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Business development and sales are two important aspects of the selling life cycle and while it can be easy to focus on one over the other neither should be neglected.

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Accurately forecasting your sales and building a sales plan can help you to avoid unforeseen cash flow problems and manage your production, staff and financing needs more effectively.

A sales forecast is an essential tool for managing a business of any size. It is a month-by-month forecast of the level of sales you expect to achieve. Most businesses draw up a sales forecast once a year.

From here we would take the unit sales resulting from these assumptions to the main sales  forecast, with the structure we use for the sample sales forecast above: units, prices, sales, direct costs per unit, and direct costs. The spreadsheets would look a lot like the ones for Magda, in my previous post ; and Garrett the bicycle retailer in How to Forecast Sales.

I''''m chairman and founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com (this site). Founder or co-founder of several others, ranging from successful to failure and in-between. I have more info at timberry.com. And you can find me on Wikipedia too.

Businessballs has partnered with Accipio an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) centre to offer FREE audio-visual interactive eLearning modules aligned with internationally recognised qualifications (ILM or CMI). Attain learning points for each leadership and management eModule, and gain a Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma once you have registered with the awarding body (via Accipio), secured enough learning points and passed the assignments. Accreditation fees apply. Click here to access the eLeadership Academy.

Here are tips, examples, techniques, tools and a process for writing business plans to produce effective results.

You can list almost anything on your local Craig s List. If you don t have a local Craig s List, you can click on a city closest to you. Craig s List is great: You can upload 3 pictures, along with the description and terms of what you re selling (of course, pictures might not be applicable in this case?). You can have this post without your personal contact information, so your privacy is protected (until you begin to interact with people). Craig s List is built on the concept of trust, but like anything that is free, there is a price: You can t be sure of who you re dealing with and there is no mediation option (that I m aware of). Also, Craig s List listings are 45 days! The downside is their search engine isn t as intense as, say, eBay s, so as you re 45 days comes to a close, your listing ends up lower on searches, but what the heck: you didn t pay for it! After 45 days, your listing is deleted from Craig s List. Also, most larger cities have some sort of free neighborhood newspaper(s); you may be able to advertise your business for free or very cheaply. My two cents regarding selling your business: I would spend a few dollars on investigating as thoroughly as you can the person(s) who plans to buy your business--A business is a baby--It should should be adopted by loving parents!

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Accurately forecasting your sales and building a sales plan can help you to avoid unforeseen cash flow problems and manage your production, staff and financing needs more effectively.

A sales forecast is an essential tool for managing a business of any size. It is a month-by-month forecast of the level of sales you expect to achieve. Most businesses draw up a sales forecast once a year.

From here we would take the unit sales resulting from these assumptions to the main sales  forecast, with the structure we use for the sample sales forecast above: units, prices, sales, direct costs per unit, and direct costs. The spreadsheets would look a lot like the ones for Magda, in my previous post ; and Garrett the bicycle retailer in How to Forecast Sales.

I''m chairman and founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com (this site). Founder or co-founder of several others, ranging from successful to failure and in-between. I have more info at timberry.com. And you can find me on Wikipedia too.

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Business development and sales are two important aspects of the selling life cycle and while it can be easy to focus on one over the other neither should be neglected.

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Accurately forecasting your sales and building a sales plan can help you to avoid unforeseen cash flow problems and manage your production, staff and financing needs more effectively.

A sales forecast is an essential tool for managing a business of any size. It is a month-by-month forecast of the level of sales you expect to achieve. Most businesses draw up a sales forecast once a year.

From here we would take the unit sales resulting from these assumptions to the main sales  forecast, with the structure we use for the sample sales forecast above: units, prices, sales, direct costs per unit, and direct costs. The spreadsheets would look a lot like the ones for Magda, in my previous post ; and Garrett the bicycle retailer in How to Forecast Sales.

I''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''m chairman and founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com (this site). Founder or co-founder of several others, ranging from successful to failure and in-between. I have more info at timberry.com. And you can find me on Wikipedia too.

Businessballs has partnered with Accipio an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) centre to offer FREE audio-visual interactive eLearning modules aligned with internationally recognised qualifications (ILM or CMI). Attain learning points for each leadership and management eModule, and gain a Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma once you have registered with the awarding body (via Accipio), secured enough learning points and passed the assignments. Accreditation fees apply. Click here to access the eLeadership Academy.

Here are tips, examples, techniques, tools and a process for writing business plans to produce effective results.

A business plan is a written description of your strategy going forward. It outlines the direction of your overall business and each function of the business supporting that overall direction. It details market share changes & assumptions that are charted out over the time period such as economic assumptions, competitors, pricing, costing assumptions, new product releases, retired product plans, new facilities, reductions in some areas and investment plans in others.

When creating a business plan you need to understand where your company is today, and where your want it to be during a time period, in one year, two years, three years. Also, what happens to the market around you when you make your changes, how will the market/competitors react, what are the anticipated risks?

Your sales forecast is the backbone of your business plan. People measure a business and its growth by sales, and your sales forecast sets the standard for expenses, profits and growth.

When it comes to forecasting sales, don't fall for the trap that says forecasting takes training, mathematics or advanced degrees. Forecasting is mainly educated guessing. So don't expect to get it perfect; just make it reasonable. There's no business owner who isn't qualified to forecast sales--you don't need a business degree or accountant's certification. What you need is common sense, research of the factors, and motivation to make an educated guess.

Accurately forecasting your sales and building a sales plan can help you to avoid unforeseen cash flow problems and manage your production, staff and financing needs more effectively.

A sales forecast is an essential tool for managing a business of any size. It is a month-by-month forecast of the level of sales you expect to achieve. Most businesses draw up a sales forecast once a year.

From here we would take the unit sales resulting from these assumptions to the main sales  forecast, with the structure we use for the sample sales forecast above: units, prices, sales, direct costs per unit, and direct costs. The spreadsheets would look a lot like the ones for Magda, in my previous post ; and Garrett the bicycle retailer in How to Forecast Sales.

I''''''''m chairman and founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com (this site). Founder or co-founder of several others, ranging from successful to failure and in-between. I have more info at timberry.com. And you can find me on Wikipedia too.

Businessballs has partnered with Accipio an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) centre to offer FREE audio-visual interactive eLearning modules aligned with internationally recognised qualifications (ILM or CMI). Attain learning points for each leadership and management eModule, and gain a Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma once you have registered with the awarding body (via Accipio), secured enough learning points and passed the assignments. Accreditation fees apply. Click here to access the eLeadership Academy.

Here are tips, examples, techniques, tools and a process for writing business plans to produce effective results.

A business plan is a written description of your strategy going forward. It outlines the direction of your overall business and each function of the business supporting that overall direction. It details market share changes & assumptions that are charted out over the time period such as economic assumptions, competitors, pricing, costing assumptions, new product releases, retired product plans, new facilities, reductions in some areas and investment plans in others.

When creating a business plan you need to understand where your company is today, and where your want it to be during a time period, in one year, two years, three years. Also, what happens to the market around you when you make your changes, how will the market/competitors react, what are the anticipated risks?

Accurately forecasting your sales and building a sales plan can help you to avoid unforeseen cash flow problems and manage your production, staff and financing needs more effectively.

A sales forecast is an essential tool for managing a business of any size. It is a month-by-month forecast of the level of sales you expect to achieve. Most businesses draw up a sales forecast once a year.

From here we would take the unit sales resulting from these assumptions to the main sales  forecast, with the structure we use for the sample sales forecast above: units, prices, sales, direct costs per unit, and direct costs. The spreadsheets would look a lot like the ones for Magda, in my previous post ; and Garrett the bicycle retailer in How to Forecast Sales.

I''''''''''''''''m chairman and founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com (this site). Founder or co-founder of several others, ranging from successful to failure and in-between. I have more info at timberry.com. And you can find me on Wikipedia too.

Businessballs has partnered with Accipio an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) centre to offer FREE audio-visual interactive eLearning modules aligned with internationally recognised qualifications (ILM or CMI). Attain learning points for each leadership and management eModule, and gain a Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma once you have registered with the awarding body (via Accipio), secured enough learning points and passed the assignments. Accreditation fees apply. Click here to access the eLeadership Academy.

Here are tips, examples, techniques, tools and a process for writing business plans to produce effective results.

A business plan is a written description of your strategy going forward. It outlines the direction of your overall business and each function of the business supporting that overall direction. It details market share changes & assumptions that are charted out over the time period such as economic assumptions, competitors, pricing, costing assumptions, new product releases, retired product plans, new facilities, reductions in some areas and investment plans in others.

When creating a business plan you need to understand where your company is today, and where your want it to be during a time period, in one year, two years, three years. Also, what happens to the market around you when you make your changes, how will the market/competitors react, what are the anticipated risks?

Accurately forecasting your sales and building a sales plan can help you to avoid unforeseen cash flow problems and manage your production, staff and financing needs more effectively.

A sales forecast is an essential tool for managing a business of any size. It is a month-by-month forecast of the level of sales you expect to achieve. Most businesses draw up a sales forecast once a year.

From here we would take the unit sales resulting from these assumptions to the main sales  forecast, with the structure we use for the sample sales forecast above: units, prices, sales, direct costs per unit, and direct costs. The spreadsheets would look a lot like the ones for Magda, in my previous post ; and Garrett the bicycle retailer in How to Forecast Sales.

I''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''m chairman and founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com (this site). Founder or co-founder of several others, ranging from successful to failure and in-between. I have more info at timberry.com. And you can find me on Wikipedia too.

Businessballs has partnered with Accipio an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) centre to offer FREE audio-visual interactive eLearning modules aligned with internationally recognised qualifications (ILM or CMI). Attain learning points for each leadership and management eModule, and gain a Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma once you have registered with the awarding body (via Accipio), secured enough learning points and passed the assignments. Accreditation fees apply. Click here to access the eLeadership Academy.

Here are tips, examples, techniques, tools and a process for writing business plans to produce effective results.

A business plan is a written description of your strategy going forward. It outlines the direction of your overall business and each function of the business supporting that overall direction. It details market share changes & assumptions that are charted out over the time period such as economic assumptions, competitors, pricing, costing assumptions, new product releases, retired product plans, new facilities, reductions in some areas and investment plans in others.

When creating a business plan you need to understand where your company is today, and where your want it to be during a time period, in one year, two years, three years. Also, what happens to the market around you when you make your changes, how will the market/competitors react, what are the anticipated risks?

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Accurately forecasting your sales and building a sales plan can help you to avoid unforeseen cash flow problems and manage your production, staff and financing needs more effectively.

A sales forecast is an essential tool for managing a business of any size. It is a month-by-month forecast of the level of sales you expect to achieve. Most businesses draw up a sales forecast once a year.

From here we would take the unit sales resulting from these assumptions to the main sales  forecast, with the structure we use for the sample sales forecast above: units, prices, sales, direct costs per unit, and direct costs. The spreadsheets would look a lot like the ones for Magda, in my previous post ; and Garrett the bicycle retailer in How to Forecast Sales.

I''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''m chairman and founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com (this site). Founder or co-founder of several others, ranging from successful to failure and in-between. I have more info at timberry.com. And you can find me on Wikipedia too.

Businessballs has partnered with Accipio an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) centre to offer FREE audio-visual interactive eLearning modules aligned with internationally recognised qualifications (ILM or CMI). Attain learning points for each leadership and management eModule, and gain a Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma once you have registered with the awarding body (via Accipio), secured enough learning points and passed the assignments. Accreditation fees apply. Click here to access the eLeadership Academy.

Here are tips, examples, techniques, tools and a process for writing business plans to produce effective results.

A business plan is a written description of your strategy going forward. It outlines the direction of your overall business and each function of the business supporting that overall direction. It details market share changes & assumptions that are charted out over the time period such as economic assumptions, competitors, pricing, costing assumptions, new product releases, retired product plans, new facilities, reductions in some areas and investment plans in others.

When creating a business plan you need to understand where your company is today, and where your want it to be during a time period, in one year, two years, three years. Also, what happens to the market around you when you make your changes, how will the market/competitors react, what are the anticipated risks?

Your sales forecast is the backbone of your business plan. People measure a business and its growth by sales, and your sales forecast sets the standard for expenses, profits and growth.

When it comes to forecasting sales, don''''t fall for the trap that says forecasting takes training, mathematics or advanced degrees. Forecasting is mainly educated guessing. So don''''t expect to get it perfect; just make it reasonable. There''''s no business owner who isn''''t qualified to forecast sales--you don''''t need a business degree or accountant''''s certification. What you need is common sense, research of the factors, and motivation to make an educated guess.

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The unique aspects of our business include individual product selection, quality assurance, and high-quality full service distribution. Our strategy is to focus 100% of our efforts on the market for espresso supplies in the Spokane and Northern Idaho area. By focusing all of our effort and energy on this particular area, we expect to quickly develop and maintain a leadership position. The Coffee Warehouse's key personnel will stay in contact with our customers, and will be able to respond to changes in this market much faster than our competitors.

The Coffee Warehouse will offer the best, most highly personalized service in the marketplace. Being a small, owner-operated company, we intend to use this to our advantage to be absolutely certain that every one of our customers receive excellent service. We will go out of our way to make sure that our customers know that they truly matter to us. Sales reps and in-house personnel who deal with customers will be carefully trained and given wide latitude for insuring that customers are always satisfied.

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Here’s another sales forecast example, part of my standard business plan financials series, following my restaurant sales forecast example posted here yesterday.

Accurately forecasting your sales and building a sales plan can help you to avoid unforeseen cash flow problems and manage your production, staff and financing needs more effectively.

A sales forecast is an essential tool for managing a business of any size. It is a month-by-month forecast of the level of sales you expect to achieve. Most businesses draw up a sales forecast once a year.

From here we would take the unit sales resulting from these assumptions to the main sales  forecast, with the structure we use for the sample sales forecast above: units, prices, sales, direct costs per unit, and direct costs. The spreadsheets would look a lot like the ones for Magda, in my previous post ; and Garrett the bicycle retailer in How to Forecast Sales.

I''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''m chairman and founder of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com (this site). Founder or co-founder of several others, ranging from successful to failure and in-between. I have more info at timberry.com. And you can find me on Wikipedia too.

Businessballs has partnered with Accipio an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) centre to offer FREE audio-visual interactive eLearning modules aligned with internationally recognised qualifications (ILM or CMI). Attain learning points for each leadership and management eModule, and gain a Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma once you have registered with the awarding body (via Accipio), secured enough learning points and passed the assignments. Accreditation fees apply. Click here to access the eLeadership Academy.

Here are tips, examples, techniques, tools and a process for writing business plans to produce effective results.

A business plan is a written description of your strategy going forward. It outlines the direction of your overall business and each function of the business supporting that overall direction. It details market share changes & assumptions that are charted out over the time period such as economic assumptions, competitors, pricing, costing assumptions, new product releases, retired product plans, new facilities, reductions in some areas and investment plans in others.

When creating a business plan you need to understand where your company is today, and where your want it to be during a time period, in one year, two years, three years. Also, what happens to the market around you when you make your changes, how will the market/competitors react, what are the anticipated risks?

Your sales forecast is the backbone of your business plan. People measure a business and its growth by sales, and your sales forecast sets the standard for expenses, profits and growth.

When it comes to forecasting sales, don''t fall for the trap that says forecasting takes training, mathematics or advanced degrees. Forecasting is mainly educated guessing. So don''t expect to get it perfect; just make it reasonable. There''s no business owner who isn''t qualified to forecast sales--you don''t need a business degree or accountant''s certification. What you need is common sense, research of the factors, and motivation to make an educated guess.

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