how to prep and plan for a new business project
Have you ever had a moment where you wondered how you were going to launch a new product, service or business? Do you feel yourself getting stuck in place and not being able to take action towards your the idea you want to bring to life? I get it. Project management and planning can be tiring and just an overall pain in the butt process. I know, cause I’ve been there. I’ve managed some very large and even smaller projects in my career. Being a perfectionist that hyper-organized I sometimes thought was a curse but I've realized the blessing it is as well. Because over the years I created a personal process that helps me to set up projects for success to lessen the number of headaches and stressors that I have during that time.
I mentioned brainstorming because getting all of your ideas out on paper is sometimes a hard task for entrepreneurs and especially creatives. Our ideas come at a million miles a second and seem to change or explode into more just as fast. Set aside some time and brainstorm all ideas, resources, needs, concerns,etc., before you get into the nitty gritty part of the project. Brainstorming always helps me in the planning stages. I get all of my ideas out first, wade through them to which is viable and will help me reach my goals and go onto the next phase. This method will help you to get all of your ideas out on paper for this new project. I use brain-dumping as my creative outlet often and it always makes it easier for me when I start actually outlining the project. It helps me to focus and check off tasks better.
Identify Your Purpose
Setting a “why” or purpose for a project is the first step in the real planning process. There are a few different reasons as to why the purpose of the project matters. 1. It can be easy to get off track along the way so having something to refer back to is extremely helpful. 2. You may reach a point while deep in all the work that you’ll need to remember why you are doing this. You’re going to need some major motivation so what better place to get it from then your “why”? Your purpose for the project will also help you to set the goals for your project and be a guideline when creating content for your audience.
Set Your Goals
Sometimes goals and purpose can seem like they are one in the same but essentially they are very different. Your purpose may be that you need a new clean brand-worthy website but your goal for the website may be to generate more sales and further your reach online. Make sense? Goals are used as benchmarks to measure progress, they are used to make sure you are on track and they also give you something to look forward to. The best goals to set are SMART goals. This acronym stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. It's important to create big goals for your project and smaller goals as well so that you can have some balance and be able to see your smaller wins along the way.
Identify Your Resources
The resources portion of project planning should always be discussed and evaluated first. Your resources (time, money, support and even manpower) is what you are utilizing to make this project a success. So essentially if you have a $500.00 budget for a new website but the designers are quoting you $1,500.00 then you’re going to need to adjust or find more money right? If you know that you have children, other personal responsibilities and it's your goals to launch this project within a month then you know that you have very little time, if any at all, to dedicate towards this. You'll need to create a schedule that works for you and a project timeline as well. If neither of those work then the next step will be to outsource what you can. If you figure out your resources first then this will help you to make better decisions in the long run. Not doing so first can cause a delay in your project and its progress.
Prepping for new projects and launches doesn't have to be complicated. Having a checklist as a guide and proper preparation will set your project off to a great start. These 4 steps are very simple actions that you can complete at the start to ensure the longevity and success of your project.
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