Want to turn what you love into a business? Here’s where to start.
“Transferring your passion to your job is far easier than finding a job that happens to match your passion.” –Seth Godin
Are you feeling the call to turn something you love to do into a business? Many of us dream about finding new ways to contribute to the world and give more meaning and fulfillment to our lives. We’re tired of the mundane and long to spend our days engaged in work that lights us up.
Whether you already have a business idea that you want to move forward with or you’re not quite sure, here are three steps to help you get clear:
- What do you love to do?
Give some thought to what you really love doing. Even if you think you’ve got this down pat, go through this step anyway.
Take out a piece of paper and answer these questions:
- What lights you up – inspires you and makes you happy?
- What did you love doing as a kid? Chances are there are BIG clues here.
- What would you do all day – even if no one paid you?
- What do people tell you you’re really good at?
- What do you spend hours reading or learning about?
- Is there something you do, where once you’re in the midst of it time seems to stand still?
- It’s Decision Time.
Deciding is everything. If you’re anything like me, you may have a bunch of things you’re passionate about. And sometimes that can make things confusing. Which one to pick?
Take a look at the list you gathered in step one and consider these questions:
- Is there one thing that keeps coming up over and over again?
- Is there one idea that you feeling overwhelmingly passionate about above all else?
- Which one calls out to you from a heart-centered, purpose-based place?
- Which one has the best potential to make you money?
- Is there one idea that’s really easy to get started on?
- Which idea is most in alignment with your strengths?
Take all of these questions into consideration, and the right choice will jump out at you. The truth is that deciding doesn’t have to be complicated; it’s simply about making a decision to move forward with one idea, so that you can focus your efforts in one direction.
And, know that there are no wrong decisions. You may pick something and get going on it and then realize it’s not the idea you want to pursue after all. This is all part of the journey.
By the way, it’s also totally normal to realize that you may have passions you do not want to pursue as a business. I’ll give you an example:
I love cooking. There’s something about creating a meal from scratch that I find really rewarding and fulfilling. For me, cooking is soothing and recharging. But I acknowledge that although I love it, I don’t want to make it my work. I prefer to keep it as an activity I can go to for peace and relaxation at the end of the day.
Know that you too may come up with things you love doing, but that you’d rather keep as a hobby and that’s totally ok.
And you never know, you may end incorporating several interests into your work, but for the purposes of starting, pick just one.
Once you’ve decided, write down the idea you are committed to.
- What is one thing you can do to get started TODAY?
Now that you’ve chosen your business idea, what’s your next step?
Taking action on an idea is where many people fall short. This is where overwhelm can show up. So can the fear of failing and a myriad of other limiting and fearful thoughts. But the key to moving forward despite fear is to take a step forward.
All you need is one tiny baby step to get you going. Sit quietly for a moment and tune into your gut, and then ask : “What’s the next right action in getting this business idea off the ground?” Listen to what comes up, and then go do it.
There is huge power in taking action immediately. Perhaps you’ll take a few minutes to brainstorm your business name. Or maybe you will register your new domain name or set up your Twitter account.
Whatever you take action on, allow yourself to enjoy doing it! Staying aligned with your passion will give to the fuel to continue moving forward.
Sharing has power and can help solidify your commitment. What’s the one thing you will do to move your idea forward. Share with is in the comments below!