Whether you are just starting a business or you have been in business for years, one of the greatest keys to success is having a plan. Seriously, having a successful and profitable business isn’t rocket science but it does require a plan. The simple truth is its nearly impossible to reach your goals; whatever they are (you want to make $1000/month or $100,000/month) it all starts with a plan. I’m sure you have heard the cliché, those who fail to plan, plan to fail. The reason I ask though is that I talk to folks all the time that don’t have a sound plan in place to reach their business and life goals.
Therefore, I wanted to give you the quick and dirty of putting together a plan so that you can reach your goals fast, with a simple plan. And, if you’d like to take it a step further, join me on May 1st at 12:30pm – 3:30pm EST for a Virtual Strategic Planning workshop. The investment is a measly $147, and will give you the step by step of how to reach your goals in the next 90 days with ease and grace.
Step 1 – You need to know where you are going. I like to break things down into easy to follow steps and look at plans with a 90 day/30 day /weekly and daily focus. This really helps you to put your plan into action, which is step 3. Look at what you want to achieve in this time frame, do you want to launch a new program? Bring in a certain amount of additional revenue? Do a certain number of speaking gigs? What do you want to accomplish?
Step 2 – What do you need to be/do or have to complete the plan. Do you need to delegate to a team member? Outsource to an expert? What can you do? For instance, if you decide in the next 90 days you want to create a new online program, ask yourself, what do I need to have in place in order to achieve this goal? Who do I need to have on my team or engage to achieve this goal? What software or systems do I need to have in place in order to achieve this goal?
Step 3 – Take action – Delegate whatever needs to be delegated and then calendar your plan for the next 90 days, all the way down to the daily level, this will ensure that you know what you are doing each day in order to reach your goals. Lets look at our example again of launching a new online program. You will want to create a list of everything you need to do, everything your team members need to do, what software you need, etc. then you need to attach time frames to these tasks. Once you have a clear plan map it out on your calendar so that you know what action step you need to take each day.
I hope you enjoyed these quick and dirty tips on planning your business 90 days at a time. If you’d like to take it a step further then join us for the Virtual Strategic Planning Workshop for only $147. We will spend 3 hours together virtually helping you in a group setting to plan your business over the next 90 days. This is a great opportunity to get on track for the rest of the year. Join me here. This virtual workshop is happening, Thursday, May 1st at 12:30pm – 3:30pm EST
I don’t know about you but I absolutely love spring time, the birds are chirping the weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming and the air smells so fresh! Spring is all about new beginnings and growth and what better way to celebrate the season then with a spring sale to help you grow your business!
So here’s the deal, for the next several weeks we are going to be featuring different products and programs at a deep savings to you as part of my community, the catch is you must act quickly to receive the savings.
If you have been thinking about upleveling your business and growing to the next level, now is the time to take action.
Our first featured program in the Spring Sale is the 7 Keys to Unlock Cash Flow & Freedom in Your Biz virtual training program.
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I used to think that I could do it all on my own. I tried for years in fact, yet I remained stuck at the same point in my business no matter what I did. It was really puzzling to me when I started my service based business because it wasn’t like this was my first business and it wasn’t like I did not know what I was doing.
Quite the contrary in fact, I was damn good at what I did, I could see things that others just could not see, I could see the vision, hold the vision, and then use the right strategies to follow through and make the business a success and change 100′s of lives in the process. This was no new feat to me, I had done it with my plus size lingerie business that I ran from a spare bedroom in my home more than 7 years ago.
I like you started a business because I wanted freedom, I wanted to be able to do what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it and make a darn good living in the process. So I was really puzzled, why I was able to create something from nothing, and turn it into a multi 6 figure business in less then 6 months selling lingerie online from my spare bedroom yet when it came to selling my services, ahum, not so much. It wasn’t easy, in fact, it challenged me in many ways, because although I did not know it at the time, it was in fact, very different. I was no longer selling a piece of lingerie, or a security camera or shoes, (just some of the other business I have created and sold over the years) I was actually selling me. The ironic thing was that I only ventured into this arena of selling my services based on my past successes of creating businesses of my own and others and decided I really love helping people create freedom and cash and I love business, so why not.
I hung my shingle out, so to speak yet I stayed stuck at the $20k mark in my business for more than 4 years, that was until I finally decided to get some damn help and realized, wait a minute, I don’t need to do this on my own. You see what was standing in my way of my success was me, I couldn’t see it though because I was “so smart” I helped 100′s of people create business, leverage businesses using the latest and greatest internet marketing tools, you’d be surprised, these are big name marketers, I know, I was on their team, they are making millions of dollars yet, here I was making a measly $20k a year, I mean seriously I could do that in a month in the lingerie business selling an average order of $75.
Here’s what I realized though, it really wasn’t the same thing and just because I actually knew how to do it did not mean I was getting the result. The cool and not so cool part was that I was the only one standing in the way. Once I hired my first 6 figure coach, let me tell you that sure lit a fire under my butt, I stepped outside of comfort zone in many ways. Within in several weeks I had my first 5 figure month and although, I learned lots of lessons doing things the hard way, as in not listening to my inner guidance through the experience I sure did learn a heck of a lot, which makes me even better at the work I do with my clients. Oh, and the best part is that I know what not to do and I can teach my clients the same thing. It’s always about being a guide for my clients, to what is right for them, not what is right for me.
If you are ready to take your business and your life to the next level, let’s talk, there are only a few spots left for the one-on-one mentoring but I also have something cooking as far as a 90 day virtual workshop and mentoring program as well, so you have options, the point is you don’t have to do it alone, you don’t even have to get my help, but get someone’s help. Click here to talk about how I can help!
This week I wanted to start off with a question, is your business working for you? Or are you working for your business?
Before you answer that question, answer these questions:
- Are you are earning a good living?
- Are you are doing what you love to do?
- Do you have a lifestyle business that allows you to do the things (outside of work) you enjoy doing?
- Are you making an impact with your message?
This is a good starting place, there are many other questions you could ask yourself depending on what it is you are trying to create.
If you answered no to any of the above questions, don’t worry, I’d like to share some quick strategies to help you fix it.
The first step to “fixing” what ever is not working for you is to make the decision that you are going to change it. This means you need to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone because the truth is, that’s the only way to get different results.
Next, you need to commit to the decision, 100% decide that you are willing to do what it takes to change it and be committed to your own success. Commit to learning a new way.
Next, you need to throw perfectionism out the window. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for details and for things being “perfect” but, if you want to succeed as a business owner you need to get rid of the perfectionism energy because it keeps you stuck.
The second step is to look at your business model, ie, how you are bringing money into your business, is it one on one, is it leveraged, is passive?
Next, look at what you are charging; is it inline with the lifestyle you want to create? Or do you need to uplevel your pricing?
Now, I am not saying just go ahead and double prices, I know a lot of people talk about raising prices and doubling what you are charging now, here’s the thing though, you need to look at value and you need to look a t packaging your offerings for your ideal client. This is where clarity comes in, with who your ideal client is, what problem you are helping them to solve, etc,
If you truly want to have a lifestyle business and have your business work for you, instead of you for your business, its best to have a combination of revenue streams in your business that allow you to bring in consistent income without chewing up all your time. It also helps to learn how to leverage technology and the Internet to reach more people so that you have a bigger impact. And of course, my favorite, you have to systems in place in your business. The truth is systems equal freedom in any business and if you want to have a lifestyle business, you MUST have systems in place in your business.
Are you ready to get your business working for you? Let’s talk to see if one of my VIP program is right for you, just click here to get started.
I have been talking with a lot of business owners lately as I am going through the process writing my new book on systems and I have noticed a common theme throughout these conversations and it has really got me fired up about reaching our goals. You see, the majority of business owners I have talked to, more than 95% in fact are not earning the money they want in their business and they don’t have the freedom they want in their business. Is this you too?
It really breaks my heart to think that we start a business to have more freedom and create more money then we did in corporate yet so many of us are working harder then we ever did in corporate plus we are earning way less. And that just sucks. If this is you I want you to read on because I am going to share with you what I have noticed is the common thread between those who are not achieving their goals and those who are.
The good news is it is really simple fix, so let’s get right on with it so that you can reach your goals fast! In order to reach your goals quickly you need:
1- Know what your goals are – What do you really want to achieve, in the next 30, 60, 90 days? How much money do you want to make and why. The why is important here because without the why you will likely not achieve your goals because it is not tied to anything, it does not mean anything to you, you have no sense of urgency.
2 – Know what you need to do – Now that you know what you want to achieve, ie, how much money you want to make you need to know what you need to do in order to create the result you are looking for. Let’s say for example you are in the service based industry and you want to earn $10,000 in the next 2 weeks, in order to reach this goal you would need to know how many people you need to talk to based on your current closing rate and you would need to put a plan in place in order to be able to talk to these folks.
3 – Map it out on your calendar – Once you know what it is you want to create and why you want to create it and you know what you need to do you want to next map this out on your calendar. Let’s go back to the example we talked about in #2, you want to create $10k in the next two weeks, from this step you also know how many people you need to talk to and what strategy you are going to use to get in front of these people. You can now add this to your calendar based on the amount of time you need to conduct the strategy, have the sales calls, bring the new client on board, etc. Not only does adding these activities to the calendar help keep you accountable you also know if reaching your goals is achievable, if its not based on the amount of time go back to # 2 adjust the strategy.
That’s it, really simple yet very profound, try it out over the next 30 days and see how much easier it is to achieve your goals.
Kim is masterful at seeing holes and where you’re leaving money on the table in your biz. She’s a storehouse of information and knows what works and doesn’t with more than a decade of experience and brings a unique combination of experience and insight, with systems, marketing skills and a deep understanding of the mechanics of business on and offline.
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Early in my practice, I had a client who is a book writing coach. When we started working together, he was trying to handle every aspect of his business on his own—customer service, tracking payments, entering items into QuickBooks, working with the clients, sales and marketing, and networking.
He had been operating this way for nearly a year, running himself to exhaustion, working about 60 hours a week, but not making the money he wanted to make. Even worse, he wasn’t able to spend the time he wanted with his wife or young daughter who was growing up so fast, and he felt he was missing out.
No matter how hard he worked, he faced the same issues. Not enough money. Not enough time. He was in a rote and felt like he was working around the clock, constantly yet no matter how many hours he worked in the day he was not able to get the result he was looking for, more money. It reminds me of the old adage, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The thing was though, he did not know what he needed to do. He was not focused on the things that he should have been doing, client work and sales, instead he was focused on trying to “run” his business when in fact, his business was running him.
Can you relate?
He had hit an impasse. He couldn’t add more hours to the day. He didn’t have time to do everything he needed to do, and he wasn’t even making a third of the money he wanted to make. He couldn’t take on more clients. His days were so filled with activity, he didn’t have room on his calendar. Because he couldn’t take on more clients, his income was stuck at $3,000 per month, his goal was to be at $10,000 per month, at that was just for starters. More than anything, he wanted peace of mind. Peace of mind of knowing that things are getting done, that clients are taken care of, and nothing important is overlooked.
He knew he couldn’t continue everything in his business if he wanted it to grow, but he had no clue what it would look like to set up the business properly. He realized if he did hire an assistant to help, he wouldn’t know what to tell them to do.
It was this exasperation that led him to reach out to me.
In our first conversation, I told him that he should stop trying to do everything. That it is not only impossible to do it all, it’s a just plain terrible idea.
“You can’t be good at everything. You should be doing your genius work. What comes naturally to you, what comes easily to you.”
In the first three weeks, he Cut his workload to 35 hours per week, and his income more than doubled, from an average $3,000 a month to $6,500 a month.
One of the first things we did together was look at where he was leaving money on the table in his business, and I created a worksheet for you to do the same here.
After you complete the worksheet let me know if I can help you, just contact me here.