How To Business Plan For Your Article Writing.

You need a business plan.

You may not think it, but if you intend to make money from you article writing efforts it is definitely worth spending time in writing a business plan.

All good businesses both large and small need a plan. The business plan is a road map of where you want your business to go. Without a plan any business is like a ship without a rudder. There are loads more quotes and cliches about business planning, but I am not going to bore you with anymore.

If you don't want to build a business from your writing then that is fine. However, you will have things in your life that you want to achieve so you could adapt some of what you read here for setting personal goals instead of financial wealth building business targets.

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Shoot for the stars.......

shoot for the moon even if you miss you'll land among the stars
shoot for the moon even if you miss you'll land among the stars
Add rocket fuel to your Hubs. Make a business plan your first priority.
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blast your competition out of the water
blast your competition out of the water

Where to start.

I would advise that the first thing to do would be to have a brain storming session with yourself. Think about what you want your new Internet business to do for you.

  • Think short term up to 1 year
  • Think medium term up to 5 years
  • Think long term up to 10 years

Imagine your perfect scene. If you knew that you couldn't fail, how big would you think?

Just think, if you can think and dream it then you can achieve it. We all have an inner voice which suggests that if we set our sights too high and we fail, we will be crushed.This thinking will prevent us from achieving our full potential.

Hub Pages targets and plans.

There are many targets and goals you will need to set if you want to make a success of your Hub Pages efforts.

You will need to think about the following:

  • How many hours can you commit per week?
  • How many articles can you write per week?
  • What niche will you concentrate on or will you write on various subjects?
  • How will you promote your articles?
  • Where will you promote them?
  • How many followers per week/month do you intend to engage?
  • What will your main activity be on Hub Pages?
  • Who will be your guide?
  • Find someone who seems to be committed and moving forward.
  • What will be your daily goals be (link them to your short, medium,long term goals?
  • How many page views are you aiming for as your next goal (1k,10k,100k,1m)?

Put your Article Writing on a business footing.

Give yourself the edge over the competition in your niche and blast them out of the water with your professional attitude and dedication to your readers by giving good service. In other words write quality articles which your followers want to read and build yourself a loyal following.

Above all commit your plans to paper and keep them where you can read them on a daily basis. Pick a couple of your most important targets and write them on a post it note. Place them around your home, office, fridge or anywhere you will see them often. That will keep the targets/goals/plans to the forefront of your mind. Keep setting achievable goals for yourself. Make sure they have a deadline when you want to achieve them by. Once you have committed everything to paper it is time to trust in your vision of your business and how your life will be in the future and hand it over to a higher power. I'm not necessarily talking about the big man himself, God, as not everyone is religious. I know I'm not that way inclined but I do believe there is a force out there which draws energy to us.

I have talked about this before and having faith in our plans will bring opportunities to us which will help us achieve the goals we are setting. The great computer we have built in is always seeking ways unconsciously for us to manifest those plans. Be ready to change your direction at anytime and be open minded to try different ways of achieving your targets.

You have in your hands a perfect vehicle to make those plans happen, and that is the Internet.

Make a to do list.

If you need to achieve certain tasks each day, why not make yourself a to do list and mark off each task as it get's completed. Unfinished tasks can then be carried over to the next day. A good tip is to always make the tasks you dislike the most, a priority each day and get them off the list first. That way you can then get on with more interesting tasks which you will enjoy doing.

  • Don't procrastinate and put off important tasks.
  • Make effective use of your time.
  • Keep a notebook with you. You never know when inspiration may strike.
  • Do not get distracted by jobs which will not benefit your business.

There are some great free to do list software out there online, so Google 'to do lists' and start using them today if you are like me and forget everything.

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Supercharge your Hub Pages Business.

If you really want to put your hub pages business on a secure platform then you need to enrol in the 30 Hubs In 30 Days Hub Challenge. You will find all the information you need in the Hub Challengers forum.

It is hard work, but is so rewarding. I have come close now to at least 2 of my first goals here due to this challenge.

  • To achieve 10,000 page views
  • 100 hubs published
  • First adsense payment
  • join hub pages elite / hub greeters
  • 500 followers

The other targets are my next aims and am well on my way and hope to report soon on another 2 targets achieved.

One of the targets will be a sticking point and may not come to fruition for a few months yet. Everything I now do here will be the driving force to achieve my immediate goals and I will not rest until the main one is achieved. People close to me may well know which is my ultimate goal at the moment.

I say people close to me because you need to be careful who you share your ambitions/ dreams/goals with. If you are not careful and you share what you want with mediocre,' I don't want you to get ahead of me' type people they will steal your dreams from you and you too will fade into mediocrity. And that is not what I want for you. I want you to steam ahead and reach your full potential. Trust me on this one.....'When people see you are going somewhere they will want some of what you have and follow your lead' As a result of this good things will start to happen as they have for me. Since starting the 30/30 Challenge a number of things have come my way. Again people close to me will know what I am talking about.

Above all my biggest single piece of advice is ' Never ever give up'. 'Keep on keepin on'

My second most vital piece of advice is ' Find yourself a mentor/supporter', call it what you will.

Someone who you see to be moving on and helping other people. Someone who is enthusiastic, caring, relateable and knowledgeable and prepared to pass that knowledge on.

I did, and, boy I can tell you it is the best thing I have ever done.

What are you waiting for?

It's over to you again. Start your planning today and get excited about your future. Take it from me you are in the right place at the right time. Keep taking forward steps, don't look back and never ever be afraid to ask for help.

I am here for anyone who needs assistance of any type.

I don't profess to be good at everything, but I am moving on.

It is my aim to help people to become successful here. I know that if I help enough people to achieve their goals first, I will achieve my goals as a result.

'WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY THE TEACHER WILL APPEAR'

30 Hubs in 30 Days minus 3

Hub 28 in the 30/30 Hub Challenge
Hub 28 in the 30/30 Hub Challenge

Update Feb 2013.

The goals I mention above have all been achieved and surpassed. 2 of the targets have only just come to fruition of late so it is time to set some more.

My main focus at the moment is to :

  • Reach 100,000 page views by end of Dec 2013.
  • Complete 200 Hubs by end of Dec 2013.
  • Be accepted onto the Apprentice programme by July 2013.

What goals have you set for 2013 ?

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MeanGreen 4 years ago

Very good hub... you beat me to it! I have gone over what it takes to be successful her multiple time in my head and on scratch paper, but never wrote it all out before. Nice work and good luck!


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

MeanGreen...don't put it off. Let's have it asap.Never wait for the perfect time, just get it out there for people to read. Thanks for following and commenting. I will get over to your hubs real soon.


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JanHeath 4 years ago from Australia

You've communicated your energy, enthusiasm and commitment really well. Very inspiring hub, great job and I'm sure you'll have heaps of success


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

JanHeath thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate that and I am so glad you enjoyed it. Come back soon, you are very welcome.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Great hub. Funny, your five goals you listed above, well, they're among my top ten. :) Voted up and thanks for SHARING.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

poshcoffeeco...

Excellent information that I have bookmarked because you are correct...I am rudderless all over the place.

I wrote a business plan about 5 years ago for a former employer...I recall it being a pain in the ass...again...that may have been the former employer.

I like your method!

Thomas

PS...Voting UP and Sharing!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Great plan and inspirational! These are great questions that we each can ask of ourselves to put in all in perspective and be focused.

I'm looking forward to following your progress.


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Robin Oatley 4 years ago

Great hub! You have some great advice here that could be useful for many new hubbers. Though I think lots of established hubbers could use it as well!

Voted up and Sharing!


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

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Thanks all for your comments.

Glad you like my hub. I look forward to sharing more with you soon.


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Tiger Mom 4 years ago from New York

Great hub, poshcoffeeco. You are truly inspirational. Most people lack the follow through you seem to have mastered. I too, try to connect with positive people who push me forward and try not to spend too much time with people who hold me back with negativity. I am still learning my way through hubpages. Thanks for putting yourself out there. I am a believer and your follower.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Awesome hub topic! To succeed with freelance writing, you do need to have a game plan. Short and long term planning as well as daily and/or weekly "to do" lists of writing, promoting, etc. are huge components.


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Tiger Mom, I like your comments so much, especially the bit where you say, You are truly inspirational.WOW!

Thanks so much for following. You are so cool.

randomcreative Glad you like it. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Thanks


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

This is AWESOME! As a business major I should've thought about this on my own...der to me. I have finally gotten more serious about SEO and keywords and I am re-doing all my old Hubs :) I will use your plan as an outline to make my own plans! Great job Posh


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Ardie, you, A Business Major! Whatever next? You never fail to surprise me. Move over Mr Gates! I am glad this has prompted you to make a plan. That means we will both be on the right path and our success at this will be a case of WHEN and not IF!Of this I am certain.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I've been here 11 months and I think the main thing I got from your hub that I keep putting off, I have to do the 30 hubs in 30 days. Guess I'm afraid to commit. Great hub with great ideas and direction. Voted up.


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

tillsontitan

Thanks for the vote and good luck to you when you do the 30/30. It changes your whole hub experience I can tell you. The sense of achievement you get is fab!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

PCC, you can't picture me holding my BS in Business???? Hahah bs, I love it. But yes, seriously...I have my degree. Who knew someone with a little education could still act so dumb?! Glad to keep you guessing, otherwise I would just be boring old me ;)


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Great hub, poshcoffeeco! You certainly have a lot of energy and good ideas. You will go further and faster than most of us because you have set up a plan and are following it. Thanks for sharing this and good luck!

Voted up and awesome.


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Maralexa,

Wow what great comments, thanks.

Make sure you take time out to make your plan and go for it.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

This is really good advice. I spent the first year at HP without a real plan but doing the 30/30 challenge has motivated me to set goals, too. I love your very practical goals. Awesome hub!


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mjkearn 3 years ago

Hi Posh

Fab hub and even better advice. I like your 2013 goals and share them. You give great advice especially the "keep trying" and that's what it takes. Good luck for 2013 hope you get where you wanna be.

Now I'm off to look at your "buying classic Fiats" hub. See if I can learn something.

Voted up and thanks for sharing.

MJ.


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Hiya mjkearn, thanks for the great comments and your votes. I see you have already achieved one of my targets, that of being an Apprentice. Well done to you.


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Tracy Lynn Conway 3 years ago from Virginia, USA

Great inspiration and enthusiasm here! You have done a fantastic job of laying out the details that are involved in setting your goals. My goals here at HubPages change from time to time and are often dictated by the changing demands of my life outside of the Hubworld. ~Voted up and useful~


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poshcoffeeco 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Hi TLC, great to see you. It's good that you revise your goal's hen needed. Thanks or the votes.

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