Harvard Business Review (HBR) says “the real key to succeeding in business is being flexible and responsive to opportunities.
Entrepreneurs often have to pivot their business once it becomes clear that their original customer is not the right customer, or when it turns out that their product or service fits better in an alternate market.
Business plans have long been a critical document for new businesses. If so, what best practices and data can help you create a winning document that will help your business get the funding you need and ensure your venture lasts?
A decade ago anyone you approached with a business idea without a plan would have laughed and shooed you away.
You should have a plan in order to get yourself organized, to ensure you have some type of viable commercial potential, you have focus and hopefully aren’t going to run out of money or starve before you get going.
If that’s all you need, and you don’t plan to raise money, apply for loans and don’t intend on bringing in partners, then you certainly don’t need a 25lb manuscript. In fact, Brian Chesky (found of Airbnb) is famous for his one-page business plan for global domination.
Because of these realities, business plans written at the start end up nothing more than a fable.” Fortunately, crafting a business plan has become much simpler today.
There are plenty of data sources to back up assumptions and to complete research.
There are plenty of great freelancers available online who can help handle time intensive parts of the process like research and formatting, and interactive pro-formas.
There are even templates you can plug in and print so you don’t waste time figuring out what to include.