Even for established businesses, it’s not easy to make sure that you will be ready for whatever might happen in the future. Your company needs to constantly evolve, and you might find yourself in uncharted waters. So you have found your place in the market but how do you keep it? Complacency is a killer. How do you keep your business on its toes to build for resilience and business growth?
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I’ve recently read through oodles of business plans, with a sample of ten showing me that: 4 were applying for growth funding; 2 were applying for innovation funding; 2 were looking to fund operations; 1 was looking to fund their business through a share acquisition strategy, and 1 was looking for acquisition funding.
But what makes a business plan truly effective, and just how important are they? For funders and interested stakeholders, business plans are important for evaluating a business’ investment potential. But, unless a business plan has right kind of components; is implemented in the right kind of way, that’s customized to be relevant to its purpose and is – always – a working document, it’s useless. Your business plan should be an introductory document, that invites potential funders and investors into a conversation with you, whether that be a casual meetup or a more formal meeting. It’s an important document, so don’t rely on templates or external specialists to write it for you. The reality of a business plan is that it won’t roll out in real life, but it will serve as a working guideline. On this week’sThe Money Show with Bruce Whitfield, we considered what goes into writing the right kind of business plan:
2017 has been a rough year, for everyone. At every level, corruption has put paid to so much, and the dismal economic growth has left us all feeling angry and frustrated. Yet somehow, small businesses in South Africa have mostly grown. Rather than pulling a Hulk smash, or simply setting your ‘Out of Office’ message on, channel the anger and frustrated energy you’re feeling into something good, that’ll pay off next year. You should have started your strategic planning for 2018 by now but, if you haven’t yet begun, we outlined a way for you pour that energy into something positive, on this week’sThe Money Show with Bruce Whitfield. Set your business up for a good year in 2018, with a strategic plan that responds to your experience of 2017. Here’s your checklist: