Weigh-In Wednesday: What Plan Do YOU Need Most Now?

OK, it’s Weigh-In Wednesday and today’s question for you is…

What plan do YOU need most right now? What plan would help you most right now?

Just some ideas…

  • A business plan
  • A financial plan
  • A time management plan
  • A PR plan
  • A product development plan
  • A social media plan
  • An exercise plan

Weigh in below in the comments! Can’t wait to hear your answers!

Heather

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Heather Allard

Heather Allard is a mom of three kids + one big rescue dog. She's a wellness buff, an essential oil educator with dōTERRA, and a self-professed “entrepreneur to the core”.
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16 Comments

  1. Sheri Gomez

    I need help with advertising. I have been online for 9 months now and only had 12 sales (none of them were family or friends). I realize now that jewelry is an extremely hard market to get noticed due to there being so much competition but I LOVE it so much. I really want this business to work as I am disabled and cannot take a regular 9 to 5 desk job. Working at home affords me the luxury of being able to rest when my pain level gets too high. I just need to get the word out and don’t know where to start, although, I have already drawn up and printed tri-fold brochures with lots of good info and great pictures showing my gemstone jewelry. That is where I feel my niche is, I use genuine gemstone beads and not plastic. I let my daughter talks me into doing some pieces in swaroski crystals so I could have a wider range of prices but that is not where my heart is so I have gone back to using only genuine gemstones, sterling silver and antique brass. I have 2 mini=sites on other websites that market to the handmade industry but I need to do more and have an actual ad running…but where?

    That;s what I need your help with please!
    Thanks so much,
    Sheri
    Mama’s got A Bead Box

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  2. Kristy

    I am in the initiating stages of my business and I would love to know what types of small business grants exist for women in California! That’s the plan I need – financial!!!
    Thanks for any suggestions.
    Kristy

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  3. Jen Gallagher

    Time management!!! I keep moving from fire to fire–reading Brandi’s post and feeling somewhat the same. I sort of know what needs to be done, but it can’t ALL get done, so. . .Found mindmeister.com a while ago–did the free trial, and just signed up for real. I’m totally a visual organizer, and this really helps me focus. Big planning day scheduled for tomorrow 🙂

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    • Heather Allard

      Hi Jen,
      Thanks for sharing the tip about MindMeister. The important thing is to find the planning tool that’s right for you – and it sounds like MM is that for you.

      Heather

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  4. Brandi Armstrong

    I would have to agree that after having reached certain goals – family, owning a business, working from home, etc – I have neglected to reset my long term goals. I am wrapped up in the day to day goals of keeping my business running, spending time with my daughter and trying to find time for myself somewhere in there. Thanks for posing the question! Time to do some goal setting…

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    • Heather Allard

      Tracy & Brandi,

      I’ve heard recently that 5 year plans are too far to plan ahead – things change so quickly these days and Lord knows we moms are far too distracted sometimes by the day to day “fires” to have the foresight & ability to map and execute such a “far out” plan. LOL.

      Maybe a better thing to do would be to see what you can take off your plate NOW to make achieving daily, weekly and monthly goals more achievable. What could you delete from your to-do’s altogether? What could you outsource to someone else? What could you put off for another time? Creating these “open spaces” will leave more room for you to carve out your goals and write a plan. 😀

      Heather

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      • Tracy Young

        Hi Heather – the 5 year goal is simply a destination, a direction to set sail for. I agree that a detailed plan is useless because too many things change so quickly. However, my thought was that I need to think (REALLY think) about where I want to be in 5 years. Perhaps a valid analogy is that you probably won’t get to Miami if you don’t even think you need to get there.

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        • Heather Allard

          Of course, of course, Tracy. You know I love to set goals and game plans. 😀

          Heather

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  5. Tracy Young

    Right now, I feel like I need something long term…perhaps a 5 year personal plan. Way back when, I always had a personal 5 year plan. They were big things…buy a house…become a VP…start a family…well you get my point. In the past 2-3 years, I haven’t really focused on any long term goals. Maybe it’s time…

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  6. Jenn Brockman

    Marketing or PR – I’m not sure where or how to get the word out in new places, but I don’t want to move into brick and mortars. I’m stricktly an etailer.

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  7. Janie McQueen

    Product management for us. We’re introducing matching pinafores and baby trousers for our cool-weather bonnets and hats because we saw that when we introduced our matching diaper covers for summer, our sales doubled. Duh, lol. Where to go from here? We seem to be growing more into a clothing line than just accessories… but this is good because that’s my mom’s experience, in clothing and design… but what to come up with to continue to compete and make our line even more cohesive…

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  8. Christine

    I need a financial plan, I have a home-based cookie company that is growing and I need advice on how to make that happen. I would love to hear what is the best way to go, investors vs loan or are there grants out there? Where to look? Thanks for asking.

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  9. Catherine Choi

    Hi Heather,
    I would love to learn about sales representation vs distribution vs licensing and how each work. What kind of commissions are standard, how to find a sales rep vs distributor in the US, what are the advantages of one over the other?
    Perhaps another topic also would be how to bring a product into the US in terms of safety standards etc.
    Thanks!
    Catherine

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  10. Kimi

    How about all of the above. 🙂

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  11. Shell

    I need help figuring out how to flow my workload. I have been in business for 5 years now and you would think that I would have figured this out by now! Workflow and time management are my biggest problems.

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