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 have been putting together business plans for over 25 years and it is clear to me that the strength of its core rests solely on being able to execute the plan. Each year I approach business planning as an opportunity, rather than a burden. I would rather invest the time up front in mapping out the upcoming year, than leaving it to chance to dictate my strategy. While this may force me to think strategically as well as tactically, preparing a detailed business plan in advance enables me to identify the challenges in advance of actually facing them.