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Reinventing the Entrepreneur: Turning Your Dream Business into a Reality by MaryEllen Tribby

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Chapter 1

Idea Brainstorming: Fun, Fast, and Easy

Everyone has plenty of ideas. In fact, you may have a great idea right now that you’re itching to get started on, but wait! The real problem isn’t coming up with a great idea, but recognizing when you have a good one. All it takes is one good idea and you can make a fortune.

So how do you know when you have that one good idea? First, you come up with lots of ideas and sift through them to find the best one. That’s the first part behind idea brainstorming.

To help get you started, answer the following questions:

1. What are my hobbies and interests?
2. What are some of my life experiences and achievements?
3. What problems, big or small, have I solved in my life?

You may be thinking, “Gosh, that’s cute, that’s quaint. I would love nothing more than to have hobbies and interests, but I work so hard that I don’t have time for any of that.” So let me ask you, “What would you like to do if you did have more time?”

Maybe you don’t get to do them right now, but don’t limit yourself. You might be saying, “I would love to have my own business, and one of my favorite hobbies is kites. I love flying and building kites, and I would love to teach others how to do the same. I would love to do an inbox magazine on everything about kites. But who would want that?” Well, the answer is plenty of people. Did you know that hundreds of thousands of people search on the term building kites each month? So put down every idea to start. Later, I’ll tell ...

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