Are you ready for 2017 to be even better than 2016? If so, take a few minutes to reflect on the questions below and take action to set your 2017 profit plan.
Question 1: What were the three best business things about 2016?
No need to re-invent the wheel. If you knocked it out of the park in 2016, can you wash, rinse and repeat these tasks in 2017?
If you’re having trouble thinking of three things, here are some hints:
- What apps saved you time and money?
- Did you make undertake to employ great staff in 2016?
- Did you let go of a bad staff member go?
- Was there a marketing campaign that really worked?
- Were there any events you went to that generated great ideas?
- Did you add or remove products and/or services?
- Did you buy new equipment or open a new location?
Summarize the three best things that happened in your business for 2016 and think about how you can repeat them to enhance your 2017.
Question 2: What were the three worst business things about 2016?
While we don’t want to dwell too much on our failures,but we do want to learn from them. Think about the three things that are causing you to lose time, money or gain stress, and decide if you can make changes for 2017.
Question 3: What vision do you have for your business in 2017?
At the end of 2017, what has to have happened in order for you to have a successful year? Think in terms of metrics as well as intangibles, such as peace of mind and happiness.
Once you know your destination, the fun is in creating a roadmap to get you there.
Your 2017 Profit Plan Forecast
If your vision includes financial goals, then creating a profit plan is one way to measure your progress throughout 2017.
Start by deciding how much profit you want to make in 2017. From there, you can compute your revenue goal and make a plan. Then you can add expected expenses to complete the plan. Here’s an example:
Let’s say you want to make $50,000 in profit for 2017. You can do that in a number of ways:
- Generate $500,000 in revenue and $450,000 in expenses.
- Generate $2 million in revenue and $1,950,000 in expenses.
- Generate $150,000 in revenue and $100,000 in expenses.
- And so forth.
From your profit number, you can create a revenue plan. A revenue should include how many items you need to sell. Like this:
|No. of units||Price||Revenue|
Once you have your revenue plan, you can fill in the rest with your estimated expenses.
You might be thinking that this sure sounds a lot like making a budget. And it is to a point. But it’s far more fun to work on something called a profit plan than it is a budget. Forecasting Sales and Profit is far more uplifting rather than monitoring the cost of expenses such as postage. And if you need us to do the number-crunching part, please feel free to reach out to me any time.
Here’s to a very happy and prosperous 2017.