In our previous article, we have highlighted the importance of creating a business plan. In this article, we will focus on the key elements of a business plan, the sections it should contain et how a part-time CFO can help you to create your business plan and implement it.
The key elements of a business plan
The most important part of your business plan is its financial information. Your financial forecasts should include your cash flow predictions for the next 12 months or more.
Have you ever been so far off the grid – on a wilderness expedition, maybe – that your smartphone doesn’t know where you are? If you click on your “maps” app, your phone just shows you a blue dot, figuratively shrugs its shoulders and says, “You’re on the blue dot. But I have no clue what’s around you, where you’ve been or where you’re going.”
That uncomfortable “lost” feeling applies to more than just wilderness trekking.
Entrepreneurship means taking risks, such as launching new products, entering new markets, or using new processes. Because this involves uncertainty, there are always chances that things will go wrong.
Our experience at the CFO Centre has been that the most successful companies take the time to understand the downside of the risks they take, and then find a way to compensate for those downsides.
As the CFO Cente’s book “Scale Up” says,
The story of how LEGO, the family-owned toy company went from teetering on the brink of disaster and haemorrhaging cash to delivering the highest revenues in its entire history and being voted the 2017 Most Powerful Brand in the World makes for a truly inspirational tale…
Fourteen years ago, LEGO’s Head of Strategic Development Jørgen Vig Knudstorp delivered the kind of assessment that most managers would gladly superglue their own ears shut to avoid hearing.
By Chris Carl
Regional Director at The CFO Centre
A part-time CFO is to an SME what a doctor, a physical trainer, and a world-class coach is to a superstar athlete. The superstar athlete will always be good – but they will only be great if they are healthy (the doctor makes sure of that), they are in great physical shape (the trainer takes care of that) and that they can compete at a world-class level (the world-class coach takes care of that).