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Easy Video Tutorials on Business Planning

By Tim Berry, Guest Blogger
Published: December 18, 2013

I’d like to call your attention to a series of video tutorials I did not that long ago as a donation to this community. They are all here and I’d like you to be aware of them. They are organized into modules, 2-10 minutes each. You can pick and choose and jump around, or run through them in the original order. They are here as a resource for you. (Note: the text in bold here highlights links to the videos)

  1. Introduction and orientation. 2 minutes 13 seconds (2:13). What’s planning, why do you care, why the planning is more important than the plan. 
  2. Planning is modular. 1:26. 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. 
  3. Form follows function. 4:45. Keep it short and simple in the beginning, and grow it as you grow your business. It might be projections plus slides, bullet points, or whatever serves the business need. 
  4. Planning is management. 1:20. It’s not a document, it’s planning process, which is about steering your company. Goals, metrics, milestones, review and revise. 
  5. Strategy. 8:04. Strategy is focus. Focus your business offering to your target market, and use planning to develop and manage priorities and steps. Strategy is the heart. 
  6. Flesh and bones. 10:25. About the plan document itself. Milestones, metrics, responsibilities, and getting things done. 
  7. Sales forecast. This one is so important – and causes so much fear and doubt – that it’s not a single video, but three of them. The first is 4:51, second 3:10, and third is 9:27. I promise you, sales forecasting is far easier than you fear. Anybody who can run a business can do it. 
  8. Dress and grow your business plan. 12:15. As your company grows, your planning grows. As you grow, if you add people to your team, then you want to bring them into the process and make sure you’re on the same page. You bring in skills. The business gets more complex as it grows. Cash flow gets more sophisticated. 
  9. The formal business plan document. This is another with three videos: 5:39, 8:48, and 2:26. How you can fine-tune your plan to appeal to specific needs of raising investment, applying for a loan, working with partners, etc. 
I went through these recently and I think all of it still applies. And it’s all free, with no selling, on this site. 
 

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:

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It was such an awesome post. Every step is logic and it is very usefl for me. That's what I need. Very thanks to the author, Mr. Tim.
Promoting you business could also be added in the business plan.
Thanks Tim for an awesome article. It helped me alot with my business. As we all know, a new business must face alot of difficulties ahead. But all will be easier if we have a clear development plan and strategy. With these videos, i leaned alot about making plan for my own company.
I watched some videos and I am very thankful. When you are a newcomer in the business - these videos are a great experience. And I think it is useful not only for beginners, because planning is very important for business. thanks Tim for this video lessons and thanks for sharing them.
Must say an informative article to guide us on ways to form a successful business. i believe sales forecast along with proper plan for the formation of business holds more importance.
business is the most important. and ultimately sales and profit
Thank you so much for sharing these Video tutorial for business planning. It is very helpful for all the people who engaged in any business.

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