If the phrase “just winging it” makes you smile and sounds like epic wisdom to you, this post is for you. If you are a serious freelance business planner and want to outline all the details of how to acquire clients and run a freelance business, this post is also for you. I’ve lived both ways. Both have their benefits.
But my goal today is to get you organized. I’ve already talked with you extremely attractive people about the 12 Essential Steps to Starting a Freelance Business, and today I’m sharing one more step: writing a business plan. A freelance business plan or creative business plan is immensely helpful for your creativity, brand goals, client acquisition, client retention, budgeting, and marketing goals, among others. Starting a business that can potentially replace your full-time income and help you live the lifestyle you desire is too epic to be left to the “fly by the seat of your pants” doctrine.
Transparent moment coming:
It makes me incredibly sad when I see people (friends included) half-tail their way through a freelance business. I promise that I have done it that way. I promise it doesn’t work. And I promise I see a lot of people’s creative businesses fold because they’re not prepared. It hurts, because all of the people I’ve met happen to be talented.
I know that you’re busy. Believe me. I have been writing and creating content for the last 12 hours straight, and I have at least 5 more to go. So, I believe that you are busy. However, please, if you run a freelance business, take some time to watch this FREE webinar on how to create a freelance business plan. If you want a bit more guidance or input, I also have personal, one-on-one workshops called Create Labs that include business plan writing for your blog or freelance business, so feel free to check those out too. But for now . . .
The video training includes:
- links to 5 free downloads (including a creative business plan template)
- instructions on how to fill out each section of a 10-section freelance business plan
- links to resources that will help you with your business plan
- other awesomeness
Download the freelance business plan template by clicking the image above (it’s a Google Doc you can copy and paste into your own account or word processor) and check out the video training (which was a live Google+ Hangout, but is now available as a recording below) for the webinar and other free downloads and resources (including a freelance service processes worksheet and an ideal client survey, among others).
What say you good freelancer people? Gonna write a business plan. I promise you won’t hate it.
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