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3 Steps for Turning Your Passion Into a Profitable Startup

Nurture your creativity

  • Write your ideas down. Document ideas as they form so they become less siloed, and consequently, you can see connections between those ideas and other pieces of outside information.
  • Turn to the people around you. By using your community to reiterate and refine your creative ideas, it can make those ideas (and your content) even better.

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3 Steps for Turning Your Passion Into a Profitable Startup

3 Steps for Turning Your Passion Into a Profitable Startup

https://www.inc.com/joe-hyrkin/3-steps-for-turning-your-passion-into-a-profitable-business.html

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Inspiration for a business idea

It can come from anything: a unique personal experience, witnessing a problem and seeing the possibility for a better solution, even walking down the street. 

Everyone harbors inner creativity, but the question is: How do I nurture that inspiration and take the next step?

Nurture your creativity

  • Write your ideas down. Document ideas as they form so they become less siloed, and consequently, you can see connections between those ideas and other pieces of outside information.
  • Turn to the people around you. By using your community to reiterate and refine your creative ideas, it can make those ideas (and your content) even better.

Find your niche

  • What differentiates your ideas and content from others in the space? The more specific the content, the more opportunity to build the business. 
  • How can you find your niche? Use platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Reddit: Engage with shared content enthusiasts and discover subcommunities through hashtags, explore pages, liked posts and more. By leveraging these enthusiast groups, you can identify what direction to take your ideas to create the most value for the right people.

Leverage the right tech

  • Identify the right tools that will help you share your content with your audience. Whatever the platform, make sure it's helping you get more eyeballs on your content.
  • Your last and critical step is to identify the platform that will help you monetize, whether it's through ads, subscriptions, individual sales, patronage, commerce, or another channel.

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Your Product

Consider why people come to you for advice. What information do you possess that can be refreshed, repackaged, remodeled, reinvented and rebranded?

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Your Promotion Plan
  • Create a portfolio by putting together samples of your work. If you’re a baker, create samples to share with others. 
  • Don’t be afraid to give away free services or products. People want to get to know, like and trust you before they buy from you. 
  • Secure your business name, get business cards, and start thinking about your website. 
Your Platform

Who do you see buying your product or service? 

Create a client avatar: give them a name, age and personal style. Consider what they read, where they go, who they spend time with, and what they value. 

Network with people daily and let them know what you’re doing. You can do this easily with online social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Identify your interests

Just about anything that you love to do can be turned into a profitable career. The key to identifying your interest areas is figuring out what you would do had you not been doing the job you ha...

Do it free

Before charging money, it is recommended that you give people a taste of your services first if you want to turn your passion into profit.

For instance, if its photography, just offer to take photos for relatives for free. Surely, they would like to save money. This is how you establish yourself and prove your mettle to your potential clients.

Build a combination of skills

You should be able to combine your chief interests with the other skills that you might possess.

If you are let’s say, planning to sell cakes, what is that other thing you are good at along with being a great baker? If you are also good at digital marketing, you can blog about baking practices.

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