By Carly W at August 14 2019 18:47:28
What are the critical steps needed to achieve a successful business plan? This may come as a surprise to my fellow business consultants, but producing a successful business plan is not as difficult as people often think, so long as they follow a logical sequence. Here is my considered view as to the critical steps. 1. Understand what you are planning and why; 2. Define the activities of your organisation; 3. Outline the current position of the business; 4. Review and discuss the external market conditions, undertake and understand a competitive analysis, and define your market positioning; 5. Define your core objectives; 6. Prepare and articulate the strategy to attain and meet the objectives; 7. Identify and review risks and opportunities; 8. Prepare a strategy to deal with risks and exploit opportunities; 9. Refine the strategies into operational plans; 10. Prepare financial forecasts including revenues, costs, cash_flow, capital expenditure and assumptions adopted; 11. Finalise the plan; 12. Get it approved; 13. Use it; 14. Review it regularly and update as appropriate.
Timelines vary greatly for creating a plan depending on the writer's experience, the business type, the detail required, and how much industry and market research is necessary. There may also be other factors. In most cases, however, a detailed plan can be created within 2ι weeks. Plan Costs Business plan writers and companies charge very different amounts for their services, ranging from as little as 躔 to as much as or more. A good pricing model is based on the factors mentioned earlier, such as length, complexity, research required, etc. Generally, 躔 is not enough for a plan because of the many hours that go into creating one, and is way too much for clients to pay. That being said, a good, well_written and professional document of about 30 pages in length should be more in the range of 逤 to . This pricing structure is very reasonable considering that most of the work can take more than 50 hours to complete. In terms of an hourly rate, most professionals charge between ษ to ำ per hour.