Making a business plan for a small business

Making a business plan for a small business
Panagiotis Koutoudis
by Panagiotis Koutoudis

When you start out to create a business as an entrepreneur, there are a ton of problems and challenges that you have to address. These become more pronounced as your business grows and begins to make profit.

However, one way to avoid many of these problems is to develop a business plan for your small business. Many people shy away from creating a business plan because they think it involves too much work and that is also is too technical and complicated for their intellectual abilities. But there is no art to the business plan, and anyone can create one as long as they follow some simple steps. In this article, we will look at how to make a business plan for a small business. And we will also make it as simple and clear as possible.

“Proper planning is 100% essential in order for any aspect of your small business to succeed”

Your first step is to know your cost of operations. This means the basic costs required to create your product or run your business. From keeping the power going for your office to actually creating the moulds for a product, you have to be 100% certain of exactly how much that is going to cost you. If you are able to have complete control of your cost of operations budget, and a clear understanding of the cost involved, if you approach someone for investment they are more likely to listen to you.

Getting the cost of operations right is fundamental too for your own peace of mind. If you know how much things are going to cost for you when you create your business, you’ll know how to price your product or service and you’ll feel more in control of the whole process. Your business plan doesn’t have to be incredibly detailed and technically accurate as regards model plans and templates, but you do need to be clear on exactly what your cost of operations means. As a tool for potential investment, it is invaluable.

Know your market too

Then you have to be sure that you know what your potential market is. This means, and perhaps this is most important, knowing exactly who’s going to buy your product or service. Make a profile of the people or the establishments that will purchase your service or product. Then, work out if they have the kind of money that is required to purchase what you are selling. This means also working out your overheads and doing a cost of operations, obviously.

It is at this stage that you’ll quickly find out whether or not your business is likely to succeed. If there are not enough people that you can reach who have money to pay for your product or service, and keep you in profit, your business is not viable and you should try and reconsider your plans. It’s important that you understand exactly where you’re at, because there is nothing worse than starting something that you have to finish due to lack of finance.