Hi friends, hope your week is going well!
I feel like I’ve been under the rock lately, but what I’ve been really up to is putting in a lot of hours into launching Harlow & Grey. Starting a small business is no joke!
One thing I dreaded from the very beginning is writing the “business plan”. We all know this is vital, yet we all know that no one likes writing this stuff, especially the creative souls. I rather focus my energy on the more fun stuff like creating the products, planning photoshoots, and thinking about how to conquer the world, with one party at a time! Lol.
Anyway, the time has come and I can’t put off the business plan any longer. But the thing is, I came across so many generic templates that are so dry and boring, it’s almost torturous to get this thing done. Is that really what investors and banks want to see?! I know there’s gotta be something better out there, so I researched and came across LivePlan. It’s a software that helps simplify business planning, budgeting, forecasting, and performance tracking for small businesses and startups.
As with anything that requires a monthly fee, I was a little hesitant at first, but the more I looked into it the more beneficial it sounded. Plus they have pretty credible sources; I actually found them via this Etsy blog post. The dashboard is super easy to use and helpful! Most of the time, it asks you to write under “140 characters” so that you are super concise, focused, and only choosing words that matters. This is perfect since I’m a social media nerd and love Twitter anyway. Honestly, this tool is even relevant for anyone who is using their blog as a business – I’m thinking of doing one for Shop Sweet Things.
What I also really love about LivePlan is that it’s like a breathing business plan, you can constantly update, create reports and compare financials and benchmarks as your business grows. I’m a firm believer of setting a strong foundation with whatever you do. After all, they do say that people with a strong business plan have a 30% higher chance of running successful businesses. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, ’cause ya know, I’m still dreaming of having my own office, or better yet, a light-filled dreamy studio to call my own.
What’s your plan?