Idea to Open: Blog

Why I’m Quitting Done-for-You Business Plan Writing

That’s right. After August, I’ll no longer be offering done-for-you (DFY) services. Am I closing my business? Absolutely not. I’m choosing instead to focus on increasing enrolments in my flagship business plan writing program, Business Plan Bootcamp, and adding new features and improvements to the course to make it the best business plan creation course… Read More »

The Solopreneur Myth: Why You Can’t Have a Successful Business all by Yourself

For millions of people, the dream of screwing the 9-to-5 is the ultimate objective. That side hustle that finally becomes your main source of income. And when we say goodbye to the cubicle, we think we’re free. We look forward to days on end in our slippers, control over our own schedules, and the time… Read More »

The Last Market Research Guide You’ll Ever Have to Read

When people grumble about how hard it is to write a business plan, they usually say it’s either the financials or the market research they find most overwhelming. Market research is hard for two reasons When there is a lot of information to sort through, it’s difficult to decide what’s relevant Where there isn’t enough… Read More »

The Ultimate Guide to Business Budgeting in 2017 (and beyond)

What’s it going to cost to run your business this year? What’s that? You don’t know? Well, that’s a problem.   If you’ve been operating for at least a year, you might be inclined to assume it’ll cost the same to run your business this year as it did last year. But that’s a dangerous… Read More »

8 Business Planning Hacks other Consultants Won’t Tell You About

Think writing a business plan is hard? I sympathize – I promise. After writing hundreds of them over the years, I’ve developed a process to write them better and write them fast – and I’d like to share it with you. Why would I share the exact techniques I charge thousands of dollars to implement… Read More »

Shocking Truth Revealed: Business Planning Actually Works

Business plans are dead. At least, that’s what we keep hearing from investment gurus, lean start-up enthusiasts and tech mavens who would like to think they’re all action, all the time. Instead of writing a business plan, we’re now told to create a “business model canvas”. Guess what, folks: that’s the same thing with a… Read More »

You CAN do the Thing – Breaking Hard Jobs into Achievable Chunks

Guest Post by Megan Dougherty So you’re standing at the base of a mountain. You’re looking at the top, you know you want to be at the top, and glorious things await you there. Conceptually, you know you pretty much just need to go UP to get where you want to be. But you’d rather not… Read More »

7 things to have set up before you hire your first employee or VA

A guest post by Kayla Curry If you’re a business owner and you’re just getting started, chances are you haven’t hired your first employee or virtual assistant yet. As your business grows, you’ll need to bring on more and more people to help you with the operations you’re currently running yourself. While the process of… Read More »

From Idea to Open: How to Get Organized to Launch Your First Business

So you’ve had this AWESOME business idea floating around in your head for what seems like forever. You think about it when you’re driving to work, you think about it in the shower, you think about it at 3 in the morning while your dog is snoring in the hallway. Have you ever thought about… Read More »

Die, Business Plan Template, Die! (I’m Leaving You for Something Far, Far Better)

GAWD I hate business plan templates. Don’t you? I mean really. You come up with this incredible idea for a business. One that’s going to change the lives of thousands or millions of people. Something you’re passionate about. So you decide to go for it. Write a business plan. Get some financing. The first thing… Read More »