It’s often said that taking small daily actions is the way to experience success in anything you want to do. This is very true for many aspects of life, including your business. The actions that get results are consistent, directly affect your income, and provide value to your audience. Doing the right things each day pays off in more than one way.
Here are 5 small daily actions to consider:
1. Don’t make things harder than they have to be.
Here’s a secret (it took me 20 years to learn this): making money is not complicated. Almost anyone can do it. But many of us – me included – make the whole process harder that it has to be. Even though it’s nice having awesome technology to help you get things done, it’s not required. The essence of making money online is simple: put up your buy buttons and tell people where to find them.
2. Money-making activities should always be first on your to-do list
Your business is not really a business if you don’t earn money. Therefore, make a list of activities you do in your business that can directly be credited with earning something. Making offers is the fastest way to make money. The first of the daily actions I take for my business every day is write and send my newsletter. The later that gets done in a day, the more my day tends to get off track, but it’s the one thing I make sure I do every day.
3. Know your numbers
Another of the daily actions you should be doing is keeping up with your data. Knowing your numbers is essential to creating a successful business. Make sure your calls to action are measurable, and make sure that you are keeping track of them. If you don’t track and measure, you’re only working on assumption, and that’s not going to work long term.
Debbie Gartner has a great blog income tracker* you can use to keep track of your numbers easily.
4. Marketing before product creation
Marketing and networking is yet another of the daily actions that should be on your to-do list.
You’ve probably heard this before too, but you should spend more time marketing than doing anything else in your business. You can outsource a lot of tasks to help you with your marketing, and that’s much easier than outsourcing your product creation. But this is one spot where us creative types tend to look the other way. It’s a whole lot easier to make the products than it is to tell people about them.
5. Finally, schedule everything
In a previous article on time management I mentioned the importance of putting everything on a calendar. Schedule everything so that you know what needs to get done. To ensure that you take the daily actions you need to in order to grow your business and get smarter about marketing, it’s a good idea to use your calendar to schedule everything you are going to do. That way, when you start your workday, you simply open your calendar and get started on those tasks. Consistency is the key to success, and when you turn your daily actions into habits, you really will start to notice a difference.
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