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Ask the Readers: What Do You Want For Your Business in 2014

questions-card2013 has been a huge year for Mirasee – and that’s an understatement!

We expanded our team from 4 to 8, launched the hugely successful (and educational for all involved!) Business Ignition Bootcamp, redesigned the entire site, re-launched our podcast for the third time, broke new ground by creating and offering our first direct mail product and opened the doors to the absolutely fantastic Beacons Elite Community Forum.

Oh, and we took in nearly 800 Audience Business Masterclass students. 😉

So aside from being absolutely exhausted (in an exhilarated kind of way), we’re pretty satisfied with what we’ve accomplished, and what we learned along the way.

We were able to accomplish so much, in part, because of the way we plan for the future – what’s going to be happening in 6 months or a year is the topic of today – and we work from the expectation that we’ll always be moving forward.

The process that works the best for us is, once the decision about where we want to be has been made – to work backwards and figure out what we need to do to get there. That means if we want to launch a really big new project at the beginning of a new year – we’ve been working up to it since pretty much the beginning of the last one.

Now, this is what works for us at Mirasee – but it’s certainly not the only way to prepare for the future. Another option that works really well for a lot of people is to start from where you were – and look ahead, planning each step using the previous one as a springboard, taking into account new resources and knowledge gained along the way.

I don’t think that one method is necessarily better than the other – and this is FAR from an exhaustive list – there are as many ways to push or pull a business into the future as there are businesses going there!

So I’d like to ask you, as 2013 closes down – what are you happy with? What is coming for you next year, and how are you going to get there?

About Megan Dougherty

Megan Dougherty is an alumnus of Mirasee and is passionate about online education, small business and making a difference in the world. You can find out what she's up to and how side-hustles will take over the world at PayingforLife.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MeganTwoCents.

17 thoughts on “Ask the Readers: What Do You Want For Your Business in 2014

  1. Great post, Megan! As I look back on the last year, I’m pleased with the ground work my partners and I have done to launch three startup businesses in the first quarter of 2014. We’re going to heavily rely on the lessons learned through Audience Business Masterclass to catapult these part-time businesses into million dollar producers in the next 24-36 months. And we’re even more excited about what comes next–taking the lessons learned in these initial startups to help others do the same. A big THANK YOU goes out to the entire Firepole Marketing team for how you’ve helped us realize our goals so far!

  2. 2013 has been a rollercoaster year for me and my business. We’ve had some serious highs and a few disappointments. We are turning around how we handle our publishing schedules beginning in January 2014 so there’s been a lot of prep work to get ready for the change. We’ve given our editors a raise and expanded into audiobooks. I’m anticipating 2014 to be a year of growth and full of excitement. The funniest part is this time of year, I usually have a growing dread for the upcoming tax season…both in sending out tax forms to authors but in doing the year end filings for both personal and business. Not even that has dampened my excitement for 2014. 🙂
    http://www.damnationbooks.com
    http://www.eternalpress.biz

  3. What’s on tap for 2014;
    A major revamp in our home web site.
    Revamp of our 2nd web site on trauma recovery.
    A potential addition of a 3rd web site concentrating on instruction for ministering to victims of sex trafficking.
    Addition of a video subscription service for training material.
    Publication of four to five more books. (two already in the final stages)
    Book promotions the six existing books, plus the additions.
    Three major Conference/ Workshops for inner healing practitioners.
    Six smaller training events.
    Re-launch of a 10 week coaching program called Life Launch.

  4. Twenty fourteen: The Year! Whatever happens for me will be what I create. Knowing this, I wish lots of good creativity to all, especially the authors with whom I work, and the entrepreneurs who are stepping up to and into what I’m calling The New Creativity. (It relates to The New Honesty–being able to name the elephant in the room, staying face-to-face and rising above the challenge of ease that interconnectivity makes possible, finding ways to be ‘real’ and ‘diplomatic’ at the same time, recognizing that first comes aloneness, then comes all-ness, then comes one-ness–a rather cool philosophy to have some fun with in the new year!)

  5. 2013 has been a CRAZY and uncertain year. This has been the year that I made the leap to get started with online business and am loving it. For the past 6 months, my business has been a roller coaster and a fantastic learning experience! I’ve lost a lot of time and money but…
    2014 IS MY YEAR!!!
    I look forward for what is to come and those who will benefit from my success. I am truly thankful!

  6. 2013 has been fantastic. We grew by 50%, launched our signature event (Idea to Open) and wrote a book. Next year we are offering our business plan workshops at least once per quarter and I am making my business entirely location independent. And we will increase revenue another 70%. Big goals, but I am ready to hustle!

  7. Megan, Great Post–and contrast for all that Firepole has accomplished in 2013. My goals/plans for 2014 are in place, now I have to execute.
    1st 6 months.
    1. Use my mornings to completely flesh out the curricula/program on leadership development for my target market to allow me to accomplish my Goal#2. It is a combination of face-to-face and online support
    2. Open one franchise of my company in Swaziland with a husband/wife team that has the proven ability to teach the program within their own context.
    3. Use my afternoons to complete the Audience Based Business course I bought last year but was unable to complete due to limited access to the internet while in Africa.
    4. Reignite my weekly blog–“Leadership Everyday”–with a key idea and practical implementation step.
    Last 6 mos.
    1. Spend 3-4 months in Southern Africa setting up the infrastructure needed to market my leadership development program to a much larger audience, as affordable, broadband internet access grows.
    2. Support my new Franchisee with hands-on support/face-to-face mentoring and local marketing.

    Your Business Ignition Bootcamp brought all of this into focus. Stay tuned!!!

  8. 2013 has been very busy as well as enlightening. I have learned alot about what it takes to be a published author. I also learned that marketing is perhaps the most important part of doing that. In 2014, I plan to not only work harder to get my books published by a traditional publisher but to focus more on the marketing part of that process. I am also going to focus more on doing some freelance work as well.

  9. I’ve been following Firepole Marketing this past year and have seen at least the visible parts of your growth. Congratulations!
    As for me, due in large part to Danny’s personal approach, I signed up for the ABM at the end of 2013. My goals for 2014 include completing the class which includes clarifying my core target market and focusing my offerings–both free and for sale–to this group. By the end of 2014, I aim to have at least 2000 new relationships with subscribers and potential customers.
    Jagoda

  10. For me, Goodie Bag Marketing has made huge accomplishments and this is the first year in business! I was super excited about doing many goody bags for events and a couple were large events in 2013. I also got some press too about my business, always exciting but more exciting for the milestones so far all within the 1st year. For 2014 I have many more things planned and I’m seriously growing a large community. I too have rebuilt my website, the new version launches in the new year, so yes exciting is an understatement for what Goodie Bag Marketing is and how it is becoming. I love your question, great idea to also ask my community. By the way, that’s another thing I am happy to have a focus word for 2014 which is Community.

  11. My goals for 2014 is to put my 2013 goals on steroids, which means I have to put my marketing efforts on steroids:

    1. Sell my book, 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block, through workshops and trainings
    2. At least two freelance writing/blogging assignments per month
    3. At least two business clients per month
    4. At least two speaking gigs per month
    5. More traffic on my community, roller skating and writing sites

  12. Hey,

    I think I’m also working on new start up business for upcoming year. Before that, this year 2013 has brought lot of changes in terms of development and etc.

    Thanks

  13. 2013 has been a great year for our businesses so far. We have revamped our official business website and looking forwards to invest more in our web development services.

    Thanks for great post.

  14. I’d say I must working on new affiliate strategies and also boost my traffic for my new blogs.

    Though 2013 was a great year and learned and earned lot of new things.

    Thanks

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