This model of business planning and goal setting for Real Estate Professionals breaks the process down to five sections and fourteen steps.SECTION A: The Big WHYIt is important to first look at who you really are and what your core values are. These things will drive you and carry thorough to your business.Step 1 – What is your purpose?Uncover your purpose, what provides the foundation of our values, vision and goals.Step 2 – What are your values?Know your core values which dictate what is important in both life and business: how business should be conducted, your view of humanity, and your role in society.SECTION B: Vision – Goal SettingThis is where you take a hard look at where you are at and figure out where it is you are going in your business and in your life.Step 3 – The Year in ReviewRecognize what it is you have done this year, celebrate the accomplishments and also look at what may have stopped you short of reaching a goal.Step 4 – Is your life in balance?The Wheel of Life, sometimes called the Balance Wheel, will help you visualize your current situation, providing a snapshot of how you see your life today.Step 5 – Business ReviewTake a look at the results of the last 12 months. Did you reach your goals and achieve what you wanted?Step 6 – Goal SettingDon’t hold back, dream LARGE, think BIG, aim HIGH.Step 7 – Production GoalsWork the numbers. Create specific number goals for the next one to five years.SECTION C: Creating an Action Plan to Achieve Your GoalsAll Real Estate Professionals know they need a Business Plan. By following these steps you will create a plan that will help you hit your business goals.Step 8 – Define Your Niche and Value PropositionBecome a specialist and build perceived value. Know your true value and learn to articulate your value proposition to your clients.Step 9 – Lead Generation/Marketing PlanRecognize what specific changes to your current plans are necessary to make in order to reach your goals.Step 10 – Define Your Team Organizational StructureUnderstand the organizational structure of your team.Step 11 – Development PlanCapture all of those things you have wanted to research, create, do, perfect, delegate and implement in your business.Step 12 – BudgetingReview your expenses for the current year and include any new marketing and development changes.Step 13 – Production PlanCreate and monitor goals on a monthly basis in order to hit your production goals for the upcoming year.SECTION D: Achieving Your Goals: How do I get there from here?By breaking your large goals into smaller steps you will always know what you need to do next in order to keep working toward hitting your business and personal goals.Step 14 – Creating a Master Project ListChange your goals into “projects” to actively work on over the next twelve months, and from this create a “Master Project List.”
Learning to make your own homemade potato soup recipes can be exciting, satisfying and very full-filling. When you create a soup (that everyone loves) for family or a friend and they ask where you got such a wonderful recipe, what would you rather tell them?”I just got it from some website or cookbook…” OR would you rather tell them “I made the recipe up myself and it’s the newest edition to my own cookbook!”If these are the words of gratification that you want to hear, then here are 3 tips to help you create the delicious recipes that you desire.Tip #1 – What Type of Base?The base of a soup has the greatest effect over all others.There are 3 main bases to start with that you can use for your potato soups, cream base, clear base, and puree based.
Creamy Bases – Creamy potato soups are usually smooth and comforting with a subtle taste. There are many ways to make a creamy potato soup but we are just going to go over 3 popular ways to get a creamy base.
Cream Base 1 – The easiest and most used is just by adding enough heavy cream until the desired consistency and tastes are met. Another similar method would be using milk but this would be a lot thinner and a lot less creamy.
Cream Base 2 – A bit more complicated but most likely not to difficult for you is using a light roux and milk. Just add 2 teaspoons of roux for every cup of milk to the soup, stir well, until the desired consistency is reached. Be careful, roux can make your soup extremely thick.
Cream Base 3 – The least used of the 3 but second easiest would be using cornstarch and powdered milk. Dissolve 1 1/4 tablespoons cornstarch to every 2 cups of soup broth you have in a small bowl of cold water. Add 5 tablespoons powdered milk to every 2 cups of soup broth you have and the cornstarch/water mixture to the soup at the end of cooking and stir well for 1 1/2 minutes.
Clear Base – A clear base, the easiest of the 3, normally has a rich and bold flavor with no extra additions like heavy cream to the stock, the base IS the stock. Puree Base – A puree base is loaded with rich flavors and is exactly what it sounds like. All the solids are pureed with the stock of your choice after the soup is cooked. This is best achieved with an immersion blender which you can dip right into the soup and blend with. Another way would be to strain the solids out of your soup and add them to a blender then add a few cups of broth and puree. Then add the puree to the broth, mix well and voila!Tip #2 – What Type of Stock / Broth?The best way to a great base is your stock and creating your own homemade stock can have an amazing effect on your soup. Though it’s slightly time consuming, it is also very easy and rewarding.3 basic stocks are used for potato soup recipes. Chicken stock, vegetable stock and beef stock.
Chicken Stock – Chicken stock is the second most popular stock used for potato soup and has a strong and very rich flavor adding a bit of bite to your soup. A basic chicken stock is usually made by slowly simmering chicken bones, skin, meat, celery, carrots, garlic, onion, parsley, salt and pepper in a pot of water.
Vegetable Stock – The most popular of the 3 stocks used in potato soup is vegetable stock. It has more of a natural and relaxed flavor compared to chicken stock. It is full of natural vitamins and nutrients to keep your body healthy. A very basic vegetable stock is achieved by slowly simmering carrots, garlic, parsley, onion, celery, leek, bay leaf, mushroom, salt, pepper and sometimes parsnips, thyme and potatoes.
Beef Stock – Much different from the 2 above and often not used in potato soup, beef stock has a very rich and bold flavor and great in some soups with potatoes. Beef stock is made with beef bones, fat, meat, onions, celery, carrots, bay leaf, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, thyme and sometimes tomato.
Tip #3 – What kind of ingredients do you want to use? Now that you know what kind of base texture and stock you want, we need to figure out the ingredients that go well with each. This is only a guideline to help you choose your ingredients.
Ingredients for a creamy base. – Bacon and cheddar are the most popular ingredients in creamy potato soups. Some other great ideas would be carrots, green beans, onions, garlic, celery, green onions, chives, chicken, ham, shallots, thyme, peas, dill, salt, black and white pepper. Good stocks with a creamy soup are vegetable and chicken stock.
Ingredients for a clear base – With beef stock would be tomatoes, green beans, onions, garlic, celery, parsley, chunks of beef, bay leaf, barley, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, ground beef, salt, mozzarella and black pepper. With vegetable or chicken stock would be chicken, ham, carrots, white beans, green beans, celery, garlic, thyme, squash, onion, zucchini, shallots, white wine, dill, salt and black pepper.
Ingredients for a puree base – Carrots and tomatoes are great for a puree based soup along with these healthy additions. Onion, garlic, zucchini, squash, bell pepper, kidney beans, shallots, celery, green onions, sweet potatoes, peas, dill, salt and various peppers. The most popular stock with puree based potato soup recipes is vegetable stock although chicken stock is used sometimes but rarely. There are many more tips for you to create a great potato soup recipe but these 3 are the most important basics to get you started.