Is a Business Plan Necessary?

Is a business plan necessary? From The Startup Garage
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Welcome to video Fridays from The Start Up Garage

A place where Tyler Jensen, The Startup Garage’s founder, answers questions directly from our viewers.

Key Take Aways From Video:

1. When starting a business you will almost always want a business plan.

2. Even if you do not need investors or a business partner, a business plan will help you answer critical questions.

3. Investors want and require documentation.

Complete Transcript below:


I’ve read that you really don’t need a business plan. Is this true?

Well, my short answer is no — it’s not true.

If you’re starting a company, there are a couple of main reasons why you’re almost always going to need a business plan.

The first one is that even if you don’t actually need the document of a business plan for an investor or business partner, going through that process of answering all the questions that a business plan will require you to answer is so critical early on. If you don’t do it early on it’s going to cost you a lot of time and money later on.

The second reason is that if you are raising money from anyone other than a close friend or family member, almost any serious investor is going to require that you have gone through the process of writing a business plan and they’re going to want to see that document.

Remember, “the worst business plan is one you never bother to write.”

Whether you have a question about your business plan or you’d like to discuss our business plan writing services, feel free to contact us for a free consultation!
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About Tyler Jensen

I work with entrepreneurs who are looking to attract investment and get out of the "Garage". I am passionate about helping entrepreneurs start companies that matter. I helped launch over 100 Companies, Non-Profits and Social Enterprises. I consider myself a serial entrepreneur, startup coach & trusted advisor. * Launching New Companies (For Profit, Non-Profit and Social Enterprise) * Expert Business Plan Writer * Extensive Network of Business Relationships focused on Launch & Rapid Growth of New Companies * Startup, Growth, Marketing, Technology, Web, Business Systems * Trusted Advisor to CEO’s & Entrepreneurs * Capital Raising Strategy Development * Startup Team Development The first company I started and sold is VAVi Sport & Social Club which grew to over 25,000 members in six years, was recognized as San Diego’s 30th fastest growing private company in 2006 by the San Diego Business Journal and 32nd fastest in 2007, and sold for over 25X the capital investment.