For a quick business plan, you have quite a few options:
1. The “job board” websites.
Originating in the domestic tasks and cleaning sectors, job boards like Fiverr and Airtasker have now become a safe bet.
They will put you in front of several people who claim to write business plans quickly. The job board will take your money and pay the bidder you selected once you’re satisfied with the job/plan.
The pros and cons of these sites are fairly evident: the people who offer their services there may not necessarily be quite right for you, and there are no guarantees of quality (beyond a rating service within the board itself, which may not be as reliable as Google reviews, for example, where the whole market is reviewing a supplier).
Business plan templates versus hiring an expert
Business plan templates seem to be the quickest option. You can download them for free from a variety of government sources, or just from the web itself, and off you go. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this. If you have a very clear idea of what your business is, and will be, and you have your financials (P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Forecasts) on hand, this is probably the quickest way to do it. Allow for around five hours of copy pasting from existing documents that you have.
3. Hire a business plan expert
Stepping outside of sites such as Fiverr and Airtasker may seem a bit daunting at first. You must take time to scroll through everyone advertising or listing themselves on Google, figure out what a good one looks like, and then contact them. All of that takes time and you may be in a hurry, especially if you’re reading this. Here are some tips to help you get the long list of people on Google who offer to write your plan down to a shortlist, and hire them:
- Make sure they do exactly the type of plan you’re looking for – if you’re about to become an NDIS or aged care provider, make sure they have that plan already and that they know what should be in it.
- If you’re opening a café, make sure they’ve done a café business plan before and that they are prepared to share what should be in it with you.
- Like any business, have they put that extra effort in to getting your business? That may not mean that they’re good, but it may mean that they’re stable, well resourced, and have got enough time for you.
- Reviews – do they have reviews of actual people from actual cities with their actual names on their profiles and websites?
- This is a strange one, but you’re hiring someone to write a plan, so have a look at their grammar, their style, their use of images and pictures. If you think it’s a bit shonky for their own website (which is the thing that they should be really, really good at), then what does that tell you about the plan they’ll create for you?
- Mystery shop them. Have a go at contacting them. Is their business slick enough to answer the phone
,or respond to a message on their website quickly? If they have a website that takes enquiries 24/7, it means they know how to run a business. This in turn suggests that they will be able to help you write a business plan for your business.
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