The great thing about the business plan process is that it forces the entrepreneur to consider their company holistically, as well as forcing them to consider their future, rather than merely the present day-to-day operations. Entrepreneurs who have spent the time thinking about seasonality in their sales forecasts, the implications of ordering and storing large amounts of inventory, or the short-term drop in productivity that comes with new hires, are less likely to be caught unawares by sudden cash shortfalls and other typical business challenges.
13. Include a title on your proposal. I'm amazed at how often the title is left for the end of the student's writing and then somehow forgotten when the proposal is prepared for the committee. A good proposal has a good title and it is the first thing to help the reader begin to understand the nature of your work. Use it wisely! Work on your title early in the process and revisit it often. It's easy for a reader to identify those proposals where the title has been focused upon by the student. Preparing a good title means: