Building Your Small Business Ideas With a Business Plan

Whether you have small business ideas you plan on implementing or you have been operating a small business for some time you need a focused business plan. It is your guide to success and without it you are planning to fail.

Your business plan needs to be a live document that is in constant development and is continually checked and updated, You must know if you are meeting your goals and if you do not continually check your business plan it can not work for you. Your business plan will allow you to make the needed changes to adjust to your small business growth or lack of growth.

The basic outline of a business plan is to detail the systems you will use and the task that are needed to accomplish your goals. By reviewing your business plan on a monthly basis at first you will be able to check your progress or lack of it. Once your business is up and running inn the direction you desire you may want to revise the time you review your plan. If your small business is progressing the way you planned and growth is steady checking your plan quarterly might be a good choice.

At first financial goals should be small. Although small they should be accomplished in the time frame you set. The initial small goals are as vital to your overall plan as the larger goals you have set for later dates. If your plan is working correctly in the early stages you will be able to determine if the complete business plan is achievable. Make sure that each goal is achieved as planned.

As in most aspects of life the best of plans can fail. You must ask yourself two questions. 1. Did you complete each goal in the time period you set. Were you able to achieve some of your goals but not all of them.

2. Were you able to use the systems you put in place and did they work as planned. Some of them will have met the goals you set while others did not.

Look carefully at your answers and analyze them. You will have systems that worked correctly and performed as expected. Keep those and continue working with them. The will also be systems that did not meet the goals you had set and the plans you had made. Look at these systems and find why they did not work.

You need to know why they did not work, if the system was flawed, were there steps in the system you may have missed. In answering those questions you can adjust future plans to accommodate errors that may have been made or discard the system completed and replace it with a new one.

A good solid business plan will continually improve and adjust. Adjusting and manipulating your plan for future growth will not only improve the effectiveness of your plan it will insure continued growth of your business.

Along with helping to build your small business ideas a business plan can give you confidence. A business plan is like a silent partner that helps keep your business on track.

Business Ideas: Your Plan and Business Actions

Have you ever wondered how you get your business ideas, and plans, into action and make progress with your dream business?

Your business ideas need clarity in what you want and where you are going.

I think we’d all love to wake up in the morning feeling invigorated and excited to greet the day because we have a business that is fulfilling and adds meaning to the lives of others, as we help solve their problems.

Begin today, write down your business ideas…

Where is this journey taking you? Your business ideas can take you on a fun adventure – when you know where you want to go and know the steps you need to put into place to get there.

  • Having vision and a mission for your business to use in setting your goals and objectives – will help you keep clear and focused.

Successful people understand the importance of planning in their lives. If I were driving from Texas to California, I would need to have a strategy – a plan.

This is how I used to think, ‘Well, of course, that makes sense, I know what my plan and goals are for my business ideas – I don’t need the tasks of writing this down! It just uses up time and feels like I am procrastinating in getting started on the real work.’

  • I was procrastinating by not writing out my business vision, plan and goals!

I often hear – “I want a better life!”

Great, what do you do next?

  • According to Lee Iacocca, the former President of Ford Motor Corporation and Chairman of Chrysler Corporation, “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”

Support your vision, and your business ideas, and make a plan on what you want to bring into your business (and life). Write it down and stay focused on your end goal (your vision) at all times.

  • Don’t have time, or even the mental energy to do this? So…

How do you free up your time and move forward?

Put your business ideas into a strategy, and then into action. When you write a business plan, it is enlightening and brings clarity to your thoughts on paper. And, your written plan is a guide to refer back to, often.

  • You will get your direction and focus on where your business is heading and where you want to go with your business.
  • Based on your plan, you can take small action steps to get clearer, and get focused on what to do next.
  • You will be able to create a business plan that is truly aligned with who you are.
  • You will start to understand how you can make a bigger difference in the world with your gifts.

So what are your business ideas, your business plan?

You really don’t need to feel overwhelmed.

Your strategies will form and the tactics will come from your vision and your plan, as you get clear. Writing out your business ideas, your vision, and your plan to make it happen will help you get clarity..

You will grow and understand where to focus your energy to maximize your results – and learn what you can clear off your plate so you are moving towards your dream business.

5 Keys to Raising Capital for Your New Business Idea

Learning how to raise capital for your business idea is often difficult for many otherwise very capable would be entrepreneurs. Raising finance, be it from a bank, a venture capital firm or a business angel, has a lot to do with being able to sell your business idea, and less about how good that idea actually is. The best business idea can get nowhere if you cannot convince your prospective investors of its potential as an investment and your ability as a business owner of making it a success. You should keep the following key points in mind when trying to raise capital for your new business idea.

Prepare a business plan

Writing a business plan is often a lot of work and distracts you from doing what you want to do, which is running your business. But you won’t get any funding without a solid written business plan. Telling an investor or your bank contact that they should give you money because you had a great idea is just not going to cut it. A business plan will explain exactly what you plan on doing with that money, why you need it and real numbers proving your business idea potential. Among other things, you’ll need to be able to prove that you know your audience and the size of the market you plan on targeting, your marketing plans, your expected cashflow for the first few years and how will you deal with risks such as another competitor entering the market. If you are unsure about how to write a good business plan you can also hire a consultant to help you prepare it, but make sure you know exactly what’s in it, since the consultant won’t be with you when talking to the potential investors.

Practice your pitch

Looking for investment is like selling your business idea to somebody who knows a lot about what makes a good, profitable business. While a good business plan is the basis for your pitch, you will still need to deliver it the right way. It’s worth investigating your potential investors, and adapting your pitch to that information. For example, a bank is often conservative and would be more interested in you showcasing how your business idea is a safe bet and has a solid base, without extravagant expenses or high risk taking. However, an investor with an existing portfolio of cutting edge technological business may be more interested in listening to how your business is highly innovative and will use the money to create the next big thing online. Do not go into any meeting with your investors without researching all you can about them and their style, since they will have no doubt researched you to see if you, as a person and a businessman, are likely to succeed.

Plan for threats and weaknesses

Remember when at job interviews people asked you to name your weak points? Your investors are going to do exactly the same about your business idea. While it’s clear that you wouldn’t be asking for investment if you didn’t believe your business idea has a high potential for success, you should also be aware of what things could make it fail, and be able to plan for it. Do not say “Nothing can go wrong, I have everything covered” because at best you’ll get a reality check from the investors about the many things you had not considered, before politely being shown the door. Being secure of yourself is great, but realism is highly appreciated in business.

Know your USP

What makes your business idea unique, and so makes people choose you over anybody else to buy from? Your unique selling point, or USP, will be key to your marketing strategy since it’s the reason why people will buy from you. A generic business with no unique selling point is not likely to make venture investors interested, because if anybody can do it, it’s probably not going to be very profitable. Investors want a high return on investment, and that means that your business should grow and not just be good enough for you to make a living. On the other hand, a bank may be less demanding with your uniqueness, as long as you are using a proven business model on a niche that has room for new players, but a bank knows that they’ll get their payment through your loan interest so they are satisfied with you just breaking even and paying your loan.

Show that you the right person to lead your business

This is another challenging issue when trying to get finance, and a question that few investors will ask you directly so you need to show it by your actions and your sales pitch. Some people are great at having ideas, but are very bad at making those ideas into a real business and managing the day to day of said business. As a business owner, you’ll need many skills that aren’t directly related to your business core idea. Even if you are technically the best developer in the world, and the person who can best implement your idea, you may not be the right person to actually manage it and many investors will notice that unfavourably. Make sure you come across as a savvy businessperson, and not just a great inventor or a proficient salesman.