As any successful entrepreneur can tell you, a sound business plan is a blueprint for success—a way of transforming an idea into a profitable reality. But when you start wrestling with how to write a business plan, you quickly learn that the hard work is in the details.

The best small business plan is the one designed to fit your business and your business goals. It takes into account where you are, where you’ve been, and where you want to go. It includes solid, creditable analysis of your market and your financials. It includes the business strategies that will help you build, and sustain, business success.

It’s axiomatic that no business plan should reach its intended destination without going through a thorough critique, preferably by someone who isn’t a part of the organization. That way you get the advice you need, even if it isn’t the advice you want. You also get the benefit of experience from outside the box. That experience can come in handy—especially if we’re talking about the savvy of a veteran entrepreneur who knows how bumpy the road can get.

Ron Sturgeon, Mr. Mission Possible, has helped lots of entrepreneurs build their business plans. Take advantage of his experience through a consulting assignment, as part of one of his peer benchmarking groups, or in a speaking engagement.

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