Lots of people express their desire to one day start their own business but feel that they haven't found "the Idea" that will lead them to the Promised Land of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ownership. What most people fail to realize is that the Idea doesn't have to be amazing, it doesn't have to be entirely unique, and it doesn't even have to be grand in scale; the only business requirement is that it fills a Need.
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Perhaps you're a restaurateur, have you noticed that the your area doesn't seem to have a good Jewish deli? Or maybe you're a real estate mogul or venture capitalist; the lack of small-sized office spaces and incubator spaces is frustrating. Or dance classes, or book groups, or wedding planning, or what have you. Whenever you have a frustration from being unable to find something, you're simply identifying a need. And if you have that need, others likely do too.
So why not lead the effort? Write down your idea in as much detail as possible. Determine what it would need to exist. Does it need a store front, a storage space, a website... is it something you can do from home in your spare time or something that you'd have to take a plunge to accomplish? Could you do it yourself or would you need to partner with someone else? How much investment is needed in time and money? Are there people or organizations that you could reach out to that might be interested in partnering with you on this idea who could lessen your exposure or make it happen faster?
You can also approach it from the other angle of "what service can I provide that nobody else seems to be providing?", "what do I wish I could drive down the street to get instead of driving to Hartford?", or "what would I do more of if it was located nearby?".
Then take the plunge. Make it happen! Become a doer, a mover-and-shaker, an inspired individual on a mission. Create something that fills that need in your community and don't look back. It's not always so simple, but there is no harm in taking just that first step.