Being organized in your business is one of the most important things you can do…
Now, I know this may seem obvious, but I’m not talking about the day to day here.
I’m talking about having a solid business plan.
One that includes a marketing strategy and financial projections so you can ensure you hit your business goals year after year.
By the time you finish this newsletter, you’ll have everything you need to create a business plan you can be proud of.
So, whether it’s a business plan you lack, or you’d just like a little more clarity in your business, this newsletter is for you.
What Is A Business Plan And Why It’s Important
Essentially, your business plan provides a blueprint for your company’s success, and helps you stay focused to achieve your goals, measure your progress, and make informed decisions.
Your business should include information about your products and services, your target market, your biggest competitors, detailed marketing and sales plans, financial projections, and your management team (optional if your business is in its early stages).
How To Write an Executive Summary
Although this is the first section of your business plan, it will be easier if you write it once your business plan is complete.
It’s a summary after all, and although the word “executive” may make it sound big, it only needs to be 1-2 pages long.
If your business plan is for internal use only, you may not need an Executive Summary, but it could be useful to hone your elevator pitch and mission statement.
Outline Your Products and Services
In this section you’ll outline the products and services you offer.
What does your offer look like, and what’s the price point?
This section only needs to be as long as the number of products and services you have.
If you happen to have many products like I do, I would only include your core offer, and make this simpler rather than more complex.
How To Create A Marketing Plan
This is one of the most important sections of your business plan.
It should help you set specific goals, understand your target audience, and optimize your marketing campaigns.
It should help you communicate your big plan or idea to your marketplace.
Your marketing plan should include 3 main areas:
- Your short and long term marketing goals
- Your target audience demographics and psychographic
- The marketing strategies you intend to use to achieve your goals.
Your marketing plan is closely related to your financial projections, and you’ll soon see why.
How To Create A Simple Set of Financial Projections
Financial projections can often seem like a daunting task, and in some cases it is.
But the smaller your business the easier this task will be.
Your goal here is to provide an overview of your projected financial performance.
This will include revenue, expenses, and profit.
A simple spreadsheet will be enough to record this.
You will already have a good idea of your current revenue and expenses and profit margins, and how much your expenses may grow as your revenue grows.
When your marketing is dialed in, you’ll know that each dollar of marketing spend brings you a certain return.
This makes it easier to project your revenue each month.
Why Identifying Challenges and Risk Is Important
Challenges your business faces could be internal or external.
Internal challenges could be employee or systems related or even mindset challenges you or your team may face that must be overcome.
I could write a laundry list of external challenges and there’s no doubt in my mind you face these every day.
Challenges will also include your competitors, which is why it’s important to identify them early on.
This way you can study them inside and out so you can overcome competitor challenges more easily.
I’ve already discussed how to study your competition in a previous newsletter where I spoke on ways to stay innovative in marketing and relevant in business, so please refer to that newsletter if you need a recap.
Risks are anything that could happen after a business decision is made…
And you’ll know risks and business go together like peanut butter and jelly.
This is why it always pays to do your research and take calculated risks that take you closer to your clearly defined goals of your marketing plan.
You may also like to conduct a SWOT analysis.
Here you’ll analyze your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
So there you have it.
Once you’ve completed this process, you’ll have a much clearer picture of where your business is now, where you’re headed, and how to get there.
It’s important to know that as you write your business plan, there may be things you don’t know all the answers to.
This is normal, and it will highlight any areas you need to gain more clarity on.
I hope this newsletter has helped you in some way, and as always…
Go high ticket,
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