Lately, I have been very self-reflective. When starting a new business, it really pushes you to ask questions about everything. Where do you want to take this venture? How are you going to get there? What is it going to take?
I love this sort of push though, because without it, a business simply won’t succeed. When I started my first business (Paper Cut Industries) in 2008, I just sort of winged it. I didn’t really ask any of the important questions that would lead me down a path of success. I jumped in & floated for 5 years. But, I jumped off. Why? Not because I didn’t have faith in the venture, but I didn’t know where it was going “to gaux”. We were sailing the sea without a map. I didn’t plan on how to take it to the next level of growth, and that my friend, is a scary ship to sail.
What I did learn on that wild ride was that it takes hustle & determination. You have to envision what you want in life or where you see your business going. Then, you have to get it girl! Make a plan and let it do it’s job of guiding you. This time around I’m more focused on my business plan than ever before. It all seemed so time-consuming and boring before but now, I realize the importance of that little document. It doesn’t have to be a novel, but you need to have a plan in place. A business without it will just sail away until it can’t stay afloat any longer. No one willingly wants that! You started your business because you believed in it and wanted it to thrive. Why not start on a strong foot? You need to know what you want out of your business and then be ready for it.
As I slowly finish my business plan in between mommy duty, life & working, I’m taking it all in stride & with fresh eyes. It is a valuable tool & deserves lots of attention. Have you written your business plan? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts!