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Posts by Tim Berry

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  • There once was a time that every business plan had a mission or a vision statement, and we did them basically because we were told we were supposed to. That's ancient history now, I hope. Whether it's mission, mantra, or vision, you do it because it's good for your business. Which means...
  • So you wonder whether you want a business plan for your business. You've heard that business plans are about raising money, perhaps, and it sounds like it might be hard to do. You don't have that MBA degree or CPA certification. So thank goodness, you don't need it. What a relief. Here's my...
  • Every spring I judge intercollegiate MBA-level business plan contests at the University of Oregon, Rice, and the University of Texas, and participate in the Willamette Angel Conference as an investor. That means I read hundreds of business plans and listen to several dozen business pitches. And I...
  • Most of us plan all the time. Not just the whole big plan for our business, called;the business plan- as in capital letters, scary, THE BUSINESS PLAN; but also, all the time, the pieces of business that make it work. We plan the product launch, the trade show, the marketing programs, sales events,...
  • Business Planning and Black Swans Have you read Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan*? It's a great book. It should be required reading, especially for business planning and management. The black swan is the big event we didn't predict, that we couldn't have predicted, but...
  • Don’t dismiss business planning just because you don’t need to show a document to anybody. One of the best fringe benefits of a good business planning process is the teamwork and collaboration it can generate. 1. The magic of metrics Never underestimate the power of metrics: it's...
  • Manage your long-term goals and the short-term steps to achieve them. Develop measurement and accountability. Optimize your use of resources. Manage your business better. All of these benefits can be part of business planning process, whether you fully develop a formal business plan document, or...
  • Do you need a business plan? This is for you. You don’t? But wait a minute, don’t you want to manage your business better? Can you afford not to do your best?I’m very happy with my business plan tutorials on this site. This is a series of short videos about business planning for...
  • Are you running a business? Thinking of starting one? Trying to grow one? Even if you don’t need a business plan to show to bankers or investors, don’t cheat yourself out of planning. Here are 10 ways to get going with planning to help you steer your business. Call 10 customers....
  • What would happen if we redefined dieting and exercise as, say, exaggerated starvation dieting and brutal injury-prone-over-exercise such as running a marathon without training first? People would advise against diet and exercise, right?That's about what happens when you swallow some or all of the...

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