The hardest part in starting a business can sometimes just be to START A BUSINESS. In other words, get out of your own head and start your freaking business. Am I right?!
Take me for example. I knew from the time I was in high school that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. You can read more in my bio on the About page of this website. Essentially when I was growing up, I saw everyone around me working endless hours, living for the weekend and being mostly miserable. I decided at a very young age that I didn’t want to live for these sporadic moments of joy. I wanted joy as much as I could have it and I knew the solution was to work for myself. Today I am an author, blogger, network marketer and coach. I have also ran my own graphic design cloud agency, provided voice over & commercial talent, ran successful brand ambassador campaigns and countless other things.
If you know you want to work at home but you’re struggling with getting an idea of what’s out there and what you can do to work from home, then check out these tips to get out of your own head and get into your work at home business.
1. Write Stuff Down
Write everything down! Seriously! I am talking good ideas, bad ideas, laugh out loud terrible ideas, ideas you wouldn’t even tell your best friend, random musings, dreams, questions, things you hear in conversation, everything. I have an app on my phone for this and it’s called Trello and I love it. I never know when inspiration will strike me so having an app on my phone is terrific because I can pull it out and jot down a note whenever I get an idea.
Getting your thoughts out of your head makes it easier to go back and find the genius ideas that just might lead to something.
2. Leave No Idea Unturned
Don’t let any idea slip by without being examined, tested and turned on its head. Go back to your list often and read what you’ve written. Dive deeper into anything that really seems to be jumping out to you.
3. Never Stop Learning
Pretty much every successful entrepreneur reads a ton. I’m talking about books, blogs and papers covering subjects inside and outside of their profession to expand their knowledge and discover new connections.
If you simply don’t have time to read books, here are a few alternatives.
Try Blinkist – Blinkist is a tool that gives you key insights from 2,500+ bestselling nonfiction books, transformed into powerful packs you can read or listen to in just 15 minutes. Sign up for Blinkist through their website or look for them in your favorite app store. I use Blinkist on my iPhone. You can read the notes or listen to them as an audio.
Listen – Listening to audiobooks and podcasts can be a good alternative to books if you simply don’t have the time. I found this to be true when my kids were really tiny. When I was juggling a toddler, a newborn and a new business there was simply no time to read. So I would often listen to podcasts and audiobooks while I did things around the house such as cooking, cleaning, laundry or playing with kiddos.
Take classes – If you’re just not much of a reader, then maybe a classroom setting is something better suited for you. Get into public classes, listen to lectures and connect with like-minded people. This can open doors to new opportunities and ideas.
4. Be The Dumbest Person In The Room:
Do your best to surround yourself with people smarter than you. They will push you to come up with new ideas and become more.
The famous author Jim Rohn says “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” So choose wisely my friend.
5. Check Out the Masses
Sometimes it just takes a different perspective. Look into websites like Quora or Reddit. These can be great resources to get input from experienced entrepreneurs. Find out what is working, what’s not working. What is trending. Look at what industries or jobs are doing well and consider which you could jump into or learn enough to jump into. Check out resources like this website right here, or my Facebook group, which has tons of ways to work from home and is growing every single day.
The internet is the world’s largest and most varied library. Sometimes letting yourself be drawn down a path of links and idle searches can take you to a new and fascinating idea.
6. Become a Problem Solver
Think about problems you encounter on a day-to-day basis. What frustrates you, and how could you potentially remove that frustration?
If you can’t find a creative solution to a big problem, start by working on smaller problems. Take the hills first, build some momentum, and then you might be ready for the mountains.
7. Focus On Yourself
Take a vacation, get enough sleep, do what it takes to get in the right place for yourself. Once you are there, creativity will come more naturally. The problem you are working to solve, will become less monumental.
Try to sit and meditate, just be mindful for a moment. Be alone with yourself. Concentrate on your breath, and you may find inspiration come to you.
8. Shape Up
Get physically active so that your mind is occupied on something else for a little bit and your body is releasing those feel good endorphins. When you go back to your list of ideas for a business you’ll find it much more easy to tackle than before.
9. Clear Distractions
Spend some time away from your cell phone, internet or anything else that pulls you away from the problem at hand. You don’t have to be on an airplane to put your device on airplane mode.
10. Stop Being A Perfectionist
Allow something to be imperfect. Even if that means going forward with an idea that isn’t totally refined just yet. Some of the biggest successes happen when we allow ourselves to learn along the way and let ourselves know it’s okay not to be perfect.
Spend time brainstorming without scrutinizing your ideas. As I said in the first bullet item of this list, write down anything and everything that comes to mind, then go back later to see if anything makes sense and what sticks.
11. Be Ok with Failure
Sometimes our biggest failures can set the stage for our grandest successes. As Steven Tyler said in a famous Aerosmith song, “You’ve got to lose to know how to win.”
12. Get Creative
Paint. Write fiction or poetry. Play an instrument. Engaging your artistically creative side can help you find inspiration for creative business ideas.
13. Find New Surroundings
If you find that you’re in a rut then get out and get into a new space. Go for a walk in nature. Play with your kids. Go to a new coffee shop with friends. Take a road trip. Something, anything to distract yourself and get your mind focused elsewhere. So many times when we give our brain a rest, that is when we discover what we were wanting to find.
Sometimes a lack of inspiration can come from working on too many projects. Cut out extraneous tasks and focus on solving one problem at a time.
15. Keep Pushing
Anyone can have one good idea. Unfortunately, you need a lot of good ideas to make a business work. The best entrepreneurs relentlessly follow up on their first idea and keep picking away at new problems for as long as it takes.