So many people have the dream and goal of running their own business, but for most this stops the minute they step one foot in to the business arena.

This isn’t down to the lack of skills, knowledge or ambition. But, mostly down to the fact that they really don’t know what their dream business idea is.

Truth be told, in todays economy starting a business is so much easier than it’s ever been. You can build a website on the fly, use social media to reach out to a much larger audience, and communicate in ways that’s much easier and much more measurable than ever before.

Yet, for some its still a daunting task when thinking about what they should be doing for their dream business, let alone getting started upon the dream path.

So, I thought I would share a few ideas about what you should be doing, and ways to dig out those hidden dreams locked away within.

1. What steals your time.

Take a look at the things you do on a daily basis, what tasks or activities do you do that makes you lose all focus of time?

These are generally the things that you find challenging, interested and inspiring. The fact that you lose track of time is a good thing, consider looking at how you could take these tasks and turn them in to a business.

These tasks could be graphic design work, sports, networking with others, helping and inspiring others, solving problems..

Just from the few mentioned above, I can already thing of a business angle for all of them.

i.e Graphic design, you could start by freelancing for larger design agencies, before setting up your own.

Sports, I know many sports franchises that actually receive government funding to go in to schools and offer extra curricular activities for the children.

Networking, you could set up and run local meeting groups for like-minded people. Share trades, and pass work with each other.

Or find ways to solve problems for others, this can be sales orientated or advice based.

2. Utilise your existing skills

As well as discovering the tasks that steal your time, look at the skills that you have acquired over time.

Are you great with computers, can you fix them, maybe you can develop code. maybe you have a new idea for a better way for the computer to work.

By understanding the skills you have, can help you to inject those skills into a business idea, and creating a business that focuses on one of your hobbies can create a very satisfying lifestyle and business.

3. Areas of great growth.

Another place you can look for inspiration in starting a business is areas of growth.  Look through the press, on what’s on TV and radio, what sectors are really flourishing. Look at businesses that are doing really well, and explore if there is  room for additional expansion from you.

No matter how good or bad the economy performs, people will always pay for services that offer increased value.

I have read on many occasions about business building a strong business in a recession, and that lots of millionaires are actually created from these difficult and hard times.

These are just a few areas that spring to mind, and ways to spur you into a business pumping machine, please remember starting a business will have ups and downs. But that’s part of the journey!

The best advice I can give anyone, and this is purely from personal experience: Get as much advice as possible on the journey.

Get a mentor, get professional help, don’t be afraid to let go of tasks. The quicker you can do these things, the quicker your new business hatchling can look to flourish.

And if it doesn’t work out, don’t beat yourself up, just start again!

Some of the greatest products we have ever seen or heard about didn’t work out the first time round.

Walt Disney’s idea of having a theme park was snubbed by most banks, and branded as a stupid idea. Now people save their entire life’s to spend one holiday at Disney land.

JK Rowling was rejected by countless publishers for Harry Potter…

Colonel Sanders (KFC) was rejected hundreds of times, and didn’t find his true calling until his 60’s…

To finalise, the best advice I can give is take advice. And take lots of it!

If you do need some help, a mentor or just a sounding board, please feel free to reach out to me. CLICK HERE

Jon Covey

Multi Award Winning Speaker & Motivational Sales/Business Mentor JonCovey.com
Jon Covey is a multi award winning sales/trainer and serial entrepreneur based in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Who specialises in self development, personal development, executive business coaching and sales training.

Covey, captivates audiences with his 'do it anyway' style, working through business issues and topics to help individuals and businesses explode productivity and sales.

For over a decade and a half Jon has been working with companies large and small. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with many business ventures under his belt and he is not afraid to tell you about the failures as well as the successes.

What you get from working with Jon is a clear concise straight to the point program that delivers an end result that you only dreamed of. With financial, work, and personal areas of your life balancing, this gives you a real sense of fulfillment in your life.

He often shares his wisdom through many media channels, which instantly turn viral with others eager to learn from his creativity and style.

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