So you’ve decided that you’re ready to start looking into how you can make this calling on your heart a reality. You want to start a business and work on your own terms but you find yourself saying “I want to start a business but have no ideas for a business.”
Knowing that you want to start a business is a great first step toward actually making it a reality. Deciding which business to start can feel overwhelming at first because there are so many different options. Thanks to the internet, you can literally start a business online about anything.
For example, there are people that make lots of money online by running a blog focused on crafts and then there are others that run Youtube channels about going fishing.
The truth is that God has given you a specific set of skills, talents, interests, etc. that have prepared you for a specific business. Your job is to do some soul searching and really figure out what that is.
How do you choose which business is right for you?
While there are lots of ways to make money online, you don’t want to just do any business. You want a business that uses your natural gifts, gives you a sense of purpose and happens to make you money. Otherwise, you’re just creating a job for yourself. And the whole reason you’re leaving your job is because it feels like, well, a job.
To help you get started, I’ve created a series of questions to get you thinking more about what really drives you, what matters to you and how these should shape the kind of business you create for yourself. You can grab it here.
In reality, you can literally make money doing almost anything online. So to help you focus your energy as you’re deciding which business to pursue, I have a simple strategy.
Read these 3 Books to Get A Clear Picture of Which Business You Should Start
To help you choose what type of business is best for you, here’s a list of books to help get the ideas flowing. Notice this isn’t a giant list of books.
Figuring out which business you should start is already overwhelming so it doesn’t help to read 20 books on the subject. These 3 can give you really great insight that will help you get in touch with your own gifts and show you what’s possible. Reading them in order would really provide a lot of clarity.
Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado – For understanding the inherent gifts you’ve been given
There’s something amazing about realizing that God has given us all a purpose on this earth. The big question is how do you figure out what that is? This book by Max Lucado does a great job of helping you to dig deep and look at your life to evaluate the clues God has already given you about your purpose.
48 days to the work you love by Dan Miller – For translating your skills into a business
Now that you have an inkling of your natural God-given gifts, take a look at how you enjoy applying those gifts. This book by Dan Miller is great at helping you evaluate what work you really love and what you don’t.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau – For Business Ideas
Not everyone is called to be an entrepreneur. But you are. You can feel that urge to create your own business and be your own boss so you can really be in charge of the impact you can make. There are lots of business ideas, but you’re not wanting to just make money. You want to create a business that uses both your gifts and skills. This book is great because it really shows you that people can turn almost anything into a viable business. If you’re looking for ideas, then definitely give this one a read.
Figuring out which online business makes sense for you starts with figuring out your natural gifts and how you like to use those skills. All that’s left is to figure out how to turn those into a business. These 3 books will give you a lot of insight to help you get off on the right foot.
For additional help choosing the right online business, grab our free workbook.