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Business Plan for start-up 5

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by kappa84, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. kappa84

    kappa84 Senior Member Webmaster

    X. Annexes

    You must include here all the studies used for this business plan and all your sources, for example: industry studies, photos of location, articles from magazines, copies of contracts, market research studies and any other material needed to support what you say in this business plan.

    Well, maybe a lot of you ask: why do I need this Business Plan? I’ll try to give you 2-3 examples in which you can use a good business plan:

    1. For raising capital – banks and investors

    If you’ll use this for bank, make sure you include the amount of loan, how will you use the funds, how your business will succed etc. Make sure you negociate a longer repayment term and a lower interest rate, if this is possible. Banks want insurance of orderly payments so be sure that you show its how you’ll do this.
    If you’ll use the business plan for investors, you must take in consideration that they are looking for a quick grow and a quick profit from you. Explain them how you’ll use the money, estimated return on the investment, show them some exit strategies for them and negociate about their involvment in management and board.

    2. For manufacturing

    Write down about the production levels, prices per product line, capacity limits of plant, inventory management procedures and other manufacturing-related issues.

    3. For services

    Strategies for keeping clients, credit and collections policies, prices,quality control standards, methods for setting prices, these should be found in your business plan as well as the above chapters.

    4. Hi-Tech

    Here is a little more different, you must to manage rapidly costs changes and offer to clients what they need. Will you “reinvent the wheel” with your business? How will you retain key personnel?
    In this business you’ll probably operate a long time without profits and therefore you must write down longer financial forecasts and your assumptions must be very well argued. There’s a very little possibility that banks and investors want to put their money into something that is a risk for them.

    5. Retail

    Here you must axe more on company image, prices profitability and competitiveness, customer service and methods used for promotions.

    These being said, I hope you'll find this thread useful.
  2. Stephanie

    Stephanie New Member Webmaster

    I think these are a really useful set of threads Kappa84, and would strongly encourage everyone to write a plan - and very importantly then USE it to guide their business. It is so easy to get carried away running the business and forget what you were trying to do (and find that business suddenly slows because you lost focus).

    I am glad you focused well on understanding your customer and on the competition, these are often not given enough attention. We have some notes over on BizFace about how to do some of these techniques such as SWOT analysis, would anyone find them helpful here? I was thinking of posting up some advice like this there because most of our members seem to be small start-ups.

    Thanks for sharing

    kind regards
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  4. stupidcamel

    stupidcamel New Member Webmaster

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  5. metor

    metor New Member Webmaster

    I am following up your business plan. Great job really..
  6. franceparis

    franceparis New Member Webmaster

  7. MeetHere

    MeetHere New Member Webmaster

    very informative article...
    I run many business blogs and will help to write on similar topic :)
  8. isaacscott111

    isaacscott111 New Member Webmaster

    Great post! Many small business owners are trying to do planning when they are starting their businesses. However, time comes that they are carried away by the usual trends of their businesses and they forgot the 'follow-up' plan. Your article is very useful for them. And i am one of them who benefited from it. Thanks for the post.

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