Maybe it would be much better to have focused on profit than sales. What if profit had been the focus instead of sales. What if this could have been the result? บꯠꯠ x 2% = 赨ꯠ profit ũꯠꯠ x 25% = 趚ꯠ profit So when using one or more of these 7 ways to increase profit, the first one (adding more customers) might be the one you want to focus on last. It's probably more expensive Now, if you had your plan completed and it showed what your business needed to do over the next 10 years to give you the salary and profit you wanted, the next thought would be how do I make it happen. Well the best way would be to take it one year at a time. Concentrate on next year first and then choose one or more of 2 through 7 to work on before trying to add customers.
I teach that you should seek to learn from competitors; obviously never copy another business's idea or what they are doing, but you can absolutely learn from their mistakes or see what they are doing and discover ways to improve it. All of that analysis belongs in your business plan: make sure you have your competitors under the microscope and make sure that is a solid chunk of your plan. That is some of the best research and information you will gather about what will make your business successful in future.