The Purpose of a Business Plan
1st, Identifies nature and context of business opportunity
2nd, Presents approach entrepreneur will take to exploit the opportunity
3rd, Identifies factors that most likely determine whether or not the venture will be successful
4th, Serves as a tool for raising capital
PURPOSE OF A BUSINESS PLAN
§ To guide an organization towards meeting its goals and objectives
§ To keep management headed in a predetermined direction
§ To tell how the company will be run over the next 3-5 years
§ To serve as a tool for analyzing your business
§ To provides tools to implement change
· To form strategic alliances, joint ventures, or partnerships
· To capture large contracts from key customers
· To attract and recruit key managers
Internal Uses of a Business Plan
1st, it can improve performance by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the company’s operations.
2nd, it can communicate to management and staff clear expectations regarding the company’s performance and priorities.
3rd, for companies with multiple divisions/subsidiaries, or points of management responsibility, a business plan can effectively coordinate and ensure consistency in the plans and operations of the various units.
4th, a business plan provides a solid basis for measuring performance of the overall company and of individual units and managers.
· Framework for reviewing key decisions in the ongoing management of the company
· Serves as a rationale structure for evaluating new developments and opportunities
5th, a business plan and the process of developing it can be used to educate and motivate the key staff – such as managers and supervisors – of the company.
· The process gets management commitment to the plan
· The process helps define management responsibility in achieving the plan
6th, to establish the operational and financial structure of a management buy-out
External Uses for a Business Plan
1st, it can be used to educate outside parties regarding the objectives, structure, and performance of the company.
· Very important if the support of outside parties is important to the company’s success
· Examples: Support of current or potential stockholders or investors
· To promote relationships with joint venture partners and large customers, suppliers, distributors
· To arrange strategic alliances
· To obtain large contracts
· To attract key employees
2nd, it can be used to secure funding from outside investors.
3rd, it can be used to complete mergers and acquisitions
4th, it can communicate planned actions, deflecting competitive or regulatory moves that may be under consideration by outside parties.
· By formalizes its intentions in a business plan, a company commits itself to action
· By communicating these intentions to interested parties as appropriate, a company may preempt actions that could have a negative impact on its own plans and actions.