Here is the way I would encourage you to set up a growth business plan: • Do some dreaming about what you would like your lifestyle to be • By dreaming decide on an average income you would like to have over the next few years • Decide how many years out you would like your plan to cover • Decide how much profit you would like for your business to generate above the income you want for yourself. • Set up a profit and loss statement of your existing business or your proposed business • With the right business knowledge and a profit and loss statement you can actually use that data to see what your business would need to do for you to give you that income and profit • Even better you can determine what size market you would need and even determine whether your market would support your business presently and in the future.
What are the critical steps needed to achieve a successful business plan? This may come as a surprise to my fellow business consultants, but producing a successful business plan is not as difficult as people often think, so long as they follow a logical sequence. Here is my considered view as to the critical steps. 1. Understand what you are planning and why; 2. Define the activities of your organisation; 3. Outline the current position of the business; 4. Review and discuss the external market conditions, undertake and understand a competitive analysis, and define your market positioning; 5. Define your core objectives; 6. Prepare and articulate the strategy to attain and meet the objectives; 7. Identify and review risks and opportunities; 8. Prepare a strategy to deal with risks and exploit opportunities; 9. Refine the strategies into operational plans; 10. Prepare financial forecasts including revenues, costs, cash_flow, capital expenditure and assumptions adopted; 11. Finalise the plan; 12. Get it approved; 13. Use it; 14. Review it regularly and update as appropriate.