Start as early as possible. Your final plan might be quite different from the first draft—your business plan will change and grow as you learn. To avoid being caught off guard later, make sure you’ve researched and planned for all the important aspects of starting a business.
A business plan does not have to be a massive document when you first start out. To begin, create a simple one-page plan. This will assist you in organizing your thoughts before creating a full plan. Throughout the year, Business Link hosts several workshops that can assist you in developing a one-page business plan. Attend one of our “Bring Your Business Idea to Life” or “Business Model Canvas” workshops to learn how to do so. Visit our events page to find out when and where the next workshop will be. Our interactive Business Plan Builder is also a great resource to help you get started.