Are you planning to start a business, grow an existing business, or start a nonprofit? Wherever you are in your journey, developing a plan to guide you to a successful business operation is critical. Nearly 50 percent of new businesses fail within five years. A well thought-out business plan can dramatically turn the odds in your favor. The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan author and SCORE mentor Hal Shelton suggests following his 12 commandments for writing a business plan.
At any stage in your business, writing or refining your business plan can help take you to the next level. If you are looking for assurance that you are headed in the right direction, seeking help with a section of your business plan that you do not understand, feeling that a section of your business plan is not robust enough and want pointers, or want to learn where and how to apply for funding, take a look at Hal’s new book The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan. Entrepreneurs should use resources available to them, and work with mentors and advisors to help support them throughout their endeavor.
Name: Ivana S. Taylor
About: Ivana Taylor is the publisher of DIYMarketers.com – an online marketing publication that provides marketing strategies that help entrepreneurs and business owners get and keep profitable customers. She is the DIY Marketing expert and book editor for Small Business Trends and a contributing author to AMEX Open Forum. Her strategic consulting firm, Third Force specializes in helping companies find their best customers and be the one they choose – regardless of price. Ivana is the co-author of Excel for Marketing Managers. You can find her on Twitter as @DIYMarketers.