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Business Plan Steps

A business plan is like a journey. You know where you want to go and why. You put together the transportation plan. And pack what you need to take along. You make plans for who you want to connect with along the journey and at the end of the journey. And then you implement the plan.

The book "Good to Great" talks about putting the right people on the bus first. Then putting them in the right seats (putting a good driver in the drivers seat is a good idea!). Then you take off together to the destination.

Your business plan can be that simple if your business goal is simple.

But if your business is a manufacturing company, or a global ecommerce operation, it might need to be more complex than a 'back of the envelope' plan.

There is business plan software that can be helpful. But you need to know business strategy before you can make a good plan. Kind of like knowing how to drive before you start off on a journey!

Take the time to learn business basics: accounting, sales, management, as well as the technical side of what you are providing as a product or service.