How far in advance do you plan things for your business? A year, a term, a month, a day?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question, it really depends on your business. When you are starting out, you might plan for the next week, as your business grows, you will find you need to plan further in advance. Me, well, I’m in the process of booking dates for events in 2011 and even 2012!
Last year, I started participating in group coaching sessions with Time Retrievers. These guys are amazing! Part of their program is a regular quarterly planning session where they get us to sit down and do a week by week plan for the next 3 months, including sales targets. This was a challenge – to get my head around planning further in advance than the next little while, however it does help to get things happening.
Do you have a plan for your business? Do you have goals for sales?
To help with planning, I have found a couple of great tools that can help you.
The first is the Two Hour Business Plan, created by the amazing Melinda Brennan from SuperWAHM. This is a great tool for an overall plan for your business, and has been designed for those of us who don’t like business plans. It starts from only $129 and is well worth it to see your business grow.
The second is Your 5 Key Goals to Success by Peter Johnson. This is the resource used in the quarterly planning sessions I mentioned above and comes with a workbook and CD (so you can print out the templates). This is an invaluable resource and can not only keep your business on track, but you can also track your progress. Using our link, it is only $24.95 including postage. Get in quick before the price changes.
The way to grow your business is to have a plan, an idea of where you want to go. How far in advance you plan depends on you and your business. The two resources I have recommended will help you grow your business so it becomes something amazing.