What needs to happen to get your idea off the ground?
Great ideas often stay on the drawing board because no action is taken to make them happen. This is a really simple way to map out the steps you need to take to get your business off the ground:
To make your business work you need to be organised. The two main areas to keep right on top of are time and money.
Good time management reduces stress and gets things done. If you're not enjoying your work because you feel overwhelmed, you'll soon switch off and stop giving it your all. Look to put in place some systems that will save you time. A good system helps you make good use of time, which will free you up to concentrate on the things you love doing most in your business.
Wanting to work for yourself is all well and good, but what happens if you don't know what kind of business you want to start? 'I don't know what I should be doing with my life' is one of the things I hear most often from my new clients.
Marketing is what you need to do to let your ideal customer know you exist.
You can market locally, especially if you're selling a product, which includes flyers, editorial in the local paper, networking events and word of mouth, and you can market online - blogging, podcasting, publishing videos and live streaming. This is what's known as producing 'content'.
Now you have a business, you need to work out who your customers will be.
Who is your audience? Who are the people who are going to benefit most from your product or service? Where can you find your ideal client?
If you want to reach a particular goal, you need to have a plan of action. Trying to put an action plan together can often be a really daunting prospect, especially if your goal is something quite big and way off into the future ('Move family to France' for example!!).
This is how to build an action plan from scratch, to take you from feeling overwhelmed at the thought of what's in front of you, to being able to see clearly all the steps you need to take and by when, in order to achieve your mission.