This Saturday is the next Map and Hatch business planning for crafters workshop.
Its at the Grange Library, more info here: http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/venue/library-events/index.htm#/?i=2
I've been reading some great blog posts via Facebook and Etsy about pursuing your craft passion and turning it into a business venture. I've been doing some mind mapping in my delicious moleskine, applying these ideas to my business plan, and considering how to use these to excite people attending my workshops. I love mindmaps! I love writing words, circling them and linking them up. They feel like word drawings and they often feel magical because they impart messages.
I'm doing the extra research because I'll be doing some master classes on craft business planning later this year. The classes will go for longer and have a smaller ratio of participants to me. I want to spend a bit of time mindmapping with people. First jotting down all things related to their business and then circling really important elements in order to discover the foundation.
Foundations are really important because they can guide as well as hold up a plan. Also known as standards or brand, foundations are as much about who you are as how you move towards success. I've been working on an idea which goes goals will help you achieve your big picture if you use your foundations to guide you. It can be drawn in a feeder cycle - you can see it in one of the images of my journaling.
Speaking of planning reminds me of milestones. Teaching workshops are milestones for me. But for Skye this week was a different milestone - her first solids. This has involved stealing my food, rather than a planned menu. What milestones have you achieved lately?