Taking the time to write a business plan might seem like a lot of work but it can save you a lot of time and money in the long-run by better preparing you for potential challenges and opportunities that you’ll face as a first time entrepreneur.
It will force you to understand the industry in which you operate, the overall industry outlook, the existing competition, and your target customer demographic.
[click To Tweet tweet=”there has never been a successful e-commerce entrepreneur that didn’t understand his/her market, cold” quote=”there has never been a successful e-commerce entrepreneur that didn’t understand his/her market, cold”] Before you even get started in writing this section, you need to spend several hours researching your target market.
Let’s say you’re looking to start a hiking company, called Atlas Hiking Co., which sells premium performance hiking shirts.
A possible company description could be the following: Atlas Hiking Co. and a portion of our profits are donated to preserve national parks around the country. Before you start diving into the weeds, it’s a good idea to first develop a framework for your business model.