But before you put pen to paper, there are a few vital exercises you need to go through to ensure your business idea is a viable one. The business you plan to start might be in an industry you have some experience in or it might be totally new to you, either way you need to do in-depth research into the industry and market to make sure you fully understand how it operates. Many people are infatuated with their new business idea before they have properly evaluated whether it is worth the time and money they need to invest in it. Based on the findings from your research and once you have stress-tested your idea, you may have identified weaknesses or opportunities. The findings will allow you to refine the business idea so that it fills any gaps in the industry, meets market demands, is different from competitor offerings, leverages relationships with partners and suppliers and is financially sustainable.
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A business plan is not merely a document required by your bank or investors when applying for finance. It is a research-intensive roadmap that can mean the difference between success and failure. In following the step-by-step approach to creating the plan, aspirant entrepreneurs must get to grips with and take a realistic view of the market opportunities and driver, the pitfalls and challenges and the costs involved in starting your business. Experts caution against hiring a third-party business consultant to draw up a plan on your behalf — taking this shortcut approach can doom the enterprise to failure from the start in that the entrepreneur does not develop a thorough understanding of the opportunities and challenges integral to the business.