By now, I hope you have some idea of the direction your home business will take. Whether you plan to blog, freelance, promote other people’s products or create your own, you will need a PLAN.
If you are not sure where to start you might benefit from some of the step-by-step guides sold online. But you might enjoy creating your own process guides, charts and checklists.
Develop a short business plan
You should start by developing a short business plan that describes your basic ideas, the niche or target market you plan to pursue and the business model you will use. You also will want to outline your various projects and campaigns, along with your keyword lists, information about your niche and anything else that will help you achieve your goals.
You can outline your plans using such traditional tools as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But there are other tools that might prove even more useful.
Plan your sales funnel and list-building strategies
As you plan, you are going to want to diagram your company’s sales funnel along with whatever steps you plan to take to acquire new customers. You could buy pricey software for this purpose, or you could use a simple graphics program to illustrate the processes you will use.
Here is a diagram I created in Microsoft Publisher for a friend who wanted to add internet marketing features to his network marketing business.
Map out your projects
Project managers often use Gantt charts to plan projects that involve a lot of different tasks, people and resources. You can do the same thing with mind mapping software that lets you fit your entire project on one page. Here is a mind maps I created for a special report using Mindjet Mindmanager, a neat package that is a little pricey. However there are several free mind mapping programs available online as downloads. If you draw a little, you might enjoy mapping your projects by hand using color pens and large sheets of paper.
Improve your videos with simple storyboards
Many internet marketers are producing videos to promote products or as short lessons. Unfortunately, many of these videos look as though the marketer just grabbed a camera and started shooting. You can create a short storyboard for your video projects using a graphics program or maybe even Microsoft Word using tables. Here is an example of a short storyboard created for a short video showing how to weatherize homes.
As you can see, planning can be fun with a little imagination, so give yourself an edge by capturing your ideas in a visual form to help you stay on track.