February 1, 2011

What are your Business Plans for 2011?

What are your Plans for 2011?

After reading an informative post on Jim’s Marketing Blog, I just wanted to follow up on some important points on making plans for 2011.

For most of us the new financial year has already begun and as we head into one of the busiest trading times of the year, we also start to think about making business plans for the coming 2011. So here are a few heads up for you to get started on.

Learning from 2010 mistakes…

What ever you did wrong in 2010 don’t do it again in 2011, sounds pretty logic, but people do make the same mistakes twice believe you me. Mistakes are made for one simple reason and that’s not just for us to regret them either. Mistakes are made to let you know which path you should have taken therefore you should know better for next time. We all make them whether it’s a bad sale decision or promotional campaign not gone as planned because of bad planning it doesn’t matter. If you’re well organised then you would have recorded most of your efforts in a journal or diary so therefore planning for 2011 should be fault proof right? Not so as there are always new mistakes to come along and test us.

Planning & organising for 2011…

So planning your efforts for 2011 and the excitement begins. What are you going to do and what are you wanting to achieve? How are you going to achieve your goals? Once again don’t leave it in your head! A while back Samantha covered a short and informative post on time management, check it out as there are some great tips on getting yourself organised. Organisation is ultimately the key to fulfilling your goals so as dedication and commitment. Whether you organise yourself online or in a diary or use a white board marker, anything but your head would suffice.

What do you want to achieve in 2011?

Many business owners go into a new year with little knowledge as to what they really want to achieve. Either that or they simply have a small idea buried in the back of their heads, what they’d like to achieve but don’t actually follow it up. Instead they leave it to linger and hope that there will be an opportunity now and again where they can devote to making a start. This way of thinking or planning doesn’t work one single bit, it produces zero result. Here’s what you need to be doing, get a pencil and a piece of paper or even better a white board and marker. Write your ultimate goal into the middle of the board and circle it. Now think of all the smaller short term goals that you need to achieve to get to your ultimate goal, the more smaller goals the better. Realistically you can achieve your ultimate goal if you pursue your short term goals, simple as.

My ultimate goal is to aim for a set number of average hits per month on this blog, in other words I’m aiming to increase traffic to my blog, I’d like to achieve this goal by the end of the next financial year so in my case by the end of September 2011. So I have personal targets and smaller goals in which I’ll be pursing in the short while. Each month I write a short monthly review and outline some of these achievements as well as targets that I’ve set myself and the actual results from my efforts.

About Fabrizio Van Marciano

Fabrizio Van Marciano is a fulltime international selling artist and blogger working from home. His insight into online business marketing and website design has lead him on the path to becoming one of the UK's biggest selling modern contemporary artists with over 3,000 original canvas paintings sold worldwide. You can follow Fabrizio on Twitter & Facebook.

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