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I’m taking an online class by Lisa Sonora Beam called The Art of Strategy: Creating A Strategic Planner.

The Class teaches you how to make a Strategic Planner Strategy to provide a framework for determining the results you want to achieve, a workable plan for kicking some major creative butt so you can get the results you know you want.

www.thecreativeentrepreneur.biz

…AND Here are some pictures of my Strategic Planner.

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I’ve pretty much had the same goal since before I graduated from college, 11 years ago. — To be a full-time self employed licensed artist and illustrator.

This sometime feel unreachable and at times unattainable. When I set a goal, I tend to go full force in the beginning and just when I start to feel like I’m making some traction I’ll hit a brick wall, and everything will come to a complete standstill.

When I get discouraged, I have a way of work myself into quite a ‘funk’. that is always very difficult to climb out of, and can sometimes last the good part of a year. When I’m finally able to emerge from the ‘funk’ and actually start working again, all the momentum I once had is gone and I have to start all over from the beginning.

I need to figure out a way to keep a steady pace and work thru roadblocks in order to keep my momentum going. I need to feel like I’m making progress and am not always taking 1 step forward them 2 steps back.

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Everyone needs one. The problem is figuring out what mine is. Folks seem to recommend you save anywhere from 3-6 months of living expenses before making the switch.

Time to start crunching the numbers. It’s really unfortunate that I live in such an expensive part of the country. For 3 months worth of savings I would need 20K and would need 40K for 6 months. I’ve never been really good at saving and it seems like sooooo much money and a little unreachable. Though I’m sure it’s the smart and prudent thing to do.

If I’m able to put away and save $400 a month (a reasonable number that I think I can achieve) by the end of the year I will have only saved $4800. So at that rate it will take me 8 1/2 years to save 40K and a little over 4yrs to save 20K.

I’m not sure I can wait 4 years never mind 8. So how much more time do I wait until I take the leap? I’m leaning toward just setting a “launch” date, and asking my employer if I can reduce my hours to a 3day work week . Hopefully this will be an option. Of course, that would also mean a salary reduction. Having a steady gig while trying to continuing to build up my illustration and licensing business is a compromise I think I’m willing to make.

Experts also suggest that you also create a way to have a passive income. I haven’t quite landed on what that is yet. However, I know that I want to try to set up a Etsy and ArtFire shop, and I think that once I start getting a few more art licensing contracts with royalty agreements this will also help.

So what’s my Exit Strategy?

  1. Start Saving, starting now.
  2. In a year reduce my work week down to 3day.
  3. Continue to build my business in the evenings and weekend.
  4. Start to create a passive income by getting a Etsy and ArtFire shop up and running.

It feels good to have at least an outline of a plan!

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I wrote this post last night and got in a fight about my plans to reduce my hours. (Not quite the support I was hoping for, but pretty much the reaction I was expecting.) Hubby asked ” So, your just going to ask them to cut your hours?” — Well yes! I think that’s at least that’s going to be the first step and if they can’t agree to that then I think I will look for something that’s part-time. Financially we will HAVE TO make it work. I’m not sure yet how, but I need to have more time to spend on my own work and desperately need to make a CHANGE! (this shouldn’t of been a surprise to him.)

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