my idea is not revolutionary Its a straight foreword idea which i personally believe could help a lot of people here make a couple hundred/ thousands on autopilot every month basically recently ive been reading about a lot of start ups, and the ones that interest me the most are monthly fee/ membership businesses, which run on auto pilot because after the initial effort of getting the sales, you can just upscale until you reach the desired income , then sit back & relax so anyways, the reason why im giving this idea away is because i believe you can do this from any where, as it is location specific, and nobody here would be effecting another persons business Also, I was hoping by being generous enough to share my idea, some of you guys might be able to advice me on some of the points im not too sure about... so anyways here goes... its the basic idea of supplying daily contact lenses!! ta da!! think about it, most people buy daily contact lenses from their opticians at rip off prices, not many normal people order lenses off the web, as its not a well known method of saving lots of money before i looked online i was paying £30 a month for monthly lenses now i pay £12.50 a month, and these are dailies (which retail at a higher price then monthlies, as dailies are more comfortable and also you dont have to buy any contact lense solution to keep the lenses fresh, as you can throw them away at the end of the day) so anyways, since ive been using this site, I have literally converted all of my friends into using it.. but i was thinking today, if you could import daily lenses from china(seen a few adds on alibaba), or find a person who dropships then you could do a crap load of offline marketing + regional online marketing (national online marketing in this market is dominated by the big boys, who like i mentioned sell at rip off prices), to get orders for these lenses... each customer will order every month, and potentially you could make a killing i was looking on alibaba, and they were retailing at $3 per box of 30, so that would be $6 for a month supply(60 lenses). (ive never used ali baba so i dont know what additional costs they expect you to pay, I imagine importing fee's and taxes etc) but anyways, i really think this would work, as you could make around $5-$10 profit per customer per month (after the first sale, that customer will probably try your lenses, and automatically re-order for many years to come, as your prices are like 1 third of retail prices) if you market this regionally, to people in your area (maybe leaflets, flyers at shops, door to door? or you could visit offices/call centres, and ask to put a poster up in the break room(this would get a killer response, TRUST ME) so anyways, i imagine it would be easy to get around 50 customers a month, if you make this a full time thing.... so imagine that, 50 X $5 profit= 250 it doesnt sound like allot but it would go like this first month =250 profit this month second month = 500 profit this month third month = 750 profit this month fourth month = 1000 profit this month fifth month = 1250 profit this month sixth month = 1500 profit this month seventh month = 1750 profit this month eighth month = 2000 profit this month ninth month = 2250 profit this month tenth month = 2500 profit this month eleventh month = 2750 profit this month twelfth month = 3000 profit this month (first year profit of $19500) (my maths could be wrong) if you quit here, then you got $3000 on autopilot every month, or you can continue for another 12 months, and getting around 50 customer a month and be banking $6000 a month, by the end of 24 months... anyways thats assuming you retain 100% customers. so why have i posted this idea? simple, i have never done anything like this before, and i was wondering if any of you guys had any experience with importing from alibaba also, i just wanted to put this out there, and get your guys feedback on this, sometimes i think of ideas that are overly optimistic, but right now im so desperate to leave the corporate world, that im dying to start a business. and this is the first thing i could think of, nice and simple. if you like my idea, and would like to help me with some input or some guidance, please respond to this thread, or PM me. please any guidance would be helpful.. also If I proceed with this idea, I will blog it in this thread, so I can teach others if it succeeds.