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Business Planning: Planning is Modular

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

Think of your business plan as a matter of blocks, like interrelated pieces. You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps. Start your blocks where you like. Some common blocks are the mantra, the sales forecast, the mission statement , the keys to success, maybe a break-even analysis, or a SWOT, or how about the heart of your plan, as in the whole discussion of who needs your product or service and why and what it is? A sales forecast is a block, and so is an employee or personnel plan, as in laying out month by month how many people will be working in your company, and how much each of them will be paid.

 

The key here is that you don’t get bogged down on having a finished business plan before you do anything else. You’re planning as you go. You’ve heard the stories of people who spent months developing their plan, but never get started. So instead of that, think of the blocks. Choose where you want to start. Get going.

 

 

Message Edited by AriM on 08-28-2009 12:23 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.

Comments:

great post.
another important thing to remember is that the business plan is not a static document
Business planning is a continuous process that has to be done strategically so that it would be successful in the long run.
The author is right. Many people fall in a trap to have too many plans but no execution. It is too often that we attended many training and don't know where to start to implement the ideas.
Business planning really is not a recipe that when all steps are done, then it ends. Business planning is a continuous process that has to be done strategically so that it would be successful. Think of continuous innovation to make your business better remember we as business owners has the power to control our business, what are we going to prioritize. Apartment for Rent in Mandaluyong
Thank you I was that person who has put off my business so long thinking and looking at business plan templates getting overwhelmed that I never thought about building it as I go. I always thought it was something u had to have completed before startup DUHHHH...
laying out month by month how many people will be working in your company, and how much each of them will be paid is a good ideas to begin a business planning, you can count the amount of money per month and control it
A business planning is something encompasses the desired company goals , strategies and actions that are undertaken for ensure business survival and growth.
oh. very great. thanks for share
Never Mind lol. I figured it out. I didn't realize you had to follow a link to tutorials.

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