The best sales leaders are looking into the future by setting goals, forecasting, finding new salespeople, and coaching their current team.
Goal setting for your sales team focuses on four metrics:
In this article, we will be covering a deep dive into forecasting for revenue growth.
When building a sales forecast based on Revenue Growth, there are a few different structures to consider:
Many businesses have more than one of these structures that they leverage. The variety and unpredictability of these different options can make it very difficult to look 5, 3, or even 1 year into the future.
Building your quarterly revenue goals and the required pipeline growth to reach those goals can be frustrating. To do so, you need to define and be able to measure the ever-changing variables of:
In my consulting practice, I’ve dealt with several sales leaders struggling to wrap their heads around this challenge. As I was building out a spreadsheet for them, I mentioned this on LinkedIn and asked if there was interest from other people. I quickly had 30 people raise their hands saying that they'd like a spreadsheet like this.
That level of interest prompted me to turn it into a tool that other companies could use and leverage on their own.
These Tabs are specific to each pipeline. For each tab you are using:
This will show you the total pipeline to create and give you a date (based on days-to-close) that starts the 90-day period. This is the period that correlates with your quarterly revenue, where you need to create the required pipeline amount to enable you to hit your revenue goals.
After you complete those 7 tabs, you will have a clear understanding of the required pipeline growth for the next 5 years. You will also see the impact of the days-to-close and conversion rate metrics.
Play with changing the close rate and days-to-close to see how it impacts the workload of your sales team.
Currently, this tool is focused on scoped projects & T&M sales projects. A version is coming that will also facilitate MRR & ARR as well.
Feel free to reach out! I am happy to answer your questions or continue the conversation in the RevOps Co-op community or on LinkedIn.
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