I've decided to do things 'by the book' as I start up my teaching ballroom business. This means I'm first compiling a solid business plan -- cash flow projections for the next 10 years included.
Gee golly it's helpful. Like beyond helpful. It's basically crucial if you want to drastically increase your chances of über success. It not only helps you flesh our your ideas, it spawns a plethora of even better ideas.
(GOSH DARN IT I HATE iTUNES'S* SHUFFLE... THE RANDOMIZING SEED IS THE SAME FOR EACH STARTING SONG -- IF I START WITH REGINA SPEKTOR'S 'FIDELITY' IT WILL ALWAYS GO TO WICKED'S AS LONG AS YOU'RE MINE -- DON'T GET ME WRONG; I LOVE BOTH SONGS, BUT TO ALWAYS HAVE THE LATTER FOLLOW WHEN STARTING WITH THE FORMER REALLY DRIVES ME CRAZY!!! IS THERE ANY WAY TO FIX THIS ANNOYINGNESS??! i'm about to burn something down)
Anyway, as I've been working on my business plan, my ideas are really starting to look more fabulous than ever before. Likewise, I'm more excited than ever before.
I'm usually one to just wing whatever I do... but this is much, much more guaranteeing of success.
If you ever start your own business: start with a solid business plan. And ask for help. Luckily, one of my brothers has an MBA and has been an enormous help.
I do have more coherent thoughts on a business plan and its virtues... but that goddamn iTunes made me angry.
*Chedner's grammar lesson of the day: Many people think that, when turning a noun into a possessive noun (adjective), one never adds an " 's " to words ending with an " s " already. This is a common misunderstanding. When the noun is singular and ends with an " s " you still add an " ' s " (i.e. iTunes's -- iTunes being a singular name of a program -- Jesus's, Moses's, Sparticus's, his's -- okay, not the last one; ' his ' is already a possesive adjective) . It's only when a noun is plural and ends in an " s " that you only add an " ' ". Now you know.