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Business Plan 101: Critical Risks and Problems

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When starting a business, it is understood that there are risks and problems associated with development. The business plan should contain some assumptions about these factors. If your investors discover some unstated negative factors associated with your company or its product, then this can cause some serious questions about the credibility of your company and question the monetary investment. If you are up front about identifying and discussing the risks that the company is undertaking, then this demonstrates the experience and skill of the management team and increase the credibility that you have with your investors.  It is never a good idea to try to hide any information that you have in terms of risks and problems.

Identifying the problems and risks that must be dealt with during the development and growth of the company is expected in the business plan. These risks may include any risk related to the industry, risk related to the company, and risk related to its employees. The company should also take into consideration the market appeal of the company, the timing of the product or development, and how the financing of the initial operations is going to occur. Some things that you may want to discuss in your plan includes: how cutting costs can affect you, any unfavorable industry trends, sales projections that do not meet the target, costs exceeding estimates, and other potential risks and problems.  The list should be tailored to your company and product. It is a good idea to include an idea of how you will react to these problems so your investors see that you have a plan.

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Gresham Harkless is a Media Consultant for Blue 16 Media and the Blogger-in-Chief for CEO Blog Nation. CEO Blog Nation is a community of blogs for entrepreneurs and business owners. Started in much the same way as most small businesses, CEO Blog Nation captures the essence of entrepreneurship by allowing entrepreneurs and business owners to have a voice. CEO Blog Nation provides news, information, events and even startup business tips for entrepreneurs, startups and business owners to succeed.
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