Undertaking your business planning, is a little like planning a journey……
If you want to get somewhere, there are loads of things you need to think about before you even set off:
• WHY you’re on the journey
• WHERE you’re going
• HOW you’re going to get there
• HOW LONG it will take you to get there
• HOW MUCH it’s going to cost
• WHAT YOU’LL NEED to take with you
• WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO WHEN YOU GET THERE?
Running a business has a lot in common with taking a journey. Your business goals give you something to aim for, so you know why you’re in business and what you’re going to achieve – where it is that you’re going. Once you know those things, you can work backwards to work out what you need to do to take you towards those goals, and therefore how long it will realistically take you.
Once you know what you’re going to do, and when you’re going to do it, you’ll be able to plan for additional people and plant etc, and understand how much it’s all going to cost you. When you’ve got a plan, you can track your progress towards your destination, tweaking your approach as you go, to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
Without a plan, you won’t know whether you’re on track or not, which can easily lead to taking a longer route, or just going down a dead end, and could cost you much more than you ever expected.
This is an extremely simple way of looking at it, but it’s surprising how much more thought sometimes goes into planning a short trip than into a planning a business that’s potentially going to take you to the end of your working life.
If you don’t have a plan, but you want to make your business as successful as it can be, ActionCOACH has created PlanningCLUB, where you’ll be guided through the process of defining your destination and planning your route, giving yourself the best chance of getting yourself where you want to be.
To make a complex task as straightforward as possible, PlanningCLUB uses a mix of 121 coaching sessions, an intensive two day business planning course, and some fabulous bespoke software that allows you to map different scenarios so you can see exactly how you’ll get to your destination.