Whether you’re someone who can fire off ideas in your sleep or someone who has to work long and hard before you settle on a good one, you’re still going to need to figure out if you’ve got a good business idea or a dud.
In this article, you’ll find some of our best idea-related resources on Bplans, including links to articles that list dozens of business ideas.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for, be sure to let us know and we’ll point you in the right direction.
Coming up with a business idea
How did other entrepreneurs come up with their business idea? In this article, you’ll find helpful advice from those who have been there and done that.
If you’ve got an idea that you think is going to make you a killing, you need to know how to get it to market. This comprehensive guide will walk you through finding a problem worth solving, market research, prototyping, protecting your idea, manufacturing, and licensing. Start here if you’re an inventor in the making.
Business idea suggestions
Short on cash or shop space? No problem—start an online business instead. Beyond making sure you’re registered as a legal business entity, all you really need to get going is a good internet connection and a bit of space to call your own—even a home office will do.
If you think you have to rely on a business loan in order to get started, think again. In this article, you’ll get some great ideas for side businesses you can operate to give you the cash you need to fund your startup.
What could be better than starting a business from the comfort of your own home? In this article, you’ll learn more about a number of business options you may want to look into—and some are stranger than others. Golf ball diving business anyone?
The subscription business model has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s no wonder (who doesn’t want recurring revenue?). If you think this is something you’d like to pursue, have a look through this list of subscription businesses—there’s something for everyone!
Here are 26 free—or virtually free—businesses you can start as soon as you’re ready. None of the businesses on this list require fancy equipment, a lot of materials, space, or products, or expensive training and degrees. So, if you’re looking for a quick route into owning your own business, start here.
Figuring out if you have a good business idea
Whether you’re a bootstrapped startup or using credit cards to fund your new business, figuring out which ideas are worth spending time and money on is really the hardest part of getting started. After all, you want to know you’re investing in the right thing! Palo Alto Software COO Noah Parsons will guide you through validating your business idea in this article.
So you think you’ve got a good business idea? The thing is, how do you know it’s really a good idea? Is it one people will invest in? Is it one people will buy? We talked to six successful small business owners to find out more about how they figured out whether or not their idea was any good.
If you’re already running a business and are thinking of pursuing a new idea, how do you decide which new ideas to pursue? The best ideas are a strategic fit with your existing business and will help to grow it.
This checklist will walk you through validating your business idea. If you think coming up with a good business idea is all down to clever guesswork, think again. Use this step-by-step guide to help you sift through your ideas.
Protecting your business idea
Part of figuring out whether or not you’ve got a good business idea is running your idea by your intended target audience. But, how do you do that when you’re worried someone might steal your idea? Business planning expert and angel investor Tim Berry weighs in on this topic. If you want to know how to protect your idea, read this.
When you know how to legally protect your creations, you have a much better chance of retaining ownership of them against someone claiming them as their own, modifying, or selling them. This article will give you a primer on all you need to know to get started.
If you’re looking for more information on coming up with a great idea, be sure to check out our new Business Ideas Guide Page. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!