Starting a Business: Plan the Work, Work the Plan

One of the most common questions we hear from potential entrepreneurs is “Where do I start?” The short answer is Plan Your Business. You don’t need a formal, extensive business plan at the earliest stages, but you do need to have a clear idea of the business idea. That is, you should know what a typical workday will look like, who your customers will be, how they will find and buy from you, where you want the company to go, and the like. Planning your startup will also give you a good idea of how much money you will need to get your venture off the ground and force you to think through any potential obstacles in your way. Here are a few options to get your business planning started.

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Business Plans For Small Business – Simple Is Better

There are some very compelling reasons for writing a business plan for small businesses. The challenge is that the misconceptions about what needs to go into a small business plan scare most owners and entrepreneurs away.

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Business Plans – A Tool For Better Management

Things are going pretty well, you say? Sales are up. The employees are happy. There is even a little cash left over for that special project you are anxious to start. Why start messing with a good thing? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Right? Wrong! Many managers believe that business plans are used for only one purpose: To raise capital. While it is true that business plans are written more for this purpose than any other, it is by no means the only purpose. An often overlooked and significant benefit of a business plan is not necessarily the Plan documentation, but rather, the process itself and its impact on the management team. A business plan requires the managers to take an objective, critical look at their business. The process can change how a business is perceived, open eyes to new opportunities or focus attention on those operations that are not

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