To discover an opportunity, one does not have to any formal qualifications. Some type of previous industry and work experience is a plus when it comes to successfully starting up your own business but it is not a prerequisite. As in the article, “Educating Octavia”, Octavia Randolph, knew she had a great food product idea. (Welles, 1989) She did not have the formal education or work experience on how to package food, market it or anything else for that matter. But what was key is that she educated herself. You must know what you are doing in order to propel your business idea forward.
Now to go along with this same point, often times than not, new opportunities can be discovered from the workplace, or a former place of employment. I have found this to be true in my case. Several of my business ideas were even further stimulated from when I had a part-time job working at a department store.
I had countless conversations with my co-workers that literally hated what they were doing. They wished they were doing something else, like running their own beauty salon or they really loved working with children; these were their dreams. They did not have the experience to jump-start these dreams but that was their dream nevertheless, their desire. Their eyes would light up just talking about it.
But about you? Have you discovered an opportunity or a niche? What’s holding you back from turning that into a business idea? There are so many resources in the marketplace to help you get started with your own business. Don’t be trapped inside the mindset of “working to make a living”. Get motivated to follow your passion and live out your dream.
Being an entrepreneur in name only will only spark a dream, it’s the action behind it that makes it a reality.