Turning your Business Plan into an ACTION Plan

21 06 2010

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In the last few weeks we have had an ongoing discussion on why I wanted to start a business and what I have been doing to prepare to start a business.  As you are all  most likely aware, you can research to your heart’s content, you can ask millions of questions, but eventually you are going to have to actually decide turn your Business Plan into an Action Plan.  All the research and learning in the world is not going to make you a dime until you finally decide to put action behind your business opportunity. 

I finally applied action to the business plan.  Even though I was actively helping work the business, it was time for me to spread my wings and to get actively involved in the business opportunity.  My first business, and my strongest business to date is in the Waterless Cleaning Technology field.  So, I finally put my money where my mouth is and started my own Waterless Technology business.  Actually, to say I started my own business is not entirely accurate.  As I had been working with Steve over the last 6 months, we decided to pool our resources and really focus on building the Waterless Technology business into new heights. 

What we initially did after I got financially involved was to develop our basic business plan.  That was interesting because Steve had been doing this business for many years before I arrived on the scene, and he didn’t have anything written down.  Everything was in his head.  We had quite a number of discussions and plans that I wanted documented and he saw as a waste of time.  Our differences in conducting and developing a business plan may have hurt other partnerships, but for us, the differences made our business plan and action plan stronger and better.  Steve is basically the idea man, I became the person behind the scenes that made sure all the “i’s” were dotted and “t’s” crossed and took the step back to make sure the Business Plan and subsequent Action Plan really made sense.  I also started looking critically at how we were presenting ourselves to the public and worked on creating our corporate identity. 

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I continued to work full-time while working the Waterless business in the evenings and on weekends.  I talked to all my co-workers at the job and got several of them interested in the waterless products.  A few were interested in the opportunity too, but were too uncertain to take that extra step.  They wanted to watch me succeed before they were willing to go out on a limb.  Can’t say that I blamed them, still don’t blame them because if you think about it, I didn’t just jump into a business opportunity cold, I had Steve to work with and teach me the ropes.  The difference was that once we created a business plan and implemented the plan, our Waterless Technology business began to flourish even more.  We were then able to start focusing on when I would quit my regular “job” and focus on building our Waterless Wash  business full-time.

Until next week…

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22 06 2010
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2 08 2010
What is your passion? « Hawgwash's Blog

[…] tremendous amount of work involved to get it going and keep it going.  We have reviewed the use of business plans to help keep you on track, but if you are tired, where do you find the energy to keep your business […]

22 09 2010
5 Tips for Small Business Success « Hawgwash's Blog

[…] and mission statement for your business.  There have been several articles related specifically to developing your business plan, we will not go into that again here, but just remember that if you do not have a business plan for […]

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