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A Short Guide To Business Planning

Jul 10, 2008
Those looking for a simple guideline into business planning may benefit in looking for books and manuals based on this very subject. However, rarely do you see a piece on what would happen if you did no business planning, as the thought of seeing your hard work go under is too unbearable to even mention. These by far is one of the most important parts of setting up or maintaining the success of your organisation, so now imagine what this would be like without doing things by the book.

To begin with, you will need to know what business planning is and why people use it. In simple terms, this is the process of planning and structuring the performance of your business in different departments, recognising which department requires more work and which are more successful. This is also a perfect time to recognise which areas need improvement and any problems that you have come across within the organisation.

Business plans are mainly for use in setting a financial goal and finding ways to reach that goal. Making a business plan for potential investors or banks works differently to business planning in an up and running organisation. These require much more time and research before being presented as a proposal in a meeting. In all plans, there should be a statement of intent for the business; this could be based on financial goals, staff structure, product marketing etc.

Without these in place, the company will be running on guesswork that when something goes wrong no one will know what to do next. There will also be no records of work submitted and completed, which will mean that staff will not be heard when they need to be heard. With a planning structure, you are able to determine a financial forecast for the next year. A forecast like this would need to be researched and studied for a period, with realistic views of reaching to the target goal.

Unrealistic views are usually based on ambitious expectations, which have not been previously established. The management are responsible for the planning of the business therefore, they must take careful consideration about the outcome of the plan. You should also have a short outcome of what you expect from new and existing products. There may be a point where certain products will not sell. Therefore, with a plan of action you are able to review your strategy for sale and follow a structured path.

A business that has no plan, are likely to face rejection when making their business proposal to investors. This can be a devastating experience if you have spent most of your time building the business profile and building up your hopes in making this a full success. Always be over prepared rather than the opposite, as this will show that you have considered every avenue into the planning process.
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Anna Stenning has researched on business planning for previous employment experiences and understands that this is a time consuming process.
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