A written business plan allows a banker, investor or other interested party to look through the plan at his or her own pace, as often as necessary. That plan shows not only how good your business is and how realistic your plans for it are, but also how well organized and capable you are.
Most existing business owners get caught up in day-to-day tasks and fail to focus on the things they
planned to do to grow the business. Periodic review of the plan and business planning gives you a chance to take a breath, consider how your business matches your plan and what new strategies or initiatives should be considered. Modify the plan as needed. Move neglected items at the top of your priority list. Periodic reviews for a new business should be weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Review as a business matures can be semiannually or annually.
Below are some resources to help you plan to succeed.
Use our Business Planning Center, BPC.
Hands on using LivePlan with expert assistance from a SCORE mentor sitting with you. There are two workstations in the BPC. Appointments are made by the office with a recommendation by your mentor after at least one counseling session. Open on Mondays at 12:30 PM and 2 PM, or by special appointment.
- The 21 question success plan
- Introduction to Starting Your Business
- Leads into the 4-part series Simple Steps to Start A Business
- Introduction to Growing Your Business
- Leads into the series Simple Steps to Grow A Business
- This template can be used just for the financial projections of a plan
- Consists of a few input worksheets,then it generates a 36 month plan
- Your will need some accounting background, basic Excel skill and an idea of your objectives
Free online webinars for Business Planning
- Business Plan Homework
- Market Research
- Accounting for Non-Accountants
LivePlan and SCORE Online Business Plan License
www.bplans.com Free access to 500 sample plans. Find one similar to your business
Video of LivePlan training for SCORE Mentors - use Password: LP4SCORE