Using a Business Plan to Answer Key Questions

A major reason for having a business plan is to make sure you are addressing the multitude of questions that have to be answered before you can point your business in the right direction. Trying to start a business without considering every detail is like looking for something in a disorganized room with the lights off: pretty soon you’ll trip, and if you fall, it’s likely you won’t ever get to what you were looking for. On the other hand, if you make a plan and follow it like a map, you will get to where you want to go.

Your business plan will answer these questions:

* What sort of business are you planning?

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A Business Plan For Cafe Businesses – Writing Tips

Creating your cafe’s business plan is a project in and of itself, so make sure you understand what goes into it. These are tips for writing a successful plan for your cafe.

Outline First

Before starting to write any section in full, take a quick sweep through the outline of the entire plan. Jot down everything you know about each section within and highlight where sections pose questions for which you don’t know the answers yet (such as “Who are my competitors?”). You will finish this quick process with a much better grasp of what you know, what you don’t know, how much time will probably be required to find the answers you need, and where you should probably begin.

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Ten Things To Consider When Writing a Business Plan

Starting a business is a major commitment that will consume 24/7 of your life with no end in sight. It is always good to know what you are getting into before you take the plunge. From my experience writing business plans for large and small companies alike for the last 8 years, there are basically two reasons why you need a business plan – the first reason is to re-assure yourself that this wild dream that you have in your mind is actually attainable. And, the second reason is to convince a lender or a venture capitalist. More than likely, you are writing for the second reason. Whatever your reason may be, as the legendary management guru Peter Drucker would bluntly put – always ask yourself what your business is, who your customers are, and what the customer considers value.

In my opinion, here is a list of pointers that will save you headaches later.

a. Be clear about what you are selling.

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