Strategic Planning & Goals: The first step is to identify the key company goals which will be the over_arching direction of the plan. These goals should be focused on three areas: financial, growth initiatives and alignment to the company's vision/mission. This provides the overall direction of the company by establishing high_level goals that will be achieved by tactical initiatives. The overall plan should be 1 to 3 years with measurement mileposts monthly, quarterly and annually. While the plan is put in place at the onset of the year, it should be constantly re_forecast with actual results throughout the year.
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.