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Why do you need a business plan?

If you want to start your own business, there are a lot of considerations. One thing that all entrepreneurs require, according to the Small Business Administration, is a business plan.

The following can guide you on why a business plan is important.

Encourage business growth

Every entrepreneur has financial and operational goals. When you have a business plan, you know what it takes to continue to grow. The plan is essentially a GPS. It guides you through every stage and helps you to run and manage your business effectively. The business plan helps you structure, grow and continue your business.

Find funding

Without a business plan, you may find it difficult to convince people to work with you. The plan provides you with a roadmap to get to your ultimate goal. Most loan agents will not consider you for a business loan when it comes to funding unless you have a business plan. You have to prove that you have the knowledge and plan ready to create a profit to pay off any funding.

Meet milestones

Without a business plan, how can you track your milestones? Business plans lay out your strategy for you. Not only can you monitor your progress, but you can analyze why your business may not be growing at the rate you expect. Having a plan allows you to take a step back to analyze your company.

When it comes to business plans, you can pick any format you want to. A traditional business plan allows you to insert details about all sections, whereas a lean business plan only asks for important details.

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