So I am fired up for some kind of internet business, but now what? I have no idea what I am supposed to do. I am already stuck. Maybe you are in a same position as I am. That is okay because I am learning that many entrepreneurs go through the same thing. It is part of the process. Except for those few who stumble into those million dollar ideas, we all have to sit down one time or another to figure out what we want to do.
First thing you need to do is brainstorm ideas. But not just writing down ideas but use mind mapping technique. Mind mapping is visual brainstorming where you start with general ideas and start breaking down into more specific ideas. Think of it as a tree. You start from general topic and start branching out into specific topics. Hopefully, at the end of the branch is the fruit which is can be represented as a golden idea for online business.
Four things you should focus when you start your mind mapping:
- Brainstorm things that you are passion about
- Brainstorm things you are good at
- Brainstorm things you want to learn and be better at
- Brainstorm some of the problems you are facing in life that you want to find solution for
So that is what I did. When I did my mind mapping, I focused on my passions because I feel like I have lots of interesting passions to choose from. I am a creative person, so most of my passions are creative things; I am a musician. I like to play instruments. I like to create and product music. I like to create and produce videos and short films.
I also listed my currently job as an IT technician because I’ve working as an IT technician for a while and I acquired lots of knowledge about the industry. I love riding motorcycle and I am experienced rider, so I put that down as well.
Lastly, I put down some of the stuff that I enjoy. I enjoy horror films, so I put that down too. I like to save money and look for bargain, so I put that down to see if I can start some kind of blog in the future. Below is example of my mind mapping.
You don’t need any tools to do mind mapping. You can just start from blank piece of paper and a pen. But there are many Mind Mapping softwares you can choose from which makes mind mapping easy and pretty. Just Google it and you’ll see many options out there. Here are some of the popular mind mapping software you can check out:
As for me, I’ve been already using Microsoft Onenote to take notes, so I decided to just use Onenote to do my mind mapping. Onenote has simple drawing tools which get the job done. The point is not to make it pretty, but to get all your ideas in your head on to a paper where you can visualize them. One of the things that mind mapping does is it triggers your brain to come up with other ideas. That’s what happened to me. I started with one idea and as I continue to mind map, new ideas followed. As the end, there is no right way or the wrong way to do it. You just have to figure out your way that works for you.
So if you are thinking about starting a internet business and you have no idea what to do, this is first thing you should do. All the successful business starts from an idea, so spend some time doing your mind mapping and really dig into your brain. I believe money making ideas are everywhere. You just have to look for it.