Generate Cash Flow with Big Ideas

Generating cash flow is a #1 concern for business owners.  Doing so means coming up with and following through with big ideas.  Unfortunately, it is too common for people to come up with big ideas then fail to follow through with them.

There’s no simple fix to this issue because there are many reasons why you might drop an idea, even a good one.  You might be:

* too busy

* unsure how to  make it happen

* dealing with an idea that’s too

* having an idea that’s too abstract and unclear

* busy with too many other priorities

* forgetting to create deadlines or a sense of urgency

* working without needed support

* facing too many obstacles

* afraid or doubt your ability to see it through

Do you find one of your reasons in any of the categories above?  It may not be exactly as presented but you get the idea. The important thing is to first identify the reason (or excuse) you use to not follow through with a potentially good cash generating idea. Only then can you work on turning things around to make your idea or dream a reality.

Set a Goal

What most of the reasons have in common is that there is no goal for any of them. To generate cash, set a clear, feasible goal.  For example, when an idea is too big it means you haven’t turned it into a workable cash generating goal. If your big idea is to make money from your book that isn’t a tangible goal. However, if you decide to earn $1000 from book sales by June 30th, that is a goal. You break this goal into smaller more manageable steps.

Scrutinize your big idea to determine exactly what it can do to make it into something that generates attention and cash.  Figure out what you need to make the results happen.  Could it be more help those skilled in areas where you’re not so strong?  Do you need to break it down into steps?  Do you need to offload other tasks so that you can make your idea a priority?  Do you need a renewed commitment to reach the goal?

Make it Happen

Following through on your big ideas in order to generate cash mean making daily action a habit. Once you’ve scrutinized and assessed your idea and discovered how to make it more manageable, you can then create an action plan. Decide how much you want to earn from the idea.  Then decide what you need to do every day to achieve your goal.  Small steps lead to big results. Your daily action doesn’t need to be huge, it just needs to happen.   Keep records on how much you earn each day and altogether to see if the big idea is worth repeating or continuing as a part of your business.

Make Your Slide Shows Exciting

Slide shows are an increasingly popular means of sharing valuable content throughout the Internet.  It’s being predicted that Slideshare.net may be one of the fastest growing sharing sites in 2014.   Being able to create exciting and effective slide shows is a necessity for serious, confident business women.

By viewing slide shows today and in the past you know some are better and more interesting than others.  Knowing how to ensure yours are more interesting than your competitions is something worth learning.

Create a Plan

Before you sit down with PowerPoint or your slide show software  plan what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it. Determine the goal of your slide show  Decide what information you will provide and why this information is important.  What value does it offer and why will the listening audience care? Before recording, answer these questions on paper first.

Use Good Visuals

Visuals make a big difference in creating an appealing slide show.  Many slide shows lack visual appeal.  They’re simply one slide after the next with a series of plain sentences.  In general, create more exciting slide content word by keeping your word count around 50-60 words, and no more.  The goal is to have people be able to read and understand your text quickly.  A smaller level of word count leaves room for visual interest.

Additional visuals can include photographs, charts, formatting, and even embedded short videos.  Make how you will add visual interest and additions a part of the plan for your slide show.  Keep in mind that any graphics or formatting need to support the goal if the slide show, not distract from it.

Arch Your Content.

When you read an article or blog post it has an introduction which is usually a paragraph or two. It then moves into the body of the content. The goal of the body is to provide the bulk of the information and the major value of the piece.  You then pull it all together into a conclusion which may also be one or two paragraphs.  Use this same arch format in your slideshow.  Have an introduction that piques interest and promises value.  Move into the body of your content and then wrap it all up with a few conclusion slides. This makes the presentation logical to the readers.

Put in a Call to Action.

Be sure to include a call to action at the end of each slide show. Let people know what they can do next to get more information and extend their relationship with you and your company.  Lead them back to your website where they can get more information and sign up for your email.

Use Embedded Links.

In addition to your call to action which should include a link to your site or to a sales page, consider embedding links throughout your slide show. For example, if you reference a blog post on your site then you could link to that blog post. Make sure it opens in a new window so your visitors can continue enjoying the slide show.

Slide shows are a fun and interesting way to provide content in a new format and reach the target audience.  Slide shows are easy to create and with a little planning and preparation you can create an exciting slide show that achieves your goal  of growing your business.