So you’ve finally come to the point in life where you want to explore this option of starting a side business or devoting a few hours a week to something that ignites your soul. But you just don’t know what you would even do! We’ve been there.
So many of us want this flexible career and lifestyle but oftentimes, as women and moms, we have a hard time remembering what our strengths or even what we love to do, outside of our family. In fact, oftentimes, we don’t even realize our potential of what we can do until we do it.
Here are three questions you can ask yourself to kickstart your dream of having a side business or business.
1. What are my skills?
This DOES NOT have to be something you enjoy or love, but more along the lines of what skills do you have? For now we are just trying to identify your skill or knowledge.
- What do I know?
- What knowledge do I have? Maybe you grew up with a mother that loved to garden so instictively you know everything about plants and gardening. This may not be something you automatically think of as a skill but there are quite a few people that don’t even know the first step to take in planting a garden (myself included). Often times we assume everyone has the same knowledge or skills for the things that just come natural to us.
- What am I good at?
- What comes natural to you. Maybe you are great at organizing a closet, planning a birthday or even handling finances. What are people always asking you to help with or pointing out that you do so well.
- What do I have training in? Where does my experience lie?
- What past jobs have you had or courses have you taken that perhaps you’ve overlooked.
- What in your personal journey is unique to you?
- One of the clients we are working with now is using her personal pain point to do something she loves. Her past experience is in education and teaching. A few years ago she was hit with not one but three autoimmune diseases. She has spent the past five years going to all sorts of doctors, trying standard and alternative medicine and therapies. She lights up and gets so passionate anytime she is talking with someone about ways to manage their health issues. So she is now taking her skills in teaching and education combined with her own journey of dealing with autoimmune diseases and is becoming a “health advocate” and also starting a website to help and educate others with everything she has learned. Her pain point with autoimmune diseases has given her knowledge that is unique to her.
If you’ve asked yourself these questions and are still stuck, ask five friends to tell you what they think your skill is, or what you are good at.
2. What do you get excited about doing? What sets your soul on fire?
Here are some questions to think about in remembering what brings you energy and excitement.
- What do I get lost doing and forget about time?
- What could I talk for hours about?
- What do I spend hours on the Internet Searching?
- What do people ask my input on a lot?
- What would I love to do if there were no fears or obstacles?
If you are stuck, think about what you loved to do as a kid. Often, our truest passions emerge in childhood, only to be squelched by real life pressures. So think about what you loved long before you had to worry about big things. Writing? Science experiments? Taking care of people? Playing school? Getting back in touch with those instincts is an important step in finding your passion.
3. Where is there a need?
Look at your skills and your passion and determine – with these two things – where is there a need?
In my case I had experienced losing myself after having my three kids. Even though I was working and raising kids I wasn’t feeling like I was doing the “thing” that ignited my soul. So I looked at my skills, which I had acquired over the years, and they were public relations and business skills and I looked at my passion which was helping women reach their full potential. I had started to see this need among my friends of wanting to find work that allowed them to still be with their kids but also use their time and talents to create work doing something they loved.
This need, along with my passion and skills, then combined with my sisters skills and passion is what led to the creation of SisterUp.
Asking yourself these three questions can set you on your journey of doing that thing you love while making money.
If you are looking for additional guidance on this topic, check out SisterUp’s online course Find Your Strength. This six-week program will take you through a guided self-discovery that will result in you identifying your strength and your own remarkability.