First Rule When Starting an Online Business – Create a Business Plan

o Which direction is your business heading?
o Can you tell others where your business is heading?
o Do you have a sense of commitment, as you tell others your business objectives?
o Do you have a sense of achievement, as you see your business progressing in the way you had envisaged?

You know you have never created a business plan, and now you are wondering where you should start. You have a blank piece of paper or a new page open on your computer and writing the opening sentences will always be the hardest. What do you do next?

You know you can make the plan as complicated as you want, but there are really four elements that all business plans need to cover.

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Business Plan For a Small Business – What Purpose Does it Serve?

One of my favorite types of projects is working on small business plans with clients. There is an air of excitement as they work out their ideas and put their dreams on paper. I always think that I might be witnessing a birth of another future corporate giant. Some of those ideas are compelling, others seem unattainable, and yet the confidence and certainty my clients exhibit leave me with no doubt that they will succeed.

The Challenge of Writing a Business Plan
As excited as these entrepreneurs are about their ideas, for many of them the actual task of writing things down in a business plan format is very hard. They would rather get started already, develop their product or service, find a location – do all the things a typical small business owner does. They have such inner clarity about every single detail and yet communicating all of it in writing – in a business plan format – seems completely against their nature. It feels too structured, almost unnecessary.

Obtaining Financing
And yet, especially it today’s world, it is necessary. Most of the time the purpose for a small business plan is to obtain financing. No matter which group you are thinking of approaching – venture capitalists, commercial lenders, potential investors – they will all want to see a formal, written business plan.

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A Business Plan For Cafe Businesses – Writing Tips

Creating your cafe’s business plan is a project in and of itself, so make sure you understand what goes into it. These are tips for writing a successful plan for your cafe.

Outline First

Before starting to write any section in full, take a quick sweep through the outline of the entire plan. Jot down everything you know about each section within and highlight where sections pose questions for which you don’t know the answers yet (such as “Who are my competitors?”). You will finish this quick process with a much better grasp of what you know, what you don’t know, how much time will probably be required to find the answers you need, and where you should probably begin.

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