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Shelves: non-fiction , business , read Writing a business plan was not something I expected to have to do again after leaving the business world behind 8 years ago to become an author, but life had other plans Now I find myself taking a project management course in Canada, and writing a business plan is a requirement for one of my classes. Basically, I read this book as a refresher dipping in and out over the last two months or so , to remind myself of the key points that are important when attempting to develop a plan for a new Writing a business plan was not something I expected to have to do again after leaving the business world behind 8 years ago to become an author, but life had other plans Basically, I read this book as a refresher dipping in and out over the last two months or so , to remind myself of the key points that are important when attempting to develop a plan for a new business. At only sixty pages of content including a short glossary of terms , this article in book form is short and to the point. It touches on the most essential objectives and elements needed for an effective plan, without going into too many details.

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In an article from the Harvard Business Review, HBS Professor William Sahlman suggests that a great business plan is one that focuses on a series of questions relating to the four factors critical to the success of every new venture: the people, the opportunity, the context, and the possibilities for both risk and reward.

William Sahlman Every seasoned investor knows that detailed financial projections for a new company are an act of imagination. These questions relate to the four factors critical to the success of every new venture: the people, the opportunity, the context, and the possibilities for both risk and reward.

The questions about people revolve around three issues: What do they know? Whom do they know? Then, in addition to demonstrating an understanding of the context in which their venture will operate, entrepreneurs should make clear how they will respond when that context inevitably changes.

Finally, the plan should look unflinchingly at the risks the new venture faces, giving would-be backers a realistic idea of what magnitude of reward they can expect and when they can expect it. A great business plan is not easy to compose, Sahlman acknowledges, largely because most entrepreneurs are wild-eyed optimists.

But one that asks the right questions is a powerful tool. A better deal, not to mention a better shot at success, awaits entrepreneurs who use it. How does the customer make decisions about buying this product or service? To what degree is the product or service a compelling purchase for the customer? How will the product or service be priced? How will the venture reach all the identified customer segments? How much does it cost in time and resources to acquire a customer?

How much does it cost to produce and deliver the product or service? How much does it cost to support a customer? How easy is it to retain a customer? Who are These People, Anyway? Where have they been educated? What is their reputation within the business community? What experience do they have that is directly relevant to the opportunity they are pursuing? What skills, abilities, and knowledge do they have? Who else needs to be on the team? Are they prepared to recruit high-quality people?

How will they respond to adversity? Do they have the mettle to make the inevitable hard choices that have to be made? How committed are they to this venture? What are their motivations?

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Explore the Archive Executive Summary Every seasoned investor knows that detailed financial projections for a new company are an act of imagination. Nevertheless, most business plans pour far too much ink on the numbers—and far too little on the information that really matters. William Sahlman suggests that a great business plan is one that focuses on a series of questions. These questions relate to the four factors critical to the success of every new venture: the people, the opportunity, the context, and the possibilities for both risk and reward.

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In an article from the Harvard Business Review, HBS Professor William Sahlman suggests that a great business plan is one that focuses on a series of questions relating to the four factors critical to the success of every new venture: the people, the opportunity, the context, and the possibilities for both risk and reward. William Sahlman Every seasoned investor knows that detailed financial projections for a new company are an act of imagination. These questions relate to the four factors critical to the success of every new venture: the people, the opportunity, the context, and the possibilities for both risk and reward. The questions about people revolve around three issues: What do they know? Whom do they know? Then, in addition to demonstrating an understanding of the context in which their venture will operate, entrepreneurs should make clear how they will respond when that context inevitably changes. Finally, the plan should look unflinchingly at the risks the new venture faces, giving would-be backers a realistic idea of what magnitude of reward they can expect and when they can expect it.

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