Business-Planning Checklist - dummies

By Paul Tiffany, Steven D. Peterson

Part of Business Plans For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You have a number of essential tasks to complete before you write your business plan. Having a clear picture of your goals and how to attain them is at the core; but consider the other factors on this list of business-planning essentials:

  • Get everyone involved in setting goals and objectives

  • Learn all you can about your customers

  • Understand who your competitors are

  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses relative to opportunities and threats

  • Determine which capabilities you absolutely need to succeed

  • List all the things you do that add customer value

  • Make sure that you do your financial homework

  • Imagine several different versions of your company’s future