December 3, 2012
Most businesses don’t create a plan for the upcoming year because it’s too daunting a task. Which is why I’m a big advocate of the one page business plan and why I am sharing our one page business plan template with all of you.
It’s based on a couple of assumptions. First — no business can tackle dozens of goals in a single year. It’s better to identify a small handful of goals and build a plan around accomplishing those.
Even if you only set a handful of goals, you can’t tackle them all at once. You need to prioritize them and then tackle one or two of them at a time.
Second — most business owners and leaders are a little myopic. They tend to focus on the area of the business that is either causing the most trouble or is the aspect of the business they enjoy the most. But they rarely give equal weight to all the different facets of the organization.
This one page business plan template takes care of both of these issues. First — it forces you to only set six goals. Not five and not 65. Then, it asks you to rank the goals in order of importance, so you can decide where to focus first.
But you don’t set any six goals. You set one goal per aspect of your business. The one page business plan forces you to create a well-rounded plan that takes into account:
- Internal Systems
- New Business
If you grow all these different aspects of your business together, your business remains stable and strong. The one page business plan template forces you to think about the organization holistically and allows you to lead its growth in a more balanced way.
Here’s what I like best about this template. It’s simple enough that you’ll actually do it. Download it (click here to download the one page business plan template) and get started!