Personal Business Plan – Part One: The Intro

Personal Business Plan – Part One: The Intro
As a millennial trying to navigate her way through this ever-changing world of uncertainty, it was a breath of fresh air when I sat down one evening with one of my girlfriends and shared with her my frustration and doubt about being an educated, professional woman, working a 9-5+ and managing a blog…along with a few other things. I wasn’t surprised at all when she shared the same frustration about being a working woman and entrepreneur.

A couple of shots of Jose Cuervo, an abundance of laughter, and a few tears deepened a conversation I believe every young person should have with themselves. If you are at a point in life where you are having some issues seeing through the fog, pull over, turn the “car” off and ask yourself a few questions:  Who am I? Where am I going?  What is my purpose?

coffee-cup-desk-penAt times we become so far gone in our Book of Life that instead of studying our chapters we start skimming, looking for the best part. FYI: You will never find the best part if it hasn’t been written yet.

If you are anything like me, an entrepreneur, you understand the purpose of a business plan and how important it is to you, your organization and your investors.

With this in mind I thought about my personal life, my personal business and decided, why not a personal business plan have. Sometimes the easiest way to put things into perspective for yourself is to write it down. Using the same concept as a standard business plan I decided I was due for a personal business plan.

 Honestly, as I started writing this piece I realized how much time putting together a personal business plan would take. And since this is your personal business plan and not just your ordinary business plan a lot of thought will go into it. So for my own sake I decided to break this article down into parts. This week I have been working my introduction. Who am I? What is my purpose? Where am I going?

1.    Introduction

a.    Who am I:                              Introduce yourself to yourself

b.    What is my purpose:            Why are you writing this plan?

c.    Where am I going:               Overall goal(s)/What do you want for yourself

I got a little emotional when it came to what my purpose was and where I was going. Both of these topics force you to reflect and come up with an explanation as to why you were not able to complete a personal goal or a project. Again, the purpose of the personal business plan is to address your personal life and to try to help you sort through topics and issues that you may still find difficult to understand.

This article may seem incomplete. But that’s because it is. Next week I will address part two of the personal business plan and that is your personal business concept. This part of the plan will dig deeper into your purpose and where you see yourself in 5-10 years. If you decide to build a personal business plan remember this: the personal business plan will not work if you are not transparent with yourself. You are not showing this to anyone unless you choose to. So being honest with yourself is the only way to yield honest results.

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