As you can imagine, many busy people have lots of questions and concerns about what they should be doing aside their regular jobs. They worry about the timing for that anticipated side gig, but their biggest struggle revolves around finding the right business idea. And not in a “I need to start a side hustle right now” kind of way, but more of a “I have no idea what business to go into?” way.
We all know that finding your business passion doesn’t happen in a day. It takes time, serious thought and effort, and some trial and error. But you have to begin somewhere! Lucky for you, the best way to start only requires paying attention to discussions at the office kitchen, during lunch break—and yes, that’s all you may have to do.
Now, here’s how to do it:
1. Start really listening
You would have to stop being a part of discussions just for the sake of them. Essentially, you’d have to figure out what your colleagues like to do day-to-day, then look at your passions and see what the functional role within those activities might work best as a business for you.
Who knows, you might just land that unique business idea.
2. Make subtle inquiries
You love to have your lunch in peace, but if you really need to create a strategic business plan, pay attention to the small things like responses to simple questions.
Once you have these answers, you’ll be able to start making moves to starting out as an entrepreneur.
3. Stay curious
It’s probably not ethical to barge your colleagues with questions on entrepreneurship when they’d rather enjoy a good meal, but there’s always a way to go about this. The biggest thing is to remember is that it’s OK to not always know what you’re passionate about, and that constantly discovering what you’re meant to be doing is important.
So constantly reminding yourself of that is super important!
4. Don’t disclose everything
Business ideas are worthless without execution and, in general, there’s no point in trying to protect an idea from others. Especially if you believe (as you should) that you are capable of executing on the idea. However, there are situations where secrecy is prudent.
You don’t discuss every single detail of your idea. That way, it is nearly impossible for someone to exactly picture your vision in his/her head.
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