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The action plan explains how you will operate and manage your business. It also addresses the back office activities that don't relate directly to providing goods or services to customers.
Most business plans are somewhat formulaic, conforming to unwritten standards (read that to mean copying whatever worked before). Unless there is good reason to deviate from the standard, conforming to the formula is one more thing you can do to establish yourself as an astute business person.
Writing a business plan involves creating a well-organized document that includes a description of your product or service, marketing plans defining your target market, financial projections, and the other essential elements that make up a high-quality business plan.
It takes a lot of time -- and money -- to get a new small business up and running. Make sure you don't overlook any of these expenses, so you can improve your changes for success. It is important to determine how much it will cost you to open your doors for business.
When focusing on the startup costs for your new business, don't forget to include the cash and income needs of your immediate family. We recommend creating a budget for personal living expenses, which will be part of your overall financing requirements.
Startup businesses often begin with only ideas and enthusiasm. One of the many issues that every entrepreneur must address when starting a small business is the financial reality involved in deciding exactly what he or she wants to do, when it can be done, and how it's going to be done.
Now that the research on the potential market and costs for your proposed small business has been completed, you need to examine the financial and legal implications of going into business for yourself.
The name of your business often forms the first impression for a customer. If you choose to transact business under a name different from your personal name or the name used on the company's articles of formation, you'll need to file a DBA document.
The importance of keeping good financial records cannot be overstated, and good accounting habits will pay off down the road for your fledgling business.
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