In other words, planning is probably on most small business owners' least favorite things to-do list.
This is likely because most small business owners are do-ers, not planners.
Develop a peer group to help you build better strategies.
This long list of plans to write can be overwhelming.
However, planning, in all its forms, is an integral part of an organization's success and it must be done. A thorough plan will include many elements of the overall business and the strategies to run it.
Some parts of the business plan need to be done first: the operations, sales, marketing, financial, and human resources sections must be done before other elements, such as succession or exit planning.
A business continuity plan, using business continuity resources is a necessity for all businesses (and often overlooked or forgotten).
Develop a scenario plan and conduct an analysis of the scenario to ensure effectiveness (and make sure that you include disaster recovery scenarios in this exercise).
And once you are about five years away from your 'exit', make sure that you review your strategy, update if necessary and communicate it to those in your business (and your family) that need to know the plan.
It is useful to review a financial plan sample to help build your business financial plan (including income statements, project budgets, cash flow projections, analysis of financial ratios) and more.