Business Plans, Blueprints and To-Do's: What fits Your Business Style

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Real Estate Agent with Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ BR564219000

Business Plans, Blueprints and To-Do's:  What fits Your Business Style

This weekend, this holiday weekend I might add, I came across this blog posting by Christina Hood, in Redlands, CA, Inland Empire Real Estate Blog.  Her piece was entitled, "Time Off Vs. Laziness".  Of course, it caught my eye!

This particular paragraph really resonated with me:

"As business owners, we operate our businesses with the habits that we have established for ourselves.  That may mean we hold down a color coordinated calendar with our appointments, or just keep a daily task list with the most important to-do items.  Either way is fine, because it is not the tool that matters, it is how you use it.  "

"...because it is not the tool that matters, it is how you use it."


Man, I thought that was profound.

You see, some of us use blogging, others video, some photography, some knock on doors, some attend networking events, and on and on...We all have our style, and the habits that earmark our business plan.

I've been ewriting a lot about the business plan these past couple of weeks, mostly because I'm working on my own.

Business Plans, Blueprints and To-Do's:  What fits Your Business Style

I finished up my process on it and wondered if it was too concise, or too short, or too...whatever.

I left it alone to stew on the back pages of my computer a few days, but it's often on my mind.'

You see, in order for me to function, I can't get too caught up in the details.  Doing so makes me lose sleep!  I am already a detail person, so if I spend too much busy-work compiling lists and plans and check marks and to-do's, I can lose sight of the far bigger picture:  

GOALS

I've boiled my business plan down to a concise blueprint.

What three things brought me the most business in the past?

What do I need to set as goals in order to profit from the right business patterns?

What's the plan I need to achieve those goals?

That's it.  

Because, it is not the tool that matters, but how we use it.  

I need a blueprint, but I don't need to micro-manage it.  If I stick to the plan, whether I go on vacation, take a day off, have a sick day...the blueprint insures that my plan is in place.  And I'll reach my 2013 goals.

What's your plan?  What tools work for you?



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Dave Sullivan
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Excellent information I will forward it if that is ok? thank you!!!

Nov 27, 2012 02:43 AM #1
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Tammie White, Broker
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Cara, I'm beginning to stress about the new year. I had my very best year in real estate this year after two very bad years. I know exactly where my business came from but trying to duplicate that may be the challenge. Fifty percent of my business came from my sphere. Knowing that is where the majority of my business came from, how do I use that to duplicate or exceed that this next year? That's where the challenge comes in. With two kids in college and trying to pay cash for their school, I'm stressed.

Nov 27, 2012 04:19 AM #2
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Adam Brett
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Awesome post Cara. Seriously hits home with me, and you managed to get a great response from Tammie above (in the same boat as you Tammie!). Thanks for sharing this, I am bookmarking. 

Nov 27, 2012 04:29 AM #3
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
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Dave - feel free to forward, thank you!

Tammie - I can understand your stress!  TWO college kids..whoa...I guess I'd really be making sure your SOI knows you need referrals to survive and if they can pass the word on about your outstanding service...

I have my "plan" but I also like to try something out of the ordinary every so often.  For instance, I tried a shopping cart ad last year.  Surprisingly enough, it paid off in spades.  This year I'm really focusing on niche... 

I wish you the best in your 2013 planning.  Let us know how it goes!!

 

Adam - Nice to meet you.  I'll go check out your Fullerton, CA blog!

 

Nov 27, 2012 04:35 AM #4
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Cara: My year this year was about reaching certain GOALS I needed to set my 2013 BUSINESS PLAN in motion. DONE. It's a broad plan, not a detailed plan. So we will see.

Nov 27, 2012 05:27 AM #5
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Hi Cara - I'm feeling pretty inspired by your profound moment, too. We could buy all kinds of organizers, but if we don't use them, they're meaningless. I prefer simple tools that are convenient and easy to use.

Nov 27, 2012 05:43 AM #6
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Shane Barker
Amerifirst Financial, INC. - Salt Lake City, UT

Goals and a business plan are such great jump starts and provide a great road map for a very successful year.

Nov 27, 2012 06:12 AM #7
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Steve Hoffacker
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Cara,

I was going to announce this later this week, but I just published my Kindle book "Business Planning Made Simple" where I cover the materials you are addressing and help you create the blueprint you are looking for. :)

Steve

Nov 27, 2012 09:39 AM #8
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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Cara, terrific post.  For me, when I'm working at my best and most productive--which certainly isn't always--I need to write every activity down the night before.  Only then can I clear my mind since it's all in black and white.  Without writing it down it tends to not get done, especially if it's something I'd rather not do.  I need to do that every night for the next day.  It may sound rigid, and I guess it is, but that's how I'm most productive.  Best wishes to you with the plan that works for you.

Nov 27, 2012 11:42 AM #10
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Cara -- It's definately time for some 2013 planning.. I agree that it is not the tool that matters, it is how you use it."


Nov 27, 2012 12:02 PM #11
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Beth Paterson
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Cara, I agree, one needs to do what works best for them and it's not the tool but how the goals are met.  Great encouragement to not stress over the tool.  Thanks for sharing.

Nov 27, 2012 12:36 PM #12
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Cara, new year brings in new challenges and if we answer most important questions, we are likely to win!

I liked these questions -- and that's it!

What three things brought me the most business in the past?

What do I need to set as goals in order to profit from the right business patterns?

What's the plan I need to achieve those goals?

Nov 27, 2012 01:19 PM #13
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Christine Donovan
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Cara - I actually have a few days set aside at the beginning of next month to do next year's business plan.

Nov 27, 2012 01:38 PM #14
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Kathryn Acciari
Century 21 Real Estate - Shrewsbury, MA
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I talk to a lot of people and ask a lot of questions! 

Nov 27, 2012 08:37 PM #15
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Exposure at all levels has always worked for me...I am visible wherever I go and give out a lot of business cards. That plus word of mouth keeps me moving along. Blogging makes me well known too. Many know me before I know them..High best Cara

Nov 27, 2012 09:31 PM #16
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
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Hi Hella - I'm all for broad plans.  It makes room for CHANGE!

Wayne and Jean Marie - I appreciate your stopping by.  Much success to you in 2013

Shane - I agree.  I'm in a class currently that shows us that preparation now lays the groundwork for next quarter.

Steve, How AWESOME.  Congratulations on your book.  I will check it out!

Erica - isn't it great when we have our own processes and know what's right for our own unique business plan. http://www.myagentsuccess.com/  Here's the link with another S to it!

Lloyd - sounds like you know!  I've had to get up in the night some times when I am laying there over-analyzing instead of sleeping.  I'm glad you found what works for you!

Thanks Joan, for stopping by.  Your consistency in blogging must surely be a part of your business plan!

 
Nov 28, 2012 01:18 AM #17
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Steve Hoffacker
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Cara,

Thank you. It is designed to give you the questions to ask and then organize the answers into your plan. Good luck! :)

Steve

Nov 28, 2012 07:06 AM #18
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
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Steve, is it available as an ebook or pamplet?  I don't have a kindle. (nor know how they actually work....)

 

Nov 28, 2012 10:39 PM #19
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Cara,

I have it as an eBook; however you don't need a Kindle if you have a smartphone. Download a free app for a Kindle reader, and you can download books to your phone. That's what I do. :)

Steve

Nov 29, 2012 02:54 PM #20
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