Do you dream of starting your own business?
Do you look at successful entrepreneurs with vast riches and dream of becoming like them?
Do you have a business idea that you want to develop into a successful business?
Do you want to structure your business well before you invest funds in it?
Do you want to write a business plan?
Do you want investors to be willing to read your business plan?
Do you want investors to make the ultimate decision to invest in your business?
If yes, then you have found the best book that will make all your entrepreneurial dreams come true.
Before I show you how I want to tell you a story that I’m very sure you will agree with.
Millions of people worldwide look at the very successful entrepreneurs we can think of and dream of becoming like them. They have aspirations deep in their hearts of also starting their businesses and being their bosses. They harbour these aspirations and seek opportunities to manifest them by taking initiatives to identify business opportunities and investing hard-to-come-by funds to start businesses. They hope that within a few years, they will be owners of successful businesses that will propel them to the heights of success and make their entrepreneurial dreams come true.
Since it is a fact that true career happiness lies in the freedom of doing the work we love, the work that is based on our hobbies and which we do effortlessly, there is no guarantee that we will succeed if we don’t take certain elementary steps. If we don’t do certain basics things which will bring to fruition our dreams of being successful entrepreneurs, then we will not reach the heights of success we long for.
There is an old cliché that, many people spend a lot more time planning weekends, vacations, weddings and parties than they do in planning their own lives. The same is true for businesses. Many people do not spend time to plan their businesses before jumping headlong into the sea of uncertainty which is the business world. They start their businesses based solely on their emotions, enthusiasm and optimism only to realize a short while down the line that their businesses have begun sinking. The cost of business failures is unimaginable as it goes beyond financial to most often emotional and crucially, sometimes psychologically destabilizing would-be entrepreneurs.
The only sure way to avoid all this turmoil is to write a successful business plan.
I’m sure you are wondering what a business plan is. Don’t worry, I will explain it to you in very simple words so you fully understand what I mean.
Before the construction of any building, architects draw out what the building should look like. Based on what they have envisioned the business to be, they go about meticulously putting their pencils, rulers and all measurement devices to draw a plan for the building. After they have successfully done this, building engineers go about the arduous task of construction based on the plan which is made easier because they have pictorial re[presentation of what the building should like in addition to the dimensions needed for the sizes of the various areas of the building.
In the same vein, when it comes to you, let’s assume you want to start a business selling computers. Based on your idea for the business, you should be able to determine the type of computers you want to sell, the brand of computers, the individuals to whom you want to sell these computers, determine why exactly you think that these individuals need your computers, know how much these individuals will be willing to pay for your computers, know where they are already getting their supply of computers from, know how much you will need to start the business, know how many computers you will need to sell at the end of every month to meet your financial obligations, know at every point in time whether you are on course with being successful with your business or not. Once you have figured all these out on paper, you would have developed a very convincing business plan that will prove to any investor that you know what you are about and have charted out the course of success thoroughly. Once you have this business plan in hand as well, you will be able to properly run the business as you would have had specific targets to meet as enumerated in your plan. When you are not meeting these targets, you will find it hard to fulfil your financial obligations and that is where the pressure of having your business fail will start to build up.
With this special book, you’ll learn how to:
This book is in two parts being the narrative section and the financial forecasting section. The narrative is the body of the business plan and contains more than 200 different questions divided into several sections. Work through the sections in any order you like, except for the Executive Summary, which you should do last. Skip any questions that do not apply to your business.
When you have finished answering all the questions, you will have a collection of small essays on each section of the business plan. What you have to do is to put all of these together into a flowing narrative in several paragraphs to form your business plan as is done in the sample business plans in the book.
The financial forecasting chapter guides how to develop your financial projections. With your basic knowledge in accounting and Excel, follow the explanatory notes provided and you will end up with very comprehensive financial projections that you can present to any prospective investor.
The real value of doing a business plan is not in having the finished plan in hand but in the process of researching and thinking about your business in a systematic way. The act of planning helps you to think through your business idea thoroughly, to study and research when you are not sure of the facts and to look at your ideas critically. It takes time but avoids costly, perhaps disastrous, mistakes later.
It typically takes several weeks to complete a good plan. Most of that time is spent on researching and rethinking your ideas and assumptions. But then, that is the value of the process. So make time to do the job properly. Those who do, never regret the effort.
Finally, be sure to keep notes on your sources of information and the assumptions underlying your financial data.
The book has the following very interesting features:
Over 200 different questions on all areas of your business. This will give you the benefit of being able to think through every area of your business.
You will be able to anticipate any challenge even before they occur and find solutions for them.
Things about your business you may not have thought about will be brought to your immediate attention.
A step-by-step guide to developing your financial projections. With these books, you don’t need to be an expert in financial accounting to develop your own set of financial projections.
The explanations have been made very basic so the highest novice in accounting will be able to do this.
All you will need is your Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and you will be on your way to developing your financial projections without the help of accountants who will charge you so much money for something you could have done easily yourself.