Every summer, I not only make wonderful new things to unveil in fall, it also means I create my yearly strategic plan. An artist who thinks strategically is not a person to mess with.
Every morning before I start working I create a new visual journal entry inspired by business plans, strategic and creative businesses practices…basically, things I never thought would be pertinent to me, but now I find fascinating.
I am using the book “The Creative Entrepreneur” as my guide in this process. I really recommend it to those looking for some structure in their creative business. Lisa Sonora Beam, the author, is successfully running her own creative business after getting an MBA. The book is a great combination of business-savvy advice and visual techniques in brainstorming.
The main process that is recommended in the book is to create a visual strategic plan in a sketchbook, or other “blank slate” that will inspire your most creative and business-practical ideas.
The pictures in this post are of an entry in my visual strategic plan based on how I envision myself and my creative business to be at its best, along with what I am already good at. Things like “Outline Brain is Fun”, “I can Focus” and “If I could pick my skin colors, I would pick the colors of sunset” help me sort out what is important to concentrate on and what is not.
One of the main strategic goals I have right now is to improve my blog entries by planning ahead and writing regularly along with cleaning up my Textile Arts newsletter email list. In this theme, I encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter (see the box on the right side of this page), or sign up for this blog’s rss feed (at the bottom of the page). Members get invitations to special events, extra discounts for my fashion lines, amtextiles and Xmittens, as well as a deeper insight into indie designer world.
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