I plan to do a training series here to help out with business planning. It's an area I feel really confident about and good at, and I'm open to input if you want to contribute. I want to make sure it's very helpful for you, so I want to know what are the most confusing parts of planning your business?

I'm open to hearing feedback about any business models, but I know there will probably be a slant towards the affiliate business model. I'd like to know, is it:

  • Identifying and validating an idea?
  • Identifying your target customer?
  • Establishing your branding?
  • Understanding how you get your sales or customers?
  • Understanding how to position yourself in the market?
  • Deciding on the appropriate technology?
  • Learning what operations or how to do them?
  • Understanding your marketing plan/sales strategy?
  • Creating milestones and analyzing your growth?
  • Or, what portion of your business planning do you struggle with most?

I'll be using the answers to start working on the course this week, and your answers will really help me make the course the most helpful. This question is so packed, I may have to ask more questions for clarification, so please be patient with me. Who knows, this may need to turn into more than one course. Let's see where this goes. Thanks.

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FKelso Premium
So many of your questions sound helpful...perhaps identifying your target customer, establishing your branding, understanding marketing plan.

It all sounds helpful. Good for you! We'll be watching.
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TDenise Premium
Thanks Fran! I'll work on that.
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BrendaMZ Premium
One question that you need to add that you didn't mention. Understand how to brand your business through social media ? My struggle is my lack of knowledge in technology (how to build my website brand, coming up with a name and what to do). How to use newer software that business owners commonly use? How to brand my business in social media? My struggle with time management and procrastination and financial budget management.
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TDenise Premium
Ok. I'll keep that in mind Brenda. Thanks. So yours is more on the side of the technical skills? And, the branding. I got it.
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Kundi Premium
All of the above - I'm getting no where fast because I struggle with time management. It's my fault I haven't completed the training but with family, job, mlm and my fav WA it's a struggle. Time is at a premium for me. I need my training simple and concise. I tend to give my time to whatever demands it most. I don't find it pays so it gets harder to do. And yet I see the potential so it's worth doing. Thank you for taking the time to do this training.
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TDenise Premium
Thanks Kundi. I think I got your vote: time management. I'll keep that in mind.
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Robwarneck Premium
For me, all the above can be confusing; however the two biggest ones are in establishing my brand - I’m always concerned if my posts are going to ever get read by folks outside of WA, other than me requesting for members to comment on them (don’t get me wrong I know this is EXTREMELY helpful). I have a difficult time figuring how to input videos and wondering if I need to purchase a special program to make videos? Because I want them to look quality not look ridiculous. These of course lead to my second biggest confusion is how to incorporate all of this correctly to get customers and sales. Thank you for putting this post up, because these are areas that I am having a dilemma about and I have let slow me down a bit.
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TDenise Premium
Thanks for sharing that Rob! I'll keep that in mind, and see how to incorporate it. So, it sounds like the video technical skills and understanding how everything fits together to bring customers in is confusing to you. I'll keep that in mind. Thanks.
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bonzo124 Premium
In the beginning, the most confusing part was to understand why and how it will work. The result was a lot of procastination. After the first sales, I solved that problem.

Today, I just try to be more productive without increasing my stress levels. I like to keep it simple so I just do what it works again and again.
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TDenise Premium
Are you trying to scale? I've seen many people here get to the self-employed levels, then stop there, or hire contractors here and there. I'd like to see more people scale also (if they want to).
Why do you think that dilemma exists?
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bonzo124 Premium
Yes, I want to write more content to increase my traffic in the long term.

Not sure, I think that some people just do not feel comfortable with hiring or outsourcing.

I have tried to outsource for a few dollars on Fiverr but the content was really low-quality. So, I stopped it. I will try again in the future to find better writers with a bigger budget. But before that, I want to increase my own procuctivity. One step at a time.
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TDenise Premium
I think so too Bonzo! I think it's the cons that come along with hiring. Thanks I'll keep that in mind.
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