I’ve spent a lot of this trip thinking about what I want to do with my life. You may have read something about that if you’ve been following along. I feel like I’m getting there. I have ideas. I’m now trying to figure out how to get there. I’m going to share some with you. I’d be afraid of the ideas getting stolen, but I have a pretty small audience here. So, family and friends, get off my kool aid. Also, this is mostly to keep an inventory for myself.
The biggest one is Timberline Outpost.
Timberline Outpost is a line of natural grooming products for the adventurer the environmentally conscious. I have made some of the items as a hobby and they have worked really well. Why not have a soap that’s safe to use in a stream or an outdoor shower that has collected grey water?
The plus to this is that there is a market. Done well, it’s a salable product. The downside is that it will take some capital to buy the initial equipment and supplies. You have to buy the supplies and packaging in bulk to make a profit.
The second is a YouTube series called “The unPrepared Camper.” This came to me on this trip. Over time I have prepared my food less and less. Whether I am out of fuel for my stove or just too exhausted from my day, I have had plenty of reasons to eat soup from a can or crush up a ramen packet and eat it uncooked. The show would be rating foods in their taste, portability, cost, etc so that campers or hikers or bikers or whoever can use that information on their next big trip.
The pro’s here are that the investment is less. I have a camera and a computer. I would just need a good mic, to build up a backdrop, and to learn some video editing. It seems like a really fun project with the opportunity for income should it gain popularity.
The third I came up with at a Taco Bell in Frisco, CO. John had a cracked wheel and was at REI trying to get a replacement so we could keep rolling. I consulted him via text and thought “Wouldn’t it be great to be a bicycle consultant?” That seems pretty far fetched. But then came the idea. Many people buy a lot of their parts for their bikes online now. Many use YouTube to learn how to install and adjust said parts. The problem is that there are many standards in bike parts. There’s a ton of information to swim through and you still may order a $300 part that doesn’t fit correctly. So a consulting website came to mind. Input what frame you have or are purchasing, then input what parts you want to put on the bike, and then you get a form with the correct part numbers to fit on your frame. For a small fee, you don’t get delayed from riding or spend extra money by ordering wrong parts.
This project takes little investment, but a lot of time and some programming skills I don’t have.
I’ve had a few more, but these really stuck. Now to get them going! Well, after the tour. One day I’ll be running a business, hopefully sooner than later. If anyone has any advice on getting started, I’d be more than happy to talk to you!
And as always, It’s Just Pepper Baby!