This is a story, about a business owner who wasn't doing very well in business at all. She had no business plan, no marketing plan written down, but had heard, quite a bit, how creating one would help.
So she moved 3000 miles from "home" and three months later, came across an all day One Page Business Plan(r) seminar that had a profound effect on her life and business. It was taught by Jim Horan. Three years later, she taught the class in same exact place. This is a very true "story".

So never start with a blank page. Create your One Page Plan soon to help your business. And once you've created it, it's simple to update!

1. You'll choose new opportunities more wisely and waste less time because you have a plan in place

2. A single page can contain all the elements you need to tell your employees, board of directors, potential partners or banker where you are taking your business and how you are going to get there.

3. The most important reason to have a business plan is to clarify your thinking, regardless of the size of your company.

4. It facilitates creating and analytical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork.

5. It creates hope and enthusiasm about the future.

6. It also brings out procrastination, frustration, differences of opinions and possibly anger.

7. Somehow writing initiates the transformation from idea to reality.

8. The written word produces a contract with yourself that results in immediate action.

9. Writing allows others to participate in your dream and give you feedback .

10. Because your coach, consultant, business builder strategist, friend, relative tells you that one of the top reasons businesses fail is a lack of planning! That's why!

Author's Bio: 

(c) 2008 Maria Marsala, founder of Elevating Your Business, a business managment company that focuses on helping financial and service industry independent professionals and small business owners get more. More money, more client, more quality free time. Claim your copy of MORE Business at