You might not know exactly what it looks like yet, but you do know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you want to start a business. For whatever reason, or maybe for a thousand reasons, you have always had the desire to go into business for yourself. Whether it is that you don’t fit into the corporate mold or that you want the flexibility to design your own days, you have your sites set on being a business owner.
Let me make this clear from the very beginning: Getting started is the absolute hardest part. It’s no wonder you haven’t done it yet. It is daunting, overwhelming, and just plain scary to start a business.
What if you choose the wrong thing?
What if you fail?
What if your idea sucks?
What if...fill in the blank. I know you’ve got a million more.
The truth is, you will never know the answer to any of those what ifs.
There is no answer.
It doesn’t exist.
“What if” is something that may or may not happen in the future.
It’s not real, so stop wasting your time on it.
Stop wasting what is real - NOW - on something that isn’t real.
What IS real is your desire to be a business owner.
Your dream is real.
Now is the time to transform your dream into a reality.
What you need is a plan.
Take action and execute that plan.
It’s hard to start from nothing. You might not have a clue what you want to do specifically. You might have 1,000 possible ideas; they are constantly changing and evolving. One week starting a dropship business sounds like the answer to all of your prayers, and the next week you are inspired to open a community center or have a food truck or a specialty gift shop.
You feel all over the place and can’t commit to one thing.
After all, what if you choose the wrong thing? (There it is again - this will keep happening. Just move on.)
Here are some tips on how to begin brainstorming business ideas.
Ask yourself thoughtful questions and write the answers down. Here is a list of questions to help get you started:
Gather all of the answers. You might already find yourself being pointed in a certain direction based on your answers.
You might already have a specific idea. Or twenty.
Now that you have gotten some self exploration out of the way, let’s get more focused on the business itself.
Here are some questions about the business model that you can ask yourself:
Don’t forget these basic brainstorming tips:
You have some ideas. Now what?!
Here are some tips for flushing out some of your ideas a bit further:
Make a Decision
I highly recommend committing to one idea and going for it. Even though you might have a handful of things that you want to try, choosing one and giving it all your focus and energy is the best way to ensure success.
So how do you choose?
There you have it!
Truthfully I believe a lot of people have the idea in there.
There is just a fear of saying it out loud.
Fear of failure.
Fear of disappointment.
Fear of not being good enough to see it through.
Fear of what other people might say when it fails.
Fear of spending time and money on something that fails.
For many, myself included, the idea was in there for so long that for a while you lost sight of the fact that it could be your reality, and not just a daydream.
All of that is your ego talking.
Our egos are designed to keep us safe.
Anything unknown is considered by our egos to be unsafe, so it tries to stop us.
It tries to keep us safely in our comfort zone.
It will do and say anything (that voice in your head) to talk you out of it.
As a matter of fact, don’t just not listen, but get in the habit of shutting that voice up.
Start to recognize when you hear it, and replace those negative thoughts, or limiting beliefs, with something positive and motivating.
Empower yourself with positive thoughts.
In closing, don’t be selfish.
Don’t keep yourself and your gifts from the rest of the world.
Live your purpose.
Live your passion.
Live your dream.
The universe needs you.