Monday, 4 February 2013

Motivation: Creative Business Plans

I've been reading Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin (a book I highly recommend by the way) and it's full of great tips and advice on making business plans and building a career in a creative industry. 

As it is officially Love Your Work Month here on the blog, I decided it was time for me to get my career plans in order. I've made career plans before, but always tried to squish all the branches of my career into one consecutive order; which in practice is really hard! 
So I've decided to make three business plans... One for my design and styling work, one for my blog and one for my shop-to-be! A bit excessive, you ask? Well I love a good list, and this is a great way to keep me on track without being too over-whelming. 

And who said business plans have to be boring? I find that I am way more motivated if I can be a bit creative with things... So I bought three A3 sketchbooks for 99p each, covered them with pretty papers, doilies and washi tape and labeled them with my trusty Dymo machine! The result: three big beautiful books that I can fill with big beautiful dreams!.... And I crossed a cheesy line there that I never wanted to cross. 

Does anyone have any more creative business book recommendations? I'm addicted! 

x Rachel 

3 comments:

  1. May have to get that book!
    Build a business from your kitchen table is a very good book, written by the creators of www.notonthehighstreet.com It tells you about the basics of starting up the basics and what they went through etc, really good and interesting!
    Good luck with your business plans :D x

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  2. P.S - i look forward to your 'Love your work' posts, always great to see some design/arty based blogs as oppose to all makeup blogs :D

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    1. Thanks Lauren! That book looks great, I think that might have to be next on my list :) x

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