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How You Can Prepare Your Business Plan In One Day
What Is A Business Plan And Other FAQ’s
Take Just 5 Steps to Plan And Organise For Growth
8 Secrets About Writing Business Plans
What You Might Not Know About Business Plans

How You Can Prepare Your Business Plan In One Day

This week I want to show you how you can prepare your Business Plan for your small business in just one day.

I have written extensively about how every small business must have a business plan. Businesses don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan.

If you struggle every day while working hard, to get to where you want to go, to build that incredible business you can one day look back on and be proud of – but you’re not getting anywhere because you are getting “caught up”, that’s because you don’t have a business plan.

A business plan sets up the goalposts describing exactly what you want at the end of the day, and it sets up the roadmap to get you there. With the goalposts clearly in front of you and a detailed roadmap, you will know what is important to work at on a day-to-day basis, what to do, when to do it, and in what order.

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What Is A Business Plan And Other FAQ’s

I’m all about planning and especially about making sure your small business has every chance of success by mapping out your own tailored Business Plan.

I’ve opened the cart this week on my online business planning guided workshop called “Your One Day Business Plan”.

While I have written extensively about business planning, how it can help a small business grow, how indeed the lack of one could sink a business, people still ask me questions about business planning, and they ask me questions about how “Your One Day Business Plan” can help them.

So, I thought I would take this post to answer the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) that I am always being asked.

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Take Just 5 Steps to Plan And Organise For Growth

Like many small business owners, you are probably one of the hardest workers I know.

But unfortunately, all that hard work is not translating to the business transformation you have been envisioning, so what you need is a breakthrough event or activity that will take your business into the next leap of growth.

Let’s debunk some myths, though.

Such an event or activity does not just happen. Your business does not just automatically take a great leap forward if you work hard enough!

You have to create a clear path that you can follow that builds each stage of growth and you have to consistently follow it.

I believe the facts are clear if you study successful businesses, as I have been doing for the last 40 years. A small business needs to deliberately and consciously plan ahead in order to achieve success. A small business owner needs to recognise that working hard as an expert tradesman or a highly proficient professional cannot achieve *that* success of building a business you can look back on and be proud of without some strategic thinking as a leader, not just a doer. Read More

8 Secrets About Writing Business Plans

If you own a small business that is growing, but you are feeling frustrated that you seem to be doing a lot of hard work for very slow progress, you should look at preparing your business plan so that you can logically work out what your priorities are, and then implement them.

In fact, statistics show that small businesses that fail either do not have a business plan or have an ineffective one that they don’t implement. Businesses don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan!

However, small business owners have been caught up in a lot of myths about business planning. The consulting industry has told small business owners that it is hard to write a business plan and you need to hire them to write one for you. Others have been caught up believing that it takes a lot of time or it costs a lot of money. Booksellers and online “trainers’ or “coaches” would have you believe that all you have to do is buy their templates and fill in the blanks. Some people have been told by “friends” that they didn’t find their business plan useful – because they didn’t follow them once written. Yet other small business owners do not even know what a business plan can do for them, so they don’t look any further.

I think it’s time to bust some myths and find out the truth about business plans and understand the 8 secrets about writing business plans for a small business AND read to the end to see how you can download your FREE business planning checklist.

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What You Might Not Know About Business Plans

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

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