Love it or hate it, you need a business plan. Interim executives share the best way to get started.
At International Executive Consulting LLC, we provide the best business plan to our clients. But attracting one is the work done by entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized businesses. Some people either hate it or love it. People in the former category have gone so far as to write blogs and books about why you should not even do a business plan.
Although you can be functioning without one, it is not recommended. The clarity and structure that a business plan gives to your company saves a lot of time and decision making in the long term. It provides direction to all those working in the business and keeps them united in their thought process. Because the advantage is yet out of opposition, it is worth the effort.
Where to Start?
A quick search online for a business plan gives you a stack of templates to get you started. They are a great starting point that help you understand the high level content.
Take a blank document and write everything about your business idea. Starting with the market description, your plans to produce / manufacture, and how you plan to deliver it. Write down all your plans and ideas for the business and then using that content either transform it into a professional looking business plan or import the information into a template.
It is always a good idea to have an extra set of eyes through your plans. Use your network to find contacts who have market and industry experience that you would want to sell to. They can provide invaluable insights on cheap and fast ways to improve business processes and, at the same time, advise on any gaps in your plan.