Management & Planning Tool : If you are like many other small business owners, you are not only the owner of the company, you are likely also actively involved in the day-to-day operations as the President/CEO, the marketing department, the IT department, the HR department...the list goes on and on! One of the most important things to remember in trying to bring all of this together into a cohesive and efficient package is that planning is vital!
Goals : Set out some growth targets and other goals over the short and medium terms. Goals for a catering service could be the number clients, the number of events, total revenue or average profit margins on events. Refer to your business plan regularly and push yourself to keep up with the goals that you set.
So, in the end, I encourage you to realign whatever preconceived notions you may have of the business planning process and view it not as a daunting task or a necessary evil of running a successful business. Instead, view it as yet another opportunity, the chance to help make your dreams into a reality by mapping out the needs of your business, your customers, your employees, your suppliers, your community...and yourself!
Keep in mind that even though the sample that I'm going to present to you here is effective, you have to work on it diligently so that you can get the results that it promises. The first step you need to take is to register your small business company. In here, you need to have your accounts established for payment and your site as well as social media pages established so that you can integrate them together in the near future. This may require a good amount of time and effort but once you get this done, it's done and you no longer have to do it over again.