goalIt's time to start thinking about 2015. 2014 will be in the rearview before you know it and if you hope to build a more profitable business, planning is important.

"There are two major stages: looking at where you've been and where you want to be, then planning for how to get there," Michael Stone explains on Markup and Profit. "Giving time and focus to this process shows a commitment to your family, your company and to the process of making your business better. The more effort you expend on this project, the better your business plan and the better your business results."

Now is the time to get started so you can spend the last six weeks of the year in planning. Start by collecting the information in Planning, Part 1. A dull pencil is better than the sharpest mind at remembering things, so carry a pad and pencil with you for a few weeks so you can make notes when a thought occurs.

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