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Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by countryscaper, Oct 9, 2002.
Just wondering "Does anybody use a Business Plan?...Is it worth it??
I think the old saying goes: "failure to plan is planning to fail"
Yeah I wrote one out. Even though im a solo operator, ive found that by putting down all the thoughts in my head into a cohesive plan, really helps me focus on what I want to accomplish.
Take the time to do it, its well worth it.
yes... and yes.
Yeah, I wrote a business plan but I can't remember the last time I looked at it. I know the main goals, but lots of specifics keep changing. I agree with the other's; It's a good process to go through because it makes you think everything out. I'll probably update mine this winter for next season. We did ours as a family, and our 8 year old boy is into it and actually comes up with some pretty good ideas. He even copied it over, with illustrations!
A business plan is a map for your business. As the "terrain' of your business changes, so must your "map".
There is a lot of good software out there, including Business Plan Pro software. You can pick it up at any office supply store.
Ive been working on mine as well. Started it a couple weeks ago and am close to being finished. Im not starting up untill probably late dec or early jan so i have a bit if time to get my ducks in a row. I had soo much info laying around scribbled on the back of envelopes and napkins. Once i put everything i had into an organized plan, it just seemed to come together... a nice road map so to speak. Of course it will change, that is the nature of business and a business plan must be flexible as well. but it has really helped me get "somewhat" organized. Business Plan Pro 2003 is a great program. Anyone need a copy? Ill point you in the right direction for a free one.
having one certainly won't hurt. i made one, it was pretty intense as it was being submitted to qualify for a government grant. used much of my material from university, so for me it was relatively easy to put together.
i honestly never look at it now. i think for some having a business map is good, keeps them on target. for myself, it is all in my head, just never took the time to update the plan.