Most people look forward to December due to the holiday season and festivities. Don’t get me wrong, I do too! But what has really got me excited in December over the past three years has been planning. Yeah, I know, it doesn’t sound exciting, but it is!
Planning, for me, has been the true difference between letting life happen and being my own boss. It’s been a hard fought battle. Partly because I’m stubborn and partly because I was misinformed about what planning and setting goals was all about.
When I started my first home based business nearly 20 years ago, I didn’t have a clue what a business plan entailed. I thought because I didn’t need money to start my venture (I had no credit and I had no idea that places like Community Futures existed back then!) that a plan was a waste of time and effort. I was wrong, but I wouldn’t learn that for another five years.
And even then, I was resistant to a formal business plan.
I’m a creative. I don’t like rigidity. No one is going to see it but me, why do I need to write it down.
I had a lot of excuses. And all they did was blind me from opportunity, limit my growth and left a boatload of money on the table.
I can see that now. The 20/20 vision of hindsight is both a gift and curse.
So now, I’m on the other side. And a huge proponent of business plans. Whether you need outside money to get your dream rolling or not. And so I’m thrilled that Lynette Chandler’s Blog Energizer let me know that December is officially “Write a business plan month”
I don’t know how long this month has been celebrated or who invented it, but this month…I’ll be rolling with it. And sharing tons of tools and resources for you to get rolling on your business plan if you don’t have one already.
The fact is that businesses that have a plan in place last longer and make more than those who don’t.
So what’s your excuse? Let’s break through the barriers this month and make it happen.
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