The Essentials of a Business Plan by Tisha Mosley

Posted by Nancy ONeale on Sunday, September 8, 2013

Business Plans are a very important tool for any business. If it is done properly, it will pro-vide important details such as: who, what, when, where, why and how of any business. Every business includes: the executive summary, the company summary, and the particular product and/or service being offered.

Once a person chooses a specific business, the revealed industry will be categorized in a field with direct and indirect competitors. The development of a good business plan will also hone in on a marketing strategy that will help with determining a company’s price point. Pricing can be difficult, but with solid research, a pricing formula won’t be as difficult. This is why knowing a company’s competitors are so important.

Writing the company’s operating procedures will also take strategic preparation. In order for a business to be successful, there should be effective systems in place. Although systems aren’t always easy to develop, there ought to be tools that measure the success of any operational plan.

Goal setting is one way to plan for monthly and/or annual reviews of a company’s business plan success. Business plans are not stagnant; they are expected to change over time as the company grows.

Most importantly, financing a business can be very costly, but with a solid business plan it will ensure that the original vision of a business is in place and it will also expose what areas are not functioning as originally planned. At that time, the plan can be altered and repositioned for success.