Writing A Winning Business Plan
After deciding on starting a business, the next step should be preparing a business plan to bring your idea to fruition. A business plan is a document that outlines the objectives of a business and the specific steps that must be taken to achieve these goals. The business plan serves as a guidebook for your business. It tells you what step to take and when, who your competitors are, whom to work with, what your budget is, who your target market is, and how to reach them. A business without a business plan is like a blind man walking without a walking stick.
Having a well-detailed and strategic business plan is very important because it helps improve your business’s chance of success. It also helps in attracting investors for your business.
- Executive Summary
The first page of your business plan is the executive summary. This is an overview of everything else included in the document. It takes only one or two pages. Your executive summary should be very strong because it can act as a standalone document on its own.
Your executive summary should give a summary of your business model, market analysis, marketing strategy, financial plan, your objectives, and operation plan.
Although this is the first part of the document, you should write it last.
2. Company Overview
This part of your business plan gives detailed information about the basics and background of your business. Provide information such as your business name, location, business history, your management team, your mission statement, product/service, and your goals for the business.
3. Market Analysis
Make full research on the industry you are going into. Your market analysis page should include the following.
· Market size
· Latest market trends
· Competitive analysis; Their Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and threats
· Demand-Supply Scenario
4. Customer Analysis
You need to identify who your target audience is and their demographic, what their needs are, and how you plan to meet their needs.
5. Marketing Plan
This is a report of all your marketing strategy for the business. Your marketing plan describes your strategy for bringing awareness to your business, reaching your target audience, and generating sales.
6. Operational Plan
Here is where you explain the daily activities of your business such as equipment needed and tools needed, personnel, and their responsibilities.
7. Financial Plan
This section of your business plan should include your current financials. This is one of the most important parts of your plan. Developing your financial plan is important as it helps set your financial goals and how you hope to achieve them.
In conclusion, a business plan is an important document for every business owner to have.
Check out our article on the benefits of having an efficient business plan for your business.