A Business Plan Is A Must
The business plan is a necessary foundation for every entrepreneur. Knowing where you are going and how you are going to get there is essential. It is foolish to start out with your entrepreneurial ideas and think that it is all going to fall into place. It just does not happen that way.
As important as it is to have a business plan it is equally important for entrepreneurs to have a realistic business plan. It is not a task that should be left to chance. If you have never written one you need to learn what a business plan is and what it contains.
How to find a business plan
There are many places on the Internet that will help you learn about business plans. Spend some time on these sites before you begin. Consider it part of your entrepreneurial education. This may be your first endeavor as an entrepreneur. Treat it as you would any other new experience. Learn all you can about it.
Being an entrepreneur takes discipline
Being an entrepreneur is not just having entrepreneurial ideas and then making money. It is an exercise in discipline. The good news is that the discipline pays off.
One of the biggest mistakes that new entrepreneurs make I believing that their product or service is going to catch on right away. Not only do most not catch on immediately, the sad truth is that most never catch on at all. That should not discourage you. Those entrepreneurs who do not make it often fall into the “didn’t carefully plan” category.
The problems of funding and cash flow
Funding and cash flow are two very important considerations. There are plenty of stories about some entrepreneur who borrowed to the max on all his credit cards, put his entrepreneurial idea into motion and hit it big. The reason those stories make the news is because they are the exception. It is better if you plan on not making a penny for about two years. That is a reasonable time for your idea to take hold. If you do not have a business plan as to how you ae going to make it that far you are most likely going to fail.
Research, Research, Research
Do your homework. Research your market. Come up with a viable plan. That is the foundation you are going to need. If there is a need or desire for your product or service, you can make it happen. But you can’t make it without a plan. And that’s the truth about why you need a good business plan.