Do you have a current business plan? If not, why not? Do you feel like your business isn't big enough to warrant having one? Maybe you've just never thought of it. Maybe you wouldn't know where to start.
Personally, I'm a huge fan of anything that supports a small business owner/start up/entrepreneur in treating their business as a real business. Including having a current and workable business plan. (I believe this also goes for network marketers).
I'm not talking about a 30 page document with graphs and spreadsheets (okay.. maybe one spreadsheet) that takes you 6 months to develop only to keep in a drawer somewhere and pull it out only when you decide to do a spring clean.
I'm talking about a plan that truly maps out where you are and where you forecast to be in incremental stages of your business. If we aren't mapping out where we are going and what guideposts to look out for along the way, how can we possibly know if we are on our way or not?
Some people just aren't the type to be that analytical. And some of my clients are in the very beginning stages of figuring out their businesses, what their products/services are and how the heck they can actually get their first client. The last thing I want to do is sit them down and have them create a business plan.
BUT... having some kind of long term (including the strategy for getting to the long term) is an indicator that they mean business. (pun intended). Seriously... I love to see women when they first start out to take it all very seriously. It's about treating your business like a real business.
If you were to decide to go and purchase a franchise and you needed a loan to purchase that franchise you would need to show the lender (even if it was your cousin's best friend's brother-in-law) how serious you were about making enough money to 1. pay back the loan and 2. make some profit.
Another day I will write a blog about my suggestions on writing a business plan. For now.. I wanted to inspire you all with an awesome success story of a entrepreneur who started GreenCupboards from a school assignment of you guessed it.. writing a business plan. Check out the blog here
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