Getting Started Guide to Self-Employment: Your Business Plan

Why you need a business plan

You’ve heard it before, you should write a plan before you start your business. You might be wondering why that’s so important. Here are three good reasons. Writing a plan

  • clarifies what your business goals are so you know how to measure success,
  • helps you spot potential problems so you can plan for them instead of getting caught by surprise, and
  • shows potential investors or lenders how you will make the business profitable so they will be more likely to invest their money or approve your loan.

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Business Plan Services – The 5 Key Stages of the Process

Business planning can never be truly outsourced. If a contractor or consultant is brought into the process they may be allowed to take the lead, but the work will still require extensive collaboration between the entrepreneur or business managers and the contracted firm. This collaboration process will take a different shape depending on the specific firm you are working with, but should include these important stages: 

Interview Stage

After a contract has been signed (and perhaps even before) interviewing will occur where the consultant attempts to gather as much business information directly from the entrepreneurs or managers as possible. If there are multiple managers or founders, they will look to reconcile their different accounts of what the business is attempting to do and make the team aware of significant divergences. 

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What Makes For a Good Health Club Business Plan?

What makes for a good health club business plan is the same things that make for any good business plan, which just a few differences. The most important thing to remember in any plan, though, is that having A plan is better than having NO plan at all, even if the plan is a little hazy, to start. This can always be corrected down the road. What’s a fact, though, is that businesses that start out with no written plan often go down to defeat within their first three years.

Business plans are like narrative stories. They’ll have a beginning, then a middle, and then an end which will lead to a new beginning. This goes on in what’s called a continuous planning cycle. And no health club plan succeeds well without having a mission, vision and goals, not only for the business but also for its customers.

Like any good plan, a health club’s will address every traditional business metric or benchmark which helps to gauge success. These can include funding sources and short-to-long term planning horizons. Keep in mind that the farther out a horizon is, the more flexible the intermediate steps need to be in getting to that far off destination.

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