This question is a Quora question which I came across.
No clear cut rule exist on how to go about looking for inspiration and entrepreneurial ideas. But a few things can help in getting started:
- Look out for needs in your immediate community and vicinity to begin with then branch out from there. Then come up with ways which meet these needs in ways that other people are not doing so.
- Read far and wide. Read primarily non-fiction and also science fiction literature. Science fiction helps a lot because many innovators get their ideas from the science fiction they read. In general, reading opens up the worlds and stimulates our imagination, it also makes people ask questions and plants ideas in peoples minds.