What are the critical steps needed to achieve a successful business plan? This may come as a surprise to my fellow business consultants, but producing a successful business plan is not as difficult as people often think, so long as they follow a logical sequence. Here is my considered view as to the critical steps. 1. Understand what you are planning and why; 2. Define the activities of your organisation; 3. Outline the current position of the business; 4. Review and discuss the external market conditions, undertake and understand a competitive analysis, and define your market positioning; 5. Define your core objectives; 6. Prepare and articulate the strategy to attain and meet the objectives; 7. Identify and review risks and opportunities; 8. Prepare a strategy to deal with risks and exploit opportunities; 9. Refine the strategies into operational plans; 10. Prepare financial forecasts including revenues, costs, cash_flow, capital expenditure and assumptions adopted; 11. Finalise the plan; 12. Get it approved; 13. Use it; 14. Review it regularly and update as appropriate.
Here are the steps you would need to take. First, you would need to know all your current business numbers. This will be the basis for the plan. You're going to need to know: 1. What your current average monthly sales are 2. What your current average monthly material cost is 3. What your current average monthly labor cost is 4. What your current average monthly fixed expenses are 5. What your current average monthly variable expenses are 6. What your average number of transactions per customer per month are 7. What your average dollar sale per transaction is 8. What your average monthly profit is 9. What your average monthly profit margin is 10. And what % capacity your business is at right now Second, decide what you want your salary to be Third, determine how many years in the future you want to plan for Fourth, you will need to know: 1. What % is your material cost of sales? 2. What % is your labor cost of sales? 3. And what % is your variable expense of sales?