You finished your Business Plan. Looks good. Checked the Business Case. Close the gaps and made the adjustments. Started to write the Marketing Plan. What next? Like all small businesses you need to make that step from the drawing board (business plan) to the high street and the only way to do this is to get funding.
If you’re looking for some guides on Social Media, in particular how to use Facebook and Twitter for marketing, then these 2ofree ebooks including Brian Solis, Chris Brogan, Chris Penn, and John Jantsch will get you started.
While we teach our kids to be respectable when in school, we then encourage them to tear the opposition asunder when they play sports. Getting the right balance between competition and aggression is very difficult. I see this with team leads who try to bully others into working harder (ironically, these targets are usually the workhorses) and with sales people who try to intimidate others into buying products.
Warren Buffet’s Annual Reports were the first I ever read. To this day, I go back and re-read them to remind myself what business writing is really about – making a connection with words. That’s it. The more you can connect, the more people will read you. They may not agree with you – more […]
Look at how Hemingway does it. His writing style is crisp, direct and engaging. All the signs of a great writer. Look at how he makes long sentences short, mundane subjects interesting, and clips along at a nice pace. And without ever losing the thread. Business writers can use these techniques to improve business plans, […]
‘The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.’ Warren Buffett. 15 White Paper Templates for only $19.99 How to Write an Executive Summary that Generates Interest Your Executive Summary should excite the reader and help them understand the key results and conclusions in your business document, […]
A quick search on Google shows us that the business community has some strong opinion on the value of business plans. Some deride them as antiquated whereas others see them as the foundation stone for a business growth. Who’s right? Well, it would be nice if someone did some research on the value of business […]
First impressions count. For this reason, you need to pay special attention to the Executive Summary. If your clients or investors don’t get past the Executive Summary, then the rest of your document will go unread. This also raises the question: Should you write your Executive Summary before or after you’ve written your Business Plan? […]
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say Cult? I was offered a job with Apple many years ago and turned it down. They struck me as a bit odd. Think different campaigns were somehow a tiny bit sinister. I couldn’t put my finger on it didn’t buy into it. Later I […]
The BBC quotes research from Barclays Bank which shows that semi-retired workers are responsible for 50% more start-ups than 10 years ago. In the UK, 67% of small business owners are over 45, while a mere 8.7% are under 34. Such data suggests that running a business actually plays to the strengths of older people. […]
Why do you write business proposals? Same reason we do! We write proposals to win more business, pay our bills and send the kids to college. Same as you, I guess! Right? This is one of the most popular templates, especially for business consultancy proposals [ Learn more about these Proposal Templates ] I’ve been in the […]
Two articles in this week’s Harvard Business Review caught my attention: What the U.S. Can Learn From Europe About Gender Equality in the Workplace, and Can She Lead? The articles raise the sensitive issue of whether women make good bosses, want to be bosses and (slightly controversially), will men support women bosses or do their […]
Paying for a small business startup requires plenty of planning and researching. Here’s a list of five ways to fund your SMB (Small and Medium-sized Business), as well as what each option may entail for you as an owner.
I never give advice. Let me rephrase that. I never give unsolicited advice. If you don’t ask for my opinion, I don’t give it. It’s not because I don’t want to help you. I do. It’s because people value what they pay for. And the ‘ask’ in asking for an opinion is a type of payment… and Trust is the currency. This brings us to the tricky subject to giving feedback to your boss. When do I give my opinion? How do I phrase things to avoid offense? What happens if I get it wrong? Here are a few ideas.
Summary: Developing a Business Plan for a Work From Home business requires a clear understanding of the investor’s requirements. Understand their Point of View before you start to write. This three-part formula unlocks the key to running a successful home-based business. Working from home isn’t quite as easy as the online ads make it out […]