Are you like the thousands we’ve heard from, worried and anxious about choosing a business idea?
Maybe you have analysis paralysis and can’t choose which one is best. Or maybe you don’t think you can come up with a business idea.
It’s a big decision. It typically brings with it a hefty dose of anxiety and worry, two things that hinder any entrepreneur’s ability to do good work.
So we dive into it in this episode, digging in, sharing our stories, giving our best advice.
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Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.
I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do.”
Corbett’s Vetting List
- Demand — is it something people want?
- Competition — who else is doing it? Are they successful?
- Care — how much personal interest do you have in this topic?
- Expertise — how much do you know about this topic?
- Specificity — how broad or narrow will your lens on this topic be?
- Differentiation — how will you differentiate yourself from others in this market?
- Likability of Customers — do you like them now? Will you like them later?
- Can/Will They Pay — do they have moneys and will they share those moneys with you to solve this problem you’re helping them with?
- Lifestyle — if this became successful, what would your life look like? Would this be a 200 person company? A single laptop on a beach? Does that fit with your personal goals?
- Care — what do you want to exist in the world?
- Serve — it might be the devil, or it might be the lord, but you’re gonna serve someone. (We don’t work for ourselves, we work for our audience. More on this in episode 007, Can You Entrepreneur? What it Takes).
- Dig In — stick around and have a long-term view. You’re gonna be a big deal in 15 years.
“Creating wealth is not a zero-sum game, so you don’t have to stab people in the back to win.” ~ Paul Graham
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Green Exam Academy – FREE Online LEED AP Exam Study Guide – this is Pat Flynn’s LEED exam study guide we mention in the conversation.
Larry Halpern – he’s the Derek David of blogging.
The Top 10 Mistakes in Online Business
Every week we talk with entrepreneurs. We talk about what’s working and what isn’t. We talk about successes and failures. We spend time with complete newbies, seasoned veterans, and everything in between.
One topic that comes up over and over again with both groups is mistakes made in starting businesses. Newbies love to learn about mistakes so they can avoid them. Veterans love to talk about what they wish they had known when starting out.
These conversations have been fascinating, so we compiled a list of the 10 mistakes we hear most often into a nifty lil' guide. Get the 10 Most Common Mistakes in Starting an Online Business here »