Starting a business without a plan is the same thing as going on a journey without any sense of where you’re heading. For most entrepreneurs, a business plan is a document that needs to exist only for the purpose of presenting the business idea to venture capitalists and investors. It also means that you have valuable information that you can use to pitch your start-up value.
A business plan represents a well-written document that describes your business, its objectives, and strategies, as well as the market that you’re targeting and your financial forecast. Your business plan is a road map for growth from the early-stage idea to a big company. This document will help you focus more on the business operation and give you bigger chances for success.
In this blog post, we want to give you 7 good reasons why you must have this important document before the start of your venture:
1. A business plan can map your growth
You have started the process of being your own boss. And now you want to know what you’re going to do and point your business in the right direction. Your business plan will serve you as a compass. It will keep you focused on your goals and execute them with excellence. As a first-time entrepreneur, just like a lone survivor in the wilderness, an outlined business plan will work just like a compass and map out your growth.
Mapping your growth as a company with a business plan means game plan development. The best time for analysis, scoping competitors, identifying opportunities, comprehending your future capital, and developing a sturdy strategy is upfront. With this, you can organize your company and focus on refining your business model while converting leads into clients.
2. Entrepreneurs get market insights
Insights into your target market are something that we have already discussed in our blog and we will keep doing so until every entrepreneur understands how vital the market data is. Prior market research will show investors that you’ve deeply understood your target industry before entering it. Furthermore, it shows that you know how your business will fit in the market and the probability of success.
3. A business plan helps entrepreneurs stay on track
Without a doubt, a company without a business plan can easily shift in the wrong direction. Having a business plan helps you stay organized and keeps you on the right path to success. In fact, a good organization is one of the keys that will help you to successfully operate your business.
4. Your working plan helps you determine the purpose
To showcase the idea to investors and potential stakeholders is not the only thing that matters in a business. A good business plan will motivate your employees to get up in the morning and come to the office. As a first-time entrepreneur, take some time to determine the core values of your future
5. Financial projections
Figuring out the financial statements is one of the main challenges when it comes to business planning. Financial projections are just a way to predict the growth of your business. Obviously, it helps you in budget preparation and setting the financial goals. The whole purpose of including financial projections into your business plan is to predict what the business is capable of when it comes to revenue and profit.
6. It keeps your team aligned
Having a plan allows everyone who’s on board stays aligned with the current and future business plan. This is very important, especially for start-ups that are in their early stage. Everyone needs to be on the same page in terms of working together and growing the business together. Putting everything on paper first is the right way to start.
7. A business plan provides self-awareness to entrepreneurs
The business plan is a great way for first-time entrepreneurs to help them declare their vision and plan for their company too. It will force you to think and develop your strategy even further. Finally, it will serve you as a guideline to track your progress and hold you as a CEO, more accountable for your future steps.
Having a business plan is important because it will help you set realistic goals for your start-up. It will serve as an excellent tool to secure investor funding and to establish the financial forecasts for your business and ROI (Return on Investment). To be considered as a strong candidate for receiving investment funds, you must prove that you thoroughly understand every aspect of your business and that you know how to create profit from it. As a first-time entrepreneur who has a great new idea, we advise you to not jump into business waters without a plan. There are important questions that need to be answered first. The BizzBee team of experts is here for you to help you answer all those questions and guide you through the process of successful business planning.
Danco is a serial entrepreneur, founder and CEO of BizzBee Solutions, proud father of a 3-year-old and a burger enthusiast. He is inspired by growth and goes above and beyond to make it possible – whether it comes to his 300+ clients or his people. Eager to learn more? Follow Danco on LinkedIn and Facebook.