Whether you're a startup founder or small business owner, there is one question often asked.
Do you have a business plan?
Plans are a good idea. But there are a thousand urgent things to do.
Business plans are important, but not urgent.
Even if you can carve out time, business plans run 30-40 pages.
Few owners have time to create or maintain.
Plans serve as guides and tracking tools.
But they often sit on a shelf until reviewed again a year later.
To overcome this hurdle, companies have adopted one page business plans.
The One Page Business Plan
It boils down the very essence into a scannable and trackable piece.
It addresses key factors that leaders need to keep top of mind.
It also serves as a communication tool with your team.
The name "One Page Business Plan" can seem a bit deceptive.
It takes the same amount of prep work as a 30-40 page plan.
The difference is that all that planning is compacted into a consumable document.
The most important thing: Make your plan accessible.
Make it accessible so that strategies and objectives are clear to everyone.
By distilling to one page, you increase completion and accountability.
Clarity of purpose gets everyone on the same page... literally.
If you need a blueprint on how to write one, check out Jim Horan's book.
There are YouTube videos and templates that can guide you too.
Whether just starting out, or already launched and growing, a one page business plan is invaluable.
It shapes your thinking and helps you share with employees and other stakeholders.
Use it to communicate your vision and your path to success.