I got my degree in Business and in one of my senior "entrepreneurship" classes we had a challenge that we had to think of 5 business ideas/day and write them in our little notebook. As I realized later, the purpose of that task was not so much that one of those businesses would be the next Microsoft or Facebook, but rather to train our brain to come up with new ideas on a regular basis. I wasn't good at this before because every time I had an invention or business type idea, I immediately thought of the reasons it wouldn't work, and shelved it before I had given it any type of serious thought.
When I did this project for the school assignment, I couldn't immediately rule out ANY ideas because I was having a hard time just coming up with the assigned 5 per day. ANY idea was one worth writing down. That is where my thinking changed. My professor probably knew it would do this...but to this day I still think of business ideas. Not 5 per day, but probably 2 or 3 per week. That part of my brain just won't shut off.
The good news is that I am married to an attorney, so he has the "know-how" to get my business entity started. The bad news is that I have turned into a business idea factory and haven't gotten to the stages of really developing one particular idea and focusing my mental efforts on staying on that idea. Lately, though, as I've thought about my future I've contemplated the following:
1. Going back to school for a Master's.
2. Getting a job outside the home.
3. Opening a business (thus this post).
Option #3 appeals to me, because if I own the business I can make it family-friendly and do the kind of mothering that I want to. Do any of you have any advice?