Business plans are a must have for any new business. They are useful tools to help organise and predict future outcomes and results. They can also be used to pitch to potential investors. Knowing how useful business plans are; it is now time to start writing one up for your own business.
While it is always exciting to try to realize your dream in your mind and to project that image into your future, the realization that barriers, stumbling blocks, and necessary "to-do's" exist. These subjects range from broad to very specific, and can include questions such as; Who is my ideal client?; What would be a good name for my organization?; What is my unique selling proposition (USP)?; How will I balance my work life with my personal life?; How big do I want this business to be; Do I have the necessary resources? If not, where can I get them? If so, how do I most effectively utilize them?
How do you create an effective business plan in this situation? Well, simply stated, place yourself in the shoes of the person lending the money. What would you as the lender want to read in a plan? First and foremost, these individuals want to see that you have demonstrated the ability to repay the loan with the required level of return on investment (ROI) and within the required time frame.
Startup Costs and Considerations: List out startup costs and initial operating costs and then calculate the total amount of startup capital that is required before you can open your doors to clients. Make a note of the sources of funding that are available to you and the advantages and disadvantages of each option.