I just finished reading a blog post with the premise, ‘if you dread doing your business plan, you probably should not go into business.’ Good point. If you don’t have enough passion about your business that doing a little research and developing a plan isn’t the least bit fun, you’re going to lose any interest very quickly as the business starts (and probably fails).
However, maybe that dread is based on an incorrect perception on how hard the mechanics of the structure. You hate math with a passion but love counting up your Jacksons and Franklins – $20s and $100s. If that is the case, your business plan may not be as difficult as you think. There are templates and samples for business plans (check out www.business.hickmantn.org), professionals such as myself, BERO, Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, etc. that can help (for FREE!). There are inexpensive software programs that can ask you the right questions and format your business plan in a nice, easy-to-follow format.
So, in conclusion, if you don’t want to plan for your business — don’t. However, if you do want to plan your business success, don’t let doing your homework stand in the way — there are plenty of cheatsheets, tutors, and mentors to help.