Make a fresh start in 2008. A fresh start in your personal relationships, with your family and your business. What’s been holding you back? Why aren’t you building your business as fast as you would like? Have you been wasting precious hours on activities that don’t turn a profit? Frittering away your time by checking email over and over, visiting favorite forums and discussion lists? Or maybe just sitting there wondering ‘what do I do next?’
At the end of 2008 what will be your accomplishments? Will it be the same old, same old, or will you be able to say 2008 was your most profitable year ever?
A business plan isn’t just for bankers and investors. It’s a management tool that simply tells you where you’ve been, where you want to go, and how are you going to get there. Realistically a business plan can be used for any part of your life. Think about it. If you’re starting a diet, it’s important to know what your eating habits are (that’s the “where you’ve been” part of a business plan.) You then set goals for weight loss, say 20 pounds in six months (that’s the “where you want to go” part). And finally you determine what specific strategies and action plans will achieve that goal (“the how are you going to get there” part.)
One of the best business plan packages I've seen is Business Plan Basics. You get an ebook on what should be included in your business plan, examples from business plans, tips and an Excel spreadsheet.
If you want 2008 to be great, get started on your business plan with Business Plan Basics.