Contextualise Your Budget _ Of course your budget will be extremely important. But sometimes people sort of pluck figures out of thin air, not giving it the context it needs in the business plan to make real concrete sense of how that budget is going to work. So it is crucial that every time you mention financials in your business plan, to really give them the correct context. When I have worked with clients in developing business plans, there has been a budget or amount set aside for example to be spent on marketing, which has been decided a bit arbitrarily. I mean with no real research, no understanding of what that amount needs to be spent on, and what that budget will truly achieve. It seems to have been put there to fill the need to attribute a certain sum to marketing. Make sure you are researching each point of your budget, make sure that you are giving it context and it makes proper sense within your overall plan.
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.