This article is a follow up from the previous article titled “Why 95% of People Aren’t Succeeding In Making Money Online”.
The article below will teach you the 5 simple steps that you need to go through to learn how to make a business plan that will convert all of your work and investment into a substantial income. It is mainly intended for those who have come to the internet with hopes to make money online but don’t know where to start.
Before we begin, you should have a paper and a pencil ready so that you can write things down as we proceed through the steps.
1. Know Your Resources
Resources are the number one thing and it is the fuel that drives the engine. Without resources, you cannot achieve anything. Before planning anything else, see what is available to you. Go through each one of the following questions and be very honest and realistic with yourself as this is important to develop a business plan that will actually work in practice.
a) How much time do you have at hand each day for your business? How much additional time could you risk if your online business would require you to do so?
b) How much money do you have to invest? How much money could you invest if you would really need to? Do you want to invest any money at all?
c) Do you have your own computer to work on? Do you have internet connection at home? Do you intend to work at the public library (very doable)?
2. Know Yourself
Besides having resources such as time, money and a working station available to you, you need to have inner resources available to you as well if you want to write a business plan. You should know what you can do, and what you can’t. You should know what you are prepared to do and what you aren’t. You should know what interests you and what doesn’t. The list can go on and on.
Answer each one of the following questions:
a) How much work can you endure in one day? How much are you willing to work? It is no good to have 8 hours a day to spend if you have serious trouble working for more than two hours a day. Be honest with yourself and see how much work you want to do every day. This is the crucial part at creating a business plan.
b) Are you prepared to do all work by yourself no matter what needs to be done or would you rather have someone do something for you? This might be easier to answer once you complete the step 3.
c) Are you good at writing? Do you want to get better at writing? Do you want to write at all?
d) Do you want to deal with the customers? Do you want to have any interaction with other people at all or do you prefer making money anonymously?
e) Most importantly, know what you want to achieve through all that. Are you looking for some extra cash beside your current job or do you want to live purely from an online income? Do you want few hundred dollars a month or a few thousands? Different goals will require different approach when writing a business plan.
3. Know What You Intend to Do
When you know what resources are available to you, both external and internal, do a thorough research on all available methods of money-making and decide what suits you best based on your findings in steps 1 and 2.
Do not look for anything else that does not fit into your available resources and your own abilities as well as limitations. If you will begin steering away you can soon find yourself working on something that will either show to be too pricy or it will require too much of your time that you do not have.
Simple business plan should be based purely on actual available resources and not on hopes that they will be available in the future.
4. Know Everything That Needs To Be Done
By now, you know how much time and money you have as well as know a bit more about yourself and what your goals are. In the step 3, you’ve learned what kind of methods will fit you best and found one or more neat methods that are proven to deliver money.
Next, research these methods inside and out to know everything that you must do from start to finish to make the full use of it and make money successfully. When making a business plan, know that this is an important step and will greatly help to deliver the kind of success you are looking for. Finding a money-making strategy that suits you is not enough if you do not know what the actual steps to make it work are.
It is best to use search engines and search for specific terms that are directly related to your query. For example, if you would decide to run your own blog you might search: “how to start your own blog and make money”. This will give you plenty of information that is directly related to starting a blog and making money with it. Write down the steps you need to take including resources required to make everything work.
5. Compile Your Findings into a Fail-Proof Blueprint
With all 4 steps completed, make a fail-proof plan that will tell you what kind of work you need to do in any given step and see how much time and money each task requires. Give yourself some time to think and start creating a business plan.
If we take our example of making money with a blog, you would need to set up a blog first obviously. That will require you to buy a hosting account, get a domain name, and install a blog engine such as WordPress.
Then, you would need to start writing articles or get them written by someone (if your budget would allow it) and make all that content available to the public. That is then again another step with a lot of things that can and should be done in order to market your blog properly. Monetizing your blog is again another step that requires a lot of attention as well.
As you can see, going through each step and writing down all important things that needs to be done will create a business plan that is simple to follow and will get you to your destination.
Remember to know yourself and your limitations and plan according to that. Don’t give yourself too much work to do as that can bring you to exhaustion and will force you to quit or at least make a long break from everything.
P.S. If you want to learn how to make money online following a proven, effective and simple business plan then I urge you to see this video.