I Have Created a Business Plan: Now What?

Business Planning
  • If you've been in the business world for a while, then you definitely know the importance of creating a business plan before starting out.
  • However, simply writing down a beautiful business plan is not enough to get your business up, running, and gaining sales.
  • There's loads of information out there about how to write a business plan, but once it's finished you may be thinking... now what do I do?
  • Read on to find out the top 5 things you should do after you write your business plan to make it actionable.

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You’ve written out your business plan. Congratulations! 

Maybe it’s really detailed. It could be full of optimistic financial forecasts for the next two years. Or perhaps you’ve used the Lean Canvas method and intend to fly by the seat of your pants.

Regardless, at this point, your business plan is all theory and pie in the sky. The onus is now on you to make it actionable.

Your business plan should not be static. Your business plan should be a working document that you can follow, edit, and change as required.

What comes next after writing a business plan?

Here are the 5 key things you should do next after you write your business plan:

  1. Get help
  2. Make sure it connects to your purpose
  3. Begin to test and measure
  4. Use the 80/20 rule
  5. Learn something new (quickly)

1. Get help

It sounds like simple advice. I guarantee that you won’t be able to do everything on the list. If you lack the knowledge and experience to understand your sales numbers or have no idea how to advertise, find someone who does. You need to employ the experience of other professionals who can offer advice and guidance.

Not only that, if you need technical work done (like building a website or an email funnel) or creative work (like logo design and copywriting), you’re going to need to hire someone to do those things for you.

Unless you plan to tackle all of them yourself, these things cost money. If you don’t have a lot of funds or are bootstrapping, you may need to get creative. Can you offer your services in exchange for someone else’s expertise? Contra deals are a great way to get things done for free. It’s like the 2018 version of bartering. Whether you need to hire someone to get some work done or ask someone for advice, there are a lot of platforms like this one to help you get some work done on a limited budget.

2. Make sure it connects to your purpose

Why do you want to do what you do? If you cannot answer that question each and every time someone asks, that’s an issue. There will be times when you get stuck on something difficult. Your WHY is a way to keep you focused when things seem to be at their worst. You should get in the habit of connecting everything back to your WHY.

Your WHY is the reason for your business. It’s the driving motivation behind everything that you do. Do you know what your WHY is? If not, you should start thinking about it. Your WHY should be the foundation for everything that you do. It can help you get through the tough times and keep you grounded during adversity. It’s what sets you apart from your competition.

You may be in the same industry, but your WHY is what makes your business special.

3. Begin to test and measure

Begin to test and measure your assumptions. Your plan is untested and still just a concept. Now you need to see how effective your business plan functions in reality. Start looking for actionable things that you can measure. These will help you gauge your progress.

One of the easiest things to measure is sales. However, sales are the end result of all the work you have done. If you are using Google Adwords, what is your conversion rate? How many interactions do you need to make a sale? Once you start becoming familiar with these numbers and ideas, you can get smarter about understanding them. The more measurements you make, the better off you will be.

Testing the success of your business plan from multiple angles will help you see the big picture. For example, considering your sales information alongside your advertising will help you make informed decisions when you decide where to allocate your marketing budget. This brings us to the next point...

4. Use the 80/20 rule

The 80/20 rule, or Pareto’s Principle, states that there is always an uneven divide between the amount of work that we do and the reward that’s earned for that work. For example, you might find that 80 percent of your business comes from 20 percent of your advertising.

Conversely, that means that 80 percent of your advertising is only responsible for 20 percent of your business. Once you’ve identified this trend, you’ll want to direct more funds toward the part that’s working and reduce your spending on the less effective areas.

When you are searching for evidence of this principle, you want to look in 4 key areas:

  1. Daily habits
  2. Processes
  3. Clients
  4. Marketing

After you’ve collected your data, look for any places that have unbalanced spending and returns. Make adjustments as you see fit. Analyse your results and repeat the process. If you fail to look out for the 80/20 rule, you may unknowingly be spending money in all the wrong places and missing opportunities for a higher return on your time and money.

5. Learn something new (quickly)

Most people go into business using a skill they already know. Plumbers, accountants, fitness instructors, and web designers who go into business for themselves usually pick the industry because it is what they do best. The problem is that they quickly discover that they don’t know much about anything else. After a short time, they have accumulated some clients and then suddenly find themselves stuck.

They struggle when faced with a technical task like marketing, copywriting, or SEO. If you find yourself in a situation like this, your first instinct might be to hire someone to do it for you. However, you need to consider how limited your knowledge is of the task required. Will you be able to tell if the person you hire does a good job? You should always try to at least understand the work being done.

If you are thinking of hiring someone, consider whether or not you could quickly learn to do the work yourself. Being able to learn quickly is a skill that needs practice, too. If you are unable to learn quickly, you might find yourself working in your business and never on your business.


Now that you’ve got your business plan written, you need to be sure to take these 5 steps. How you manage your time and direct your energy will make or break your business. At this point, your business plan is just an idea, a theory. It is up to you to prove that it has the potential to be a successful, profitable business. Until that time, you should be making constant adjustments to fine-tune your business plan. The ideas outlined above provide the steps that are necessary to build, develop, and maintain your business through its infancy. 

What are YOUR tips after writing a business plan? 

Ronan Leonard

Founder at Eccountability

To challenge, inspire and support entrepreneurs. We've created a global community of accountability. Ronan Leonard is a Mastermind facilitator, connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners together to create the perfect virtual Mastermind group. Small business owners are often overwhelmed with to-do lists and need impartial advice to get the right support to help them achieve their goals. Ronan believes that 99% of your business problems are already solved and will connect you to a tribe that has the answers and to help you accelerate your learning. He believes that there is more value in making real peer-to-peer connections than paying for external contractors who have no vested interest in your success Passionate about helping others he is committed to giving away 1 in 6 spots on the platform to social enterprises and entrepreneurs from developing countries to create a global community. Ronan loves seeing the benefits that Mastermind groups have on each person who participates and has helped 100’s of business owners increase clarity, confidence and productivity by creating the support network for them to achieve their true potential. 9 Million YouTube Views! Ronan was just 23 he helped rescue passengers and fellow staff when the cruise ship he worked on sank off the wild coast of South Africa. For 9 years he continued to work on cruise ships sailing the world as a casino manager. His 1st business (a casino party company) grew from just 2 casino tables to over 50 and the largest gaming events company in Australia. With a casino background he understands risk vs reward and where the true value lies in where you put your time and money into (hint: it’s not gambling!). In his spare time he enjoys red wine and playing poker (but not at the same time) You can find some of his musing and thoughts here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronan-leonard/ https://twitter.com/eccountability https://medium.com/@ronan_leonard/

Comments (2)
Phil Khor

Phil Khor, Founder at

Good read. I might just add that hiring a business coach or consultant is another option to consider if you have written or plan to write a business plan. After all, you want to start on the right footing and working with a good business coach can help steer you in the best direction and get a solid review of your business plan. Investing in sound advice before you execute your business plan is not a cost but an investment because it saves you money from making terrible mistakes. Thanks for sharing Ronan.



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