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One Page Strategic Plan Worksheet
Small business strategic planning doesn’t have to be complex. The definition of strategic planning is determining where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. It’s the map of where you want your company to go. That’s really all there is to it.
This simple PDF template allows you to quickly define in one page the key items for a strategic plan. Download the template and then read my article titled 4 Simple Steps for an Effective Small Business Strategic Plan to learn more about small business strategic planning and how to fill out the one-page plan.
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Cash Flow Projection Template
A cash flow projection is your most important tool to master your cash flow. It can help you:
- Identify “cash leaks” that are draining your profits
- Spot periods of low cash flow before they become a crisis
- Know when you have the cash to capture opportunities
- Plan your dividends and equity distribution
This easy template will reduce the stress of cash flow surprises and position you to capture the next big opportunity.
You get access to two versions:
- Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets
- Fillable PDF form
A Key Performance Indicators (KPI) dashboard provides clarity and accountability to turn goals into action. You get regular information about whether your company is on track to accomplish its goals.
This easy-to-use free template will enable you to track your key metrics. There’s no reason to buy expensive software to track your key metrics. You can create your dashboard in Excel or Google Sheets with this template.
Achieve your goals and monitor your company’s performance with this free key performance metrics dashboard.
You get two versions:
- Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets
- Microsoft Word/Google Docs
Business Growth Checklist
Business growth provides many benefits, but you must be ready for growth to capture those benefits. Growth can also come with many drawbacks, especially if you aren’t ready for growth. Business owners are often surprised by some of these drawbacks.
This growth checklist will guide you through the critical questions you must ask to decide whether growth is right for you and whether you are ready for profitable growth.
Carefully choosing what you will do is time well spent. When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. Employees are scrambling to keep up with too many tasks. Everyone is frustrated by the lack of direction. Deadlines are missed.
The Prioritization Pack gives you a head start on using four methods to prioritize your goals and tasks. Check out my blog titled “4 Proven Ways to Prioritize Your Goals and Tasks” to learn about the four methods.
The pack includes instructions for each method. It has fillable PDF forms and Excel workbooks to use as templates and make calculations easier. Download it now for a head start on clarity and focus for you and your team.
Aspirations and Purpose Worksheet
The Aspirations and Purpose worksheet helps you clarify your personal aspirations and business purpose to set the direction for your company.
Many owners chase too many good things without committing to what’s best for them. An old saying is “The person who chases two rabbits catches neither.” Wouldn’t it be better to get the largest amount of what you want the most?
Clarity of purpose produces elegant simplicity. As the saying goes, “When your vision is clear, the decisions are easy.” You aren’t wasting your time, energy, or money.
Quick Tips for Improved Cash Flow
This guide will help you:
- Get your hands around your current and projected cash flows
- Increase cash flow and reduce dips in cash flow
- Identify critical sources of cash for your business
Cash Conversion Cycle Calculator
Reducing your cash cycle time increases your cash balances and profits. Learn more in my article titled Free Your Cash Trapped in the Cash Conversion Cycle.
Learn your cycle time. Even better, estimate how much your cash and profits might go up if you reduced your cycle time.
Objectives and Tasks Worksheet
This worksheet is part of the ACE program. It will help you map out your quarterly objectives (a.k.a. goals) and the tasks to achieve those objectives.
Price Change Analysis Worksheet
The free price change analysis template shows you whether changing your price will increase or decrease your profits. More importantly, it shows the price or volumes you need to breakeven on your price change. It’s easy to use because it’s based on Microsoft Excel so you can use Excel or Google Sheets for your analysis.
Customer Dreams Worksheet
Common selling wisdom is to sell benefits, not features. People care most about how their life will be better. The features are just proof that your product or service can deliver the benefits. Carmine Gallo, the author of Talk Like TED, summarizes this as “Sell dreams, not products.”
In this worksheet, you’ll identify the dreams of your customers and how you fulfill them. You can then clearly communicate the value you provide to customers.
Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Calculator
Growth can mean opportunity and profits. However, your financial risk increases when you chase too little or too much growth. How fast can you grow? What are the keys to growth? The answers lie hidden in the sustainable growth formula.
This Excel workbook calculates the formula for you. Better yet, it looks at what your sustainable growth rate formula amounts are at varying Return on Equity (ROE) rates and owner distribution rates.
Start Stop Continue Template
Start Stop Continue allows you to identify:
- What you should start doing;
- What you should stop doing; and
- What you should continue doing.
Use this exercise to stop doing things that destroy value to focus on those that provide value.
This fillable PDF template is a quick way to summarize what you should start, stop, and continue based on ideas from you, your customers and your employees.
SWOT Analysis Template for Word and PDF
SWOT analysis is a simple but powerful method to assess your company and competitive environment. This knowledge leads to superior strategic plans.
The SWOT template pack comes with five documents to help you quickly conduct a SWOT analysis.
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