We’re well into the second week of January and I have a big question for you: Have you made your business plan for 2014 yet?
If you have drafted a plan – congratulations! You’re totally on the ball and have knocked our socks off. But if your answer is anywhere between, “heck naw!” and “kind-of” – than this article’s for you!
Putting together a cohesive business plan is not always the most exciting of tasks, especially for all us creative types. So for those of you who are still recovering from the holiday rush – and haven’t gotten around to it yet – I’ve got a little something to help you get your goals, dreams, and aspirations on paper.
Each year I write up an article for the Pierogi Picnic blog to coach indie biz owners in creating their yearly sales plan. And this year’s no different! For 2014 I’ve put together a handy dandy business planning worksheet that’s not only easy to follow, it’s also easy on the eyes. Most of us are visual people after all – so it was important to make sure that this paper-based exercise was appealing aesthetically. And yes. You should print this out and not just jot notes digitally since, once you’re done, you’ll want to frame this up in your studio.
Before you start working on completing the worksheet – set the scene. You’ll want to give yourself an hour to sit down, crunch numbers and really reflect on all the ups and downs that you experienced these past 12 months. Whether that means cozying up in your favorite chair with a hot cup of tea or getting out of the house and into a local coffee shop – wherever you choose to complete the exercise make sure it’s a place where you’ll be free of major interruptions.
So take a moment, print out the worksheet, and plan a day and time that you’ll dedicate to getting your thoughts on paper. It will be your first step toward making 2014 the best year for your business yet!