So, you’ve got your vision board for 2021 filled with photos, and you’ve decided on your business goals; now what? Visualizing what you want in life is a great practice, but don’t forget about making an action plan to fulfill those goals.
1. Break down your ultimate goals into smaller steps. If you want to double your income, for instance, keep that big number in mind but break that big number down into a monthly income total. If necessary, break that down even further into weekly and daily goals. Knowing these smaller goals will help you focus on daily money-making tasks to earn those totals and ultimately reach that larger goal.
2. Plot your daily money-making tasks. No matter what your ultimate goals are, you need to make money with your business, and those are the tasks you should prioritize. What tools do you have at your disposal? Think about using your blog, social media, email list, affiliate products, courses, and coaching programs to make more sales.
Sometimes all it takes is publicizing your offers more frequently via social media and to your email list. Try emailing your list more often. Be on the lookout for affiliate offers that are the perfect match for your customers. Create a group coaching program to attract more people. Don’t be afraid to sell.
3. Plan to outsource. Hiring independent contractors will free up time in your day and help you reach your monetary goals. Even if it seems counterintuitive to spend money to make money, your focus will naturally shift to delegator, and you’ll get rid of the administrative tasks that keep you from producing products or creating new coaching programs. To make outsourcing worthwhile, interview candidates, and have a firm idea of what types of tasks you’ll delegate each month. Finding that right person will make the backend of your business run smoothly, and you’ll soon appreciate making that investment.
4. Track your progress. Don’t wait until the end of the year to evaluate if you’re meeting your goals. When you do your monthly bookkeeping is an excellent time for this evaluation, or consider doing it weekly. Did you reach your daily and monthly goals? Did you have a couple of days where you doubled or tripled your goals? What was different? What did you do on those days? Try to replicate those actions in the upcoming months. If you did NOT meet your goals, make changes to your plan, and ramp up your efforts the next month.
5. Document your action plan. Just because you come up with a great plan in your head doesn’t make it real. Putting information down on paper makes it real and easy to check if you’re following through. Trello is an online platform that allows you to create digital checklists (or boards) of all your tasks. Share your boards with your VA or make a board for her with her monthly tasks. Your VA could also create her own board that lists the different processes for doing her tasks if you ever need to hire another VA.