Why should you create a business plan? 1. It encourages you to think deeply about your business objectives and goals. When you create a business plan, you get to think about the short_term and long_term objectives. It also helps to develop a mission statement for your business. This helps you to remain focused as you do your business. 2. It encourages you to think about the possible problems and how to overcome them. In any business you may think about, there are always risks involved. Creating a business plan enables you to anticipate the risks that you may encounter in the process of running your business. It also makes you to think about the various ways of overcoming the problem in case it happens. That's a proven way of looking at things for you to remain in business. 3. You get a clear picture of the whole business project. The process of making a business plan makes it possible for you to focus on the nature of your business in details, to analyze your target market, to develop a marketing and operational plan and to make your financial projections. 4. You get new ideas.
I teach that you should seek to learn from competitors; obviously never copy another business's idea or what they are doing, but you can absolutely learn from their mistakes or see what they are doing and discover ways to improve it. All of that analysis belongs in your business plan: make sure you have your competitors under the microscope and make sure that is a solid chunk of your plan. That is some of the best research and information you will gather about what will make your business successful in future.