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Adducent Nov 30, Just writing or having a business plan does not guarantee that someone will give or loan you money for or invest in your venture. But every investor and funding source I have worked with over my 26 year business career wants to see the entrepreneurs or business owners business plan as part of their evaluation of the business and the principal s involved in the deal.
I hear the following statement or similar quite often from these investors, the professional advisors that work with them and from funding sources. Most business plans are bloated with a not very credible presentation of the business, its revenue model is not fully described or detailed and has information in it that is inappropriate and unnecessary and in some cases hurts the planthey often lack the most important things that investors want to know and use unrealistic assumptions and have overly optimistic financial projections.
The good business idea s or opportunity that may be somewhere in the plan is obscured and buried underneath what people think they need to have in their business plan. That is why even good businesses and opportunities, who have created that type of business plan, fail to attract the interest of investors and funding sources.
Often you may hear about what a business plan consists of. Too many entrepreneurs and business owners create business plans only when they have no choice in the matter.
They think, "unless the bank or the investors want a plan, there is no need to have a plan". That says to them you are not serious about your business and that it must not be a very compelling business or venture if its not worth doing something as essential as having a plan for it.
If you have too many things going on, if the business or venture and getting funding for it is important to you, then you need to re-prioritize to get your business plan done. When you and your friends imagine a new business, you think of what it would cost to make the product, what you could sell it for, and what the profits per unit might be.
Entrepreneurs are taught to think of business as sales minus costs and expenses, which equal profits. So understanding cash flow is critical. Make sure that your financial projections show a clear picture of cash flow and how it supports operations.
Your business plan, though necessary, is only a way to present information. Investors invest in people, not ideas.
Do not lose sight of that fact. Focus on how you and your management team will execute your business plan. Do not fixate on the idea itself. Very few successful businesses are based entirely on new ideas. Remember that the objective of a plan is its results, and for results, you need tracking and follow up.
You need specific dates, management responsibilities, budgets, and milestones. Then you can follow up. No matter how well thought out or brilliantly presented, it means nothing unless it produces results.
Tailor your business plan to its real business purpose. Business plans can be different things: They can be detailed action plans, financial plans, marketing plans, and even personnel plans. They can be used to start a business, or just run a business better.
Whatever its purpose, your plan must be clear and concise. The more complexity, the more potential for a failure to execute, cost overages and many other things that can derail a plan and turn what seemed profitable on paper, into a money-sucking operation that no one is pleased with.
Remember, strategy is focus. A priority list with items is focus. A priority list with 20 items is something else, certainly not strategic, and rarely if ever effective. The more items on the list, the less the importance of each.
So refine your business model, make sure that you can explain it clearly and that your business plan is a concise explanation of how you plan to make money. When in doubt, be less optimistic. Show how there is real money to be made and not "hypothetical" revenue and profits.
Again, even the best-written business plans do not always get funding or investor interest. After all bottom line it is about the business, the people involved and their capability that will primarily affect how well the venture is received by investors and funding sources.Howard Robard Hughes Jr.
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