Chances are that you are trying to get that new shiny job, you are updating your portfolio, you are making a university project or you want to show off your skills.
Either way, you will probably need some projects to work on. Projects that can give you credibility about your skills.
People want to start these side projects but often they get stuck thinking too big. They want ideas that are original, big or never been tackled before by other companies.
That’s not always the case while working on side projects.
You don’t always need an original idea.
You are not starting a company.
You are just building skills.
Scratching your own itch is one of the best ways to find side projects that you will enjoy working on.
That's easier than you think. Just look around you.
Look for ideas around things you love or hate to do, common activities you do every day, something fun for you, or just a problem you have in your life.
These are all areas for finding great and interesting projects ideas that you can enjoy working on...
Write a diary of all the things that you do during your day.
- What could be done better?
- What are you struggling with?
- What would you like to add to your day but you always forget?
- What do you do in your spare time?
For example, let's say that you like to go to the gym: maybe you have a better idea for a fitness/nutrition app.
What about if you love playing video games? Build your own game could be a fun and interesting experience.
Are you learning a musical instrument? Build an app or website for a better understanding of musical knowledge could the way to go.
Do you love eating good food but you do not know how to cook? Try to build the new recipe product that teaches you how to cook step by step.
These were just examples but you know better than anybody else to find your next project idea.
Start with your own itch and find ideas around it. Probably, these ideas will already exist but that's not a problem. It is just a confirmation that could be a viable and worthy idea to work on.
Designing, and/or building these kinds of project ideas would require you to put lots of creativity, attention to detail as well as working with tools, technologies that you want to work with and could be helpful for your career.
Plus, it is going to be fun, because you came out with an idea around something you really need.
Leave a comment below, I am curious to hear your next project!
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