t=”225″ />You wouldn’t set out on a road trip without a map, similarly, conducting business without a formalized plan would seem out of the question. Many organizations, however, operate with either a business plan that collects dust or operate without a formalized business plan completely. The following outlines the benefits to a properly developed and thorough business plan for your organization.
Develop a Road Map
A thorough business plan will set the direction to reach your business goals as well as how the goals will be achieved. In many organizations the road map is assumed and not formalized or documented. This may suffice with straightforward operations – just as you wouldn’t write out the turns on your tomorrow morning commute – however running your business is rarely as uneventful as your commute, and often requires a more formal map to proceed effectively.
Demonstrate to Lenders, Suppliers, Investors and Others
A properly developed business plan is not only an asset to your organization in the form of a road map, but also a tool to attract potential business partners. Many loan and grant offerings and even patent applications require, outright if not implied, a thoroughly developed business plan. Once developed, an effectively implemented business plan can also demonstrate solidity to both suppliers and customers, communicating your plan for success.
A Framework for Action
A thorough and clear business plan can communicate responsibilities to everyone involved in the functioning of your business, outlining how their actions contribute to the overall goals of the organization. The clear communication of responsibilities can assist in motivation, prioritizing and performance to achieve the outlined goals.
Evaluate and Anticipate
Although hindsight is usually 20:20, foresight doesn’t have to be a 50/50 gamble. A thorough business plan will assist you in evaluating potential options and alternatives, allowing you to not only position yourself for success but also recognize and prevent possible future setbacks by planning for them in advance. A business plan can also allow you to identify the make or break issues for your organization and assess your risks.
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