Thanks to the internet, it’s become easier than ever to jump straight into a home business start-up. With very little funding and a bit of internet know-how, you can become a business owner in as little as day, with your own website, social media pages, and blog. You have a great business idea, supportive friends and family members, and the motivation to get going – but is jumping right in a good idea? There’s a reason why the business plan is an integral part of many industry milestones, such as successfully pitching an angel investor or getting your first business loan from the bank. Even if you’re not worried about business funding right now, here are some good reasons to sit back and put together a business plan.

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1. Identify Potential Problems:

Today, more and more people are becoming business owners – but a huge percentage of small businesses aren’t doing great, with nine out of ten destined to fail within their first year of operations. With that being said, the right strategies can help ensure that your company is the one in ten to succeed – and that includes being prepared for potential issues before they arise. Working on a good business plan will help you identify probable future roadblocks and ensure that your business is prepped to tackle them.

2. Get to Know Your Target Market:

Writing your business plan can be the first step in identifying your target market and getting to know them more closely. Jumping head-first into your business may leave you getting started knowing very little about the people who you’re going to be reaching out to. When writing a business plan, you will put together a market analysis – in other words, a thorough examination of the customers who you intend to sell your products or services to. This will help you make more accurate marketing, product line, and customer service decisions.

3. Create Business Policies and Principles:

In the gig economy, anybody can become a home-based business owner, but the ones who succeed tend to be more professional and polished. Taking the time to write a business plan will enable you to come up with a set of professional policies and principles for your company to adhere to. Even a sole proprietorship will do better with a solid mission statement and procedures in place for staff (even if it’s just you for now), operational and financial plans, market identification, and a well-developed marketing system.

4. Keep Your Business on Track:

Lastly, preparing a business plan before getting started will make it easier to keep your brand on the right track in the future. Having a business plan to refer to will allow you to make decisions that are more aligned with your mission statement, your identified target audience, and company values. You’ll also refer to your plan to identify any adjustments that need to be made in order to meet brand goals and objectives.

Investing some time in preparing a business plan before you get started will pay off for your company in the future.