know your numbers: planning the foundations of your business

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There’s nothing that makes some creative business owners wince quite like these words: “business plan” and “your numbers.” They are a scary thought. Something that we would rather put off for another day.

Burying your head in the sand leaves you stuck in one place

We are creatives, all we want to do is create! When we’re creating for business it’s not that simple. If you can’t see past the end of next month, how will you know where you want to be this time next year?
When you’re building a new house, the first thing you do is lay the foundations. Why should your creative business be any different? With planning you are creating those solid foundations that will help you to build your dreams into reality. You can see the future and make it happen.

There is nothing more empowering than knowing your numbers.

There are some things in this world that we have no control over. The weather may never be what you want it to be. Your numbers are different.

You are in control of them and you can make them become what you want to see. Numbers let you know how close you really are to being where you want to be.

Of course there are times when you will feel overwhelmed, and even times when cleaning the oven will seem more appealing. Numbers are scary; they make everything real. But when you commit to planning and building your dreams, you will see the changes.

You are the one who will make your dreams come true. You know your business better than anyone. You know where it needs to go.

With a little help and some handholding you can hold your head high and proudly say “I know where my business is going, I am making it happen.” We all have doubters. So why not prove to them, with your actions, that your creative business is your future?

Are you ready to take that next step?

Registration is now open for my new e-course which will help you to build your creative business plan step by step. Find out more and register for The Art of Creative Business today.

6 thoughts on “know your numbers: planning the foundations of your business

  1. So true! Taking control of your numbers is the only way to show your business real love. It’s what separates the amateurs from the professionals.

    (Not that there’s anything wrong with being an amateur crafter/artist/seller – but that’s not why you’re reading Scoutiegirl, right?)

  2. Your words definitely resonate for me since I am just starting out with own business …just caught your live stream on DIY business! Very informative!! THANK YOU

  3. Your words definitely resonate for me since I am just starting out with my own business …just caught your live stream on DIY business! Very informative!! THANK YOU

  4. I’m fortunate (in a way) to have a good mind for list-making, number-crunching, and future-predicting in addition to my weirdo creative side. But even I look at some of the “tried and true” methods for laying a business foundation and want to go screaming into the wilderness, maybe to set up shop with some squirrels and pay in peanuts (ha!). I’ve been very fortunate, however, to find a little niche in the intertubes that’s dedicated to this very dichotomy. Thanks to you and all who write on it!

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