In case you didn't know, May was Small Business Month. In our world though, every month is Small Business Month. To continue the celebration, we have created a series to inspire you to think about starting a new business.
First? Try this 10-minute activity to see if you can turn your skills into a career.
- Brainstorm: Take out a piece of paper and make a list of the things you're most passionate about, what problems you think need solving and what you’re good at. This does not need to be concrete in any way; your thoughts just need to be written down so you have a base of ideas to start with. Keep writing until you run out of paper or your brain runs out of steam.
- Analyze: Now that your brain has reached its maximum capacity, it is time to kick it into overdrive and do a little analyzing. Carefully look at each item that you wrote down individually, then ask yourself: If I were to do this everyday would I lose my mind, or would I feel like my life couldn't get any better? Can I use this skill to help someone in some way, including myself? Do I think I can be my own boss? Can this idea give me the financial freedom I am looking for? Take note of the top three to five ideas that stand out to you the most.
- Research: Once you have the ideas that made the final cuts, begin doing a little research. Where is the best place to start? Existing businesses that are providing that service or making that widget. Are there any? Do you think you could handle running a business like that? How could you improve on what those businesses are doing? Remember, unless you have a new invention on your hands, it's not about recreating the wheel, it's about making it better and developing a better experience for the end-user, the customer.
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Now that you have an amazing idea on your hands it is time to assess if you have what it takes to own and run a business. Take our "Am I Business Owner Material" quiz by clicking the link below to find out if you have what it takes to be an entreprenuer.