Starting a business may be one of the best decisions you will ever make. However, it can be hard to think of a unique idea ¬- an idea for a business that you know for certain will draw in customers. Maybe you even have a notebook full of business ideas – late night epiphanies that you wrote down after a feverish dream, but none seem too motivating. Yet, there are a number of ways to get motivated and find ideas for a business that garner a certain corner of a niche market or industry. Here is where to look for inspiration when starting a new business.

One of the best places to look to for inspiration is at your own occupational history. Maybe you worked in a certain industry and think you can do a better job of running the business or even starting another business like it, but better. Maybe you were a secretary at a graphic design agency, but know that you would like to start one of your own. Maybe you worked in the mailroom of a certain company, but now you want to work on the top floor. Making a list of all your previous jobs is an excellent way to find ideas for a new business.

Another way to find inspiration is to look at what some of your passions are. No matter what, there is certainly a way to turn your hobbies into not only a career, but a full fledged business. Do you like landscaping? Why not start your own landscaping business? Do you enjoy baking? Why not start your own confectionary shop, bakery, or even a catering business? There are a number of ways to capitalize on your passions. As they say: If you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Next, another way to find inspiration when starting a new business is to look at past business leaders. One of the most famous inspirational quotes comes from one of the greatest business leaders, Henry Ford: “There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” It is true, all the great business leaders in the world have realized their true happiness by creating their own businesses and doing something they absolutely loved. There is nothing like waking up in the morning and not only realizing that you have built something, but that you are giving something back to the world.

Lastly, if you really want to look for inspiration to start a business, you need to meditate on what people might need, or benefit from. Perhaps you can gather a few friends together and think of a new idea for a computer or smartphone application. If you are thinking about bridging a gap in a certain marketplace, technology is a great place to start looking, because these days a tech start up could be built on next to nothing, and six months to a year later, it could be sold for a billion dollars. Perhaps the next great invention or fortune 500 business is at the tip of your fingers.