What services and business do gay men - old and young - need to make their life better and happier?

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    Feb 08, 2011 12:45 PM GMT
    If you search online for these kind of stuff is shocking to see that their is nothing but nightclubs, cruising areas, pornsites or just new of how terrible things is in the gay community when it comes down to discrimination, homophobia, suicide or hiv.

    I'm sure we look forward to more than these things but I'm not sure what is it. I'm nearly graduating with a Business degree and when they asked me what I was doing after my studies are finished I said I want to open a business for gay men, to fulfill a need but when they asked me what this need was I just couldn't come up with an answer.BOLD TEXT GOES HERE
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    Feb 08, 2011 1:10 PM GMT
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    Feb 09, 2011 12:32 AM GMT
    There are so many factors to running a business, need is one factor. Location, service, population density of your target audience, are you problem solving business, how much start up cash do you have etc...

    Male salon and grooming services (cater to all males), clothing retail, mobile pet services & grooming, Gay Man's Handy Man or Errand Runner - many gay professionals don't have enough time to get everything done so become a mobile concierge - dry cleaning, food, etc..., design and decor shop...

    Your graduating and have the business skills, so spot a need, research demand, test your ideas and then decide if you want to run that business or decide to test something else.

    Good luck
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    Feb 09, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    argenismago saidIf you search online for these kind of stuff is shocking to see that their is nothing but nightclubs, cruising areas, pornsites or just new of how terrible things is in the gay community when it comes down to discrimination, homophobia, suicide or hiv.

    I'm sure we look forward to more than these things but I'm not sure what is it. I'm nearly graduating with a Business degree and when they asked me what I was doing after my studies are finished I said I want to open a business for gay men, to fulfill a need but when they asked me what this need was I just couldn't come up with an answer.BOLD TEXT GOES HERE


    Ultimately, the reason why there seems to be a "need" for nightclubs, cruising areas or pornsites is because gay men need a gay space to interact freely with one another without the concern of homophobic attitudes (though, one could argue that gay men are just as judgmental in those spaces so as to negate the 'safe space' concept, but that's another topic). Gay realtors create a gay space for two men to find a home together without worrying about what their realtor will think. Gay adoption agencies do the same thing. Gay pizza hasn't taken off because the person delivering your pizza doesn't generally care and your service isn't generally affected even if they do know you're gay.

    Apart from creating gay spaces, the needs of gay men aren't really different than straight men: Food, drink, shelter, clothing. Everything else is just an extension or increasingly luxurious version of one of these.

    So if you're trying to come up with a business idea that will cater specifically to gay men, I think the question you have to ask yourself is what kind of areas do gay men require safer spaces to do business? Otherwise, you're probably better off creating a hetero/homo-inclusive business that is accepting of everyone in general.
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    Feb 09, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    If you are serious about starting a business, I have been working with entrepreneurs for the past ten years, teach business planning and business strategy classes and have masses amount of information that I would be more than willing to share with you or anyone from RJ that wants it.

    You may want to google the following:

    "How to Write a Great Business Plan" by William A. Sahlman

    "Why Business Models Matter" by Joan Magretta

    There is also a book called "New Venture Creation. Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century. This book is considered a must for Entrepreneurs and used extensively at Babson College (www.babson.edu) which has been ranked the #1 school in the world for Entrepreneurship.

    The Horn LIbrary at Babson also has a wealth of information.

    If you need additional information just send an email and I'll do my best to help.

    Good Luck!

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    Feb 09, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    I need macarons.
    MACARONS!!

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    Feb 09, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    WOW! It's heartening to see such good advice shared by the guys here. I think that proves that as gay brothers, we sincerely do want to help each other.

    I've created a few businesses, from health clubs to gift shops. My most successful times have been with a business partner because we were able to share the enormous work that comes with business ownership.

    My last business was all mine, with many employees. I made great money but almost worked myself out of any private life. So I recommend that you don't shy away from a partnership IF you can find the right fit.

    Also, business on a wholesale level gives you much more freedom than operating a retail service. Most wholesaling operations have lulls in business during which you can take a vacation. Retail is generally relentless.

    Good luck. You'll love yourself for creating your own job!
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    Feb 10, 2011 9:39 AM GMT
    Hi,

    Thank you all for such great advices.

    It really helped to hear some opinions and ideas!
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    Feb 11, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    I do pro bono (free) legal representation of charitable organizations (gay- and nongay-oriented). I believe in giving back, and the joy that I experience when I'm able to contribute my time and energy, free of charge, to a worthy cause is more than enough compensation.