Everyone likes a list, Darren Rowse says so! 🙂
So here’s my personal list of lists that I use when starting a business or helping others to start their business.
- 10 steps to writing a business plan, every business needs one, every investor has their own preferred style. These notes from Business Link are a solid reminder of the basics when bouncing between the business plan, investor plan, funding proposals, summaries, etc.
- 9 team roles. There are more ways of looking at a team than I care to try and remember. Belbin’s 9 roles work pretty well for me (even if there’s only 2 people in the team). They’re pretty focused on the effectiveness of the team, rather than the social ability to get on with each other.
- Many lists of population, economics, etc. Any business plan needs decent market research, the National Statistics Office is a fantastic resource for free, validated, high-quality data.
- 15 sources of Government help. Ok, officially there’s 30, the list says 29 and they’re not all relevant to entrepreneurs. However, there are 15 that are pretty handy for a start-up or business looking for support in their early years.
- 10 webapps that help you pull it all together. The link is to a Web Daily Worker list, my personal list would be:
- Freeagent (finance & time tracking)
- Google (Contacts & scheduling (with goosync), email, RSS reader, Docs)
- Remember the Milk
- my list of interesting articles from around the web (via shared items from my GReader)
And the photo? Well I was going to write a post listing the people I look up to (another Plinky prompt) but that was proving too hard!