This is what it’s really like to be a sugar baby

BY: JESSICA BEUKER Sugar dating: In return for a “mutually beneficial arrangement” (fun, friendship, gifts, money, travel and possibly sex), a young woman, known as the Sugar Baby provides “the girlfriend experience” to a wealthy, generous older man, the Sugar…

This man escaped the Iron Curtain in a DIY plane and now lives in an airplane hangar in the desert

To escape the wrath of the Iron Curtain during the 80s Ivo Zdarsky took things into his own hands. He built his own aircraft, flew into Austria where he was granted asylum and eventually decided to pursue a career in the…

Strange services that people are actually paying for

It seems that the right amount of money can really buy you anything-or at the very least provide you with a service. Ranging from strange to unusually helpful, these businesses have managed to find a niche market in just about…

This 11-year-old has a multi-million dollar lemonade deal – and she’s using it to save bees

BY: JESSICA BEUKER PHOTO BY: Sandra Ramos While most 11-year-olds spend their afternoons playing at the park or kicking around a soccer ball with their friends, Mikaila Ulmer is busy running her own business. Ulmer recently launched BeeSweet Lemonade in Texas—using…

This old-fashioned bakery/coffee shop, plus $15,000, is going to the best 250-word essay

The Plaid Zebra has already published a couple of well-received articles featuring business owners who, rather than selling their businesses through the more traditional route, have chosen to invite would-be new owners to pen an essay explaining why they might…

An interview with Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation: Everyday I’m side hustling

BY: JESSICA BURDE The brainchild of Nick Loper, Side Hustle Nation, is an online community for people who are ‘hustling’ to build side businesses while still grinding away at their suit-and-tie day jobs. Nick got his first corporate job in…

Did you know you can grow mushrooms in coffee grounds?

By: PILGRIM Like a pair of ’80s stockbrokers, Nikhil and Alejandro grew their success from the decaying remains of another business. Fortunately, their success was founded in the realization that gourmet mushrooms could be grown from cafes’ discarded coffee grounds,…