I meet many people who dream of being self-employed but just aren’t sure where to start. They don’t feel they have a stand-out talent or skill, and just don’t know what they could become. I definitely know the feeling – I had no clue what I would be if I wasn’t a teacher and when I quit, I still wasn’t exactly sure!
What follows are some of the strategies I used to discover my new career:
Visit a coffee shop with a notepad and answer these questions:
1. If you won the lottery how would you choose to spend your time?
2. Would you want to work alone or as part of a team?
3. Do you work better to deadlines or to longer ongoing projects?
4. What sort of lifestyle do you dream of having?
5. What would success mean to you?
6. What skills do you already have?
7. What problems could you help solve for people?
8. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
9. What industries do you have an interest in or connections to?
10. What do other people think you are good at?
Still not sure?
- Surround yourself with role models and success stories – read books, follow people you admire on Twitter, read blogs, listen to audiobooks.
- Attend business events (many are free). You may hear a speaker who inspires you or meet someone who gives you ‘your idea’.
- Make friends with other people who run their own businesses.
- Visit the library. They have trade magazines, journals and career advice guides that may just help you find your eureka moment.
- Don’t panic. Your idea will come.
”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain, 1835-1910
How did you find your business idea? Any tips to share?