Idea Generation

Come Up with an Idea
  1. Think about your friends and family. What do they complain about? Is there something that you always help them fix or solve?
  1. What are your interests and hobbies? What are your passions?
  1. What are your favorite things to buy, create, share, watch?

If you are still stuck, here are some ideas for prompts to ask ChatGPT for ideas
    • "Can you suggest some innovative business ideas for a college town?"
    • "What are some unique online business concepts for students?"
    • "I'm interested in sustainability. Can you propose some eco-friendly business ideas?"

Naming Businesses
    • "I need a catchy name for a coffee shop that also sells books. Any ideas?"
    • "What are some creative names for a tech startup focusing on virtual reality?"
    • "Can you suggest some memorable names for a mobile pet grooming service?"



Product Ideas

Service Ideas

Examples: t-shirts with logos/quotes, handmade jewelry for etsy, etc.

Examples: Private soccer lessons, tutoring, dog walking


For the purposes of this workshop, an easy way to get started is to work through one of the two following business ideas and you will find you will be able to launch your storefront by the end of the day!


While you are free to choose virtually any kind of business that you would like, it is imperative that you understand that you MAY NOT develop any kind of business that is unethical or illegal. Not sure? Just ask a staff member for help!


Business Idea 1: Merchandise Store
  • Create Designs: You’ll use Canva to easily craft unique photos and logos for your merchandise.

  • Choose Your Platform: Upload your designs to a site like (instructions to follow), where you can easily turn them into a variety of products like t-shirts and stickers.

  • Set Up Your Store: Follow Redbubble’s simple steps to open your store. Customize it with your designs and decide on the products you want to sell.

  • Promote Your Merch: Share your store link on social media and among friends to start generating sales.


Business Idea 2: Service-Based Business

You can start a service-based business, like tutoring or pet services. Here’s how to get going:


  • Identify Your Service: Decide what service you'll offer, such as tutoring in a subject you're knowledgeable about, or pet sitting/walking.

  • Choose Your Platform: Sign up on a platform like Fiverr or Rover, depending on your service.

  • Create Your Profile: Set up your profile showcasing your skills, experience, and what makes your service unique.

  • Market Yourself: Use social media and word-of-mouth to promote your services and attract your first clients.

Remember, these are just starting points to help you dive into the entrepreneurial world. Feel free to modify or expand these ideas as you grow more confident in your business journey and continue on through the workbook.