I was scrolling down my Facebook timeline the other day and I stumbled upon a friend’s post. She was sharing her daughter’s good news of starting a business. Her daughter is a nurse, and she just launched a new business that helps new moms care for their newborn babies. To be quite honest I had never heard of such a business. I thought to myself that this was a great way to launch a business based on what she already knew how to do. It’s a creative way to start a new business that’s based on passion and skill, and quite frankly most successful ventures begin much in the same way.
Why not get paid to do what you love? It’s a simple concept right? Yet so many overlook the hidden potential that exists right in our own unique set of skills, talents, and abilities.
Corny as it may seem, my friend’s daughter found the hidden treasure within herself. Instead of re-creating the wheel, she is using her skills as a nurse to help teach mothers the basics of caring for their babies, from proper bathing techniques to feedings. It’s proving to be a very lucrative venture for her, because she has discovered her target market, and she caters to their needs.
You can do it too. Stretch yourself by asking yourself three laser coaching questions:
- In what area(s) do people seek my advice or expertise?
- What do I already know how to do well?
- Consider the area(s) where you’ve done well in the past. What circumstances were in place that empowered you to do win? How can you re-create a similar experience?
Once you’ve answered these three laser coaching questions you will begin to discover your own unique talent, out of which you can build a business around it.
Here are a list of at least 7 launch your own business ideas. Based on your passion and skill set, see which ones resonate with you.
- Caterer/Chef. Catering to a unique client group (i.e., personal chef, lunch and learns for groups, community organizations, apartment complex clubhouses, etc.)
- Painting. I recently went to dinner with a group of friends, we had a girls nite out. We enrolled in a free style painting class as we wined and dined. It was one of the stress free expressions of creativity I had experienced in a long time. It didn’t matter what we painted, we just let the paint brush flow on our blank canvas, and what we ended up with was our own unique creation. The instructor charged was an inspirational coach, she charged us $30 as she encouraged us to paint our stress away.
- Local Food Shopper. You can market yourself, pass out business cards, and go to the store. This a great service that caters to the elderly, the sick and shut in, and of course busy professionals.
- Online Event Planner. You can literally plan an online webinar or a telephone seminar with FREE technology these days. Simply announce an event on Facebook live, or some other social media outlet, and you will be up and running in minutes.
- Household Organizer. Organize rooms, closets, kitchens, offices, etc. Market yourself as an expert in this area, and cater to busy corporate professionals for example.
- Used Books Re-seller. Almost everyone has some used books these days. With most books now available as digital downloads, real books are a unique opportunity to make some money. You can sell what you have online, gather books from others (donations) and re-sell them. Make your shop known for something. “Re-seller of Civil Rights Books” is a catchy phrase, tapping into a specific market, for example.
- Teach what you’ve learned. Or a better way to say it is this…learn something new, then teach it. The most effective trainers, on any subject matter, are always those individuals who have themselves invested time and resources in order to learn a new skill, or to advance their knowledge in a certain area. Tapping into the power of sowing and reaping, developing a new business idea based on something you’ve just learned yourself, is a powerful way to become an entrepreneur.