Five Questions Every Professional Career or Business Plan Should Answer
A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. – Proverb
A perfect plan won’t ever happen. What you need instead is a “working plan” that is focused, concise, and easy to change!
Planning is very important. My unscientific research leads me to believe that for every hour I plan, I save 10 hours in the long run (and make fewer mistakes). And even though I taught business plan classes for people looking for funding for their business, I did not create my own plan for a long time and used every excuse in the book to justify my actions.
But after graduating from a life-training coaching program, my business was failing. Then I attended a workshop on the simplest business-plan format around, called, “The One Page Business Plan®. I left with pieces of my plan on paper and realized that now that I had written things down, drastic changes were on the horizon. So with the help of my coach I reinvented my business around the things I love doing most. Each year my plan is updated and I create lots of other types of plans using the same 5 questions I’ve learned and teach others how to use, too!
Here’s a simple look at five key strategic questions*:
*The questions are from the One Page Business Plan® by Jim Horan.
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