Well I did nothing the first half of last year! Until mid Summer late in July.
I can not, I repeat can not let this happen again to my Brand and my Blogs and all that they could have become in the year of 2014. No matter what hardships cross my path this coming year. I’ll not let my inabilities become Liabilities or even the death of what I have built to date.
2014 could have very well been my break out year. If only I would have stuck to my plans, but as usual I did not! This year as I plan to take on a customer base and employees. The Hobby has become an actual Business in the first stages of development.
So first things first. What to do with what I’ve got so far? I was not to sure so I have joined several MeetUps groups in town and Online. I have sought out and will join Toast Masters. Which is another local MeetUp group here in Valparaiso IN. I will join as soon as I find the funding which should appear next month some time in Feb 2015.
It is a Speaking and Leadership Club. Public Speaking is one of my weaknesses. So I am starting to work on that this year, as I plan to be out and about trying to raise capital from Local Businesses. To advertise upon my Blogs/ Websites.
I have already gathered from the first Business Club meet that I will need several documents in order to become successful as a true Business man/ Owner. I will be learning the skills in the weeks, months, and Years to come. For once we start we can not stop! It is a necessary evil; this thing we call Education.
These Documents won’t always be what makes or breaks you and your Business. But they will define for you a path in which to start and follow along to and with. It will give unto you a point of reference, a step by step plan of intention, a recipe if you will and It will aide you in retaining future aide. Grants, Angel Investors,Silent Partners, Crowd Source funding, or traditional financing.
We all need that recipe when we have never cooked up an Idea before. Or at least one that has never passed the taste test of others. Let alone something we ourselves could or would have eaten. Like the World’s Worst Chefs reality Show on TV. We too! Won’t have the slightest clue of what enhances the flavor of, the first course. Or what might or could potentially spoil the whole dinner. And the customer’s night out.
Hence the reasoning behind joining the MeetUp Groups. Finding others in all stages of their journeys. Who have been and who are now bringing their Businesses or their new Business to life. And then to profits and beyond.
Stop Drop and Roll! Because Soon You’ll be On Fire!
Just by listening and learning from these experienced Entrepreneurs. And of their successes and their failings. All the time hoping that I will learn from their mistakes. All of which are very costly and heart breaking and even defeating at times. Mistakes that I dare say; I can’t afford to make. And I am betting neither can you!.
I am in these first few weeks of this new year very busy, very busy at work on defining and describing to myself and to others, what it is exactly I am trying to do with what I have built up so far.
And learning if what I have envisioned is a viable option even; to begin with? So I am creating a Business plan, a traditional one. 48 pages is what I came up with so far these last five days. I still will need to add a Marketing Plan and do some more analyzing maybe a S.W.O.T and P.E.S.T. analysis? I don’t truly know just yet, but I want to show that I am trying very hard to succeed. To the MeetUp group.
I am also putting together my Life Plan and redefining and clarifying my Mission and Vision Statements along with a new Value Statement for PW&OSfStSM.
This is a lot of work and it is starting to wear me thin, but I know it will be worth it. Because of the strong reaction from the others. When talking about these Documents. They truly believe that these Documents will cut years off of my future endeavoring. And If I kept on trying to do so with out them; the consensus was I would finally give up on becoming a Business owner.
So proof reading is under way of my Business Plan as we speak. And It will be reworked and re-edited several times I am sure before the next MeetUp; at the end of this month. I have started gathering Info on what is and How to make a Life Plan and a Marketing Plan. As these concepts are all new to me.
So people if you do not have these Documents get busy and create them or pay another the big money. And have some one; who knows what it is they are doing. Create them for you. Do so post hast don’t delay start it today! It is my opinion that they are valuable tools and are very necessary to you and your Business and to yours and Its success!
Most of Us knew or know about the stuff that is required of Us. But yet some how we are always dropping the ball! Odd isn’t It?
CYA Later Taters
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