How to Discover your Skills and Create a Business
Whenever I was first confronted with the idea of coming up with a skill, I was probably much like you. I didn’t feel like I had any profitable skills that would be interesting enough for others to learn. The best part is that we all have skills that we probably don’t even notice exist and that we most definitely take for granted.
If you want to get your brain thinking about what skills you have an easy thing to do is check your LinkedIn profile, on your profile below your work experiences, there is a section with your top skills and endorsements of those skills by others. If you are interested in seeing what skills I have identified as a strength and more importantly, what others say are my top skills check out my profile here. Just as a quick reference, this is what I see on my LinkedIn Profile pertaining to my skills. Many of these skills are related to prior Human Resources and Training experience, but I know plenty of people who have a list of skills without relevant experience that have been endorsed by professors or fellow classmates. In the photo to the right, the higher the number in blue, the more people have stated that they agree that the particular skill is something that I have knowledge. If you currently do not have a LinkedIn account, I would highly recommend you sign up for this free resource because it has many useful information outlets. To sign up, click here.
Another great way to discover your skills is to think about what your friends and colleagues ask you for help with. This can be absolutely anything! For instance I am personally really great with talking to people and pretty often have people ask me how I can be so personable with strangers as well as how explain what I need them to understand in words that those strangers can understand. If you are a pretty friendly person and work in a customer service role even in retail or food service you already have knowledge of a skill that you can build into a business. If you still are not sure what skills you have, don’t be afraid to ask your friends, colleagues or even some of your teachers what they think.
The final way I suggest you learn what your skills are is an exercise I learned from an online group of location independent entrepreneurs. The exercise is this:
- Think of your hobbies or what you enjoy doing for fun. (Do you love to run or work out? Do you love to cook? etc.)
- Write down the top five things that you consider your most favorite hobbies.
- What is the most basic part of each of the listed hobbies? (Do you love to run? The focus would be running.)
- Especially on a college campus, you can find someone who would be interested in becoming a better runner or potentially striving to complete a goal such as running in a 5k, running a mile without slowing to a walk.
- You can do this exercise with each of your top hobbies and end up with at least five skills that you know about probably more than others.
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