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Struggling to find the perfect small scale business idea?
The key to finding your own small scale business idea is to analyze your passions. Take a look at what makes you happy and what you are good at and find an overlap.
Whether you are working 9-5 or staying at home with your kids, starting a business will take a lot of your time. To make it work you are going to have to be passionate about your business from the start.
There are a few key questions to ask yourself as you begin this journey. Find a quiet time (hard with kids around, I know) and sit down with a pen and paper. I am a big believer in writing by hand when you are brainstorming, it helps to clear out the corners of your brain and focus.
Ask the important questions
First, what do you enjoy doing? It could be writing, a creative hobby, or cleaning the toilet (there must be someone out there who likes to do that, right??) Write down a list, make it long, at least 10 things.
Second, think about what you are good at doing. These things might not overlap. I am good at cleaning the toilet, but I don’t enjoy it! If you have trouble coming up with things, ask your partner or a close friend what you are good at, you might be surprised by the answer.
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The next question is what do others ask you for help with? It could be that you always get asked for advice on a particular subject, or people ask you to help with a certain task. These are the things that other people view you as an expert on, and something to consider highly when you are trying to come up with a business idea.
The last question to consider is what makes you happy. You already thought about what things you enjoy doing, but what else makes you happy? A feeling? Being alone?
Now Find Your Passion…
Now put all these answers together, look for overlaps or things that could be combined to create a business. Do you enjoy writing, give great relationship advice and enjoy being alone? Maybe you should start writing a relationship blog. Are you good at playing with kids and get asked to babysit a lot? Maybe you can start a daycare in your home.
I have put together a printable workbook to help you with these questions. Enter your e-mail below to get it sent to your inbox.
Once you have completed this exercise, I would love to hear what small scale business idea you came up with. Please leave a comment below!