A simple start-up idea: laminated reference guides!

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On a regular basis, Springwise receives emails from start-up entrepreneurs requesting new business ideas that don't require trust funds or cut-throat VCs to get started. Always eager to please, we spotted this simple yet brilliant idea: there's money to be made in selling laminated, 2- or 4-sided, satchel-sized 'Quick Study' guides -- from the periodic table of the elements to the basics of Spanish grammar -- to consumers at news stands, airport kiosks, and on the web. How is it done? Closely study BarCharts, the world's largest provider of laminated reference guides. BarCharts started with a handful of subjects and…

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