Good evening all! My name is Chris, I`m 28 and at a crossroads in my life. Continue working hard to help someone else realize THEIR dream, or take control and take action realizing my own. So here I am.
Ok... The life plan was really an eye opener... A pretty clear vision on where I am and where I want to go based on the things I truly love to do and how it will fit into my life.
From my life plan sprung five (I think) fantastic ideas that would be equally as fulfilling and I aspire to eventually realize them all. Since I am a very "green" entrepeneur, I am challenged by the decision of which vision to realize first. I also feel that it is best to start with the lowet risk endeavor. So I turn to the community of experienced professionals I found here... I am going to describe the different models I have envisioned, I`d like to know which of these are the lowest "risk" for me to cut my professional teeth on... ANY advice is appreciated!
1.) content-rich/membership website, industry specific
A website where users can bookmark as their all-in-one place to access industry refernce material, browse and post ads for buy/sell/trade, networking, teachers advertising classes, students seeking instruction, etc... Paying memers can post media files, video and a searchable profile that fully represents their individual vision.
note-I have little knowledge of site-building or programming.
2.) a traditional brick-and-mortar retail music store with lessons and rehersal space for rent. There are thousands of young musicians in my community and the closest retail store is over an hour away.
3.) Specialty catering, geared toward the many wineries in my area. One thing that I have noticed survives recession is wine, and a mobile gourmet would grab their attention.
4.) a more traditional brick-and-mortar food vendor, with my own persoal gourmet flair. In ths venue, I intend to brand myself and my business to stand-out with a gourmet twist on an old fav.
5.) develop and license a very low-cost, but essential kitchen item that has gained the approval of many housewives, friends, and family looking to streamline a common task for less than $5
My two loves in my life are music and cooking (obviously) so any of these would make me a happy man. The question is, which of these are most realistic for a newbie like me?