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How to Plan Your Online Small Business

Nov 7, 2007
When you first begin your online business enterprise, it is important to be focused and ready to run a business. One way to do this is to work out a viable business plan. Many new business people do not do this and consequently their businesses suffer. In fact, many enterprises fail due to lack of management and no business plan.

Steps to building a viable business plan:

1. Set your goals: always remember to set your goals. This is the first step in creating a business plan. You should have initial goals for starting your business, goals to develop it, and lastly, some for expansion of your market.

Set a timeline to achieve them:

A. Your first 3 months: These will be goals to start your business. You will get x number of customers and clients per month. You will build a website and start a newsletter. You will join some affiliate programs to work up some initial income.

B. 3-6 months: Developing your business. You will increase the amount of customers or clients you will get, increase your list building efforts, and gain more subscribers. You will develop multiple streams of income and use multiple ways to promote your business.

C. 6 months to 1 year: You will still do all the previous goals and objectives. However, now you will be looking into new niche markets and developing new products and services.

2. Take action on your plan: it is very important not to just create a plan, but also to take action. Many plans are made, but few are implemented. This is because most of us are procrastinators. Do not do this, act on your plan as soon as you can. The sooner you act on your plan, the sooner you will be able to make money

3. List your priorities: List all the things you need to do and prioritize. See what needs to be done first and put them into your timelines for the first 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year.

Organize your time carefully so that you can remain focused and achieve your objectives.

Make a daily and weekly schedule: Making a daily and weekly schedule is important. Make a list of weekly tasks from your original list of priorities and make a weekly schedule, then break this down and make a daily list of tasks. With this list you can then make a daily schedule.

The important thing is to stay focused and on task. Be determined to succeed and discipline yourself to stay on task. Remember to give yourself some time off to enjoy your life and do not let your business overwhelm you. You should be running your business, not letting your business run your life.

With good planning and organization, you can run your business efficiently and successfully. Remember that just as you need a road map to go on a journey, so will you need a plan for your business. This will keep you in the driver's seat and in control of your business.
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Zach Thompson is a 23 year-old network marketer & marketing consultant. Why Become a Distributor?
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