startup ideas, marketing ideas, conversations, etc.
Business Ideas BrainstormingAs you brainstorm, keep in mind that you can work at home, or work from home.
Think about whether you want to meet clients at home, arrange meetings at a different location, or interact online.
Deciding on the right business can sometimes be the hardest part.
To get over that hurdle, ask yourself two questions: What are your skills and talents? What do you enjoy?
Then, find the common elements in your answers. Once you do that, you're on your way!
If you want to take it a step further, here's a technique to try:
Write a thorough, detailed resume of your life. Your education and work history are only starting points. Include volunteer work, hobbies, any other interests, events in which you've participated, awards you've received, and any other accomplishments, personal or professional.
When you're finished, you are likely to discover many opportunities for which you are both skilled and interested.
Your scrapbooks, photo albums, or journals can be a source of ideas. Hobbies and activities, past and present, have the potential to be turned into a business.
Maybe you have expertise in antiques. That could be anything from being knowledgeable about a certain type of glassware to having experience at restoring pieces.
Do you know how to trouble-shoot software problems or repair computers? Maybe you breed horses or grow roses. Perhaps you have a knack for interior decorating or photography.
Sometimes a seldom-used talent or a skill you learned years ago can be turned into a business. This might be anything from calligraphy to making kites.
So, let's say you've found the perfect niche using your skills and knowledge. You can use it to create a product or a service to sell. Or, you can do both.
Want more options? You can become a consultant in your specialized area or conduct workshops or seminars.
Put your classes on audiotapes, videotapes, CDs, or DVDs. Create them once, and have a potential source of income for years to come.
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