When I speak with fel­low busi­ness own­ers this time of year, they often talk to me about how they are either land­ing or miss­ing their cur­rent annu­al goals. I love those con­ver­sa­tions, but for me per­son­al­ly, my most impor­tant thoughts in Octo­ber are about plan­ning for next year.   There is noth­ing more excit­ing than the cre­ation process of bud­get­ing and planning.

Sounds strange, doesn’t it?  You might think I love it because I am a geek, who just loves data.  No, that isn’t it at all.  What I love about bud­get­ing is that, if done right, it is a cre­ative process that engages your team and sets them on fire for the com­ing year.