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.
Fundamentals, Cycles & Trends (FC & T's): Your plan, if done in advance and thoroughly, should provide and excellent foundation from which to work. Even the best plan still has to react to outside forces that will influence your best intentions. Identifying certain fundamentals, cycles and trends that may impact your company is a prudent way to being able to develop a contingency "plan B" in the event an outside force rears its head. A series of key FC & T's should be monitored throughout the year so that if required, your plan can react. Certain FC & T's may include wholesale pricing, weather, commodity markets or labor market impacts that are out of your control. In my opinion, developing contingency plans in advance for these outside forces at least gives you a fighting chance to react favorably.