If you download the Free Weekly Planner/Journal pages then you are well aware of the section that captures your daily business idea. I cannot tell you how many people give me grief about how they don’t have an idea everyday and are intimidated, turned off, or surprised by that section. It is also very interesting that once I spend some time discussing it and asking questions every single person spouts out at least 3 to 4 ideas. Hmmm…
The very next protest I get is, “Yeah sure, but I can’t do that everyday. Those ideas are just a few I have thought of over a couple of years.” Aha! That’s when I reel them in. So what if two years ago, you kept building on those same ideas? Doesn’t that still count as an idea? Where would you be today?
Last year, I gave 8 actions you could take to get started on your business idea. Today, I have four more.
1) KICKSTARTER: My new favorite site of all time provides a social media like forum where you pitch your business product and everyday people like you and me invest in it. When you first hear about this it sounds a bit incredible but check out the site and you’ll understand better. The first item of note is that you can donate as little as a dollar and be a part of making someone else’s dream come true. Do I need to highlight the positive psychology benefits of that or did you already figure that one out? The second item of note is that for a mere paltry donation of $5 or $10 you not only get the wonderful, priceless gift of feeling good but you often can earn some part of the product, if not the product itself. Of course, the bigger you donate the bigger or wackier your potential gift from the creator. Can I tell you how addicting this can be become? I absolutely love giving!! The gifts are new, edgy and sometimes a little weird but always artsy. I have my name on a vegan cart somewhere in Oregon, I am getting an e-book about zombies in April and sometime soon I am getting a colorfully illustrated unique alphabet monster book. I bet none of my friends will one of these! Hey don’t judge, you too can participate in the fun but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the addiction part!
Oh wait, I forgot about pitching the benefits of KickStarter for your idea. You present your idea in a powerpoint or video which is brief like 3 minutes because that is about as long as a full grown adult can pay attention. You describe your product, how much funds you need, what the funds will support and what type of appreciation you will give your investors…a warm thank you email, a postcard, a picture, tickets to your play- y’know something that is product related. The point is that because everyday people don’t have a lot of money, it is easy to give $5, $10 or $25 bucks and there is a lot of everyday people so it adds up!
2) SKYMALL: They are challenging you to submit your idea that could be the next gotta-have-it product for SkyMall magazine. You present the idea, they provide the resources to develop it! For the ideas chosen (read plural “ideas” as in many), Edison Nation will invest up to $1 million to turn your ideas into the next SkyMall sensations! Those were their exact words not mine. Go to www.SkyMall.com/edisonnation for more information.
3) ALIBABA: Does the thought of how to manufacture something terrify you? The internet makes this a snap too. Go to Alibaba.com and look up the type of products you are interested in creating and you are guaranteed to find multiple suppliers to meet your needs.
4) Last but not least, put your positive energy around the idea. Imagine how it will feel in your hand.Envision a customer’s face of delight while using your product or service. How will you feel when you finally reach your goal? Who will you thank? Who will thank you? Will you be able to release your day job as a result? If so, how will that feel? What will be different in your life? Make yourself a vision page and use it daily to keep you on track.
So what are you waiting for? Get up. Get up now and take some action. Otherwise, this time next year you’ll be wishing you had.