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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Strategic Business Planning While You’re Still Working

Your business success in some ways rests on your strategic business planning. Although you can just start from scratch, that’s a tough road to follow. Instead, you want to give yourself at least 90 days for strategic business planning, preferably while you’re still at your old job.

There are three basic areas that you will need to focus on and things to be taken care of in each category:

Networking

  • Start looking around for networking events. Get them on your calendar and plan on start going a few events within the next few weeks to get your name out there.
  • Start telling everyone that you know to listen up for people whining about PC problems

Marketing

  • Think about a niche you can build for yourself. Are there are any areas/industries/types of businesses, etc… that are under served in your community?

Business Basics

  • Develop a company name - make it memorable but not obscure.
  • Get all your paperwork together including contracts, forms, agreements, etc…
  • Develop and print business cards - take piles of them to networking events
  • Develop a website - populate it with useful information as well as your marketing information

To learn more about strategic business planning while you are still working, read the whole article (link above).

Submitted by Computer Consulting 101