Business planning, putting it all together in order to make progress on your goals and put them together in a way that gives you leverage.
We’ve come to the end of our seven-week challenge on using business planning to create growth in traffic, customers, and most importantly income.
Much of what we’ve talked about so far has been steps that require you to take action, like writing down your goals and leaving your comfort zone.
In case you missed one of the other posts in this 7-week challenge, here is what I’ve shared so far:
- Planning is the “secret” to success
- Knowing where you’re at now
- Increasing Traffic
- Working Backwards
- Writing Things Down
- Leaving Your Comfort Zone
When you use the basic concept of growth to your advantage, it doesn’t take very much progress in any one area to see results. We briefly touched on this in Week 3 – when we talked about increasing traffic, subscribers, and customers.
In a nutshell, one goal builds on the next and they all work together to generate growth.
Here’s an example:
- You’re first goal is to grow your income by $500.00 a month (perhaps in order to quit your day job)
- To do this, you come up with ways to grow your traffic, subscribes, and customers.
- Once you achieve that goal of an extra $500 a month (consistently), you quit your day job.
- Now, you have more time and energy to put into your growing creative business.
- You can now set more ambitious goals, like adding another $2,000 to your bottom line.
- Instead of taking everything out in profit (which is the normal reaction), you decide to continue to work on this whole leveraging thing.
- Perhaps you set aside $100 a month to play around with Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram ads to see if you can turn that into a profitable income stream.
- Maybe you take another $200 a month and hire your first VA (Virtual Assistant) and start outsourcing some time-consuming tasks.
- This allows you time to collaborate with another creative business owner on a project.
See how this all comes together?
One goal builds on the next when you start putting your business planning ideas together to generate growth.
If you start thinking strategically and keep an eye on your next few steps, you can start putting it all together and plan for growth in a lot less time than you may think. Try it!