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Where do Good Ideas Come From?

Jaime Goode March 10, 2016

Every so often a good idea just pops into your head. However, the reality is most good ideas come from seeing a problem and then being able to identify the solution when others cannot. This often comes from experiencing the problem first hand or interacting with others and seeing their pain points.

For entrepreneurs this type of creative thinking is key. To be a successful entrepreneur you must see what others don’t.

So how do entrepreneurs come up with good ideas?

1. The Ability to Identify Opportunities 

Opportunity identification is central to entrepreneurship. The first step for any entrepreneur is to identify a good idea. This involves the creative pursuit of ideas and the innovation process. The search for good ideas is never easy, however, opportunity recognition can lead to both personal and societal wealth.

2. Being Able to See Solutions When Others See Problems

Entrepreneurs turn problems into opportunities. They seek out or create opportunities to fill the needs and wants of the consumers. Creative thinking and systematic analysis measure success. A successful entrepreneur is able to analyze demand and solve problems with creativity and innovation.

There are several key questions that entrepreneurs ask themselves to come up with ideas:

  1. What is the problem/market failure?
  2. Whom does it affect?
  3. How does it affect them?
  4. What costs are involved?
  5. Can it be solved?
  6. Would the market pay for a solution?

Entrepreneurs tailor their product/idea to the answers to these questions to ensure the best chance of selling.

Often, the best ideas come from customers or users. Many entrepreneurs identify problems from personal experience. Chances are if an individual has a problem, others will too. Then, an entrepreneur in this situation would determine if there is a plausible solution.

3. The Ability to Spot Trends Early

Trends help entrepreneurs develop products that will sell by determining what is popular at the time. Societal trends such as the increased growth of health and fitness will show an increase in sales in yoga mats, for example. Technology is a fairly new trend. Almost everyone has a smartphone, making smartphone cases very profitable. The constant change in the market is what provides opportunities to entrepreneurs. Familiarity with the market leads to business possibilities.

This process by which ideas and opportunities are converted into marketable solutions requires innovation and creativity. Any successful entrepreneur has mastered both.

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