If you are a small business owner looking for a reliable, structured way to grow your business your way, then you probably already know that a business plan can integrate all of your ideas about how to grow your business. You will probably have read and watched my blog post talking about how 80% of small businesses fail within the first 5 years, and of those that survive, the majority describe themselves as “struggling” rather than “successful”.
But here’s what you might not know – even if you are lucky enough to be running your small business without feeling the frustration of putting in all the hard work every day but feeling like you’re not getting anywhere fast, having your own comprehensive and actionable business plan will let you define exactly where you want to get to, help you get organised by setting long, medium and short-term goals, set you up with a clear strategic direction and effective strategies to implement to get you there, and allow you to write detailed step-by-step Action Plans that you can implement on a day-to-day basis to keep you on track toward your ultimate goal.
However, even though the need to write a business plan is a no-brainer, the actual process of how to write an effective and actionable business plan is anything but! Read More