Top 10 Business Ideas Resources

Top 10 Business Ideas Resources

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Innovative new business ideas are thought up and pursued every day, but that doesn’t mean that they will work in the long run. Whether you already have an idea or looking for some inspiration, Entrepreneur’s top ten business idea resources will give you the tools that you need to start your own business.

The below resources will give you access to business idea news and trends so that you can decide what your new business will be about and also whether your idea has potential.

Exploiting Trends

Entrepreneur Magazine SA takes a look at how social, economic and political forces change and shape the environment, which is what leads to new business opportunities. Find out how to take a look at what is currently going on around you to identify possible business ideas.

springwise.com

The springwise.com website offers a daily dose of entrepreneurial ideas from around the world. If you are looking for an inspiration fix, this would be the website to visit. Their idea database lists ideas from a number of different sectors so if you are looking for something specific it can easily be found here.

Trend Watching

Trend Watching is dedicated to keeping track of consumer trends, insights and innovations, making them one of the leading trend firms. Their website offers detailed reports that forms part of their premium service and these reports will ensure that you and your team are on top of any important changes in market and industry trends. You will also have access to their trend database and tips.

Business Plan Pro Sample Business Plans

Bplans is owned by Palo Alto Software, Inc and aims to help entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running. They are one of the biggest names when it comes to sample business plans and by visiting their website, you will be able to access hundreds of free business plans that you can use to develop your business idea and be your own boss.

New Media Trend Watch

New Media Trend Watch caters for the individual who wants to stay up to date with news and trends within the travel industry. Their website offers research reports and white papers, a free newsletter and a unique graph related service that enables you to compare country data. All of this information is entirely free of charge, courtesy of the European Travel Commission.

Google Trends

Google’s innovative technology allows you to track trends online. If you are looking to see how interested others are in your particular business idea, simply type it into the search bar and wait for the results. Their graphs show you how your search term has trended over a number of years and how popular it currently is, which allows you to make a more informed business decision.

Top Twitter Trends

Social media forms a part of most business strategies today, making it an easy to access and informative research tool. The Top Twitter Trends website gives you access to tweets that are currently trending allowing you to see what people are talking about all over the world.

Cool Business Ideas

Cool Business Ideas is a Singapore based company that gathers promising business ideas from different countries and makes them available to their subscribers. They also specialise in emerging trends within the business world so that you have detailed research on hand before you decide to implement your business idea. You can also use these business ideas in your current business.

Google Press Center: Zeitgeist

The meaning of “Zeitgeist” is “the spirit of the times”, and Google reveals this by aggregating millions of search queries received every day. They have several tools that provide insight into global, regional search trends from the past and present. These tools are available for you to use and learn from. This is an excellent tool for business research.

Alexa

Business ideas are also required when you are looking to grow your business, which is what makes Alexa such a useful tool. Alexa is a leading name in analytics and their website gives you access to statistics and trends of websites from all over the world. You can either research your competitors or take a look at websites from other sectors to find new ways to grow your own company.

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  • tbh, most of these are ways to *generate* or collect ideas, rather than to actually *test* an idea that you’ve had. Validating an idea with the target market is essential, so it would be nice to see a list of tools Entrepreneur suggests people can use to see if their ideas have traction. We should all know that the real value is in the execution – ideas are a dime a dozen, but team & execution are the ‘multiplier’ (see Derek Siver’s post here: http://sivers.org/multiply) to sum that up nicely. Cheers, Jake