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What is Your Quest? – Part II

If you haven't read Part I, click here.

Okay, so you have decided that your store will help to build the Faith instead of dismantling it. You're not done. What is the goal of your store? Is it to just be open and hope that people come in? Is it to support a local parish? Is it to help build the Faith for the whole town? Is it focused on homeschooling resources? If you don't have a focus and don't write it down, you won't be able to really grow well because you won't have a target to aim for. If you don't write it down, your employees won't be able to help you achieve the goal and may work against it without even knowing it.

Once you have written down your goal, you need an action plan. This plan should have a list of goals and milestones to achieving them. You should also list specific dates for completion, specific steps necessary to achieving the goals and the person responsible for taking those steps. Next is the hardest part.

Once you have a nice chart with your goals, milestones and actions, you actually have to hold yourself accountable and do them. I know that getting on top of the day-to-day business is a daunting task but if you ever want your business to grow in a planned manner, you have to find time to work on the business.

If you find it impossible to do this, you need to get a business coach. A business coach is someone who isn't an employee and can hold you accountable for your business. He will also help you come up with ideas for improving your business and should have a network of people he can recommend to assist you as well (accountants, lawyers, etc.) Even if you think that you have a handle on everything, unless you are happy with the current state of your business and don't plan on growing it, I recommend looking into getting an outside coach to help you.

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