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The Roachpost has an interesting article about writing an Executive Summary. Never thought about an ES as a single document instead of a part of a business plan.
I made a form for customer development with Google Docs. Ok this not a First Customer Contact, but maybe it will help although.
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The Bootstrapping “The Four Steps to Epiphany” series is suspended for a while.
That is because I was working on a small business plan to get some support money. So it is not bootstrapping any more.
In the next week I will come back to Bootstrapping “The Four Steps to Epiphany”. With financial support or not.
Just a short report on Customer Development.
Right now I am having trouble finding new interviewees.
Also the time I am spending on CD is a bit limited, therefore I will focus a bit more on CD after my vacation in Spain.
Only a brief post.
Today I made my second First Customer Contact.
I got some new insights, the person I met was totally different from the first.
He was much more introverted than the last one. On the other side he was a great programmer
and technically very advanced.
Maybe one day he could be a partner or something.
His greatest problem with Linux (He uses Debian) is that upgrades don’t run smoothly all the time.
Oh yes, I still talk to much about my idea and listen not enough. Puh, listening is harder than you think 🙂
Business Plans that Work: A Guide for Small Businesses by Jeffry Timmons and his comrades Andrew Zachrarakis and Stephen Spinelli is the best book on business plans I read so far.
In contrast to a lot of other books on the topic you don’t get overwhelmed and start to think “How should I do this?”.
Timmons Motivates You
If you read the introduction of Business Plans That Work, you are even more motivated than before. This is a huge difference to most books on business plans. After reading Timmons it is hard to hold you back from writing a business plan.
That doesn’t mean that Business Plans That Work is not a respectable book on how to write business plans. Timmons guides you smoothly to the art of writing a business plan. Each chapter is very practice-oriented and you get introduced to each topic step by step.
The chapter on testing your business idea is especially useful. You get an easy first test to evaluate the chances of your idea.
One real world case study is used through the whole book to make it easy to apply the topics to yourself.
Structure of Business Plans That Work
The content is structured in the following way:
- Entrepreneurs Create The Future
- Asking the Right Questions
- Getting Started
- Industry: Zoom Lens on Opportunity
- Company and Product Description: Selling Your Vision
- Marketing Plan: Reaching the Customer
- Operations and Development: Execute
- Team: Key to Success
- The Critical Risks and Offering Plan Section
- Financial Plan: Telling Your Story in Numbers
Business Plans That Work is a must have for all who play with idea of founding their own company.
You won’t get killed by warnings, but get more sensible for the important topics of founding a company.