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Business Planning: Business Plan Flesh and Bones

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Business Planning: Business Plan Flesh and Bones

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

I like to think of defining flesh and bones as setting the steps. You have a strategy, you’ve got the heart of your business settled, but you want to set it down into concrete steps you can follow and track.

To follow up on a plan and turn it into effective management, you have to have specifics that you can track and manage. This turns a plan into a planning process, and it makes for management. This section deals with the specific steps you can take to make things happen. Remember: Good business planning is nine parts implementation for every one part strategy.

About the Author:

Tim Berry
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.


Tracking results as per your plan is the key to ensure you are following your plan correctly. How it track it, I divide my task into further smaller tasks and then follow the progress by actually measure how many sub-tasks I have completed. Keeping in mind that I have a small business to run, I guess I am moving in the right direction.
So what makes you think you can promote this idea or product or service? How will you go about it? What will it cost? What are other doing, and how can you compete with them? An important factor is make it unique. All the parts of a business plan need to look sharp, be concise, and provide all pertinent information. Putting all of that together in a convincing presentation is what separates one business plan from another.
"planning is nine parts implementation for every one part strategy" great, though do not know much English, but I tried to hear the end of it, Video has enabled me to fulfill plans to report on
Very interesting, makes a lot of sense.
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Thank you for your post.Video has been a big help for me to get my plan together.
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