1-Page Business Plan for Small Businesses

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What are your plans for 2012?

Do you have set week-by-week and month-by-month plans for the entire year ahead or are you hoping that you can just fly by your seat of your pants again?

You have heard many times that if  you fail to plan then you plan to fail. This is a very true statement as many people seldom plan the year ahead and wonder why when they get to the end of the year that they have not achieved the results that they were wanting!

A study was conducted recently at Harvard School of Business where they took a group of MBA graduates and divide them up into two separate groups; one group was to set goals and plans for the next five years and the other group was to do no planning or no goal setting. They went back five years later and interviewed the two separate groups to their amazement they found the group that did the planning and goal setting were earning nearly double that of their counterparts that had done no goal setting or planning.

This demonstrates how important it is to plan and set goals for the year ahead. Yes, you may not achieve all of them throughout the year but at least you have something to aim for. Having no goals or plans for 2012 is like going to a archery range with your crossbow in hand, loading in your arrow and setting up to shoot at something yet there is no target in front of you! So, what do you aim for? There is no bull’s-eye or any surrounding piece of the target for you to judge your results by, you might as well just shoot the arrow in the air and hope that you hit something! This is not the way to operate your business no matter how big or small it is!

Do you see how this relates to your business?

The most important thing you can do is sit down and plan your year ahead. In fact, in my business we have a very specialized 1-page business plan that we use to operate and manage our business by for the year ahead. It is constructed from a number of different documents, and then summarized onto a single page so that you have a document that is easy to follow, simple to understand and that can guide you for the year ahead.

There are many theories out there about the perfect business plan. The way I look at things is that I would rather have a 1-page business plan and a five year vision for my business. Yes, if you’re going to a bank for financing or looking for investors then you need substantially more than a 1-page business plan, but for managing your business and growing substantially in 2012 and monitoring your success, a 1-page business plan is more than adequate for you to guide your success by!

On January 19, 2012 from 9 AM to 2 PM I will be running a 1-page business plan course called Business Plan 101. I will be looking at all aspects of your business and completing very specific documents pertaining to marketing, sales, exposure, operations, systematization, focus and financial. I’ll be sharing all the details of how to take all the supporting documents and summarize them into a 1-page business plan. You will leave the event with a detailed plan of what you need to do for 2012, and your own personalized target knowing what you need to aim for in order to monitor and judge your success from month-to-month for the year ahead!

This course is only done in January of each year and if you’re interested in attending, please contact Karly at our office on 778 – 565 – 4090 or via e-mail at KarlyB@MYMsuccess.com.We have limited space available, at the time of writing this article there were only 8 seats available as the event is limited to a maximum of 30 people. Call now to ensure that you have a plan for 2012 for your business.

Here is the pricing for the event:

1. Non-Make your Mark students: $199.

2. Make Your Mark students: $149.

3. Make Your Mark Pinnacle Students: $99.

[Make Your Mark students are those people who have completed at least a full one-day event offered by Make Your Mark Training and Consulting Inc.]

you can email colin at Colinsprake@gmail.com

Author: Colin Sprake is the CEO of Make Your Mark, a Canadian company of live seminars, online entrepreneur academy and live accountability groups that have helped 10,000’s of Entrepreneurs achieve rapid results in small business growth and development. Colin is a best-selling author of ‘Entrepreneur Success Recipe’ and trains for BMO, Sun Life Financial, Scotia Bank, T.D. Bank and lives by the tagline Business With Soul – putting heart back into business!