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The Seven Steps to Creating an Inspired Business Plan

Business planning is an extremely enjoyable, ongoing process for me — now. But I remember when it was a struggle, a “should”, something I felt I “had” to do as a business owner, but that didn’t give me much joy. I had spent years creating successful plans as a fund raising professional (quite easily, I might add), but for some reason, I felt a great deal of resistance within me when it came to creating a plan for my own business. That resistance ended up being complex and required a lot of clearing.

Part of my resistance to business planning was because I really loved working with the spiritual laws, and I didn’t want to get caught up in some of the “negative” energies around business and money I witnessed in the material realm. And, of course, I associated business planning with these energies!

But, gradually, my polarized way of thinking changed. Reading this sentence in Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer’s book, Creating Money, assisted that transformation: “It will take less of your energy to attract, save and create more money if you are in harmony with both the spiritual and man-made laws of money.” And, if you’re a business owner, one of the man-made laws of money is business planning. So I set out to develop a business planning model for myself that harmonized the physical and metaphysical laws of commerce.

A Manifestation Tool

Many wonderful dreams and business ideas never materialize because they have not been clearly envisaged and grounded. A written business plan enables you to get very clear about your vision for your business, to ground this vision in the physical world and to align/focus your energy as you act on your plan. It’s a fabulous manifestation tool!

Inspired business planning integrates both the spiritual and man-made laws of business development together. Specifically, it:

- connects you to the higher purpose of your business;

- helps you clarify what you desire for your business;

- supports you in clearing any resistance to having what you desire for your business;

- anchors you in a consciousness of faith and love;

- gives you a space in which to receive guidance from your highest levels;

- translates that guidance into the action steps of your plan, as you discern what business-building strategies to use and structures to put in place that will allow you to receive what you’re desiring; and

- quantifies the financial aspects of your business.

The Seven Steps to Inspired Business Planning

Inspired business planning is a continuous process that will help you develop your business naturally, utilizing both your intuitive and intellectual capacities in an integrative way. As you go through this process, you’ll notice that you feel more balanced and aligned, that the steps to build your business become clearer and you’re more trusting and relaxed about the results. You’ll experience much growth and expansion.

Inspired business planning is a seven-step process:

1) Determine the higher purpose of your business.

From a spiritual perspective, what function is your business meant to serve? What’s your role in the evolution of humanity and our planet, and how will your business allow you to fulfil this purpose?

2) Create key intentions for building your business.

Like clarifying the higher purpose of your business, intentions are part of the “visioning” aspect of your plan. They are the broader goals you establish that will help you fulfil your purpose. What are your intentions?

3) Identify specific objectives and targets you desire related to each intention.

Also part of visioning is defining objectives and specific targets you aim to achieve for each intention. Objectives are more narrowly-defined goals; targets can be both the quantifiable or unquantifiable results you desire. What are your objectives and targets?

4) Tap into your guidance system to determine the action steps associated with each intention and corresponding objective(s) and target(s).

Spending time quieting your mind through meditation or other techniques and thinking/receiving ideas from your highest levels will lead you to the action steps of your plan. What action steps are you guided to take?

5) Clarify your financial inflow and outflow.

How much will it cost you to operate your business, create your offerings and get them out to the world? What level of revenue are you open to receiving on a monthly and/or yearly basis? How will you price your offerings to match that revenue level?

6) Clear resistance that may come up as you create and implement your plan.

Resistance is a belief, thought and accompanying feeling that disallows your natural state of well-being. The intention of building a prosperous, fulfilling business can bring up any number of fearful, resistant thoughts and feelings. These can prevent you from creating a business plan in the first place or from taking the actions your plan describes. What resistant beliefs, thoughts and feelings do you have about creating and implementing your business plan? How can you release this resistance?

7) Operate from love and faith by using prayer, visualizations and affirmations.

When you operate from love and faith, your actions are more joyful and inspired and you more easily attract clients and customers. Prayer, visualizations and affirmations are powerful tools that will anchor you in a state of love, trust and surrender. What prayers, visualizations and affirmations will support you as you build your business?

The real gifts of inspired business planning are in the process of creating the plan and implementing it, without being rigidly attached to the plan or its outcomes. So it’s helpful to remain flexible and allow your plan to change and evolve as you gain more knowledge, guidance, perspective and clarity. Keeping your inner focus on higher essence states such as joy, generosity and gratitude is also important. As Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer say in Creating Money, “the process of getting there is the quality of being there.”

Copyright 2008 Mary C. Davis

Can You Follow These 5 Steps to Start a Home Business?

Starting a business from home is easy nowadays. You can do it, too. But most people don’t know how to start their business. That is why in this article I will discuss 5 easy steps to take to start a profitable business from home now.

1- Find Your Home Business Niche

This first step is very important. If you don’t pick up right idea (niche) for your business, then it can make problems for you on the next steps of you business. Think about a minute: What can you offer to people? Think about your talents, skills and knowledge as a core to start your home based business. Find out the trends in the market, read magazines, learn what people buy, where they spend there money. Also choose a niche which can be interesting for you, so you could have fun while running a business. After choosing an idea and researching the market it is time to plan and build your business.

2- Plan Your Business

Planning will depend on your business goals. How much money do you want to make with your home based business? What is your monthly income goal? How much money are you ready to invest to reach your goals?

Now it is time to make planning. You should make daily, weekly and monthly plans. Your business plan can include: making your own product, program or service, the money you are ready to invest into the business, marketing and so on.

Planning will help you to stay organized. It becomes easy to build a business after having a good plan.

3- Build Your Home Business

Now you must create something to offer to people. Think about which products or services you will offer to your prospects, how you will solve shipping and payment issues and other technical things, start building your site about your business and so on.

You created your product, program and service. It is time to market it to your eager prospects.

4- Use Marketing Techniques To Reach Your Goals

Marketing is the most important part of your business. You can own the most beautiful products, services or programs in the world, but if nobody knows about your offers you will NOT make any money from them.

Use both free and paid marketing methods (depending on you business goals) to tell the world about your products. Do it persistently and believe me you will see the results soon.

5- Use The Internet To Run Your Business

Using Internet is the essential part of any businesses today. With internet marketing you can reach millions of potential customers from your comfort home. If you run your home based business on the Internet, it will become easy to succeed with your business and enjoy it at the same time.

Business Opportunity – Home Based Business Opportunities

There are many business opportunities in the home-based business world. You just need to know where to look for them. Business opportunities present themselves to the Internet, business acquaintances, friends and family and just about anywhere you look. When you see a need for something, this is a business opportunity. You must have an entrepreneurial sense of curiosity in spirit make your own business opportunities in the home-based business world.

A business opportunity can come from a friend who needs some writing done for his or her business and they hire you as a ghostwriter, this is a business opportunity to make extra money. And then you can hire yourself out as a ghostwriter because now you have experience. And if writing is something you enjoy and are good at, you can write articles for other people and their websites that is a perfect business opportunity for you to make extra money.

A business opportunity can be found everywhere on the Internet if you know which keywords to type in the search engines. You can type in business opportunity and you will get a whole host of information regarding business opportunities. And depending on what you want to do, like selling or helping others set up their own business opportunities you can find it on the Internet. However the Internet is not the only place to find a business opportunity. A business opportunity can present itself to the newspaper – in the one ads, through your friends and family, just about anywhere.

If you sell a product or service from a website or out of your home there are many business opportunities when you meet other business owners for you to trade website links or information where you might become an affiliate of each other’s businesses. This means you will be selling for the other person and they will be selling for you. This will broaden your sales team – even if you didn’t have one you have one now – and you will get more business this way and so will the other person. When you’re at a party like a dinner party or a meeting and you start talking with people about your business opportunity its called networking and they in turn talk to you about their business. It’s always a good idea to carry business cards with your website address on them so people can check out your website and your products and services so they know if they want to join you in selling your products and services. The same goes for you, you want to check out their products and services to make sure this something that you want to represent to your business associates. This is a great way to produce more business opportunity to make more money for everyone involved.

You can make your own business opportunity by networking and therefore becoming an affiliate of someone else’s business and they become an affiliate of yours therefore widening your sales reach to include theirs at the same time you are widening their sales circle which is a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Keep your eye out for a business opportunity because they are hiding everywhere.