Lots of girls out there want to start their own business but delay doing so because they just don't know what kind of business to start.
The thing is, that's OK! We've all been there. From the age of 16 I wanted to be a writer, photographer, proofreader, interior designer and graphic designer. But I could only be one of those things.
How do you pick just one?
Here's my advice on choosing what kind of business to start:
1. Try everything, but only stick with what you love. Before rushing into any business plans, make sure you've tried various creative paths first. Before I decided my 'destiny' was the be a graphic designer, I tried selling vintage clothing online and at fairs, I spent a year dabbling in photography and I attended plenty of conferences on business and creative arts. Each time I felt my heart had settled on a business idea, I gave myself two months to dwell on it. If at the end of the two months I was still passionate about my business idea, I would pursue it further. In the end, the only idea I remained passionate on was graphic design!
2. Ask yourself- would you do it even if you didn't get paid for it? When working for yourself, its extremely important that you're passionate about your job- so passionate that you'd do it for free! Without that passion, I guarantee you'll get bored, and that's when your businesses success will start to suffer.
3. What could you write a book about? Say you had to sit down and write a 300 page book on one subject...what would that subject be? Could you fill 300 pages, or would you start to struggle after 30? Never start a business on something you know nothing about, because you'll feel out of your depth very quickly.
4. Do you work well with other people? Some business ideas require a team of staff and others do not. Its common sense, but I'm going to say it anyway: don't start a business that requires staff if you hate working with other people. Its as simple as that.
5. What do your friends/family think you're good at? You'd be surprised how many people think they're amazing at something, when they're actually pretty crap.You don't want to start a business in something that everyone thinks you're bad at, or just 'OK' at. You want to be amazing and knock everyone's socks off!! So before starting your small business, ask your friends what they think of your work and if they'd buy your product/service. Survey everyone anonymously so they feel they can be 100% honest about your talents.