One thing you might want to start working with, is a business plan.
Lots of people think that brainstorming is a lot of just tossing around
ideas, but what you want is to capture those ideas. You want to see
whether or not they make business, financial, and personal sense.
Here`s a link that gives the basics of putting together a business plan
, which is basically a really big To-Do list. :-)
Another major benefit is that you can begin to lay out the "parts" of
your idea. That offers the capability to work intensely on one minor
aspect, then work a couple of days at your job, then come back to the
part in the plan and remember where you`re at.
So for example, one of the big issues is going to be licensing. You can
have a section in the business plan about "Applying for Licenses." Then
another section, "Forms for License Applications." As you find out the
answers to each individual question, you can put it into the "plan."
It`s like....notes, but in an organized way.
A business plan is much more for you and your friend, at this point.
When it`s all done, you then can start to re-work it, getting it more
concise, organized, structured, and so forth. But most importantly, as
you work through the plan, it`ll help show you what`s realistic and
what`s not---what you can really make happen, and what`s not going to
be so easy to accomplish.
As for working at home, with hundreds of thousands of people trying to
find any work at all, you`ll likely end up devoting as much time to
whatever at-home job you find as you`re currently applying to your
existing job. You`ve said you`re about 21, at the moment, so you have a
lot more time than you may believe.
Most people don`t come into their own until somewhere around 25, and
remember too that you`ll need a certain amount of credibility when you
talk with both financial people and your prospective clients. Mom (and
Dad) isn`t going to just jump at the chance to put little Johnny into a
daycare center run by someone they don`t trust. :-)
Time is in your favor, in other words. It`s true that many
entrepreneurs have made fortunes by the age of 21, but it`s pretty
unusual. Since you`re contemplating a franchise, you`ll want some time
to study finances, accounting, child care, child sports (with their own
specific needs), and franchise structuring.
Any great idea, being huge, is also very complex. You`ll want to take
some of this time---particularly where you don`t have basic survival
bills---to study up in each of the most important fields that`ll be
involved. It`s an adventure, and you don`t have to do it all by next
week. :-) In most cases, the journey is quite as much fun as the