Retreat Reflection

So I've been so busy I haven't been able to post about how my retreat went 2 weeks ago. It went really well, but I did fall short on my objectives. Here's a brief overview of what panned out.

  • Objective 1: Determine what type of business I want to build - what are its ideals, its mission, and product?
    • Honest, Simple, Practical - these are the 3 main descriptors I want our customers to use when they're referring to the way we do business
    • We make running small to mid sized businesses and organizations easier. We'll try to find proven and practical software to meet your needs - if we can't find it, we'll build it.
    • Initially, Enlight Solutions will sell expertise in Information Technology and Software Development. We'll eventually break into a Software as a Service (SaaS) model offering all small and mid sized businesses affordable solutions that make good business sense.
  • Objective 2: Determine action steps - what will it take for me to get there? Who will I have to meet? How will I meet them?
    • Develop long-term relationships with quality customers
      • Regularly attend networking events
      • Maintain existent relationships
    • Find a mentor
    • Develop a proof of concept to create buzz
    • Save at least 3 months worth of a salary
  • Objective 3: Develop a rough business plan
  • Objective 4: Develop a rough sales plan
This all needs a bit of refinement but you get the general idea. I didn't really get to tackle Object 3 and 4 as I got sidetracked brainstorming on a proof of concept. I want to build something out that works great for all small businesses. I came up with - track your business mileage for tax purposes and travel reimbursement. It's a really cool concept and I'm looking forward to building it out. I tried to think of a tool that everyone in a small business could use, and I definitely think this falls in that category.