Write Your Own Business Plan? Or Get it Professionally Written?

There are definitely some cases where writing a business plan yourself is preferable and others where an expert third party may add value to the process.

Writing your business plan yourself

For micro businesses raising small amounts of investment (say under £50,000) this is likely to be the best approach. Apart from anything else it doesn’t make sense spending 10% or 15% of the funds you are trying to raise on getting someone to help you write a plan! Most high street banks offer on-line applications or software templates to help you. Just beware that you may have to repeat the application process several times in different format if you don’t have a stand-alone business plan.

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5 Questions for Writing Your Business Plan

When you start a business, it’s an exciting time. You are passionate about your big idea. You can see it clearly in your head. You know what you want to do. You just need to get on with it. Sound familiar?

Yet one of the main reasons so many new businesses fail isn’t necessarily because the idea was flawed. One of the biggest reasons they fail is actually because they didn’t have a clear plan. The plan is what moves you from ideas to action.Those that have a plan have had the discipline and foresight to really think through their ideas and how they are going to work.

So 5 important questions to ask yourself as you write your plan?

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Simple Business Plan – You Only Need One Page To Set Your Business On The Path To Success

A simple business plan is all you need to keep your company moving along the success track.

Ask many entrepreneurs if they have a strategic/business plan/blueprint and they will nearly always say yes, but ask to see it and you’ll discover that it is often just a mental vision they have in their heads.

Writing a strategic blueprint is one of the single most important things that any company owner can do and yet, many small business owners never get around to doing it! Yes, they may have a dream for what they hope to achieve with their company but unless it is written down with goals, strategies and a plan of action, it’s really just a pipedream.

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