When it comes to making plans, there are a hundred and one different experts out there ready to tell you how to do it. My best friend google has literally thousands of downloadable plans for everything from starting a business, or changing career, to building a house or raising a child!
In my line of work (that would be coaching micro-businesses and NFP sector groups for those who didn't know...), there are websites, books, mentor programmes and personal coaches (like me) who can help keep people on track.
Most people don't want to pay for advice. And I understand that for many small businesses, especially in the start up phase, they simply don't have a few thousand dollars to spend on a business coach. It's seen as an indulgence not an investment.
But it IS an investment! the coaches job varies - sometimes it's helping to set direction. Other times it's being a cheerleader. Sometimes it's about kicking butt! But mostly it's to keep someone focussed, on track, and accountable for their actions and goals.
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So, by all means, download something from the internet. Use programmes like the NZ business mentor scheme. Join a networking group. Talk to other business owners.
But know that until you make an INVESTMENT, you are not going to get much of a return.