Finished hooking Prairie Sunset yesterday afternoon.  It is pressed and ready for hemming today.  Then it and Prairie Sky will be shipped to Saskatoon for jurying for Dimensions 2015 – the biennial traveling exhibit of the Saskatchewan Craft Council.  But not till I pick up a couple of mailing tubes at Staples for them.

I also spent more time on my business plan.  It is developing into a large collage.  I am afraid I will not have room for everything.  Especially if I combine the information from both books – When Talent Isn’t Enough and The Right-Brain Business Plan.  However I will have fun trying! 🙂

Yesterday’s headache was finding demographic information and market area information.  Thankfully I have a librarian hubby who specializes in researching that sort of thing for prospective entrepreneurs.  With his help I was able to flesh out that section of my business plan.  I spent considerable time mapping my competition.  Google maps was being difficult, which did not help.

My brief summary at this point is to note that The Right-Brain Business Plan goes into more detail than When Talent Isn’t Enough.  WTIE gives you a breakdown of what you need to think about and incorporate into a business plan, and TRBBP details the exact information you need and where to find it, including the statistics.  Though as noted I need my librarian hubby to negotiate the government websites and dig out the information for me!  TRBBP is good for both Canadians and Americans.  It was wise of me to read WTIE before TRBBP.  It broke me into the whole idea.  Though WTIE is aimed more at American freelancers, primarily writers.  TRBBP seems to be aimed more at visual arts creative people. I don’t think it much matters really.  The information from both books is useful.

So has anyone else reading this created a business plan for a creative endeavour?  How did you do it?  What resources did you use?  I mean, just how detailed does this have to be?  I’m not going to be borrowing money, at least I have no plans for it.

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