In a perfect world you could be an “overnight success,” but if you dig deeper, even overnight successes didn’t truly happen overnight. It takes (sometimes) years of planning and preparation to succeed, but entrepreneurs need to plan for success and they are typically willing to do the work. If success to you means you need to bring in more clients, put a plan in place to make it happen.
Do you want more clients? Are you thinking strategically on how to make that happen and whether you have the capacity to take on more clients? If you aren’t sure you need to start today to build your capacity to bring in more clients. Here is how you can make that happen:
- Write “strategic planning” on your calendar every week and devote yourself to at least an hour of thinking strategically about your business growth. You need to determine the best time for you and your work schedule. Perhaps Monday morning is a great time to do this as it can be a motivator for the week to come. Perhaps Friday is the best time because you can reflect on successes and make plans for the week ahead.
- Spend some time celebrating your weekly (or daily) successes. If you’ve hit it out of the park, make a note of that in your calendar or shout it on your social media pages. Success breeds success. When you’re analyzing that success do so with an eye toward how you made it happen so that you can duplicate it.
- Analyze your failures. Don’t look at failures as a reason to throw in the towel. Look at them as learning experiences and also pat yourself on the back for having the wherewithal to try something new!
- Take time on Friday to plan for the week ahead. Write tasks in your calendar – whether electronic or paper – make time to network, take time to care for your mental and physical health and make time for marketing. As part of your coming-week planning write down the steps you have to take to achieve any large or long-term goals you’ve set for yourself.
- Say “no” to projects that just don’t fit your business model. Saying no is a learned art form, but once you embrace the power of that word and its two tiny letters you will likely find your productivity soaring, your energy levels rising and your inbox being flooded with offers to which you can say a resounding “yes” because you said that earlier “no” to something that wasn’t a great fit.
What steps can you, or do you, take to help ensure success in your entrepreneurial endeavors?