There are a range of people you should consider asking for assistance as you develop your business plan. These include:
- Accountant or bookkeeper
- Potential customers
- Potential suppliers
- Mentors or directors
- Industry contacts
- Industry bodies, such as industry associations or employer groups
- Government-run small business support services
- Other entrepreneurs
How much information you will want to share with these individuals and groups will depend on your business and your relationship with the person. For example, industry bodies may be able to help figure out the size of the potential market and the competitive environment, but they are unlikely to be able to help you decide on the right structure to use.
However, it is crucial to consult widely – frank and open discussions will help you shape your plan and dodge pitfalls well before you go into business.