To become #1 you must plan! New Years is a great time to look into your business and plan to succeed! So I asked some small business owners what they are planning to do 1st Quarter of 2011 to become successful! Below are their responses. Hopefully they might give YOU some ideas on how to become successful in the upcoming year!
Rippling Effect will continue to Create Waves of Opportunity by training an intern in Sales and Marketing which in return will continue a Rippling Effect when they enter the work force.
Focus on aligning with Strategic Partners to grow client base 25%.
After analyzing current client base, focus on marketing Rippling Effect to Small Business Owners.
Having just completed our 90 day plan for Local Internet Leads I can tell you it was a very rewarding exercise.
Here is what we accomplished:
- Current and Projected KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) – we reviewed our core KPI’s like revenue, number of clients, operating efficiency (in our case the number of days to launch a new client), etc. For each KPI we have a current status and then a target for 90 days time
- Priorities – we produced a list of 9 top priorities for the first quarter that mainly fall into 3 major areas – sales, operations and customer service. Each priority has one person that has overall responsibility for making sure that it is achieved.
- We then worked through the top 4 priorities and came up with a detailed plan for each. These plans consisted on anywhere from 6 – 14 tasks that need to be executed. Each task has a person responsible and a deadline date.
Educate clients and prospects about “Smart Marketing” – optimizing their own resources, incorporating low-budget methods, and implementing design tactics – to maximize their potential in sales and market awareness
Goals for 2011
1. Finally get my corporate website looking FAB-U-LOUS.
2. Develop my personal branding blog
3. Close my biggest client yet since I went out on my own in June 2010.
4. Purchase an abandoned mixed-use retail/residential/office space in my neighborhood and begin adding value to where there was none before.
5. And on a personal note, two words… SHOP LOCAL.
One of my first quarter goals has already been met – Set the schedule for speaker/workshops for the National Association of W.O.M.E.N. I even went beyond that goal and and have 90% of the schedule set for 2011.
My second goal will be set up my new program for Administrative Coaching. This program will be geared to the entrepreneur who needs assistance in putting administrative systems in place.
A big goal for my business this year is to grow, grow, grow! Marketing via Social Media and face to face marketing. Always keep the big picture your main focus and let your business evolve! Orchestrate what you can and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Another practice I have that I will continue into 2011 is “Keep It Real!” Be genuine, be patient, and above all hold yourself accountable!
At College Nannies & Tutors our primary goal for 2011 is to help children become better students through our tutoring services and to help high school students increase their college entrance exam scores so they are admitted to the college of their choice. We plan on doing this by hosting complimentary practice ACT/SAT tests on a monthly basis along with marketing to the school guidance counselors.
1. Stay focused on, and spend time doing what I do well, identify and eliminate my personal time-wasters.
2. Do more delegating so that I can run the show without performing the entire show!
One of several goals I have for the first quarter of 2011, is to say “no” to activities that are not 100% in alignment with my true vision and mission, or the leadership necessary for my sales team. In addition, I resolve to make my 2011 Business Plan a living document and execute with precision.
By providing optimum administrative and management services , Beth Johnson and EZ Does It VA will be focused on filling her virtual assistant practice with vibrant small business owners and entrepreneurs. Her love of learning will persist with continuing education and involvement with experts in her field.