Business Plan Update: What You May or May Not Have Wanted to Know

10 Nov

As of tomorrow, the first draft of my business plan, which I will be pitching to a panel of visiting entrepreneurs, is due. Needless to say, I’m pretty anxious. Find out more after the jump:

First off, I really hate speaking in front of people. If you know me in real life, I’m one of the most socially awkward people ever. I recently had to pitch an idea for something for a blog I write for to a business owner, and I started coughing uncontrollably for no apparent reason in the middle of it. Needless to say, the guy probably thought I was totally nuts, but that’s besides the point. That’s what I’m most worried about. I’d like to escape this whole thing without making an ass of myself. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Secondly, dang that business plan is long! As I mentioned in another post about them, a typical business plan runs around 26 pages. The template I’m using is about that long, though the entire thing is broken up into about seven or eight pieces with many, many subsections. It’s not as much the length that concerns me as attempting to be concise. I have a horrible tendency to ramble on and on about everything when writing, and I’ve always struggled to chop out the unnecessary language. We’ll see what happens.

We’re having an exciting panel tomorrow with a bunch of people, so expect another post about that on Friday.

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