[Courses] chapter nine: Running A Business- Business Plan and Focus
Marcia Barrett Nice
mimerki at myrealbox.com
Fri Aug 30 19:29:05 EST 2002
On Wednesday 28 August 2002 10:34 pm, Carla Schroder wrote [Courses] chapter
nine: Running A Business- Business Plan and Focus:
| You've seen the books, you've seen the software- must you have a business
| Yes. But perhaps not for the reasons you think. I like a business plan as a
| tool to organize my thoughts and goals. No planning = no success. Your
| eventual achievements may bear no relationship to your initial plan. But it
| helped you get there.
| Focus is everything. My downfall has always been being interested in too
| many things, it is hard to pick one or two. If I had nine lives to live all
| at once, they may be enough. So I write a plan, with daily, weekly,
| monthly, quarterly, yearly, five-year, ten-year, and 20-year milestones.
| The way my life has unfolded has not been according to plan! But it keeps
| me focused and productive.
| This doesn't have to be a hideously huge, overwhelming project. Make an
| 1 month
| 1 week
Alright, my question is this: How realistic should the further flung goals be
(in your humble opinion)?
For example, I took your list here and applied it toward my goal of being a
professional sf novelist (please stop laughing at me, I'm serious). So my
goal for today was: Revise 10 pages out of that blasted novel. Doable,
realistic, and a solid start since so far I had printed it and written notes
on the printed copy. (And done, yay me!)
Next week includes things like: set up the printer (we just moved last month,
so this makes more sense than it sounds like) and submit a piece I've already
And so on, obviously becoming somewhat more vague as I move outward.
Now at 5 years, my goal is to have written one novel per year, which isn't
particularly unrealistic if I apply myself.
But at 10 & 20 years, I'm just befuddled. I can get starry eyed "Be more
famous than Stephen King". I can be more realistic "Have published 10
novels." I can do both. I can't determine from where I sit which would be
more helpful, and so I'm asking.
Thanks for doing this Carla. You've done a great job of putting this into a
format that's helpful.
So why, pray, sign anything as long as every word, letter, penstroke,
paperspace is a perfect signature of its own?
- James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
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