Getting an idea or new business up & running
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:
Sit down with a piece of paper and spend twenty minutes writing down everything that is both a necessary action - 'research packaging costs' for example - and an apparent obstacle to your business happening - 'I don't have a hygiene certificate (necessary if you want to handle and sell food). This is your ultimate to-do list, so try to think of everything, even the tiniest of task.
Next step is to go through your list and give everything a deadline by which you want to get it done. You'll start to see a natural order emerge, because some tasks depend on others being finished. Once every action has a date, reorder it chronologically (if you write this list in Excel or Numbers, you can sort this by date really quickly).
Turning your to-do list into a set of goals with deadlines is a neat and simple way to get things moving. As you reach each deadline, you're giving yourself a measure of progress, which will give you a sense of accomplishment, which in itself spurs you on to keep going.
Accountability - having someone to 'report to' is a really great way to stay on track - this is also known as having a 'mastermind buddy'. You can do this professionally, by hiring a coach to mentor you as you launch, or you can ask a friend or family member if they'll join you for a regular check-in. Give them a copy of your action plan so they can refer to it in your calls and keep track of what you've completed and what still needs to get done. Remember that it's your job to keep them across your progress, not their job to remind you of your deadlines!
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