Deck Building & Business Planning

July 29, 2014  

Have you ever done a DIY project? If you’re unfamiliar with that term it stands for Do It Yourself?

Recently I just completed building my own deck on my house. This was a projects I always wanted to have and do myself. From the moment I purchased the house there was a smaller, less attractive deck on it. So having something that was larger, functional and more importantly something I could be proud of was key to me. In fact as I’m writing this post, I’m sitting on my deck with a cup of coffee and my macbook air (pretty sweet I know).

Periodically there are things in life, experiences that teach you things about yourself and this is one of them. I like to refer to them as “Edu-periences”.

The process of building this deck was not just ordering lumber and starting to put it together. It was in fact more than that. It started with a plan, and in fact the original plan that was drawn up is not what I actually built. Let me share with you how it all happened.

If first went and asked for some insight from others who have built decks, I looked online, watched videos and did my research. Then came the materials process, I asked a couple different providers what materials they would recommend. When I found the one that I felt the most comfortable with I then ordered the materials from them.

Setting out to build the deck I used the plan as a guideline. It wasn’t shortly after I began I realized that there were things I didn’t account for. Like the grade of the land, existing structure that was there. This caused my to change my design as I built it. In the end what I built was more of what I wanted in the first place but wasn’t able to put it down on paper to begin with.

This process taught me that as an entrepreneur I can learn pretty much anything I want to invest my time into learning. More importantly when taking on business projects, sure planning is a key element but your plan doesn’t (and shouldn’t be your exact road map). It should be a starting point. If what you are doing in your business is turning out to not be exactly what you thought it was when you started, that’s ok. As long as you’re happy where it’s going, let it keep going that way.

Just like the grade of the land and existing structures I ran into, you will encounter such things in life. Things that will alter the course of your business and the plans that you have. Be flexible, be patient and more important be responsive. These three traits will make you not only enjoy the journey but cherish and be proud of the entrepreneurial destination.

So, when are you building your next deck?

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