I’m sure you’ve heard something like this before:
A failure to plan is a plan to failure.
Do you have a plan in place? Have you decided exactly where you’re going and how you’re going to get there? I doubt seriously that you would set out on a cross-country trip without a roadmap and an itinerary. Yet, you aspire to become a successful entrepreneur and just blindly jump into an online business.
Do you think that just because it didn’t cost you a million dollars to start your online business that planning is unimportant? Do you think that your time and effort is not worthy of a business plan?
I ran across a couple of quotes from Jim Rohn this morning that seemed appropriate for this topic. Just in case you don’t know Jim Rohn, he is considered America’s Foremost Business Philosopher. The business world was saddened by his recent passing.
Here are a couple of quotes from Jim Rohn:
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” —Jim Rohn
“The guy says, ‘When you work where I work, by the time you get home, it’s late. You’ve got to have a bite to eat, watch a little TV, relax and get to bed. You can’t sit up half the night planning, planning, planning.’ And he’s the same guy who is behind on his car payment!” —Jim Rohn
Figure out what you want to accomplish with your online business. Do you want to retire early? Maybe just have extra to put a little away in savings? Want to pay off your car note? Or maybe live a life of luxury on your favorite golf course? Become a stay-at-home Dad or Mom? Or maybe you both want to work from home?
Once you’ve decided what you want your online business to do for you, decide what you want to do for it. You need to determine how many hours you can allocate to your new home business, and when you’ll put those hours into place. You will need to set aside some place to work. If you have a dedicated area to work in, that’s great! If not, you will have to carve some space out.
You want to start and stay organized. So planning what you want your online business to do and deciding when and where you’ll actually work it, will help you plan your days and weeks.
Here’s a short video on organizing your computer. Hopefully, this will help you get started with being organized and efficient.