10 ways to prepare for 2018

So we are fast approaching 2018 and the panic has set in for many. How do I finish off the year? Did I complete everything I said I would?  How much money can I make between now and Christmas? What exactly am I going to do differently in 2018?

Rest assured, this is a common feeling and dilemma that many entrepreneurs face and feel at the end of the year. The new year feels overwhelming but have no fear, I am here to share with you 10 ways you can prepare for 2018.

1. Do a brain flush

This simply means writing out all the ideas you have in your head in no particular order. Get it all out and on paper until you feel you have everything out so you have a fresh clean slate to start on

2. Write out a new goal

A goal not written is merely a wish list. To go into the new year, get very clear about what you want to happen in your life and your business. Write out a very specific goal which will highlight exactly what work you want to do, who you want to serve, how you want to serve them, how much money you want to make and by when you want to make the money.

3. Reach out to your clients and ask for a testimonial and a referral

Your past clients are your best clients…because they already know how awesome you are and will gladly spread the word once they have been blown away. So before the year is ended, ask them for a testimonial and a referral of your services so you can increase your client list and get more eyes on your business

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4. Review your analytics

If you use social media to actively promote your business, then this is a great time to review your analytics. Have a look back over the year and take note of the posts and information you shared that performed really well. The post which got the most views or engagement. The blogs that had the most responses. The videos that had the most engagement. Spend time going through your analytics so you get a better sense of what resonates with your audience so you can do more of those things as you work to increase your visibility and brand presence.

5. Choose 10 books you have to read to help grow your business

As an entrepreneur we know that we should be continuously learning and growing. Books should be our bets friend whether in hard copy or as an audio book. Reading is a great way to keep on top of your game and stay motivated as you climb the ladder to success. There are so many great motivational and personal development books that continue to help us be the best that we can be. I recommend you start with

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

6. Make a list of collaborators

Collaboration is a great way to grow your business fast! The key is to choose persons who already have a great client base and add value to their existing clients as well as yours. Identifying who you want to collaborate with and why you think the collaboration is beneficial to both of you is bound to elevate your business in 2018.

7. Create a content list of all the topics you can share with your audience

By now you should have a clear idea of the information that your ideal clients need and want. Using bullet points, start to make a list of topic ideas that you would like to share during the year. The list will not be exhaustive but it should serve as a jumping off point for you to start the year off on the right foot. Your list can then be used to write value post, send emails to your audience, do live or pre recorded videos and so many other things.  Planning in advance is key to the your successful growth

8. Identify 5 clients you have to land

No more shooting around in the dark. You know the clients you want to work with. You already know you your sweetheart client is and you understand exactly how you can make an impact in their lives. Start the year by writing out their names and how you plan to help them solve a challenge they presently have.

9. Choose a mentor

Having a mentor is one of the best things you can do for your business. No matter what stage of business you are in, it is great to have someone who has already been where you presently are to guide and support you along the way. There are many entrepreneurs who are willing to mentor new and budding entrepreneurs. Make a note of some of the people you really admire and seek them out as mentors. This will do wonders for your business, your moral and your motivation in 2018.

10. Identify 2 new skills you need to learn

Keep learning! It’s that simple. As we grow, we continue to learn. None of us have all the skills necessary to run a business. So we learn as we grow. Identify 2 new skills that you know you want to learn to improve your business and schedule a period of time during the year when you will start the process of engulfing yourself into learning that skill.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a great starting  point for you to overcome the overwhelm of finishing this year and taking a deep dive into 2018. If you still feel stuck, then I am just a click away.

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Facebook is not the only place to find clients!

This is a funny statement coming form me given that most of my clients do come from facebook. But that is my business and every business is unique in its own right. While facebook seems to be the be all and end all of social media for some, I always have to ask and remind my own clients to look outside of facebook for their ideal clients as well. Not because their clients may not be their but more because their clients may not be using facebook as a tool to help solve their problem.

There are some businesses that thrive on facebook and the proof is in their conversions and return on investment. They do massive ads and outstanding videos and get clients dropping into their laps day in and day out but for others posting everyday and doing ads and live videos just does not get them the traffic they want. The problem is that they are not clear about who their ideal clients are and further do not know where they go to seek help for their biggest challenge. You first need to know and understand that, before you decide which social media platform works specifically for your niche.

Platforms such as Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest and Twitter are also great platforms to connect, engage and build relationships with your ideal clients…if used correctly. And there-in lies one of the biggest problems. Because entrepreneurs have gotten so hooked on facebook, they tend to try to use the other platforms in the exact same way and get no results, then give up completely, without understanding that each platform has its own nuances and users respond differently based on how you present your content.

I have followed some great brands big and small who are killing it on Instagram and Linkedin and the one thing I have realised is that they have taken the time to study and understand the platforms, so their ideal clients respond to them and they make a ton of sales…which is what we all want. They understand what type of content works, what type of images work and what call to action garners the best feedback from their audience. They also pay attention to their analytics so they know the best days and times to post to really reach an engaged audiences of buyers.

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My advice to my clients and to you is

  1. Do some market research about your ideal client and determine which platform works for them
  2. When you choose a platform, follow people who have mastered the platform so you can pick up on some useful tricks and advice on how to become an expert on the platform
  3. Experiment with the platform because you want to create something that is uniquely yours
  4. Don’t just post but engage with others as well so you can also build know, like and trust

This by no means is knocking facebook for its great business capabilities, however, as a business owner, it is imperative that you also do not put all your eggs in 1 basket. Even if your ideal clients are found on facebook, decide where is the 2nd highly trafficked social media platform that they are on and show up there as well. But show up in the right way! Try to master at least 2 platforms really well before you branch into others because you do not want to over extend your own abilities.

PLUS besides social media, there are other ways to reach your ideal clients like radio, press, tv, networking events and speaking engagements. So decide where you need to be and show up genuinely and proudly every day.

If you are still struggling to

  1. Find your ideal client
  2. Master social media to land clients

Then let’s get on a Free discovery call so we can discuss how to get you on the right track.