Developing a solid business idea requires not only innate business savvy but also a system of rules. It always helps to use a very structured approach, but to really hit a home run business idea, you need the right background, the right opportunity, and the puritan work ethic to turn a business idea into a business success.

The focal point for coming up with a profitable business idea primarily lies within the soon-to-be entrepreneur. Contrary to popular belief, it is not found in the marketplace or laboratory. You are the critical component – it is your strengths and flaws, which should dictate the areas in which to seek ideas and focus your business around. At the end of the day, support for your business by financiers, suppliers, customers etc. will also be a vote of confidence in your abilities to make it successful.

However, once you’ve identified the niche market that you want to enter, begin brainstorming potential product lines and services that you can offer to customers within this market. Your first step is to transform yourself into a potential customer and envision the types of questions and concerns they may currently have. Try to address these problems first.

After you have your profitable business idea firmly cemented in your mind, you should start browsing various online forums that are related to your particular niche market. Go out and try to network with individuals that are already existing in your market and ask them if they would be interested in the particular product or service you are thinking of offering. If no one shows interest in your idea, then it might be a good idea to pass on this initial idea and start thinking of alternatives. You can also follow certain conversation threads in online forums to see if anyone is currently suffering from any “pains.” A great product will address the unmet needs of your potential customers.

Last but not least, perform a search for keywords related to your niche market of choice. Look at the sidebar of the search engine to determine how many ads show up. If you see that a lot of ads are showing up on the results page, then this gives you a good indication that a market exists for the potential product offerings. Your next steps should be to try out different keyword combination’s and to scope out your competition for ideas on how to differentiate yourself.

Lyndon Perkins has been a online business owner for a long time and maintains a website about internet entrepreneurship where you can get answers to the rest of your questions.