If you're looking to get your startup off the ground, there's no shortage of advice out there on what you should do. But what about the early stages of ideation?
Where do you start when you have a great idea for a business, but don't know where to go from there?
Here are a few tips to get your gears turning and help you take your first steps toward starting a successful business:
💡 1. Define your idea + solve a problem (you have)
The first step is to get clear on what your business idea actually is. Write down a one-sentence description of your business, and make sure you can explain it to anyone who asks. This will help you focus your idea and make sure it is something people actually want. Paul Graham from YC swiftly shares in his popular essay How to Get Startup Ideas "that some of the most popular startups today have several things in common: they're something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build and that few others realize are worth doing. Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google, and Facebook all began this way."
🔬 2. Do your research
Before you do anything else, it's important to do your research and figure out if there's a market for your idea. Talk to potential customers, look at your competition, and try to get a sense of what people are looking for in a business like yours. This research will help you validate your idea and make sure it is something people are actually willing to pay for.
📅 3. Plan a prototype
Once you have a better understanding of your idea and the market you're targeting, it's time to start putting together a prototype of your product or service. This doesn't have to be anything fancy. This will help you test your idea and make sure it is feasible.
So, there you have it! A few tips on getting started!
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