The Business Plan, from ‘Start-Up School’

What invaluable resources we can get from the internet? How amazing and how fortunate we are to find such resources in our finger tips!

I will be attaching very short videos from “Start-Up School”.

“Start-up School is essential viewing if you are thinking of starting a business. Start-up School, developed in partnership with the Dublin Business Innovation Centre is a series of video master classes that break down the key steps needed to be taken, when starting a business. In this video Sandra Reynolds of the Dublin Business Innovation Centre talks about ‘The Business Plan’.”

The topic of the first one I am attaching here is: The Business Plan.

the purpose of A Business Plan is to set a Clear Road Map for your business and a document to secure finances. The business plan should include:

An Executive Summary
Business and Pricing Model

Sales Forecast needs to be realistic.

Do not over-promise. Under promise, but over deliver

Think of the reader when you write your business plan.

Keep your executive summary to one page

Remember: ‘Your business plan is “a Living Document”‘

Keep your plan 20 to 25 pages; put the rest in the appendix.

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About Merid Desta

I am a very passionate and mature African-Ethiopian researcher/ peacebuilder/ manager/ leader/ who have been doing a research on peace and conflict in the horn of Africa. I have learned that both my under- and post-graduate studies need to be topped up with formal studies of theories and praxis of peace, conflict, justice, identity, nationalism, ethnicity, religion and other related theories. All the trusts, institutes, faith-based and other secular organisations in which I was involved in leadership, mobilising and training capacities, were committed to addressing all aspects of individuals and communities’ life. Being an advocate for all human beings to be released from their spiritual, physical, social, mental and economic poverty, with a view to enabling them to become fulfilled and responsible human beings who live up to the standard of their best capacity, was at the core of all my work and the people and teams whose ministry I led. I have been involved in interfaith; interethnic; intercultural and interdenominational peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management work in the capital. My family’s life has always been sacrificial. We have committed our lives and are preparing for more commitments to work initially among a few communities and regions in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan/ South Sudan and the surrounding regions. These nations of Eastern Africa have often been under enormous threats and incidents of civil wars, ethno-religious conflicts, genocide etc.

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