What are your business objectives?
What do you want and why?
Your business objectives should be based on:
- How long have you been thinking about your business?
- What experience do you have in the industry/sector?
- How have you prepared?
- What are you offering?
- Are there similar businesses? What makes yours different?
- Who is your target audience? (Age, income, habits, etc.)
Make your objectives easy to read. You want anyone to understand them. (Like bank managers or investors)
Your business strategy
Every business has a strategy.
This gives you a goal to think about whenever you make a business decision.
Including strategy in your business plan helps readers see what you want and how you plan to get there.
The strategy and overall goal will be specific to your business.
This is what you expect your business to spend and earn.
Your financial forecast should include:
- How much will your service or product cost?
- How does that compare to similar products or services in your area?
- How are you going to cover the initial start-up costs?
- Will you need a bank loan?
- Are you using savings?
Profits and losses:
- What will you spend in the next few years?
- What will you earn?
Make these figures realistic.
Creating a business budget
A realistic budget helps keep track of spending.
This helps you:
- Work out what your costs are
- Identify areas for savings
- Find ways to increase profit
4 simple steps to build your business budget:
- Decide what timeframe your budget covers.
This is usually done by calendar month, but you could make it weekly or daily if more helpful.
Remember: 4 weeks does not equal a calendar month.
To change a weekly figure into a 'calendar month’ figure:
Write down all your business related costs
- Take the weekly figure and times this by 52 (the number of weeks in the year)
- Divide this by 12 (the number of months in the year)
Create a business budget template.
- Telephone bills
You can find ready built ones online.
Download one and fillin your costs
Track what you spend.
You may find you spend more or less than you budgeted for.
Update your budget with actual costs after a couple of months.