Have you taken time to really figure out your business? Most of us tend to spend our time working in our business, rolling with what is thrown at us. But you can radically improve your business by spending time working on it. The first step is to really define the business you are building.
Let’s take a cue from the traditional business plan by writing a business summary.
1. Describe your basic business.
- Explain your products and services.
- What makes you unique?
2. Identify the market(s).
- Describe the market for each revenue stream.
- How will you reach that market?
3. Set your financial strategy.
- Explain your pricing structure.
- What are your financial goals?
If you’ll actually put in the effort to write this out, you’ll be a huge step ahead of most small business startups. Really. It helps to focus your attention on areas you might be ignoring. Zane Safrit put it this way: What is the question you aren’t asking yourself?
Next time, we’ll talk about converting those financial goals into real world activities.
[Photo of my desk, from my Flickr.]
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Carl Natale says
Good post Becky. I’m not a fan of forms and bureaucracy but things like this and “idea resumes” help me focus on goals. Just having to write it out challenges my assumptions and helps me communicate to other people.
Becky McCray says
Thank you, Carl. That’s exactly what I was trying for.
Great! I liked the article. i have done this before i went through this article. but sometimes we need to read such things to know that whether we are on the right track or not.
great work Becky.
Becky McCray says
Sounds like you are on the right track. Thanks.