For the past couple of months, we have been working on a kitchen remodeling plan. We've looked at lots of different cabinets, specific functionality, drew up the specs and measurements, looked at countertops, flooring, and on and on and on...
I have spent more time considering how to set up my new kitchen than I have anything else... including marrying my husband! (We met on a blind date on a Friday night, got together with his 2 kids and my 2 kids on Saturday night, got engaged on Sunday, and married 5 weeks later. Twenty-five years later, we are still very happy)
Once the kitchen is complete, it will be efficient, functional, easy to clean, and of course, beautiful (in my eyes). It will take very little work to maintain.
Have I planned out my business that well? I hate to admit it, but no. But this got me to thinking and planning at a much deeper level than I had experienced in the past.
I went back to the beginning and put serious thought and consideration into answering these questions:
- What do I offer?
- What is my niche market?
- What is the pain factor of my niche market?
- What is my unique selling proposition?
- What am I different than my competition
- What activities are building my business?
- What activities are driving profits?
- What activities should be increased or decreased?
- How can I automate my business and profits?
- How can I build and maintain a sustainable business that will generate profits for the next 2o years?
Do you have specific answers and a carefully laid out plan so you can achieve your goals and dreams? Or are you kind of like me - adding pieces as you go but not really sure how it's all going to look at the end... If you spent 15 minutes a day focusing on just one of the ten questions, could that make a difference in your business long-term?
Creating the life we dream of, and deserve, isn't a happy accident waiting to happen. It needs to be carefully laid out, just like planning a new kitchen, so we have the ultimate in functionality, efficiency, and beauty. It's time to rethink our plan and move forward!
One problem. One solution. 15 minutes. Done.