What Business Should I start?

i-quitWhat Business Should I Start was  a recent question I got and here is the full question and my reply,
I’m looking for a business idea. I am 23-year-old. I am currently working. But I want to start new business. I am thinking about to start automobile spare parts and accessories business. should I manufacture or sell the parts? Give suggestions and advice.

The Eternal Question asked by any TRUE Entrepreneur: What business should I start?

Congratulation at 23 you are a True Entreprenuer. Before we get started here is a peice of advise. Always keep your Eyes, Ears and Mind Open to ever arising opportunities. You never know when the Next Big Thing is knocking at your door.

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Action Plan for Starting a New Business

Action Plan for Starting a New Business

I have a great idea for a startup business. What steps do I need to take to get the plan in action? And here was my reply. 

  1. Check to see if someone else is already doing your business. This establishes if there is a need for your product or service and what the cost will be.
  2. Look for product reviews of your competition and see what folks are complaining about. Then offer the solution as a Unique Selling Point this will be your Value Position.

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Creativity Dry Spell A Way Through

Creativity Dry Spell

When we think of creativity we picture an artist stroking the canvas with color, a musician playing incessantly with her instrument, almost gliding from cord to cord and tune to tune. We might think of a sculpture drench in the residue of material that has been chipped off his piece. I think of the writer, sitting in his studio or library, busy typing away wonderful and unseen worlds, chatting with mysterious characters and laughing mischievously at the wit of their conversations.

But are those images a true representation of the creative experience? Are all artists struck by genius on a moments’ notice? Is what they produce from these outbursts worth a noble prize, a full house concert at Carnegie Hall or a permanent exhibition at MoMa? Not really. Not at all.

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3 Critical Elements Every Story Needs

3 Critical Elements

Every fiction story-no matter the genre-must contain the essential elements of good story-telling. These elements are timeless and easy to identify so that your story will appeal to and satisfy your reader. There are three critical elements: Goal, Motivation, & Conflict.

Characters have GOALS they are motivated to accomplish.

Their MOTIVATIONS fall into one or more of three categories: money, love or revenge. Around these goals and motivations swirls conflict. Your character wants to acheive a goal and is motivated to get it, but something stands in his way.  And just when he thinks he’s close to reaching his goal something greater stands in his way.

Without conflict, there is no story.

Who wants to read a story about a guy who got up in the morning, shaved, took the bus to work, came home, ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed? Daily conflicts that happen will shape and question the outcome of a story. You want your reader to think, “OMG, how will she overcome that?”

Conflict has also been referred to as “the hero’s journey.” The story of the hero on a quest, facing danger and adversity along the way, is timeless.

There are three different kinds of conflict: inner conflict, personal conflict between people, and  a universal conflict, that is, conflict between you and everyone else.  Does your story contain one-or more-of these three kinds of conflict?

New York literary agent Donald Maass, wrote Writing the Breakout Novel, has described conflict as, “Someone wants something, and there’s an obstacle.” In one of his workshops he emphasized that he wants to see “conflict on every page.” He said, “It’s the single most important thing you can do to take your novel to break-out level.”

The obstacle in your conflict can be as simple as your protagonist looks forward to dining in his favorite restaurant and finds it closed, or as complicated as your protagonist having to choose between saving the life of his mother or the life of his child. In your story, are the hero’s goal, motivation, and the conflict he faces clear?

Great conflict can happen when two of your main characters want opposite things. They both can’t win. Will one win, or will there be a compromise? If you want to know more about this subject I suggest Donald Maass’ book and Story, by Robert McKee. These books should be on every fiction writer’s bookshelf.

The next time you take pen to paper think “Conflict”.  If you find this article helpful please share it on facebook or twitter with your friends.