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Have You Updated Your Business Plan Lately?

By March 15, 2014March 7th, 2023Blog, Technology News

It’s likely you have a business plan, but have you looked at it lately? An up-to-date business plan can make all the difference when it comes to making money and keeping your company on a clear path to success. If you haven’t updated your business plan lately, you should be thinking about it more often than you are.

What You Should Look at Monthly

You don’t need to update your business plan every day, but whipping it out to give you important reminders on at least a monthly basis is essential. Every month you should be looking at your business plan to see if you’re on track with your financial gains and losses to make sure you’re where you want to be. If you’re not, this is a great time to plan a monthly meeting to get you on track. In addition, you will want to look at the goals and future deadlines you have written into your business plan. Have you gotten enough customers this month? Have you redesigned that page on your website like you said you would? Knowing where you are is more important than ever.

What You Should Look at Yearly

The yearly update should be more of an overhaul in many cases, especially since small businesses morph and change so quickly. Look at your old plan and see if it’s appropriate for revision. If it isn’t, scrap it and start over with just a few essentials from your last business plan. Whether you scrap or you decide to simply revise, make sure you include new market strategies, problems you’ve encountered and solved, and potential issues you may want to solve for others in the next year or so. This will all help expand your business in big ways.

Why You Should Be Updating Your Business Plan

The business plan needs to be ever-changing, otherwise your business is stagnating. If your business is stagnating, then you’re not finding new, improved ways to bring in customers and business. Your business plan is a guide and, as it says in the name, a plan – things will not always mold to your plan, but you can track your results by comparing them to what you had planned in the first place. You can also observe flaws in your thinking and correct any assumptions you might have made prematurely – all by looking at your business plan.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.