How much has your business paid you in the last 12 months?
- 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 more 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 is 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 75-page 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. 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 she was following her mom’s actions, who was following her mom’s actions and great grandma finally explains that she did it so the ham would fit in her 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. There are three things that must be tracked each month to properly review your business and make decisions that increase profits.
I’ve created a planner to help you organize your business and achieve your goals this year.
It’s an ebook AND planner. The ebook explains the steps you must follow to achieve the success formula (money in is greater than money out) and the planner includes the worksheets to help you implement the steps and plan your schedule. There are dated calendars and weekly planners for 2019 as well as forms and spreadsheets for reviewing, planning, organizing and tracking.
THE SUCCESS PLANNER
I’ve created this planner to help make 2019 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:
WHAT TO KNOW
Although the monthly planning worksheets I shared over the past year were really popular and used by thousands, this is the first year I’ve expanded on them and am offering a yearly planner.
Because this is the first edition, THE SUCCESS PLANNER is affordable and is a printable PDF.
Feel free to email me to let me know your interest in a physical, printed-for-you planner, but, I don’t have one available for 2019.
This planner was created to be printed on the front and back of 8.5” x 11” sheets of paper, hole punched and placed in a binder.
I want to gather feedback, make updates and make sure everyone finds this planner as valuable as I think they will, before I start having it professionally printed.
With that said, please feel free to send me your feedback. Let me know what you love, don’t love, think could be clearer, etc. If I make any updates to the worksheets throughout the year, people who purchase the planner, will receive them.
There are 3 PDF’s included with your purchase:
1 – Ebook
2 – Planner
3 – Extra Worksheets
This is an ebook and planner in one. I’m not simply giving you a bunch of 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 (75 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.
PLANNER (240 pages)
The following worksheets are included:
• Yearly calendar for 2019
• Yearly review worksheets (3 types)
• Yearly plan worksheet
• Monthly calendars (dated for 2019)
• Monthly checklist
• Monthly Review worksheet
• Monthly Plan worksheet
• Braindump worksheet
• Low-Value tasks worksheet
• Repeating tasks worksheet
• Quarters worksheet
• Projects worksheet
• Tasks worksheet
• Weekly Planner worksheets (dated for 2019)
• Tracking worksheets (3 types)
In addition to the typical pages included in planners (yearly, monthly and weekly calendars), there are 15 different types of worksheet to help you follow the 5 steps.
Below are a few examples of the worksheets found in the planner. They do not represent the actual size of the worksheets, which are 8.5″ x 11″
EXTRA WORKSHEETS (22 pages)
The planner includes worksheets you may need extra copies of. Those worksheets are bundled in this PDF for easy finding and printing.
THE SUCCESS PLANNER
Do you offer this planner in print?
Not this year. This is the first edition of the full year planner, so I want to gather feedback before I send it to print. But the great part about that 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 calendars and weekly planning worksheets are 2-page worksheets arranged in the document to be printed with page one on the back of a sheet of paper and page two 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 planner PDF in whole, and check the first few 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, a page will open with a button to download your PDF’s and information on how to download. You’ll also be sent an email invoice, which also has a button to download and additional information. If you do not see that email in your inbox or spam folder, please email me (there is also a link to a contact form in the footer) with the email address you purchased under and the date you purchased. 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!