How to use Best Planner for Creative Entrepreneurs to scale your business. It’s a business tool that removes overwhelm and helps you stay focused, but it won’t take you hours to fill in or maintain!
Are you self-employed? An entrepreneur? Or a Solopreneur? Whatever you call yourself, you are probably the one doing it A.L.L. Meaning you are the one who is doing all the creating, accounting, janitor, social media management, website maintenance, and marketing.
If this sounds like you, you’ll want to keep reading! I have a tool to help you with your content creation and it’s a GAME CHANGER! I’m about to share my store of the Best Planner for Creative Entrepreneurs.
It’s hard to keep up with it all, isn’t it? There are barely enough hours in a day to get the fun things done much less create original content that helps you grow your business from where you are at today.
That was me anyway. I have 3 websites to maintain, and four business divisions I manage (plus, my hubby and I have 5 kids in our house). And don’t forget the day job where I do marketing and design for local clients. IT’S A LOT. I know you can relate.
I needed help. I looked at hiring someone and most things I wasn’t able to pass on (or able to afford yet). Or we tried, and the end result wasn’t up to my business’s standard.
So the solution? I decided to create my own little virtual personal assistant: My Entrepreneur Planner.
Best Planner for Creative Entrepreneurs
How the Marketing Planner for Entrepreneurs was Born
This didn’t happen overnight. It was in the process for months! Mostly in the form of sticky notes all over my computer. (Which, let’s be real, I eventually began to ignore.)
My creative brain needed to check off something to feel productive. I needed the plan to work into my daily schedule with things like, what to do and when to do it. This was a must to make the necessary tasks happen.
And I needed to write these things down EACH day and then check them off… well that alone was a time-sucker!
This all looked like a HOT MESS of notes, amazing ideas, and project details on many scraps of paper and notes made where they ended up getting lost.
Not very productive for my creative business.
But this HOT MESS process was OK. I see now it was part of the process. It worked itself into something amazing for entrepreneurs like you and me.
Why do I need an Entrepreneur Planner?
This is for business owners who want to get organized to grow their business online and in person. It’s so easy to use too.
As business owners, we need to do a handful of things each day, week, and month to move ahead. For example:
- Social Media posting: Faces book, Instagram…
- Pinterest Management
- Content Creation (for me that’s, new SVGs, blog posts, new content for my Group, graphics for social media…)
- Marketing: Email copy/graphics, promoting content already created (blog posts, SVGs for the season)
What if you had one place to organize it all? You can, and it’s the best planner for creative Entrepreneurs – My Marketing Planner for Entrepreneurs™!
What is in the Entrepreneur Planner that makes it so useful?
Monthly Page Overview
Each month there’s a spot to review your social media presence and track your numbers. During this time, I make a note of the actual numbers for my accounts. (Remember, our goal isn’t simply big numbers, but real followers that can be clients someday or others in our niche.)
Next, I schedule the time to plan out new topics for the following months. I work these tasks into my monthly or daily schedule. Some days I move them to other pages, but it sure helps me plan ahead!
Don’t forget affiliate income and email management. I schedule in time to handle these, and it’s amazing how they help my business grow. Do not skip it. You’ll be so glad you did these tasks a year from now.
Weekly Pages Overview
Each week there is a place to note what it is you plan to PROMOTE at this time.
These pages aren’t for CREATING content. They are for promoting ‘old’ content – meaning you already wrote the blog post and have the prepared copy for the scheduled email to send for this week’s marketing.
This is so helpful, cause if you go live, you can mention, “hey if you like this, be sure to check your emails for the “blah blah blah” that went out yesterday.” And be sure to work in a fun note to remind those not on your email list to get on it!
The weekly marketing tasks in the planner can be done all at once, or each week as needed. I like to block off 20 minutes each Monday morning to work on my marketing plan. That way, I can make sure I have the content done to promote and schedule them before the scheduled day.
A lot of the items I need to promote are done already, but I like to work in stories, reels or Lives that coordinate in real-time. And, I also post or comment on pages and in Facebook groups that are not mine, so I can’t schedule those out on Facebook ahead of time. They need to be done in real-time, so planning helps remind me.
Daily Page Overview
Each day has a set of check marks for social media. Some days I do them all at once for the week. But usually, I work them into my day. Like the Instagram checkbox. Some days it’s a Live Story, other days it’s a post into the newsfeed.
How this Best Planner for Creative Entrepreneurs helped me.
As I developed this planner I realized being ‘me’ online is key to growing the right audience. Finding time to post as I and my brand is what I forgot to do time and time again.
I admit, some days I have NO check marks in sight. But most days this planner helps, whether it’s to remind me to throw up a meme or fun pic from my phone; or to schedule and do a 45-minute live. The result: GROWTH!
Since using my own planner (almost 2 months now), my Instagram has grown. In fact, as I write this post, I note it has doubled! And I have been great about removing creepy dudes and fake accounts along the way, so these are amazing chatty followers.
And on my Facebook page, well, that has doubled too! Yes. It’s crazy. Crazy good, friend!
My graphic design Facebook business page was at around 300 when I started using my planner. (This page takes a little more work for content than my DIY page, We Can Make That). Seeing my Elegant Designs by Chelly page double on Facebook made me smile, but seeing my reach was up around 14,000 made me do a little happy dance! (and this girl can’t really dance, but I was happy, no doubt!) haha.
Imagine what your Social Media pages could do for your business…
So why wait? If you read this far, you know it will help you. It’s great for real life too because you can fit in all the things that happen in a mom’s life, or a 9-to-5 life also.
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