Win: Finished reading The Small Business Lifecycle
Finished reading The Small Business Lifecycle by Charlie Gilkey. It’s a quick read, only 100 pages or so, and I found it helpful for my present, somewhat muddled headspace.
Gilkey breaks out the lifecycle of a small business into 4 stages + an incubation stage.
Stage 0 - You want to be an entrepreneur, but haven’t started
Stage 1 - You’ve started, and things are kinda weird
Stage 2 - You’ve sold some stuff! Found product/market fit, kinda
Stage 3 - You’ve outgrown your capacity to get everything done, and are frustrated
Stage 4 - You’ve got your systems down, and are cruising.
I’d say Coastermatic is somewhere between Stage 2 & 3. People really like the coasters, but getting everything I’d like to do done isn’t happening smoothly yet.
Wins, Rocks, and Questions
Most of the time, I work alone. This is hard.
To build some support around me, I’ve been working with a variety of people on personal + professional development: a coach, sva ixd friends, and a master-mindish group called Successcalator. All awesome people, without which I would have gone off the deep end of the crazy pool long ago.
A format I’ve found works well when checking in with people goes like this:
Wins - what’s worked well since we last met
Rocks - what hasn’t
Questions - for the group
It’s been working so well that we’re using it as the basis for updates entrepreneurs post to The Feast’s upcoming Connection Tool, and now, I’m also going to use it for blogging.
Each day, I want to post a win, rock, or question from something that I’m working on. The purpose is to start making a public record of my process as I work through building a new product for The Feast, and grow Coastermatic. Hopefully, I’ll share a few useful lessons and start some good conversation along the way.
The Feast Connection Tool
I’m working with The Feast developing a digital platform for social entrepreneurs. It’s fun, and I think we’re making something that will help to bind The Feast’s community a little closer together through supporting those making moves to change the world. If you’d like to learn more, I wrote a little blurb here.
We’re looking for development help!
If you, or someone you know is interested please see the full job post.