If your business plan is complicated, requiring many steps or construction of a facility, a project plan with a timeline will be required at this step of the business plan.

Lenders may time payment advances with the various steps in the projects. At each step of the project, actual costs will be compared with estimated costs of the business plan. There will be decision points with regards to cost overruns or cost savings and the reallocation of monies from other parts of your business plan.

It provides a way of planning your time and resources so that all the necessary tasks are carried out within a given timescale.  It will provide whoever sees your business plan with a 'snapshot' of how you intend to go about setting up your business.  It should be broken down into the following sections:

  • Objectives or targets
  • Tasks/Actions
  • Timescale
  • Monitoring Progress

The plan does not need to be complex.  It is a simple, disciplined means of getting your project completed in a reasonable time and with minimum confusion as to each person's responsibilities.

Timescale For Workshop Project - SAMPLE

Task #/Name
Person
Responsible
Month of Action for Task Assigned
   
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Finalize planning permission
Joe
X
     
Apply for loan
Jane
X
     
Finalize suppliers
Susan
X
     
Liase with local building inspector
Henry
 
X
   
Seek Builders
Joe
 
X
   
Tender Information
Joe
 
X
   
Supervise Builders
Joe
   
X
 
Plan shop and interior design
Jane /Susan
   
X
 
Marketing materials created and distributed
Henry
     
X


Legend
: "x" becomes "V" when completed


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