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Author: Dan Boudreau
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There is a lot to think about before you write a business plan or start a business…
The Pre-Launch Doodlepad is a playful non-threatening way to discover if you are the sort of person who would be happy as a business owner. It is designed to enable you to benefit from each lesson, whether you write, doodle, color, journal, or simply read through the pages. While the process overall is an opportunity to assess yourself and determine if your business idea is feasible, each activity stands alone. Though I have arranged the pages in a way that I consider to be helpful to start-up entrepreneurs, understand that it is nothing like the order in which the lessons came to me. Life tends to dole out learning on its own terms and timelines, cuffing me on the ear when I need to pay attention, elbowing me out of the way of looming threats, smacking me with a previously undetected, but necessary, realization when I am ready to receive the message. The point is that these lessons have cruised into my life in a truly random way and so it seems entirely appropriate that you do the activities in the order that they call to you and add to them as you are moved to do so.
As you doodle your way through this process, you will:
Dan Boudreau has owned and operated several small businesses over more than three decades, from home-based enterprises to ventures employing dozens of workers. He combines his entrepreneurial street smarts with his small business financing experience to help people weave their assets and creative attributes into sustainable home-based ventures. He lives in Prince George with his wife, Britta. Together they ply their kayaking skills on the sunny flatwater surfaces of northern British Columbia.