Frontlog

A frontlog is way better than a backlog. It’s when you get things done and dusted ahead of time – either finished well and entirely off your plate, or loaded and ready to go to the right people at the right time. A backlog slows you down, puts you in a pinch, makes you rush, gives you tunnel vision, means that…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 1)

This is the eighth post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Create boundaries for yourself. What do you do? What don’t you do? This is a variation on “It’s not for you.” Any work we do is in tension with boundaries. There are boundaries we don’t want. Limits to: The number…

Backlog

We all know about the backlog: The work we never quite catch up on The to do list items that have fallen off the bottom of the page The promises large and small we haven’t quite managed to keep The dread of knowing that you could put in a hard day’s work today and still start tomorrow behind Backlogs are…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 4)

This is the seventh-and-a-quarter post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) A last argument for applying this rule in non-profit context is that if your clients pay, your resources go further, and you can serve a lot more people. We covered this…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 3)

This is the seventh-and-a-third post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) How does this rule apply to what a charity charges its clients? Is it ethical to charge your clients a lot? Shakespeare’s Prospero said it best: This swift business I must…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 2)

This is the seventh-and-a-half post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) The point here is that your organisation’s selling point – we’re still looking at things from the perspective of donors and supporters – should never be how cheap you are (your…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 1)

This is the seventh post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) This is a counter-intuitive but powerful lens for thinking about non-profit work. For now, let’s understand what you ‘charge’ as being how much your program costs. All other things being equal,…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 6: Scale is not a Reward (3)

This is the sixth-and-third post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. So what do finding the right size for your organisation and the Free Prize Inside approach to scale look like in practice? Here are two examples from the charity I work for. Scale and the right size At the charity I work for, we…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 6: Scale is not a Reward (2)

This is the sixth-and-half post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Scale and the Free Prize Inside We left Rule 6 a little watered down: “Scale carefully and find the size that works for your organisation”. There’s a type of scaling, though, that is a reward: when scaling in a particular way means that you…

Business Model Canvas

This is one of the most useful tools I’ve come across for understanding how your business works (or might works). It designed for lean-startup style customer discovery and validation, but I found it a fantastic lens for actually seeing different parts of our organisation for the first time, as well as how they fit together to make a whole. I’ll do…