Regardless of how you run your business, there are specific steps you need to take to get your business up and running online. You should carry it out in the correct order, and you should pay particular attention to narrowing your niche. I know, it’s scary, but if you want to stand out in a crowd, and speak to the person who needs your help, you must narrow your niche.
Trust the process and do it.
- Building Knowledge – should you even be in your own business or working for someone else, this is the first thing you should decide on. Then, you need to know your niche and your ideal client.
- Building Infrastructure – this is how you build your foundation. Will you have an LLC, or sole proprietorship, or subchapter-S? Who is going to set it up for you and advise you on legal matters? Who will keep your books? What kind of insurance do you need?
- Building Budget – Facing the numbers realistically is one of the toughest things to do for an entrepreneur. It can save you a lot of disappointment and heartache in the end if you look realistically at what it takes to build a business. Don’t believe them when they say you can build a business at little or no cost.
- Building Products – what are you going to do to earn money in your business? Services, programs, books, e-books, memberships, MLM, stocking or non-stocking vendor representatives, or manufacturing? The stages of development for your customers start to finish so you can offer them what they need most.
- Building a Website – whoever says you don’t need a website is not living in the real world or the 21st Century. You need a website. The good news is, it gets easier and easier to get a site up and running.
- Building Buzz – you have these fabulous gifts to share and if you don’t get the word out, no one will know and you can’t help anyone. Learn the different ways to advertise. The good news is, advertising online is so much less expensive than brick and mortar advertising. You still need an advertising budget and you can’t fail to advertise. Guess which businesses closed during the depression and recessions? It was the people who cut back on advertising, it’s a fact.
- Building Clients – List building is the most important thing for you to do – when you’re planning your business, decide how you’re going to build your list. Then, once you have customers, treat them like they’re the king or queen of your business, get repeat business and referrals.
- Building Systems – What will you do and who will you hire to do the things that need to be done better than you can do them? Go through the entire client experience and know what your customer will run into as they use your products or your service. Refine it until it’s a pleasant and easy experience for them. Put measures in place to guarantee happy and loyal customers.
- Put it all together as a plan. Go back to building budget and add anything you’ve found you left out.
- Building Community – give back to your community. Business is like life, the more you give, the more you receive. Give every chance you get.
- Use my e-book that gives you everything you need for figuring out your branding.
- Create Your Branding Style Guide – to save you time and energy of looking for fonts, colors, and logos over and over.
- Stick with your brand in every single thing you do. This includes your personal brand.
- Facebook – create a FanPage, create a FREE Group, create a PAID group
- Pinterest – create boards and add to your schedule for upkeep
- LinkedIn – Create a profile, connect with your ideal client and potential business partners
- Twitter, Instagram, MeWe, Google+ – test them carefully before using
- Youtube or Vimeo – use for storage and share
- One more time, client clarity.
- One more time, get clear on your niche.
- Brand, brand, brand
- Choose the offer that will give your customer a QUICK win
- If you don’t have a CRM or Auto-responder, now is the time. We use Infusionsoft, because we mean business. Mailchimp is free if you’re just getting started.
- Create an opt-in form in your auto-responder
- Create a Sales Page to GIVE AWAY your offer and get an email and name in return
- If you need help, get our copywriting guides in HCU Library, or use a copywriter
- Attach the opt-in form to the sales page and to a module or link on your homepage and sidebar in your website
- Advertise your offer on social media and any other outlet your ideal client frequents
- Create an email sequence to nurture the opt-in and release your offer
- Create a webinar (very effective, but not necessary) to promote your offer
- Implement your blogs, podcasts, vlogs
- Implement your social media plan
- Implement your sales launch
- add a program
- establish pricing
- decide who will buy it
- create or edit your sales page
- distribute it (if you’re using Healthie, all you have to do is ask them to add it)
- social media
- Facebook social activity – spend 15-30 minutes each day
- LinkedIn sales activity – spend 15-30 minutes each day
- Facebook group posts for free and paid
- Pinterest – spend 15 minutes each day or 30 every other day
- Blog, podcast, or vlog
- Facebook posts, schedule 3-5 daily which is 21-35 per week
- LinkedIn – blog, vlog, or podcast post
- One email offering value – (separate from newsletter)
- Advertising analytics
- Verify and update your website plugins
- Reach out to 3 potential customers and 3 potential partners
- Facebook advertising $750 – opt-in
- Facebook advertising $150 – post boosts
- Google Ads $300 and build
- we use Jeff Walker Product Launch Formula, get his book and if you can swing it, take the course when it’s available. They will make a HUGE difference in the success of your launch.
Inner Circle (Includes BA, OMM)
Tell me where you are in your business building and what you’re stuck on. Let’s see if we can get you “unstuck”. Comment below.