How to use your ideas

You have an idea (or ideas) and are excited about their potential. What’s the next step? Where do you go from here?

First, do what you can.

You may not be able to do everything that is required to make your idea a reality (maybe you just can’t design, or perhaps you have no idea how manufacturing works), but there are certainly things you can do.

If you haven’t yet: draw your idea out on a physical sheet of paper. No need to try and make it into a masterpiece, just focus on getting the idea out onto paper so you have something you can physical see and show others.

From there, do whatever you can to move the idea forward right now. What are your talents and skills? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Anything that can progressively move to make your idea more than just an idea.

But maybe you really can’t do much yourself to move the idea forward. That’s where collaboration comes in.

Next, find someone to collaborate with.

There are likely going to be times when you have an idea but simply don’t know what to do with it. You know you want to make the idea a reality but you just don’t know where to start and don’t think you can do it alone.

Seeking out the help of others (a trusted friend or coworker, or even a “stranger for hire”) is like strapping a rocket to the back of your idea: if it’s any good, it will take off faster than if you were simply to try and tackle bringing the idea to life yourself.

Try to find someone who has similar interests in mind, someone who can undoubtedly add skills and abilities to the table in order to bring your idea into life.

If all else fails and you don’t see your idea moving towards reality very quickly: try selling it.

Or, sell your idea off.

If your idea is really big, consider looking for someone to invest in it and you could possibly turn the whole project into an entire business. If, however, your idea isn’t a big one but you still want to see it become a reality, there are still plenty of opportunities to “sell” it.

Look for people who would be ideal for working on your project, then pitch it to them and let them know you’d like to help where possible but that you’re okay with them working primarily on you idea.

If your idea is good enough, why wouldn’t you want to give it away? Better to have an idea out there and in the world than tucked away in a notebook somewhere, right?

If you’re looking for what to do with your ideas, starting on them yourself, working in a collaborative effort, or even selling your idea are certainly the best places to start.

Illustration by Gonzalo Gallardo.