Do you have a plan for how you're going to achieve success this year? Too many remodelers operate without a written plan that will direct their business to the type of success they want it to have.
"Remodelers who operate without a written plan often manage to run a 'successful' business, but it comes at the cost of spending too much time on the job and losing out in other areas of their life," says Clay Nelson, president of Clay Nelson Life Balance, a division of Consulting Services Network LLC. Some remodelers say they carry their plans in their heads, but that usually isn't specific or consistent enough to really guide the business and it requires employees to be mind-readers.
Nelson cites four major benefits of a written plan:
Some remodelers shy away from creating a plan because conditions change so rapidly. But that's even more reason to create a plan, Nelson says. "Without a plan, rolling with change will be increasingly difficult, ending up in your being run by your circumstances instead of being focused on your goals." He suggests writing a plan that will cover the next two years, as a longer period won't have enough solid information about conditions to be useful.
Nelson divides the business plan into five key sections:
With the plan written out, the final step is to act on it. "You have to be 100 percent committed to doing what you have written in your plan and be willing to be held accountable for getting it done," Nelson says. "You have to communicate it with your team and enroll them into being part of your success."
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