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.
I mentioned the financial aspect of a plan earlier, so let me add this. Another fact about financials to consider: not all business activities are about making money. Point being, in most enterprises financial considerations are centric to the document. But there are some other considerations. For example, a few years ago I wrote a plan for a new subsidiary that was focused on developing an inventory of patents. The potential financial returns were years into the future. Those patents may or may not ever have commercial value. Another example is a non_profit enterprise that has need for a complete roadmap for growing their profile in a market, of which a marketing plan would be the centerpiece.