It’s a given that if you’ve hit the big 5–0 you’ve got game. You have ‘life smarts’ that just can’t be bought or learned through a quickie online course. You’ve paid your dues to know what you know.
You have LOTS of business ideas, too, right?
You’ve also lived long enough to know what you love, hate and simply don’t care about. You know exactly what you want.
Bet you’ve had the big “WTH” moment, too, when you realize you’ve had your dreams on hold for a long time and you’ve been taking care of others for a lifetime.
You realize it’s YOUR turn.
To do what you want.
No more working in a job you hate doing crap you simply don’t care about.
No more staying in a place that makes you unhappy.
Life’s too short.
You Owe It to Yourself to Start Your Own Business
All of those business ideas and dreams that have been ricocheting around in your head for years are clamoring to come out. They’ve gotten louder because you’ve ignored them.
We know we get to live a lot longer than previous generations, but time is still of the essence. There’s no time like the present to START your business. In fact, if you’ve got 5 decades under your belt, this is THE IDEAL time to START your business.
Let’s face it. An ignored dream is sad. Let it out. Act on it. It’s screaming at you because it KNOWS you’re ready to make it a reality. Don’t let it become a regret.
You Owe It to Others
When you start your own business you get to act on what you most love and what you’re best at doing. That’s an amazing combination. Astonishing, in fact.
Keeping it to yourself is simply selfish.
There are customers who need what you have to offer, but they can only benefit from your business if you START.
The world needs more mentors, role models guides and people that are just plain happy doing what they do. That’s you. I guarantee you know a hell of a lot more than you think. Starting may be scary, but START anyway. I bet you were scared to learn to drive a car, but you did it.
Being afraid isn’t fatal.
Wondering Where to START?
It’s is actually way easier than you think. Let’s START right now.
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Step #1: Create Three Inventory Lists
- Your ‘MY BRAG‘ inventory. I know nice girls aren’t supposed to brag. Do it anyway. Write down everything you’re great at from cooking to coding to writing to ice skating to networking to painting to accounting to traveling. Don’t hold back.
- Your ‘I LOVE‘ inventory. Write down everything you love to do. From writing to coaching to teaching to acting to volunteering to organizing to networking to mentoring to collecting beautiful fabric. If you find repetition from your ‘MY BRAG’ inventory include them again.
- Your ‘I HATE‘ inventory. Yep. Write down everything you hate from rude people to whiners to over-the-top political posts to dieting to traffic jams to bad relationships to crappy products to wasting time. This will be your reminder of things you want to avoid doing at all costs. You don’t like accounting? Don’t offer accounting services and, by all means, hire one to do your accounting.
Step #2: Walk Away. Clear Your Head for 10 Minutes
Step #3: ID Your Ideal Intersections
Look at your ‘MY BRAG’ and your ‘I LOVE’ inventories side-by-side.
You’ll find your ‘intersections‘ in two ways…
1.) Look for similar elements. For example, you may have noted “I’m awesome at mentoring women” on your ‘MY BRAG’ inventory and “I love teaching” on your ‘I LOVE’ inventory. These items are related.
Can you envision offering coaching or mentoring services to women? That’s a business.
What if you noted “I’m an exceptional writer and I love empowering women”? Again, another potential business – writing books or articles to empower women.
2.) Look for elements that can be mashed-up or combined. For example, I noted “I love dogs and I rock at organizing things. How could these two be combined?
Let’s Expand On ‘I LOVE dogs’ Example As A Model…
I noted “I love dogs and I rock at organizing things”. Hmmm? Could these two elements be put together? Do they have potential to be a business?
What about a pet service to help busy pet owners keep their pets happy, healthy and organized?
What would this look like? A business that provides dog walking, taking a pet to the vet, re-stocking dog food, treats and toys, eliminating the doody from the yard. That’s a business idea right there.
See how this works?
Look for elements from your ‘I LOVE’ and ‘MY BRAG’ inventories that relate and fit together, or could be great if mashed up. Start thinking outside of the box. Your ideal business idea could be something that hasn’t even crossed your mind yet.
CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve just captured your first potential business ideas.
This is YOUR zone, where you love to be. Where you get excited. Where you excel.
Keep returning to this exercise. See how many elements you can combine into an idea.
Then, make note of which of the mash-ups you keep re-visiting. Your gut is telling you it’s a potential winner and you’ll want to pursue it.
That’s How You START.
The first step to STARTING a business is uncovering what you love to do, what you’re good at and how the two can hook up to become a business.
Once you’re clear on this you can take the next step: Refining your idea. I’ll cover that in the next article.
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