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Hey, this is Sasha and thanks for joining me in today’s episode on backstage income — where I share with you some insights and concepts of going behind the scenes in growing a profitable online business.
Today, we’re going to start numbering our episodes and we’re going to go ahead and take a look at How We Mindmap our Online Business.
I’ll share with you how I personally use it behind the scenes to mindmap our overall business and how things will progress in the future.
We’re going to cover five main points:
- What is my mapping
- The ideal time to use mind maps
- How I personally use mind mapping in my business
- Other ways to use mind maps and
- A handful of other mind mapping tools
Point number one — What is mind mapping?
It is oftentimes a good time to do when you don’t know the branches or areas you want to get into with this idea or concept
Think of this as a seed when you’re growing a plant or some sort of live vegetable.
When you start out with a seed eventually things start to expand and you have this little nub that starts to poke out. Then you get the leaves and other things that start to expand. Finally, you might get a little piece of fruit or a tomato.
Eventually, things start to grow and expand.
You go from the seed part, go all the way to start growing and popping out of the dirt. Then, you have that little stem. You go ahead you might expand to the flower and eventually, it might turn into some fruit or other things.
You could look at it as a tree where it expands branches and that’s really what a mindmap is. It starts with a centerpiece and expands outward.
You can do this for a lot of different things. Here’s an example of a mind map where we start out with article ideas.
Let’s just say for mylittlenestegg blog.
You could say what categories am I going to have.
I might have a budgeting category, a save money category, a credit card debt category, and you start to expand these kinds of things.
You might have budgeting apps. You might have a category — budgeting techniques and what does budgeting mean. What is budgeting and why is it important budgeting tools.
Let’s say you create another branch and you could say budgeting stories.
As you start expanding on this concept, you can see how the mindmaps eventually continue to grow.
It just continues to grow to sort your ideas and thoughts to where you can see. This little area might be a little too big or it has too many concepts. Or this little area needs a little more thought and planning to it. You can see what branch you’re following and moving and in what direction.
That’s the whole point or goal of mindmapping. I find it’s great to use for big-picture concepts.
You might be a light mindmap user. You might be a more intermediate mindmap user. Or you could be a heavy mindmap user.
So, using mindmaps is going to be different for different people.
Let’s get into the next part — for the ideal time to use mind maps
As far as using mindmaps, I find that using them either in a big picture concept or an intermediate concept is the most ideal.
You have other people that use this really as almost a to-do list.
Instead for me, personally, what I found over the years is mindmaps are much better when you think about them in a big picture concept.
When you look at them and look at the long term view, maybe check it once a day in the evening or in the morning to make sure things are progressing, but you’re just looking at it at that point, you might add a little branch here and there.
That’s the real way that I personally use my maps rather than creating a to-do list and segmenting every little nitty-gritty.
Otherwise, what’s going to end up happening is your mind that’s gonna be too big.
How do we use mind maps in our business?
I’ll share with you my big-picture business plans because by then, by the time this video rolls out and by the time you watch it, we might have already developed many of these plans.
As I zoom out, you can see here’s our stems or the big mindmap picture. Just ideas, thoughts, concepts.
Not all of these are going to pan out or work out. It’s just branches and things I’m thinking about or ways to develop.
You could go into the history and I’ll show you eleven days ago how this really looks.
It was just a small mindmap. I’m not sure if you can go back further but about eleven days ago that was what it looked like. As we start rolling into about nine days ago, you can see it started to expand. Then eight days ago, you can see I expanded the top right branches. Six days ago, we moved a few things around. Four days ago, we’ve really expanded that lower right area. A day ago and about eleven hours ago.
I don’t work on it every day but periodically maybe I’ll move something. Maybe I’ll change color here and there just to see how things are progressing. And this is the way I look at it.
Let’s say I have my big business plans. These are big ideas that I’m looking for my overall big business. I could also maybe create this — may be in one segment of a business. But for now, I just use it in a big business plan idea.
We have a couple of businesses really that we run online.
We have the rise2learn website, which is a course educational website.
The Tradersfly which is all about investing in stock trading.
Mylittlenestegg which we’re developing all about personal finance.
The backstageincome one here as well.
What we’re doing here with our rise2learn website.
You can see here I have this rise2learn a little road and as it leads here to the upper side, you can see we have this green and yellow segment that continues to move higher and this goes into our website.
A big part of that is our website redevelopment that we’re working on.
Once the website segment is done, I’ll actually delete this whole branch.
Then after that, you know we might get into web optimizations after we finish the pages.
You can see there, we’ll want to upgrade the membership system. Maybe add in like checkout or a nicer checkout and then optimize the code because you’ll want to make sure that things are optimized.
The other big part of that business is the product side product development — how are we progressing with product development.
We have some books that maybe are working on and progress that I’m writing. So, I have those and I have those titles there because those take a while to make.
I don’t usually put things here that you know take maybe a few minutes to do or a few seconds to do. So you know there’s no need for that instead it’s a big picture idea.
Then, we also have a courses branch.
As we here take a look at our courses, you can see right there we have different courses that are being worked on and we have the options course. Another version of the stock trading foundation course.
so these are some of the courses that will be in development. They’ll probably be there for a year or two in this month.
Then we have some marketing things to do also. It could be refilling a few sales videos just a couple of products the way that they’re working within the funnel and those kinds of things. But these need to be done first before we get into some of these other things.
That’s one big branch.
I have some other ideas here thinking about show segments which I don’t want to confuse you on.
But here, the next branch that we have is this tradersfly branch which is investing segments — which again, we’re looking at reworking the website layout.
Again, we’re moving the memberships over to maybe a members.tradersfly sites. So, that way those sites are separated rather than our front page website, which is more of a sales site or a lot of free content and then the members’ segment. It’ll be a lot cleaner.
Then, we also have new products and services there that are going to be created.
Now, I put a few icons there that maybe group coaching, options, membership, dividend annual report, two-day intensive sessions.
These all could be great but I put a timer there because those take up quite a bit of my personal time.
Again, we have a marketing segment in their concepts.
This is how I basically use mindmaps and it’s just looking at a big picture view of my overall business.
There are many other ways to use mindmaps
Let’s just say you’re interested in writing an e-book.
If I want to write an e-book, I could say I want to have maybe an introduction. I could go ahead and create chapter 1. It would be about you know this one little thing.
So, you start creating your little chapters. Then you go ahead and go ahead and create another chapter here so as you start expanding.
You might have multiple chapters here.
You have chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3. You could do it this way where you start organizing your thoughts and doing it by chapter by writing your book.
But the other approach to doing this is — let’s just say write the book. Then I’ll go ahead create covers, marketing, and start thinking about it this way.
I might have chapters, quotes. From chapters, now I have let’s say my introduction. It could be table stories. You might have a resources page. You could plant it start planning things out like this and you just start expanding this.
When you’re writing the book then you need editing, you might have these quotes. So here, you got to find the quotes to use. You could also include graphics. So I have to come up and think about graphics — how is that progressing.
This is really how you start thinking about it. Same thing with covers. You know put up posting for covers, it could also be where you go ahead and proof and review ideas. You could go ahead and you do a print test.
There are a handful of other mindmap tools
You’ve seen me use this tool. this is Coggle.it. If you want to go ahead and use the cog, here’s my cog link and you just get a few referrals but it is actually absolutely free unless you want everything to be private. You only get three private boards or mindmaps with coggle.it unless you pay for a plan and for us that’s perfectly fine.
But there are other mindmap tools here if you want to take a look at Mashable — they have a huge list of tools like MindMeisterr, iMindMap, xMind.
You can see that all the tools are very similar in the way to organize thoughts. It really just comes down to which one you feel comfortable with.
There’s bubble.us — you create bubbles.
I used Mindmeister as well and a couple of ideas for it. But I found that it’s very systematic and robotic for me personally, like moving these things around.
You can collapse these things, which is great, which coggle does not really allow you to do that much. But what I liked about coggle.it was just the movement and fluidity along with the app for Android and it makes it very, very user friendly.
Use what’s best for you and what makes the most sense. That’s the way I use it, but of course, for you, it’s going to be different depending on your personal needs.