In the first lesson of Seth Godin's on-line Skillshare class, The New Business Toolbox: Help Your New Business Do It Right The First Time, he talks about the importance of writing down your business model. What is the process that turns your resources and your effort into value and profit?
A resource he recommends is the book Business Model Generation, and he also provides a link to a free document from the book that you can use to help you define your business model.
Click here to download a free copy of the Business Model Canvas PDF.
Someone on the Skillshare site also shared a great link on writing a business plan: How to Write a Creative Business Plan In Under an Hour
This isn't exactly about starting a new business or project, but was mentioned in our last meeting, and is an incredible resource. It's a website for end of life planning put together by a woman who's husband died suddenly in2009. She was completely unprepared to deal with how many difficult things she'd have to deal with, and now wants to help people avoid those difficulties. Check out her very cool site:
Check out their website: http://thewla.org
Here's what they say on their about page:
"Founded in 1976, Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA) is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Washington state by creating alliances and making legal resources accessible to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines."
They hold regular clinics where artists can make 30-minute appointments to meet with attorneys specializing in arts and entertainment law and are available to discuss things like copyright or trademark and other intellectual property topics, contract review and non-profit issues.
Check out their site to get more information about when these clinics are and how to sign up. It's under the 'services' menu.
These are the two books I mentioned today:
Both are stories of making products you see a real need in the market for and would personally love to own/have. The Lonely Planet one really resonated with me because it’s about travel and family as much as it is about entrepreneurship. Patagonia is awesome because of their uncompromising commitment to the products, their performance and the environment. They always play the “long game”, ie. Do what’s right for your customer and the planet in the long term, even if it puts pressure on near term profitability.
Based on the discussion from the first class of the first course, the attached document is our list of tactics for dancing with fears.
You can find the Krytpon Community College site, which has information on all of the courses offered, here: