I have been evaluating a few markets recently, but have realised I have a SaaS bias that is affecting my research. Most of the bootstrappers I’ve been reading have built SaaS businesses.
There are a few markets I’ve researched that favour a commission-based model, such as freelance websites. The major problem I can see with this is that the community itself provides the value - and so building value would entail building a high-quality community… which I imagine would be a monumental task compared to building a service.
Another common model I’ve seen is informational products.
Though SaaS is the holy grail for me, I’d be interested to hear other people’s opinions on other business models.