Crafting Your Creative Business Plan

taught by nikki ricks

Course description

You’re doing this thing — you’re starting a business! ...so, what’s the first step? It’s time to craft a creative business plan, my friend. They’re more important (and more fun!) than you might think...


You have a killer idea, you know you’re a badass, and—who knows—maybe you’ve even launched your business already. No matter where you are in this process, a business plan will build a solid foundation for your brand and help you reach your biggest and hairiest creative business goals. 


For those of you thinking, “Sounds like a lotta work — are you sure it’s that important?” Oh yeah. In the words of our beloved Seth Godin, “It’s the alchemy of turning your resources into something that people value, something valuable enough that it turns a profit.”


Now, let’s have some fun, shall we?

nikki ricks
nikki ricks
Feminest Founder

I'm a business coach for creative women-owned businesses.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degree in urban planning, I was working at a Chicago architecture firm when I had my first daughter. I wanted a more flexible way to work, which sparked the idea of creating a coworking space with in-house childcare. As I researched the market and held events at local coworking and play spaces, my favorite part of the business was meeting more of Chicago’s incredible, inspirational, powerful women and talking to them about their work.

I have been helping women get organized since implementing the rotating recess snack with my first-grade girl gang and overhauling friends’ rooms on play dates.

Now I works at Feminest, where my goal is to help build scalable businesses straight from the brains of female entrepreneurs. In my free time I mentor at 1871 and 2112. I love goals, business models, to-do lists, brainstorming, efficiency, and getting you a freaking paycheck.

I'm currently living in Melbourne, Australia and traveling the world as much as possible. 

Reviews (2)

by mobella russo

Really helped me put thought into my "why"

by Jamie Nugent
I loved this ecourse! Nikki did a great job helping me dig deep, and then go even deeper. At this point in my process, the 5 Why's Exercise gave me the opportunity to really get in touch with specific words that express meaning behind my business. I also loved the How questions. She made me prioritize my logistical and emotional struggles, and then gave me an action plan to work through them. Thanks for the help in my creative process!

by mobella russo

Really helped me put thought into my "why"

by Jamie Nugent
I loved this ecourse! Nikki did a great job helping me dig deep, and then go even deeper. At this point in my process, the 5 Why's Exercise gave me the opportunity to really get in touch with specific words that express meaning behind my business. I also loved the How questions. She made me prioritize my logistical and emotional struggles, and then gave me an action plan to work through them. Thanks for the help in my creative process!