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Does Your Business Plan Suck?

By Ellen Rohr on Oct 26 2011 • Filed under Business

Does Your Business Plan Suck? (graph)Have you seen the TV program, Extreme Makeover – Home Edition? It airs on Sunday nights on ABC. Carpenter Ty Pennington and his design team descend on a down-and-out family. Due to some twist of fate or circumstance, this family’s home is a total wreck. (Picture Charlie’s home from the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl.) Tears flow, hugs happen and the family takes off for Disneyland. They enjoy a week of vacation while the design team tears down the old and rebuilds a new home.

I love this show. I love it that they even try to do the project in 7 days. I love it that the show gives a hand up to a family in need. I especially love the fresh start. From here on, things are going to be different and better for the family.

You’ve been selected!

Are you in need of a fresh start? Wouldn’t it be cool if you helped yourself to an Extreme Makeover – Your Business Edition?

How would you do it? Like the Makeover design team, start with a plan…a Biz Plan.

Of course, you’ve heard before that you should have a Biz Plan. You may even have a plan that you put together, once upon a time, for the bank when you went looking for a loan. That plan may be in a drawer somewhere or on a shelf, thick with dust.

Many people think of business planning like dieting. Yuck. You know you should eat better and exercise but it is easier just to muddle through the day. If business planning is drudgery, you probably won’t find time for it.

Even if you have a plan, most business plans – indeed, most business – suck. They are uninspired and lack focus, much like their owners. How about you? Are you ready for a Makeover? Great. Assemble a Biz Plan that gets your juices going and the profits flowing!

A Biz Plan can do two wonderful things for you:

  • Helps you get clear on what you really want to be, do and have.
  • Helps hold you accountable for taking inspired action in the direction of what you want.

So, set aside your thoughts about business planning. Yes, it takes a bit of discipline to craft a winning Biz Plan and a profitable business. However, it shouldn’t be a chore. It should be fun! Biz Planning can be a powerful exercise in creativity and manifestation of your dreams. Open your mind!

In my next couple of posts I will reveal how YOU can create a profitable biz plan!

Journal Assignment:

Are you happy with your business? Can you see ways of making it better?

Set the timer for 10 minutes and brainstorm all the things you can think of to create a better experience for you and your clients. When the buzzer goes off, review the list and see if there's anything you really like, that you can implement now or in the near future. If you need to, put the list away for a day or two and then go back to it with a fresh mind.

Alternatively, make a list all things you're not happy with.

Divide the page in two and on one side, list things about your biz that you're not happy with. When you've run out of things to put on that side of the page, ask yourself, "how can I change these things?" Write your answers on the other side of the page. In a few days, look at the list and see if you're answers are still the same. Add, remove, or change as needed until you feel happy with the result.

See also:

How-to: Create a Profitable Business Plan! (Part 1) – This is the next post

How-To: Prune your Business Plan for Success

How-To: Create Your Business Plan in a Weekend

The Price is Right! – Figuring Out What to Charge

1 Comment

  1. A great article. I love the Extreme Makeover context and am re-doing my biz plan. Looking forward to your thoughts in the next few blogs.

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