Hi, I'm Catherine and I'll be hosting the challenge.
I'm passionate about helping small and independent brands grow their sales and manage their stock so that they can pay themselves more.
Over my career, I have created sales plans hundreds of times for businesses of all sizes up to £400 million, for high street names such as Paperchase, Coast and Laura Ashley.
I love the planning process as it brings so much clarity to what you are trying to achieve as a business.
It's been my dream, ever since I started Future Retail Consulting, to help as many independent brands as possible get clear on their sales plans through a challenge, and I'm so excited to have you join me!
10pm - Registration closes
Everyone is let into a private FB group
You'll be asked to come in and introduce yourself to get the party started!
6 am - First task drops into the group and your inbox, so if you need to complete it before your day begins then you can.
These will not be long tasks! I know how busy you are, so they will take 10 - 15 minutes maximum.
Throughout the day, I'll be checking in with the group regularly throughout the day to answer any questions as they come up
Evening - Ask me anything Live
I'll be going live in the group at around 8.30pm for you to ask me anything! This is your opportunity to get your questions about the task answered, as well as getting my thoughts on your 2020 plans
Thse will follow the same format - with a morning task and an evening Live.
There will be LOTS of opportunities to ask me questions and get support.
We'll follow the same format as the other days with the evening Live being our closing party.
We'll celebrate you spending a week getting ready to smash your 2020 goals!
I'll also announce who has won a 2 hour strategy session with me worth £275 - this will be awarded to the most active group participant.
You'll have time over the weekend to catch up on any tasks you might have missed, but on Sunday night the group closes - party over, time to go home!
1. What kind of time commitment will this be?
It totally depends on how much time you have.
I am very aware that time is so very precious for product business owners, so I've designed the tasks to be short and to the point.
That said, I'll be offering a lot of support and sharing tons of what I know about building product businesses, so if you have got time to join us for the evening Lives and to be active in the group, then I promise it will be worth it!
2. Are the tasks complicated?
Each task itself is designed to be simple and short, and each one will build on the previous one so that by the end, you have a clear goal for your 2020 sales and a plan to get you there.
3. What's it like inside the challenge?
I'll be honest - this is the first one that I've run like this! So I can only tell you that my intention is to build a high energy, positive experience for the participants. If you follow me on social media or are part of my FB group Female Founders In Retail then you'll know that I'm friendly, approachable and passionate about helping.
4. I haven't started my business yet, is it worth me joining in?
This challenge is really geared towards people who are already trading, however, I'll be sharing lots of information about growing sales so it would be worth joining for future reference.
5. I have a service business, can I join in?
Sorry, this is for product businesses only to help keep the focus on their unique needs.
6. I'm not on FB a lot - will I miss things?
I'm going to be using a Messenger bot to notify you when the tasks go into the group as well as letting you know when I'm about to go Live.
Not a fan of Messenger? I'll also be sending out reminders via email.
Not a fan of lots of email? You'll be able to opt-out if you don't want to get those reminders.
Are you excited to get going?
Why not catch up on all of my advice for product businesses by checking out my blog while you wait, right here?
And find out exactly WHY it's so important to have a sales plan by watching my IGTV video giving five reasons why it's the most important thing you can do for your business.
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