Episode 7

Planning your business

This lesson is all about mapping out your journey. From to-do lists, to timelines, to tasks, it's time to break your big picture idea into the smaller details. 

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Further Reading

In the video, we focused mainly on operational or pragmatic ways of planning. This section will provide you with some information about planning strategically. As you can see from the graph below, strategic planning can be split into five different parts. This chart will enable you to plan the development of new ideas and projects within your enterprises. [strategic planning cycle] 1. Goals What are your overarching goals? Think about what you ultimately want to achieve. An overarching go...

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Project management and planning tools and mobile apps make it easier than ever to ditch the pen and go digital. Here is a selection of the best free and paid-for small business apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets that can help you with planning and managing your business more efficiently and effectively.
Co-writer of the Agile Manifesto, Jeff Sutherland is one of the world's leading experts of organisational management. He'll explain how to be agile, not just in software development but in every business to disrupt the field.


Complete the Gantt chart regarding key steps in developing your social enterprise. The Gantt chart includes the ten steps as explained in the above video but also gives you four blank spaces so you can personalise the first few months of your development journey. The second activity is a copy of the strategic planning cycle discussed in the further reading. 

Episode Summary

Once you have your overall goals in mind, the smaller steps should start to fall into place. Timelines should be detailed but flexible — don't let yourself get into a pickle when the inevitable obstacles throw themselves at you! Find a method that works best for you and your social enterprise, and log your progress so your team can move along the plan together. 
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