I’ve been given suggestions to “create a business plan”, “have vision” and “make SWOT analyses” among hundred other things they teach at schools. Some people have asked me about what “a proper business plan looks like”.
I’ve created business plans that had nice charts displaying profits and nice numbers showing sales forecasts and all that stuff. There was “company vision” and that stuff they ask you to write. I have written lengthy business plans for games in the past. While the plans looked nice, that’s pretty much as far as I got with them. They were nice, but they didn’t quite turn in like I wanted.
Then I decided to create a much shorter business plan. It looks pretty same as what I saw at South Park. There was an episode where The Underpants Gnomes had a three-phase business plan, consisting of:
- Collect underpants
While in the show it was a joke, I unconsciously decided to use a similar plan:
I decided to do what I enjoy most: I decided to produce games and write about producing them. I decided to dream big and made a goal for having tens of thousands of people seeing my work (now I’m visioning hundreds of thousands seeing my work) and earn income doing this. I did some background research first before I started, but basically I just started working on what I enjoyed most.
I didn’t worry about how I would reach my goals. I didn’t know what I need to do to make profit, I just decided to do what I love and forgot the how part for now. I thought I would learn while as I go. I decided to do something every day and work on my goals.
That’s what I also suggest you to do: simply take a goal in the area of what you love to do, and start working on it. Sooner or later you’ll get good at it and will see profit if that’s what you aim. If you like designing games – then make your goal to make a living designing games. If you like programming, then set a goal to make a living programming games. Forget the “is it possible” or “how can I do that” for now, and simply take the first obvious step.
Set a goal, and every day take step to reach that goal.