If you are going out on a long journey then it is important for you to have a roadmap that will see you safely reach you destination. With this in mind, it is important for you to also consider having a plan which is more or less like the roadmap that will get you to achieve the business goals that you set right from the start. With a good business plan, you are able to describe and identify your business goals in a clear manner. Many business plans will have the income statement, the cash flow analysis and the current balance sheet. With the plan, you are at a better chance of allocating resources more properly. Keep in mind that good business plans will carry all the information regarding your business.
There are many places where you will need to have your business plan. For instance, if you are seeking a loan from the financial institutions for business purpose, you will always need to have a business plan with you. The lender takes their time to go through the plan to see if what you are planning to do is viable and if it is, are the returns worth the loan? They will check the goals and objectives, the money needed, the location, and more. With the plan then they can comfortably give you the money if they find your plan to be a great idea. Remember that this is just an example of where you may need to use your business plan.
On a more personal note, you need to have a plan that will help you know where you are from and where you are heading. You need to time and again review the plan to be able to know what you have achieved and where you are still lagging.
Some people will review their plans quarterly while others may do so annually. It is important that you always set time to review your business. If you have a defined strategy that you have been using, you need to review it so that you can be able to tell if it is working or not. You can discard the strategies that are not working and embrace the ones that work. It is the comparisons between the milestones achieved and those not achieved that will determine if your business is on the right path or not. Know that the business plan is your foundation in business and thus you need to have the right one.