How to make a top 10 business plan without leaving anything out

Many business owners or financial directors think that they do not need a business plan for their business, or they believe that they don’t have time to do it. And this is a huge mistake! Not having a good business plan is like not having a GPS while driving.

Many business owners or financial directors think that they do not need a business plan for their business, or they believe that they don’t have time to do it. And this is a huge mistake! Not having a good business plan is like not having a GPS while driving.

So, does having a business plan guarantee your success? No, but surely it will ease and facilitate the path of your business. Developing an accurate business plan is a task that you should not skip since it can impact significantly on the growth you expect to have, also it might be a great way to measure and predict the maturation of your business idea.

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Why do you need a business plan?

A strong business plan ought to serve as a roadmap for a successful business. It should elaborate on strategic ideas, develop sales and marketing tactics, and provide the framework for efficient operations.

Although not every successful business starts with formal planning, a business plan is the best way to explore the feasibility of a new business without running it.  A strong strategy will help you discover important weaknesses in your business proposition.

What to include in your business plan?

A business plan is a description of your upcoming business, it details all the actions that need to be taken to achieve the most desired goals and specifies the expected outcome. Even a short proposal that clearly describes your business strategy can be called your business plan. However, there are some generally accepted points that a business plan must have.

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For instance, a strong business plan includes:

  • A detailed description of the business concept.
  • Analysis of the market and the competition
  • A strategy with the specific actions you intend to take.
  • The products or services that will be offered to the market, as well as their competitive advantages.
  • The expected financial statements.
  • The pricing strategy.

Key elements of a business plan

Let’s be clear: a good business plan is the one that helps you succeed. And in order to achieve this, you will need to break this document into different parts and then go into them in more detail. You will need to work on developing:

  • An executive summary
  • A Business overview.
  • Objectives
  • The description of your business and services
  • An analysis of the gaps in the industry you´re in
  • A unique value proposition
  • A description of how the operations could be
  • Calculations and ways to find the needed financial resources

Mistakes to avoid in Your Business Plan

Even detailed business plans are not immune to mistakes. Even the most accurate planning is incapable of fully predicting the course of the entire business, but it can serve as a guide for better decision-making.

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To develop a great business plan you should avoid the following mistakes:

  1. Not having enough time to invest in the planning and strategic alignment of the business
  2. Not having a clear vision and understanding of the market.
  3. Not doing a proper benchmark and analysis of the competition.
  4. Being biased while evaluating the feasibility of your idea.
  5. Having unrealistic financial projections
  6. Not acknowledging your weaknesses

If you need help designing or following the business plan of your business, and need the help of an advisor or fractional CFO, contact us!

A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.”

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