There are now 120 days left in 2011 and I’m starting to buckle down and get this business plan off the ground. If all goes well I should be ready to roll into 2012 with posts in queue, product in place, and everything shiny.
But making plans = good, putting plans into action = better.
I’ve been putting off a lot of the work that could be done on the business because I don’t want to do it ‘early’. But this is not National Novel Wiriting Month, there’s no penalty for starting early and truth be told, it makes zero difference whether I do some of the tasks now or in November/December.
Thus I’m going to pick one small project each weekend and get it done and off the table. I figure that will get things rolling and hopefully snowball into larger projects in the same way laying individual bricks turns into a patio.
Or an attractive looking pile of bricks.
I was tempted to make the goal for the first weekend to simply make a list of things I need to do— but that’s back to planning again. I already know what I need to do, writing in down again in a list that’s slightly different from the other four thousand lists I’ve already made is silly.
So, first things first: I need an estimated inventory of what I will have for sale come January 1st. This will let me hammer out the sales venues that will be active as well as solidify the projects that I need to have solid pricing and lifecycles for.
To the drawing board! (Well, okay, to the cabinet with the model horses, and then to the planner with the story projects, and then to the drawing board with the rest of the art.)