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Business Planning: Form Follows Function

By Tim Berry, Guest Blogger
Published: February 12, 2010 Updated: December 12, 2011

Your plan-as-you-go business plan is no more than what you need to run your business. In the beginning, it might be as simple as an elevator speech, as explained in the Dressing and Growing section. Be able to talk through those key points: the customer story, what makes you unique, how you’re focusing and on what you’re focusing, and, if it comes to that, your close — what you want from whoever is listening.

 

Or it might be a simple sales forecast, and perhaps, a burn rate in the very beginning because you know what you’re doing — maybe you’ve been doing it for years already and you don’t need to verbalize it right at this moment — and you’ll set those figures down and start tracking them.

 

 

Message Edited by AriM on 08-28-2009 12:16 PM

About the Author:

Tim Berry

Guest Blogger

Founder and Chairman of Palo Alto Software and bplans.com, on twitter as Timberry, blogging at timberry.bplans.com. His collected posts are at blog.timberry.com. Stanford MBA. Married 44 years, father of 5. Author of business plan software Business Plan Pro and www.liveplan.com and books including The Plan As You Go Business Plan, published by Entrepreneur Press, 2008.

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the business plan must be strictly related with your goals, the goals must be related to your clients, and your clients needs must not conflicted with yours, and it is not an easy task to do.
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So Important to listen to this man and learn how it has to be done. Very daunting task stepping into business! this guy really knows what he is talking about
Another great video! So many websites talk about creating a very lengthy, drawn out business plan. Most successful business owners talk about a 1 page business plan because things typically change rapidly once the business is launched and it's important to actually launch - not get caught up in the business plan.
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Well, i don't think that plans are that much effective in the real world businesses, the best plan would be take risks and earn money
thank you for sharing,fantastic post.
Thanks for the interesting post. I've learned a lot from it. Got to think really hard to get a good plan.
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