One of the main things people fear when bringing creativity to their business is the notion that creativity is chaotic. Businesspeople tend to want things controlled and planned for and bringing an element of chaos into that seems counterproductive. The truth, however, is that a little chaos can go a long way toward improving your business.To begin, let’s look at exactly what creativity is. The dictionary described it as “… the ability to transcend traditional ideas and to create meaningful new ideas.” There are many ways to enhance that ability, even for people who don’t think of themselves as creative, but for any business person, being able to go beyond what has always been done, coming up with new ideas, is, perhaps, the only way to really expand your business.For many, “creativity” seems the realm of the artist. We think of it as producing music, painting, writing. We think of it in terms of entertainment. We also think of artists as “seat-of-your-pants” type people. They somehow magically get ideas and run with them to completion. It is a mystery and therefor not something to imagine could be put into practice in a business. After all, successful business people like planning.There are two things wrong with that way of thinking. The first is that creativity is not a mystery. It is simply opening up the communication between your conscious and subconscious mind and there are very practical ways to bring it forth in yourself. The second is that plans almost never play out the way they look on paper. As Woody Allen said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”The good news is that the two of these things work well with each other. In order to move forward, you must have plans and goals. You must also know ahead of time that you will meet some of those goals, miss others and have others completely transform in front of your eyes. Things will almost never work out exactly how you envisioned them. But if you don’t have a vision, if you don’t have a plan, they won’t work out at all.That seems like chaos. However, if you embrace that chaos, you can meet those changes head on. You can meet them creatively. Allow yourself to learn to be creative, to open up the pathways between the conscious and subconscious mind so new ideas can appear as if from nowhere. Then continue to make your plans and set your goals, knowing that a little chaos will enter in to the process.
The internet has somewhat opened up a can of worms when it comes to finding the best small business ideas.See, on one side we have thousands of pages of information on just about any business idea you can think about. But on the other side, if you listen to these marketers and authors…just about every idea under the sun is fool-proof and becoming wealthy as a business owner is just about certain and failure impossible.The thing is, there are too many folks out there on the internet selling hope when what you’re often getting is a bag of goods.The hope that you can soon tell your boss to get lost.Hope you can work in your pajamas and spend 90% of your time playing with your kids while the bucks pour in the door.Hope you can buy that fancy car within a month or two.The funny thing is…it takes more than a $47 ebook and a little will to be on your way to millions.But the fact is, not every business idea is a good one for you personally just because someone shows you the checks they made online.This “hard sell” of hope is nothing new. In fact, I remember back in my teens being sucked into a local ad where you could easily make thousands of dollars a week in your spare time.Hey, sounds great to a 17 year old looking for some extra cash.And sure enough, I go to a meeting where you sit through a dog and pony show and the presenter shows you his actual paychecks! Thousands of dollars a week for doing little work at all.Today…this same “marketing and sales” process is plastered all over the internet. Big money. Easy work.”If you have a heartbeat, you can earn millions with this simple, step by step system.”It also raises a question to these so-called gurus…”Why aren’t you doing it anymore if it’s so easy and lucrative?”Because it’s a heck of a lot easier telling other people how to do it then actually doing it yourself.Now, beyond the negativity, some business ideas are legitimate and might be a great fit for you. There is information out there that’s excellent, helpful, and educational. From seminars that run in the thousands to simple, $29 ebooks that give you just enough information to put you a step ahead of the competition.But just be careful and make sure you understand what you’re getting and who it’s coming from. And beyond the information, be sure the business idea is the right fit for you, your personality, and your goals.