Do I need a business plan?
Maybe you own a trendy cake shop, and are looking to build your first website. Or maybe you have an awesome idea for a new mobile app. If your goal is to start or grow a business, you’ve likely been advised to write a business plan.
Challenges of writing a business plan
A business plan can take a long time to create and can lead to over-planning, distracting you from focussing on today, this week and next month.
- Put a hard limit on the length of your plan – we’d recommend a single page snapshot.
- Start your plan today – dedicate 20 minutes to create version 1 of your plan.
- Review and refine your plan periodically.
What to include
Although you’ll likely tweak these answers as your business progresses, the great thing about keeping things short is that it’s easier to keep your plan relevant. A detailed, multi-page business plan is too laborious to maintain as your business evolves.
- What problem does your business solve?
- How is that problem currently being solved? List of competitors
- What differentiates you from your competitors? Outline your USP
- How will you measure success? List of key metrics
- Who are your potential customers? Outline of target market
- How will potential customers find you? Outline customer journeys
- How will the business make money? List outgoings and revenue streams
Sometimes super successful businesses seem like they came from nowhere, giving the impression that success was instant. However, in most cases, there was often years of hard graft before the success arrived.
Enjoy your day 😊