Make 2013 Your Best Year

by Bryan · 10 comments

2013-business-ideasThis year was great for me considering I moved to a new city, started (another) new business, and the economy is still recovering from the downturn.

I’m blessed with my health, wonderful people in my life, and I’ve been able to help others be more successful.

Unfortunately, it’s painfully obvious to all of us that millions of people around the world are struggling financially.

… So, I decided to finish 2012 by writing a post to help others CRUSH 2013, and make it the best year of your life.

What I’m going to share with you may surprise you a little. It’s not the usual “cut expenses, pay off your credit cards (you should of course), live like your poor and save every penny for retirement“.

Nope, my advice for increasing your prosperity in 2013, allowing you to create a better lifestyle for yourself and your family, comes down to one word.

That word is a “System”.

You might be thinking “what the heck is Bryan talking about, a system”? Seriously?

Yep, if you think you can fumble your way to accidental success in 2013 in these economic times, well, I have news for you friend… it’s not going to happen unless you win the lottery or a family member leaves you a huge estate.

Every entrepreneur should have a system they follow daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. Period.

First, lets define what a system is:

A methodical procedure or process that is used as a delivery mechanism for providing specific goods or services to customers.

If you already have a system at work in your business, awesome! There might be room to improve it, make it more efficient, scalable, to produce better results.

Your system doesn’t need to be some complex rocket scientist diagram taped to your closet wall, it can be very simple and effective.

Let me give you an EXAMPLE, I’m literally opening another window as I type this post and I will create a sample you can use to get started, here goes:

Boom! That took about 5 minutes using a great free software app called Skitch.

2013-Mindmap-Sample-Business-1

I know that’s a crude drawing LOL, I didn’t say it would be pretty!

But think about it from this perspective  – lets say (a real world example from one of my business ventures) you found a great product that millions of people need, and, it’s consumable so they are very likely to re-order it over and over again on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis.

Following our formula for success you make a list of 75-100 people you know personally, or friends of friends, and you drop them into the system above.

Do you think you could generate a few sales a week? Possibly daily? And if those customers continue to buy your product for several months in a row?

Can you say “residual income” stream?!

Heck yes! As many of you reading this know, I’m cheating a little because I used this process to generate a very nice additional income in the Health and Wellness niche.

The key point is, a simple system, that you have the discipline to follow on a consistent basis, can change your financial situation very quickly.

Now some of you out there are Internet Marketing “Jedi” and I realize you may not want to call 75-100 people personally for a variety of reasons.

That’s ok, let me switch to my other window and create a simple EXAMPLE for that scenario:

2013-Mindmap-Internet-Marketer

And I thought the 1st one was artistically challenged :-)

But seriously, that system could create a virtual lifestyle and put you right on the beach in some far away exotic place. Many entrepreneurs have done exactly that, I’m friends with many that make a nice living using this simple formula.

So let me ask you a question… Do you want to change things, improve your situation, and bring prosperity to the ones you love? Then grab a cheap notebook, something to write with, and create a simple system for your business.

If you want to get a little more “techie”, there are several awesome free tools out there for Windows and MAC users. I use Skitch and MindNode frequently in my businesses.

Let me sum this up, the next time your on an elevator and some asks what you “do for a living” your reply should sound something like this:

I have a list of prospects, usually 75+ that I update frequently. I contact them to share a website URL I setup, then I follow up and sell them an awesome product right on the phone. I do follow up calls to make sure they are happy, sell them more stuff, and rinse and repeat…repeat… repeat! And what do you do?

I’m guessing 99.9% of people will be impressed, and speechless!

As always, leave comments, share your stories and experiences using your system, and MOST importantly have a Happy New Year and CRUSH 2013!

About Bryan
Bryan is a serial entrepreneur, investor, coach, world traveler and Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. When he isn't building some new start-up he likes to help others get their business started.

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C. Smith December 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Great post Bryan, it’s perfect timing for me as 2012 actually kinda sucked… I closed down my business and moved to a much smaller place, but good things are starting to happen.

After reading this post I’m creating a system and using MindNode software to map things out. Great tip.

Thanks again for the great post, it’s really changed how I view this coming year.

Happy New Years!

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Bryan December 31, 2012 at 7:35 pm

MindNode is an awesome tool for creating your road map to success. I’m glad things are looking up! Make 2013 the year that changes everything!

HNY

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Matt December 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I use a system in my workflow for videos, would die without it. Happy Holidays Bryan!

Best,
Matt

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Bryan December 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm

A perfect example! Same to you Matt

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Jim Craig January 1, 2013 at 2:47 am

Thanks for the post my friend, see you in 2013.

Cheers,
Jim

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Bryan January 1, 2013 at 2:48 am

Hey Jim! Thanks for stopping by sir, have a great New Year!

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Natalia January 1, 2013 at 2:57 am

Happy New Year!

PS- yes I’m still awake Bryan

XOXO

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Bryan December 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Thats awesome! Be safe!

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Eric Bryant January 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Hey Bryan!

Thanks for a great post! Whether it’s news to your readers or a good reminder of an important discipline, either way you win when you systematize. Beyond the literal benefits of a system which you lay out here, without a system in place you cannot measure anything. If you cannot measure your results you know nothing about your business and what does and does not work.

Here’s a great tool to run your system: TeamworkPM (Online Project Management) it has both free and paid versions. Also for those not on a Mac or iPad, FreeMind is a fantastic (free) mind mapping program for Windows, Linux and Mac as well.

Best to you and yours in 2013 Bryan!

Eric

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Bryan January 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Agreed Eric!

Excellent point, what gets measured gets improved. TeamworkPM looks awesome, I will give it a try. Currently using a combination of DropBox and Podio on iPhone.

Happy New Year!

Bryan

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