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Starling Lawn
04-20-2001, 09:30 PM
Would anyone be willing to send me a copy of their buusiness plan?I used the search forum already and I also looked at the one on nebs.Any help would be appreciated.If you want to email me instead,its `dls7133@aol.com`
Thanks,
Dave

Stonehenge
04-21-2001, 01:05 AM
Well, mine is a bit large to e-mail or send. The plan should be a functional document - not a painting that once you're finished, you put on the mantel only to look at occasionally.

Go to the library, check with your local SCORE rep, see how some are layed out. Decide what info you want in there, and what you're purpose for it is. Is it to show to banks for loans (BTW, for smallish loans, they didn't seem to care about my biz plan, just that I would back up the loan personally)? Or are you trying to attract some investors? Then you'll want to do your homework.

I use mine primarily for reminding myself of where I want the company to go (sometimes you get caught in the day-to-day and lose sight of the forest, seeing only the trees). Mine also has all kinds of chicken scratch in it and addenda, for the modifications I've made. It helps me to crystallize annual goals, modify plans to realize those goals.

Hit the library, and good luck!

John Allin
04-22-2001, 12:14 AM
Setting up a business plan and doing up your first budget are alot alike.... if you copy someone elses, you'll have missed the point of the excercise.

You're best off doing it the hard way... you'll learn more. Stonehenge is right.... it should be an ongoing work in progress.

Skippy
04-22-2001, 09:21 AM
The best way I believe to do it is to do your research. Go buy a good book and read it there are some excellant books out there that will kind of guide you through it. Also up here we have a small business developement center that will help you with it, plus any other questions that you may have. I'd send you mine but it probably wouldn't do you any good because each one is different, The markets, services, etc. and those are the crucial points in a business plan, not to mention financial goals etc.

Starling Lawn
04-22-2001, 10:53 AM
I guess I should have clarified that I already have a plan,just needed a comparison.
Dave

John Allin
04-22-2001, 03:32 PM
Call some of the local universities and ask if they have an SBA department. If they do, you can go there and get assistance at no charge. They'll help you tweak the plan and make sure that it conforms with generally accepted business practices.

Another avenue would be to find the local chapter of SCORE (a group of retired executives that assist small business people in running and/or starting up a business - there is no charge for their services, except for any direct expenses that might be incurred by the person that assists you). SCORE can be a big help in getting started with such things as budget preparation, business plans, how to deal with banks, etc. These are people that have a solid business background and are volunteering their expertise and experience to assist others. And, in your neck of the woods, there are probably some very good SCORE chapters given the number retirees in your state.

Stonehenge
04-22-2001, 07:19 PM
John's right, hit up SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives). Each of the retired execs doing this are doing so because they love it. They're excited to see you succeed, and will pull all the strings they can to help you out. I've received calls on Sunday afternoon from my assigned rep, who was diligently working to gather helpful info for me for a problem I had. And if the person you get assigned isn't a specialist in the area you need help in, they'll refer you to someone in SCORE who is.

It's a free service, so you really can't lose.

Craig Turf Management
04-23-2001, 06:23 AM
I may be mistaken, but I thought I saw a guide for doing business plans at NEBS.com you may want to try there first.
Bill Craig

Holloway Lawns
04-26-2001, 12:24 PM
I went to a seminar at my local Small Business Development Center and they gave me a program called Commerial Loan Analyzer and it is a pogram that goes step by step to make your business plan. If you have a SBDC in your area go there they can help. I am wanting to try and get a loan of approx $40,000.00 so I can purchase new mowers, trimmers, and possibly a new truck and trailer.

Starling Lawn
04-26-2001, 04:56 PM
I have a meeting mon. at that sbdc.I`ve been pulling out my hair with this.I tore up my original plan and started over.Probably a dumb thing to do but,oh well.
Dave

Skippy
04-28-2001, 10:10 PM
Good Luck at your meeting. And as far as pulling your hair out.....lol...Welcome to the business. The sbdc is a great way to start though.

Starling Lawn
04-30-2001, 03:54 PM
Well,I just got back from the sbdc.Boy did it open my eyes and redirect my thinking.1st,my hourly rate was WAY too low.2nd,we decided i don`t need a business plan since I`m not borrowing money at this time.What I do need is a `action plan` with financial sheet in it.Off to crunch numbers.thanks,
Dave

John Allin
05-01-2001, 05:02 PM
Now you're on the right track....

Go Get 'Em !!