By Kate E. Stephenson
Accrete (v.): 1. to grow or cause to grow together; be or become fused 2. to make or become bigger, as by addition
December is National Write a Business Plan month… you already see where I’m going here, right?
It’s so easy to put plans off. All kinds of plans are just easier to throw in the corner and wait ’til next year to dust off. But now is the time, today is the day. Tomorrow is not promised, but more pointedly a stress-free tomorrow is not promised. Whatever pressures are there today, may not go away next week or next year. So don’t put off a key tool that could actually help you push those pressures out of the way.
Business plans really aren’t as difficult as they seem. It’s a simple as the 5Ws:
- Who runs my business?
- What is my business?
- Where is my business?
- When is my business? (When did you start, what are your hours, what is your turnaround)
- Why is my business?
Oh yeah, and that one extra…
- How is my business? Meaning how did you get started and how do you plan to keep going.
If you can answer each one of these questions in a sentence, you have already conquered half of the war. And if you get stuck, there are many resources to help you keep going:
Sometimes the hardest part is making all of the pieces of your business accrete, come to together as a cohesive whole. For professional assistance with the writing and development of your business plan, contact me. I offer not only targeted, business specific solutions to business plan creation, but also a commitment to assisting fellow small business owners identify there strengths and weaknesses to build successful, long-lasting enterprises. The economic climate demands that small business owners also pool our resources to forge cooperative communities of commerce.
Kate E. Stephenson is a freelance communications specialist whose business encompasses writing, editing and resume services. Lexicon is her brainchild, a blog all about Language! Insight into today’s job market and hiring tips, book releases and reviews, and general folly concerning the many mysterious facets of the English language, Lexicon is all about how we talk, write and communicate—even non-verbally. Be sure to read more about Kate, check out a full listing of services and rates, and enjoy the weekly updates her on Lexicon!