We came across an interesting article from Gulf News recently, which looked at how to create the job of your dreams. Below, we have summarised accordingly.
Perfect jobs rarely fall into the lap of the hapless job seeker: they are created and founded by passionate individuals. Empowering yourself is the first step to designing this job of your dreams, but that involves taking risks and making mistakes. With the right commitment, it can be a rewarding and liberating experience that changes your life.
Your dream job is going to be centred on what you really love doing, so that’s your first decision to make. Be open-minded and keep your eyes peeled for things that catch your attention. Identify gaps in the market, look at your friends and family, and look for opportunities that come from listening to those around you. Everyday problems can be the best opportunities for business.
Once you’ve identified a business model, do the research. Is there competition? Who are you targeting? What’s your demographic? You need to ascertain whether your brilliant idea has any commercial value. Consider finances, geography, cash flow and do as much market research as you can.
You don’t have to be rich to start a business, but make sure you know the associated costs and that you can cover them. If you can’t fund the venture yourself, network with friends, family, colleagues and contacts to see if anybody would want to invest.
Continual growth and the addition of value should be some of your main priorities. Always be on the lookout for ways to add value to the business, resolving your customers’ problems through your product or service. Be different from the competition and take calculated risks to increase your chances of success.
Networking is one of the most important practices during the start-up phase, whether that’s introducing your service to potential customers or contacting suppliers and other businesses. Build relationships that will pay off in the future, follow-up contact streams and discuss potential solutions.
Most importantly, be prepared to embrace change. Evolving and adapting is paramount to picking yourself up and the golden breakthroughs always come through significant change.
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