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July should be your planning month

In a week where the world has seen the extraordinary rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a remote
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July should be your planning month
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In a week where the world has seen the extraordinary rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a remote cave in Thailand, France and Croatia move to the finals of the soccer World Cup (breaking 53 million hearts in England), and where Trump made some fairly specious arguments about the US being stiffed on unpaid bills by NATO allies, it can be hard to focus on building your business.  But we do need to be keeping an eye on growth. And now the financial year has kicked off, we can look at revenue and expenditure over the next twelve months. 
We think these activities should be considered in July: 
  • New business planning: In professional services, the typical lead time for conversion of new prospects is around 6 months. So now is the time to start scheduling meetings with new business prospects.  
  • Equipment forecasting: If you think you are going to be adding new capability in house over the next year, you need to budget for equipment, including technology and office infrastructure. 
  • Research / reports: Conducting surveys and primary research is a useful means of understanding customer trends and needs, and can help support customer acquisition strategy
  • Event planning: If you run events, you should consider developing a set of event themes for the next year, and invitation lists to match. You might also want to plan ahead for office Christmas parties (yes, really), as it never hurts to be clear on your silly season budgeting.  
Do you have any other planning activities you do in July? Let us know and we’ll share your ideas in a future newsletter. 

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