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STEP 14: Create Your Business Plan

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Now, it is time to develop your business plan. While many people make the mistake of writing a business plan very early in their journey, it is recommended that you wait for many reasons.

 

Why Waiting is Wise: Crafting a Business Plan After Proving Your Concept

 

You might've heard the adage, "Measure twice, cut once." It emphasizes preparation and certainty before making a significant move. In the world of startups and businesses, a similar principle applies. While the idea of drafting a business plan sounds like the logical first step, there's immense wisdom in waiting until your concept is proven. Let's dive into why:

 

1. Grounded Reality:

When your concept is proven, your business plan shifts from theoretical assumptions to data-driven facts. You're no longer projecting or assuming; you're planning based on what you know works.

 

2. Efficient Resource Utilization:

Writing a business plan requires a significant investment of time and often money. If your concept changes drastically after initial testing, all that effort could become redundant.

 

3. Investor Attraction:

When you approach potential investors with a business plan post-concept validation, you come with evidence. It's more compelling to present something that's already showing promise.

 

Steps to Creating a Robust Business Plan:

 

1. Executive Summary:

This is the appetizer for what's to come. Briefly describe your company, its mission, and its unique selling proposition.

 

2. Business Description:

Dive deep into the nature of your business, the problem it solves, and the industry landscape.

 

3. Market Analysis:

Here's where your proven concept shines. Use real data to explain the potential market size, segments, and how you fit into the landscape.

 

4. Competitive Analysis:

Highlight your competition and how your product/service stands out.

 

5. Design & Development:

Describe your product/service, its lifecycle, and your R&D plans.

 

6. Sales & Marketing Strategy:

Outline how you'll attract and retain customers.

 

7. Operations & Management:

Detail your business's daily operations, team structure, and responsibilities.

 

8. Financial Projections:

Present your forecasted revenue, monthly expenses, projected profit, and loss statement. A proven concept will enable more accurate projections.

 

9. Funding Request:

If seeking investment, specify how much you're asking for and how you plan to use the capital.

 

10. Appendix:

Any additional resources, references, charts, or graphs.

 

 

HELPFUL TOOLS TO COMPLETE STEP 14:

 

YouTube Video Suggestions:

 

"How to Write a Business Plan To Start Your Own Business" by Young Entrepreneurs Forum - A comprehensive walkthrough of business plan essentials.

 

 

 

"How To Write a Business Plan Step by Step + Template" by Gillian Perkins - A step-by-step guide with a template to make your process smoother.

 

 

For a clear and concise book explanation of how to not just write a business plan but also for all the essentials on what you need to launch a business one can be found here

 

Remember, your business plan isn't a static document. It'll evolve as your business grows. But by waiting until your concept is proven, you're laying a foundation built on solid ground, making it more likely to stand the tests of time and market fluctuations. It is also important to consult with a professional, even if for a plan review, to make sure its adequate to attract favorable investment and/or financing terms.

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