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That alone tells me you probably want to find a way to be your own boss.
That might mean starting a business that can generate enough income to replace your current salary.
Or maybe you just want to supplement your retirement earnings or otherwise start a little side gig.
There’s just one little problem… you need a great idea!
Surprisingly most people fail to see the vast array of opportunities hiding in plain sight.
In fact, all you need to do is follow the trends!
- Millennials are driving cars far less often than previous generations
- More women are traveling internationally their own
- Aging baby boomers… the so-called “silver tsunami”
Whenever something is increasing or decreasing in significant observable ways… you’ve got yourself a trend.
A trend that, IF you pay attention, can lead to an opportunity to make money doing what you love!
Here are three examples to get your wheels turning and kick your transition into self-bossing into high gear!
Trend #1 Rise in tainted imports
In a world where 3-year-olds play video games on their parent’s devices, it seems unlikely that the simple wooden toys of my youth would make a come-back.
But then a few years ago millions of toys manufactured in China were recalled due to lead paint and other dangerous chemicals.
Couple that crisis with the growing trend about product safety and voila!
According to an article in the New York Times, home-based wooden toy makers like Ron Voake of Vermont Wooden Toys can barely keep up and are hiring extra employees. “Every time there was a story about a recall,” said the 61-year-old Voake, “I got flooded with orders.”
Trend #2 Increasing Interest in All-Natural Products
Even when a product is considered safe, an increasing number of consumers are gravitating to organic and all-natural products.
Canadian parents and grandparents seeking all natural products can shop online at a family-business called by Nature.ca.
Started in 2004 by mother of three and long-time cloth diaper advocate Tamara Champion, the site sells a wide range of products like organic baby skin care line, cloth diapers… and wooden toys!
A big attraction for those who create or re-sell natural products is consumers will pay a premium for them.
I recently dropped $6 on a small package of Aunt Elsie’s Cookies at my local farmer’s market.
I did it despite my working class sensibilities saying, “Six bucks! Are you nuts?!”
So why did I buy? Because…
a) I like to support local entrepreneurs
b) I prefer all-natural, non-processed foods
c) They were a gift for my Dad,
d) I was really hungry… so sorry Dad
When I asked Aunt Elsie why she decided to start her business, her answer spoke directly to another trend… and opportunity!
Trend #3 People who want to do work that pays the bills… and feeds their soul
On Saturday I’m doing a live encore of an information-packed webinar for “idea people” called Paid to Brainstorm.
There’s a section of the webinar titled:
“Why Helping People Think Outside the Job Box Is the Next BIG Wave”
How can I make such a bold claim?
Because of the sheer number of trends that support it. Like the fact that:
- half of survey respondents rated having a job they enjoy as “extremely important.”
- 57 percent of Canadian women said they dream of launching a business doing “something they love.” (Bank of Montreal)
- baby boomers aged 55 to 64 represent the most significant spike in people starting their own businesses in the US and Canada
There are SO many trends to support this claim that I put them all together in a handy free fact sheet www.PaidToBrainstorm.com/fact-sheet.
Trends can definitely stimulate a cool business idea. But they serve another purpose too.
Trends offer hope.
Hope that because researchers have proved that the marketplace is hungry for more funny dog videos… or are willing to spend more for natural products… or evidence that supports a need wherever your passion lies…
Then your dream of being your own boss really is achievable.
This hopefulness was clear from people who heard my talk on Wednesday.
At the end of the presentation I asked people how they felt about their ability to use their creative mind to generate income.
Here’s just a small sampling of what your fellow change seekers said…
Tina – Inspired
Deborah – Confirmed
Kenny – Excited
Tina – Inspired
Clarissa – Curious and Hopeful
Butch – Courage
Deborah – Confirmed
Dori – Excited
Jennifer – Intrigued
Henry – JOY
Deana – Freedom
Gigi – Encouraged
Marsha – Validated-finally
Shaun – Not feeling flighty
Nicki – AUTHENTIC!!!!!!!!!!!
Rosalyn – Freedom
Henry – Fulfillment
Lynda – Transformation!
So if you want to find your great idea – and feel hopeful about being able to make it happen then get yourself a small note book and label it Trends = Ideas= Hope.
Then actively be on the look-out for the thousands of trends that can be the catalyst to your own brilliant small business idea – and life!
If what you read in the fact sheet spoke to you and you…
- Are a creative problem solver who instinctively jumps in to help others
- Are always turning other people on to resources they never knew existed
- Constantly think up potential business ideas
- Love thinking creatively and “outside of the box”
Then there’s still time to join me this Saturday, July 11th from noon-2PM ET for my LIVE Paid to Brainstorm encore.
That’s where I’ll personally share with you key elements of my proven system for connecting the dots between what you love to do… and how you can make money doing it.
This informational live session is FREE. Once you attend, check your email for a gift… just for showing up!
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