Predetermine a course of action – It’s always best to figure out what you want to do and in what order. You can use the outline/schedule to help you stay on track.
Lay out your goals – Without a reason or an end or a goal at the end of your trek, you will not have the motivations or incentives to continue onward.
Adjust your priorities – Once you figure out what you want, you need to figure out what is most important. Some things must be done earlier; other things can wait longer.
Notify key personnel – There are some people you will need to help you reach your goals, and others who will need to stay out of your way. Let them in on your plans.
Allow time for acceptance – Not only personal acceptance of your plans and goals, but others should agree and accept them as well.
Head into action – Now is the time for your successful start to your successful venture. Do not wait longer than you have to.
Expect problems – Everyone and Every business has problems. Don’t let them surprise you. And you don’t have to plan them out, either.
Always point to the successes – To help prevent discouragement, look to and remember the goals you have accomplished and the good things that have happened. Don’t focus on the bad things.
Daily review your plan – Sometimes things do change, and you have to change with them. Goals, people, and events cause all sorts of change. Go over your current situation and change your plans and goals accordingly.
1. Set specific financial goals. Most people don’t think of creating and setting financial goals for their businesses. And I’m sure that that is why so many of them fail. They just don’t know where they are going, and where they are when they get there.
2. Offer a superior product. If your product is sub-par, it is almost guaranteed that your business will not survive for very long, even if you have a lower price than do your competition. If your product is average and rather comparable to that of your competition, you have a small chance of success. But by then the market might be a bit too crowded for another. However, if your product is superior, make sure to point out all of its special benefits and features and why it is superior. Only then will your business have a legitimate chance of becoming successful.
3. Start small and grow slowly. Sometimes small companies try to take on too much too quickly, and it just messes everything up, even the parts that were working perfectly before. You don’t have to stay small, although some do find immense success in that. Just take time growing, not rushing into huge new ventures with large financial transactions too quickly.
4. Test every major move before you invest. Finances are usually quite limited when a business is new, so investing a large amount into something they having it fall through can devastate the new business. Before you want to put more of your capital into something major, do some minor testing first just to make sure that it is a good enough risk.
5. Grow from your profits, not from borrowed capital. It is very acceptable, and usually quite normal, to begin your business from borrowed money. But once your business has established itself somewhat, do not resort back to borrowing. Instead opt to dig into the profits.
6. Select people carefully (hire slowly, fire quickly). When you are ready to take on new workers, don’t just take anybody from off the street. Look into each applicant very carefully. Interviews are vitally important. And when it’s time to let the person go, don’t waste time. Besides, it’s much less painful.
7. Use financial leverage. Leverage, or borrowing, is bad when the company cannot pay back the loan, but it is quite good when the borrowing causes tax breaks and returns on investment. Don’t be too afraid to borrow to help, just don’t borrow more than you will be able to pay back!