- Write down everything that you know. Choose a section, (for instance, “Strengths and Weaknesses”) and write down everything you know about this particular topic within the business plan.
What you write down doesn’t have to follow any logical order (that can come later). Simply focus on putting down on paper whatever is racing around in your mind. The truth is, the less you have on your mind, the easier it will be to recall what may be buried deep in your brain that can help improve your business.
- Have fun. Creative juices flow freest when you’re having fun. So let loose, have fun and step away from the norm. It is much like taking the blinders off of a horse and allowing the big picture to come shining through. Allow yourself to consider where your “out-of-the-box” thoughts could lead your company. They just might be outrageous enough to work!
Clay Nelson is president of Consulting Services Network LLC, a Santa Barbara, CA-based company that coaches individuals and businesses on company goals and balancing work and life. For more business planning information, visit the company’s Web site, www.cjenterprises.com, by clicking here.
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