Friday, July 22, 2005

Outrageous business ideas

When you think about different business ideas to work on, there are many different angles of approach. Most people, however, would not neccessarily have "start an airline" on their short list because, mentally, it seems like a lot of work to start an airline.

That's what makes this article particularly interesting:From the article:
    A British teenager says he has launched a low-cost airline from his bedroom, becoming possibly the youngest airline boss in the world...

    "I called round a few airlines and asked how they had done it and I slowly realised it was quite achievable," he said.

    Mr Reilly, who attends Deyes High School in Maghull, showed his project for Nexus Airline to a financial adviser who found backers for the business.

    Initially Nexus will operate services from an airport in Liverpool, northern England, to the Spanish Canary Island destinations of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
The web site for the company is available here:It is a simple site, but has all the basic parts you would expect to find.

The obvious question I had when I read this article was, "Where do you get the plane?" The answer can be found in this article:
    Nexus, which has received backing from private UK investors, plans to lease a Boeing-737 jet from Futura International Airlines to facilitate the new services.
This is especially interesting to me because I used Southwest airlines as one of my examples in How to make a million dollars. That means that you can go read the book Nuts!, on the creation of Southwest, to get additional ideas.

Note that "getting money" does not seem to have been a barrier for this particular business idea.

I think the moral of the story is, "don't immediately dismiss ideas that at first might sound outrageous."

11 Comments:

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous John Goewert said...

Heck, this also shows someone with the entreprenureal spirit! I wish I had done something like that when I was his age but had no one to guide me through the rules or the money to pay someone to guide me.

I'm already resolved to help my son out in any way. When he hits 16, instead of pointing him to a McSummerJob, I'm going to push him to start his own.

 
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