Tuesday, December 30, 2008

30-Day Biz Planning Challenge: The Wrap Up

Here's to 2008 and the end of this 30-day business planning challenge. In case you missed anything, here's a round up:

Planning for Serenity: A reprieved post on what business planning has to do with serenity.

Checking on Progress: Here's what my business plan tells me about my goals vs. my achievements this year.

Goals vs. Actions: Does a business plan work? Here's a lively debate about what success means in business planning.

How Katrina Does It
: A skeleton plan and regular review is all freelancer Katrina Ramser needs to keep her on track.

Learning Your Way
: Or, planning your way. Plan in a way that works with your learning style.

The Plan Is Useless; Planning Is Essential
: A Q&A with business planning guru Tim Berry.

Choose a Module, Any Module
: Following Berry's advice, I lay out the first of several modules that allow you to start planning now without setting aside a day or a week for it. Day 1? Philosophy.

2008 Modules: Day 2? A summary of what you accomplished this year.

How Kim Does It: Simple questions to guide your business planning in 2009.

2009 Modules, Part 1: Your financial requirements for the coming year.

2009 Module, Part 2: Marketing and other plans that will help you meet those financial goals.

2009 Modules, Part 3
: New directions, new markets and new beats for 2009.

Reaching Goals With Groups: Q&A with "goals gal" Karen Childress, who has used accountability groups to help her reach her goals for years.

New Modules for 2009: Fellowships, awards and other fun add-ons to my 2009 plan.

Forget the Plan, Not the Planning
: Biz plan expert Erik Sherman lays out the case for year-round planning. Notice a theme here?

Finding the Time to Plan: Squeezing business planning into my already busy life and the structure that gets me there.

I'd love to hear what worked for you and what didn't in this challenge.

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