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Why business plans are essential for entrepreneurs

| Jul 30, 2019 | Buying & Selling Businesses |

Starting a company in North Carolina or anywhere else can be easier by creating a plan. The plan will ideally account for the potential competitive advantages that it will have as well as how to fund the company. Those who are starting a business after being laid off may use their former employer’s plan for inspiration. However, it can also be a good idea to talk with other small business owners to see how their plans are structured.

It is important to note that a plan should be flexible and relatively easy to change as needed. It is not uncommon for family members or other close contacts to serve as initial investors in a business. They can also offer their expertise or emotional support to individuals who are starting a company. Individuals who don’t have family or friends to support them may want to find a mentor within the business community itself. Entrepreneurs who are seeking capital from outside sources may need to hire an attorney to help complete an investment deal.

Creating a business plan may be ideal for those who eventually plan to sell their companies or pass them on to future generations. For instance, a plan could determine who would be considered qualified enough to run the company after the current owner steps down. It could also determine what an acceptable offer to buy the company would look like.

Companies that want to take on an outside investor will likely need a document that he or she could review. Ideally, the document will explain what the company does, who it serves and how it will grow over time. It should also spell out how the company is structured and how that structure may evolve over time. An attorney may be able to help organize and review any information used to facilitate business transactions. Information may include financial records or licensing agreements with other businesses.

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