Want some planning inspiration and creative tools?

I’ve got you covered!

I’ve created this special free gift to help you organize your ideas and create a guiding plan called: The 5 Days of Planning Gifts

It’s free.

It’s loaded with creative inspiration, ideas and ways to be productive – in a healthy way!

When you sign up you’ll immediately receive a fun Celebration ritual to honor 2021.

Then each day for 5 days you’ll receive one of my favorite creative worksheets from the Joyful Business Plan.

In each email is a link to the planner you can print right away and ideas and inspiration for how to use the creative worksheets.

Here’s where you can get your 5 Creative Planning Gifts!

I hope they help you align your energy and creativity, and focus your ideas so you can take action in 2022!

Cheers to your creative power and plans!

A Refreshing Way to View Business Planning

In my 20 years of being a business coach, I find that most entrepreneurs have a love/hate relationship with business plans.

Especially solo owned businesses.

There’s often a belief (check in to see if this is you) that creating a plan will box you in and take away your freedom and creative expression – two of the very reasons you got into business in the first place.

This is so not true!

In fact, creating a plan for the upcoming year gives you the clarity you’ve been craving and some structure to lean into.

Creating a business plan helps you become clear about your vision for the year and what you are saying yes to.

When you know what you are saying yes to…it helps you say no to all the other stuff that is begging for your attention and money!

A living business plan will help you immensely with guiding your business throughout the year, helping you make decisions that are in alignment with your plan.

Notice I said, “living” business plan.

A business plan isn’t a static thing, where you decide a path and stay the course and go down with the ship fighting. (I don’t know why that metaphor came to mind, but you get the idea…that somehow once your write down a plan that you can’t change your mind and you are committed at all costs!)

A more modern way of looking at a business plan is that it’s a living thing like your business is a living entity.

It will grow and evolve.

Think of it like a garden. Some things will grow faster than planned. Others stagnate or dry up. Or, some new cool fertilizer comes out that makes everything else obsolete.

Same for your business plan.

It is the home for your vision. Once you get into action, new opportunities come your way, new technologies are born, programs take off, some programs become outdated or you lose interest, or you hire help to get things done and are able to be more visible…you’re always tending to the business plan as it grows and evolves.

A living business plan is meant to guide you through the year. So, when new opportunities come your way, you can more easily say yes or no depending on what you are committed to in your plan.

And new opportunities always come your way!

Your plan will change and evolve as you market and develop relationships.

If you don’t have a plan then EVERYTHING looks like a good idea.

That leads to overwhelm.

Which will keep you stuck, hiding or pretending.

Here are a few ideas about a living business plan:

  1. A living business plan is a place where you can put your ideas. Getting them out of your head and onto paper will free up energy and you’ll feel such relief!
  2. You always want to have your bigger vision in your living business plan. It reminds you of the bigger picture for where you are going, what you’re creating and why. It’s easy to lose your way and think your business should look like someone else’s.
  3. Break your business plan down into 90 day increments. It’s easier to focus on what you’re going to be doing in the next two months than in 10 months from now. Plus, depending on how it goes your plan may change.
  4. This time of year, is the perfect time to take an inventory. What programs, certifications, products do you offer. What is working? What do you love doing?

    Same goes for marketing strategies. What is working for you? What do you enjoy doing? What do you want to let go of?

    I’m always surprised at how clients will suddenly mention a book they wrote or a certification they have from 3 years ago that they totally forgot about.

  5. Remember the key to your success is to “simplify and amplify.” It’s not about adding a ton of programs and marketing strategies. Keep it simple and look at how to do fewer ideas really well rather than spreading your energy and efforts too thin.

    I encourage my clients to create a Beacon Marketing Strategy. One great marketing idea that you can use all year long to build your audience, your list, while spreading your message and growing your visibility, like podcast, youtube channel, or even weekly tips.

  6. Make sure to include your money flow! You don’t have to be afraid or worried that if you pick a revenue number that you’ll fail and be disappointed. ( It’s the most common concern I hear, I swear you won’t be whipped in the public square!) I work with clients to set 3 money goals – easy, great and heaven. Stretching into the bigger numbers gently and with grace. If you ignore the money part of the plan…guaranteed money will ignore you!
  7. Schedule RAP time throughout the year. RAP = Reflection, Alignment and Planning time. To make the most of your living business plan you want to check in with it throughout the year. Adding ideas, letting go of what isn’t working or relevant any more or getting yourself back into alignment with what you really want.
  8. A business plan doesn’t have to be heavy and boring. It doesn’t have to be full of spreadsheets – or any spreadsheets at all! It can be done as a list, using mindmaps, or visuals. Whatever helps you make choices and commitments about all those ideas.

And lastly, you’ll want to schedule some time this winter to create your living business plan. This RAP time will pay off with the relief, peace and confidence you’ll gain creating your plan!

PS: If you want immediate access to creative living business plan – the Joyful Business Plan is on sale! Check it out at www.JoyfulBusinessPlan.com

Opportunities to Grow Your Business!

by Laura West.

What do you need to make 2019 THE year for you to expand your visibility, spread your unique message, change more lives AND make more money than last year?

Do you have the right support?

Do you have a plan? A coach?

What about a powerful, supportive community?

Well, I have 5 amazing resources for you to help you start the year off right!

You can have all of the above in place starting now.

The first 3 opportunities are in the Atlanta area if you live here or want to come visit. I’d love to see you!

1. Presenting at ICF Georgia Chapter – I’m speaking at their monthly event on Wednesday, January 9. I’ll be teaching Practical Creativity in your Coaching.Learn how to add creativity to your coaching toolbox for more impactful and masterful coaching. You don’t have to be a member to join us. The link is here to register.

2. Pop Up Success Café (Atlanta Area) – I know you like to get it on your calendar early! These pop-ups are so fun and enriching. Everyone says I attract the most amazing, interesting, creative business owners (if you’re reading this – that’s you too!) It’s a great opportunity for rich conversation and connection. It’s Friday, January 18 at 9:30 am at Corner Bakery at Perimeter. For more details and to RSVP on the Facebook event page.

3. Leading a Business Planning Day – Live & In Person – Co-sponsored with ICF Georgia. Come create your Joyful Business Plan on Friday, January 25 and be ready for the best year ever! You can get the details & register here. (Hurry – early bird pricing & space is limited!)

4. Joyful Business Plan – Do you have a plan yet for how to make 2019 better than last year? If you resist traditional plans then you’ll love this easy, creative and practical way of planning. Check out the business plan and daily planners right here.

5. Joyful Business Studio – This is what I call home base. In this monthly membership Studio you get marketing and mindset training each month from me. It’s custom designed with a creative approach to practical business strategies. Perfect for rebels like you! 🙂 You also get coaching each month, a beautiful supportive community AND you get the Joyful Business Plan included! We use it throughout the whole year on our calls and in bonus Quarterly Virtual Planning Days. Check it out here now.

I know there are a lot of resources here, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me back and let me know!

I look forward to co-creating a beautiful, magical and successful 2019 with you!

Laura