“You don’t want to be over zealous and bite off more than you can chew so how do you know where to begin when you decide to start your business?”
Well, it will depend on the question you ask yourself. Many people will figure out what they may be thinking about doing and then try to figure out how. While their in the process of thinking this over they think about their why. And if the work is too difficult that’s the moment the dream tends to die. People have this imaginary wall that seems like a constant obstacle of where to go next or how to even get started. The minimal question in this process is why do you want to do it.
Your process should be Why, How, then What. To know where you should begin, find out your Why first. Why is it important to open up this business? How do you plan on solving this issue? What can you provide or do to solve this problem? You see, businesses are about solving problems. The more you help people solve a problem and the better you are at doing it… the more money you can make and gain notoriety.
So here’s a few ideas to think about before starting a business. Are you ready?
- Think about something that gets your emotions involved where there is a problem to be solved. For example: “I needed something shipped overnight when I absolutely needed it sent and delivered without fail”: FedEx. Or “I’m so tired of buying CD’s and spending hours downloading and burning CD’s of my favorite songs while carrying around this bulky CD player to listen to those songs”: Apple IPod. Or “I like to travel but hotels are so expensive, why can’t I just stay on someone’s couch for a few days and pay a fraction of what I’d pay a hotel”: AirBnB. This is you why. Why is it important to you?
- Think of how people would benefit from your product or service. How will it make their lives easier? How will it make their lives more convenient? If people do not have a problem to be solved then your product or service isn’t of use to them. People buy out of what they feel they need to have to solve a problem. So give them something they could actually use. You don’t have to create something that will work for everybody as trying to solve everyone’s problem is almost impossible. Solve a problem for a group and be the best at it. Selling air conditioners in Antarctica might not be the best business model, so it has to make sense?
- Ask yourself is it moral and ethical? You want to make sure that the need your solving for won’t violate code of ethics policies or get you locked up and thrown in jail.
- Does it excite you to learn more about building on this idea for a product or service? Does it get you inspired to go out and find the resources to make it a reality? What is it? Think about when you wake up in the morning to go to work. Most people don’t get too excited about going to work, as my wife would say, “I don’t feel like being an adult today.” If you love your job, then you’re in a good place and this isn’t necessarily for you. But think about your idea and identify what the product or service is. When you think about it, does it make you want to drop everything and go out there and take on the world? It should. Whatever you choose be passionate about it.
There are many things to think about when starting a business but you don’t need to take a big bite to know if it tastes good. Nibble a bit at a time and follow the ways I’ve described to see if it will be a business you’d be happy to bring to the world.
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