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Part of any good business or marketing plan is laying out your business’ objective. By writing it down, you are effectively dedicating your company to meeting that goal. Before you start your plan, brainstorm. Imagine your business in five years. Ask yourself these questions:
Quantify Your Goals
It’s important to avoid vague ideas like “my business will be successful.” You need hard numbers that you can measure against your actions. You need your goals to be "S.M.A.R.T." -- that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timed.
If this year your profit is $50,000, it will most likely be unreasonable to reach $1 million in profit in just a year. Set your standards high, but attainable. If you want to reach a certain number in sales, lay out how you will reach your metric. Will you add sales staff? Will you increase promotional campaigns? Lower prices of products? Your plan should give clear-cut, step by step actions to achieve your goals. If you don’t come close to your goal by the end of the period (year, five year mark), reassess your plan and make changes that are more realistic.