When you are ready to take a leap and start up a business venture, being strategic in your planning can be difficult to know where to start. That is why we are here to help. Below you will find the best practices when it is time to start creating a strategic business plan.
Start By Writing Your Vision
First and foremost, you need to have an overall vision and goal that you will use to create a strategy. Once you know what this is, you should spend time writing it down. Doing this will give a realistic mapping of the process and steps needed to move forward in achieving your vision. Asana is the perfect work management tool to help build and track your strategic plan.
With Asana you can manage your projects, set your company goals, plan meetings with your team, brainstorm and record ideas and manage all your content pieces and deadlines in the calendar. This tool is versatile and can be incorporated into all types of businesses and projects from product launches, student coursework, services and sales to non-profit organizations. Keep track of every task you have set for yourself and your team while still being able to expand on specific points within subtasks. Build on your projects, assign and delegate, get approvals, incorporate attachments and so much more all within this work management tool. Start strategizing with Asana.
Map Your Specifics
Now that you have your vision written down in Asana, it’s time to make a list of the things that will be part of your strategy to achieve that vision. For example, if you wrote a vision of having a storefront, the things you may list in your strategic plan would be building a customer base, saving income to invest in the storefront or employing someone to help with the workload. These ideas will guide you in your moves towards achieving your vision strategically.
Check-In With Yourself and Learn From Mistakes
You aren’t expected to achieve your vision all at once, mistakes will be made along the way. Just be sure to learn from your mistakes as you go. The best way to do this is by having regularly scheduled progress check-ins. What are you doing that’s working? What are you doing that’s not working? When you have these answers, you should revisit your plan and make adjustments.
This process will be easy with Asana as you are able to split specific categories into sub-tasks. Check off what you’ve achieved and edit tasks that need to be worked on.
In the event your vision changes or becomes more specific, don’t be afraid to note down these changes as well! A strategic business plan needs to grow as you grow and develop along with whatever progress you’ve made.
Overall, creating a strategic business plan may seem like a daunting task, but it’s just putting what you want to achieve in writing. Once you have your vision written down, you can break it down to specifics and build on it. Don’t be afraid to go back to edit and change your strategy as you grow and learn, as this is all part of the process of having a good strategic business plan that works for you!