6 Questions every Small Business must ask themselves if they want to Crush It

5 years may seem like a long time away, but you are shaping your future right this second.  What if I told you that if you don’t start planning where you want to be now, then you would never get there…  Don’t worry, I can help you.

Image courtesy of Flickr and Ludovic Bertron

Image courtesy of Flickr and Ludovic Bertron

These 6 questions will jumpstart the future of your business.  If you need more help then CLICK HERE for a FREE worksheet that will help you Build a strong Foundation for Your Platform (your business)

1.Where do you see your small business at in 5 years?  You are going to need a target to aim at.  This is where you spell out exactly what you want your business to be 5 years from today.  Be specific.

2.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  We are not defined by our jobs (even though we usually are).

However when you own your business… the line between work and personal life can be kinda blurry.  For this reason, think about your self separate from the business and see if your goals align with the projected growth of the business.

If your business goals greatly differ from your personal goals then that’s ok.  You can do one of two things…

1. build the business in a way that allows it to run without you.

Or 2. Pivot and start a different business all together.

Either way… now is the time to be thinking about this.  Not in 5 years.

3.Working backwards from your 5 year goal, what are 3 things that have to be true about your small business a year from today? (Should be some kind of measured growth, for example customer reach or revenue based)

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This is where reality starts setting in.  Be realistic, but push yourself to aim high.

If you hit this first year out of the park then the next 4 will be nothing but vacations in Mexico!

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4.What are 3 things that have to be true in the next 6 months about your business for you to be on track to meet your 5 year goals?

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Does your brain hurt yet?

5.What are 3 things that you can accomplish this month that will get you moving in the right direction?

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You better be getting pumped at this point.  We are almost to the starting point of the path that you are going to be traveling for the next 5 years.

6.What is the 1 thing… the first thing that you are going to do this week to take that first step?

You did it! Now you are ready to crush it!  What are you waiting for?

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Don’t forget the FREE Worksheet that will jumpstart the future of your business!  Grab that by CLICKING HERE!

I would love to hear your answer to the last question in the comments below. What is the 1 thing… the first thing that you are going to do this week to take that first step?