I know heaps of peeps are working on their business goals and plans for 2013 at the moment, so I thought it’d be a great time for me to share a rad visioning tool: hello business blueprint.
Creating a blueprint for your creative business is a great way to clarify your vision. Why is clarifying your vision a good idea? When you know exactly where you’re headed, you’re way more likely to actually arrive.
Just like building blueprints detail every aspect of the finished house, your business blueprint describes exactly how you imagine your business looking once all the building work is done.
Architectural and engineering blueprints show a builder exactly what to build. Builders use them to help figure out which peeps and skills they’ll need on their team, where to direct resources, and even how to sequence works. By ticking everything off, blueprints even help them know when they’ve finished a project. Imagine how rad it’d be to have something as handy as that for your business building efforts. Pretty damn useful right?
Want your own blueprint? Here’s how.
I’ve put together a checklist for you to use to build your own blueprint.
After you answer each of the questions on my checklist, you’ll have your own unique blueprint to guide you on your way to entrepreneurial stardom.
Beware: they might seem like innocent little questions, but these bad boys pack a serious punch. Don’t be surprised if it takes you more than one go to answer them all. In fact, you might like to block out a few chunks of time to work through these questions to make sure you’re happy with the end result.
I promise you that any well directed effort you expend getting clear about exactly what you want now will be SO worth it later on.
Why? Because by doing this activity your blueprint becomes a detailed picture of your destination. Your rock. Your true north. Your end game. Every time you have to make a decision you can ask yourself ‘which option will get me closer to my blueprint?’, and pick that one. Every time you feel confused or lost, you can check out your blueprint and remind yourself where you’re heading. Pretty cool, right?
One last tip. Your blueprint doesn’t have to be something just written down. Perhaps it’s a prototype. Maybe video works best. Perhaps a poster, comic strip, or a macramé wall hanging, or something else entirely, or a combination of all of these things best expresses it. Go with whatever makes the most sense to you.
Ready? Get to it. You can download a copy of my checklist right here. This checklist will be available for free all week (I know, pretty cool right!) (Update: Oh no! You’ve missed out on this free download. Sign up to BettyLove and you won’t miss out again – I send these babies direct to my gorgeous subscribers).
Do your worst sister – and let me know how you go. I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Betty loves you baby xo