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How to Generate Business Ideas: 3 Simple Techniques I Use to Brainstorm Projects

3 easy techniques I'm use to come up with micro-project ideas for my portfolio of small bets.
How to Generate Business Ideas: 3 Simple Techniques I Use to Brainstorm Projects

In 2022 I'm deploying the Spaghetti Technique 🍝

I ship micro-businesses and see what sticks.

To collect and manage my business ideas I built an idea bank, which I fill and review on a regular basis.

A screenshot of my idea bank (January 2022) β†’ Some ideas are better than other πŸ™ˆ

But how to generate ideas in the first place?

Techniques I Used So Far to Generate Business Ideas

Respond to a Request from a Friend

One day a friend reached out and had a question about a product and workflow that I was very familiar with.

Starting with someone's specific problem in mind is great because you can solve for a very specific context.

This constraint helps to reduce the scope of the project and ship quickly.

Content Marketing Engine: Notion + Super Content Marketing Template
Most businesses want a successful content marketing funnel but struggle to follow through. That’s why I built an all-in-one Notion template to:πŸ“š Collect Resources: Collect the best links you read.πŸ’‘ Synthesize Ideas: Come up with building blocks for essays.✍️ Write Drafts: Structure and create essa…
This is the resulting product.

TL;DR: Requests for help are among the best ways to think about business ideas because (1) the requesting person perceives you as an 'expert' in an area and (2) has a pain point, which is large enough to go out of their way and ask someone for help. This is the smell of opportunity.

Respond to a Problem or Product Request from Social Media

Another time I got lucky and saw this Tweet in my timeline:

Something about this "problem" immediately inspired my thinking.

This was one of those fortunate moments where a minimum-viable solution immediately sprung to mind: Replicate a chat interaction via a form.

My takeaway: Follow inspiration when it strikes.

What followed was a 2-day build sprint to create Draft Crony πŸ¦Ήβ€β™‚οΈ

This is the finished result:

Draft Crony
With Draft Crony you beat Writer’s Block and bang out a draft in no time πŸ‘‡
A simple micro-product built with Carrd + Tally Forms + Zapier + Gmail

TL;DR: Your social media feeds (Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Reddit; IndieHackers) are full of people who are sharing their challenges/problems. Tune in and see if it inspires you.

Solve Your Own Problem

This is probably the most common advice given in entrepreneurial circles: scratch your own itch!

Why? Because you are immediately solving for a concrete problem instead of an abstract one.

My specific problem was to structure my projects while I'm building and shipping micro-businesses. The solution was to create a linked/relational database in Notion to know when/what/how/why of all my projects. I call it an Idea Bank.

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I'm using it in the wild and friends started using it for their own entrepreneurial journeys as well.

This makes me happy :)

TL;DR: If you have a problem, then chances are that other people have the same problem. Solve it for yourself and share it with others.

I hope this was helpful. Happy ideating!

If you have feedback/critique/comments/etc. please let me know via Twitter.

Let's be homies.

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