As solopreneurs we have so many ideas that we want to implement into our business!
New products, launches, ways to help our clients, creative ideas and so much more!
So how do we choose which idea to run with and then how do we even get started?!
I see many business owners start to run with new ideas to then stop and start something else, this is because there is no strategy, no plan as to what, why and how!
There is then a chance that you, as a business owner, start to feel disheartened, start doubting yourself and then fall down that comparison hole!!
But the good news is there are some easy ways to run with your ideas and do it with clarity and purpose!!
Here are my 5 initial steps to take to turn your ideas into action!
Brainstorm all your ideas on one page
One of the biggest causes of overwhelm is keeping all your ideas in your head! By putting pen to paper, it allows us to clear out all the noise and look at things much more clearly! So get out a piece of paper and a pen and just start brain dumping!!
Categorise which ideas are income generating, creative projects or impact activities (these are really great purposes to align your ideas to!)
It is important to work out the purpose of your business activities, this is why you want to achieve something! It might be financially driven, which we need otherwise we don’t have a business, but it is also important we give space to more creative elements, more passion projects to balance out the pressure of running a business! It is also beneficial to look at more impact driven ideas, the bigger the positive impact you have in your audience the more you build trust and credibility which leads to more clients and sales.
Revisit your end of year goals and work out which ideas help you achieve it
This is super important! The reason we set goals is to drive our decision making, make sure we use our time wisely and not get distracted with things that don’t get us to where we want to be!
Choose one idea to focus on initially that contributes the most to your end of year goals
Once you have brain dumped your ideas and categorised them you can then align them to your goals. Which idea helps you get close to being where you want to be? This is the idea to move forward with. Park the rest of the ideas somewhere so you don’t forget them. I provide all my 121 clients with an ideas notebook perfect for these occasions!
Break this one idea down into small activities that will allow you to take action to turn this idea into reality
Now you have narrowed down your ideas to one focus, it is time to look at turning this idea into action! This is the tough part! Take time to brainstorm activities that help this idea become a reality, ask yourself….what do I need to do to make this happen? Once you have brainstormed actions, put them in an order that makes sense to you. Then look at your schedule and plot these activities into places where you have time to achieve them.
If something doesn’t work out or you decide an idea no longer serves your business it is ok to pivot and change direction! Change is not failure!
If you want support in turning your ideas into action check out my new interactive MasterClass ‘GET CLEAR FOR 2023’ where I will guide you through setting goals and outcomes so you can head into 2023 with clarity and confidence! Find out more here https://www.thefemalecreative.co.uk/get-clear-for-2023
About the Author
Hannah Roper, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, podcast host and country music singer, founded The Female Creative to support women in finding a work/life balance to suit their needs. With 8 years experience in running multiple businesses as well as 20+ years in learning and development, Hannah uses her skills and knowledge to coach and mentor women, providing a safe space for them to ride the highs and lows of running a business. Through managing The Female Creative, Country on The Coast Festival and multiple passion projects, all whilst still working in the corporate world, Hannah demonstrates that by being strategic and building the right business foundations, it is possible to wear all the hats, have the right balance and still manage to watch the latest Netflix series!
The Female Creative provides 121, a monthly membership, networking events and The Female Creative Talks Podcast to inspire, support and lift up women in business. 2022 has seen Hannah receive an accolade for Top Female Business Coaches Worldwide from Coach Foundation and was the recipient of a Pamodzi Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Award. Hannah is also a finalist for the Women’s Business Awards.
To find out more please visit www.thefemalecreative.co.uk