The Definitive Business Goals Template for Exponential Growth

Kerri wanted this year to be different. She heard friends using a business goals template to scale their businesses.

However, she has never used this methodology before so she wondered how to pull it off.

You see, previously Kerri’s approach to getting results in her business was a bit ad-hoc.

She would attend a few networking events, speak at summits and even engage with potential clients on Instagram.

None of her activities had any strategy behind them.

Kerri decided that this year she wanted to be intentional about her business activities.

No more hoping that things would work out.

Let me know if you experienced any of these.

  1. You never had a strategic approach to business growth
  2. Your first set of clients were family and friends
  3. You’re tired of all the dry spells in your business income
  4. You need more clarity around income-generating activities
  5. You’re aware that strategic effort brings results

If only there was a defined process that you can use to bring in more clients.

In this post, you’ll learn the secrets that successful businesses use to exponentially bring in more income every single week.

Business Goals Statistics

Before looking at those closely guarded secrets it’s important to take into account industry standards.

When you have a point of reference you’ll have a better chance of doing what works.

Did you know that only 5% of businesses achieve their yearly goals?

What makes this even worse is that only 65% of business owners met half of their objectives, according to Small Biz Trends.

In another article by Stitch and Shutter 14% of those who have goals are 10 times more successful compared to those without.

The one thing I found strange is that 83% of the population don’t have goals.

How is that even possible? Do people start their year, month, week and day just hoping that things would fall into place?

There is a glimmer of light because 77% of small businesses said that they are confident about strategy execution.

According to Boardview, 36% of companies have an established standard for goal setting.

Did you know that 40% of people who write down goals don’t check to see if they achieved them?

Thankfully 46% of companies review and revise their goals throughout the year.

Those who set actionable tasks against their goals tend to achieve 40% more than those who don’t.

Finally, 90% of people perform better with relevant and challenging goals.

Business Vision

Even though Kerri is a small business owner it doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t have a vision for her business.

Creating a vision for a business can be hard work mentally because you’ll need to take a 10,000-foot view of the business.

A few years ago I went through the exercise of developing a vision and mission statement for my business.

I also took the time to develop a brand promise.

Before setting any goals for a business it’s important to have an established vision.

For example, the vision for Starbucks is as follows.

“To establish Starbucks as the premier purveyor of the finest coffee in the world while maintaining our uncompromising principles while we grow.”

Starbucks Vision

Before we look at how this relates to business goals let’s look at their mission statement too.

“to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.”

Starbucks Mission

Now that you know both their vision and mission statements it will help you better understand how they set business goals.

In order for Starbucks to offer the finest coffee and grow what are the things that they need to do with their team members?

Well, here’s a shortlist.

  1. They need to source the best, sustainable, conflict free coffee
  2. They’ll need to open new branches to show growth
  3. Provide the best coffee service using uncompromising principles

What about you? Have you thought about your business vision and how it relates to your business goals?

Kerri’s Business Goals

I’m not going to spend time going through a vision development exercise for Kerri.

For the purposes of this blog post, we’re going to assume that Kerri’s vision is as follows.

“To establish Kerri as the finest copywriter in the health and wellness niche by creating high-converting, authentic copy leading to sustainable business growth through profitable revenue.”

Now that we have a fair idea of Kerri’s vision let’s pull 3 major long-term goals from it.

  1. To provide the best copywriting service through authentic copy
  2. Year on year business growth through consistent 5-figure income months
  3. Get results for her clients through high-converting copy

Based on these business goals we now have a rough idea of what Kerri’s S.M.A.R.T. goals need to include.

It’s much easier to map out quantifiable goals like client acquisition and business revenue.

So, we’ll spend some time looking at what Kerri needs to do to grow the business consistently through 5-figure months.

We are now going to develop smart goals for Kerri to help her with her business revenue.

Smart Company Goal Setting

When it comes to setting clear goals, there’s a right way to do it and a wrong way.

Let’s look at the right way to set goals. Hint: it involves setting specific goals with an action plan for each one.

You’ve probably already heard of the acronym SMART before.

  • S – specific
  • M – measurable
  • A – achievable
  • R – realistic
  • T – time-bound

Specific

Using the SMART methodology, Kerri needs to create a specific goal monthly income.

Back to Kerri’s example, she wants to generate income in her business every week/month.

Measurable

Taking the previous example, let’s make measurable goals so that they can be managed.

Kerri wants to generate $1,000 in her business every week by offering copy audits for clients.

Achievable

So, is that primary goal achievable? If yes, how will she achieve it?

Generate $10,000 in her business in the next 30 days by offering copy audits to potential clients. It means that she’ll need to have copy audit packages of $1,000/audit. She’ll also need to do 1 discovery call every 1-2 days and have a close rate of 30-60%

Realistic

At this point, on behalf of Kerri, you’ll need to consider if this goal is realistic and relevant compared to all her bigger goals.

If her bigger goal is to get her copy audit business to generate a full-time income then you’ll need to help her develop a realistic plan with smaller tasks.

Generating $10,000 in her business in the next 30 days by onboarding 10 clients at $1,000/audit for copy audits. This can be achieved by doing a discovery call every 1-2 days ensuring a minimum close rate of 30% is realistic because many small business owners need this service urgently to promote their services.

Time-Bound

Like many things in life, ensuring that your goal has a deadline sets a countdown timer in motion.

In other words, it is important to add a date to your SMART goal.

By X date, she’ll generate $10,000 in her business by onboarding 10 new clients at your $1,000/audit on the copy audit package. She’ll do this by doing a discovery call every day or every other day and ensuring a close rate of 30%.

All she needs to do now in order to achieve her key results is to find those potential clients.

Another way to look at smart goals is to label them as key performance indicators (KPIs).

You can also use this process to map out personal goals.

Also, remember that you can use short-term goals as a way to achieve the bigger long term goals.

Working Smarter Not Harder

Have you ever wondered what needs to happen in order for Kerri to work less and earn more?

As it stands, Kerri’s $1,000 audit package includes the following:

  • Audit 5 pieces of content
  • Make recommendations on how each piece can improve
  • Write 1-2 pieces of alternative copy
  • Bonus advice for a more cohesive approach

These clients who are buying the audit package would save a lot of time in their business if they let Kerri write the content.

What Kerri can do is offer an upsell where each client can let her write all of the copy for a launch for an extra $6,000.

This is a simple marketing strategy as well as a smart goal example to achieve key metrics.

Now, that may seem like a lot at first glance so let me break it down into smaller sections so that you can see the value.

Her $7,000 copy package includes the following:

  • All email copy for the launch – welcome sequence, nurture + launch sequence
  • All landing pages – webinar page, lead magnet page, thank you pages
  • Sales pages – sales page for the offer, upsell pages

Industry standards show that Kerri should get a 33% conversion rate from this upsell offer.

It means that 3 out of every 10 clients should say yes to the upsell offer.

If Kerri follows her daily tasks to get a discovery call every 1-2 days and has a close rate of 30%.

Let’s say she signs on 10 clients a month @ $1,000/audit then she’ll generate $10,000 a month.

Also, if 3 of them say yes to her upsell offer then she’ll be looking at $6,000 x 3 = $18,000.

Which means her monthly income will be $10,000 + $18,000 = $28,000/month.

Where to Find Copy Clients

Would you like to help Kerri find those copy clients?

Where do you think she should look?

If you are one of my regular readers you’ll know that I’ve said this previously.

One of the first people a new business needs to hire is a copywriter.

However, the reality is that most new businesses don’t have a big enough budget to hire a copywriter.

Basically, Kerri is in a very unique position because all businesses need her services.

There are 5 broad strategies that Kerri can use to find clients.

  1. Those who are ready to hire
  2. Any business that’s rebranding
  3. A business launching a new offer
  4. Larger businesses hiring copywriters
  5. Those who don’t know that they need a copywriter

Let’s look at each one briefly so that you can see the world through Kerri’s eyes.

1. Those Ready to Hire

When someone is ready to hire a copywriter they would normally advertise in a few locations like Facebook groups, Instagram, Twitter, Slack channels, etc.

2. Businesses That’s Rebranding

A business that is rebranding would normally start by looking for a new name for its business or new brand colours.

They advertise for a website redesign, ask opinions on new brand colours and hire a photographer to do a photo shoot.

3. Launching a New Offer

Whenever a business owner is thinking of launching a new offer what do they do?

They conduct market research inside Facebook groups to help them crowdsource ideas for the new product.

Kerri can use these opportunities to reach out to them and introduce herself and her services.

4. Larger Businesses Looking for Staff Writers

Depending on what niche Kerri decides to specialise in she can also offer her services to larger organisations like fortune 500 companies.

All she needs to do is head over to Indeed or LinkedIn and look up the existing copywriting jobs.

I decided to have a look at copywriting jobs on LinkedIn and I found over 6,100 in the US alone.

I narrowed down the search to only those looking for a copywriter on contract only compared to full-time.

As you can see there are 632 jobs available based on that filtered search. Did I mention that all of these jobs are remote?

5. Those Unaware of a Copywriting Need

You’re probably thinking how is it possible for a business owner to be unaware of the fact that they need a copywriter.

All I can say to you is this when you don’t know you just don’t know.

Kerri can easily have a look at their website, ads, social media posts or any public-facing content and she’ll know if they need her help.

She can then send them a message or an email offering her services.

Business Goals Template

Now that you have a solid understanding of all the key elements needed to develop a business goals template.

Let’s spend some time creating one.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having a business vision.

Without a business vision, you can face potential problems with achieving those important goals.

On the flip side of this, you may find yourself with lofty goals if you’re not using the SMART methodology.

In order to help us expedite this template, I created a temporary vision for Kerri.

“To establish Kerri as the finest copywriter in the health and wellness niche by creating high-converting, authentic copy leading to sustainable business growth through profitable revenue”

Kerri’s Business Vision

As a reminder, here are Kerri’s 3 main goals again.

  1. To provide the best copywriting service through authentic copy
  2. Year on year business growth through consistent 5-figure income months
  3. Get results for her clients through high-converting copy

I’ll take Kerri’s three main goals and plug them into the business goals template.

So, here are the steps you’ll need to take to map out your own business goals.

  1. Write out your vision
  2. Pull the key action points from your vision and turn them into 3 main goals
  3. Take each main goal and break them into 3 mini-goals
  4. Turn each mini-goal into a big task

Turning your vision into mini-goals is not an easy task.

When you complete these main steps it starts to get very practical from here onwards.

Notice how the business goals template can be used as a goal framework to transform your vision into actionable steps.

Goal 1 – Task 1 – Subtasks

Take each big task and break them into actionable steps.

Here are examples for you so you can see how this works.

Notice how simple and relevant it is compared to the huge chunk of the main goal.

The main goal doesn’t feel doable until you break it down into manageable chunks like tasks and subtasks.

Goal 1 – Task 2 – Subtasks

Here are the subtasks for the second task.

What I really like about using Google’s spreadsheet is that you can insert columns and rows as needed.

It means that you’ll never run out of space.

You can also customise it to suit the way you prefer to work.

Goal 1 – Task 3

Finally, here’s a look at the subtasks associated with task 3.

Notice how closely the subtasks align with the main goal as well as the main task.

The main goal is to provide the best copywriting service and Kerri can only continue to do this by staying up-to-date and the latest industry practices.

Would you like to get your hands on a copy of this template? Grab a copy here.

Do you see how using a business goals template enables you to write down specific actions?

This template is like a digital planner and best of all you can download it in pdf format.

Summary

Achieving business goals starts with having a long-term vision all mapped out for your business.

Think of your vision as the reason why your business exists as well as the roadmap that gives you the direction where your business needs to go.

Once your business vision is established then it’s important to break it down into small bite-sized chunks.

I like to call these small chunks mini-goals.

You’ll come to realise that some of the goals may take weeks, months or years to achieve.

Just remember that the secret to achieving these goals is to start small.

These mini-goals are then broken into major tasks as well as smaller tasks or subtasks.

Placing them all into a yearly habit tracker will help you take action every day.

One thing to remember is that if your goals don’t scare you they are probably not big enough.

Over to you, what has been your experience with turning your business vision into goals?

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18 thoughts on “The Definitive Business Goals Template for Exponential Growth”

  1. I love how you broke these goals down and have printable pages so that someone that needs it can have access to it. Having a vision is so important but with so many things that come with running a business, there are so many things that are left forgotten. Your checklist comes in handy and I love how it outlines each goals and how to reach them.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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  2. Setting goals can be a great way to improve a business. You do need to stay focused on this though and put time and effort into reaching these goals.

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  3. I love how you have broken this down into goals, mini goals and tasks. Once you have identified these sets of goals, it makes it so much easier to follow your business plan!

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  4. It so important to have a goal and vision to have in a business. Your post is really so informative and helpful for many like us.

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  5. Great tips! I love how you gave examples. I find my issue isn’t setting the goals it’s actually doing the work towards those goals lol! My adhd gets distracted by the new shiny goal I see on the horizon!

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  6. Very helpful for any business! I don’t actually operate my own right now but I do look forward to establishing it in near future (this summer to be exact). This is when I do need you advise the fullest

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  7. I am guilty of this. I never write down my goals for my blog or check them off. And I have been blogging for over 10 years now. I really should have a plan, but scared in case I can’t stick to it or can’t reach my goals

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