Business planning is supposed to be about managing and steering a company.
An organized collection of milestones, tasks, assumptions, and basic business numbers. It covers strategy and details what’s supposed to happen when, who’s in charge of what, how progress is measured, when money is to be spent and from where, and when money is expected to come in. It isn’t a document; it’s a plan. If it isn’t reviewed and revised monthly, then it won’t be very useful. So it has to be practical and just big enough to serve the business need.
Business plans are important documents used for the external audience as well as the internal audience of the company. For instance, a business plan is used to attract investment before a company has established a proven track record or to secure lending. They are also a good way for companies’ executive teams to be on the same page about strategic action items and to keep themselves on target towards the set goals.
Although they’re especially useful for new businesses, every company should have a business plan. Ideally, the plan is reviewed and updated periodically to see if goals have been met or have changed and evolved. Sometimes, a new business plan is created for an established business that has decided to move in a new direction.
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