Have you ever tried to make a business plan for your business? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because you need to forecast the future.
But, if your business is a startup business you don’t have tangible stuff that you can use to forecast the future of your new venture. So, you cant use already existing data to start preparing your business plan. You will need to start creating such data as quickly as possible.
So what do you do? Or probably better question is what you can do?
Many entrepreneurs have found success by using predictive techniques to predict the future. However, there are a few things you should know before you start implementing such techniques, especially to ensure that the prediction will be as much as possible based on reality.
This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you select the right data for analysis purposes creating the business plan that will let you successfully predict the future and start running your company.
If you’re looking for information and data to predict your company’s future for your business plan, the best method to ensure that you end up with something that lets you succeed is by looking for these three things:
1. What’s the source of your information?
The first thing that you will need to answer for each information that you want to analyze for business planning purposes is to know the source of that data.
The best way to predict the future of your new startup is to collect data that comes directly from your customers. Because of that, the most reliable way to obtain high-quality information is to talk with them, listen to them, observe them, and use everything that you find in building the foundation of your new company.
2. What’s the validity of the sources?
Some information will be 100% valid, but some of them are not something on which you can fully rely on your future decisions. You need to validate each of your information sources before you use them as source for your business plan.
3. What is the worth of received information?
All pieces of information can’t have the same worth. On the other hand, you can’t implement everything from each received information at the same time. You will need to validate everything that you have on your hand and make a prioritization. Then you can start implementing knowledge from pieces of information into your business plan.
Make sure your pieces of information and created knowledge will let you do something really worth for your customers. If it doesn’t, you’ll have trouble when you start your business.
Ensure that your business plan has valid pieces of information from valid sources, so you can be closer to the reality of the market and industry where your business will operate.
Any good information should let you better predict the future and better adjust your business according to the most important element – your customers. This is important because, without customers, your business can’t survive.
Now when you know where to start, you’re ready to collect pieces of information without worrying that you can miss something, or you can make mistakes and wrong decisions.