What you may not have realized is that a business plan can be used for more
than just planning your venture; it’s also a tool for other aspects of your new
You can use a business plan in order to recruit new employees or business
partners. Others will feel much more confident in your business if you show
that you are determined to make it succeed as well as consider yourself a
professional in your field.
The business plan gives a comprehensive look at whether or not the business
is set up to succeed. A poorly executed business plan will not look right to
potential networking prospects or to anyone that you may want to bring into
A business plan is also an excellent tool for managing the growth of your
business. With these clearly set goals and guidelines, you can see if your
outcome is matching up with your vision. If it’s not, you can reevaluate your
If there are things that you need to change about the way that you’re
working, then you can go ahead and do so, but if there are things that are
faltering in a business sense, you may want to rewrite the overall plan.
You may find that the way that you intended to reach customers just isn’t
working—then change it. Maybe you need more start up funds (or less),
make sure that you adjust that as well.
And from a planning viewpoint, your business plan can help guide you
through rough periods and down times. You may want to include plans for
how to deal with problems and obstacles. This is very reassuring not only to
you the ‘boss’ but also to anyone else that may be involved with the day to
It helps to know how to get where you are going.
A good business plan will be very detailed as to what the eventual goal is and
how the business intends to get there, but it is in no way unchangeable. It’s
a living and breathing document of your dreams.
Your business plan will change as your business grows and (hopefully)
prospers. Once you’ve reached certain goals, you’ll have to make new ones.
Once you’ve encountered new problems, you’ll have new ways to approach
A business plan is the model for your business, but think of it as soft clay
rather than hard marble.
ARE YOU READY?
A lot of entrepreneurs will ask themselves if their business is worthwhile, but
neglect to ask themselves if they are ready to handle everything. Are you
ready to launch your own business?
Since there are no guarantees in the business world, you’re going to have to
be the best business version of yourself possible in order to start in the right
Do you consider yourself a self-starter? If so, then working for yourself at
home is the right decision for you. You’ll need to make your own decisions
and create your own plans without any outside input in most cases. If you’re
ready for the awesome responsibility, then go for it.
Of course, along with this, can you make decisions? You won’t have the
luxury of asking for other’s opinions, so are you able to weigh all of the
factors involved and then create an answer that will work for both you and
your business. You can’t be indecisive.
Are you able to get along with people? There are a lot of different
personalities in the world, and you’ll need to be able to interact with
everyone. If you’re not really a people person, then you want to figure out a
way to interact with customers that highlights what you are comfortable
doing. Perhaps you can take a few communication courses before you begin.
Physically and emotionally, are you ready? The amount of work a home
business takes is a lot and you need to be ready to put in the time and the
energy. If you can’t see yourself working long hours, then you might not be
heading into the right field, or you need to reevaluate your reasons for your
You have to be organized and able to plan your business ventures. Are you
skilled in computer software that can organize your finances? Are you able
to keep track of your appointments, deadlines and meetings? You are your
own boss and secretary—can you handle that?
And what kind of impact is this change going to have on your home life? You
want to talk to your family about setting up boundaries and creating clear
work and play spaces.
With all of these things in mind, try to organize your life in a way that will
foster your business’ growth, rather than take away from it. And if you’re
not sure about some of these areas, take a step back to see what you need
to do to get there.