Coming up with business ideas is exciting, challenging and can also be frustrating. Where do you start? Sometimes it helps to just brainstorm ideas. Grab a pen and a pad of paper and jot down ideas as they come to mind. Ready? Start with things that you are passionate about. What are some of the things that you would enjoy doing as a hobby? Spend a few minutes and write down some ideas. Continue reading this after 5 or 10 minutes.
This next question is not as easy. What are some of the things that you would like to do or wish you can do to help other people? Don't focus on business ideas. Just write down ideas on what you wish you can do to help other people even though it does not sound like a good business idea. Spend another 5 or 10 minutes on this.
Think about the times when you were frustrated about something. Were you trying to do something and wishing that there was an easier way to do it? Go ahead and vent out. Write them down.
What are some of the things that you are good at? This is not about how educated or how intelligent you are. Don't be hard on yourself. Are you good at talking to people? Are you good in solving problems? Are you a good listener? Are you good with kids? Are you good in drawing? Are you good in giving instructions? Are you good in taking instructions? Spend a few minutes writing things down.
What are some of the things that you don't like doing or would rather not do? Are you like me that don't like to cook? What else do you not like doing?
Spend some time reviewing the things you wrote down. It should give you a good picture of your strengths, your passion, your frustrations, your purpose, and the things that you would rather not do. Keep those in mind as you go through your everyday life and the business idea that is right for you will reveal itself. For example if you are a good problem solver, the next time you find yourself in a frustrating situation, you may be the person that could come up with a solution for it. Are you wanting to help people that would like to purchase a certain product that they need but couldn't afford it? Perhaps you can come up with a cheaper alternative product. Is your passion to travel the world? Is your purpose to help people? Sometimes it is hard to connect our passion and purpose to a business idea. How would I make money off it? Don't give up easily. Keep building on the idea.
Choosing a business idea is not as easy as picking one off a list. Understanding yourself, your passion and your purpose will lead you to the perfect business idea for you. Be patient. Know who you are, your passion and your purpose. Look for signs around you. They are there. Don't dismiss ideas as far fetched as they may seem from becoming a business idea.