How to Create Your First Business Plan

A presentation at WordCamp US in in St. Louis, MO, USA by Francesca Marano

When I started my business in 2011, I didn’t think I needed a business plan. I only needed clients, tons of clients. Even though my title was Web Designer, I took every job that came my way. I made WordPress websites, of course, but also did graphic design, print design, social media management, training — basically anything! In less than eight months, I had to go back to work as an employee because I managed to spend way more money than I earned. I kept freelancing on the side with no direction whatsoever and finally, I realised that I needed a plan.

It doesn’t matter what your financial goal is for the year or your mission for your small business. Having measurable goals and a clear strategy will allow you to do what you love and make a living out of it.

In this workshop I will go over the basic sections of a business plan and show you some examples of how you can make one that represents you and your business.