How much has your business paid you in the last 12 months?
How much money did you get to take out of your business’ bank account and transfer into your personal bank account?
>> If you don’t have separate bank accounts, that’s a small problem, but one that can be easily fixed.
>> If it wasn’t enough to be paid for the hours you put in, that’s a bigger problem. But we can also fix that.
>> And if you don’t know how much money went out and how much came in, that’s a very big problem, especially if you’re trying to run a business. But again, it’s fixable.
I’m going to get straight to the point here and skip all the blah-blah-blah, sales-pitchy text.
If you’re unhappy with your business’ results or feel like your business is unorganized, you don’t need more noise; you need the basics.
A successful business follows a very simple formula:
>> Money coming in is greater than money going out
An organized business follows a system to achieve that formula.
There’s no re-inventing the wheel, complicated plans or trying a million and one things to see what sticks. Chances are, you know everything you need to know and have everything you need, right now, to run a profitable business. You’ve got all the right puzzle pieces, you just have to put them in the right place.
This planner uses a simple, repeatable, 5-step system that puts everything in place for your business to follow the success formula and reach your goals this year.
- STEP 1 – REVIEW
- STEP 2 – PLAN
- STEP 3 – ORGANIZE
- STEP 4 – SCHEDULE
- STEP 5 – TRACK
Obviously there are more details behind the steps, which I explain the ebook accompanying the planner. But here’s my theory behind each step:
STEP 1 – REVIEW
There’s no need to spend hours reviewing every detail of your business; there are three key areas that should be reviewed at the end of each month and year to ensure:
- You’re spending time and money in the right places
- You know where the holes in your system are
- You’re building a profitable business
STEP 2 – PLAN
You have to know where you want to end up before you start moving (unless you’re looking for an adventure, in which case, wander away!).
And if you want to end up someplace new and reach a goal you’ve never reached, you’ve got to do things you’ve never done.
You can’t repeat what you did last year and expect new results…or even the same results. Planning involves not only setting achievable goals but thinking about what you’re going to change to reach them.
STEP 3 – ORGANIZE
There really are a million and one things you could do as a business owner, but randomly adding tasks to your to-do list is like throwing darts in the dark; how do you know if you’re working on the right things that will result in sales?
There will always be more to do than there is time to do it, so you must strategically organize your to-do’s to ensure the work that goes on your schedule is purposeful (I’ll help you determine what that is)
You also must create balance. A handmade business requires the extra workload of creating all the products you sell. But you cannot let creating take over while important tasks that sell those creations are ignored.
STEP 4 – SCHEDULE
I hate ending a day feeling like I was unproductive or didn’t accomplish what I needed to…or worse yet, not even knowing what I needed to accomplish and feeling like I worked for the sake of working.
If you build your schedule from the organized tasks that are a part of the steps in projects, which are a part of a bigger plan, you’ll have a simple and valuable to-do list that keeps you on track.
STEP 5 – TRACK
Tracking numbers can become a bit of a ham story.
You know the one where someone asks their mom why she cuts the ends of the ham before putting it in the oven. Mom says because her mom did it, who did it because her mom did it, and great grandma finally explains that she did it so the ham would fit in her small roasting pan. Generations had been wasting perfectly good ham simply because they were blindly following someone else’s actions.
I don’t want you to be wasting perfectly good time on meaningless tasks, and excessive tracking tends to be one of them. Someone likely offered a free worksheet to track how many followers each social media account has and now everyone thinks they should be tracking followers. But in most cases, tracking social media followers, along with many other stats, is a waste of time.
There are 3 stats that must be tracked each month to properly review your business and make decisions that increase profits. I’ll cover what those 3 stats are in THE SUCCESS PLANNER.
I’ve created a planner to help you organize your business and achieve your goals this year.
It includes an ebook to help explain the steps you must follow to achieve the success formula (money in is greater than money out).
It also includes worksheets to help you implement the steps and plan your schedule.
Details and screenshots of some of the worksheets can be found below.
*THE SUCCESS PLANNER FOR YOUR HANDMADE BUSINESS includes the following PDFs:
- EBOOK – to explain my 5-step system and how to use each worksheet.
- YEARLY REVIEW & PLAN – worksheets to help you review last year and plan the upcoming year with projects that will help you reach your goal.
- SPREADSHEETS – worksheets to help you track the numbers EVERY business owner should know.
- DAY PLANNER (full) – monthly and weekly calendars to schedule tasks, as well as worksheets to review and plan each month. This version has 2-page monthly and weekly calendars.
- DAY PLANNER (condensed) – a streamlined version you may choose to print instead to save printer ink and paper. This version has 1-page monthly and weekly calendars.
I’ve created this planner to help make 2020 your most successful year yet.
I do hope you have a successful year in all areas of your life, but this planner is focused on your business. It doesn’t have sections to track how many glasses of water you drink per day, plan your exercise routines, or figure out where you’ll go for date night.
I’m getting right down to business.
No meaningless exercises or answering questions about where you see yourself in five years or “if you could do anything in the world, what would it be?”
I imagine you’d just like to start with a smooth operating business that supplies you with consistent sales, and then see where things take you.
Let’s make this the year that happens.
WHAT YOU NEED
This planner is to help organize an existing business. It’s not a guide for starting a business, advice on how to create profitable products, or a list of all the ways you can market and sell your products. To use it, you should have the basics in place:
>> A legally operating business
>> A marketable product (i.e. people outside of friends and family have purchased your product and you know it’s something consumers are interested in buying)
If you need help with those two things, my other ebooks will be valuable to you. Specifically:
There are 5 PDF’s included with your purchase:
1 – Ebook
2 – Yearly Review & Plan
3 – Spreadsheets
4a – Day Planner (2-page monthly & weekly calendars)
4b – Condensed Day Planner option (1-page monthly & weekly calendars)
This is an ebook and planner in one. I’m not simply giving you blank pages to fill in and figure out your year on your own. I’m teaching you the steps involved in organizing your business.
EBOOK (64 pages)
The ebook thoroughly explains each step and worksheet. It walks you through how to fill in each page of your planner and when to fill it in. It’s important to read and understand this ebook before you jump into using the planner.
YEARLY REVIEW & PLAN (33 pages)
A few examples of worksheets found in the YEARLY REVIEW & PLAN PDF (*Not actual size of pages; worksheets are to be printed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper)
The following worksheets are included in the YEARLY REVIEW & PLAN PDF:
- Yearly Review
- Yearly Plan
- Low-Value Tasks
- Repeating Tasks
- Project Tasks
SPREADSHEETS (12 pages)
A couple of examples of worksheets found in the SPREADSHEETS PDF (*Not actual size of pages; worksheets are to be printed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper):
The following worksheets are included in the SPREADSHEETS PDF:
- Return on Investment
- Conversion Rates
- Expense Tracker
- Sales Tracker
- Stat Tracker
DAY PLANNER (180 pages)
A few examples of worksheets found in the DAY PLANNER PDF (*Not actual size of pages; worksheets are to be printed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper):
The following worksheets are included in the DAY PLANNER PDF:
- Dated Year Calendar for 2020
- Blank Year Calendar
- Monthly Review (for each month)
- Monthly Plan (for each month)
- Monthly Tasks Checklist
- 2-page Month Calendar (for each month)
- 2-page Weekday Calendar (for each week)
CONDENSED DAY PLANNER (116 pages)
This PDF has the same worksheets included in the DAY PLANNER PDF, however, they include 1-page monthly and weekly calendars. An example of each shown below (*Not actual size of pages; worksheets are to be printed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper):
Do you offer this planner in print?
I’ve looked into a print version and am able to offer it, however, it would likely double the price, which wouldn’t include shipping costs. Although I don’t currently have a printed version available, feel free to email me to let me know if you’d prefer that, and to give me an idea of how many people are interested in a print copy.
But the great part about the digital version is; you get it at a great price and can download it right now to start planning your most successful year today!
How do I print my planner?
You can print this planner at home or take it to a printing service. The COPYRIGHT & DISCLAIMER notice at the beginning of the PDF gives you permission to print the document for personal use.
The planner was created to be printed in full, on both sides of a sheet of paper and hole-punched.
The monthly and weekly calendars in the DAY PLANNER PDF are 2-page worksheets arranged in the document to be printed with page 1 on the back of a sheet of paper and page 2 on the front of the next (so you can view them side by side in a binder). Printing a portion of the planner (e.g. pages 1 – 55 or pages 50 – 55) may cause 2-page worksheets to be printed improperly. Please print the DAY PLANNER PDF in whole, and check the first several pages as they come out to be sure your printer is printing it to your satisfaction (e.g. in color or black and white, large enough margins, front and back, etc.)
Can I use this planner to keep track of personal tasks?
I mean…you can squeeze them in, but this planner is focused on making your business successful. When you’re working on it, I want you to be focused. No multi-tasking!
The payment form won’t work for me, what should I do?
Outdated browsers and browser extensions can cause glitches with the payment form. If it’s not working for you, please try opening the payment form using a different browser (e.g. if you’re currently using Internet Explorer, try Firefox or Chrome), or, update your current browser and try again. If that still doesn’t work, please email me and I’ll troubleshoot with you.
I purchased the planner, where is it?
Once your payment successfully goes through, you’ll receive two emails from Made Urban: one is your receipt and one contains a link to download your PDFs. Please check your spam folder if you don’t see those emails and then email me if you still don’t see them.
The leading cause of undelivered invoices is a typo in email addresses, but I can get that fixed!
WHO AM I?
I’m Erin, founder and one of the creative minds behind MadeUrban.com. I’ve been in the crafting industry over a decade now, with 2005 being the year of my very first craft fair. I started as the poster child for “craft fair don’ts” and grew into a successful handmade business owner selling full time through craft fairs, online and wholesale accounts. That small business led me to my current dream career of helping others with their creative businesses and working for the cuddliest boss in the world… my cat Josh.
As a Visual Communications Design graduate, past Regional Visual Merchandiser, former craft show vendor, current crafty website owner and forever and always a handmade hoarder, I’ve learned a few tricks along the way. From methods taught in the classroom to techniques used by major retailers to bring in the big bucks, I’ve tested them all to see what works and what doesn’t.
I want nothing more than to see your small business succeed and to share every bit of information I can to help you along the way. I hope you love reading my advice as much as I love sharing it. Check out the blog if this is your first time visiting Made Urban. Read a few articles to be sure you like my style of writing and find my advice valuable. Over 10,000 people have joined my Seller Newsletter and my articles are read by thousands each day, so I’m confident you’ll find value in my articles or ebooks too.
If you have any questions about the ebook, my articles, Made Urban or cats, I’d be happy to answer them!