Small Business Community Association » Start a Business » http://sbcacommunity.com Making Small Business Big Wed, 04 Jan 2012 01:04:49 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 How To Start A Business http://sbcacommunity.com/1847/how-to-start-a-business/ http://sbcacommunity.com/1847/how-to-start-a-business/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:05:30 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=1847 How To Start A Business Many people want to know how to start a business. There are a number of ways to get started building a business, you just need to figure out what business you want to get started in. Determine whether you want an online business you can run from your own home

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How to start a business

How To Start A Business

Many people want to know how to start a business. There are a number of ways to get started building a business, you just need to figure out what business you want to get started in. Determine whether you want an online business you can run from your own home or if you want a brick and mortar business that you can physically build up. Here is how to start a business that is perfect for you.

 

The first thing you need to do is determine what business would be right for you. You need to know if you want to start a business working only by yourself or if you want to have employees or a partner helping you with your business. There is a lot of planning when you are starting a business.



The very next thing you need to do is create a business plan. You need to write down exactly how your business is going to function. Write all about who your target market is and what you will be providing for them. If you are going to sell products list what you will be selling and how it will benefit the public. You also need to state if you will be offering services. If you are only providing services then state that.

 




 

Once you know exactly what you will be doing to make money, you need to figure out how much money you need to get your business off the ground. If you are going to be running a small business and you already have all of the capital you need this is great. If you have investors this is great as well. Sometimes when starting a business you may need to borrow money from financial institutions or apply for grants that you don’t have to pay back. Determine exactly how much money you will need for all of your expenses to get started. You will also need to set a goal of how much money you will make annually.

 

The next thing you will need to consider is getting an accountant. You don’t want to get into any trouble with the IRS so it is good to make sure you are covered by choosing a good accountant. It is best to report to your accountant quarterly your finances. This will ensure that you don’t have to pay back too much money during tax season, because taxes won’t automatically be taken out of your paycheck.

 

This is how to start a business and to make sure it stays running successfully. Always ask other business owners or go to the Small Business Association for anything you feel you aren’t sure of. They will be able to guide you into the right direction and give you great advice. They will tell you anything you are missing and help you understand in detail how to start a business.

 

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Business Protection Blueprint http://sbcacommunity.com/1834/business-protection-blueprint/ http://sbcacommunity.com/1834/business-protection-blueprint/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:45:48 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=1834 Business Protection Blueprint, STOP Business Terrorists NOW from Ruining Your Business. Today we are learning a about Business Protection Blueprint, @RichardKrawczyk's newest program: http://businessprotectionblueprint.com/. The basic premise is to set up your business in such a way that you are totally protected from anyone or entity that wishes to try to take what you have

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Business Protection Blueprint, STOP Business Terrorists NOW from Ruining Your Business.

Today we are learning a about Business Protection Blueprint, @RichardKrawczyk’s newest program: http://businessprotectionblueprint.com/. The basic premise is to set up your business in such a way that you are totally protected from anyone or entity that wishes to try to take what you have built.

I look forward to reporting more on Richard’s new program as I learn more about it.

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Introducing Tim Berry http://sbcacommunity.com/948/introducing-tim-berry/ http://sbcacommunity.com/948/introducing-tim-berry/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 21:16:50 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=948 The Formal Business Plan Document is one of the most important documents for your business. Have you struggled with mapping out your business's plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan?  There is no magic bullet for writing one but there

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Business Plan Writer

The Formal Business Plan Document is one of the most important documents for your business. Have you struggled with mapping out your business’s plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan? 

There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan without getting overwhelmed by the formalities of an official document.  Tim Berry, one of The Industry Word authors, has created a series of 13 videos in his area of expertise, Business Planning.




Choose from Any Video in the Series

Introduction and Orientation
Information on how to view this series.

Planning is Modular – Mix and Match
Think of your business like blocks or interrelated pieces.  You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps.  Start your blocks where you like.

Business Planning Tips – Form Follows Function
Your plan-as-you-go business plan is no more than what you need to run your business.  Be able to talk through key points:  the customer story, what offerings makes you unique, the aspects on which you’re focusing, and the response you want from whomever is listening.

Planning is Management
Planning should become management, long-term progress towards goals, prioritizing, and focus.  It’s not really about the plan, per se; it’s about the discipline to use the plan to run the business.

Strategy is the Heart of the Plan
The heart of the plan, which is also the heart of the business, is made up of a group of three core concepts that cannot be separated:  market, identity, and focus.  Don’t pull them apart.  It’s the interrelationship between them that drives your business.

Business Plan Flesh and Bones
To follow up on a plan and turn it into effective management, you have to have specifics that you can track and manage.  This turns a plan into a planning process. This section deals with the specific steps you can take to make things happen.

Sales Forecast, Part 1:  Structure
The backbone of a normal sales forecast is typically a spreadsheet.  It could be created from scratch or come already structured with business plan software.  This first video on sales forecast explores the standard structure of rows and columns.

Sales Forecast, Part 2:  Logic
In this second video, we examine a simple example for solving questions that come up so often with new businesses.  Looking at sales for a new restaurant, we consider tables and seats, hours open, meals, and some simple assumptions to estimate sales.

Sales Forecast, Part 3:  Back to the Spreadsheet
In this third video on sales forecast, we take the assumptions from the second part and use them to create and develop a sales forecast for 12 months and then the following two years.

Dress and Grow Your Business Plan
As your company grows, your planning grows.  If you add people to your team, then bring them into the process to make sure you’re all on the same page.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 1
There are business reasons, called business plan events, that force you to produce the traditional plan document. The more common business plan events are related to seeking loans or investments.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 2
In this section we focus on the relatively standard outline of the formal business plan document, taking it chapter by chapter and discussing the contents.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 3
This third and final discussion of the formal business plan document is a two-minute summary and conclusion.  It’s a reminder that the document will be wrong, will require management and course corrections, but should still be a vital part of your management process.

Introducing Tim Berry
Quick video biography of Tim Berry — business author, founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans, co-founder of Borland International, Stanford MBA, and leading business planning expert.

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The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 3 http://sbcacommunity.com/944/formal-business-plan-document-part-3/ http://sbcacommunity.com/944/formal-business-plan-document-part-3/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 21:11:16 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=944 The Formal Business Plan Document is one of the most important documents for your business. Have you struggled with mapping out your business's plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan?  There is no magic bullet for writing one but there

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Business Plan Writer

The Formal Business Plan Document is one of the most important documents for your business. Have you struggled with mapping out your business’s plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan? 

There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan without getting overwhelmed by the formalities of an official document.  Tim Berry, one of The Industry Word authors, has created a series of 13 videos in his area of expertise, Business Planning.




Choose from Any Video in the Series

Introduction and Orientation
Information on how to view this series.

Planning is Modular – Mix and Match
Think of your business like blocks or interrelated pieces.  You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps.  Start your blocks where you like.

Business Planning Tips – Form Follows Function
Your plan-as-you-go business plan is no more than what you need to run your business.  Be able to talk through key points:  the customer story, what offerings makes you unique, the aspects on which you’re focusing, and the response you want from whomever is listening.

Planning is Management
Planning should become management, long-term progress towards goals, prioritizing, and focus.  It’s not really about the plan, per se; it’s about the discipline to use the plan to run the business.

Strategy is the Heart of the Plan
The heart of the plan, which is also the heart of the business, is made up of a group of three core concepts that cannot be separated:  market, identity, and focus.  Don’t pull them apart.  It’s the interrelationship between them that drives your business.

Business Plan Flesh and Bones
To follow up on a plan and turn it into effective management, you have to have specifics that you can track and manage.  This turns a plan into a planning process. This section deals with the specific steps you can take to make things happen.

Sales Forecast, Part 1:  Structure
The backbone of a normal sales forecast is typically a spreadsheet.  It could be created from scratch or come already structured with business plan software.  This first video on sales forecast explores the standard structure of rows and columns.

Sales Forecast, Part 2:  Logic
In this second video, we examine a simple example for solving questions that come up so often with new businesses.  Looking at sales for a new restaurant, we consider tables and seats, hours open, meals, and some simple assumptions to estimate sales.

Sales Forecast, Part 3:  Back to the Spreadsheet
In this third video on sales forecast, we take the assumptions from the second part and use them to create and develop a sales forecast for 12 months and then the following two years.

Dress and Grow Your Business Plan
As your company grows, your planning grows.  If you add people to your team, then bring them into the process to make sure you’re all on the same page.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 1
There are business reasons, called business plan events, that force you to produce the traditional plan document. The more common business plan events are related to seeking loans or investments.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 2
In this section we focus on the relatively standard outline of the formal business plan document, taking it chapter by chapter and discussing the contents.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 3
This third and final discussion of the formal business plan document is a two-minute summary and conclusion.  It’s a reminder that the document will be wrong, will require management and course corrections, but should still be a vital part of your management process.

Introducing Tim Berry
Quick video biography of Tim Berry — business author, founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans, co-founder of Borland International, Stanford MBA, and leading business planning expert.

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The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 2 http://sbcacommunity.com/940/formal-business-plan-document-part-2/ http://sbcacommunity.com/940/formal-business-plan-document-part-2/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 21:06:49 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=940 The Formal Business Plan Document is one of the most important documents for your business. Have you struggled with mapping out your business's plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan?  There is no magic bullet for writing one but there

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Business Plan Writer

The Formal Business Plan Document is one of the most important documents for your business. Have you struggled with mapping out your business’s plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan? 

There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan without getting overwhelmed by the formalities of an official document.  Tim Berry, one of The Industry Word authors, has created a series of 13 videos in his area of expertise, Business Planning.




Choose from Any Video in the Series

Introduction and Orientation
Information on how to view this series.

Planning is Modular – Mix and Match
Think of your business like blocks or interrelated pieces.  You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps.  Start your blocks where you like.

Business Planning Tips – Form Follows Function
Your plan-as-you-go business plan is no more than what you need to run your business.  Be able to talk through key points:  the customer story, what offerings makes you unique, the aspects on which you’re focusing, and the response you want from whomever is listening.

Planning is Management
Planning should become management, long-term progress towards goals, prioritizing, and focus.  It’s not really about the plan, per se; it’s about the discipline to use the plan to run the business.

Strategy is the Heart of the Plan
The heart of the plan, which is also the heart of the business, is made up of a group of three core concepts that cannot be separated:  market, identity, and focus.  Don’t pull them apart.  It’s the interrelationship between them that drives your business.

Business Plan Flesh and Bones
To follow up on a plan and turn it into effective management, you have to have specifics that you can track and manage.  This turns a plan into a planning process. This section deals with the specific steps you can take to make things happen.

Sales Forecast, Part 1:  Structure
The backbone of a normal sales forecast is typically a spreadsheet.  It could be created from scratch or come already structured with business plan software.  This first video on sales forecast explores the standard structure of rows and columns.

Sales Forecast, Part 2:  Logic
In this second video, we examine a simple example for solving questions that come up so often with new businesses.  Looking at sales for a new restaurant, we consider tables and seats, hours open, meals, and some simple assumptions to estimate sales.

Sales Forecast, Part 3:  Back to the Spreadsheet
In this third video on sales forecast, we take the assumptions from the second part and use them to create and develop a sales forecast for 12 months and then the following two years.

Dress and Grow Your Business Plan
As your company grows, your planning grows.  If you add people to your team, then bring them into the process to make sure you’re all on the same page.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 1
There are business reasons, called business plan events, that force you to produce the traditional plan document. The more common business plan events are related to seeking loans or investments.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 2
In this section we focus on the relatively standard outline of the formal business plan document, taking it chapter by chapter and discussing the contents.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 3
This third and final discussion of the formal business plan document is a two-minute summary and conclusion.  It’s a reminder that the document will be wrong, will require management and course corrections, but should still be a vital part of your management process.

Introducing Tim Berry
Quick video biography of Tim Berry — business author, founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans, co-founder of Borland International, Stanford MBA, and leading business planning expert.

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Dress and Grow Your Business Plan http://sbcacommunity.com/937/dress-grow-business-plan/ http://sbcacommunity.com/937/dress-grow-business-plan/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:59:25 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=937 Dress and Grow Your Business Plan. Have you struggled with mapping out your business's plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan?  There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan

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Business Plan Writer

Dress and Grow Your Business Plan. Have you struggled with mapping out your business’s plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan? 

There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan without getting overwhelmed by the formalities of an official document.  Tim Berry, one of The Industry Word authors, has created a series of 13 videos in his area of expertise, Business Planning.



Choose from Any Video in the Series

Introduction and Orientation
Information on how to view this series.

Planning is Modular – Mix and Match
Think of your business like blocks or interrelated pieces.  You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps.  Start your blocks where you like.

Business Planning Tips – Form Follows Function
Your plan-as-you-go business plan is no more than what you need to run your business.  Be able to talk through key points:  the customer story, what offerings makes you unique, the aspects on which you’re focusing, and the response you want from whomever is listening.

Planning is Management
Planning should become management, long-term progress towards goals, prioritizing, and focus.  It’s not really about the plan, per se; it’s about the discipline to use the plan to run the business.

Strategy is the Heart of the Plan
The heart of the plan, which is also the heart of the business, is made up of a group of three core concepts that cannot be separated:  market, identity, and focus.  Don’t pull them apart.  It’s the interrelationship between them that drives your business.

Business Plan Flesh and Bones
To follow up on a plan and turn it into effective management, you have to have specifics that you can track and manage.  This turns a plan into a planning process. This section deals with the specific steps you can take to make things happen.

Sales Forecast, Part 1:  Structure
The backbone of a normal sales forecast is typically a spreadsheet.  It could be created from scratch or come already structured with business plan software.  This first video on sales forecast explores the standard structure of rows and columns.

Sales Forecast, Part 2:  Logic
In this second video, we examine a simple example for solving questions that come up so often with new businesses.  Looking at sales for a new restaurant, we consider tables and seats, hours open, meals, and some simple assumptions to estimate sales.

Sales Forecast, Part 3:  Back to the Spreadsheet
In this third video on sales forecast, we take the assumptions from the second part and use them to create and develop a sales forecast for 12 months and then the following two years.

Dress and Grow Your Business Plan
As your company grows, your planning grows.  If you add people to your team, then bring them into the process to make sure you’re all on the same page.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 1
There are business reasons, called business plan events, that force you to produce the traditional plan document. The more common business plan events are related to seeking loans or investments.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 2
In this section we focus on the relatively standard outline of the formal business plan document, taking it chapter by chapter and discussing the contents.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 3
This third and final discussion of the formal business plan document is a two-minute summary and conclusion.  It’s a reminder that the document will be wrong, will require management and course corrections, but should still be a vital part of your management process.

Introducing Tim Berry
Quick video biography of Tim Berry — business author, founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans, co-founder of Borland International, Stanford MBA, and leading business planning expert.

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Sales Forecast, Part 3: Back to the Spreadsheet http://sbcacommunity.com/931/sales-forecast-part-3-spreadsheet/ http://sbcacommunity.com/931/sales-forecast-part-3-spreadsheet/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:51:17 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=931 When it involves Sales Forecast Spreadsheets, have you struggled with mapping out your business's plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan?  There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan

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Business Plan Writer

When it involves Sales Forecast Spreadsheets, have you struggled with mapping out your business’s plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan? 

There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan without getting overwhelmed by the formalities of an official document.  Tim Berry, one of The Industry Word authors, has created a series of 13 videos in his area of expertise, Business Planning.




Choose from Any Video in the Series

Introduction and Orientation
Information on how to view this series.

Planning is Modular – Mix and Match
Think of your business like blocks or interrelated pieces.  You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps.  Start your blocks where you like.

Business Planning Tips – Form Follows Function
Your plan-as-you-go business plan is no more than what you need to run your business.  Be able to talk through key points:  the customer story, what offerings makes you unique, the aspects on which you’re focusing, and the response you want from whomever is listening.

Planning is Management
Planning should become management, long-term progress towards goals, prioritizing, and focus.  It’s not really about the plan, per se; it’s about the discipline to use the plan to run the business.

Strategy is the Heart of the Plan
The heart of the plan, which is also the heart of the business, is made up of a group of three core concepts that cannot be separated:  market, identity, and focus.  Don’t pull them apart.  It’s the interrelationship between them that drives your business.

Business Plan Flesh and Bones
To follow up on a plan and turn it into effective management, you have to have specifics that you can track and manage.  This turns a plan into a planning process. This section deals with the specific steps you can take to make things happen.

Sales Forecast, Part 1:  Structure
The backbone of a normal sales forecast is typically a spreadsheet.  It could be created from scratch or come already structured with business plan software.  This first video on sales forecast explores the standard structure of rows and columns.

Sales Forecast, Part 2:  Logic
In this second video, we examine a simple example for solving questions that come up so often with new businesses.  Looking at sales for a new restaurant, we consider tables and seats, hours open, meals, and some simple assumptions to estimate sales.

Sales Forecast, Part 3:  Back to the Spreadsheet
In this third video on sales forecast, we take the assumptions from the second part and use them to create and develop a sales forecast for 12 months and then the following two years.

Dress and Grow Your Business Plan
As your company grows, your planning grows.  If you add people to your team, then bring them into the process to make sure you’re all on the same page.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 1
There are business reasons, called business plan events, that force you to produce the traditional plan document. The more common business plan events are related to seeking loans or investments.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 2
In this section we focus on the relatively standard outline of the formal business plan document, taking it chapter by chapter and discussing the contents.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 3
This third and final discussion of the formal business plan document is a two-minute summary and conclusion.  It’s a reminder that the document will be wrong, will require management and course corrections, but should still be a vital part of your management process.

Introducing Tim Berry
Quick video biography of Tim Berry — business author, founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans, co-founder of Borland International, Stanford MBA, and leading business planning expert.

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Sales Forecast, Part 2: Logic http://sbcacommunity.com/929/sales-forecast-part-2-logic/ http://sbcacommunity.com/929/sales-forecast-part-2-logic/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:49:03 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=929 In terms of Sales Forecast Logic, have you struggled with mapping out your business's plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan?  There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan

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Business Plan Writer

In terms of Sales Forecast Logic, have you struggled with mapping out your business’s plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan? 

There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan without getting overwhelmed by the formalities of an official document.  Tim Berry, one of The Industry Word authors, has created a series of 13 videos in his area of expertise, Business Planning.




Choose from Any Video in the Series

Introduction and Orientation
Information on how to view this series.

Planning is Modular – Mix and Match
Think of your business like blocks or interrelated pieces.  You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps.  Start your blocks where you like.

Business Planning Tips – Form Follows Function
Your plan-as-you-go business plan is no more than what you need to run your business.  Be able to talk through key points:  the customer story, what offerings makes you unique, the aspects on which you’re focusing, and the response you want from whomever is listening.

Planning is Management
Planning should become management, long-term progress towards goals, prioritizing, and focus.  It’s not really about the plan, per se; it’s about the discipline to use the plan to run the business.

Strategy is the Heart of the Plan
The heart of the plan, which is also the heart of the business, is made up of a group of three core concepts that cannot be separated:  market, identity, and focus.  Don’t pull them apart.  It’s the interrelationship between them that drives your business.

Business Plan Flesh and Bones
To follow up on a plan and turn it into effective management, you have to have specifics that you can track and manage.  This turns a plan into a planning process. This section deals with the specific steps you can take to make things happen.

Sales Forecast, Part 1:  Structure
The backbone of a normal sales forecast is typically a spreadsheet.  It could be created from scratch or come already structured with business plan software.  This first video on sales forecast explores the standard structure of rows and columns.

Sales Forecast, Part 2:  Logic
In this second video, we examine a simple example for solving questions that come up so often with new businesses.  Looking at sales for a new restaurant, we consider tables and seats, hours open, meals, and some simple assumptions to estimate sales.

Sales Forecast, Part 3:  Back to the Spreadsheet
In this third video on sales forecast, we take the assumptions from the second part and use them to create and develop a sales forecast for 12 months and then the following two years.

Dress and Grow Your Business Plan
As your company grows, your planning grows.  If you add people to your team, then bring them into the process to make sure you’re all on the same page.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 1
There are business reasons, called business plan events, that force you to produce the traditional plan document. The more common business plan events are related to seeking loans or investments.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 2
In this section we focus on the relatively standard outline of the formal business plan document, taking it chapter by chapter and discussing the contents.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 3
This third and final discussion of the formal business plan document is a two-minute summary and conclusion.  It’s a reminder that the document will be wrong, will require management and course corrections, but should still be a vital part of your management process.

Introducing Tim Berry
Quick video biography of Tim Berry — business author, founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans, co-founder of Borland International, Stanford MBA, and leading business planning expert.

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Sales Forecast, Part 1: Structure http://sbcacommunity.com/924/sales-forecast-part-1-structure/ http://sbcacommunity.com/924/sales-forecast-part-1-structure/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:41:56 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=924 When it comes to Sales Forecast Structure, have you struggled with mapping out your business's plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan?  There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business

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Business Plan Writer

When it comes to Sales Forecast Structure, have you struggled with mapping out your business’s plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan? 

There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan without getting overwhelmed by the formalities of an official document.  Tim Berry, one of The Industry Word authors, has created a series of 13 videos in his area of expertise, Business Planning.




Choose from Any Video in the Series

Introduction and Orientation
Information on how to view this series.

Planning is Modular – Mix and Match
Think of your business like blocks or interrelated pieces.  You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps.  Start your blocks where you like.

Business Planning Tips – Form Follows Function
Your plan-as-you-go business plan is no more than what you need to run your business.  Be able to talk through key points:  the customer story, what offerings makes you unique, the aspects on which you’re focusing, and the response you want from whomever is listening.

Planning is Management
Planning should become management, long-term progress towards goals, prioritizing, and focus.  It’s not really about the plan, per se; it’s about the discipline to use the plan to run the business.

Strategy is the Heart of the Plan
The heart of the plan, which is also the heart of the business, is made up of a group of three core concepts that cannot be separated:  market, identity, and focus.  Don’t pull them apart.  It’s the interrelationship between them that drives your business.

Business Plan Flesh and Bones
To follow up on a plan and turn it into effective management, you have to have specifics that you can track and manage.  This turns a plan into a planning process. This section deals with the specific steps you can take to make things happen.

Sales Forecast, Part 1:  Structure
The backbone of a normal sales forecast is typically a spreadsheet.  It could be created from scratch or come already structured with business plan software.  This first video on sales forecast explores the standard structure of rows and columns.

Sales Forecast, Part 2:  Logic
In this second video, we examine a simple example for solving questions that come up so often with new businesses.  Looking at sales for a new restaurant, we consider tables and seats, hours open, meals, and some simple assumptions to estimate sales.

Sales Forecast, Part 3:  Back to the Spreadsheet
In this third video on sales forecast, we take the assumptions from the second part and use them to create and develop a sales forecast for 12 months and then the following two years.

Dress and Grow Your Business Plan
As your company grows, your planning grows.  If you add people to your team, then bring them into the process to make sure you’re all on the same page.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 1
There are business reasons, called business plan events, that force you to produce the traditional plan document. The more common business plan events are related to seeking loans or investments.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 2
In this section we focus on the relatively standard outline of the formal business plan document, taking it chapter by chapter and discussing the contents.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 3
This third and final discussion of the formal business plan document is a two-minute summary and conclusion.  It’s a reminder that the document will be wrong, will require management and course corrections, but should still be a vital part of your management process.

Introducing Tim Berry
Quick video biography of Tim Berry — business author, founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans, co-founder of Borland International, Stanford MBA, and leading business planning expert.

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Business Plan Flesh and Bones http://sbcacommunity.com/921/business-plan-flesh-bones/ http://sbcacommunity.com/921/business-plan-flesh-bones/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:37:11 +0000 Rich Thurman http://sbcacommunity.com/?p=921 When it comes to Business Plan Flesh and Bones, have you struggled with mapping out your business's plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan?  There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create

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Business Plan Writer

When it comes to Business Plan Flesh and Bones, have you struggled with mapping out your business’s plan?  Is it an item on your To Do List that you keep ignoring?  Have you even considered writing a business plan? 

There is no magic bullet for writing one but there are some easy ways to create a business plan without getting overwhelmed by the formalities of an official document.  Tim Berry, one of The Industry Word authors, has created a series of 13 videos in his area of expertise, Business Planning.




Choose from Any Video in the Series

Introduction and Orientation
Information on how to view this series.

Planning is Modular – Mix and Match
Think of your business like blocks or interrelated pieces.  You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps.  Start your blocks where you like.

Business Planning Tips – Form Follows Function
Your plan-as-you-go business plan is no more than what you need to run your business.  Be able to talk through key points:  the customer story, what offerings makes you unique, the aspects on which you’re focusing, and the response you want from whomever is listening.

Planning is Management
Planning should become management, long-term progress towards goals, prioritizing, and focus.  It’s not really about the plan, per se; it’s about the discipline to use the plan to run the business.

Strategy is the Heart of the Plan
The heart of the plan, which is also the heart of the business, is made up of a group of three core concepts that cannot be separated:  market, identity, and focus.  Don’t pull them apart.  It’s the interrelationship between them that drives your business.

Business Plan Flesh and Bones
To follow up on a plan and turn it into effective management, you have to have specifics that you can track and manage.  This turns a plan into a planning process. This section deals with the specific steps you can take to make things happen.

Sales Forecast, Part 1:  Structure
The backbone of a normal sales forecast is typically a spreadsheet.  It could be created from scratch or come already structured with business plan software.  This first video on sales forecast explores the standard structure of rows and columns.

Sales Forecast, Part 2:  Logic
In this second video, we examine a simple example for solving questions that come up so often with new businesses.  Looking at sales for a new restaurant, we consider tables and seats, hours open, meals, and some simple assumptions to estimate sales.

Sales Forecast, Part 3:  Back to the Spreadsheet
In this third video on sales forecast, we take the assumptions from the second part and use them to create and develop a sales forecast for 12 months and then the following two years.

Dress and Grow Your Business Plan
As your company grows, your planning grows.  If you add people to your team, then bring them into the process to make sure you’re all on the same page.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 1
There are business reasons, called business plan events, that force you to produce the traditional plan document. The more common business plan events are related to seeking loans or investments.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 2
In this section we focus on the relatively standard outline of the formal business plan document, taking it chapter by chapter and discussing the contents.

The Formal Business Plan Document, Part 3
This third and final discussion of the formal business plan document is a two-minute summary and conclusion.  It’s a reminder that the document will be wrong, will require management and course corrections, but should still be a vital part of your management process.

Introducing Tim Berry
Quick video biography of Tim Berry — business author, founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans, co-founder of Borland International, Stanford MBA, and leading business planning expert.

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