Plan Your Best Retail Year Ever (Part 4) | Episode 43

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Episode Summary:

Are you excited about planning your best retail year ever? Listen to this my friends: we need to celebrate the wins and acknowledge that we’ve been working hard throughout 2020. 

In Episode 40, we talked about looking back and how to move forward by looking at what worked and what didn’t work. Later on, in Episode 41, we discussed how an ideal 2021 would look like to us. Last week, in Episode 42, which was our third part of our series, we talked about what we needed to do to get where we want to be.

This week’s episode is the last part of our “Plan Your Best Retail Year Ever” series. I’m sharing two things you need to know when planning out for 2021: how to put all the pieces together and how to build to move forward. We will identify how you can reach your goals and what you need to do to step out of your comfort zone. We’re wrapping up the end of the year and you must end it strong.

Have you already started planning out 2021? Do you have questions or do you need guidance in any of the parts? Join my free Rock Star Creatives Facebook group. I’m hosting a coaching session and will talk about the four-part planning process on Thursday, December 30th. You don’t want to miss it.   

Also, I have a big surprise for everyone on the waitlist for my Retail Made Simple – The Success Path for Creative Shop Owners. A new session of this four-week online program starts in January and registration is now open (click here). This course was designed to simplify the business side of running a creative business and help retailers get their business going and growing.


Plan your best retail year ever by following one of our most popular series:

Part 1 – Why looking back is key and what to look for
Part 2 – Look forward to plan – revenue and finances
Part 3 – What do we need to do to get where we want to go
Part 4 – How to put all the pieces together and reach your goals

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 This week on the Creative Shop Talk Podcast:

  • Planning your best retail year ever
  • Putting all the pieces together
  • Stepping out of our comfort zone
  • Personal development skills
  • Understanding cash flow
  • Marketing is not just social media
  • The domino effect
  • Hiring a coach


The Big Takeaway:

 It’s possible for all of us, even if we hit some bumps and things don’t go in a straight line.


Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “Marketing is not just doing more social media.” – Wendy Batten
  • “Magic happens when we step out of that comfort zone.” – Wendy Batten
  • “We have to keep moving ahead with hope.” – Wendy Batten
  • “We’re going to know where we’re going if having a solid plan in place.” – Wendy Batten
  • “Retailers that have a plan in place move forward.” – Wendy Batten


Our sponsor:

Online Course: Retail Made Simple – The Success Path for Creative Shop Owners

This is a four-week online program designed by and for creative shop owners. In this program, you will get the information and resources you need to simplify and lay the foundation for your creative retail business so you can get it going and growing.


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Hi there! I'm Wendy Batten, and I'm obsessed with helping independent shop owners like you achieve success.

With over 20 years of experience as a small business owner, I've owned several retail businesses along the way including a cafe, two retail shops, and a studio (and even a tae kwon do studio), learning first-hand the art of juggling all the balls.

I now dedicate my time to coaching hundred of retailers all around the world, sharing my expertise to help them organize their businesses and maximize profits, paychecks, and JOY in their day-to-day lives.

I created the support, programs, and community that I wish I'd had.

Whether you've been in business for years or are just starting out with your brick-and-mortar venture, you've come to the right place.

If you're serious about your business and ready to stop winging it, I'm here to inspire and guide you toward success.

I'm so happy you're here, and I can't wait to support you on your journey to thriving in the world of retail!



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