IMPress Action Checklist: Below is a list of the steps that will help you put together your business plan. Check off each step as you complete it to keep track of your progress. Purchase business plan software or download a template. Read over the business plan sections to decide what data you have, what data you need. Gather data via the internet, phone interviews, print material. Fill in the plan's sections. Write the Executive Summary. Print and Bind Your Plan. Every day, millions of businesses spring up, both online and offline. These businesses run the gamut of categories, from spas to sneaker stores, accounting firms and accessory websites. Business planning is the first step in creating a secure future for your company.
When you, and your partners if any, have all the core skills and industry knowledge you need to start right away without seeking experts, napkin notes may be enough to get going. Let's say you are already an expert in technology and social media. Then you, and your team, probably don't need a detailed plan to start developing a new app. You will draw on your knowledge and experience, and you understand that you might need to go back and do some more detailed and formal planning later. Certainly when you reach the point where you are looking for investors or lenders, you will move beyond those first casual notes. Until then, drawing upon your expertise can allow you to quickly jump into the market and perhaps gain a competitive edge by using a minimalist plan.