If you’ve never brainstormed before, I highly recommend it as a way to generate ideas and forward momentum on any project. Since I work in a creative field, I use these techniques all the time for my work, but they can be applied to non-creative projects as well.
Brainstorming can be done alone, or in small groups. I find groups of 4-5 outside the box thinkers the best to work with, but regularly brainstorm solo as well. I like to start with pen and paper and just free associate ideas.I write them all down quickly without lingering over them. Once the floodgates open, ideas pour out faster than I can write. Some are good, some not so much. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a golden nugget that you can move forward with.
So I assigned myself the task of coming up with ideas to generate income to reach my $100K in one year goal. After brainstorming a number of ideas, I whittled it down to a few that are interesting enough and potentially viable for me to pursue given my skill set, my available time and budget.
Here’s what I’ve come up with thus far…
- Real Estate Investments – this may be a little more longer term, but still worth while
- Online Store – I have a line of apparel languishing in storage with $4K worth of product that could be sold
- Ebay Sales – it’s time to clean out the closets, perhaps I can make a few bucks while I’m at it
- Blogging – I have a couple of blog ideas that could bring in a little cash with AdSense
- Growing my freelance income by subbing out the work
Now I just need to put these ideas in action. Check back to see how I’m doing…Written by Missy Lee