You Need a Business Plan


T. Boone Pickens is famous for saying, “A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan.” We all work smarter, more efficiently, and more effectively when we have a plan, when we’ve mapped out what we are trying to do and how we plan to get there. Without a plan, it’s very easy to do a lot of work and still accomplish very little—because your efforts might be directed toward contradictory ends or in tangential tasks that don’t contribute to your most important goals.

Of course, plans will change. The military strategist Helmuth von Moltke said, “No plan survives contact with the enemy.” But that doesn’t mean plans are unimportant or useless. You have to have a plan guiding you at the start, and then adjust it accordingly as the situation changes. When you put a plan into action, you will discover things that work, things that don’t, and things you hadn’t thought of. Incorporate those into a new plan.

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The Young Entrepreneur Council offered 10 reasons why business owners should have a business plan for Small Biz Trends. The business plan is not some outdated relic or specialty tool for funding alone. It can help all different elements of your business.

Here are the 10 benefits of writing a business plan given by members of the Young Entrepreneur Council; read the full article for descriptions of each item on the list:

  1. Clarity
  2. Gain a Deep Understanding of Your Market
  3. Organization
  4. Practice Makes Perfect
  5. Confirm the Math
  6. Iron Out Possible Kinks
  7. Foster Alignment
  8. Hold Yourself Accountable
  9. Know Your Message
  10. Establish Benchmarks
Edwin Bevens

Edwin Bevens

Edwin Bevens is the Head Writer and Editor for Tarkenton Companies, and the Editor of With a background in journalism and publishing, Edwin received a 2008 South Carolina Press Association Award for reporting. Developing, producing, and maintaining content across multiple websites, Edwin focuses on helping small business owners find the right match of voice, audience, and medium for every message.