The Percentage of Businesses That Fail and How to Boost Your Chances of Success
“I put a tremendous emphasis on cash flow and having a solid financial platform,” says Tom Raymond, a SCORE mentor in Detroit. “Most startups don’t even know what an Excel spreadsheet is.”
Create a business plan
All too often, business owners forgo a business plan. They have big ideas and jump right in before gaining a thorough understanding of what their business can offer.
Raymond, the SCORE mentor, helps new business owners make “short and sweet” business plans that include an executive summary, a description of the business’s goals and objectives, a marketing plan, an operations plan, a management plan and a financial plan.
“The written business plan and the financial plan — the cash flow projections — are extremely vital to getting started,” Raymond says. “The rest of the stuff kind of falls in line if you have a solid set of goals and objectives and a good, solid financial platform to move your business forward.”
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