Business Laid Bare was created for the creative who desires the freedom and joy of pursuing their passions on their own terms.
Operations are the most important aspects of your business. And we get it. The thought of systems, workflows, process, and project management can not only sound intimidating, but super boring as well. We’re here to help you with that.
You turned your creative passion into a business for a reason, right? When you close your eyes, you can so clearly visualize a life doing exactly what you love on your own terms and making a profit from it, right? (Afterall, zero profits = expensive hobby)
But, you’ve come to realize that running a creative business requires more than just putting your ideas into the world. You’re juggling all the things in business that pull at your attention.
This is where we come in.
This is where we sprinkle our process and project management genius into your business so that you can focus on what you love most while feeling confident that the other parts of your business are taken care of and runs well.
Can we be honest with you? Because of our love for all things alliteration, and for the sake of the “elevator pitch”, we lumped the first three concepts into one word: Process. It’s kind of like the concept of branding. There’s so much that goes into branding—typography, visual assets, logos, colors—but they all get lumped into branding. Same concept for us.
Operations? Systems? Process? Workflow? Project Management?
(What do they all mean?)
At Business Laid Bare’s core, we’re creatives too, so we get it. We’ve come up with ways to understand for ourselves, explain to others, and implement into businesses.
Yes, they all mean different things, and it’s not uncommon to use those concepts interchangeably. So, let’s get to the bottom of this, shall we?
Operations: the daily and on-going activities happening within a business. (aka The Business Engine)
This is different than a project, which is a unique, temporary endeavor with a specific beginning and end. Then within the Operations umbrella, we have the following:
the overall, birds-eye-view of either a certain aspect of your business or can be your business as a whole. Think of it like a blueprint for a house, the bones. It doesn’t show the detailed steps.
A guide or a roadmap showing WHAT steps are needed to get from Point A to Point B. In order to build a house, you need to lay down the foundation, put up framing, roofing, doors and windows, painting, etc.
A series of activities to help you get something done, either manually or automatically. Process shows you exactly how to get the roofing done. It’s like an instruction manual with step-by-step instructions.
The practice of orchestrating various moving parts to get a project (or projects) done under a specified timeline. This is the action plan.