Do you have dreams of starting a side hustle or small business, but feel overwhelmed with all the things you should be doing? Whether you decide to start a small business at home or do work at home jobs for extra money, you need get your work organized with this free printable small business printable planner.
How does a free printable planner help you?
Research shows when you keep track of anything, then you are more likely to achieve the outcome you are working towards. Writing down your goals and then making a plan towards those goals each day means you will have greater impact on a daily basis.
Have you ever tried to lose weight? Or run a race? Maybe pay off debt or save money? The only way you achieve your goal is to think about it daily and take action towards that goal. You probably had a healthy eating plan, workout plan, race training schedule, or budget for your finances.
I know you didn’t try to do all the weight loss/training/saving in one day. And maybe you did try, but it probably didn’t work out very well for you.
The key to achieving your big goals in a small business or side hustle is to take small steps towards your BIG goal each day.
Before you can really get started, let’s set a goal for your first 3 months.
SIDE NOTE: There is an excellent book called the 12 week year that explains how you can get more done by setting big goals in smaller chunks through out the year. Having that smaller time frame makes pursuing your goals feel more achievable.
It’s important to choose a project that is achievable and measurable. Try thinking of something that feels a little out of your comfort zone, but not completely out of reach. Something that is related to experience you have had in your business and an area you could stretch.
For example, over the next 3 months it would be totally impossible for me to become a country music singer. I would need serious music lessons that would take longer than 3 months to prepare me to sing in front of anyone! And it’s not related to my business at all!
However, creating a goal to make an extra $1000 per month in my business is a great goal. It’s measurable and achievable. I can think of several ways to create more income for my business and it would take about 3 months to put the work in to get me to my goal.
Now that you have your BIG 12 week goal. You can break down the weekly steps you will need to take to reach that goal.
Some project ideas for big goals:
- Landing a higher paying side hustle
- Signing 4 new clients in my service based business
- Starting a new side hustle
- Building a team of 4 in my network marketing business
- Developing a new product
- Growing my email list to 1000 subscribers
- Growing my social media to 1000 followers
This free small business management planner includes a sheet to record your BIG goal along with monthly steps to reach your goal. You can break down your steps into smaller daily actions that will push you to stay focused every day.
This free organization printable for work will help you keep your weekly goal in mind each day. Then you can break down your weekly goal into 3 actionable daily steps that will help move you towards accomplishing your project.
Our lives are very full. We all have things that pull our attention away from our business whether it is work, family, friends, and just life in general. Make your daily 3 count! These are the non-negotiable things you will do each day to work on your business.
When you try to include more than 3 priorities on your “to do list” things eventually fall apart. Usually it’s because you don’t have enough time to implement all the things you want to do, and more than 3 means that your BIG goal isn’t specific enough.
Remember, we want you to stretch, but we also want you to make a real impact in your business!
Social media plays an important part in small businesses today. Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. are the places where you can interact with your audience, clients, and customers.
The key to being successful with any social media platform is to be consistent. Create posts, engage, and be authentic. This small business printable planner will help you remember to check in with your social channels and stay engaged with your tribe.
This planner includes:
- Monthly Goal Setting
- Weekly Goal Setting
- Daily Goal Setting
- Daily Social Media Tracker
- Monthly Income Tracker
- Monthly Expenses Tracker
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Monthly Income Tracker
The Monthly Income Tracker sheet is designed to help you keep track of how much money you are actually making each month.
One of the things I’ve noticed working in small business is that I didn’t keep track of how many hours I was working on a project. So even if I made $100, I wasn’t sure if it was a good income for the amount of time I invested into the project.
Let’s say the project took 10 hours to create, that means I was working for $10 an hour.
Small business owners should be making about $25 per hour because of things like taking out taxes, paying for your own health insurance, covering your own materials, etc. So $10 an hour isn’t that great!
Keeping track of your income can help you earn more money when you analyze how much you are working, your expenses, and the pay.
One other key item on the Monthly Income Tracker sheet is the Paid column. It’s important to keep track of who has paid you and who hasn’t. This will help you determine who you want to work with again in the future…the ones who pay on time. And you can keep track of who you need to collect payments.
Monthly Expenses Tracker
The Monthly Expenses Tracker sheet is a great way to keep track of how much you are spending each month.
You can see things like…
- ways you can save money on business expenses
- how much you are actually making after expenses
If you are making $1000 per month, but spending $800 in small business expenses you may want to re-evaluate your business. $200 in profit may not be worth the effort depending on how much time you invested in the project.
Tips for Small Business Owners
Get really clear about what you want to achieve with your business.
It’s never too late to start creating goals for your business. We often think that our goals should start in January, but with the 12 week plan you can set goals and create actionable steps to reach them throughout the year.
When I started tracking specific goals in my business, I saw those areas grow! I was amazed that simply focusing on the thing that I wanted to happen helped me to get where I wanted to be!
I hope this side hustle planner helps you get started with growing your income!