Now that I’m posting significantly more, I’ve concluded that ‘I don’t have an idea!’ and writers block is a part of the same family.
Also, interesting noticing that when I’m actually posting stuff on my blog, I’m actually DOING the stuff, versus writing it on my to-do list. YES. Sometimes.
Gonna brain-dump business ideas here. Feel free to steal:
Questions I need to ask myself for business ideas:
- What problem am I solving?
- Who is the target market?
- How can I reach them?
1. Accelerated Learning for Students: Since I have a passion for accelerated learning, a lot of the techniques that memory champions would be EXTREMELY useful for students, I think. Most students’ biggest pain points is getting good grades. And for especially ambitious students, who not only want good grades, but need to balance extra-curricular activities, job applications, they need to be able to balance grades and a social life and extra-curricular activities. Knowing these shortcuts to learning and retaining information could easily cut down their study time while still maintaining their grades.
But how can I reach them? Multiple options:
- Build a website + build e-mail list + drive traffic and create an online course teaching these techniques.
- Hold a class on nearest college campus, post flyers and create FB groups to advertise event.
- 1 on 1 coaching, build business through word-of-mouth and direct customer outreach.
- Write a book, self-publish on Amazon, do the marketing myself.
- Build an app that specifically teaches these skills, people can use in their free-time.
The downside of this idea is that students are less likely to have money to spend compared to say 35 year old women.
2. Cover Letter and Resume Writing Business: Since I’ve sporadically studied copywriting, any text where you need to sell something( in this case yourself), needs copywriting. Most students hate writing cover letters are re-doing their resumes. So most of them use some sample template. Every recruiter knows this so they ignore it. But what if I used what I know about copywriting, changed the wording of their cover letters and resume’s to hit those psychological triggers, so they’ll actually get that first interview?
Again, outreach could include:
- 1 on 1 coaching
- Hold a class at a nearby campus
- Building a website
- Hiring a good programmer to build a webscraper that scrapes all job listings and posting key words.
The downside of this idea is that I’m not SUPER confident about my copywriting abilities. Would need to study learn and apply the craft a bit more to build some confidence
3. Book Exchange for Bookworms: A service where readers can trade books with other readers. This helps readers save money on books while discovering cool new interesting reads. Plus they’ll get to meet other readers.
- Find two people who love reading and would be willing to exchange books. I’ll be the middlemen. I probably just have to talk to a lot of people.
God damn, my brain is already getting tired……. Let see if we can get more….
4. Transfer Student Help Service: Since I managed to transfer universities, I’m sure other 1st or 2nd year students are looking to move to a different university. I could offer myself to help them with the process, helping them pin-point the exact classes they need to take, so they could effectively strategize their transfer strategy.
- Find one student to help through network
5. College Essay Writing: I helped my step-brother get into his wait-list school by giving him pointers on his essay. I can apply the copywriting techniques on college essay writing( target market, customer pain points etc.). Target audience would be high school seniors.
- Post flyers through local high school.
- Partner with a student-run organization
- Meet parents of high school kids through network.
6. Personal Finance for Recent College Grads: College grads are clueless about personal finance. By understanding the principles now, they can save themselves millions of dollars later on in life.
- School flyers
- Social Media
- 1 on 1
As you can see, these answers are getting shorter and shorter, as my brain runs low on energy
7. Website Resume Development: Most people have a normal resume to submit to jobs. What if job-seekers had a website portfolio to show employers their accomplishments and projects?? This would be SUPER beneficial, but it takes some work to build them. I can offer to build their websites and charge a small fee for my time.
- College Flyers
I want to hit 10 ideas, but my brain is sweattttiiinnnngggggggg
8. I need a friend to go with!: This is more of a social app. A lot of times, there’s an event I want to go to but I have nobody to go with me. It’d be pretty cool to be able to post my event onto some application and then finding another person needing a person to go with. You go to the event AND you make a new friend. Boom. Boom. Boom. Like couchsurfing, but for hangin out.
- Would probably start off with a craigslist post or an ad post somewhere before even trying to build an app.
Downside is that people need to be somewhat outgoing and willing to meet strangers.
9. Rave Kits: Lots of young people go to raves nowadays. Especially since they’re intoxicated, they need an assortment of items to “recover.” This is where I package all the stuff they need into one product. They would need things like:
- 5HTP pills
- Vick’s Vapor Rub
- Chewing Gum
- Electro-lite powder( for water)
That way, they can just buy one thing and then BAM, they have everything they need. This would be a drop-shipping type of business sold through Amazon and the website, but nowadays, mainly amazon.
- Build a website + put product on Amazon.
- Buy Facebook + Google Ads
- Search Engine Optimization to drive traffic
10. Item-Store Locator: What if you needed to go meet your friend AND pick up something from the store? But you didn’t know which store had that item? An app that would let you know the nearest place where you can buy that item. Rather than going through yelp, then google and calling them.
- Find a developer willing to build this
- Learn about how inventory items are stocked in a store.
- Take stock of all inventory items in all stores in area and add into database.
Not really outreach but ideal next steps.
Anyways, just brain-dumping as many ideas I could think of. I’ll probably keep doing this again to keep my idea muscle going.
But with business ideas, I need to actually DO It. Writing posts of me just blabbing away about my life is easy. Especially since I no longer care about getting traffic, e-mail list or any eyes on this site.