I'm actually in the process of writing my own business plan for an online business. I'm hopefully nearly done. (Although, I may never really be done since I plan to use it throughout the operation for business monitoring; i.e., see what's working, make changes, etc.).
Anyway, I noticed that DVR is a government organization. Are you writing the business plan to get a grant or loan? If so, I'd write it in the same way that you would for a bank loan (with emphasis on showing that you'll be able to pay the loan back with interest).
I'd also recommend reviewing your plan with someone from SCORE (). They actually have templates that you can use (for free) to develop your business plan. They even have templates for financial calculations. Their business plan template can be found here. I personally used Business Plan Pro. However, I'm still deciding if it was worth the money...I basically used it to generate a draft, which I then completed in word....but I do think that it made financial calculations a little easier. (...but I will admit that I probably have not used it to its potential...including the provided support).
In any case...it will take a while to create a good plan. I, myself, spent a bunch of time working on market analysis and financial plan. Most of the other parts are pretty easy though.
I`ve got some big news. This past Saturday we picked up the youngest at the airport. We now have all four kids living together for the first time in almost three years. She was placed with us on a temporary basis, which we hope will become permanent after the next hearing later this month.
I guess I should back up a step. The magistrate ruled against us following the first hearing. I didn`t have the heart to get on here and share the bad news. We`re now pursuing an appeal to the next highest court. We believe the events that led up to this past weekend strengthen our case significantly. I really needed a miracle. A lot of people were holding us up in prayer. Some I`ll probably never meet in this life. Nevertheless, I`m eternally grateful.
Expect it to take longer to get back then it does to drive to Florida (potty breaks and all).
We made it, and Antwan was absolutely right. More frequent stops and each one taking longer.
There was some pretty nasty weather both ways. We saw plenty of accidents but we were blessed with safety. Our new church where we moved in OH (actually we`re only visiting and haven`t even joined yet) gave us $350 in gas cards. I don`t know if they did the math or not but it worked out perfectly. They`re really good people.
These kids crack me up. A friend loaned us an in-car DVD systems which helped make the trip easier to bear. The kids are watching Ice Age and William, age 6, says, "I thought three-toed sloths were nocturnal." I don`t know about anyone else, but I really don`t think "nocturnal" was in my vocabulary at that age. I know a lot of adults who would be hard pressed to use it in a sentence. This is going to be quite an adventure, jumping into parenting with both feet.
one question: will there be "chores" for them at the bakery?
At an appropriate age I`m sure we`ll find jobs they can do.
I`ve heard of business owners who essentially paid for their children`s college with wages earned at the kid`s tax bracket by allowing them to work in the business. Besides the financial benefit, they need to learn the value of a dollar and a day`s work at an early age.
Steve3/13/2008 8:10 AM
Congrats to you and your new extended family, hope the road trip goes well. Expect it to take longer to get back then it does to drive to Florida (potty breaks and all). Again Congrats.
We have some long time friends near Atlanta so we`re stopping there on the way down and back. When he suggested we stop there on our way back Carol questioned whether he really wanted us to stay there with the kids. Then it occurred to me, he and his wife have known Carol longer than I have. Very few people will get to see her on "day one" as a Mommy. Jeff wouldn`t miss that for anything.