Odd Businesses You Won’t Believe Exist

Nowadays, just about everyone seems to be venturing into entrepreneurship. While most industries seem to be overcrowded, there are some unique but odd businesses out there in a lane entirely to themselves. How crazy are they? Well, would you pay $350 for a slapping facial treatment? Or what about a fake relationship to ease your growing loneliness. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. 

1. Fake Relationship Service

For the lonely souls out there who haven’t had the best luck in dating, there’s a relationship service that will make you feel lovable. It’s called the Invisible Boyfriend/Invisible Girlfriend, founded by Kyle Tabor and Matthew Homann initially as an app that later evolved into a website. The $24.99 package includes a fake boyfriend or girlfriend who will send you up to 100 texts, 10 voicemails and a handwritten note. You can also choose their personality, interests and how the two of you “met.”

2. Face Slapping Massage

We all know that beauty is pain. Sometimes you have to tough it out if you want to look good. Thai masseuse Tata understands this phrase all too well, as she slaps her clients in order to reduce fine lines and improve the overall firmness of their skin, leaving them with a plump and youthful appearance. This service runs for $350 per session or even $1,000 for four sessions per month. Sounds crazy, but it’s actually a proven and effective treatment that even celebrities seek out. Tata has shops in both her native Thailand and also in San Francisco, California.

3. Cremation Portrait Service

People cherish and honor the lives of the deceased loved ones in a myriad of ways. One such option is transforming their ashes into 3D art. Cremation Solutions in Arlington, Vermont is a company who does exactly that, and at a starting price of only $127. First, they’d need a photo of the deceased and the ashes of course. Then, they’ll use facial recognition software to create a 3D printed urn that resembles the beloved. Jeff Staab, the company’s founder, created this business in mind as a way of helping people mourn using his love for art.

4. Mystery Item Shopping Online

If you like the thrill of surprises, then The Something Store website might be just what you need. It’s the place to go when you want to purchase a random item with zero knowledge of what it might actually be. And the best part is that you don’t even have to sign up. You just visit the site, read about it, then click on “Get Yours” where you’ll be redirected to a page that allows you to select how much you want to spend on your random item. The lowest price is $10 for 1 random item, or you can go up to $300 of 30 “something” items. And that something really is anything!

5. Japanese Apology Service

If it’s too hard  for you to muster up the courage to apologize, then there’s a service in Japan where they’ll do the hard work of finding the words to make things right. How that is done is up to you, be it through phone, email or just in person. There are several apology agencies in Japan and their employees are all professionally trained to ensure that their clients receive the specific apology that they’re paying for. It’s a really successful business over there too, though most non-Japanese might think it’s really weird to hire someone to carry out such a simple task.

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