It’s almost the middle of February now, the excitement of the new year is well and truly wearing off.
The kids are back to school, the traffic is back to normal and you are back in your creative space.
There are no more excuses as to why you haven’t done what you need to do for your business. You need to have a plan for 2011, because without a plan you have no idea how close you are to succeeding. It’s like a train timetable, if we didn’t have them we would have no idea how late the train was.
If you are a small business or want to be one, you need to have a plan. A start, a middle and an end. Things change and you can’t always stick to the plan, but you need to at least know what on earth it is that you want or I can tell you from experience, you ain’t never going to get it.
Write it down. Look it over. Scribble it out if you have to. And write it again.
Plans put you ahead of all the other people who couldn’t get around to writing it down.
You need to plan your money too. We hate doing this. But we need to know where we are right now and what we are spending.
If you have been doing this a while you will know that you can get sucked in to buying supplies for your business. If you’re new, learn from me: don’t. You do not need to buy anything until you work out how you are going to get it out that door again into someone else’s home. Don’t make your life a giant storage container. It’s no fun.
Make a plan for your supplies. If you can’t think long term a one month plan will do. Supplies can suck your business of cash so fast you won’t know what happened. Learn your limit and start to stick to it.
I’m sure I sound like a meanie, but it’s the truth. Get honest with yourself – know your numbers and remember that it’s a real life business that you’re running not some make-believe trial run.
You want 2011 to work for you. I want 2011 to work for you. So let’s do this thing.
Don’t pretend you have no time, make some. It is what your business needs from you.
If you don’t have a business plan and are not sure how to make one Tricia McKellar is offering a fantastic workbook if you sign up to her mailing list. It’s been really helpful to me. It’s not an affiliate link, just a really useful document.
Have you got your plan sorted for 2011? Or do you need to get serious and get on it? Tell me in the comments.