Coming up with a unique business idea is something you might want to do if you feel like you’re destined to work for yourself or own a business. If you know that you can do better than what you’re doing right now and you have big ambitions, there’s no time to waste. Don’t just wait for a business idea to come and smack you in the face. Take the steps to come up with a unique business idea. Below you’ll find 9 steps that should really help you on this quest:
- Identify Your Passions And Skills
First of all, no business idea is going to stick with you if you don’t make sure it aligns with your passions and skills. You need to make sure that this is what you think about when coming up with your ideas, so make a list of what your most prized strengths and skills are. You may be able to come up with some ideas by looking at this list alone. Have fun with it and see what you can come up with – if you’re not having fun, then what’s the point?
- Speak To People You Know About Their Problems
You probably know lots of different people of different ages. Speak to them about their problems and see if anything is revealed to you this way. People love talking about their problems and will take most opportunities to talk about them. When listening to them, make sure you write things down that jump out to you, and then take the time to see if you can come up with a solution. Remember, it doesn’t have to be this huge, life changing thing. It only has to be one simple idea and it could really take off if you’re passionate about it.
- Identify Problems Of Other People
Take the time to identify the problems of other people. Look around you and you’ll spot them everywhere you go. Write these down too, and soon you should have a big long list of problems and lots of opportunities to solve them. People seem to have more problems than anything else these days, so you really shouldn’t come up short! Don’t forget to identify any problems of kids and teens that you can find either!
- Look At Popular Business And Ideas And Figure Out How You Can Be Better
Sometimes, you need to let go of the want to come up with something 100% original. You shouldn’t rip off anybody else’s idea, of course, but you can look at popular business ideas and figure out how you could do something even better. This is how many business ideas are born, so write down anything you come up with for this too.
- Write Everything Down
No matter how big or small an idea, write everything down. Carry a notebook with you at all times, and don’t wait to write something down as you never know when it might fly out of your head again. Go to a coffee shop and people watch and write down ideas. Sit on a park bench and write down ideas. Take the time to really sit back and observe people and you should come up with a ton of ideas to write down. Absolutely nothing is too small or stupid. You never know – even better ideas could stem from these ideas.
Keep your notebook safe. Remember that even huge entrepreneurs suffered a few failures and setbacks before going with an idea that changed it all for them. You might choose one idea to go with, realize that it doesn’t work, learn from it, and pick another. That’s what all of the best entrepreneurs do!
With your list of ideas, pick one and brainstorm. Write it in the middle of the page and branch off with any other ideas that come to mind, things you could do with the idea, and any other relevant information. This could give you a good idea of whether this idea is a good thing for you to pursue right now. Remember, just because it isn’t right for now, doesn’t mean it won’t be something you could pursue later on down the line. This is why keeping all of your ideas safe is so important. Remember, you don’t even need to build a business from scratch for success. You can look at things like franchises and centres for sale if you want a ready made type of business, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this will be easier or not as much work. You still need to keep things running smoothly and market everything.
Meditation is not something you should turn your nose up as an entrepreneur. When you meditate, you get the chance to still your mind and allow ideas to come to you, rather than you trying to reach out and grab them. You need to stay relaxed and simply allow. Meditation isn’t all that complicated, but people make it out to be more than it is. They claim they have trouble with ‘doing nothing’, but if only they truly knew the benefits of meditation, they wouldn’t call it doing nothing! It’s beneficial for you, your mindset, your ideas, and your business.
- Go On A Journey
Perhaps what you really need to do to come up with a unique idea is get out of your little town or city and go on a journey. You don’t need to go on a full on soul pilgrimage, but going somewhere new where you can relax could be the key to letting new ideas flow in. Book a trip and see what you come up with!
- Experiment With Your Maybe Ideas
You’ve probably got a long list of ‘maybe ideas’ that just haven’t struck you as being something you should definitely pursue. Being an entrepreneur is all about letting go of the idea of perfection, so experiment with them and see what happens. Things don’t have to be perfect to get started. Get out of your comfort zone!