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Start Now - Scratch That Itch Part 2

Thinking about it, research and planning is not enough.  At some stage, you need to turn your ideas into action.  Here are a few ways to get started right away.

Start a blog

If you have an idea you are passionate about or a problem that frustrates you, start a blog.  This is a great way of finding like-minded individuals who will help you to see whether there is a chance that your crazy idea might just fly.  Social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is a great way to find and connect with your tribe and drive traffic to your blog.  If you don’t know how to start a blog or how to use Social Media, then jump in the soup, it’s what we’re here for.

Start Selling Online

To be in business you need to be able to sell, at least that’s what Alan Sugar bangs on about on The Apprentice. From Etsy, Ebay, Amazon to not on the highstreet there are more ways to sell online than there are to skin a cat. Sophia Amoruso started selling vintage clothing on eBay which led to the multi-million dollar empire which is now nastygal.com.  eBay is a great place to learn basic concepts of commerce.  If you are one of the millions of people who have ever bought or sold anything on eBay you will know that it can teach you how to spot an opportunity, read a market, assess the competition, price correctly, pay attention to detail and customer service – great lessons for anyone thinking of starting a business.   If you think you have nothing to sell you’re not looking hard enough – declutter your house and it will free your mind up to work on your business.

Go Freelance

If you’re quite not sure whether you want to jack in the day job and become your own boss, take this half-way step by becoming self-employed.  Contracting used to be the realm of IT consultants but now everyone is doing it, from office workers to healthcare professionals.  This is a great way of becoming familiar with the exciting feeling of being your own boss and seeing whether it’s for you.  It can also be an excellent introduction to the formalities of running your own limited company, skills you will need when you are running a business.

If you're reading this then you probably have an itch. Take the scratch mits off, get your head in the game and start something now!