Business Magazine

Successful Startup: Craft Your Plan for Business Success

By Lindaluke @coachlindaluke

business-plan 450

Once you are clear about the vision you have for your new business and what you want to create, it is time to create a strategic plan for making it happen.

Start with the end in mind (your vision) and reverse engineer what it will take to get you there.  At this stage in your startup planning you will want to look at both strategies and timelines that help you reach your target vision.

  1. Get clear about your goals – make a list of goals that will support your vision. Make sure that your goals are in clear and positive language.  Write each one as if it is happening right now, by starting with the words, “I am” or “We are”.  Add dates or timelines to keep you on track.  And, make sure that your goals are at least 50% believable to prevent self-sabotage or fear from holding you back.  You may choose to have your goals organized with categories around things like marketing, sales, products, classes, speeches, customer care, etc.
  2. Brainstorm ideas– you probably already have some ideas of what you will do and how you will reach your goals, but I encourage you to allow time for wild and crazy brainstorming. Write down everything that comes to mind, even if it feels silly or impossible.  Freeing up your mind this way allows ideas to flow and sometimes the ones you might push aside at first can be true inspiration or bridge the way to something even more amazing.
  3. Choose your priority goals and projects – at this point you likely have a long list of goals and an even longer list of ideas. It’s time to scale them down and focus on priorities.  Which goals and ideas will move you forward the quickest?  Which will have the greatest impact on your success?  I usually recommend choosing the top three to focus on, but in a startup situation you may want a few more.
  4. Create an action plan with micro steps – for each priority goal or project you choose, write at least the first 5 action steps you will take. Keep the steps very small so that they can be accomplished quickly and you can establish a pattern of success that will keep you motivated.
  5. Set up a goal supporting system – the last step in the planning phase of your new business is to set up systems that will keep your goals and projects organized and support you in moving forward. If you don’t already have a strategy for this, a simple Word doc, spreadsheet, handwritten list, or custom app will usually work well.  Choose whatever will work best for you.  This system will be an important part of your success.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener