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A plan is vital for all businesses, creating a plan of action that will establish goals and measure success. A business plan will be constantly updated and changed as time progresses, and events necessitate amendments to the plan. A business plan that isn’t adhered to and used as a management tool is no use to any company.

Often, a business owner will create a business plan that outlines goals and changes that are imminent, which creates an overwhelming task and chaos. Setting achievable goals, tackling each one separately is simpler. The first objective may be the one that will have the greatest impact on your business. A common misconception is to assume you will come to the end of your business plan. In reality, a business plan is never completed as a business faces changes and obstacles to overcome continually. The business plan should change along with your company.

A business plan should be realistic, especially if you are considering applying for investment. Include all expenses and costs in a business plan without omitting anything. However, a business plan which includes inflated expenses and costs will also be detrimental. Making a business plan simple to understand may affect the possibility of obtaining finance, as people increasingly look for ease of understanding and simplicity. Outline opportunities, stating who the prospective customer is and how they will be targeted, along with the benefit for the business.

A business idea is useless without credible substance, which is why a business plan should include details of how a prospective customer will be targeted and whether this will be in a cost effective manner. Good cash flow management is crucial to any business and the business plan should establish the difference between cashflow and profits. A company may be profitable but can still become insolvent if there is no cash to pay debts and bills on time. Overdue payments have become a problem for a large number of businesses which can cause a business to become insolvent, even if they are profitable.

Inconsistencies in a business plan should be avoided, as contradictions of goals, success and plans will be obvious to the intended reader, especially a potential investor. Consistency, especially if there are multiple authors is crucial for a solid and believable business plan

A business plan needs to be accurate and include all relevant details of projections and forecasts. A business plan which is produced using accurate and realistic details, in addition to being well presented will increase the chances of plan objectives being met.

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Gary Fields

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