You have finally found your personal business idea and want to mature it for the market?
In this post we’ll show you how to find the right business idea, how to improve it and how to make your idea promising enough for a market launch.
For starting your own successful business you need a good business idea. But that doesn’t mean you have to invent a better alternative to Google or SpaceX, it can already be a mature business model for a restaurant or an online store that serves a niche.
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Now we will show you how to find, develop and test your business idea step by step.
But first, you have to understand that a business idea is not an unchangeable project. It will and should constantly change and adapt to the market. Only then, you can be sure of its long-term success.
A good business idea has the following 3 characteristics:
And now let’s get deep!
Get a pen & paper and try to go through the following questions. They will help you find your idea and give you a clearer picture of your strengths:
→ What is your motivation? It should drive you at all times.
→ The most important things here are your soft skills. Hard skills can always be learned afterwards.
→ If your business idea also includes your passion, you’ll make much greater progress and be happier doing it.
→ Set your personal goals and be ambitious. Only then you can reach them.
Be honest with yourself when answering these questions. If you go through the world with your eyes open and always on the lookout for new, unsolved problems, you will get closer and closer to your idea.
Always keep in mind that your business idea offers added value to your potential customers. The benefit and value, for example for guests in a restaurant, is not only the food they eat but the enjoyment, the service, and the good feeling of going out to have dinner that convinces them. This way you can be sure that your idea, even if it’s not a completely innovative one, will be profitable. Often it is simply a matter of implementing your idea better than other people or companies have done before. Ask yourself the following questions in advance:
You can find a list of other great questions that can help you to take your idea to another level and make it market-ready in our all-in-one-guide. So check it out!
With the help of a „Business Model Canvas“, you can excellently lay the foundation for a later business plan. You may have heard of this term before.
By filling out the template we attached here to download as well, it will show you what you have, what you don’t have, and what you want to achieve. It is nowhere near as detailed as a final business plan and contains almost no numbers, unlike the actual business plan, but it gives you an excellent initial overview. If you can’t answer all the questions yet, you know there’s still a lot to figure out!
In order to get to know your buyer persona better, it is enormously important that you have personal conversations with them! This step requires courage, but it is essential. You need to know exactly how your target audience behaves and, best of all, how they think. So just go out and ask them!
Ask other people for their opinions and test whether your idea would be accepted or not. This will help you a lot. You are still at the point where you can change and adjust a lot.
As you can see (and already know), you do not have to invent something completely new. The most important thing about your business is yourself, your passion for it, your willingness to learn, and the people you build it with.
You can find other people who can give you feedback on your business idea in our community: