Last time we talked about coming up with as many ideas as you can for your business. I asked you not to dismiss any idea that came to mind. I asked you to write them all down for a reason. It’s time to take a look at those ideas, refine them and decide on your business.
There are a couple ways to really decide on a business idea. First, go through your list of passions, hobbies, talents and community needs you created in the first blog post, and find out which of these would make a viable business. To figure out which ideas are viable, ask yourself these three questions about each idea:
Let’s talk a little bit about business models. A business model is a particular way you serve your customers. There are 4 basic ways you can serve people. Service-based business, knowledge-based business, coaching business, and product-based business. You will generally choose one business model to start your business.
A product based business, obviously, is when you sell a product. For instance, when you make and sell custom headbands. A service-based business would be something like babysitting or dog walking for your customers. Knowledge-based businesses, or information marketing, is when you speak in public on a topic you are an expert in or write an ebook (which you would then sell as a product based business). Finally, there is a coaching type of business. Most teens don’t have the expertise just yet for this but don’t rule it out. Coaching would come into play if you have maybe played soccer since you were 5 and can coach younger kids. So it is a possibility.
So, by now you should have a pretty good idea of what type of business you want to start and what business model you can employ in your business. In the Mission Possible Course we are developing, we go deeper into refining your business idea using Google, researching your competitors and testing your market. Just subscribe to our blog to get details of the curriculum when it launches.
In the next post, we’ll be discussing a few key things you need to get a great start on your business success.
I’d love to hear what you have decided on for your business in the comment. If you are struggling to come up with an idea to go with, I also offer free email consulting. Just send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your brainstorming list and I will get back to you within 48 hours.