What is Brainstorming? The first step in deciding what you should sell online is to go through the process of brainstorming. It is a technique used to gather a lot of “ideas” quickly. There are basically four rules in brainstorming And each rule will help you get as many ideas written down as quickly as possible and help increase your overall creativity as you go through the process. The four rules are:
- Focus on Quantity
- No idea is a Bad idea
- Think Outside the box
- Combine and improve ideas
NOTE: As you begin the brainstorming process it is important to understand that not all of your ideas will work out in the end. But write down as many ideas as you have and whatever you do “DON’T GET STUCK ON ONE IDEA.” Remember, brainstorming is only the beginning of the process. There will be additional steps we will be going thru with this list of ideas. You will find out that some of the ideas you came up with initially won’t work out. In other words, some ideas won’t meet the “qualifying” criteria for reasons such as finding a supplier, lack of demand for the product, and little profit potential.
Most people start the brainstorming process with what is known as “writers block.” Where there mind tend to go blank at trying to write something down on their sheet of paper and can’t think of anything. Below is a set of questions and resources below to really help you “kick-start” your brainstorming process. Questions:
- What are your hobbies?
- What are your interests?
- What have you done for a living?
- What magazines do you subscribe to?
- If you could do anything for work what would it be?
- What are some of your favorite gifts?
- What kinds of goals or dreams do you have?
- What kind of vehicles do you drive?
- What skills do you have?
- What skills would like to have?
- What kind of pets do you have?
- What clubs, organizations, or groups are you a member of?
Your goal is to come up with at least 20 ideas to get started. Once you answer the above question yourself seek recommendation from family members and friends using the same questions. This will help you to think “outside the box” and find some trends that you might not have thought of.