As the year winds down, many business owners are making plans to increase their bottom lines in 2013. For most of us, this means revising the business plan.
How banks and other financial contributors respond to the business plan, it’s all on you. The fact is, most business plans will not get a second look next year.
Can I help with biz plans? Yes, but first here is why your current business plan…well…sucks. You aren’t proving you are good are enough.
SBA.gov gives a pretty clear checklist of what you MUST include in your business plan. Having typed this, make sure your plan stands out from the rest of the pile. Ironically, getting your business plan to separate itself from the pile, begins before writing one word.
Get some experience first. How on earth can you ask for anything if you haven’t proved that you deserve it. I cannot ask for a grant to provide housing for wayward girls (now there’s an oldie-but-goodie term for you!) if I don’t have any proof that I have helped this group in the past?
A vision is great but they don’t put money in your wallet. Experience? That’ll work.
Get creative. Think a second job, volunteerism, barter or “job creation”. Yes, create the job! Mock jobs are underrated, because folks are so hung up on “faking it till you make it.” Phooey.
in most cases (please contact a lawyer to be on the safe side) you just need to be able to say you have some experience. Helped a friend? Experience. Completed a class project? Experience. Talked with teen girls at a sleep-over? You get the point.
Get testimonials. If you are helping someone while helping yourself to some experience, get testimonials or recommendation letters from them (of the positive kind, of course). It helps to make you look good on paper. And by paper, I mean the business plan!
And yes, I write them. Contact me for a quote.
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