Every Day”
    (3) “Create Your First Android App This Week, Even If You’ve Never Programmed Before”

    • Rory

      I agree. There’s some good stuff here which, with some tweaking, I could see myself paying for.

      I like your ideas, but I like (2) especially for the way you phrased it in terms of my concerns (impressing my boss; not throwing my computer out the window).

    • Ibrahim

      If you Start 3 let me know. I am looking for someone who can help non tech to start their first Android App and Never Programmed Before…….

    • Lori LaFond

      Ditto on #3, hit me up if you get this going!!

    • Asaf

      I would buy #3!

  58. Brandon

    1) How devshops can make extra $1000 – $2000 per client with very little effort
    2) How to build any MVP in a day … even if you don’t know how to code
    3) Loose weight faster by reducing your workout hours

  59. Rory

    Why you’re not anti-intellectual for liking big action movies

    How to actually enjoy going on holiday

    An Intro/summary to the Big Books that Everyone’s Read but you haven’t had time for

  60. Steve

    1- How to change momentum in your life. Dating/Career/Health/Personal. Could be a monthly, with ideas on things to try, to shake things up and get back out there. Appeals to the single people or unemployed or even lazy who just need a push (and some ideas) on how to create positive momentum in their life.

    2- App idea – Selfies with friends. A Facebook app that allows you to take a selfie with an object/place and send it to a friend and challenge them to the next selfie by “upping” the selfie stakes.

    3- A mixology course, which weekly/monthly walks you through how to mix and prepare new drink ideas (or old drink ideas). Matching it with the perfect foods and music.

    • Rufus

      I like #3, with drinks getting progressively more complex as you add new ingredients each week, a la 4H Chef. You could start with a basic mixer and a few liqours to keep buy-in costs low (for the user I mean).

      Not sure if it’s legal, but you might be able to send them the booze too. Or certainly the more hard to find liqueurs/ingredients.

      Shit, you could even sell them a globe/bar thing like EVERYONE wants anyway.

  61. Paul

    I will like to teach about how to, choose and keep the woman you love. Also, I want to teach literature, from appreciation to creation which I have a fancy name Evidential Critism. And though I know only a little of it, I will want to talk about how to recreate positive effects of greatness such as genius, wealth, or charisma or rapport from the one that worked on you

  62. Katie

    1. How to Write Well and Effectively (with good grammar!)
    2. Public Speaking 101 (and 102, and 103…)–this would work best paired with actual in-person work, but an online course could also stand alone.
    3. Some kind of course tutoring middle- or high-school students (perhaps tied to AP tests?), in the big subjects (math, history, science, English)

    • Keira

      Just a suggestion: the whole “101” thing..? I never got it… Here in Australia we use VASTLY different nomenclature, so perhaps target your market to Morth Americans, or research your target market to make sure they actually understand the nomenclature (and/or explain the terms to them [me *grins*] so they DO understand).

  63. Ryan

    An idea I had was to provide insights into charities. Why to give, who to give to, how much to give, etc. (I also have a very specific website idea to help people manage there charitable contributions)

    Another would be providing auction info. Where to find the auctions, how to profit from them, the psychology behind bidding, where to resell, etc.

    And yet another would be a DIY blog scenario. I love making and refinishing things, i could share the knowledge.

  64. Mary

    You, my friends, can join me for a class on how to unlock and discover your creativity. In this course you will doodle, yes I said DOODLE, your way to creativity!

    • Mary

      Create quick 4-6 minutes interviews with teens who are doing cool things to:

      Better themselves
      Better their friends
      … Environment
      … Create an income.

  65. Claire

    Coaching small and medium sized businesses in how to use story in all their communications, so as to wow their blasé potential and existing clients into really understanding “how this might work for me”.
    Writing courses and e-books on the same subject, and selling them via existing and newly built online networks
    Courses on learning about leadership via surviving while raising large families!
    And one more for luck – courses/e-books on how to survive when you are a ballet mom or dad, without becoming a horrible monster or bankrupt

  66. Bill

    1.) Teaching non-tech people how easy it is to use standard systems/programs (i.e. Excel) to do amazing things.

    • Rory

      So, this sounds awesome, and as someone vaguely ok at Excel I’d be interested.

      Thing is, I’ve googled stuff about how to get better at Excel before. Which has me thinking about the best way to get started with something like this. I imagine one thing to do would be to focus on excel for X.

      e.g. I work in pay-per-click advertising. I don’t need to know what an accountant needs to know. I just need “1 function that’ll save you 2 hours a week in excel when doing Lost Impression Share reports”, for instance. I guess you’d have to go out and talk to people in each field, and ask them what they already know but what they end up wasting their time on (you don’t want to tell them how to create a pivot table for instance – we know about pivot tables! – but when you go speak to someone in a different field they might not!).

      The other thing this makes me think is that I’ve googled “how to get better at excel” and I’m hit with courses, and 5 tips and 10 tips and so on and I’m like “fuck that noise, I don’t have time for that”. First off, I’d translate it into time “How to save x hours” like I exampled above. Second off, hone it down and make it actionable too. I came – and I think a lot of people have come – to Ramit’s site from searches for help on specific topics, where he offers actionable advice you can start today. In going for those more general queries about getting better, I’d do something like “How to save 15 minutes a day in excel, starting today”. 15 minutes! That’s not a lot, but fuck it, it sounds like it must be easy, and it means I’ve got some time I can use to go get some tea and naff off. It also means that I’m slowly hooked into your ecosystem – you’ve served me so well this time, why yes, I would like to sign up to your email newsletter, or maybe I’ll remember the site name and google it again in relation to another topic on excel and be surprised when, fuck me, you’ve got another awesome tip for me on that topic!

    • Melissa

      I’d buy it!

    • Rufus

      Hey Rory,
      You should write Google AdWords for people.

  67. Adrian

    How to make/produce music for the not so musically inclined.
    How to listen to music and find that song you’ve been waiting to hear.
    How to discipline yourself to do what you need to do when you don’t want to do it.

    • Nicole L.

      Self discipline is tough! How do you discipline yourself? How long did it take you to figure out the best method for yourself? I find that if I commit doing something for 1 minute only, I can always find the motivation to continue and complete the task thereafter.

  68. Saimah Arshad

    Your link to watch your video does not work. It keeps going to the end of the video and will not play. Is it just me? Maybe that should be my online business idea….how to use the internet lol

  69. Kyle Aldous

    Breakdancing : Becoming the CENTER of attention in ANY situation
    The Giver: Why Giving is the Ultimate way to have everything you could ever want
    Organic Growth: Going from the Garden to your plate!

  70. Filip Drimalka

    Great post, although I do not think you will get honest answers here, Ramit.

    I work with first time entrepreneurs and startups and from my experience people worry about talking about their business ideas. A lot.

    Yes, I know that “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” (i.e. idea is nothing, until you work really hard to make it happen), but still people care about possible competition.

    Even my own thoughts about this were:

    1. Immediately imagined THAT product (I will / I am already trying to) build
    2. Than questioned myself – why would I share my SUPERSECRET idea to others?
    3. Than started to imagine 3 crazy things I will write down

    I am sure that such discussion in PRIVATE program/forum would be much more interesting ;).

    For Others: Don’t be afraid, it’s not that easy to copy. Like one wise man said: “The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”

    ps. both quotes belong to Thomas A. Edison

    • Jeff

      One reason why we should share our ideas is because it validates if they are good. Ultimately , what matters is if your customer finds your product valuable and is willing to pay for it.

      Second, Ramit doesn’t have a forum because he wants your focus on the course and applying the material. Take this from an Earn 1K and DJ student.

      Ramit’s material is good and judging from the length of this product launch, this product is going to be Epic (with a 400 page sales page)!

    • Ramit Sethi

      Bingo, Jeff. You can tell who the experienced IWT students are here.

  71. Aidan

    1. Lessons in strategy from the great generals and warlords of history applied MMA competition.
    2. Stoicism for college students
    3. Inducing a feeling of reward/Celebrating victory properly for easier behavior change.

  72. jade Campbell

    A Self help recovery course for people who have suffered since childhood at the hands of disaproving
    and in many cases narcissistic family – particularly parents , and have unwittingly become people pleasers.

    This low self esteem, from constant critisicm, flows into their adult lives and the more accomodating they are to others, the more they are taken advantage of.

    They understand what has happened to them, but are powerless to stop “the need to please”, because it has become so ingrained yet their lives are filled with pain and sadness.

    It is an isidious behaviour that is sometimes repeated by the victim,
    and carried on to the next generation.

    It is a huge pain area, that only some have addressed in ebooks and courses, and not covered adequately enough when you look at some underlying causations are the results of cultural practices.

    Others are parents who never wanted their children, others who wanted a girl or a boy and got the opposite.

    So the child was going to be unloved , or loved only if they conformed to ridiculous behaviors/demands.
    Unconditional love was never there to begin with when it should have been.

    • Tabitha

      This would be a great one to market to GenX, as this is the case with so many of us.

      Although I’ve done a lot of reading about this stuff, I still struggle with the resulting under-confidence, etc. and would LOVE something with really specific ACTION steps (a la Ramit). I’ve figured stuff out on my own, but damn, it’s taken me 40 years. To think of how much farther ahead I’d be by now if I had figured this crap out earlier…

      And how to salvage your relationship with said parent as an adult!

      Good luck!

  73. Estrella

    How to prepare to and then actually live abroad (specifically targeting the emotional aspects of moving away from loved ones, moving away even if your family and friends don’t support your decision, managing your expectations, making new relationships in your new country, maintaing relationships with people at home while away, dealing with reverse culture shock)

    In a similar vein, How to have a healthy and fulfilling long distance relationship.

    How to evaluate the relationships you have with people and how to remove (or at least limit contact) with people who don’t encourage your emotional growth

    How to be an Atheist in a Christian Family/Society and coming out as Atheist to your family

    • Nicole L.

      I like your last idea. I know of a few people that have that problem. They don’t know how to broach the topic, so they just remain in the atheist “closet”. My boyfriend (atheist) still gets cards from his mom telling him he needs to get right with god and ask me to marry him. Lol. I think she’s doing it mostly because she wants grand kids though. 😉

  74. Armi Legge

    A company that let’s you select every part on high cost bicycles, and then ships the finished product to you.

  75. Maia

    How to customize any website site
    How to make your own skin care
    How to get your boyfriend to propose
    Are my ideas all over the place? Yes, they are. I know 🙂

    • Ramit Sethi

      Which one of those do you think would be the MOST impactful? Most purchased? Most used? And why?

    • Rory

      I’m gonna take a stab and say the Skin Care one.

      First off: the person who wants easy website customisation might as well just go to Squarespace or summat like that. As for boyfriend proposal, I love the gumption of that one but I’m not sure there’s that many people for it.

      Skin care though: (1) will have the most impact because tons of people care about this and, if it does work, will see immediate impact when applying product to their face (and particularly about the authenticity/organic-v-chemical nature of their products, meaninglessness of that opposition put aside for a moment); (2) will be most purchased because tons of people, myself included, are just that vain to want to look good; (3) most used… actually, you got me here – if there’s one criticism I’d say it’s that this immediately sounds like a lot of work to me… I own my own blender and can hardly be arsed to make my own smoothies. Will I really make my own moisturiser?

    • Paula

      Actually if I am cheap enough and invested enough to make my own skin care I am willing enough to google it and not willing enough to pay a premium price.

      If on the other hand I can buy security of marriage promised by a proposal from a man I want that might actually secure a good life style or such, I would be much more willing to invest a premium price.

  76. MīKO

    1. Selling used cars. Blogging about how to buy and sell.
    2. Life coach for boomers.
    3. Export biz

  77. Will

    Teach busy professionals how to scale their diet so it works forever, 5x their workout results by focusing more on recovery instead of working out, and provide a product for frequent flyers that want to eat healthy while traveling

  78. louise

    how to design a great online user experience
    how to design great logos
    how to design the interface for a mobile application

  79. Jeff

    1) Financial Advise / Financial planning for the college-educated (i.e., those with some money and earning potential, but not filthy rich with access to private banking)
    2) Fitness / Exdercise for strength and relaxation / reduced stress

    – Jeff

  80. Nicole L.

    The best part about teaching a course, is that I have more niches to explore.
    I wouldn’t necessarily want to freelance all of these on a daily basis, but I would love setting up a system where I could teach and actually help masses of people at once.

    1) How to self train your service dog (to complete tasks for you).

    2) How to train your small dog to listen to you!

    (There’s a stark difference in training large dogs vs midget dogs….most small breeds do not “aim to please” as their traditional cousins do. 🙂 )

    3) How to be in complete control of family stress….and eradicate it.
    (Hint: You need to accept them for who they are before you can accomplish this)

    4) How to change any behavioral trait about yourself

    5) How to beat depression and always be happy as hell

  81. Tom

    Okay here are 3 playing off my expertise.

    Not sure if they sound sexy to anyone else, but I’d be excited if someone offered them up to me…

    1. Rediculously accelerated courses for earning AP credits in high school without having to attend class for students who are bored to tears.

    2. An unschooling program designed specifically for teenagers who eventually want to work as engineers, as an alternative to traditional high school, with accelerated entry into college engineering programs using DIY-degree style credit testing.

    3. A course, set of courses, or guides on how small businesses can implement more traditional Continuous Improvement activities into their standard practice, with the possibility for consulting to build custom knowledge-management systems using standard database software.

    • Nicole L.

      Tom, that’s exactly what I did. I geared my course ideas towards topics that I myself would have been interested in (before developing the skill myself). Actually, I searched for several of them and had a difficult time even finding the information being available. Did you have a hard time finding the information yourself?

    • Tabitha


      As a previous unschooling parent with a techie kid, I would have paid money for #2. There has been an explosion in online “homeschool” companies lately ( at least in Ohio), and that would be a great target audience, as they are already exploring nontraditional options.

    • Laura

      As a homeschooling mom I would absolutely pay for 1 and 2. My 11yo son would sign up for both right now.

  82. Mark Folgmann

    1. How to convert one third of your tax preparation business into a tax planning business while doubling your income and adding non tax season high value revenue.
    2. How to become financially secure and make smart financial decisions without ever using a financial advisor.
    3. How to maximize your retirement savings by building low cost diversified retirement accounts without conflicts of interest

  83. Sean D.

    1. I would love to teach people how to drive strategically, so they can save gas, be courteous to other drivers and avoid accidents.

    2. Screen printers need education on how to print properly on different materials. I could teach them how to do it while saving money on expenditures.

    3. I could teach some one how to be more organized in their daily routines (or even create daily routines) in order to be more effective and get more done.

    • jac

      I have been trying to find a driving course and it is so frustrating because they are all the ‘take this so you don’t lose points on your license’ type course that people take after they get a ticket.

      I want a cool strategic/defensive driving course!!!

    • Tina

      For #1 – Check out some of the Canadian, New Zealand and UK government resources on driving such as or, or motorcycle resources – most of them are for learner drivers but also contain the resources needed to learn defensive driving skills, such as advanced hazard perception. (Yes they might be on the other side of the road but the principles are the same….)

  84. Eric

    1. How to brew beer
    2. How to win at fantasy football
    3. Show IT Professionals how to study strategically for certification exams

    • Ergest

      If you’ve got a proven system, I’d pay to learn #2. I suck at most fantasy sports due to lack if a good drafting strategy and running my team.

  85. Michelle

    1. Online resources for Pastors’ spouses where you can be real
    2. Baby steps to living a gluten free/paleo/other free life. There’s so much information out there but nothing addresses how overwhelming it can be.
    3. Fibromyalgia – it may just be what you’re eating!

  86. Travis

    This is more for my wife who is into healthy eating and how food is more than just energy for our body…we’re creating a nutrition education/consulting business. She even successfully launched a class (had two people pay $25/ea to hear her speak yea!) She really wants to help people know that healthy food can still be easy to make and not taste like painted cardboard. Here are some classes we’ve thought about:

    1) Food: Friend or Foe? Fundamentals of a Real Food Diet (this is the overview course she just taught)
    2) Eating to Boost Immunity
    3) Foods for feeding your children
    4) Eating for pregnancy: before, during and after

    I think she has potential but she thinks people don’t want to learn this and the only plus she has to entice people is her PhD

  87. Luis

    1 – A voice and diction course for students, whose native language is not English, to improve their speech communication in the business and professional world.

    2- The lazy man or woman guide to buy real estate land without leaving your house. All you need is a computer and a few apps.

    • Ergest

      As someone who did this successfully (and knows others who did it too) I’ll say that it takes more motivation than a good method. You still have to have a good method, but you need to focus more on the motivating. Most people are content to just get by and be understood (also certain accents are sexy)

  88. Jackie

    1. Planning your dream wedding on a budget
    2. Raising your child(ren) as a single parent while working/going to school full-time
    3. How to eat vegan when no one around you is

  89. Hilde Fossen

    Thanks for the amazing insight Ramit. Can’t wait to hear more about the course.

    3 crazy ideas for women:

    1. How to dress your beautiful pear shaped body.
    2. How to dress your gorgeous apple shaped body.
    3. How to dress your magnificent straight body.

  90. Mae

    1. Decoding Guy/Girl Talk and relationship advice
    2. Makeup tutorials
    3. How to have a more organized life

  91. Lukas

    1) Biohacking for High Performance Individuals. Less stress, more output, better lifestyle.

    2) How to architect a 6-figure sales funnel for health focused info products (or any expert level courses, just more experience with health)

    3) How to create a mobile optimized presence for your local business. (Restaurants, CPAs, Gyms…any locally driven business)

    That’s all just my expertise, but if I had my druthers:

    1) High level performance coaching for young entrepreneurs. Leadership, biohacking, etc.
    2) Power couples coaching and training. My wife and I kick ass, so I’d love to coach others to also kick ass.

    Sorry if this was long. First time commenter on your blog.

    Thanks for the video, I appreciate your insights!

  92. Tony

    1) Overcome Statistics Phobia: Mastering Statistics for Psychology Students
    2) Prove Your Site’s Worth: Practical Methods and Metrics for Competitive Usability Benchmarking
    3) How to Forgive and Seek Forgiveness

  93. Wendy

    How to kick ass in grad school while working full time

  94. Kayla Badolato

    1) diy art installations

    2) 3d printed jewelry making

    3) how to not feel like you suck at life and actually accomplish something.

  95. Mariana

    1. Protect your memories from natural disasters: How to organize and back up your family photos
    2. Make your friend cry of happiness with a gift: How to create a beautiful photo book for a gift
    3. Corral your digital photos: How to set up a system to organize digital photos from your various photo devices and keep them organized as you take more photos.
    4. Get your digital photos out of your computer: How to create photo albums & photo wall displays

    • Kelly

      Yes, please! I would love a really kick ass, straight forward guide to managing digital photos. I have a “system” of sorts, but it’s far from ideal.

    • Tim Stephenson

      I’ve made women cry and seen grown men stumble backwards when I’ve handed them restored photos of their loved ones. It’s very rewarding, and I like your pitch.

      You might add a module on photo restoration as well (or at least some links to folks like me who provide such services).

      Shameless plug (delete if this is inappropriate):

  96. Russell

    1. How to repair your own tech hardware. Smart phone, tablets
    2. Over coming the fear of success, a book focusing on Why failure is normal and we should strive to it, because failing is how we learn and learning is how we become successful. Working title: Flip Your Magnet or How to Fail….based on approach-avoidance theory.
    3. Emergency Service’s App. a smart phone app that activates when the phone has suffered a severe blow and immediately turns on you GPS and other location services and notifies E911 and texts your designated emergency contacts.
    4. BrainBreak – an application that allows adults to adjust what apps a child can access and at what times.
    5. an application that only plays music based on how fast you are moving. I hate it when my iphone plays a slow song and i am moving at a fast pace, it brings me down.

    Sorry, more than 3. Was on a role.

    • ilan

      Russel– #5. I thought about that today at the Gym, the song is never the right pace for me–but had 5 glorious minutes when I hit the right song at the right tempo and felt like a running god.

  97. Joe

    1. Sell copies of my yet to be written instructional guide:

    “Veganocalypse: How to survive the collapse of modern civilization on a plant-based diet”

    2. Show people how to become a rap producer using and setup their Digital Audio Workstation using free tools

    3. Instructions for building dynamic websites bundled with custom templates.

  98. Vinicius

    I would love to teach people to search, find and gather documental proof of government corruption acts. Hell yeah, I know how to do these, done it before, however it is my nonprofit side (wich I love!).
    I already found lots of crap made by politicians and workers of public partitions and got proof of it only with the power of internet.
    My dream is to build an army of soldiers like me.

    • jac

      This is really cool BUT not sure if many people interested in the topic would pay for it?

  99. Tony B

    Tips on how to be successfull in Corporate America. Target audience would be recent graduates or those entering Corporate America from another profession. The course will provide actual situations and lessons learned and would be written in a humorous, light-hearted manner.

    Thoughts, Ramit?

  100. jess

    -Built to Last: How to Survive (And Eventually Get Out Of) Your Long Distance Relationship
    -How to Sell Without Selling
    -How to Make Any Man Fall in Love With You

  101. Chey Rasmussen

    I would teach graphic designers how to make awesome “8-bit” pixel art. There are also a lot of animation and motion graphics techniques I could teach.

  102. Brendan

    1) How to brew beer
    2) Make your first website (even if you know nothing)
    3) How to properly handle a knife in the kitchen

  103. Vivek

    1. How to potty train your child
    2. Simple things you can do daily to DRAMATICALLY improve your health
    3. Simple solutions for day-to-day ailments

    • Keira

      Re #1: hint – potty training your child includes not using a potty *laughs*

  104. Linda

    I would teach people to have the confidence to do whatever they really want to do in their lives – whether it’s work or relationships. It all seems to come back to confidence in yourself.

  105. Jay

    1. Limiting Belief Buster
    2. The Lose Your Weight Using Your Internal Thermometer
    3. How To Excel As A Corporate Pimp

  106. Glenn

    1) How to be confident enough to power through rejection, even if you’re not a sociopath.
    2) Overcoming a fear of new foods.
    3) Letting go for control freaks.

  107. Scott Welch

    1. Save that $75,000 – How to Create and Implement Project Management for a Non-Profit with 50 to 150 people.

    2. Excel functions in normal English – You don’t need to learn Technical-se in order to make Excel work for you.

    3. Intro to Overseas Travel – Not Being Stranded in a Foreign Airport with no cash, passport, and one pair of boxers.

  108. EH

    1. Choosing and using the right camera: Specs you can skip; Features to focus on

    2. Automating great Social Media Marketing: How to keep your brand “social” in less than 14 minutes per day.

    3. Creating designs that won’t offend professional graphic designers

    • Paul

      No.2 – looks really great, an excellent hook, and the kind of knowledge I (and I imagine very many other people) would definitely love.

      However No.1 is the kind of idea (advice + knowledge) I’m hoping to get some of Ramit’s insight with this course.

      When I have such ideas I tend to reject them immediately if I know all the necessary information is already freely available on the web (minus your personal slant, of course).

      Also, it sounds like an idea which could be completely covered in a single article, or solved with a flow chart or series of multiple choice questions. Have you a way to make it into something bigger/longer/more comprehensive?

  109. Alina

    Intuition for Skeptics and Left-Brainers.
    I love helping analytical people use their intuition to make better decisions, feel safer and happier.
    I started with $2.99, , offered a $6K 6-month coaching+intuition package, and would love to offer more.

  110. peter

    Anything at all?

    * How to Properly Interact with Our Future Robot Overlords
    Because if.. when AI’s are created, We’re going to have a lot of explaining to do (imagine the Harassment-lawsuit Hollywood would get if AI’s got rights !!!)
    * Genetics, Evolving from the Basics to the Complicated !

    * Technology-assisted Learning
    Because not enough students know Anki and other products exist !

    * How to use LaTeX for book and article writing.
    This one has potential I believe, Seeing as many Scientific magazines tend to require LaTeX documents, and the base-code you get from wriiting them like this convert to ALL ebook formats without problems ( at least to my knowledge).

  111. Pedro

    My 3 business ideas are:

    How to create a website
    All tips you need when travelling to Brazil
    Organizing a successfull event

  112. Rohin Sharma

    For me, I would like to teach a review course for the Advenced Placement (AP) Exam in US Government or US History. Yes, students get a short review at school, but I would gear my course to top performers who want to max out their score. My audience would be “pushy” parents, who would pay premium $$$ to get their kids 5. I would promote the product by putting out 100 “Khan Academy” like youtube videos, then charge a premium for a tailored review session for the exam.

  113. Brian

    Ramit, great video. It was interesting to learn about your journey from your ebook to now. I have a couple questions I have about the early stages of your business and of your Dream Job courses:

    Some of the people who bought your $4.95 ebook or $7.95/mo Scrooge emails may not have felt it was worth it. To you, they were learning points in retrospect. Does this raise any ethical issues about using your customers as test cases (guinea pigs, as they say) for your own learning?

    Similarly, the Dream Job elite course was priced at $12k, but many others were able to get the contents along with the standard materials for a much lower price. Does that make it unfair for the $12k attendees, who served to anchor the $12k price point for you?

    I ask these questions because I’ve sold a few documents on Scribd, but I felt like I was almost deceiving people because I don’t feel my products were the best quality I could offer for sale (except one product which is disproportionately popular out of all the other ones–I feel proud of that one).

    Now, we could tell ourselves that it was a fair purchase between willing buyer and seller, buyer beware, etc. However, it doesn’t solve the ethical issues I described above. Could you give your quick thoughts on them? Thanks.

    • Ramit Sethi

      Great questions. I’ll go into more detail in the ZTL course, but in general:
      – I offer 100% money-back guarantees on my course. I can only do that because of the testing I put into my products. When I say they’re world-class, that’s not arrogance — it’s the confidence of knowing they are because of many, many data points
      – I had a 100% satisfaction rate from DJE
      – The people who paid thousands to attend DJE didn’t just pay for the content, they paid for the personalized attention and experience. This is a key insight that can be worth hundreds of thousands (even millions) of dollars. It took me years and years to truly understand this

      In general, I believe in creating world-class material that’s at least 10x better than anything else on the market. And charging accordingly.

      We’ll cover a lot more of this, especially the tactics and psychology, in ZTL. Good questions.

  114. Gina

    1. How to get things done even when you feel like being super lazy.
    2. How to maintain your car, I recently did my own tune up, it was super awesome.
    3. How to eat when you are diabetic.

  115. Ilan

    Three craziest ideas:

    1. A course for musicians who are blocked creatively/a course for musicians to learn to earn money as a musician.
    2. A course for teachers who don’t know how to talk to kids.
    3. A course for college students who had an IEP in elementary and highschool who want to become top performers.

    • Fran

      What about a course for teachers who aren’t comfortable talking to parents? I have known some teachers who have said that about themselves.

  116. Dayna

    How to be an awesome mom in 10 minutes a day
    A guide to your first music festival
    How to create a LinkedIn profile that gets views

  117. Alfonso

    1.-How to present your small firm to your bank
    2.-small biz key statistics and customer analysis
    3.-basic obedience training for you and your dog

  118. Jaxlyn

    A step by step guide to achieving anything you want, not some inspirational/motivational BS but an actual workbook when completed, you will be either very close or have reached your goals.
    How to become a master public speaker
    The bullsh*t guide; signs your are being lied to, manipulated or conned (basically how to tell if you can trust someone)

  119. Conner

    1. How to overcome introversion
    2. Online mentorship

    • Nick

      Just my opinion, but being an introvert myself, #1 comes off a bit negative to me. I don’t feel being an introvert is something you need to “overcome”. I’m assuming you’re getting at certain characteristics that an introvert might want to change? If so, I’d suggest a title that focuses on that like…”An introverts guide to starting convos at partys/meetings” or something.

  120. Ben

    1) Game Design for Teens
    2) Mobile App Jumpstart
    3) Design for Developers

  121. Jessica

    1) Do anything alone – how to enjoy doing things by yourself.
    2) Great Handwritten Letters: How to make letter writing easier and more meaningful.
    3) Great gifts: how to be the best gift giver.

  122. Sean Mysel

    I would love to teach people how to play golf the way pros play. How to systematically approach each shot, how to ruthlessly analyze their games and how to deal with adversity on the course.

    Man I’ve spent so much time around world class athletes in MLB, NHL, NBA and college football and basketball and heard so many stories of how they got great it would be awesome to share that with other people.

    Could be a dumb idea but I’ve had IM’s watch my customer videos and ask me about doing that.

    @Ramit E1K didn’t just become a turning point for you… it completely turned my life around. Just enjoyed a $45k month in February with my freelance biz.

    Thanks boss!

    • Ramit Sethi

      A $45k month using Earn1K I LOVE IT! Congratulations.

  123. nazerke

    1. how to build an amazing relationships with your kids
    2 how to unleash the inner potential of your kid
    3 how to manage your emotions
    4 how to create harmonic relationships in your family
    5 how to bring up your kid with special need

  124. Dinah

    How to Command Respect at Work – for women or people who are shy/quiet
    How to Think Quickly on Your Feet
    Sort of related to the 2nd one…The Art of Throwing Shade – a guide on giving backhanded compliments

    • p

      Love the 3rd idea- if you can teach me how to do it subtly to people at work while still being professional… that would be the bomb!!!

    • Jessica

      Art of Throwing Shade – I’d buy it for sure.

  125. p

    1. Parent Hacks: Shortcuts from the business world that will tame tantrums, shortcut whining, and save your sanity

    2. How to DIY photo gifts that rock

    3. Women: What you need to know about picking your future partner: wisdom from your future self

  126. Buddhima

    1. To dance! Like no one’s watching. To feel the rhythm in music, to feel the rhythm in you? It can help from self-esteem angles to fitness to just learning to let yourself go and have fun! / To play music (DJ) without just going from song to song! More on the art of what’s delivered than the technicality of how to do it.

    2. Help people do things better on their computers/gadgets? This is hard to type out. But simple ways of checking your email better faster to organizing your files to backing them up or how the plethora of tools/apps could help simply some of your daily activity. I already do this for every other friend/colleague.

    3. How to keep fit, be vegetarian, without a fancy gym, or fancy menu. / Combine this with dance in 1.?

  127. Jane

    1) Have a clothing design idea, but have no idea how to get it manufactured? Step-by-step guide to fabric sourcing & selection , material testing, factory placement, and manufacturing best practices.

    2) Can’t afford to move? How to make the most of your living space. (Targeting SF/NYC residents.)

    3) Tired of looking in your closet and finding nothing to wear? Refresh your existing wardrobe without buying anything new.

    • jen

      I would be interested in #1

  128. Kay Carter

    1) Understanding your foster child.
    2) How to benefit from your past: Step by Step
    3)”No, you cannot control everything” Complete Guide on how to control your life.

  129. Margaret

    If you could teach ANYTHING through an online business, what would it be? Don’t worry about costs or competition or the profit side yet. Just leave a comment with the 1-3 ideas that make you sit up straight and say, “YES! I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT!!”

    Teaching people how to be the wacky, fun aunt/uncle in the family
    Teaching people waysto be creative/crafty without being part of the mommy-blog mafia – craftiness as part of fun, not part of the mommy-life.
    Teaching fledgling careerists how to ‘manage up’ and make their lives more awesome at work – respecting time, cutting boring hoopla and demonstrating exactly how awesome they are at work

  130. Ken Westgaard

    These subjects annoys the hell out me sometimes, so there has to be a market for it.

    1. How to achieve common sense (as a bonus they would get a smack in the back of their head by me personally when they are wrong)
    2. The difference: Bad vs. Good Design, web/print related (again… as a bonus they would get a smack in the back of their head by me personally when they are wrong)
    3. How to learn from your mistakes (maybe I would put in a bonus here as well)

    • Kelly

      Sounds like the perfect gifts for a few people I know. 😉

  131. Jeff

    Hi Ramit,

    1. How to discourage nuisance birds near your bird feeders.
    2. Quickest ways to become an eBay powerseller.
    3. Cutting through the early morning confusion to become more productive.


  132. Aubrey Rose

    1. How to write a romance novel. (video tutorial series. Progress: starting to tape tutes now)
    2. How to self-publish your romance novel on Amazon. (curation of available material, open community forums with paid insider advice circle headed by three NYT bestselling authors. Progress: forums opening soon for content building, revving up to launch in May)
    3. How to price and promote your novel so that it becomes a bestseller. (paid video tutorial series, paid 1-on-1 skype consultations. Progress: not started yet.)

  133. Arthur Bullock Jr

    1. Animation and Visual Effects – 80/20 Production – Optimizing Quality with Minimal Time and Resources
    2. Drawing and Airbrushing – Novice to Expert in a Month
    3. Custom Automotive Fabrication – Fiberglass, Bondo, Speaker Enclosures, etc. – There aren’t really schools for this- one must learn on the job.
    4. Visual Effects Resources – 3D Models, and Stock Footage of Rendered Effects for Compositing – Explosions, Fire, Smoke, etc.

  134. Jason

    My three most fun and craziest ideas:

    * How to do Improv Comedy
    * How to lose 200 pounds
    * How to get out of the pits of poverty-mentally, physically, and financially

  135. Jessica

    1) How To Roast Your Own Coffee for Less Than $3 A Pound
    2) How To Go Zero-Waste, Grow Your Own Food and Save The Planet With Zero Investment
    3) A web app that helps you easily plan the perfect budget vacation

    • Kate Punivai

      Oooh, I’d be interested in Number 2!! Was just thinking recently it would be good to go plastic-free. That stuff is ubiquitous!

    • Kelly

      I agree with Kate. That would be a great course!

  136. Tristan

    Guitar course: Go from “what is this thing” to “hand me the guitar I’ll sing you a song”, in 1 month.
    Stand Up Paddle Boarding Course: From beginner to catching your first waves
    Misdirection fun: how to take a watch of anyone without them noticing

  137. Jason

    Here are my business ideas:
    1. Premed student advising and counseling helping students achieve their dreams of becoming a doctor.
    2. Health and fitness: using my medical knowledge to help people get in shape and live a healthy lifestyle.

  138. Joe

    1. Building a WordPress theme from scratch (I have a book on this now. A live course or video course would be a good addition)
    2. How to start a career in web programming (I’ve done one on one tutoring for this)
    3. How to make sure you never lose anything on your computer again

  139. Allison

    How to Advance Professionally in your Field by Building a Successful (and profitable) Personal Brand

    (specifically for women)

  140. Marshall

    Yes You Can Save Your Marriage
    The secret principles that really work

  141. Jeremy

    1. Ethical/Humane Online Business (yes, seriously–it turns me on to see people realize they can do good and do right at the same time)
    2. How Guys Can Turn 40 Without, Like, Dying
    3. Customer #$%&*! Service (goes with #1, but aimed more toward larger businesses that still think phone trees are an acceptable way to take care of customers)

    • Yawhann Chong

      The sad thing is, the people who choose to be unethical/inhumane probably wouldn’t be your target audience. 🙁

  142. Kate Punivai

    – 7 Habits of Someone Who Never Gets Sick (I actually already wrote this as an e-book, but then a copywriter reviewed it for me, basically tore it to shreds and told me my grammar was god-awful, and it was more suited to a series of blog posts. ) But I still think the general idea is a good one, which could help a lot of people.

    – Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels & Need Less Sleep

    – (For women) How to Choose the Most Flattering Hairstyle, Clothing & Accessories for Your Skin & Body type

  143. Yawhann Chong

    1) Teach others who have suffered personal data loss on their computers how to properly back up and store their data safely and securely. There will be separate tiers for those who want sufficient backup principles and those who are downright paranoid about data loss and corruption.

    2) How to start managing projects for ideas you wish you could do right now but don’t have the talent (i.e. music, art, design, app building, etc.).

    3) A video course series for people who want to learn how to fix their own computers to reduce the costs of bringing their computers to repair shops, along with preventative measures.

    I’ve always been about helping people out and that’s why I’ve been fixing computers for people for over two decades. However, there are some people out there who really need to learn some basic troubleshooting before calling me (ensure the computer is on first) and I’ve learned over the years to just decline those jobs.

    I’m just getting into filmmaking, and these are video course ideas I had pop into my head. I’d really like to travel abroad and film documentaries, human interest stories, and full-length/short movies.

    As an aside, there are some audio issues with your video, Ramit, where your voice drops into whisper level tones (e.g. “We started off with the 2007 guide to k-cking -ss”). I suspect that either the noise reduction is too harsh in post-production or the lavalier mic needs to be placed further up your blazer. 🙂

  144. Bill

    Okay. If I could teach anything, here goes.

    1. How to play Monster Hunter

    Monster Hunter is a Japanese action game that I love. It’s kind if complicated for new folks though. I doubt anyone would pay me for this, but hell yeah would it be fun.

    2. How to set up your iphone

    I do this for my mom and family all the time.

    3. How to make comics

    It’s a hobby for me, and honestly I’m probably not good enough to teach, but holy crap this would be awesome.

  145. Tom

    In this never before released blog comment, I will reveal 3 fun ideas of what I would enjoy teaching about in an online course.

    1. How to lose a ton of fat (100 lbs like me!)
    2. How to get a date with a girl
    3. How to write a web application

  146. Ayman Al-Abdullah

    1.) How To Get A Job at Fortune 10 Company With A Shitty GPA From A Mediocre School (How I did it)
    2.) How To Sell A Product Without An Email List (How I did it)
    3.) The Fresh Grad’s 8 Week Guide To Backpacking In Europe (How I did it)

  147. Mike

    1. How to get your band organized
    2. How to figure out your life’s purpose and make money doing it
    3. How to start a restaurant from your house

  148. Rigel

    Urban exploration/ infiltration.
    Going from having 0 to being stable.

    • Ergest

      Parkour for newbs would be an awesome course!

    • Laura

      My kids would gleefully mow lawns and do chores to earn money for a Parkour course. They are convinced it places them one step closer to ninjas.

  149. Lang

    How to Get Off Your Lazy Ass and Start Exercising Slowly and Surely
    How to cook easy slow cooker meals, for those focused on fat burning
    How to make paper airplanes

  150. Noah

    Fantastic video, Ramit.

  151. Mario

    Teach music theory to guitar players who are frustrsted because they want to be able to create, perform and sound like the pros but they find that the information out there teaches either random” tricks” or lots of boring and abstract theory and then its on them figure out how that aplies directly to the playing wich is hard, drainig and can take years. I’ve spend those years and i know there are better ways that are more practical, fun and faster!

  152. Mary Catherine George

    My deep desire is to have the following:

    1) Selling a way to access and empower your creative self
    2) LAUNCH

  153. Andrei

    “Smash Your Microwave” – How to Cook Quick and Healthy Meals that Actually Taste Great
    “Who’s Your Daddy?!” – Ultimate Dog Training
    “Photoshop That Commission Check” – Web Design for Marketers

  154. Kevin

    Two with a religious bent:

    Become a Prayer Warrior
    How to sin less

    Business side:

    Teach lawyers how to outsource their blog posting without paying someone $500++ per month to do it.

  155. AD

    1. How to Make Sugar-free, Low-carb Desserts (without using gross fake sugars or even natural sugars like honey).
    People with diabetes and people with cancer have asked me for advice about this.

    2. Intro to Mexican Cooking.
    Again, mostly focused on things people ask me about, like how to make “real” guacamole and salsa and fajitas.

    3. How to Cook Diabetic Friendly-Mexican Food.
    Kind of combining idea #1 and #2. Half my family has diabetes, and I’ve often thought about creating something like this just so that when people ask me for advice, I’ll have something helpful to give them.

  156. Tim

    Training Brazilians (ages 25-40) how to communicate in English in business situations i.e. interviews, networking, meetings, presentations.

    While there are TONS of English classes most are very general and the appeal to the LCD. When teaching it is really important to understand people’s linguistic and cultural backgrounds ( getting in their heads).

    My challenge is can I niche and scale?

    • Justaperson

      Idea: English accent reduction for Brazilian engineers and techies

  157. Chel Hamilton

    The three things I would teach that makes me stand up and say “I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT!” are:
    1) How to put the fun (and passion!) back into your relationship in 2 weeks, or less!
    2) Bulletproof Confidence: How to have confidence in your worklife and datinglife – starting today.
    3) Leading from the back of the pack: Leadership training for introverts.

    • ASAF

      Would buy #3.

  158. Barry

    1. How to succeed in life and raise great kids as a single dad.

    2. How to acquire incredible furniture cheaply through auctions.

    3. How to learn simple furniture fixes that will save you a fortune.

  159. Ben

    1. 3-Hour Body (But not 2 hours, I mean, you won’t even get your heart goin’ with that…)

    2. How to Save Yourself (and your nerdy friends) Hours of Work a Week by Not Sucking at Excel

    3. From Script to Sundance – Cinematography for those with a story to tell

    • Justaperson

      How to master Excel is one of the biggest selling courses on Udemy.

  160. Jessica

    1) How to go from Wallflower to Dance Diva/Gent
    Basically, the ABC’s of how to learn dance, the most effective way to practice; how to hear music/rhythm; and a basic set of dance moves/isolations and how to sequence them. The goal would be to get the student going out with their friends and/or being comfortable walking into a studio for the first time to take more advanced classes.
    A) Version for women
    B) Version for men
    (Men and women have different limiting beliefs and fears about dance so the course would be tweaked with different language and emphasis to reflect that.)

    2) Partner Dancing Technique to Teach Collaborative Leadership
    Good partner dancing (ex. salsa, swing, etc.) is a give and take communication, and collaborative, creative experience for both the lead and follow. As companies become less hierarchical and more flat being able to seamlessly move from lead to follow is an asset. The basic exercises and philosophy behind couples dancing can teach you the physical postures of leadership, clear communication skills required and give you a tangible experience of both rolls.

    3) 1-2 Month Dance Immersions
    I’d would go to a country and learn the culture by taking dance and music lessons for 1.5-2 months. Blog and vlog about it so users could follow me like a travel blog and then turn the footage into a starter online dance course when I got back. I’d be editing while there so it would launch within the month after getting back and a pre-edition would be taking the free classes I posted as part of the vlog.

    The high-end version of the product would include a 2 week immersion trip for those who’ve done the beginning class to learn from the teachers I worked with. The trip would be 3 months after the class. Part travel – part educational experience.

    • Justaperson

      Think about male paint points – wanting to dance at the club with attractive women but not look stupid, having to dance at a wedding but feel they have two left feet, etc.

    • B

      I’ve already taken your idea 🙂

  161. Jan

    1 # Comparison of mobile phone deals
    2# Favor exchange internet page
    3# How to build a bumblebee house to make sure tomatoes never extinct

  162. Chris

    Only one idea:

    Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create perfect figures and get your paper accepted to Science or Nature.

  163. Roland Frédéric

    Congratulation Ramit,
    I read your free material since a long time
    and joined earn 1k 2.0 and I must say
    that this is your best video quality ever.

  164. shawn

    I would love to use my experience earning a blackbelt in aikido to help people build kick ass businesses and enjoy their lives more.

  165. Sean

    – How to laugh everyday (providing resources for comedy, stand up/written/etc). “30 days to Happy”

    -Get uncomfortable being comfortable: Daily activities to burn down your comfort zone and start living

    -Philosophy for children

    -Relationship Hacking: Shut up and listen.

  166. Chizzy

    1) Get her the gift that makes her cry tears of joy!

    The Art of Gift Giving: for men who are clueless about what his woman wants: beyond Christmas, Valentine’s day, and Birthday’s).

    This is for busy executives who outsource their personal agenda to their EA’s. But when it’s time for date night with their lady, they have absolutely NO IDEA what the thought process behind the gift was.

    This would lead to extension of engagement planning: how to create the perfect customized engagement for her without having to hire a flash mob. She’ll be telling this story for decades!

    It could also be for the modern day women, b/c i’ve heard alot of guys say they would love it if a woman gave them a gift just because…

    2) Jet Setting Dream Jobs: Land an International job that will fly you around the World, even if you don’t speak a second language.

    Think House Hunters international meets Ramit’s Dream Job course.

    This one is for Twenty something’s that are single, top performers, and have a love of travel hacking. They either want to work abroad as expats or they want to experience several countries and not just have conference calls in different time zones.

    3) Become as Charming as Bill Clinton!
    I see this as the modern day e-course of the classic book How to Win Friends and Influence People. Of course Bill Clinton would have to be one of your guest speakers.
    This is for introverts who usually get to hide behind left brain careers: developers, software engineers, quantitative researchers, scientists…basically anything in the S.T.E.M realm

    I know you said 1 – 3….but a 4th idea came to mind:

    4) The 5 love languages: learn how to get along with anybody!
    Ok, this one would present some IP issues, but you can partner with the author, Gary Chapman 😎

  167. sonja

    – creating online dictionary (English and German)
    – fast cooking recipes for busy people
    – online chi neng qi gong course (exercises) against stress

  168. Roberto Olayo

    1. Online English course for graduate students in foreign countries who need to present TOEFL or other exam.

    2. Online course on the mechanics of writing scientific papers / thesis for graduate students.

    3. Courses on use of software for literature search / literature reference managers / drawing for scientific papers

    These are things about which I have helped people on numerous occasions, I don’t know if people would actually pay for this or exactly how to do it though.

  169. Maureen Miller

    Crazy ideas:
    1. Collaborate Long Distance: How to collaborate on a book virtually: you don’t have to be in the same room let alone the same country to do this ( just finished writing a book this way and it was a LOT of trial and error to find a way that worked to share ideas and the actual writing)
    2. Teach Teachers to Flip: how to flip their classroom. This could be any level or grade of teaching. It’s the new buzz word on how to teach.
    3. Long Distance Marriage: How to have a long distance relationship with your husband/wife when they work at a job that means being apart. I live on Vancouver Island and I’d say 20% or the population commutes to northern BC for work and they get a 2wk in- 5 day out rotation. It means dealing with finances, physically being alone….etc

    • Maureen

      Oops one more. My son has a disability and I’ve been trying all sorts of things to develop a way to ensure his long term care is taken care of, when I die. The government is useless at helping with this and I’ve done most of my own advocating so the would make two more courses
      1. How to advocate for a love one with a disability
      2. How to take care of your loved ones future when they have a disability

  170. Pat

    How to tell Vintage from Fake when you are on the hunt

    • Pat

      oops, hit return too quickly!

      Target: anyone who goes to flea markets, tag sales, yard sales, etc. looking for “real” vintage or antique items, and not get “taken” by something that looks old, but isn’t actually.

      I have 25 years in the museum and antiques / vintage fields and have a lot of info I can share – sure would be great to develop products that created revenue from all that I’ve learned.

      This could be an e-book released as a series of chapters by media (metal, ceramics, glass, wood) so people could buy just what their interests are, or one entire ebook after all the separate chapters are written. It could also be a “Curators’ Secrets” product about what we look for when we are evaluating that family heirloom you brought into the museum clinic for identification (is it really 100 years old like Gramma said?)

      I can also see this evolving into videos showing the physical points to look for on silver, glass, etc. when you are out at the flea markets and antiques shops, tag sales, etc. so you can spot the treasures and leave the rest behind.

      Or maybe an online course????

    • Pat

      Other related offshoot — identifying vintage/antique objects people have via internet from photographs or video of objects. This would be labor intensive – however, could use each object at least twice: 1)original “ask” and 2) build up an online library of these IDs that people could pay to access after seeing preview pictures of “what’s inside”

  171. Dennis M

    How To Become A Morning Person

    I’m a lifetime late sleeper who was habitually addicted to his snooze-button. It held me back in ways I knew… but also in ways I was totally unaware of. I didn’t become aware of how many areas in my life I was falling short – really important areas – until I changed my ways.

    I don’t know if there’s much money in the idea. But I sure would love to help people struggling with getting up early, like I did. It can change your life in so many positive – and unexpected – ways.

    • Carl

      I would buy this course, especially if it was properly researched and had actionable things that could be easily integrated into busy lives.

  172. SV

    1. Cooking, recipes
    2. Language learning
    3. Math

  173. Paula

    1) Photography for knitters and other fiber fanatics.
    2) Yoga for knitters and other fiber enthusiasts.
    3) A simple guide through the nitty gritty of starting a yoga teaching business. 100% guaranteed to see you up and running in a week.
    4) Getting the word out, and students into your new yoga class.

  174. Kevin

    – I have learned a few instruments on my own and have a different approach than most teachers out there, so I can teach this for faster results and more enjoyment to beginners, and it could possibly be a membership site/forum atmosphere with lessons. I could do this for guitar or drums.
    – Learning songs on guitar by ear. I have learnt to do this and can imagine how to play a song on guitar without even having a guitar in my hands. I’m in the process of reverse-engineering my process for doing this so I can teach it.
    – My ultimate passion would be to change the world by inspiring people to become entrepreneurs or start nonprofits (Kinda like what you do Ramit) but integrating NLP techniques to speed up the process of changing beliefs. Also inspiring others with success stories.
    – Also something targeting men to be better lovers(working on a simple system, men like systems) and a better man in general.

    Thanks Ramit, you rule man!

  175. Natalie

    1) Teaching fitness classes/ PT sessions online

    2) An 8 week healthier lifestyle, weight loss programme for adults looking for long term health & fitness. Aimed for people who perhaps don’t have the time/ confidence to go to current weight loss programmes in person

    3) The above, but a specific programme for postnatal women who are now limited with free time or want to workout/ get healthier whilst at home with their baby

  176. Angela Santo

    1- Guides to running successful polyamorous relationships

    2-Basic in depth Yoga benefits educationals

    3-Tactical mindsets and self defense information

  177. Javier

    Casual Lying for Fun and Whimsy
    How to craft personal stories into epic songs
    How to be a better RPG roll player

  178. Fran

    Using your natural strengths in your career and/or life based on personality, rather than just skill. (I need to be more specific about what I’d offer, but basically everybody is different and excels at different things, yet we grow up assuming that smart kids grow up to be doctors and lawyers, whether their personalities are suited to it or not). And I would use personality assessments as the starting point.

    I know you don’t like career tests Ramit, but it was my MBTI and similar test results that motivated me to seek my Dream Job and enrol in the DJ course, rather than continue to pursue a line of work that I’m very qualified for and experienced in, but I don’t naturally shine at and dominate. I want myself and everyone else to shine and dominate in their own way! I use these ideas all the time to do more things in my current job that I excel at naturally, as opposed to skills I’ve learned that never feel quite natural for me. If everyone did that, they’d save themselves a lot of frustration and pain.

  179. Billy

    Internet marketing, cooking, copy

  180. B

    – Teaching men 28-35 how to become comfortable on the dance floor, have fun and not look silly at social functions, weddings and clubs.

    – Teaching graphic designers modern-style illustration skills and calligraphy design

    – Teaching men 24-28 how to get over social anxiety and become a more interesting conversationalist

    – Teaching newly diagnosed celiacs and Paleo dieters how to cook easy, cheap gluten-free meals

    – Teaching career dancers age 24+ how to develop a more distinct dance style so they can stand out from other dancers and have a better chance of getting scouted

    – Teaching product based businesses with online shops how to actually grow a YouTube subscriber base to 10,000+, become a YouTube authority in niche, drive targeted local traffic to website and make online sales….

  181. Adam P

    1. A course about how to enjoy the finer things in life. (wine, cigars, scotch, cognac, good quality music, boats, yachts, planes, hotels etc.)

    2. How to win at life. (the psychology of happiness, fulfillment, relationships, understanding yourself in order to understand others.)

    3. Find a hobby (connecting people with opportunities they can become passionate about and people they can do it with)

  182. Therese

    The Crappiness Relief Kit: Resource, community & guidance for times when life sucks and you don’t know where to turn.

    • Pat

      I’d buy that!

  183. Pritesh

    Great post, Ramit. I really like your video as it has high production values. From background music to lighting, or script to editing; everything looks like a big company product/service intro video.

    For your question you asked, here are my 3 ideas I would like to teach through an online business:

    – Analytical/reporting web based tool to generate multiple built-in reports with just a mouse-click (various price points, gross sales, net sales, units sold, day and time when most units are sold, what-if scenarios etc) for all online businesses which would be created through ZTL!

    – How to create stunning intro-videos for online products/services.

    – Entrepreneur or technology courses for kids aged 7 to 12.

  184. Aaron

    1. How to be cool. (Seriously, being ‘attractive’ is a group dynamic is really tough for some people. It’s not about looks.)
    2. How to f-ing listen (Again, seriously. Most people I know plan their response while the other person is speaking.)
    3. How to stay married (Not a repair guide, just everyday tips for getting along – even if it means just getting through the day. )

  185. Josh

    1. How to build a more effective recruiting system for any business that is guaranteed to find the stars and not waste time with the duds. (Plus, a backend license on a tool used in the system).
    2. How to build reliable marketing funnels that will get you to 7 figures and beyond.
    3. The single secret to ending conflict in your marriage (and all relationships. FYI it doesn’t involve giving in to the stronger person)

  186. D

    – How to plan your stress-free wedding without a wedding planner
    – How to know you’re saying yes to the right man (then the dress)
    – How to hire your perfect wedding vendors

  187. Jenny

    I think it would be interesting to do something like “How to Save Your Technical Writing Job (Even if No One Says It’s In Danger)” — basically a step-by-step plan to kick ass (and get other teams to fight over you for their projects) & positively shape perception in a field/environment that historically undervalues people who explain things for a living (sometimes for very good reasons). I couldn’t guarantee it would actually save an existing job (because sometimes crap just happens no matter what), but it would certainly make the enrollee a better team player on technical projects & a more attractive candidate when looking for their next gig.

    And just for giggles — “Romance Your Way Around Second Life With Style and Class” — a guide to chatting up, picking up, and getting down with like-minded others in a virtual world, without getting your avatar’s face slapped. Basically this would be a course to teach people how not to be creepy (and potentially score some interesting experiences) inworld. Second Life (among other virtual worlds) is not exactly easy to use and the protocols for acceptable behavior are not intuitive, obvious, or readily taught when people first sign up. Sometimes it can take weeks or months of sustained use to figure it all out & start meeting nice people & having fun. This guide would help minimize the learning curve and get newbies in fine social form so they can realize the “fun” part much sooner.

  188. Martina

    Just reading all this unfettered brainstorming has been so inspiring! My three dream online businesses would be:
    1.) Impress your friends/girlfriend/boyfriend/self by learning to LOVE – and not just tolerate – trips to museums and historical sites
    2.) Finding tailored solutions to help self-defined “non-readers” to find ways to access and explore great literature
    3.) Coaching for women between 25 and 40 in Belgium (where I live) to help them define their undervalued marketable skills

    • thomas

      Hi Martina,
      Number 2 sounds good – I recently picked up “Novel Cure” which has a cool way of associating literature (which I don’t usually read) and applying it to everyday issues. I thought this book could help you see it is possible to make a biz out of that idea!

  189. Danny

    I would love your opinion on these…

    1. I would love to teach pilots effective psychological techniques to handle an emergency.

    2. I would love to show intermediate tennis players how to win more matches (I’m a qualified tennis coach).

    3. I would love to show small and medium enterprises how they can gain more organic traffic to their company website.

    • thomas

      For #2, i think there’s a market there, especially if the winning is the mental part. I get nervous and worked up for tournaments and was always a first round exit at these local matches. Now I just quit doing tournaments.

    • Maria

      Hi Danny,

      #1 Number one could be extended to physiological techniques for any situation?

  190. Nina

    I love helping people – my experience in life has given me knowledge in elder care with a focus on abuse, neglect and exploitatation. As well as medicare for over 65. Id love to help people 1. Understand and have insurance work for them and meet their needs and 2. End of life planning including how to protect ourselves and/or our loved ones so they won’t be victims. And child welfare but I haven’t figured out a fun exciting way to share that with people online. Except I have learned the majority of kids 98% or so who are victims of sexual abuse by a non-parent don’t disclose to parents. So one of my number one goals as a parent was to raisie a kid who would disclose to me -the person who should be his protector. I don’t 100% what I did right but my son DID! And his school was outraged not that some kid was touching not just him but others but that he had not told them! Thankfully the therapist I took him to said it really didn’t impact him, he told me – I stopped it – so…THAT while maybe not fun and exciting would be absolutely AMAZING to e

  191. Sean

    1) How to apply to colleges and graduate schools
    2) How to treat people right without being a people pleaser
    3) How to be an effective leader

  192. Kathy

    Transitioning Your Parents

    Basic Computer Skills for the Small Business Owner

    Acquisition Due Diligence and Integration

  193. Omar

    1. Coach or teach healers/holistic practitioners get their act together on business planning and operations

    2. Monthly membership site with coaching videos on specific CrossFit movements, one new every month by a different CrossFit celebrity -or at least different coach- every month (with whom to share monthly profits)

    3. Membership site to teach to prepare fast/healthy/nutritious/cheap/YUMMY lunch boxes for office workers

    What I´d LOVE to teach:
    * Easy, fast and practical ways to overcome limiting beliefs and find your purpose in life

  194. brian

    getting six pack abs
    online course on running technique
    teaching kids how to get better at math

  195. Bill

    Excel data management

  196. Haris

    Work with senior executives and use analogies to explain relevant technology fundamentals.

  197. Timothy

    1. How to play anything you hear on the saxophone (clarinet, flute, etc. )
    2. How to master and maintain any skill using spaced repetition
    3. Jazz improvisation for classical musicians

  198. SO

    1. How to start conversations and have unforgettable encounters in any situation.
    2. How to plan a fantastic backpacking trip.
    3. Tutoring in Math/Economics/Writing.

  199. Swizec

    How to keep your $150k/year engineers happy and productive.

  200. AC

    3 things…these come to mind:

    1. how to be that person who can make even the most taciturn person laugh, or at least smile, with you (not at you) hopefully to get that person on your side
    2. to learn how to develop and convert and weave ideas, storylines, images, plots (from imagination or real life experiences) into well written stories fit for your chosen reader market
    3. how to get the most out of life when you hit 50 (if you haven’t done so yet) whatever station of life you are presently in.

    and I can go on and on and on….but I’ll just stop here.

  201. Frank

    Teach someone how to actually get better at golf. There is so much garbage out there, it’s hard to know what works and doesn’t and what actually leads to getting better.

  202. Alexis

    1. How to dance for those who think they can’t: Loosen up and have confidence on the dance floor
    2. How to be your own matchmaker, where to meet “the one” (similar already mentioned)
    3. How to blow glass (glassblowing)
    4. How to not stick out as a tourist when traveling abroad.

  203. RJ

    Bicycle Maintenance and Repair
    How to ride your bike all winter long
    The intricacies of coffee

  204. Nathan Strange

    This is the best video and program idea yet! Thanks, Ramit!

    1. Urban Homesteading: Keeping it simple and doing it yourself!
    2. Start NOW: simple ways to impact the health of your body and planet.
    3. Urban Self-Sufficiency: Explorations and interviews with urban farmers and homesteaders (including feature recipes and techniques)

    I really like #3, and think it could be terribly interesting.

    • Kelly

      I hope you give these a go. I think they’re important and very helpful!

  205. Lucienne

    1) “Dinner for Four when two are Fido & Kitty” – teaching people how to cook various one skillet meals for humans , canines, and felines through recipes that are healthy, budget conscious and fun. Create educational videos and recipe database for members.
    2) Create an online personal property appraisal online business that provides education, community and secure storage of final appraisal reports to be compiled into a database for comparison purposes (a central location for appraisers to create comparative reports based on appraisals). Membership fees would provide access to database and report writing. Nonmembers could access database for a per access price.
    3) Help friends create online businesses from dog training to woodworking by learning the processes that will work in the long run and make the world a better place.

  206. Liz

    1. Why are you here? How to find your purpose and create your ideal life in 7 days life God Did.( wrote the book, workbook and now developing the courses)

    2. How to launch a niche jewelry and accessories collection. This can complement whatever business or brand you have and make unique and memorable gifts; I did this for three of my interests/law, steel drums and energy. It is an easy additional stream of revenue, not to mention a unique talking point. For every idea on this forum, there can be an accessory line. And I can shoe you how to do it,

    3. How to systemize your small business so you can travel around the world and not be tied to the office; how to develop a manual for every process and motivate employees to actually use it.

  207. Cam

    1. How to Maintain Friendships (And When Not To). That one’s pretty self-explanatory.

    2. See What I See. An app that lets people share their uncorrected vision with their friends — take a picture, put your prescription in to get close to how you see it without glasses, then tweak it with astygmatism, minor corrections, halos, floaters, etc. I see it mainly as a fun way to show friends and family how you see the world without glasses, but it could be helpful at the optometrist as well. People are always trading glasses to compare prescriptions, but all that really gives anyone is a headache. Before I got LASIK, I always wished I had a better way to compare. Needs a shorter, cuter, or more easily abbreviated name.

    3. Two Minutes for High-Sticking, Except When It’s Four. An upbeat guide for people who want to start following hockey, with simple, engaging explanations of written and unwritten rules and just enough relevant historical context to keep the reader informed and entertained. Needs a snappier, less frustrating title to appeal to true newcomers.

  208. Tina

    Help for thousands of disadvantaged young people in poverty (or in prison, new immigrants etc.) to learn the range of social, business and life skills needed to change negative/harmful behaviours and become fully functioning young adults and participate meaningfully in society. Mentoring/coaching, but on a large scale.

  209. Cole kazmaier

    Free / cheap activities you can do with your children
    Reward systems for your child’s good behavior
    Ways to teach your child to be respectful and we’ll manered
    I would of paid all the money in the world when I had my first child the parenting books help but it’s not fun and you can make teaching your child or children manners or anything and have fun !!!

  210. Chris

    I would love to teach people how to save money by being “green!” So many people just don’t know how much money they waste in their own home.
    I also would like to teach people who aren’t “car people” how to keep up with basic maintenance items on their vehicles without having to pay a mechanic to do it.

  211. Marc

    So interesting to see people’s ideas and profile them!

    Here are mine:

    1.) How to actually work from home: Toolbox for planning your workday
    2.) How to beat a red-light camera ticket: with usable scripts and forms
    3.) Caveman Parenting: Funny but useful tips for new parents

    • Tag

      How to develop systems that would improve your life – anything from getting a baby on a routine, cleaning your house, studying, losing weight, praying…

  212. Cecil

    – How to change the world, by changing yourself.
    – Getting a fulfilling live by setting the right priorities.
    – How to switch from Windows to Linux to reclaim your hardware and be secure.

  213. MacKensie

    1. How to move abroad for the first time, even (especially) if you’re scared.
    2. How to ‘break the mold’ and make the lifestyle changes you really want to make.
    3. How to be a lifelong ‘edu-punk’, always learning and reinventing yourself as you go.

  214. stacey

    1. quit ya whingeing – you could just have terrible inner scripts
    2. suck it up – strategies to get you through those situations where there is no quick fix
    3. I am woman hear me roar – secrets of women who got over rape, battery and assault to become confident than ever

    Mine are inspired from workmates so got a couple more:
    4. backstabbing colleagues – principled guide to retaining integrity
    5. eatasaurus no more – understand your food mood triggers

    • Tim Stephenson

      Stacey: I recently lost 56 lbs and am an epidemiologist by training; as you do your research for your food trigger book, please (I beg you) read Good Calories / Bad Calories or the less scientific-journal-style version, Why We Get Fat And What To Do About it, both by Jeff Taubes. Short version: some folks can’t handle carbs and they overeat because all of their fuel is unavailable. It isn’t a trick-your-head answer for them, but a keep-the-insulin-under-control issue.

  215. Ergest

    I’ve had many crazy ideas in the past including a datng ebook which never got finished. For now this is what’s in my head.

    1. Patterns of strategic thinking. How to win in business, relationships and in life (my pet idea)

    2. How to extract real insight from your mountains of data (what I’m good at) this would be a course teaching things like cohort analysis, split testing, segmentation, KPIs, and other analytic tools.

    3. How to get the charismatic edge/ Become a charismatic leader

  216. Rusty

    Currently developing #1…eager to put your gasoline on the fire.

    1 – Aspiring Animators High Quality Online Tutorials (better than 100k college degrees)
    2 – Aspiring Animators Ebook to getting Hired or Proper Networking
    3 – Aspiring Animators Online Course (Basic Skills to Demo Reel and Job)
    4 – Personalized In-house Wall Murals
    5 – Crowd funded Animated Short Film

  217. Nathan Beck

    Hmm, I thought of a number of different things, but these were ones that REALLY get me excited:

    – Teaching how to ferment various fruits and vegetables (i.e. how to make sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, etc.) / make kombucha / kefir
    – Series of yoga classes online, geared towards men
    – Course on teaching a foreign language in the classroom setting, which could lead to helping/coaching people about their instruction!

    Who knows how profitable these ideas would be, but they’re definitely things that get me excited.

    • Tim Stephenson

      Nathan, as you research your fermentation book, remember the resource, Stillroom Cookery. Might be of use.

  218. Stephen

    I think I would like to teach people to be creative somehow:
    1-How to build anything with Lego bricks
    2-Quilling (not quilting) for a new generation
    3-Sewing and other survival crafts
    4-Cooking the right way. Scratch food with “real” ingredients

  219. RAM

    How to sell consumer products to Gen Y

  220. Jason

    Here’s a few I thought of while reading your previous post:

    1) how to make software you can support

    2) how to get back on the horse (and everyone has a horse)

    3) 6 life lessons you will eventually learn, but need to know now

  221. Lisa

    1. Learn self-hypnosis for weight loss, insomnia, chronic pain and more.
    2. How to clean with natural cleaners you make yourself – keeping your family and pets’ home free of toxic and harmful chemicals.

  222. Yury

    Teach People how to achieve goals – any kind
    Teach How to plan your projects over the year
    Teach Executives how to improve Leadership
    Teach people how to be happy 🙂

  223. Joel Garza

    1. How to catch the eye…and heart…of a successful Indian entrepreneur. 😉
    2. Micro-bursts. A strategy for breaking down tasks into work units you won’t put off.
    3. But “green” doesn’t taste good. Methods for phasing healthful foods into your daily diet.

    Love the design of your content!

  224. Micah

    3 Courses I’d teach:
    – Effortless Healthy Living
    – Image Consulting
    – Youth Oriented, Canada Specific Personal Finance Strategies

  225. John

    1. Life-hacking!
    2. Public Speaking
    3. Developing creative processes

  226. Matt

    1. How to get into concerts for free
    2. How to meet celebrities


    1) How to open and maintain a small Mexican Food Restaurant. (my wife’s family did this) But I can collectively make a guide with my mother in law.

    2) How I landed a job that I love

    3) How to drive to Guadalajara Mexico. A guide to understanding what the hell everything means and who to pay off and not to pay off…. (cops?) Okay that may be a bit much but just ideas… haha

  228. Mike

    1. 10/9 – Scoring and understanding a UFC fight
    2. Cube life – Staying focused and healthy in the office
    3. Craigslist Games – 11 competitive games to play on craigslist
    Bonus: How to get your puppy to sleep through the night

  229. Aparna

    How to Ace Even the Toughest Interview
    How to Make Mincemeat of Your To-Do Lists
    How to Dress for Every Day of the Year

    I wouldn’t say they’re crazy but definitely fun. I’m juuust starting out trying to get this off the ground as an online biz, actually, don’t have a full site up yet but the early details are here Website, blog, all the rest is coming…slowly. Hoping it is viable in the long-run because this is damn well what I’m meant to be doing!

  230. Mike

    Crazy ideas:

    Mastering the Lost Art of Letter-Writing (with sidebars on thank-you cards and special occasions, like wedding or anniversary)

    Taming Your Inner Google (how to talk to yourself and ask yourself questions so you get the answers you need and not beat yourself up)

    The Fine Art of Wasting Time and Enjoying It

    Slightly more serious:

    Beyond Google: Tips and Tricks of the Top Internet Researchers

    I Speak Word: Get So Fluent with Microsoft Word You Understand What It’s Saying

    Writing Your Life: Keeping a Diary or Journal for Inner Calm

  231. Gemma Campbell

    Wow Ramit. I’m just looking back at your blog posts since the “#1 Most Requested…” post and I love that you’re not just dumping the information on us. (“OMG I just created this cool course that’ll show you how to do this and you should buy it.”) You’re actually taking the time to hook us with lifestyle and concrete aspirations, give us baby step calls to action, create a sense of exclusivity and urgency, demand high standards and promise the same in return, keep it fun, and guide our brainstorming in a direction you know will be helpful. I particularly love that you told us to focus on coaching or courses the day before you asked us to brainstorm so we had time to challenge any preconceived notions about what we might sell before we come up with ideas.

    As for my ideas:
    1. What every Australian should know about democracy and our Governments by the time they leave primary school. (Not sure if the market is parents or Australian adults.)
    2. How to tell if a book or course covers the material you’re interested in, not just if it’s written about the correct general topic.
    3. Slow down for better quality of life.

    • Ramit Sethi

      Thank you for noticing. My team and I put an incredible amount of work into making this the world’s best material on creating an online business. Anyone can dump a 200-page ebook and say, “Good luck. See ya!”

      We want to make something that changes lives and lets you build something meaningful online for this year, next year, and years to come. And with that — the rich life you want.

  232. Brandon

    How to understand Insurance without an agent pushing you to buy unnecessary coverage’s.

    How to go from almost having a nervous breakdown from making cold calls (me) to someone who isn’t afraid to get the sale.

    Why a simple tailor on a inexpensive suit can change your complete confidence and outlook when entering meetings/interviews/ etc..

    • Grace

      I like your insurance idea.

  233. John

    1) How to throw the perfect bachelor party that your friend will never forget without losing your mind or your money

    2) Fast tracking your promotions in a career as a web developer

    3) How to act like you have a clue when it comes to ordering & drinking wine

    Just a couple weeks ago I was wondering if anyone would pay for #1… given all the hours I’ve spent to pull that off multiple times, I certainly would have.

  234. Jonathan Rego

    1. Buying sneakers online in India. The current online retail market only sells what is already available on the shelves. My idea to give India access to unique sneakers available in the international market. Possibly extend this to sports team jerseys.

    2. Online scouting / recruitment for Indian student athletes. No such organized website / company exists.

    3. Online Sports Business and Management course. The industry is still primitive and there is still opportunity to make something of value that would be hugely successful. I’m already working on this concept as I type this.

  235. Jeremy

    As a working musician, here are a few skills I could sell:

    1) Songwriters Inc: How to Find your Voice and Write Great Songs

    2) Guerilla Demos: How to Record your own Songs Cheaply and Simply

    3) Killer Live Act: Secrets to Putting on a Great Show

  236. Micah

    1) Exporting perceived throw-away materials to growing countries with strange preferences. Example: selling chicken feet to China and Vietnam.
    2) making a video course and app(s) for age specific at-home preventative physical therapy for infants, toddlers, kids, 30-somethings, and people with chronic pain
    3)Skype therapy sessions for those with chronic pain all over the globe

  237. Amanda

    1. How to look like you know what you are doing
    2. How to shop for groceries so that you don’t have to throw away stuff that goes bad
    3. How to stop obsessing about shit that doesn’t matter

  238. jean

    I would target working mothers and teach them:

    how to organize their pantry, refrigerator
    create shopping lists and shop effectively
    basic knife skills, pots, pans and cutting boards to purchase

    to create meals for their families with ease and efficiency

  239. Michaela

    Okay Ramit, I have been a little bit obsessed with your site lately…reading your posts and waiting everyday in my email for the next assignment. My previous site that I really enjoy reading still is The Middle Finger Project. Ash Ambirge is SO funny and very to the point…pretty much straight forward like you seem to be. So I guess I should probably post my three things.

    1. How to have a well behaved dog from day one. (Even a dog from the shelter)
    2. How to live big in a small house.
    3. Live with less, have more. This would be more from the buddhist perspective of having a lifestyle that really supports life rather than having all the stuff that seemingly surrounds it. I would also love to write about living a greener lifestyle along with having the possibility of living off the grid someday and what that might look like.

    What do you think?

  240. Chip

    1) How to write some form of literature that will finally make the U.S. see the food pyramid or food plate as the joke that it is?
    2)Also how to get a supplement shelved on a reputable vitamin store, i.e. GNC, Amazon, Vitamin Shoppe.
    3) The most innovated way to create a successful float lab/yoga center?

  241. Gav

    How to spy on your kids. As in, spying on their online activities. I thought about this one for ages, I’ve had quite a few friends ask me how they can keep an eye on their kids internet use. I’ve never helped them because I thought it was bit unethical, but now I have my own daughter and can empathise.

  242. Nick

    Ah, the craving begins… anticipation. Ramit you are good.

    Well… here are a few:

    1. Now learn the 7 secrets to writing killer sales copy to help you sell your online course

    2. Crash course to kick the pills and cure your hypertension

    3. Do you feel like a fraud or an impostor? Announcing a 10 step program to get over yourself, be genuine and gain confidence in your work.

  243. pam

    1. DRINK – drink (and buy) single malts… a profile of every single malt available.
    2. SELF – be an emotionally aware human being
    3. FOOD – expand your eating experience… discover delicious food you never knew about

  244. Grace

    Growing your own food
    How to DIY everything

  245. Faizan

    Hmm. Just having fun, but mine’d be:

    electro musician – learn to operate a music studio and build your OWN hardware for it

    moping-moe to mastermind- how to live a life of learning that enables control over your circumstances and optimism for the future

    eye opener for judgies – why open (or narrow) minded people in your life are the way they are and how to accept their way of life

  246. Katie

    1) teaching high school aged kids about managing money (parents would be the clients for this one)
    2) time management & work-life balance courses
    3) how to declutter

  247. Elizabeth

    I would:
    – teach people how to manage stress and cope with trauma through mindfulness
    – help widows/widowers and the ageing sort through the chaos and paperwork of these life changes
    – work with people to green their lives and minimize their carbon footprints

  248. Marbey

    How to save your marriage using Evernote.
    Cloning yourself – a.k.a. compounding awesomeness through your kids.
    Let your wife buy anything and other strategies to keep you from stagnating as a man.

  249. David

    How to ensure your student gets a great job out of college

    Learn how to talk sports

    How to be happy – managing your mind, work, and body

  250. Josh

    Just fun, right?

    1. Scriptorian: Scripture study skills to achieve deep, personal insight for Mormon moms and dads, maybe college students.
    2. Non-traditional and highly-effective leadership skills for the creativeLIVE crowd (creative entrepreneurs).
    3. Powerful (written) business communication for young professionals

    • Josh

      By the way, Ramit, I think this one of your best posts ever.

  251. Shane

    I had a couple ideas such as:

    1 – A course on practical memory techniques without the use of taking notes in 30 days.
    2 – A speed mathematics course were you can do any calculation in your head faster then a calculator and with ease.
    3 – an online direct mail advertising creator that you fill in with your copy and it creates your ads in the right format to give the best conversion rates according to advertising greats such as David Ogilvy.

  252. David Hestrin

    I would teach people how to be more aware of their bodies, more aware of their dreams, and more in touch with their vision and imagination.

  253. Chris


    1. Insider’s guide on how to get a great ticket for a great price to any concert or event in the US.

    2. How to make money at any bar or nightclub in the world

    3. How to start your own business with little or no money

  254. galvin

    Online Poker for beginners – How to make 1k a month
    Simple investing for retail investors – Reading financial statements, selecting stocks
    Online courses to ace national examinations

  255. Nigel Chua

    #1: Helping Individuals Start, Run & Grow Their Own Business (Freelance or Business)

    OR Subniche the above into:

    Helping Healthcare Professionals Start, Run & Grow Their Own Practice (Freelance or Business) [Exactly what I did from a $45 start up to a high six figure business now]

    #2: Helping Healthcare Entrepreneurs Network To Increase Their Referrals Rate

    #3: Book A Taxi In Singapore (totally unrelated to my professional experience, but I do book a lot of cabs in Singapore…)

  256. Grace

    It’s quite an inspiration to read the comments here. Here are my ideas:

    1) How to reduce bloating naturally (OR “How not to feel like a sack of potatoes at the end of the day “)

    2) Beginner’s Guide to Looking Good While Swing Dancing (with a partner or solo dancing).

    3) How to get the best fares and value for plane tickets.

  257. Nina

    The 2 courses I am working on now:

    1. Get Sales With Facebook, it focuses on how to build relationships, connection and rapport and still get clients without expensive ads.

    2. Online Content Marketing Magic, its a step by step course that shows which type of content marketing strategies I used to get clients online.

  258. Mark

    Financial advice
    Flying tips
    Contract jobs

  259. Nicole

    1. Helping introverts and other types to understand themselves and achieve their goals.

    I launched my business a few months ago

    Learning my MBTI profile and understanding my introversion changed my life. My confidence and self esteem dramatically improved. I work in Business Improvement for a large organisation which I like but I wanted to have my own business helping people learn their type, understand it and live their best life. It’s only early days and I am excited and a little scared.

    RBT has been just wonderful, it’s great to surround yourself with positive, like minded people. Thanks Ramit 🙂

    • Lindsey Sullivan

      Nicole –

      Love this idea! I had a similar experience when I unearthed my MBTI profile. I went through the 5 stages of grief upon learning that I was an introvert… not really, but ALMOST. The worst part about learning that you’re an introvert is that you’re not naturally programmed to be successful in business. You’re less inclined to network, less inclined to throw yourself out there, things that are necessary to forming business relationships. I applaud you for going out there and doing it! Let me know if you need a test subject in the US.


  260. Christel

    My 3 craziest, most fun ideas:

    1. “How to Not F*ck Up Your Credit”
    2. “Live Vicariously Through Me” (Me traveling and doing awesome stuff and eating awesome food, and blogging/vlogging every step of the way)
    3. A website where people who want to help raise the vibration of the planet / make a significant positive impact can find inspiration, network, and earn commissions helping me sell useful, Earth-friendly products.

  261. Christel

    I’m posting an extra comment because I put down three “crazy” ideas but didn’t post the ideas I am more passionate about and closer to actually bringing to fruition:

    1. Online personal training …. free nutrition and fitness tips, and subscription-based series of training videos.

    2. And my favorite idea that incorporates my most passionate passion, probably crazier than the rest of the ideas I posted — I make music and music videos and am getting ready to launch a project geared towards the “marijuana enthusiasts” niche market. I have ideas of a few different avenues of marketing my artistic persona, with the end goal of generating revenue through merch sales (being aware that while some people do still pay for music, many will download music for free when they can which is very easy with file conversion sites like listentoyoutube).

    I think the fitness and nutrition site is probably the most viable idea in terms of a purely online business, but I’ll never stop making music so I might as well do what I can to monetize it! Plus I am already close to launching the music project, and the fitness project will take some time as I need education and product development.

  262. Jona

    Sorry for late reply I am in Laos : information is bit low to come by here 😉

    1/Save your life in 3 movements: no kung fu, no hard training, no bullshit
    (I am not Bruce Lee neither Mike Tyson…)
    2/How to work with bastards: finally live a peaceful work-life
    (I am no famous psychologist and lot of books on this have been published so far)
    3/I will teach you anything about “put any specific professional IT tool here (SAP, Excel, Tableau, Qlikview…)”
    (lol just type it in Google my friend and… really its huge and FREE!!!!)
    Bonus/I will teach you to be rich (or at least not be poor)
    (I am not Ramit Sethi with leads in Forbes near Warren Buffet…)

    @Ramit You see my point, right?

    What makes me choose your blog and your courses, is that you already have a kind of credibility:
    Stanford, NYT best-selling book, presented on Forbes near Warren Buffet. I don’t take too much risks paying you.
    Would people pay the same rates with a guy from NOwhere ?! Probably not.
    I am excited to share things with the world, yet I am not really convinced that it could create substantial side revenues.

    Will you teach a system/concept/approach on how to engage prospects toward my products despite my NO reputation?
    Or are you suggesting to create a world-class premium package so people are convinced it’s “the new big deal they need in their life otherwise they’ll die in 10 seconds”?

    Hey by the way dude : Congrats for Forbes with Warren… 😉

  263. AJ

    Ramit, your post on March 11th has had me rethinking much that I honestly do not know what I would teach online.

    Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy working with young adults. I enjoy writing and drawing, and I have begun working on an illustrated YA novel. I love Hip-hop culture, especially composing and emceeing, that I have begun working on my first EP. I also enjoy giving.

    How do I turn all this into an online business? (I have no interest in teaching people how to write, how to self-publish, or how to make an instrumental or how to emcee. Just too corny for me, but maybe I need to re-frame my paradigm.) What exactly do I teach?

    This is why I am here to learn.

  264. Artur

    1. How to set up best web developer environment
    2. How to simply create modern website for your business
    3. From noob to master in web development

  265. Jerk off Johnny

    1.How to get laid
    2. How to get your girl to swallow your cum load.
    3. How to make your semen taste better

  266. shaurya

    1. i would like to teach badminton dummies its basics
    2 . a guide to ace 12th board exams just for indians

  267. Mike

    How to farm ostrich.
    80/20 method for learning the Scottish Fiddle
    How to prepare for an ultramarathon by running less than 15km per week for two months.

  268. Ravi

    1. Career course – “How to choose the perfect medical residency and life for you.” target audience – helping medical students learn more about different fields, med school goes so fast and its a smorgasbord whirlwind buffet and before you know it its time to decide the rest of your life.

    2. Health – “How to age like fine wine” – target audience – helping high functioning older 20s-30 year old men who have career and other areas of life down and still want to formulate better habits and learn about the latest medical advances and research to help them with long term health and happiness gains.

    3. Happiness: “30 Day Happiness Revitalized bootcamp” – target audience – helping people going through a particularly hard time in life, a financial or personal loss, one how to take control of their next 30 days, focus completely on themselves to begin the process of healing and finding meaning, purpose and stability in life again.

    Thank you for all your inspiration and continued work Ramit. In the middle of Success Triggers right now, and already paid for itself many times over, and joined Brain trust and feel the same way. Cannot thank you enough for everything.

    • Lindsey Sullivan

      Love #2 (although, need to change it to women in that same age frame for me ) and #3. Great names for your classes, too! I would 100% pay for both.
      Now get started on them!

  269. st

    Been trying to find the sweet spot that combines my 3 loves

    + working with the creative community
    + extensive processes & marketing experience
    + creating visual & immersive experiences

    Of the three, the creative community is my biggest love … I use the other two to make their business lives better.

    Common sense would say, leave creatives be – they’ll never have the money to pay. But I find that if you care enough to walk with them for a while, you’ll find crystal clarity in their chaos. At least I do. And I do care enough to go the distance.

    The challenge has been to resist the urge to make lots of money right now, finding core themes that would make their business lives better, and expand those themes to a larger audience so i could make a reasonable living.

    I found 3 common themes in all my interactions with creatives:

    1. They are really technophobic. Only the brave ventured into websites & sales pages & newsletters. And even they give up eventually – despite the coaching & consulting – i’ve tried both – first they go “gaga, i’m gonna do this” – then they go “nah-nah, i just want to sing”
    2. They (actually everyone, not just creatives) find it difficult to craft their own story.
    3. People need a starting point that they can emulate. Give them a piece of work – they’ll find it easier to improve upon it. Ask them to create it themselves from scratch – and they stall, change their priorities or resign themselves to something “do-able”.

    Expanding these to a larger audience & combining my other two loves:

    1. Create wordpress themes with visually intuitive back-end interfaces that need zero-coding knowledge. This is my toughest goal & my beta-release is still 70+ days away. But in the meanwhile i’m releasing HTML templates on ThemeForest (TF) to see if the front-end visual experiences I have in mind are well-received by a wider audience. This also gives me a primer to the kind of support I need to provide. First release already in TF’s approval process & should be out in a few days.

    2. Help small business owners craft their stories. This is the easiest win. I’m not world-class just yet. But i’m working on it & taking a few courses by people who are to get better at it. Also currently working on a 8-part free newsletter series.

    3. Create pre-coded good-looking landing page templates with “almost-there” copy for very specific business cases. Ex use-case: social-media consultant offering a course on using SM for PR. (S)he’ll need pre-enrollment landing pages for webinars, ebooks, free e-series etc to promote the product. I have a set of 30 such hyper-specific sets. I have no idea whether or not they’ll sell. But once again i’m using the wonderful ThemeForest to test this. Put in the first LP for approval today. Actually I don’t even know if they’ll approve it because of its specificity. I guess i’m about to find out.

    Fingers crossed.

  270. john

    A fun way to teach your children math through play
    How to treat Psoriasis through diet
    How to lose weight rapidly without exercise or hunger.

    I am actually really good at the last one – I lost 5 pounds last week to prove a point to one of my overweight friends. My techniques are unlike anything else out there, but I meet a lot of resistance from my overweight friends who won’t even try it – this has kept me from making a go of it. If your friends won’t even wear the “tshirts” you design – maybe you need to try something else? Or am I missing something?

  271. James

    Idea 1: teaching secondary school teachers to be organised so they have a better work/ life balance
    Idea 2: helping self-confessed geek guys dress better
    Idea 3: giving women an insight into bloke’s behaviour to support them creating a great relationship

  272. Paul

    1. How to get rid of worry – instantly!
    2. Have unforgettable (and unusual) experiences in Tokyo – what, where and how
    3. How to transform your work (or any dull routine) into creative fun – anywhere anytime.

    My main concern about such ideas (and almost all I have) is that I reject them quickly as they are:
    a) freely available information (so why would anyone pay?), or
    b) limited in scope/depth of content. I can’t see how to turn them into anything more substantial than an article, a blog or short pdf.

    Hoping this will be discussed in the course, Ramit.

  273. Karl

    1) Online class that teaches how to leverage a high credit score into free travel.
    2) Guide to studying abroad in Germany
    3) Guide to coaching youth (ages 8-13) basketball.

  274. Bruce Kent

    Hello Ramit,

    Firstly, what are your three crazy & fun business ideas?

    My three fuc*ing insane ideas:

    1. Learn how to use your sex energy as a super power and become superhuman (
    2. Learn how to be a wantrepreneur: do the exact opposite to become a successful entrepreneur
    3. Learn how to get other people to generate crazy & fun business ideas for you (

    Thanks for the post & video Ramit. I really appreciate your advice.

    Have a wonderful day.


  275. Sammy Davis, Jr.

    1.) Speech/Joke writer for anyone writing a speech
    2.) Ruby Programming for the absolute beginner
    3.) Tech interview/salary negotiation coaching

  276. Zahra

    For women over 30:

    How to wear scarves, on a site that provides access to exclusive scarves collected from around the world

    How to dress for travel and adventure, whether they are going around the would or around the corner.

    How to get want you want in bed and never fake an orgasm again

    • Tabitha

      I was looking for #2 last summer when I went to Europe and didn’t want to look like an idiot American! 🙂

  277. Anastasia

    Sell modern crochet patterns
    Learn German – in less than 30 minutes a day

  278. Ben Davidson

    If I could teach anything? I’d probably take a stab at:

    1 – Online Dating for Busy People
    2 – Personal Branding for Designer/Developers that Dominates
    3 – A Practical Person’s Guide to Upgrading Your Personal Style

  279. Kelly

    Painting in a Box (name needs work) – Monthly subscription where I sent a kit containing everything you need to create a painting start to finish including demo video and PDF instruction/support.

    Offshoot of that could be a “Painting Party in a Box” which would have enough kits for X number of people, video, PDF and ideas for food and cocktails to complete the “party” side of the kit.

    PowerPoint and Word Templates that Don’t Suck – Elegant templates that stand apart from the generic templates available in the program.

    • Suzie

      I would totally order a painting party in a box.

      Only problem with the last one – is that (in my experience) the people that care about the look of word/powerpoint templates are those that want them to match their brand.

  280. Lindsey Sullivan

    1. Networking for Introverts – Hone Your Skills and Become YOUR Type of Networker
    It’s common knowledge that the success of your career is based on the strength of your network; how, then, do we cultivate the introvert in ourselves and combine the need for internal time and reflection with our desire to be out in the world building our network, strengthening our career skills? How do we get rid of the fear and negative self-talk that we weren’t made to network and meet new contacts and acquaintances?
    Hate small talk? We’ll cover that here too.

    2. Attention All Businesswoman: Let’s Meet on the Golf Course!
    Are you a businesswoman? Do you have a desire to succeed in business? It’s time you learn to play golf. Strengthen your business relationships on the golf course, and earn the respect of your male compatriots. We will learn the rules, fundamentals, and etiquette of the game, then following with the physical aspects of the game and how to play.
    Younger businesswomen – don’t this of this as a hobby for only mature successful individuals. The younger you learn, the more time you have to hone these skills and gain the confidence to start playing with your mentors. What better place to learn bits of wisdom you wouldn’t otherwise hear outside the sanctity of the golf course?

    3. Make a Memorable First Impression – A Businesswoman’s Guide to Business Dress and Style
    First impressions can make or break a business relationship, so why risk making a bad first impression when you can control among the biggest determinate of one’s first impression of you – your physical appearance! Psychology studies suggest that 55% of a person’s opinion is determined by physical appearance, so lets start off right and create a style that works for you.
    Did you just enter the corporate world? What kind of message do you want to set your first day of work?

    • Ravi

      Thank you for your feedback Lindsey.

      I’ll make you a deal – if you change #2 and #3 to include guys too since I need to learn golf still and don’t have any ideas of how to make a better impression in my work clothes than I currently do (flair??? ), I’ll open up my aging well course for women too.

      the first part of your #1 appeals to me as a buyer. I grew up an introvert and navigating the work and social world while still staying in touch with my desire for me time is a challenging balance and would be a unique product. Let’s see it!

  281. Michael

    Will this cover products besides courses or coaching? I’ve been working on a site to sell website templates that work with a specific (niche but growing) CRM system, and could really use help, especially with marketing and sales to reach more people in a sustainable way.

  282. Garrett

    1. 20 gorgeous hikes in the north cascades for baby boomers.
    2. Efficient product development: from high uncertainty to high quality.
    3. Multi variate marketing: getting the most from your data with the least math.

  283. Andy

    1. How to Make Perfect Grades Without Going to Class
    2. A Hacker’s Guide to Dressing Well
    3. Long Term Slow Carb (a.k.a. turning the Slow Carb Diet into a long term eating strategy)

  284. Steven

    I would teach people on how to learn, play guitar, and play piano. All things I have experience at. Thanks ramit!

    • candice allen

      Steven, I think you could make a lot of money if you could find a way to teach guitar fundamentals online, with video tutorials, that wouldn’t break the bank if it could be consumed/learned in a short amount of time. That is something I have been looking for. I want to play guitar but live in the country and don’t want to travel to the nearest town to take lessons, I would gladly pay a reasonable fee for a proven program that would get me going on playing guitar. Maybe even subscription based like CBT nuggets. Some food for thought.

    • Steven

      thanks candice! I’m not sure what CBT nugget is…please explain! I hadn’t thought of people that would be out of town. Also busy people may not want to have travel time included so trying to find someone they like close by would be a chore. Interesting….I haven’t given this much thought but I do have video and studio experience as well as an audio engineering degree so it wouldn’t be hard for me to do this.

  285. candice allen

    Coloring books for adults that promote a positive message in order to alleviate stress (takes us back to the days of being carefree as a child). Home spa kit that a person could set up and use (cost effective of course) that would alleviate stress. Seven day quick and dirty guide to positive thinking which would help people get back on a positive track if they get lead astray by energy vampires.

    I obviously have a lot of stress in my life and realize that others do too. These are things that people overlook but I think desperately need.

  286. Robert

    How to improve your bench press if your a skinny guy

    How to dress better and tie a bowtie

    How to learn popular songs on guitar

  287. Layne

    Shoot, I’d buy half the ideas on here.

  288. Aaron

    Ever heard of mead? It’s an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting a solution of honey and water. It’s starting to become kind of popular among craft beer people. I think you can find it in NYC if you ask around. I know you can find it in SF. Anyway, I’d like to be a “Mead Personality” educate people, do speaking gigs, drink, visit mead makers and bee keepers and so on.

    My parents own a pretty successful florist. The idea has been put forth that they could get into event production. I have a pretty strong event background, it would be cool to put on high dollar events with my family.

    The next three ideas add up to one big idea:

    I’d like to convince young, creative people to move back to/stay in their hometowns and try and do something cool there. It’s easy to go to the west coast and start a band or a wacky hot dog shop or whatever. I think it would be cool to start a “move home movement” and have all these young creatives take their ideas and energy and values out of a few big cities and into middle America. It’s cheap to live outside of big cities and nobody would see it coming.

    Along those same lines, I’d like to give disenfranchised young people in my hometown free learning opportunities that would make them upwardly mobile so they could create happier lives for themselves. Programming, making apps, sewing custom jeans, gourmet ice cream. I don’t know.

    There’s this huge brick building in downtown Springfield, Ohio. My hometown. It’s left over from springfield’s big manufacturing/publishing days. It’s beautiful, but also sad. I’d like to turn it into the Springfield culture factory and get tons of creative people doing any crafty job imaginable in a for-profit environment. Making things specifically to be consumed by the local economy.

    This has been a fun exercise,.

  289. Buck

    Are these suppose to be things we already know and could actually teach or things we would like to learn and then teach?

    What I know:
    – How to design & develop a website
    – How to fix anything in your house
    – How to get your kids to do anything you ask

    What I would like to learn and pass on:
    – How to become addicted to exercise and eating right
    – Learn how to learn better
    – Make $500 to $1000 more a month so you can afford to pay for a course that will teach you how to make millions.

  290. Andrew Williams

    A guide on basic computer problems and how to fix them. I work in IT and the number of times I’ve seen users unable to do the most basic things is depressing.

    I could call it “How to Restart Your Computer”…

    I’d like a course on teaching me how to whistle. After thirty five years, I’ve concluded that either my mouth is the wrong shape or it’s witchcraft.

  291. MissCCCC

    1) How to Find the Best Face Makeup Products for Your Skintone

    2) How to Manage your Personal Brand to Avoid Reinforcing Certain Ethnic or Gender-Based Negative Stereotypes: for example, as a Black woman and an only child, certain stereotypes such as being ‘bossy’ and ‘aggressive’ pop up. And at certain times I have acted in such a way (a result of childhood conditioning or not). Through a training at work recently, I discovered an amazing way to express myself in a scientifically-proven ‘assertive’ way (vs. ‘aggressive’). I’ve now incorporated this and I have seen a huge shift in my relationships at work and in my personal life. I finally feel like people listen to me. And I no longer feel so pushy when trying to convince people.

    3) The Ultimate 28-31 Year Old Survival Guide – How to Transition into Your Thirties as Seamlessly as Possible.

    4) How To Flirt Effectively When You’re Shy and Introverted.

    5) Dressy Curvy: The Ultimate Shopping Guide for Curvy Petites (Sizes 14+ and 5’3 or less).

  292. Suzie


    1. How to make your small business website 100x more profitable
    2. How to fundraise for charity (and actually raise worthwhile amounts of money)
    3. Step-by-step guide to bringing your spouse to the UK (and step-by-step guide to joining your husband in the USA)

    Actually, number three might have potential. It’d be cheaper than an immigration lawyer, and better than trying to navigate the maze of confusion that are government websites. Only downside would be keeping it current…

  293. Faraz

    1) Bridging the Gap: how to increase your knowledge and skill-set to enhance your resume (especially if you have been laid off, or are fresh out of college).

    2) The Home Spa: how to make your own skincare (focus on specific conditions, as well as different ethnic groups).

    3) Equilibrium: For people with balanced left-right brain thinking (equally comfortable with contracts and spreadsheets as they are with art and music), stuck in jobs / situations where only one part is being used. How to achieve and maintain equilibrium (and not lose sanity)

    And I will follow Ramit’s philosophy – give away 80% of useful, great content for free. Those who benefit from the free material and want to ramp things up will, over time, convert to the premium materials.

    I should know. I started reading Ramit’s blog around May 2013, and have been applying a lot of my learnings.

    I quit my job this Jan to focus on myself and my family. That very day I signed up for Success Triggers because I know this investment will pay off.

  294. Andy

    Beer Brewing for Beginners. Ingredients, Supplies, Recipes, Bottling, Labeling.

    Real-time technical analysis of every single stock on the market. Independently select your strategy and find the stocks that you should buy, hold, or sell based on that strategy.

  295. Adraea

    – How to make lesbian/gay relationships work
    – How to file for trademark protection

  296. Maria

    How to learn geeky stuff quickly
    How to raise kids and not lose your mind
    How to shut your trap and just DO SOMETHING instead of waiting for “the law of attraction” to magically make your “procrastination” or “perfectionism” disappear

  297. Matt

    How to do political opposition research.

    How to move across the US without losing your crap or your mind.

    How to run a trap-neuter-release program from your home.

  298. Syed

    1. Calculate the tip in your head.. and other math shortcuts to help you in everyday life
    2. The graduate house (skills for the new grad living alone for the 1st time e.g. ironing correctly, easy meal preparations)
    3. How to get into the “just do it” mindset (could be a 1st part to a business building series)

  299. David

    how to stop being an asshole.
    I’ve talked with my share of guys who are abusive towards wives or kids. they go through phases of genuinely wanting to stop, but all anyone can suggest is groups or counseling (or jail time, castration etc). these aren’t for everyone.

  300. Keira

    1) how to make kick @$$ plasticine animal/people figurines (for teachers, mums, kids, stop motion artists)

    2) how to create a menu plan, shopping list, stock a pantry, and cook to feed a family of four from scratch while saving a truck load of time, saving a wallet full of cash, and preventing a fridge full of waste… (Hint: it’s a he!! Of a lot easier than you think, and if that seems too hard, just use MY shopping lists, recipes & inventories!)

    3) how to optimise your photos for web in ONE click (including watemarking if required, embedding copyright and contact info, sharpening for web, and adding a pop of colour, contrast and saturation for a more professional look – all non-destructively!!)

    4) did we really need to limit our list to three..?

  301. Deborah

    There is so much confusion for consumers out there in terms of how to realistically cook healthy food. I would teach what equipment you need, what constitutes a healthy meal and how to prepare it with our busy life styles. Food to make you happy without a lard butt or gut to show for it (Martha’s cooking is yummy but her waIstline attests to how unhealthy it is for you)!

    Home design basics courses for consumers – like floor plans, the process you should follow to select furnishings, colors, storage – if you know the best process, you can avoid expensive mistakes and end up with great rests on any budget.

    Those are the first two off the top of my head.

  302. Lin

    Send me a draft document of any length and I can shorten it to any length…eg, a 1000-word memo to a 250-word summary, keeping the essentials

    using insights from anthropology for career planning and a job search (ie, learning about the culture)

    although there are professional marketing firms for this, I’m good at coming up with names and slogans for businesses, initiatives, or programs

  303. Rachel

    – How to Cook Simple, Healthy Meals
    – How to Style Yourself ( a fashion guide)
    – How to dine out without breaking the bank ( a cheat sheet to local restaurants); could feature different cities

  304. Lisa

    Easy money saving strategies for every day.

    De-clutter your home and office.

  305. rakgadik

    how to teach Sunday school
    producing and publishing newsletters for companies, schools,etc
    search engine specifically directed at finding free educational products

  306. Liz

    1. Craft tutorials on a wide range of subjects from knitting to crochet to paper craft, specifically focusing on practical items that you can actually use usefully afterwards.
    2. Business resource for small businesses that are growing past 8- 10 people, materials would include hr compliance, health and safety compliance, basic management skills, etc. Having been in a company through this transition, I’ve noticed a lot of entrepreneurs struggle and basically don’t want the hassle of finding it all out themselves.
    3. How to ace your organisational psychology chartership (UK specific). Going through this myself, there are no resources online and the last information session I went to people were bombarding the supervisors with questions.

  307. Marie @ My Personal Finance Journey

    Wow, you have nice ideas. Online business is popular now in every part of the world.

  308. Anastazy

    Hello everyone, my ideas:

    Newsletter Master – Ultimate Guide to Coding High Quality eCommerce Newsletters for Freelancers and Professionals;
    Enter Front-End – Course for wanting to change industry (and not having a ‘proper’ education) and become a front-end developer;
    Drum Shortcut – Learn to play drums fast, join a band, and start touring!

  309. Silayuv

    1) Breaking down public health trends so that anybody can understand
    2) The scientific side of fitness
    3) The art of great presentations

  310. Peggy

    1. Teach how to :Organize organize organize – with lists, routines, reminders and calendars.
    2. Teach how to stay fit after 50.
    3. Teach how to teach spin and yoga for over 50 year olds.

  311. Kristen Hill

    1. Plan trips to China for people
    2. Painting abstract paintings.
    3. Making collectible video game/tv show dolls

  312. Cesar S Falcao

    1 – Teach computer software online (like udemy, Fewer courses with more content, quality.
    2 – Computer help desk online, with a Netflix-like subscription. Major fees for phone, video contact. Offers affiliate products, services as client needs.

  313. Aaron

    Hi, I’m Aaron, in San Francisco, CA, USA.

    1) Help single professional women 34-40 reach their goals for marriage and starting a family.

    2) Work with single male software professionals, age 30-45, who so far in adult life have dated fewer than one woman per year on average. Help them get to the point where they have the lasting ability to get a second date with a minimum of one quality woman per month.

    3) Teach leaders of mid-size businesses how to leverage software automation to substantially raise revenue and profit year after year.

    4) Teach technical skills to software and tech professionals in several topic areas, including: Linux system development; Python development; developing concurrent software; development practices with version control; and more.

  314. Francisco

    How to Get Hired By Fortune 500 Company: Learn How to Score, Prepare, and Nail the Interview.

  315. Dave

    1. How to ride a mountain bike like a pro
    2. How to be a more knowledgeable customer and stop getting ripped off by suppliers
    3. Easy ways to stop annoying your other half

  316. Justin

    1. A site showing people how and why I choose to live in a camper (some people have small houses or sailboats). The art of it all. The extreme minimalism and what not that is involved with it. I have a blog already to share my experiences with friends who live out of state, but I am not currently using it to make money or marketing/branding it in any way.

    2. Online store selling window cleaning products to and helping people start their own window cleaning business on a budget. I started mine in high school and made some good money. I stopped when I moved out of state to work for a startup, but now that I am back to building it, I am reminded of the crappy information and lack of suppliers with a good web presence.

    3. Cigar blog similar to what Gary V. had with Wine Library TV. I love cigars and my family actually just bought a cigar shop so I think it’d be a cool marketing bit. Father. Son. Cigar.

  317. Cat

    1) How to analyze anything from a design perspective and write/present about it convincingly
    2) How to needlefelt a 3-dimensional sculpture from a 2-dimensional design
    3) How to find and buy rare/exclusive/limited things from Japan

  318. Dr Moses

    1. How to be happy
    2. How to meditate
    3. Overcoming addiction

  319. Diane

    1. Marriage or relationship coaching
    2. Wine store
    3. Coffee shop for boardgames

  320. Diane

    1. Marriage or relationship coaching
    2. Wine store
    3. Coffee shop with a massive selection of boardgames

  321. Helen

    Wedding DIY – there’s loads of wedding DIY stuff out there but it’s not all in one space. It’s dotted about on blogs you can find via Pinterest. Once a blog post is written there’s no follow up after a few weeks, so when you find it 2-3 years later there’s just a bunch of comments saying what a great idea it is, but no one answers your questions about the tricky bit and you never find out whether it’s actually possible for someone who isn’t a pro to get it done (see for the perfect examples!)
    Deciding to go DIY for your wedding can be pretty exciting/daunting/stressful – what if there was something out there with online classes (videos/images/instructions) where you could ask questions to an expert tutor and get feedback and support from fellow DIY brides doing the same as you? As someone having the crazy thought of making my own wedding dress I would definitely pay for that!

  322. Sharon

    You said crazy and fun – anything
    1. bellydance -but not just moves, how to build a viable curriculum and business.
    2. cake decorating
    3. How to plan and get a project DONE – ok this more practical than fun per se, but I have been doing it so long that I know I am good at it so the fun would be on who I would work with and what their project is.

  323. Yolanda

    Guys who are new dads: After the baby, rebuild your sex life with your wife. The Rico Suave approach will have you sleeping on the couch. Post baby, it’s a new world order.

    This is a real pain point for guys.

    • shannon

      this is AMAZING. Sell it to the WIVES, not to the husbands. Guys are so CLUELESS when you have a baby. This would be a mega super hit.

  324. denise

    My college freshman daughter is home on spring break. She just called me a good mom because we traveled in our rv for a year and she did middle school online. When she was in high school her dad and i volunteered with her robotics team. I know marching band families (for interviews). I can offer tips and share the resources to help families guide their experience to fit their values and live life now instead of running the treadmill of achievement.

  325. Louise

    *A vegan cooking course for “lads” and other people who love meat too much to let go
    *How to love yourself
    *The Ultimate Guide to Paris

  326. Shawn

    If I could teach anything through an online business?
    1. How to respond to an RFP (Request for Proposal) (My fulltime job)
    2. How to create a professional PowerPoint presentation from start to finish
    3. How to fake it (Sports around the water cooler and other dismally boring topics)

  327. Dan

    Teach and explain people in developed countries what poverty is in developing countries with real figures an pictures and why 56% of the world’s population survives with less than 2 dollars/day.

    • shannon

      You could sell the sh*t out of that to Embassies, Consulates, NGOs and volunteer organizations. DO IT!!

  328. Kim

    1) How to go on an adventure
    2) How to surprise yourself
    3) How to use art to turn your life into an adventure full of surprises


  329. Doug

    1. How to build a real estate sales funnel
    2. How to save $1000 buying a car
    3. How to save 10 strokes playing golf without changing your swing

  330. Arief

    I would choose to teach people to be content with themselves and love it

  331. Jus

    This exercise got me to stretch!

    * How to host a craft beer night
    * Creative ways to fundraise for small charter schools
    * How to create an altar to help manifest/remind + visualize goals

    So here’s a question for you Remit. Let’s say that I can create a product based on these three things, crazy ideas or small passions that I have, but I don’t necessarily want them to be my main business which is the thing that I am passionate about all of the time.

    Is it possible, to make products and leverage them in a way that I don’t have to make them my main business or main focus?


  332. Casey

    1. How to Man The Fuck Up When You’ve Knocked Up Your Girlfriend

    2. Web site that reminds you to follow up and contact people you already know at indicated intervals so you don’t lose touch with people who matter to you

    3. Why exercise makes you happier, not just healthier

  333. Audrey

    1. Dog Training
    2. Knitting/Crocheting
    3. Helping people reach their goals*

    *So hypocritical because of course I don’t take my own advice! (Also, this is more along the lines of coaching instead of courses, although I’m sure it could be done as courses)

  334. Brandon Carroll

    How to help young professionals learn about personal finance.

    – I studied investment mgmt in college, worked at Vanguard for ~2 years with high net worth individuals, and am passionate investing.
    – A lot of young people have no idea how to invest (% of income, etc) and the various metrics associated with investing.
    – A very specific niche, a very specific course.

    Could be exciting.

  335. Charlotte

    A couple of ideas:
    1) How to cure acne in your using diet (40+ women)
    2) How to find a job after being laid off (40+ women)
    3) How to develop your systems (i.e. work systems and structures) – for companies which are becoming larger then 50 people where you stop having the necessary oversight
    4) How to become a paper less office when you are an accountant or lawyer

    a bit all over the place but these are the latest batch of ideas.

  336. Gabe

    -How local businesses can effectively market towards teens/college students
    -Teach college students/young adults basic tech information to get a tech-job without learning how to code
    -How to sell yourself and ideas to older audiences as a teenager/young adult

    • Jus

      I like #1, #2.

      I think sometimes businesses don’t have a plan in place for the next 5 years. My daughter is 15 now, she’ll be 20 and will need to be marketed to differently. Getting a grasp on it now would be essential.

  337. CoryLynn

    Here are some ideas, from my personal experiences.
    1. How to graduate college in 3 years with a high GPA, low debt, and a social life.
    2. Getting rid of speech anxiety and exuding confidence
    3. Protecting your kids from the emotional effects of divorce

  338. melanie

    Relationship and dating advice for successful, single urban professionals

  339. Jamie

    1. How to move to Chicago from the country, and not go crazy!
    2. Females survival guide after divorce – get back on your feet fast and love your life!
    3. How to navigate dating after a divorce

  340. Erica

    Learn to Roller Skate
    How to chose technology solutions based on goals, rather than tactics
    planning websites simply and quickly

  341. Carl

    Introvert Strength: Build the physique of your dreams (by yourself) in your backyard or basement. (Coaching)
    Self diagnose and manage your overuse injuries
    Lift like a lion run like a gazelle

  342. Lise

    1. Create your dream wardrobe with Polyvore
    2. How to accessorise properly
    3. How to make your loved one a priority (after years of being single!)

  343. Sharon Marrell

    1. teaching band directors to repair musical instruments
    2. teach music lessons on line

  344. Joseph

    Your Friends Asked You to Perform Their Wedding Ceremony — Now What The Hell Do You Do? This would be a course that walks you through the process of how to get ordained and help contribute to (and not destroy) the wedding of your friends’ dreams. A year ago, two of my good friends sat me down and popped a question that I really was not expecting: “We’ve been talking about our wedding ceremony and we were wondering if you would be willing to get ordained and perform our wedding ceremony. What do you say — will you marry us?” Anyone who has gone through this is familiar with the course of emotions that take place after hearing that question: (1) An immense sense of honor that your friends would ask you to be such an important part of their special day; (2) A realization that your friends are staring at you because you have been overwhelmed with emotion and haven’t responded, causing you to blurt out, “OF COURSE!” (3) Roughly an hour later — The panic that sets in when you realize you are going to ruin the most important day of their lives.

    From coordinating with the wedding planner to potential scripts and runs of shows for the ceremony to speech-writing and finding a perfect narrative for your friends, my course would cover all the tips and resources needed to plan a great and memorable wedding — and avoid any potential pitfalls. The goal? Reduce the stress by following a step-by-step guide to help you plan a kick-ass personalized ceremony for your friends so that you can actually ENJOY this once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) opportunity. It would include things like a timeline for getting in all the paperwork for your ordination and the marriage license (because realizing that the wedding you just performed wasn’t technically official is a great way to ruin a friendship!) and even a script for the phone call you will receive from the mother-of-the-bride checking in the week before the wedding to make sure that you are adequately prepared for her daughter’s big day (oh, yes, it happens.) Since that wedding (which was a great success) three people who either attended that wedding or heard about it have reached out to me to ask for advice so I’ve, essentially, already put together a rough outline for this sort of course. It’s a niche market for sure, but one that I think can be targeted nicely and one where paying a premium is certainly warranted (Pain point: STRESS. Course offering: Peace of Mind.)

  345. Christy

    1. App to search for recipes by listing main ingredient and NOT xxx

  346. Nigel

    Anything at all? Here are my top three.

    1. How to use Evernote as a GTD (Getting Things Done) system to track your goals (productivity, fitness) to ensure you actually GET. IT. DONE.
    2. Zero To Hero: How to become the Excel guru with simple lessons.
    3. How to Google – effective, efficient results every time. Algorithms be damned!

  347. Danny Boy

    Crazy and Fun.

    1. How to take Dope Ass Instagram Photos.
    2. How to Party: Kick ass in any social gathering.
    3. Fat Grat: How to get killer Tips. as a server!

  348. Jo Jo Fildi

    How to create a killer Etsy business with zero advertising costs.
    How to leave your crappy job, when you don’t have a clue what to do next.
    How to create and illustration business from scratch with no art degree up your sleeve.

    All 3 of these I’ve done

  349. Nelson Portugal

    It’s always good to read/listen/see what you have to say Ramit. Besides the strategies and concepts you provide, for me it’s like a destiny call saying “see, it CAN be done” so I keep on going because I am convinced by now that it can be done and I WILL get it done.

    and about your question…I really enjoy teaching “successful” people on how to be “happy”. Meaning helping them get a balance from their personal and professional life so that they can be both happy & successful.

    Best of all,


  350. Beth

    1) parenting advice on demand: for specific age ranges, situational tips for managing one’s offspring

    2) marketing for engineers

    3) social media execution for engineers/entrepreneurs

  351. Andrea

    My three business ideas would be catered specifically to teachers and teachers-to-be.

    1. Classroom organization – maximizing student learning and productivity and minimizing clean-up in any space

    2. Lesson planning simplified – designing lesson plans that maximize student engagement

    3. Get into the Classroom! – searching, applying, interviewing for your dream teaching position.

    Is it ok to have ideas that have a very specific niche market? Not everyone is a teacher but personal finance is something everyone could use. These courses would cover basics but this obviously lends itself to individual coaching because every space, teacher, student is different. I am also interested in pricing since teachers are traditionally underpaid (or feel like they are) so I think deciding how to set a price for the market is important.

    • shannon

      This is great. I graduated with a 3.95 GPA from NYU (M.A. in Education) and had NO IDEA what I was doing when I walked into the classroom. Other teachers went to State U and were miracle workers from Day 1. I would’ve bought your course. DO IT!!

  352. Liz

    Just based on what I would love to share that I know….
    1.) Write a grant that will get funded (and get more $$ than you asked for!)
    2.) Plan the best off-the-beaten track vacation ever
    3.) Launch and Market your Etsy business
    I would also love to do something about “How to Embrace Your Jack-Of-All-Trade Personality” but that’s not worded quite right. Something about making it work for you to make money and live the life you want.

  353. Larry M. Lynch

    Potentially I would love to:

    1. Help mid to upper level business executives of medium-sized to large companies to improve their business English speaking and presentation skills

    2. Help medium-sized to large companies with their client relations / promotional needs by providing them with digital images, short documentary videos, newsletters, blogs, copywriting and informative / marketing articles for online and offline use

    3. Guide short, weekend to week or so long vacation tours in Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica or Ecuador for English-speaking ex-pats as a result of informative,, online slide presentations, videos and articles.

  354. Varia

    1 Curated poetry course – the best, most accessible poetry that you will actually enjoy. (I.e. How to learn to love poetry)

    2 Similar with literature – curated English Literature course

    I know, there’s no fucking way those would be popular with anyone, but my true passion lies in reading and writing… On that note,

    3 How to find your (writing) voice

    • Varia

      Also, something about hitchhiking & couchsurfing from an adventure-seeking rather than broke traveler point of view, and something about travel to Russia, Amsterdam, and/or Paris…

  355. Rachel

    An online cooking video series that shows how simple it is to create fun and delicious meals for family and friends. Basically, hacking culinary school for way less time and money.

  356. Susan K

    How to capture and preserved the memories that matter the most — stories and memories of your elders — using portable digital tools and your computer.

    I’ve got a site that’s devoted to it — Family Oral History Using Digital Tools

    But I need to get it from a general info site to something product focued. (Happy to say that my first $Small item is in development right now.)

    • shannon

      this is AMAZING. Keep going!!!

  357. Ellen Greenlaw

    1.Plant remedies that work
    2.Express how you feel about the natural world
    3.How to create a loving, caring community

  358. John

    1. Teach how to reload ammunition
    2. How to work on vintage motorcycles
    3. Build your own computer (the specifics are always changing but the general information is constant)
    4. Maximize your resale profit on cars/motorcycles etc.

  359. Nathan

    1. Top ballroom dance professionals demonstrate each figure in the syllabus (video series)

    2. Interviews with top ballroom dance professionals (video, audio and transcript) featuring sports and performance psychology

    3. Tired of family, friends and colleagues asking you to fix their IT problems or teach them how to do the most basic thing with their new phone, tablet or computer? Tired of bashing your head against a wall after they waste an hour of your time and still don’t get it? Here’s a library of simple, one-minute videos you can send to get them off your back so you can breathe again.

  360. shannon

    SAT Prep for ESL Students
    The Inner Game of Getting Good Grades
    How to Acclimate to a New Culture (for Expats)
    Six Weeks to Total Self-Love
    How To Be Unconditionally Happy
    Self-Whispering: How to Harness the Power of your Emotions

  361. Asavari

    1) “Bling bling: Buy an engagement ring (without breaking the bank)!” (step by step course on how to figure out what to get, from where, the right questions to ask+create a memorable proposal story)

    2) PowerPoint POP: How to make compelling presentation documents that’ll wow your boss

    3) How to cook simple, homestyle Indian food

  362. Shannon

    Flip Your Script – how to take “disaster” and turn it into opportunity
    Heal Your Inner Bitch to Make Room for Love and Peace in your Marriage and Home
    How to Survive Living in the Most Violent Country in the World (El Salvador)
    The Inner Game of Living in the Third World
    Stop the Cycle: Become the Parent you Wish You’d Had

  363. Sameer

    – How to increase focus, motivation, calm, and overall feeling of well-being
    – High school Lincoln-Douglas debate

  364. Geert

    1) how to easily find answers to your questions online (how to use Google easy & fast)
    2) teach about football in The Netherlands and especially about Ajax Amsterdam
    3) how to build up a list of New Year’s resolutions during the year and have people review them every month

  365. Judith Rosenberg

    1) Improve your English to achieve your personal and professional goals, targeted to foreign professionals
    2) Women and Desire

  366. Kate McLaughlin

    I would teach songwriting and music marketing and how to swim like a mermaid

  367. Erin

    I think the video above is really great insight, but what I worry is that my simple ideas for an online business don’t have the breadth of product options that yours does. Also of concern is if I have the expertise or knowledge to make my products as robust and information-filled as yours – how did you know you had all this information to share?

    My business ideas are:
    Men’s styling business
    A service that would better help people organize, bookmark, categorize, manage subscriptions for all the online content they follow or want to remember to read (something like delicious, Google Reader, bookmarks, Apple reading list all in one and that you could add post-its and to-do lists on web content and file it away)
    Website dedicated to helping people purchase wedding attire (not if you are in the wedding but attending, outfit head to toe)

  368. Alex

    I would teach adults beginning swimming with a focus on removing those things that often dissuade people from swimming.

    The second thing I would teach is higher level mathematics. Videos are hard to find once past calculus like Statistics and Linear Algebra courses.

    The last thing I would teach is how to play guitar without having to go through the annoying process of keys and such

  369. Sukhneet

    I’d LOVE to teach people how to have more control over their thinking to create lasting change in their lives.

    A fun business idea is creating a more robust/successful public transportation scheme, which can have profound impacts on environmental, social, and economic impacts in a city.

    One that I started and stopped is a personal review app for people in the service industry to help people get recognized for their great work.

  370. Jose

    Teach how to dress yourself well.
    Then sell those clothes to the audience.

  371. Cathy

    1. Teaching ESL to under-fives (yes, there’s stuff out there but I think I can do it better.)
    2. Creating impressionist style original artwork from photographs.
    3. Choosing and displaying original Japanese calligraphic art.

  372. Terome

    1. How to determine your shape and dress appropriately for it.
    2. Creating your personal (fashionable) style. Insider tips like dressing for desk to drinks. Or how to accessorize any outfit. (Building off #1)
    3. How to dress like a gentleman and have fun doing it! (Little something for the men)

  373. Tim

    Wow, there are a lot fewer comments on this post than the one where you come up with ideas! 🙂
    This simple exercise was a really big eye-opener, and it’s only with one data-point: my wife.

    Original idea
    How to Earn Top Grades in School

    Revised idea(s)
    I combined programming (the other idea I had, How to Program) with this idea to become more specific.
    *A++: C++ practice tests to ace your first programming test
    * Bubble Sort: An Algorithm for Getting Programming Job Offers

    What I Thought Would Be Said:
    Don’t want to feel stupid, don’t want to fail, don’t want to pay extra money to do a class over, better scholarships

    What They Actually Said:
    My wife is a nursing student, so these answers pertain to nursing. Basically, earning top grades is way too generic. No one ever wants something as generic as earning better grades. They want answers to specific questions or study guides for major tests. For her, things like “anatomy review”, “nursing intervention”, “exam study guide”, “NCLEX test questions”, “job postings”, and the like would be very valuable. Nursing students pay for NCLEX study books all the time. In addition, she mentioned a social media site for academia, which I thought was interesting.

    What Surprised You About this Exercise?
    My idea was way too generic. I thought fear of failure would be pretty popular. I was wrong. People want specific help, not a general “HELP ME WAAAA I’M GONNA FAIL!!!!!” People don’t talk about improving grades as much as they do “study guides” or “reviews”. In addition, ways to get job offers after college or high school is probably a good focus area.

  374. Larry

    1. Mastering Adult ADHD. Recognize all the nuances and comorbidities of ADHD in yourself and then learn to master them and be successful like Sir Richard Branson.

    2. Live social contact in an era of digital ‘friends’ on social media. This idea involves a number of methods that allow you to identify other people who want have consented to making person-to-person connection. (Not a pick-up program.) Complete explanation would require a whole page.

    3. How to start a new life and live by conscious choice once your kids have grown up, left the nest and you can do what the hell you want

  375. Mark

    1) Create an Arduino course for 4th to 5th grade teachers who want to incorporate technology into their classrooms but have no clue how.
    2) Teach older people how to use computers.
    3) Create an emergency preparedness product.

    • Yolanda

      #1 stops me in my tracks. Awesome. Ignore the people that dis the idea because teacher’s always plead poverty. Here are 2 ways I see to approach it. This is just off the top of my head.

      1) Sell the training to school DISTRICTS. They have budget for upping their STEM (science, tech, engineering & math) & pay for teacher training. The money comes out of school districts’ budgets, not teachers’ wallets … which is way better. (Most teachers are cheap, passive & expect districts to pay for such stuff.)

      2) (Possibly better) Sell a complete class & kits that teachers use. District would buy say 30 kits for a classroom. Example: I’ve even seen a LEGO robotics class done this way for 3rd & 4th grade. The teacher gets help via videos, supplemental material & booklets. Each kid or team of 2 kids get a kit with a booklet & parts. One I saw was done as “enrichment” — after school program & parents pay a fee for each kid. Thus, schools buy it using STEM budget AND parents pay for it.

      Condiser these for the high school level. My nephew is using arduino for his senior (high school) project & needed some help.

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    Price range
    What to eat with it
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  377. Johnnie Flint

    Some ideas:

    1. Winging It Is Not a Plan: How to Assemble A Rock Solid Emergency Kit So You Know You Are Prepared for an Emergency
    How to assemble a totally thorough and comprehensive emergency backpack or kit filled with all the best tools, flashlights, medical supplies, supplies, food, water purification so that when the shit hits the fan you know you can grab this and go. Not for the Y2K freakshow separationists, but for the average man and woman living in an urban environment like NYC or San Fran (think Superstorm Sandy or the impending earthquake in SF or LA or Katrina). Not meant to terrify people but to give them peace of mind.

    2. Planting the Seed: Teaching Your Kids About Money From the Very Beginning
    A step by step guide on how to talk to your kids about money, including exercises, scripts, ways to include them in decision making. Includes interviews with people. Case studies. Interviews with kids. Try to keep it light and fun and all about learning together. This could spin off into a magazine and a whole TV channel a la the new entity called THE WHISTLE – the sports channel aimed at kids. Money, or Worth aimed kids and their parents.

    3. How to Deal with Hospitals and Doctors When Someone You Love Gets Sick
    Step by step guide on how to be the best caregiver, how to navigate the dizzying and inane world of industrialized medicine, how to get what you want from doctors without being “that” person, how to talk to nurses and doctors, how to get them on your side, how to keep track of all the information and the decisions you need to make.

    4. Caregiving Without Giving Up Your Life
    How you manage your life when you have to start caring for your aging parents or for someone who is terminally ill. Includes how to deal with doctors, nurses, hospitals. How to ASK for help. How to stay sane when you feel you have no power over a disease.

    5. Get Out of Your INBOX and Into Your Life; How to get your inbox to 0
    A step-by-step guide on how to manage your inbox and get it to 0. Then how to keep it there everyday. Teaching the skills of decisiveness, and delegation and deletion.

    6. Delegate and Outsource Like A Jedi Master
    Become a Master at delegating and outsourcing. How to pick the right things to delegate. Who to delegate and outsource to. VA or PA or neither?

  378. Jennifer

    1. How your family can survive when the SHTF, and thrive afterwards.
    2. How to start growing your own food even if you have no idea where to start?
    3. How to solve problems while you sleep.

  379. Kate

    Online courses on how to home brew beer. From beginning to end with tips, techniques, trouble shooting, Q & A, equipment, resources….

  380. Patric

    1. Learn to dress well no matter what you’re doing – Look good at a party, a wedding, or just working underneath your project car.

    2. Find good information quickly, on any subject, without wading through mountains of bad advice to acquire it.

    3. Learn to draw even though you possess no natural talent. No, really, you can.

    • Kate Loftus

      I’ll sign up for #3 right now : )

  381. DEV

    Three of my Ideas:

    1. The best way to get Good grades yet spend less time on books for Students studying Professional Courses (mainly Engineering and Management) in Private Colleges / Institutes in India.
    2. Have the mind-set of a WINNER for the same group of students
    3. How to de-stress in 10 minutes and regain vitality

    They are not funny but they really get me excited and I would like to begin on one of them soon.

  382. HeidiW

    Hi Ramit! People always tell me I make great recommendations. I dream of living between my three favorite places (with my family) so here goes:

    Northern California Wine Country Guides (Anderson Valley, Sonoma, Napa, Central Valley) from a native — day trips, weekend getaways, even ways to take the kids along
    The Cool Guide to Dublin, Ireland — Itineraries from weekend to two weeks to experience the real Dublin
    How to Move To New York City in your 20s

  383. CAT

    1. Teach how to build a successful co-parenting relationship
    2. Provide step-by-step romantic ideas to men for the woman in their life. Similar to a subscription box but provide ideas with instructions.

  384. Lynda

    How to navigate the health care system for those just diagnosed with a serious illness. Accessing support, how to save time etc.

    • Lynda

      2. Are you a social fuck up? I can show you how make people laugh at your awkwardness by turning your weirdness into an endearing quality.

  385. Jonathan

    I would love to teach people how to achieve financial success in the music industry (or any other creative Industry)

    I’d like to help people create an awesome lifestyle ala Tim Ferris’ 4 hour work week

    Oh and I’d like to teach people how to be a ninja

    • ninja

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  386. Liz Chen

    Traditional Chinese Cooking for the Average American
    How I Lost My Pregnancy Weight 2 Weeks After Giving Birth
    Healthier and Fitter than Ever by Making Exercise Fun and Nutrition Delicious!
    Passionate Progress: Living Your Dream Life in the Real World

  387. JoAnn Jordan

    1. Beyond the headphones – What to do in the nursing home after the residents listen with their headphones (ie. Henry comes alive)
    2. Minding the generations – ideas for caregivers of old and young
    3. 6 (activities) x 5 (props) = 30 minutes of fun! Engaging preschoolers at home and at preschool. Could also have a version for senior living communities.

  388. Kate Loftus

    1. Couples therapeutic full body massage, leading into how to bring massage into the family
    2. a fun way to get your kids to learn about vegetables & geography at the same time
    3. how to read your dog and get the most out of your relationship

  389. Nathaniel

    1. How to make up captivating stories for your kids on demand
    2. How to get multiple kids ready for school in the morning
    3. Build a better life by organizing your closet.

  390. Sébastien

    1/ Marketing for developers : as a freelance software engineer, i can’t even imagine how marketing was eluded by people like me. We don’t know for most of us how to sell, we consider marketing as something we can avoid. And by doing that, most of the time our products fail (when we have the courage to finish it).

    2/ Don’t be afraid to cook : In my country, everybody know how to cook (mostly) from father to son, etc… but more and more we’re loosing this legacy and i know there’re a lot of young people like me who love to learn how to cook simple meals but don’t asking (social pressure, afraid to poorly cooked meat, …). I was this guy (still be but more and more i push myself to cook). With the help of my girlfriend and being methodic, i was able to learn how to cook and as surprising as it may seem, I really enjoyed.

    3/ How to be an introvert in a world of social media

  391. Jillian

    I’d teach people how to hone their hand lettering skills
    I’d teach people yoga classes
    I’d teach people how to effectively craft professional emails that still sound like they were written in their voice

    That would be amazing – and I would love love to do those things!

    Cheers! And thanks!

  392. Dennis

    Security for your own information

    Social Media reputation

    Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure

  393. Andrea Vasilescu

    1) Reclaim Your Life: How to Thrive with Fibromyalgia

    2) “French Fries are Gluten Free, Right?” – A Survival Guide for the Newly Glutarded

    3) How to Plan a DIY Wedding Without Wishing You Eloped

    4) The Acutype Diet – Finding Health Through Traditional Chinese Nutrition (title and concept are still being tweaked, but this is a book I’m working on writing and I would love to make it an ebook first)

    …is it obvious that I’m an acupuncturist with chronic health issues and a wedding in two months? 😉

    Thanks for the exercise, Ramit! It’s so easy to forget the amount of expertise we collect in our daily lives.

  394. Karin

    Here are mine:

    1. Time Management techniques for working moms.
    2. For women: Pitfalls to avoid in business
    3. The useful guide for a happy and longlasting marriage

  395. Rufus

    #1) How to sneakily influence your loved ones so they’ll move to a better location with you.
    #2) Step-by-step-guide to taking the year off in 2015 without burning bridges
    #3) Keep your small business books in order with easy to follow guide that saves you 4 hours per week and won’t make you hate accounting.

  396. Deborah

    Mine would serve 2 categories of businesses in the film and television industry:
    1. For Creators, Producers, Financiers and Distributors – How to have the best experts in entertainment legal and business affairs on retainer worldwide; and
    2. For Specialist Entertainment Attorneys – How to access a worldwide stream of clients.

  397. L

    I currently have a background in product/architectural design but thought to use an online platform to generate some sort of interactive correspondence with the consumers and the actual products under development.

    1. Optimizing the use of your napkin scribbles & a-ha moments
    (Simple and easy tips in how one can boost their creativity, documenting and developing the creative process, knowing how to push the envelops so to speak, etc)

    2. How to live a life based on mathematical & design theories
    (Fun way to develop a mindset to think out the box)

    3. How to apply biblical scriptures in our daily lives as a designer.
    (Motivational content when times are tough)

    • Gra

      I love your number one idea! I found it so valid, me and my friends end up writing those ideas on some bits of papers, on facebook chats, on randomly found object you can write on, as the ideas always comes in the most unexpected places and moments and then they all die as I miss the follow up. Next day I feel unmotivated, that I just had a silly not realistic idea, and then finally I forgot I had that idea, only to see that some months later some other folks actually did what I wanted to do!

  398. Jennifer

    How to use yoga poses to help injuries
    How to get top grades in law school/high school

  399. Paris

    How To Be Creative
    Why You Are Creative
    Why You’re Valuable

  400. Veronica

    Super late boots, but:

    1) How to Perform Like Beyonce – Obviously I’m not Beyonce, but I am a dancer/performer who’s studied just about all of pop’s great performers, and I loved encouraging my dance students to unleash their inner “diva.”

    2) Reclaiming Your Creative Life – This would be for people who yearn make the arts a part of their lives — whether it singing, dancing, painting, etc. — but are either too scared or too bogged down to take that first step.

    3) Your Best Color – A course on finding the color palette that works best with your skintone/coloring, and finding new clothes in flattering colors to refresh your wardrobe.

    All of the would be targeted to women.

  401. Liz Stewart

    1. Camucazzi Cooking- the art of swapping ingredients to save money and time!

    2. Best ways to eat clean while on holidays and quick workouts for any hotel room!

  402. Pamela

    Businesses I would love be in but still working on having the experience and mastery:

    Agile Coaching
    Decorating Cakes

  403. Gui

    1 – A completely free Financial APP to manage personal finances that would sync on the cloud, work on any device (Mac, win, android, iOS).
    With goals, reoccurring expenses, and would suggest to invest a percentage on certain areas like: insurance, fun, travel, wedding etc.

    2 – a website to find presents. The best gift you can give with suggestions according to the age, gender, price and local.

    3 – how to start a business step by step.
    4 – how to help saving animals that are abandoned or on the streets.

  404. celeste choy

    I would love to try new foods while travel and immerse myself in different culture. How can I turn this into a successful online business?

  405. Martha

    Would like to offer tools and information to help caregivers. Be more effective at caregiving while reducing their stress and having (even small) blocks of time to themselves. Since time and focus is short for these folks, would have to be an efficient product that didn’t not become a time-sponge for caregivers.

  406. Andy

    1 – Teach Your Dog To Be Awesome Forever

    2 – Turn Your Passion for Music Into A Lucrative Side Business (*note – I already started a site and sell an ebook on music licensing – it’s been kind of a lame duck so far but with little effort. I’d love to improve/expand upon it smartly).

    3 – Create Your Own 20-minute Workouts – Always Different, Always Effective.

  407. MarcinG

    God, so many great ideas. I’ve been more going onto the E1K side since I’m an Android mobile app developer but recent email about ZTL nudged me bit to even START THINKING about getting an online biz. So – change of mindset thanks to Ramit! I believe this is a win for both of us!

    My ideas:
    1. I’m git (software version control) enthusiast – learn people how to make their code changes safe, how they can feel safe when trying new programming ideas
    2. Teach people on proper use of software version control in general: good practices, tips and tricks, total architecture so you never again loose your work and will always be able to see how it changed.
    3. How to develop Android mobile app -> step by step introduction with increasing app value.


  408. Kim

    Don’t know if Ramit is still reading, but….

    1. How To Get Your Clothes To Fit; saving people from letting the clothes do the wearing.
    2. Tapping Your Core; better living through better anatomy education.
    3. That’s a Stretch; yoga demsystified, simplified, justified.

  409. Ava

    *Create a course to help people align their spiritual wants/needs with their businesses.
    *Create a how-to website/app that teaches teens and young adults how to live (what to do if you lose your id, how to get your first job, manage money, go to court, etc)
    *Create an app or website that gives neighborhoods information about new businesses or people that have moved in, etc.

  410. Lauren

    I will teach you how to build a better relationship with yourself from the inside out:
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    A daily guide to getting your shit in order that will improve every other area of your life…while potentially improving the planet.

    Every part of this method is not just beneficial for you, personally, but also beneficial for the planet. It’s a collective effort that doesn’t waste or use harmful energy. The type of food- the way you’ll work out- and the clothes you’ll wear; ALL of this done more cheaply than the previous way you’ve been living and consuming.

  411. Lisa

    1. How to dress for any moment, and achieve your goal.
    2. How to travel around the world on little money, and make money on your way.
    3. How to believe in yourself and get the fundamentals sorted on building the life you always wanted.

    • Andres Gonzalez

      Mmmm…. number 2 sounds very interesting in my personal opinion.

  412. Jordan

    Catching up late on emails here…

    1) How to design and build an optimized propeller or turbine for your personal submarine or windmill. (small market, but I know how to do this)
    1a) How to make your own windmill.
    1b) How to size and wind a high-performance motor or generator.
    2) How to migrate your scripts and research code from MATLAB to python.
    3) Geometric Algebra.
    n) How to make your very own, sustainable cricket energy bars — at home!

    • Jordan

      … and I’ve always wanted to learn celestial navigation.

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    1. How to live healthy with diabetes

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    Obviously I have come to this extremely late and am hoping that someone somewhere is still reading this stuff (Ramit may well not be) but am finding it very interesting. After about two minutes of thinking, here are the ideas that were at the front of my brain because I know something about them:

    1. ‘Line in the Sand’ Fitness – How to remove obstacles to making changes for a healthier life – eradicate barriers to starting a new approach to life along with effective tools/techniques to make it stick. Start here, i.e. draw the line and move forwards.

    2. Pop Music Charts/Guides/Artists through the decades – the 1980s are a particular favourite of mine – but I have no idea how this could make money. I just love music.

    3. Dead Easy Project Management – I have been a PM consultant for 25 years and continue to see businesses of all shapes and sizes making the most basic errors…putting it online would be the challenge.

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  421. Andres Gonzalez

    1. Teach parents (especially mothers) how to use a DSLR camera and take better portraits of their love ones. I could potentially create another course on editing. Another one on how to create physical/ tangible memories from their photos.

    2. Help computer engineers/ computer programmers (males who are married) how to loose weight with specific steps and habits and feeling young again. Due the nature of their job it tends to be a sedentary type of work.

    3. Teach business owners about photography so they can have better website and promotional photos while saving money from hiring a professional. Many businesses use their cellphone especially on social media and the quality is not an actual representation of the brand.

  422. Yosei Ikeda

    1. Guide to waking up feeling fresh and *gasp* do away with that morning cup of coffee!

    2. How to become steely-eyed and laser focused amidst chaos.

    3. Instructions for making household design items (shelves, tables, lamps, etc.)

  423. Jake Jensen

    1. Online courses that developing the interpersonal skills of young 18-25 year old men to epic levels of badassery!

    2. How to intelligently argue any position… and win!

    3. Guide to manly skills that you should know (how to shoot, change your oil, patch a hole in drywall, build a makeshift shelter etc.)

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    • Jake Jensen

      Just to elaborate, Number one is meant to develop skills in order to boost confidence and open doors by making them more socially adaptable.

  424. Doctor

    I’m a doctor, what do you suggest me to sell online? Please help . . .

    • DM

      Wouldn’t that depend on whether you were practicing or not? There are a multitude of ways a physician can supplement his/her income and determining factors include whether you’re in private practice, are licensed, are a practice owner, have any teaching experience, etc

  425. Brandon

    1. How to Lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks with Clean Eating?
    2. How to make your long term spouse fall back in Love with you? (for men or women)
    3. How to make an extra $750 per month with your Masters Degree?

  426. David Sigmon

    1 – Old Fart Fitness – How to get and stay fit without a gym membership by simply using what you have close at hand around your home throughout the day. Written descriptions and video/podcast demonstrations.
    2 – Whom to follow, what to read, and what to subscribe to, to achieve financial serenity with confidence and without fear of market volatility; without using a broker or financial consultant, thus avoiding fees and commissions.
    3 – How to switch careers dramatically at any age and hit the ground running. Jumping from one industry to another successfully.
    4 – How to guide your child toward a successful enlistment/career in the military; and how to properly prepare prior to applying for SEAL, Ranger, Special Forces, Recon, AF Spec Ops training.

  427. Jorge C

    Some things I would love to teach!!

    1. How to create a positive lifetime habit in one week [the little things make the biggest difference]
    2. How to impress anyone with a few simple gestures
    3. How to identify those life time opportunities in disguise in only one minute

  428. Laura

    I would love to do a few things:

    1. lead travel tours for families or small homeschool groups or small private school groups for a complete immersive experience that would cover a semester’s worth of “school” inside of two weeks of travel and weekly online mentoring and webinars for the month before and after

    2. A meetup-type website for bookworms and autodidacts – start real clubs (not the kind with crappy books and only talks gossip and eats or where only one person has any skill to share and everyone else is just mooching off their time and money), includes club/group mission statements and articles or rules to have a cohesive and clear group

    3. Provide curriculum for various locations based on certain subjects or groups of subjects – a math trip to Italy, art in Brazil, or an all-inclusive curriculum to a certain location that could be used for credit

    4. Coaching/Mentoring for those having to change diet/lifestyle after a difficult medical diagnosis

    My biggest problem with all of these is my severe lack of business and internet knowledge. Ramit, your suggestion for advanced questions were completely Greek to me. The more I read, the more I feel like a preschooler in college only understanding the and’s and the’s in the sentence. Is there any way to learn the terms and meanings or see examples to understand context of business knowledge? Great books I can devour? I’m about to start in on The Personal MBA. I’m tired of taking courses like E1K and feeling like an idiot even though I get the general idea.

  429. Colin Richards

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    2. Beating stress with a 100 cuts a day, yes with a sword.
    3. Empower your children to beat aggression: Anti Agression Tactics for Children 4 – 60 year old.
    4. Beat Stress and Strain: Meditaion and fun with Albatross Meditation techniques. A fantastic simple new way to meditate and learn to fly the world!
    5. Deep Relaxation, Stress Removal, and Mind Reprogramming with “Mind Pictures”
    6. Gain the Perfect Partner by the Honest Contract Method (Colin Richards Partner System)
    Any way that is few, but I have to get back to work.

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    1. My website will be a piano hub for amateur pianists everything they need in a one-stop shop fashion
    2. A social network for piano players/creatives returning to their creative life later on in life. Site will provide resources, tips, coaching, a mentorship program, virtual practice diaries, etc.
    3. A platform for creatives who work in another field to express themselves through piano.

  431. Hash

    1 ) How to sell Credit Cards at a bank or Kiosk while NOT screwing over your clients.
    2) How to pass any business class in school with a B grade or higher without going to class.
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  433. Teresa Nguyen

    Ramit – you probably won’t read this, but thanks for all you do. I can’t afford much right now, but I have the utmost faith in your ideas and my own perseverance. Here are some of my ideas.

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  435. Kornel

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    2 Get rid of alcohol addiction in 21 days

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  439. Bels

    Here are my 3 crazy ideas:

    1. Save 10%-20% on property management fees by managing your vacation rental property remotely (my market is Puerto Rico)
    2. Product idea- Latin ballroom dance shoe accessory. Will will help your shoes last. Latin ballroom dance shoes are very expensive.
    3. Decorative make-up box

    4. Automating repetitive tasks using office productivity tools

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  441. ozgen

    1. how to clean your house in 20 minutes a week
    2. the product – A4 sized learning guide for all new technologies
    3. how to start a coffee shop in 30 days

  442. Lee

    1. A Rugby coaching manual to help coaches of Under 7 to Under 16, giving specific examples and video tutorials so that new coaches can learn from my experience.
    2. A parents guide to video games/tv shows and music to give a realistic view of what is in the product and how parents could use it as an educational tool.
    3. A parents fitness guide for kids using everyday objects and tasks

  443. Kashif

    1)How to transition into a 100% virtual work environment
    2)Introvert survival tips: Succeeding as an introvert in an extrovert world
    3)Breaking Alcohol Habits for the non alcoholic
    4)How to stop only existing and start living

  444. Edward

    My 3 crazy ideas are:

    Create a guide on How to move out of your parents house and survive on your own.. ( for ages 18-25)

    Develop a step by step process on flipping houses.

    Teach people how to take an idea into a successful business.

    • unnati

      if it is good material, i would pay for the first one.

  445. April

    Guide to living as an ex-pat in Costa Rica
    Love you life and do what you love
    How to change your attitude and live a happier, more fulfilling life
    How to spend more money on the things you want and less on the things you don’t
    How to do what you’ve always wanted to do
    Don’t let your schooling be your only education: Go on an adventure
    The important things in life: Realize them and live for them

  446. Michelle

    Here are my ideas:

    – How to grow your favorite peppers indoors year-round

    – Cook Because You Want To – recipes, techniques, and shopping lists that inspire the act of enjoyable meal preparation

    – Let’s Make Something Together – monthly subscription service that provides a box of supplies and online videos of interesting craft projects for kids and adult helpers (parents, grandparents)

    – A paid-access website for geeky pre-teen girls that includes games, learning modules, a hands-on project, and stories, biographies, or poetry centered around a changing weekly theme.

  447. Chirag Kandiyal

    1. How to stay focused on the things you start.
    2. DIY

  448. unnati kumar

    1. for people who are interested in cosmetic surgery (the numbers are a lot now), linking them to certified surgeons through maybe skype for consultation.

    2. THE REAL NUMBERS: an application that tells you about the practical situation of the stream may be thinking of pursuing.
    (eg: which area of expertise to choose in engineering, or what subject in mba degree). it would include the number of people in the country/region you are in that are going for it, and the percentage by which that number is going up or down, the scope for it, what companies may employ you, whether it is a good option financially, the requirements, all in one place.

    3. STRESS BUSTER: providing audio songs and positive affirmations to reach out to the subconscious and relax one’s mind, mostly before going to sleep and after waking up.

  449. Litha

    My crazy ideas are:

    1. How to understand Science more easily in high school.
    2. Tips to safeguard your computers effectively from viruses and doing auto-check on your own.

  450. Michelle M

    My number 1 idea is to be a life coach…to guide people to stop asking why and how (why is this happening to me? how did i get here?) and begin asking what…what can i learn from this? what is my passion? what do i need to do or stop doing to get there?

    I’d also like to coach parents of special needs kids on self care. As the mom of a teen with some mental health issues and an autistic son my plate as a care giver is pretty full. And my number one priority is self care because I know that if I’m not running on all cylinders how can I possibly help them do the same. Most parents esp. those of special needs kids put themselves last and end up over weight, depressed, exhausted, depending on pills or alcohol to get through the day and stressed. I KNOW it doesn’t have to be that way. There is already plenty of information out there on how to raise an autistic child…I’d like to create some material on how to raise the parent of an autistic child.

  451. Barbara

    I realize I’m late to the game here, but I love public speaking and know that it’s most people’s #1 fear. (Well, right up there with fear of flying and fear of death.) I would love to teach people how to be better at this and learn to love it. Since it’s something that comes naturally to me (my first onstage pubic speaking experience was when I was years old) I don’t really know how I would teach it. But I think I could sell both low-end and high-end products/courses. What do you think?

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  453. Jason Baudendistel

    Do you think there is room in the market for a Linkedin career course or is that too saturated?

  454. OumiYouss

    1) How to be a confident muslim in West
    2) How to be less stressed during exam and be a better student
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  455. Jonathan Ramachenderan

    I’d like to start a no-frills skin medicine business in which I produce short sharp videos on common skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, dry skin and photo-aging.

    The products sold will offer the best and most evidence base behind them. For instance I’d like to make a video on photo-aging and offer the best sunscreen on the market to protect against UVA and UVB rays.

    I’d like to produce short informative videos that help consumers cut through all the fake promises and find the best product. Give good advice of how to care of eczema, scaly scalp etc etc.

  456. Edwina

    1 – Essential things to know and have when you visit Sydney Australia. eg: Tolls, Public Transport etc
    2 – Navigating your way around Sydney like a local
    3 – The best places to eat in Sydney on a budget

    This exercise made me think of things I’d actually taken for granted. Never thought an idea, let alone 3 would come out of it! Feeling pretty chuffed right now. Thanks Ramit

  457. Brianne Garcia

    1 – organizing your inbox so it doesn’t overwhelm you and you still don’t miss anything
    2 – project management for sold branded content digital campaigns
    3 – how to find affordable art for your home

  458. Yolanda

    1- Colombian food dishes
    2- Facilitate the transition process to immigrate to the American culture
    3- Learn Spanish

  459. Debbie

    1. Creating a mobile fitness and beauty service for mothers stuck at home with new babies.
    2. Creating educational materials for new insurance advisers, focusing on areas of prospecting, presentation and closing sales.
    3. Creating a fashion blog around trendy street wear, where items can be purchased, price for the items and occasion being worn for ect.

  460. Ed

    1.) How to Build Wealth

    2.) Where to find time to do more

    3.) Mastering a Pogo Stick

  461. Jessica

    1. How to set up an online boutique
    2. Finding something you love to do (creative pursuits) be fast at doing it and make a profit from it
    3. Getting over fear of floating in water while learning how to swim

  462. Amber

    i would like to help people . . .

    1. stop paying rent and pay for a life of full-time traveling & adventure(possibly aimed at single moms)
    2. leave standardized education behind if it’s not a good fit for your kid & embrace world schooling
    3. be brave, follow your passion, heart and instincts and trust yourself & that inner voice, no matter how scary

  463. gia

    1. Weight loss for energetically sensitive/empathic people
    2. How to know your Purpose and then manifest it
    3. How to develop your intuition for business…or to at least talk to your pets.

  464. Skyler

    How to spend time with those you love doing what you love
    How to raise your kids with your spouse (instead of work a day job)
    How to secure sensitive information for small business owners

  465. Georgia

    1) Recipe book for the girl or guy on the go, quick and easy recipes that are healthy and taste good
    2) Organic hair care line
    3) Fashion Label – cool, edgy and unisex

  466. Wynelle

    4 CRAZY ideas:

    1). How to find good deals in travel such as; best prices, places and things to do.
    2). The best way to learn a NEW language.
    3). How to write a GREAT essay for any major English language exam.
    4). How to research whatever you need.

  467. Nydia

    I started to build a website about natural products last year. Still not finished. Things I dream about:

    1. My son used to have respiratory problems (asthma, rhinitis, croup cough, allergies, sinusitis). By changing some things in our diet, switching our personal hygiene, cleaning and laundry products to real natural products (I make them except the deodorant, the toothpaste and the laundry detergent [for this one I have a recipe I have not tried yet]), and using essential oils he overcame all that. I am pretty picky about the ingredients I use in my products. I have some girls that love the lip balms I make. Everybody that tries my soap likes it. My brother have friends and I have some friends that tried my shaving soap and are waiting for it. The most important thing for me is to make them really natural. What do I mean by this? NO FRAGRANCES AND NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS. If a soap, a lotion or any natural product says mango, papaya, coconut and almond those are fragrances not essential oils. Fragrances lead to respiratory problems and does not have the same effect in people. They can even lead to nervous problems. Essential oils can also help with other health problems like skin problems like acne and depression. Actually, my son got conjunctivitis and with the help of essential oils, basil and a base oil his eyes were perfect in four days. Oh my God I love nature!!! I have taken classes on how to make cold process soap (don’t like hot process), lotions, lip balms, bath salts (this one helps with swollen feet, circulation and depression), salves and how to make your own cleaning products. OH!! I have an insect repellent which base is witch hazel that does not have citronella and works just fine. My friends love it. It is safe for kids.

    2. How to feel better using essential oils. I even would like to be a certified aromatherapist, reflexology, and learn aroma touch (also known as raindrop) for this one. I already have a course on what we call Green Medicine from Puerto Rico. You learn what plants from Puerto Rico to use for different aches or diseases to make you feel better and how to use them.

    3. Feel better by eating natural foods. I overcome constipation, hypothyroidism (I have to make sure on this one still), kidney and liver problems by changing what I eat. I did not know about the last two until I switch to vegetarian. My skin and hair look way better than before. I used to go to the saloon for special occasions (other than that I always had a ponytail) and whoever fixed my hair would say that I have two different types of hair on my head. Believe that!!! Now I just wash my hair and that is it. This is what is call the high carbs raw vegan lifestyle or low fat raw vegan lifestyle or 80-10-10. I love it. But it is way better if you can grow some of the food in your backyard. Also, you do not have to cook anything.

    As you can see besides the classes, I have made some research. I already took an intro in essential oils. Recently, I got some coaching on the raw vegan lifestyle.

    I love helping people. I don’t mind taking my time explaining things if it is for their good (for quality life). Even at work giving directions to the bathroom. I am a secretary and work from 7:30 to 3:30 (never get out at 3:30). That is why I am not working on making any products at the moment. There are people asking for them.

    Other abilities: typewriting, love translating (Spanish-English-Spanish), love being a hostess, filing, some crochet and knitting.

    Sorry it is too long!!!!

  468. Ed Chapman

    An app that gives people all the info they need when moving overseas. Banking, utilities, communications etc.

    Have relocated twice to new countries and found it really difficult to get all the info that I needed.

    Run a bit like wikipedia where people can upload info for the country they are in

    • Emily

      Ed, I like that idea a lot. I live in Mozambique, and this is definitely a service I would use. I think the only problem you might run into is finding people who will upload accurate info for free. Also, at least in the places where I’ve lived, everything changes really quickly, so you would need a system for making sure everything is up to date.

  469. Rachel

    1) How To Survive and Enjoy Higher Education (or something similar)

    2) How To Find (or Make) Truly Natural/Organic Skin Care Products

    3) How To Create Your Own Unique Style (Fashion)

  470. Toni Sicola

    I’d love to teach people how to heal their gut and their skin through diet and lifestyle changes. I’d love to teach people basic rock climbing skills, I’d love to teach people about basic gardening. I’d love to share my knowledge of food and healthy lifestyle hacks in general.


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  472. Eric

    It’s always been my passion to help others….feel better, be better, have better relationships, quiet the mind and de-stress, live their passion and earn a living at it. Through my coaching several people have doubled their income, quit their job and started a new self employed career, and even one credits me as the reason he’s a millionaire.

    I’ve recently opened a school for Japanese healing arts. The school sees a modest amount of in-person students, but I want to be able to help literally millions of people feel better through massage.

    One way I see is to teach massage therapists to earn a living. The majority of them are not business folk (same can be said about other doctors and wellness professionals). They don’t know how to set up a website and market themselves. Out of 300k trained massage professionals in the U.S., only 84k are working. 50% of those, work only part time and have a day job. The industry is growing at somewhere around 18% a year.

    The second is to teach the world how to give a simple, effective 3-5 minute massage to their loved ones. I had a dream when I was fifteen – “What would the world be like if everyone got a massage every day?” I think we’d be a much happier planet, don’t you?

    So some course ideas:

    Websites and Marketing made easy for the wellness professional
    Get 10 massage referrals a month (through networking with hair salons)
    Double Your Client Referrals and Your Income by Connecting with Chiropractors
    Finding your massage marketing niche
    Establish a successful massage practice with only 40 clients
    Make $60K/yr on 3 massage sessions a day. (the avg MT makes $35K/yr)
    Self care for the massage therapist – Japanese style. Don’t let your career end before it starts.
    Save your hands massage – Japanese Style
    How to give the most amazing massage without tiring out your hands in under 5 minutes
    Employee or Solopreneur? Which option is best for you?
    Breaking into corporate massage

    For Anyone with a specific pain point
    Eliminate Your Migraines
    Freedom from Sciatica Pain
    From Frozen Shoulder to Free Shoulder
    No More Low Back Pain in 15 minutes a Day
    Freedom from Overwhelm
    How to go from Stressful Mind to Quiet Mind with these 3 simple techniques

    For my wife who’s a designer:
    How to Decorate Your Home to Look Like a $Million Shopping at Garage Sales and Thrift Stores

  473. Craig

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    Every so called expert on “getting the best car deal” tells you how to spend countless hours shopping several dealers by email to get the best deal. That’s what people hate most is all the negotiations.

    I can show you how to get the best possible car deal by:
    1)How to research the price of the car of your dreams in under an hour and make the dealer take you offer.

    2) How to make the deal happen in 30 minutes without you having to shop dealers( dealers hate missing the deal)…and customers hate the shopping process.

    3) How not to over pay for financing/ leasing by knowing what the dealer won’t tell you. (I can help you get the inside scoop)

  474. Jonathan

    I tend to always think on a very high altitude strategic level and look into the future – I love to help people figure out their problems to live a better life/be happier/be more successful/accomplish something.
    1) Lifestyle design on a big level… such as “what do I want to do with my life”, “Where should I go next” questions..

    I imagine a service of laying out “blueprints” to get someone on the right track in life based on their values/interests/etc… The problem I see is that most people feel stuck and frustrated because they can’t see the wood from the trees. I’d like to help them develop a road map and make sure that their actions are congruent with their path

    2) How to cut back on or eliminate distractions in life that take away from experiencing the situation/people so you can live more peacefully/calmly experience less stress, and even lower your expenses!

    3) How to build your own guitars (from parts or scratch)/how to make your guitar play and sound better.

  475. Jerusha Holder

    Three “crazy-but-I-love-it” business ideas:

    1. How to cut refined sugar out of your diet for good without killing the people around you.
    2. How to live like a boss on a scrub’s budget in NYC.
    3. How to easily make your D.I.Y. cosplay costumes impress your friends and Con judges

  476. Henry

    You have no idea how far down the page this text box is :’D

    Anyways – I’m very new to the idea of online business and the likes, but I just realised that as a 23 year old South African guy, there has to be a better way of securing my financial future. It looks like starting up an online business is the way to go.
    Now off to my three ideas:

    1) Creating a WordPress website: From start to finish (including: securing own domain name, the best web hosts (and what a web host is), site design…etc).
    2) A short cut to Instagram and photographic success: the real reasons your photos aren’t getting that many likes, and why your profile only has 10 followers.
    3) The ultimate productivity lifehack: getting your shit together, and actually creating a life worth living.

    There you go.

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  478. Chante Wolf

    1. How to lower your blood pressure without prescription drugs.
    2. How to recover from bankruptcy
    3. A course to help people get over fear of sales.

  479. Segun

    1) How to be on the payroll of multiple companies without showing up for work at any.

    2) Run low cost, high quality computer and entrepreneurship training centre at the cheapest price possible in Nigeria and still gross massive revenue for yourself and your students.

    3) How to get paid to preach

  480. Dax

    Teach Kids (and other beginners) Computer Science / Programming (ages 9 and up)

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  482. Hailey

    Teaching people how to create beautiful, inspiring, and consciously-designed homes, wardrobes, and lifestyles based on individual’s values and passions. Does that count as three?

  483. Matthew Kaddatz

    Popular Diet Cliff-notes
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    Life Hacks for 30year olds

  484. Shubham Sanghal

    How to Increase hotel bookings through online and offline channels.
    How to trade in Indian stock market without any money.
    How can you travel within a budget – from making hotel to flight reservations.

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  486. T

    1. Must have and nice to have baby products for first time moms

  487. Lourita Stofberg

    1. How to discipline children sensibly and have a happier and calmer family

    2. How to prepare Children for difficult situations like separation, medical operations or moving house.

    3. Overlanding Africa: What to pack, what vehicle to get, suggested routes, how much to budget

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  489. Jacqueline Heath

    1 How to have 15 minutes of fun every day – a course for stressed out people. (no rude comments please!)
    2 How to Hack Your Diet – I’m already on with this one. I’ve written a book to help people with loads of strategies to use in situations of temptation when they’re working towards their goal weight. It’ll be free on Kindle at some point over the next month.
    3 How to deal with the Tax Office without having to employ an expensive accountant.

  490. Joe Chang

    1) Teaching introductory accounting (for high school/college students) using simple, easy-to-understand language, as opposed to the dry, technical, abstract way it is taught in textbooks.
    2) Teaching introductory economics in the same way as idea no. 1.
    3) Learn how to speak fluent English by using storybooks, movies, TV shows, popular songs, etc.

    • Joe Chang

      Oh, I forgot to add that for idea no. 1 and 2, I would also use fun, real-life examples to get my lesson point across.

  491. Rob Salter

    Okay. My idea seems a bit weird.
    I wanted to help guys get a wife through social media ads.

    I’ve learned a lot about running ads, and I think
    a person could “skip the middle man” of online dating sites
    and probably generate their own leads for landing that
    special someone.

    Would you guys think this would be a good course/service?
    Rammit, if you where single would you pay for this service
    if you saw it on your facebook news feed?

    Also, what do you think the income potential could be?

  492. Bryce

    I’m so stoked that the ZTL launch is aligning so well with my online business goals right now. Embarrassingly, I am the longtime reader (9ish years now?) first time customer. You’re amazing Ramit and I’m patiently waiting for this course to launch so that I can kick ass at it. After all, it only took me several years to commit, I guess I can wait a few weeks. Love that you are working us through the technique while waiting. It’s going to be good.

    Ok, here’s where I’m at with business ideas:
    – Leadership coaching for construction professionals (possibly a sub-niche of women)
    – How to end your 6-year old’s temper tantrums
    – Help professional women to negotiate higher salaries for themselves

  493. Jan

    I’d like to help parents communicate effectively with their teenagers. Most parents I know lecture, shout, give ultimatums that they never follow through on, and bitch to other parents about how difficult their kids are.
    It’s so critical to keep the lines of communication open with your teens. And yet it seems that most people have no idea how to do that, and no interest in learning.

  494. Desiree

    1. How to teach your baby or toddler to sleep through the night
    2. How to hack nutrition for the lazy
    3. The smartest things raw foodist do you can easily copy for amazing energy and vitality

  495. Jeremiah

    Ok, so I missed that we were supposed to post some ideas here last week sorry I am a little late to the party:

    1. Shoot lower golf scores and beat your buddies without changing your swing
    2. How to create optimism, positivity and laughter to increase your productivity and happiness
    3. How to teach yourself common sense

    • Jeremiah

      #3 should actually say “how to teach yourself common sense and use it to make better life decisions.”

  496. Karyn

    Here’s some of my crazy thoughts – not sure if they are marketable

    1. How to survive university as a mature age student
    (resources, balancing family, cheap texts, working with millennials, group assessments, understanding rubrics etc)

    2. A step by step guide to launch an online business for the technically inept
    (aimed at mature age people wanting to get online, but are still calling the internet the interweb, and still haven’t mastered their smart phone)

    3. Life Skills for Kids. Teaching your kids key skills they wont learn at school.
    Money, budgets, speaking on the phone, ettiquitee, helping around the house, community living, job applications, interview skills, ecology, be a kid that changes the world.



    • Michaela

      I love your idea no.3 karyn!!!

  497. Ron

    1. We will help you. When you need a little help, we can provide the assistance you want. Elite level concierge services, networked regionally to globally.

    2. That special night. You have the date, now let us help make it the time of her life.

    3. 40 to fit, the time has come to take care of your body and mind. We will help you make it happen.

  498. Arpi

    1. Why spend money on your kids’ education when they can get it all for free? Subtitle: how I got all the way to a PhD from a Top 5 school in an STEM field without ever spending a penny on education.

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  499. Malia

    1. How to find your niche.
    2. Create a way to connect all sorts of artists to their audiences and great venues.
    3. How to turn a mistake into an artful advantage.

  500. Tomi

    An app that tells the amount of calories in a plate of food by just scanning the plate

  501. Filipa

    1) Understand Brain physiology
    2) How to integrate new workers in your company
    3) Productivity coaching for students

  502. Asad

    Creating short insights and articles for busy managers/executives then assembling these into bundled article sets for a small ebook type fee

  503. Zach

    1. 3 Step program to never slice a golf shot ever!

    2. Craft beer review/what beer store sells what craft beer app and website

    3. I’ll find you the best insurance rates no more spending hours doing that!

    4. A hands off Golf practice plans for those people who hate having a golf pro tell them everything they are doing wrong… With on-going online video analysis and feedback

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  505. Oscar

    IDEA #1
    – Original idea:
    help people +50 (or perhaps slightly older) not get scammed online (fake shops, emails etc)

    – Revised idea (based on what you learned):
    Perhaps change the target market to a younger demo – who actually know that it might be a problem – seems like the slightly older generation might not know what they dont know.

    – What you THOUGHT they would say:
    “where do i sign up” haha.

    – What they ACTUALLY said:
    “i dont think i’ve ever been scammed and most people i know dont shop online i think”

    – What SURPRISED you about this exercise?
    That i was super wrong about might assumptions and i’ve been guilty about this so many times before.

    IDEA #2
    – Original idea:
    Help people get new friends when moving abroad (it seems like it’s a fear a lot of my friends have which holds them back from moving abroad)

    – Revised idea (based on what you learned):
    Haven’t got one yet.

    – What you THOUGHT they would say:
    That they dont want to pay because there is so much free material out there.

    – What they ACTUALLY said:
    That’s actually what my friend said.

    IDEA #3
    – Original idea:
    How to kick ass at Facebook advertising, CRUSH your targets and impress your boss
    (target market is employees)

    – Revised idea (based on what you learned):
    Same idea and target market but with a slightly different angle – put more weight on their own gain such as career advancements as social media manager or digital marketer (who is not nescessarily interested in becoming an entrepreneur)

    – What you THOUGHT they would say:
    That they might not want to buy it but rather ask the company to pay for it

    – What they ACTUALLY said:
    That’s what one friend said.

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    1) An ebook about creating the life you want outside of hard work
    2) Webinars for life coaching
    3)An ebook about how to have a best friend relationship with anyone you desire

  508. SXD

    1. How to succeed as a woman in a male dominated IT world.
    2. How to cook Paleo for one.
    3. How to get organized and increase productivity for the GenX’er.

  509. preye

    1. How to encourage young people to be maximise their potentials and be their best.
    2. Ways to love mathematics and physics. Colourful, practical and storytelling.
    3. How to be creative with textiles. Short fun textile design courses.

  510. Frank

    Here are some ideas:
    1) How about how to read a book in an hour? Easy Speed reading techniques

    2) How to play the ukulele. Basic technique to advance techniques.

  511. Akharoh

    1. How to use LinkedIn to build your business.
    2. How to start a graphics design and printing business .
    3. How to raise amazing kids even if you are a single parent

    Those are the ideas I have.

  512. Michaela

    1. Cool things to do and places to visit while traveling with kids to Prague
    2. How to deliver your next presentation/speech in a way that blows your audience away
    3. How to gvet yourself back up after you have failed


    1. Understanding Personal Finance for Filipino Millennials/Yuppies
    2. Peer to Peer Lending in the Philippines
    3. Match individuals who want to volunteer with Non-Profit Organizations looking for volunteers

  514. Renah

    1. DIY artwork for amateurs.
    2. Homemade recipes for hair deep conditioners.

  515. Cheryl

    1. I would love to teach people, as you do, how to earn an income without frittering away unnecessary money. I have spent hundreds (thousands?) of dollars on courses and memberships through the years.

    2. How to help people find their special talents, that they undervalue.

    3. How being a “jack-of-all trades”, as I am, has value.

    These are things I also need to learn, for myself.

  516. :Lanita-Derese:

    Well, How to eliminate being over weight, for ever or Natural ways to exercise outdoors for all ages, or Why add Herbal Spice Blendz tea brand, for a taste of life!

    Sounds like a nature-seeker to me! Wonder if the masses are on to the natural fitness life style kick yet? Perhaps, I can show you how to Be Self Sustaining! ebook… Great, I will be the example. Let’s do this.

    Thank you for the assistance.
    Much appreciation!

  517. Patrick

    Hi Ramit,

    Thanks for this blog. It has been a great resource for me. So this is my idea, maybe you can help me brainstorm it;

    I have lived in and traveled between five different Southern African countries and have been toying with the idea of writing a guide on how people in the West can safely backpack through Southern Africa on a small budget.

    Along the way, they will discover unique cultures, ‘learn that the Victoria Falls is actually not in South Africa’, see the big five (animals), and learn how people can survive on less than $2 a day and still be happy and healthy.

    I have travelled between Harare and Windhoek on less than $100 ( through four big Wildlife reserves, including the Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia) a countless times.

    I can teach travellers a thing or two about how to discover the ‘true’ Africa – not the sad, hungry, warring, and diseased version you see on Western news channels.

    I am a Zimbabwean who has made, survived, and enjoyed similar journeys. I know it is possible to avoid expensive travel packages and still have a cheap and thoroughly fullfilling holiday travelling through one of the world’s most diverse wildlife habitats and human cultures.

    I am just not sure how to package this for the Western market and if there are enough people looking to do this to constitute a viable market.

    Any ideas?

    • Manuel H

      Patrick, this is an awesome idea! You’d get so many people interested, you have no idea! I hope you can get it up and running. Please email me when you do.

  518. Brittany

    Jewelry – need it repaired? Find a jeweler online that will do it for you.

    Volunteering – how the hell do I find legit opportunities to help?

    Let me show you how to fix stuff with just a bit of common sense!

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