So you decided to declare your independence. You are ready to build your online business. There’s just one problem though. You have no idea how to start. You don’t have an idea for a business. Or you have too many ideas and don’t know how to choose. What if you make the wrong decision? What if you make a mistake? What if you’re just wasting time? What if you fail?
You become frozen. Too afraid to make any decisions. To take any meaningful actions. You’re stuck in analysis paralysis.
Well guess what? Sitting around waiting to figure out all of the answers is the wrong decision. Doing nothing while making excuses about not having an idea is your mistake. You are wasting your time right now. You’re failing and you haven’t even started.
No one is going to give you the perfect idea. No one is going to guarantee that you will succeed. It is up to you. Only you can make it happen. Only you know what you are willing to become the best in the world. Only you know what skills you are willing to master.
So what do you do? How do you break free from this trap? How do you starting taking action to find your idea and start your business?
Three ways to Stop Wasting Time and Find Your Idea
Solve Your Own Problems
If you are having trouble finding your idea, start by finding the biggest problem in your life and solving it. Want to learn spanish? Become a web developer? Start an online business? Find what keeps you up at night. Start learning everything you can. Build a product that solves your problem. By solving your own problems, you immediately know if you’re actually solving it. Chances are other people have the same problem. Your business will be built on helping people solve their problems. But if you don’t understand these problem personally, you are left to guess the answers.
Further, solving your own problem keeps you stay motivated. How many times have you given up on a business idea? But when you solve your own problem, you need to find the solution. Not to make money, but because this is your life. You’ve got one chance at it. It’s time to get busy.
Once you know what problem you need to solve, things get a little clearer. But finding your idea is only the beginning. It’s time to start creating the solution. It’s time to get to work. Remember, you are starting an online business for the long term. You are not going to think your way into starting a business. You can only move forward by starting. You don’t need to know everything to get started. Learn as you go. Start building a product. Start something. Create some shitty rough drafts. Keep taking the next step and figure it out as you go. The longer you are stuck thinking, the harder it is going to be to start.
Once you have found what keeps you up at night and have started building the solution, there is only one thing left to do. Keep working. Everyday. This is no longer some abstract idea for the future. The time is now. You can’t keep putting your life off until sometime later. Push through the dip. Become great. No one said this is going to be easy.
But how many years are you going to keep putting off starting a business? How many more years are you going to stay trapped in your career? Don’t get 5 years down the road and think, “If only I had just started. I would be that much closer” The years are going to pass regardless of what you do. Don’t keep wasting time. Now is the time. Solve your problems. Make the decision to start. Keep going until you figure out what works.
So leave a comment, what things keep you from getting started? How have you worked to overcome them?