Many people don’t go through the trouble of creating a business plan for a variety of reasons.
Some don’t know where to start or think it’s unnecessary, while others believe it’s only needed when you seek outside funding.
While not having one isn’t the end of the world, it is a good idea because it makes you think through each and every step that needs to be taken.
Why a business plan is a good idea
Statistics show that businesses that have a business plan succeed at 2 times the rate of those who don’t have one. And those with a business plan also enjoy 30% more growth potential overall. You are also twice as likely to get funding if you have one.
A well done business plan will also help in several other ways. It will…
- Help you determine your chances of making a good profit
- Give you an accurate estimate of your start-up costs
- Help you make money from the beginning by developing a marketing strategy
- Anticipate potential problems before they do harm to your business
The 2 main ways you can create a business plan
At the end of the day you have 2 choices.
- You can buy a book and learn how to do it yourself
- You can use software that guides you through the process
There are a lot of options over on Amazon for books on creating a business plan. A few of the top rated ones are below.
As far as software goes there is a company called LivePlan that walks you through the process of creating your business plan. My understanding is that they have templates for many different industries including the cleaning business, so it’s worth looking at if want to work off a template.
LivePlan currently has two different plans available. One is an online subscription based plan that costs $19.95 per month. The other is a desktop edition that comes in two different flavors. One is a standard edition for $99.95 and the other is the Premier edition for $159.95.
Crafting a business plan is a lot easier when you take the time to invest in learning how to create one. So if you plan on making one do yourself the favor of learning how to do it right. Making one that isn’t very good will do you more harm than good!
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