I recently read a post at Fizzle.co titled How to Painlessly Plan Your Next Business Project. The article was fantastic.
It came packed with all sorts of awesome insights on planning your next entrepreneurial project including some really great insight into the very first step. Here’s what they said:
“Step 1. Give it a name
Every project needs a name. It doesn’t have to be the final name, but there needs to be something at the top of the page.
Write the name down so you have something to call it while you work on it.
Note Well: names matter. What you call this thing can make it more clear or less clear. So, ask yourself, is the name you chose specific enough or should you make it more clear?
I’ll give you an example: right now Chase is working on a new Fizzle course about creating shareable images. We’ve used a lot of terms to describe it. When he sees “the images course” on a list, his brain will respond far differently than it would if he saw “the social images course” or “the shareable images for social media and blog posts course.”
Think this is nit-picky? Think again. Ambiguity has kept you from completing this project for long enough. Give yourself and every chance you can. A clear and concrete project name is the first step.”
Here’s why I really like this advice: I recently heard from someone that the best thing you can do when you first have a business idea is to (1)give it a name and (2)design a logo.
Even if you’re not a logo designer.
Even if the logo is not awesome.
It doesn’t matter.
I’m not talking about paying a designer 10k to get a logo done before you even have a business plan. I’m talking about sketching out a few ideas in your notebook, naming the thing, and breathing life into it.
That’s your first step into reality.
And, as they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
You can read the rest of the Fizzle.co article here.