How to create a brilliant business plan for your small business

Cover image for Start Your Own Business podcast episode titled How to future-proof your small business with Nicola McKenzie as our special guest

If you don’t have a well researched business plan, you may still be able to start and grow a reasonably successful business – but it may never achieve its full potential. To do that, you need goals and a successful strategy that enables you to achieve them. So, what are the key components of a successful business plan, how do you use it to grow your business and what are the classic mistakes you need to avoid?

Nicola McKenzie, co-founder of AI-enabled business plan platform Venture Planner, provides the answers to these and other key questions.

How to create a brilliant business plan – show notes

About our business plan expert

Nicola McKenzie is the co-founder of the Dunham McCarthy Group and has a track record of successfully launching more than six businesses in just over a decade. She has played a pivotal role in its remarkable growth, overseeing and managing technology, legal, and financial specialists across various divisions, including insurance, solicitors, software development, and mortgages.

Nicola is also the visionary co-founder behind Venture Planner, a testament to her commitment to leveraging technology for business success. Drawing from her experience, Nicola understands the hurdles and uncertainties that come with starting a business. Nicola’s leadership and entrepreneurial acumen drive Venture Planner’s mission to revolutionise business planning.

You can find Nicola on LinkedIn

About our sponsor

This episode is brought to you thanks to the support of Venture Planner. Designed to assist start-ups and entrepreneurs, Venture Planner utilises the power of AI-driven technology for tasks such as market research, financial projections, and document generation, aiming to streamline the business planning process. Get a free trial and get 10% off when you sign up with code DONUT.

What next?

To make sure you don’t miss an episode:

  • Find “Start Your Own Business” on your podcast app of choice and hit the subscribe button – we recommend Apple Podcasts and Spotify
  • Subscribe to our newsletter

To get tips, support and inspiration from other small business owners:

Click to find and listen to the Start Your Own Business podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Amazon Music