If Your Business Plan Doesn’t Include This, You Might Fail!

Have you ever taken a road-trip? As a military brat, I’ve taken many road trips just moving around the country and the world. I got to see so many beautiful sights and experience things I have never had the chance to. Back then, I had my dad driving and he was the guide. I had no worries. Today as an adult when we take road trips, we rely on GPS. It guides us safely to each of our new destinations, prepares us for the distance and any obstacles in our way. Don’t you wish navigating your online business was that easy?

Here’s the good news; It can be.

You don’t have a GPS for your business but you can create the next best thing, a map for your business or a business plan. I’m going to call it a success map, because if it’s good and you follow it, it will lead you to success.

I’m going to ask you a serious question. If this is even slightly you, read this article to the period of the last sentence and take action right now.

Are you just winging it when it comes to your online business?

(Let’s be real) No real strategy, no goals, no direction and you can’t figure out why your business isn’t exploding with growth right now. It’s so frustrating seeing everyone win but you, and not understand why. I see this happen all the time. Literally, every day and here’s why:

People have these incredible goals but when I ask how they plan to achieve those goals, I get that deer in the headlights stare.

They see successful online businesses and feel like all that success came overnight (so they should get it overnight too).

It takes time and effort.

My point? Don’t stress out. As long as you are following your success map, you will always be doing something to grow your business and it will eventually breed success. When I get anxious about my success, I read this quote from the co-founder of Twitter. It snaps me back to reality every time so be sure to write it down and tape it to your mirror or your front door, or anywhere you can see it every day.

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.

- Biz Stone

Even Biz, who is currently worth $200 million, had to start somewhere and work long and hard to reach this point. He started the same place you are right now, so follow his example and find success.

Developing Your Success Map

Developing a success map is not only a sure-fire way to reach success, it will motivate you, inspire you and ultimately keep you and your business heading in the right direction.

Your success map consists of:

Goals

Milestones

Social Media Calendar

Advertising Budget

Setting Goals

Setting goals for yourself is the most important thing you will ever do in your business. Pull out a calendar. It can be on your phone, Google calendars, or a simple flip calendar (I use all three). Think about goals. These goals can be anything, whether it’s making $1 million dollars or adding 100,000 email subscribers to your list (this one’s mine). A lot of people that I know say it’s best to pick realistic goals and these don’t fall into that category.

I say it’s best to set achievable goals, even if you have to hit multiple milestones along the way. These are not goals that you meet in a week, they are where you see yourself in a year, in 5 years or even 10 years from now.

Some advice someone once gave me is to create visual reminders of your goals and put them in places you will see them every day. Recently I have been very involved in a successful MLM company. For a long time, I resisted all sales advances and wanted nothing to do with it. Slowly but surely, I started seeing people I personally know succeeding and making big life changes with their health and diets. Then I saw it… someone I knew personally did so well, she got a FREE Lexus, What?! Free Lexus, free vacations, along with the a paycheck? I’m in! Well, it’s my goal to drive that Lexus. So I found a brand new Black Onyx, Lexus LX 570 and took it for a test drive! Now I have a true feel for my goals and this picture sits at my desk.

Whatever your goal is… a brand new Lexus, big new house, extravagant vacation… take these pictures and put them on your mirror, at your desk and anywhere you have to see them every day.

This works great because you are always reminded of your goal and when your goal is always on your mind, it makes it real and achievable.

Record these goals on your calendar(s):

30 day goal

6 month goal

1 year goal

5 year goal

I always feel better when I have set goals and know exactly what I’m working for and you will too. Now, let’s see how we make those big goals actually happen.

Establish Milestones

A milestone is a marker that represents how far you have come, and how close you are you reaching your goal. They can also keep you on track to completing your goals according to the schedule you create. Keep in mind, milestones are the building blocks of your success. Here’s an example of how milestones can help you achieve your goals:

Let’s say my 30 day goal is to gain 100 more followers on Facebook.

Most would divide that evenly and each week would have a weekly milestone of 25. I have found that when giving myself even milestones, I fall short on some. To combat this, I stack the majority of that goal to be my first milestone and schedule it like this:

week 1 – 50 followers

week 2 – 25 followers

week 3 – 15 followers

week 4 – 10 followers

I find this so much easier because I can put in a huge effort for the first week, then coast the remainder of the month. By the time week 4 comes around, if I haven’t exceeded my 30 day goal, I have recovered enough from the first week to give it another hard push.

Create A Social Media Calendar

I like to have calendars everywhere and sync them up so I always know exactly what I have planned. It helps me stay organized and keeps me on track to success.

A social media calendar or (content calendar) is just like any other calendar except that this is used explicitly for your business. If you use any type of social media, then you know posting regularly is the best policy. Sure, you can use some of the free tools like HootSuite or BuzzBundle, but many of us like to do it the old fashioned way and just post!

Either way, having a plan for your posting will make life so much easier and unlock so much potential in your social media outreach, you will be amazed. Here are a few other ways a social media calendar can help you:

Plan postings around key events and holidays (Christmas and New Years)

Schedule training for your downline or customers (with time to prepare)

Know exactly what you will post and when.

Create a “posting sales funnel”*

*Posting Sales Funnel: You write posts on social media that over a short span of time give people sets of information. This creates interest rather than just showing a graphic and saying, IT WORKS, YOU SHOULD JOIN ME!!! (I think we have all seen enough of this)

Budget For Advertising

This is one of the things that can be difficult to plan for until you know more about advertising. Some people wait until they have started doing really well in their warm market and have money from their business to start advertising.

Those who are more savvy in the field of marketing, understand that advertising can grow your business at an amazing speed and take advantage of this.

There are many different advertising methods on many different platforms. It’s your job to figure out where your audience can be found, and if you should be using CPC or CPM.

CPC: Cost per Click – Every time someone clicks on your advertisement, you pay a small amount. This is a great option because if you’re not getting results, you’re not paying for anything.

CPM: Cost per Mille – Also know as cost per impression. This means that every time your advertisement is served, or someone sees your ad (whether they click it or not) it’s added up. You pay a set amount of money for every 1000 impressions.

Small things like this can make a huge difference in your return on investment (ROI), so when you think you have gained enough knowledge to start spending money on advertising, set a budget that’s reasonable for you and go from there.

Start small, and test, test, test. Some ads work and some don’t.

Follow Your Map To Success

Now you have created your success map by establishing goals, setting milestones, making a social media calendar and budgeting for advertising. Follow it and you will have that Lexus parked in your driveway in no time!

The Correct View When Building Wealth With A Business

High inflation,

Even high inflation, is not necessarily detrimental to a business. High inflation simply means there’s an increase in the price of goods and services, and that’s precisely what a business sells. Although business expenses rise due to inflation, the income should also increase in line with inflation.

If the inflation rate is 10% per annum, then business profits should automatically increase by 10% p.a. This increase is irrespective of any growth experienced by the business from a greater demand for its goods and services. Hence, it’s clear that a business can be used to protect yourself against inflation. For example, compare a bank investment with an investment in a good business.

The income (interest) on the bank investment will more or less stay the same from year to year. However, the purchasing power of the capital, which is invested, will decrease every year due to inflation. However, an investment in a business is different. The profit in a well-managed business will increase annually and keep up with inflation. The value of the business will also grow automatically, since the value of a business is based on its profits

What is the effect of inflation in your business

The conclusion is that inflation is not the enemy of an investment in a business, but rather a strong motivation to make this investment. A business hedges the income, and the capital value of the investment made in it, against the destructive effect of inflation.

The next aspect that a business should be measured against is the consequences of a recession. If economic growth is negative, but inflation exists (as was the case in 2009), then a business could still experience growth. So, even if there’s no economic growth, a good business can still grow in line with inflation.

The secret of well – managed business

Well-managed businesses could experience growth even though the average economic growth rate is negative. No matter how bad things are, there’ll always be certain businesses that grow rapidly due to an increased demand for their products and services. Remember, that the global population, and the middle class in particular, is increasing and these people must satisfy their needs.

For this reason, businesses that sell food, for instance, should experience positive growth, even in a recession. The same applies to other goods and services that are always in demand.

The conclusion is that your own business can still record real growth despite recessions and high inflation. It should now be clear from the discussion above that a business, chosen according to sound business principles, can be instrumental in building wealth.

People who fear short-term fluctuations in their investments will get poorer over the long-term. Inflation will destroy their investments! However, if you take a long-term view with your investments in listed shares and your own business, then you could build wealth in any kind of economy. All of these investments could benefit from inflation, survive recessions and convert poor returns into exceptional growth.

Do You “Love” Your Small or Home Business?

How to Fall in Love with Your Business

Regardless of the passion you may have for your business, there is always a chance that, at any point, you may fall out of love with the work you are doing. This is easy to do when you are stuck inside, at your computer, working and all of your friends and family members are enjoying summer vacations and trips. At one point or another, even the most successful entrepreneurs have lost momentum in their business and feel as though they have hit a rut. Even with this small setback, it is important to get back into the swing of things and fall back in love with your business in order to see continued success.

Remind Yourself of Why You Started this Business

Entrepreneurs often begin a business surrounding something that they enjoy or that they are passionate about – animal lovers open pet store or grooming business, bikers open bicycle shops, and bakers open bakeries. Even though this was the spark that started the business, it can often become lost in the day-to-day operations that a business owner must do in order to keep the business running. A simple way to fall back in love with your business and your work is to remind yourself why you started this business in the first place – getting back in touch with your roots can often lead to a renewed sense of passion.

Emulate Those You Look Up To

Successful business owners often have role models in their lives that they wish to emulate and that they look up to. When you are feeling as though you don’t love your business anymore, or you have lost your passion, you may want to ask yourself what your role model or role models would do in your situation. Would they roll over and let the business fade away? Or would they take a moment to connect with their passion for working and refocus their energy on making the business even better? The answer is usually the latter and working to emulate your role models can help to re-spark your interest.

Evaluate Your Personal Goals

Often times, business owners are motivated not by their business goals but their personal goals. If you are feeling a loss of passion for your work, chances are you have lost touch of your personal goals and it may be time to sit down, evaluate, and restructure what you personally strive for by owning a business. When evaluating your goals, keep the “Four Cs” in mind – control, creativity, challenge, and cash. These four aspects can easily sum up the personal goals that many successful business owners strive for in their personal lives that help to keep their passion alive and keep them successful in business.

Not every business owner is passionate about their business all of the time. At one point or another, every entrepreneur has thought to themselves “Why I am doing this?” If you have hit that point in your business career, using the tips above can help you rediscover your passion and fall madly in love with your business all over again.