The Most Simple Business Plan You’ll Ever Write

Just hearing the words ‘business plan’ turns my blood cold!

My eyes glaze over and I am filled with a kind of tedious dread – it all just seems too boring!

However I recently became a little lost and unsure of which way I wanted my business to go, so I thought I’d give a business plan a try.

Here’s what I did…


I took myself to a cafe for a welcome change of scenery, and thought about where I would like to be in 5 years time – how many regular clients, how many supervisees do I want, how many hours work, how much money.

Do I want to deliver more workshops, offer group therapy, embark on a degree, train in new areas, write etc.  My masterplan for total world domination, as it were.

Then I looked at what I could do over the next 3 months to enable me to get there.

In 3 months, I shall review it again.

Writing a 5 year plan doesn’t mean I have to follow it to the letter, and it doesn’t mean I can’t have a re-think and change direction.

However it does focus me and help me to concentrate on the important parts of my business, the parts that will drive my business forward, which in turn stops me from wasting time on things that are really not that important – my fight with procrastination is ongoing!

My 5 year business plan is very basic and simple and if I was looking for a loan or a grant it wouldn’t cut the mustard at all, but it’s purely for my own use and really is just an exercise in focusing myself.

So try it!

find somewhere quiet with a pen and paper or tablet/laptop and concentrate on the overview of your business, and look at the bigger picture.

It takes little effort, costs nothing and yet it most probably will save you time and money.

Try it! And let me know how you get on.

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