By Erinn Stronkhorst at April 28 2019 08:09:38
They are like fingerprints; no two are alike, even within the same organization. One further point, opinions about what makes a good finished product are like noses_everybody has one. The ones that work and prove to be executable are the best. With this in mind, let me offer my views about business plans at a macro level having written a sizeable number of plans for internal and external applications. One other point, a business plan can build a team quicker than any formal team building activity.
Why is that? The intent was there; the energy was present; and ideas were flowing. That's the easy part _ coming up with the ideas. The success of your planning doesn't rest on the ideas, but rather, implementing those ideas. It's true, companies need to foster innovation in their business planning, but more importantly, they need to create a business environment that enables team members to execute these ideas with an "on_time, on_budget" mindset. That is where the work begins.
Let's say your average selling price for your service is 逽ሪ and you have one transaction per year per customer. Using that first years sales example we used above, you would calculate it this way. 造같 divided by 逽ሪ = 968 customers needed for the year. Now if your average transactions per customer are more than 1, then you would need fewer customers. As an example, let's say your average transaction per customers per year is 2Ǒ then 968 divided by 2Ǒ = 387 customers per year.
But your fixed expenses don't do this. They remain the same no matter what sales does. That's why it's call fixed. These are expenses like rent, taxes, utilities, phone, salaries, insurance, etc. A lot of business owners never consider this. They just lump all their expenses together. But you could never make an accurate plan if you combine all your expenses together. If you project your sales higher and want to know what your expenses will be, you have to separate your fixed and variable.