The Royals' relegation to the Championship was confirmed at the end of April, but the former Southampton manager has claimed that plans are already underway for next season.
"Now we know what division we'll be in, we can start to put in process our decisions for next season. We've had good conversations with the regime, the owner, and there's a lot of ambition about the football club. Since we joined we've known potential targets for each division," Adkins told Sky Sports News.
"And in terms of players moving on, we will do the business that we want to do, that's the important message. We're in a position whereby yes we're in the Championship but it's a well-run club and whatever business we do it's because we want to do it.
"We want to be successful, we want to be ambitious, and the way the club is at this moment in time, people who leave, we'll be allowing them to leave and we'll be making that decision. We don't have to sell, that's the important message."
Reading were 4-2 winners over Fulham last weekend.