You know that feeling you get when you're asked if you have a business plan, then you pause just before you give a reply? A feeling of doubt comes over you and at the very same time you have a vivid conversation going on in your head about what you have written, is it too long, does it say what you mean, and then you find yourself wondering if it will stand up to scrutiny. Even though you put a lot of effort into it and you feel that you've done your best, somehow you find yourself agonising over it, to the point of questioning whether you're even the correct person to write it in the first instance!
Wouldn't it be great not to feel anxious about your business plan, and to feel secure in the knowledge that you are definitely the person that should be 100% involved in writing your business plan?
The answer is YES that would be great, and to get to that position you will need to engage in business planning. "What is that" I hear you say! This is the process to structure your research and information gathering. You do this before attempting to write your business plan! To help you along your way we have identified 7 key steps to business planning which is listed below. Once completed you should be in a good position to write your business plan.
A tip: Think of your business plan as being the strategic document that provides you with a summary of your business planning. It will serve as a reference guide to steer your business to success in providing a product or service that your customers want to buy!
Having done this you will then have the following details that will be used to form your business plan:
So now that you are ready to write your business plan, what should your business plan contain?
There is no one format for the business plan, however, the following structure will serve you well.