Business Planning

More Money More Fun Less Effort

by Paul Simister on November 20, 2012

What do you want from your business? That’s a fundamental question to ask when thinking about your business strategy. But how often do you stop to think about it? The answer probably has two Categories:

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If you think about going down the venture capital route for funds for your young business, I recommend you read this blog post from Fred Wilson of Union Square Investments. Why Early Stage Venture Investments Fail It’s always good to understand the situation from the other side since it makes their demands seem more reasonable. […]

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I’m often approached by start-up entrepreneurs and asked to write their business plan. I won’t do it. I think it’s a rotten idea. So does Dragons Den entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne.

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The One Page Business Plan by Jim Horan

by Paul Simister on June 23, 2011

The One Page Business Plan by Jim Horan is very different from other business planning books I’ve read. First I should say that I have read the UK edition which involved Paul Barrow in the translation. I don’t know how different this version is to the one available in the United States. I should also […]

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The Best Laid Business Plans by Paul Barrow

by Paul Simister on June 22, 2011

I enjoyed reading The Best Laid Business Plans: How To Write Them, How To Pitch Them by Paul Barrow. It is one of the Virgin Business Guides but don’t be fooled, Sir Richard Branson had very little to do with it. Business planning is essential for any business start-up and it’s important for any business […]

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Sage Planning For Business Review

by Paul Simister on June 17, 2011

After taking a look at Business Plan Writer as one option for business planning software, I thought I would review Sage Planning For Business which is again developed primarily for the UK market. Sage Planning For Business Review Sage is a big company and provides the most popular small business accounting programs in the UK […]

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Business Plan Writer Review

by Paul Simister on June 15, 2011

Business Plan Writer is the first business planning software I’ve reviewed with the start-up business owner in mind. It is available from http://businessplanwriter.co.uk/ and has been written for the UK market but before you jump in and buy, you should read my review. What I Like About Business Plan Writer

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Business Planning Software For Business Start-Ups

by Paul Simister on June 15, 2011

Specialist business planning software is a great way to help you to out together a business plan to take to a bank or other financial backer. I’ve written before about the different types of business plans. It’s The Thinking In Business Planning That’s So Important I believe in the thinking that goes into preparing a […]

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Is it a good idea to have a one day strategy workshop or strategic planning workshop? Why You Might Want A Strategy Workshop Let’s imagine that your business performance has dipped or you fear that it might because of recent changes in environment conditions, customer needs or competitors. And you get approached by a firm […]

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Why Banks Don’t Finance Business Startups

by Paul Simister on June 2, 2011

One of the most powerful things you can do when negotiating is to see things from the other person’s perspective. To find out why banks don’t finance business startups I want you to put yourself in the bank manager’s shoes when he meets an eager entrepreneur looking for cash to finance the great (ad)venture.

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Small Business Design – Is It Necessary?

by Paul Simister on May 26, 2011

I’d better make it clear what I mean by small business design. It has little to do with website design or graphic design. What I mean by small business design is carefully planning out:

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Peeling The Strategy Onion

by Paul Simister on May 19, 2011

The idea of working on your strategy and the entire strategy planning and management process can be daunting. So daunting that it can put many business owners off. And that leaves them stuck trying to get improved profit performance from implementing tactics. I believe they are missing a big trick and it’s a trick that […]

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Strategic Plans, Business Plans & Budgets

by Paul Simister on May 6, 2011

It’s no surprise that I am a big believer in the advantages of planning and preparing strategic plans, business plans and budgets. It’s the process of planning and how it helps you to clarify you thoughts and see problems and weaknesses in advance which is often more important than the plan itself although it can […]

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