The new year is about to arrive. Hard to believe – isn’t it? That means right now is the perfect time to create a itinerary or plan for the coming year that can give your home-based business an edge.
Step #1 – Review What You’ve Done in the Past and the Results You’ve Gotten
Spend some time reviewing your business plan – or create that business plan if you don’t have one. Determine which areas you’ve fallen short on.
Take a look at your goals. Are you reaching them?
Review the strategies you currently use to achieve your goals. Are they effective. Where could they be improved.
Analyze your data. Take a look at your website analytics or your stores receipts and look for patterns. Document what’s working for you and what isn’t. Particularly, take a look at what your audience is responding to most. What content are they reading the most on your website? What products or services are they buying?
Step #2 – Brainstorm and Create Bigger Dreams For Yourself and Your Business
Based upon what you learned from your annual review, take the time to brainstorm.
- What else do you want to do to add more value?
- How could you produce the same results with less work?
- What can you do to offer more value to your prospects and customers?
- Brainstorm opportunities for additional products, services, and content. Determine if any partnership opportunities would be of benefit.
- Ask your customers, or website readers what they value and for ideas on services they would like to see.
Don’t place limits on yourself.mThis isn’t the time to plan how you’ll achieve it. Simply brainstorm with a no-limits attitude and the belief that “anything” is possible.
Step #3 – Now is the Time To Work on a Plan
Take a look at that list you created in your brainstorming session. What inspires you the most? What project(s) could make the biggest impact in your business and life.
If you are unsure of which direction to take consider taking your ideas to a mastermind team, a mentor, or your business or life coach. You can also put up a survey on your website
or an ask.com campaign and invite your customers and prospects to contribute their opinions. Once you’ve narrowed down your ideas to the project that will make the most impact, work out a plan to make it happen. This will become your road-map to follow.
To do that:
- Determine your goals
- Determine a time-line to achieve your goals.
- Determine the strategies and tactics that can help you achieve your goals.
- Determine the methods you will use to determine if your successful in reaching them.
- Be specific. For example, add 500 people to my newsletter list vs. expand my newsletter reach.
Step #4 – Gather The Tools and Resources You’ll Need
It’s not enough to create a plan. If you don’t have the tools and resources you need you
won’t achieve your goals. Take inventory of the assets you already have and start gathering them.
- Do you need additional equipment, a new website, or a personal assistant? Go to work on acquiring them.
- Do you need to acquire any additional skills? Find resources to help you learn those new skills.
Step #5 – Work Out Your Marketing and Promotion
The is a step that is so often thrown together in a haphazard way, which dilutes it’s effectiveness. Determine how you all your systems can work together to create cohesiveness. Then outline a time-line for implementing them. Begin now to create your marketing messages, sales pages, etc.
You could approach the New Year doing things as you currently do, or out can view it as a
fantastic opportunity to give your business a vital boost.
By following these five steps you’ll be positioned to create more business success in the coming year.
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Posted on Posted on December 6, 2010 under the following category: Navigating Your Business To Success
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