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Coming up with great business ideas

Updated on October 8, 2012

So you’ve got it in your head that you want your own business, you’ve spent countless amount of hours trying to come up with a really good business idea, something maybe that is new and inspiring but keep hitting a blank wall. That happens to most people at some point or another.

There are many different things you can do to try and spark your imagination off and get them business ideas following again. 

Come up with a solution to a problem

There has probably been a dozen times that you have thought to yourself “if only they made one of those my life would be so much easier”, or maybe you’ve heard one of your friends complaining that they can’t find a particular product, because simply no on else has made it yet.

You don’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel

You don’t necessarily need to come up with a brand spanking new idea. How about taking an item and making it better or simpler to use. Think of how many time you’ve said to yourself “This would be perfect if only it had….”

The carpet was a great invention that has been made better by the invention of a hoover.

Listen to other people

Listen in to other people’s conversations whilst you’re out shopping or sat on a packed bus, do they talk about any problems that they have that they need a solution for.

Look at current trends

Keep an eye on the latest fashions, news, inventions and all the other things that interest you. You might spot a niche in there somewhere.

Think about your skills

Have you got any skills or talents that help you do certain things that other people can’t do as well, can you use any of them to start up your own business.

Consider all aspects

It doesn’t have to be a business that sells goods, you could offer a service that helps people or offer some much needed information on a certain subject.

Pursue your interests

If you have an interesting hobby, take the time to learn more about it.

The more you get into it the more likely you are to find a missing link, a missing something that you might be able to add to with your own knowledge of the subject.

Try brainstorming

Take a piece of paper and a pen and get writing, starting with your favourite pastime, then come up with other words that fit around that subject. You may just stumble across a forgotten area or something that you want to pursue further.

Think outside the box

Ok so you’re sat indoors struggling to come up with some business ideas, take your thinking somewhere else. Pick up a notebook and pen and head for the garden, a train journey or sit on a beach. Go somewhere you wouldn’t usually go and see if anything sparks of your imagination.

Talk to friends and family

Ask your friends or family what they particularly think they could see you doing. Ask them “if I was to run my own business, what do you think I would be most good at?”

You might be surprised with some of their answers and it could well be an idea that you haven’t thought of yet.

Consider turning off the TV

If you find that the TV distracts you and takes up a lot of your attention then consider turning it off and banning yourself from watching it for a couple of weeks. Your mind will soon be forced to spring into action and some constructive thinking can take place.

Think back as well as forwards

Think back to your past, was there anything that you wanted to do when you were a child that seemed completely impossible then that might not be so impossible now that you are all grown up?

Think about the future, do you think the world might need something in five years from now?

Write it down

When you are starting to come up with some ideas, write them down no matter how silly or far fetched they may seem. Even a bazaar idea may spark off another more suitable one.

Keep it fun

If you’re beginning to get stressed out with trying to come up with ideas, take a day off to relax.  A business shouldn’t just be about hard work from start to finish, there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun along the way.

Don’t give up

Be persistent and patient, an idea will come to you if you believe in yourself enough and as the saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.


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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Wow! This is the first of your Hubs that I've read, and I really like your straightforward, simple, down to earth, and welcoming style and voice. Great information, Virginia! Looking forward to reading more of your work as time permits. Voted up, useful, and interesting! Will also be the newest member of your following.

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      gajanis786 7 years ago

      Nice ideas.....I agree that for any successful business,besides other points mentioned, ones own interest and skills are foremost important elements.Thanks.

    • Victoria Stephens profile image

      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      Hi kashmir56,

      Nice to hear from you. Thank you for having a read and for the votes.


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      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      Thanks celeBritys4africA.x

    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Victoria great information and advice to help get a business up and running and successful .

      Useful and vote up !!!

    • celeBritys4africA profile image

      celeBritys4africA 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Brainstorming is a good choice.

    • Victoria Stephens profile image

      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      Thanks kephrira, I

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      Victoria Stephens 7 years ago from London

      Hi Mentalist acer,

      Listening to customers is a great idea especially if customers are unhappy with someone else’s product, service or information. It could be a great opportunity to make it better.

      Thank you for that, very

    • kephrira profile image

      kephrira 7 years ago from Birmingham

      Great tips. In any ways coing up with the right idea is more important and more successful than anything you do once you've actually started, so these tips are very useful.

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Listening to customers and keeping up with market trends sound like a great way to produce money with time and no money invested Victoria.;)