Posts Tagged ‘Business Plans’

Once you have a business idea how quickly should you start it?

Monday, April 10, 2017 11:23 2 Comments

Business ideas are like freshly buttered warm toast, they look wonderful. But if put to one side for long enough they get cold, stale and uninviting. The first surge of excitement at discovering an opportunity needs to then have action to build a momentum, which in turn drives further action. If the initial process of [...]

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Fed up with working for someone else?

Monday, January 23, 2017 14:13 2 Comments

Working for a company can bring security (less now than in the past) and for those that are fortunate, job satisfaction. However it also can bring the stress of not being in control of your own destiny and there is nothing like creating your own business, perhaps following a passion and using fully your skills. [...]

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Good reasons for the use of Business Angel investment

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:30 No Comments

One of the key bits of information that Business Angels or Investors into a venture will want to see is how the funds are going to be used. I’ve seen every possible use given, from the perfectly sensible – “product development”, to the unlikely to succeed – “no one will lend to me any more [...]

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Are you ready for investment?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 12:45 No Comments

Being investment ready is key to getting funding. Yet when talking to entrepreneurs they often have not taken the time to think it through. You are up against a lot of competition for business investment. Some may be better prepared than you to give the potential Investor confidence that his investment will be well spent [...]

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Sales and Marketing Plans

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 19:30 No Comments

 Whether you’re writing a business plan, or simply want to make sure that your business has customers, you are going to need a sales plan and a marketing plan. Yes need. Not optional, not nice to have – need. First let’s get over the instinctive dread of the word plan. It doesn’t have to mean [...]

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Use technology in your business or fail

Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:15 No Comments

In a previous work life, I used to give presentations on technology and as a way of lightening the tone of what could be a heavy session, I showed a cartoon. The caption read “In a moment of inspiration Dave the repairman connected the air-conditioner to the Internet”. Now, what’s funny about that you may [...]

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Business Plans are worthless and a con

Monday, February 3, 2014 12:13 12 Comments

In talking to entrepreneurs the subject of business plans often comes up. While some have excellent plans, others haven’t and feel that business plans are a complete waste of time and just there to line the pockets of consultants. I think the issue is that the phrase “business plan” has become over used and lost [...]

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How to write a business plan – the structure of the plan

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 17:18 2 Comments

Last week I looked at the preparation needed to write your business plan, now we are laying out the structure of the plan. Not all of the following will be needed for every plan and you must decide what to include based on the use that the business plan will be put to. For instance [...]

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How to write a business plan – getting started

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:11 3 Comments

Firstly do you need a business plan? Many small businesses have never had a formal business plan. Think of your corner store, or the self-employed tradesman that came to fix your heating, they almost certainly don’t have a written business plan. But then again they probably aren’t thinking of growing very much either. If you [...]

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How to get Investors

Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:43 11 Comments

“How do I get an Investor?” is the question I most get asked by entrepreneurs. Finding an Investor is often a hard and very time-consuming part of growing a business, but thousands of companies manage to do it every year. Here are my top tips:   Make sure you really need an Investor. On the [...]

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