Today I'm going to talk about marketing budgets. I know a lot of you hate numbers or even talking about money, but it's important. Successful businesses have a budget that includes marketing. Let's keep it simple. Look at what you spent on marketing last year and set aside a dollar figure for the amount you're going to spend this year. Look critically at what worked last year and stop any advertising that didn't work. Check your budget numbers monthly and stick to your plan. Having a budget will help you to spend your advertising dollars wisely and prevents impulse buys. Take a good look at your marketing numbers this week and fine tune them to do even better.