By Steije Blokpoel at April 23 2019 14:26:13
You may not have thought much about your competition or outsourcing some of your work, but things like that will impact your ability to make a profit. And you will find this especially so in the beginning phases of your business. Even you are just opening a lemonade stand in the front yard, you will still need to know what Susie is selling her lemonade for on the next street over!
It is usually recommended that these projected statements be on a monthly basis for at least the first twelve months or until the business is projected to be profitable and stable. Activity displayed beyond the monthly detail may be in summary form (such as quarterly or annually). The forecast period for most business plans is two to four years.
So, why make a business plan the normal way when you could first make one that could give you what you want in life? Have you ever thought about doing a plan like that? Would you know how? Would you have the time to do it? Well if you don't or not sure, let's at least see what's involved. Here are the steps you would need to take. First, you would need to know all your current business numbers. This will be the basis for the plan. You're going to need to know: 1. What your current average monthly sales are 2. What your current average monthly material cost is 3. What your current average monthly labor cost is 4. What your current average monthly fixed expenses are 5. What your current average monthly variable expenses are 6. What your average number of transactions per customer per month are 7. What your average dollar sale per transaction is 8. What your average monthly profit is 9. What your average monthly profit margin is 10. And what % capacity your business is at right now
If a document needs to be developed that requires input from other disciplines_Finance, HR, Property & Facilities, Marketing, Procurement/Supply Chain_ then most likely you are looking at a team building effort to get the job done. In any event, don't look at the task as only as a roadmap that leads to a profitable product or enterprise. Business plans are a great way to build team buy_in, force a thorough review of options, define objectives, establish benchmarks to judge performance, and help arrive at a plan_of_action. Ultimately, it can lead to a Project Management approach to implementing a plan and that can be as involved and detailed as is necessary.