The internet is full of helpful tips for your New Year Business Planning and a million suggestions about how to tackle this. Where do you start?
Keep it simple, stupid…is always, in my view, a great mantra to keep front and central.
New Year Business Planning can feel like a huge pain in the proverbial…, and it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the task ahead. Then you end up doing nothing, because it’s all too complex and too scary.
Our top tip is a great template used by business coaches and good contacts of mine, Adam Harris and Robert Craven, in their book The Check-In Journal which I really rate and use myself.
It encourages you to list out the main themes and challenges of
Money/ Financials – what are your goals, and your monthly targets for income and expenditure? How are you going to achieve this?
People – who are your key contacts, your referrers, your targets, your spokesmen and women, your champions?
Operations – all that grunty boring stuff in the background like contracts and compliance ( you know you hate it, but its essential – keep reading……)
Marketing – the bit that’s shiny and exciting and most of us have grand plans to pursue. So plan it, don’t go like a headless chicken at it all.
All for the year to come. You might then think about the 3- or 5-year plan too. There’s great advice in the book about how to get the best from this exercise, so I recommend a google…
If your planning for operations looks like the ‘wish list’ you write down last year, and you still haven’t got around to it, there’s help at hand.
- If you promised you would sort the GDPR stuff but got totally overwhelmed by that tsunami of email in May, we have a solution.
- If you promised you would write your T and C’s but got half way through and gave up, we have a solution.
- If you still haven’t regulated your relationship with your suppliers and need a contract, we have a solution.
- If your interns and freelance assistants still have no paperwork, we have a solution.
Come and chat to us and we can help you actually tick some of those things off your to do list this year.