Anyone who is a regular reader of my blog – I hope there are a few! – will know that I am passionate about business planning. I honestly believe that any business, any size and any complexion needs to have a fully thought through plan.
If you run your business without a plan it is like undertaking a journey for the first time without a map. There is a chance you may end up where you want but if you do it will be due to luck rather than intention.
Some business owners find it difficult to plan because they do not have any firm business goals. They may decide, for example, that they want to achieve a particular level of turnover, not because it is a well thought through target leading to the achievement of a bigger goal, but just because they think it is nice round figure to go for.
In my experience, it helps to start with what you need on a personal level. What do you want? Which direction do you want your life to take?
If you are clear on your personal goals, you are much more likely to have a business which is aligned to these goals. And if you have a plan, your business has a fighting chance of delivering against these goals.
I know that sitting down in front of a blank sheet of paper knowing you need to fill it with words and pictures which represent where you need your business to go is intimidating. So I have written a free guide you can download from my website http://www.fionabevanfinancialmanagement.co.uk/guides.php