This topic has been brought up quite often on this forum and I wanted to see how others did things. When I first started my business five years ago, I never had a business plan. I flew from the seat under me not having any detailed plans, just out to make money. Well over the years I picked up some things that have helped and have set goals, made budgets, and targetted certain markets etc.. but never had a technical written a business plan up until about 2 months ago. I had big visions fo rhtis year but last winter we made a big move into our shop/office and it seemed with all that goin on and all the plowing we were doin mixed in with sleep and all the other b.s., I never made time for any business plan. We have been doing very well with the maintenance end and doing small jobs but I am only slowly getting into hardscaping due to not having a lot of time with school. Next year, things will definitely be different and business from here on out will be all planned out accordingly. Anyone else care to share their honest stories about starting out and when they decided to form a business plan and so on?