ICC’s 10 year “to do” list

I work with a great group of women, and each of us, in our own way, is working towards being an entrepreneur – someone who runs her own business and is no longer tied to working in a business environment where someone else controls the shots. WE (Women Entrepreneurs) meets weekly, and shares thoughts about where we are in the process, ideas, and resources we’ve come across. One of our members (thanks Steph!) recently shared the resource of Brooke Castillo’s podcasts on How to Be a Life Coach. Those podcasts suggest a very nuts and bolts, step-by-step process of starting a life coach business, but really, the steps can apply to a variety of ventures. I’m working my way through the steps, starting with a 10 year “to do” list. I’m a list-maker from way back, so creating this list was right up my alley. I started with where I want the Intentional Creative Community to be in 10 years, and then worked backwards from there. A really helpful process. So, here’s the 10 year list, as of today, July 19, 2016:

Intentional Creative Community 10 year timeline/”to do”list

10 years – by July 19, 2026

  • My second/satellite/warm weather community is up and running, and I live there between November and April each year
  • I travel around the U.S. consulting on other communities with the lessons I’ve learned/am learning from the creation of this community
  • I travel to communities outside the U.S. to get ideas to improve the communities and to grow my network and personal community
  • The aging in place component of the first community is operational

5 years – by July 19, 2021

  • My first community is fully occupied, mortgage paid off
  • Programs within the cooperative studios are financially stable (positive cash flow for community instead of a drain on resources)
  • develop the “to do” plan for the second/satellite/warm weather community
  • research and plan what needs to happen in terms of “aging in place”

2 years – by July 19, 2018

  • Identify property
  • Make offer, finance, purchase
  • Plan and make necessary improvements
  • Janis move in to community
  • Set up cooperative studios, offer classes/workshops
  • Timeline for other community member move-in

One year – by July 19, 2017

  • Per Brooke Castillo podcasts:
    • Product/ website Launch
    • Webinars

6 months – by January 19, 2017

  • travel to intentional communities within the U.S. (and outside the U.S.) and meet with their leaders/founders to glean words of wisdom from those who have already done this:
    • Arboretum in Madison
    • Guy from EngAge
    • Questions:
      • Criteria/selection process for community members
    • Develop application process for community members
    • Develop and implement marketing plan to connect with potential community members
    • Identify potential properties and work thru financial model with each
    • create business entity that will “own” property

90 days – by October 19, 2016

  • attend intentional community workshops and conferences
  • research Financing models
  • develop purchasing models for other community members
  • research building costs,
  • research local government, zoning, aging agencies in Madison
  • research grant opportunities (aging, LEEDS, income) and what restrictions those put on the project
  • Publish a blog post every other week

60 days – by September 19, 2016

  • Schedule dates to attend intentional community workshops and conferences, in the coming year
  • Identify potential partners, and set up meetings to discuss/ask questions
    • Contractors/architects/ modular – Ross (Leslie’s son-in-law)
    • Investment/financial – bank guy from madison
    • Real Estate – Ruth
    • Creative – Helen (and her contacts),
    • Entrepreneurs – Jennifer Boznos
    • Legal – Val Hoffman, Keith Moore
  • Decide what kind of entity to set-up
  • Set up shop
    • buy domain name – GoDaddy.com
    • set up WordPress site
    • take photos for WordPress site
    • set up an email account for the business
    • Aweber.com for mailing list
    • Not applicable to this: set up credit card  =- authorize.net, paypal, stripe, or gumroad
    • Set up business bank account
    • Get business credit card
    • Decide what kind of legal entity to be, go to LegalZoom and set it up
    • Set up books in QuickBooks
    • create filing system for people who are interested
    • choose a social media site for the business, and set up a business account: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
  • Podcast assignments:
    • Legal pages
    • Create a program
    • Create a freebie
    • Create an option

30 days – by August 19, 2016

  • Research intentional community workshops and conferences to attend in the coming year
  • research types of entities and pros/cons (including impact on marital assets, and what restrictions can be put on membership)
    • Co-op
    • Condo
    • Non-profit
    • Land Trust
    • S corp
    • Other?
  • Podcast assignments (How to be a life coach):
    • Write my “About” page
    • Write my “work with me” page
    • Write my blog

7 days – by July 26, 2016

  • tweak the search criteria (financial, # of units, location) for the property and communicate that to the realtor
  • Drive by potential site in Plain WI, and brainstorm with Charles/Melani

Tomorrow, July 20, 2016

Today, July 19, 2016

  • Draft my model “To do” goals for the next 10 years
  • Develop draft criteria for “target market”

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